‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas
and all through the house
the children were running
because they’re on summer holidays and so full of excitement about Christmas and summer and no school, and it’s only the fourth day I’ve had them all home and I’m already counting down the days until they return to school. Not really (but kind of really).
This will be the last path: ethic for the year, too – I’m taking the last week of the year off to focus on baking Christmas goodies for my
annoying adorable Offspring, and spending days outside in the park and enjoying the sunshine, so I hope you all will have some time over the next few days to relax and reflect on the last 12 months, and hopefully you will join me in the 2015 for more discussions and conversations. I’ve so enjoyed our interactions this year. Thanks for your continued support ♥
Until then, enjoy this Sunday’s links!
‘One person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist’, or something along those lines, the saying goes. This piece is by Jeremy Hammond and is written from prison, where he is serving time for hacking. Since the story broke about the NSA (and many other security organisations in other countries) eavesdropping on citizens’ telephone conversations, emails, and internet use, more and more individuals around the world are suspicious about the access which governments have to our personal information. Hammond appears to consider his actions justified, and while I don’t condone hacking companies’ websites, I do think there appears to be one rule for government and one for the rest of us – and I don’t know that the argument that it is ‘all for our own safety’ is a particularly good one.
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You know, when I read about the way that fracking has taken hold in the US, I’m often amazed at how the companies there have managed to get away with so much, and how intertwined with politics these companies seem to be. ‘Oh, but that’s America,’ I tell myself, ‘where corporations are people and money is speech. That wouldn’t happen HERE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.‘ Of course not.
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This might be a little dull for those of you who don’t follow the minutiae of Australian politics, but I definitely think there’s something to be said about how we focus so much on the bare bones of the economy and whether it’s in surplus, and that we ignore long-term industry development and education. We can’t allow the politicians to convince us that dollars and cents are the be-all and end-all. What matters is how that translates to day to day lives, and how it will affect our future.
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I didn’t know Stella Young, but I always loved reading her work and the way she so clearly, adamantly, and passionately put across her perspective. I’m so very sad she’s gone, but I take comfort in the fact that so many people got to hear her voice. The world is better for her having been in it. This lovely piece by Karen Palenzuela is a touching tribute to her friend and colleague. Vale Stella.
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And just something extra this week, because it’s not really an ethical issue, but come on: HOW COOL is it that we can email the specs for a tool into space and they can 3D print it at the ISS?