"Democracy Watch is Canada's leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility, and the most successful national citizen advocacy group in Canada over the past 10 years in winning systemic changes to key laws...Our aim is to help reform Canadian government and business institutions to bring them into line with the realities of a modern, working democracy."
"The USA Patriot Act threatens your privacy in bookstores and libraries. It gives the FBI the power to apply to a secret court for an order compelling the surrender of records of the books you purchase or borrow. The government does not have to produce any evidence that you are a terrorist—or even that you are suspected of any crime! The order also gags booksellers and librarians, making it illegal to reveal that your records have been searched." Sign the petition!
"The purpose of The North American Society for Sport History is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study and research and writing of the history of sport; to support and cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having the same purposes. The Society conducts its activities solely for scholarly and literary purposes and not for pecuniary profit."
The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada. Formed in late 1988 to expose and oppose ARMX (the country's largest weapons bazaar), COAT's campaign resulted in a City of Ottawa bylaw forcing all military trade shows off municipal property. Throughout the 1990's, COAT organized many anti-war rallies, marches, vigils, conferences and campaigns against the arms trade, military air shows, war toys and Canada's hypocritical role in U.S-led wars, invasions, interventions and regime changes. COAT's work now centres on its magazine, Press for Conversion! Begun in 1989, this publication initially dealt with the economic conversion of military industries to socially-useful civilian production. By 1999, COAT's concept of conversion had been transformed to include social, legal, psychological and economic factors essential to the transition from a world based on war, greed, deception and violence, where "might is right," to a world based on peace, justice, truth, human rights and nonviolence.
"I was taught what Plato defined to be the nature of a true liberal education. It is independent of time and place. Real education does not occur on a campus. It occurs in the minds of the students. Good students eschew memory -- a simple learning trick -- in favor of developing their abilities to debate and argue their way through an issue."
"To me, liberal-arts education is as ineffective as it is now not chiefly because there are a lot of strange theories in the air. (Used well, those theories can be illuminating.) Rather, it's that university culture, like American culture writ large, is, to put it crudely, ever more devoted to consumption and entertainment, to the using and using up of goods and images..." By Mark Edmundson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.
"The poor did not need anyone to release them; an escape route existed. But to open this avenue to reflection and politics a major distinction between the preparation for the life of the rich and the life of the poor had to be eliminated." Article by Earl Shorris first appeared in Harpers, 1997.
"Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web."
"We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes..." Sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, but always intriguing.
"The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free...Think globally, recycle locally. The Freecycle Network is open to all communities and to all individuals who want to participate. Freecycle groups are run by local volunteer moderators from across the globe who facilitate each local group - grassroots at its best!"
"As I walk around San Francisco, I encounter dogs tied to things, take their pictures, and offer them up to the world with whatever commentary springs to mind. Enjoy." If you love dogs, you owe it to yourself to bookmark this site and read all the archives. You won't be sorry.