Farhad Manjoo just published a firebreathing piece in Slate about anonymous comments, and why we need to get rid of them on the web generally. His opinions echo ours. I think anonymous commenting is a scourge and an abomination; anonymity allows any goof to spew out the most scurrilous bile without having to take even a smidgen of responsibility for it.
It’s fun to go online and find your opinions being debated by others. A few years ago, being considered something of an expert on beaches beause of my The Living Beach project (which took the form of a book, a video, a magazine piece, a TV show, etc.) I was asked to name my five favourite Nova Scotia beaches.
Here’s a note from my friend Wendy Holm, the noted agrologist, who teaches at UBC and is now leading a for-credit course in Cuba. A great opportunity for anyone involved with food and agriculture!
Just a quick note to say registration is NOW OPEN
for my MAY 2011 University of British Columbia 3 credit course
International Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Cuba.
We recently posted our interview with Bunker Roy, the founder of India’s Barefoot College, and an educational thinker of ruthless robustness. He won’t educate people who have been spoiled by formal education, and he doesn’t think highly of men as students, either.
“Canada,” said the US journalist, “is heading toward becoming an authoritarian state to an extent that surprises observers even in China.”
Another comment on Bev Oda and the garrotting of Kairos? Nope. A reflection on the Harperites’ infatuation with harsh sentences and larger prisons?
Sing this, really fast:
We eat… cod cheeks, cod tongues
Even though they’re odd tongues,
Fish sticks ‘n’ Digby chicks
As dainty as you wish!
We eat flatfish like the flounder
And some others that’re rounder,
And you ain’t a Nova Scotian
If you don’t like fish!
Nova Scotia is a very small province. Several Canadian cities have populations larger than ours. How can a population so small include so many huge talents?
Celtic musicians by the score, including some of the world’s greatest. A fine symphony orchestra.
I just delivered a profusely-illustrated keynote speech called “Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness” at a 300-person conference of the Canadian Organic Growers, Toronto chapter. The reaction was really gratifying. People found the talk both fresh and inspiring – someone, somewhere is doing things right!
We’ve just finished – well, almost – a major overhaul of my own web site, www.silverdonaldcameron.ca.
A few things are still missing, like some introductory text on the “Books” page, and a bit more detail (plus a photo) on the “Speaker” page, but overall I’m very pleased with it.
[NB: This column was written on Wednesday, February 16, 2011]
When the policewoman slapped the young fruit-seller on the street in Sidi Bouzid a week before Christmas, she was not thinking of Hosni Mubarak, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Nevertheless her action set off an tsunami of grief and fury that is quickly transforming the Middle East, and will probably wash Mubarak clean out of Cairo.
Mohamed Bouazizi, 26 years old, was desperately trying to support his family by illegally selling fruit from a push-cart.