Mental Detox Week: April 21 – 27

April 23, 2008

Formerly TV-turn-off week:

I wonder how many of us can actually unplug for an entire week. If any of you out there will attempt to do this — if even for a day or two — please stop by here next week and put in a comment telling us how you spent your ‘unplugged’ time… As for me, my family would enjoy having me spend more time with them and my garden needs lots of work after the long, hard winter. The weather is nice, lots to see and do: books to read, people to visit and nature trails beckon.  And since this is Earth Week, there are many Earth-friendly activities going on everywhere.  The Peel chapter of the Sierra Club has a tree-planting event on Saturday and there are Spring cleanups around town…  So this idea is definitely worth some serious consideration:

The idea is simple: take your TV, your DVD player, your video iPod, your XBOX 360, your laptop, your PSP, and say goodbye to them all for seven days. Simple, but not at all easy. Like millions of others before you, you’ll be shocked at just how difficult – yet also how life-changing – a week spent unplugged can really be.

Since I just found out about this, I’m already a day late starting, but I’ll try it anyway and see how long I can make it before I plug back in… So for now I’ll say ‘adieu’ … 🙂


Automated Killer Robots / Canada’s Inuit, more…

February 28, 2008

These are a few interesting news items from News Center:

Automated Killer Robots ‘Threat to Humanity’: Expert
Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP.
[…] Read more

Canada’s Inuit Are the Canaries in the Coal Mine
For centuries, the Inuit have lived in harmony with possibly the harshest climate on the planet. Thanks to climate change, they are losing their traditional way of life as rapidly as the polar ice caps are melting. While this drama may seen remote and unimportant to those who defend what they believe to be their God-given right to burn fossil fuels, what befalls the Inuit may soon befall all of us. In simple terms, they are the canaries in the coal mine of climate change.
[…] Read more

Missing E-Mails May Never Be Found

Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change

Baquba Losing Life – And Hope

Anti-War Movement Wrestles with 1968

Public Broadcasting Activists Refute McCain Campaign ‘Facts’ on FCC Letters



Harvey Wasserman | Did Florida Nuke Plant Take State to the Radioactive Brink Again?

Robert Scheer | What the Times Didn’t Tell About McCain

William Hartung | Say It Ain’t So, Ralph!

Amira Hass | Gaza: The Breakthrough That Did Not Happen

John Nichols | Clinton’s Cringe-Worthy Moment

Noam Chomsky | The Most Wanted List: International Terrorism

and more…



Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Why Do McCain, Obama and Clinton Want a Bigger Military?

Eleven Conservation Groups Challenge Federal Wolf Delisting

Beyond Nuclear: Documents Debunk Myth of French Nuclear ‘Success’

and more…



Censored Images of War

November 27, 2007

YouTube – Censored Images of War (part 1)

Ravaging of Africa; Future of Radical Activism; Domain Names in the Crossfire and More

August 22, 2007

The news this week from, a progressive perspective on world events…

News from August 20-22, 2007

Remembering the Future of Radical Activism
Written by Mandisi Majavu

The Story Only Shoes are Left to Tell and the Work Left for Us
Written by Jeff Nall

Website Domain Names in the Crossfire
Written by Dan Krimm

The Ravaging of Africa
Written by Asad Ismi, Produced by Kristin Schwartz

Check out news and analysis from around the web

Thanks for reading TF!

Internet Core Neutrality: Drawing a Line in the Sand at ICANN

July 28, 2007

Internet Core Neutrality: Drawing a Line in the Sand at ICANN
Written by Dan Krimm

Most people have never heard of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, but the number who have may be about to grow significantly.

ICANN is a nonprofit organization less than a decade old that makes policy about the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). This organization determines policy for registries of top-level domains (TLDs) such as ‘.com’ or ‘.net’, for registrars of second-level domains (2LDs) such as ‘‘ or ‘‘ and for the Root Server Operators whose computers tell the rest of the computers on the Internet what TLDs exist and where to find them.

A matter of concern only to techno/Inter-geeks, right? Wrong.

To see how this may affect your Internet, read on…

New Free Professional and Academic Networking Site, Peace,Conflict and Development

July 11, 2007

Peace and Collaborative Development Networking

This is a free professional networking site to encourage interaction between individuals & organizations worldwide involved in development, peace, conflict resolution and related fields. Members are encouraged to dialogue and share resources.

Craig Zelizer, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

Department of Government

Georgetown University

3240 Prospect Street

Washington, DC 20007


Global Webcast: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace

May 26, 2007

Mark your calendar to join Amnesty USA on June 6th for a global webcast to discuss the struggle against internet repression and to celebrate the irrepressible desire of all people for freedom of expression.

Wherever you are, you can watch and contribute to the debate live by webcast, starting at 1:30 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM Pacific Time).

We’ll be using the power of the internet to link activists from around the world, including cyber dissidents, net activists, internet gurus, writers and journalists. You’ll hear from:

Clark Boyd — BBC technology correspondent
Sami Ben Garbia — Tunisian cyber-dissident
Josh Wolf — US cyber-dissident
Yu Ling — wife of Chinese cyber-dissident
Morton Sklar — Attorney representing Yu Ling’s husband in case against Yahoo!
Ron Deibert — Open Net Initiative
Shava Nerad — Tor toolset for anonymity online
Yan Sham-Shackleton —
Markus Beckedahl — Network Media
Kevin Anderson — The Guardian
Jimmy Wales —
Richard Stallman — Free Software Movement
Ethan Zuckerman — Global Voices
Dan Gillmor — Center for Citizen Media
Cory Doctorow —
Martha Lane Fox —
… and You

Visit to access more information about internet censorship and to sign up for the new “irrepressible” podcast through iTunes.

I hope you’ll join us on June 6th!

In solidarity,
Mila Rosenthal
Director, Amnesty International USA Business & Human Rights Program