What studying disasters has taught me about COVID-19


“Civilization, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice.” – Zygmunt Bauman.

For the last several years, when people have asked me what I study, I have told them that I study the end of the world.

As you can imagine, it’s the sort of answer that results in rather mixed responses. When this first became my stock answer, quite a few years ago, it was generally met with either polite laughter, a barely concealed rolling of the eyes, or a swift change of the subject. Unfortunately, in recent years, when I’ve told people that I study the end of the world the responses have shifted away from polite derision and towards people quietly asking “how long do you think we have left?” If I had to pinpoint the exact moment that this shift began to take place I’d have to point to…

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Emily’s Quest – L.M. Montgomery


Reading Emily of New Moon I began to have an idea of why I’ve never loved and spent time with Emily Byrd Starr as I have with Anne Shirley or Pat Gardiner. I began to suss it out then, but I loved the book and it still seemed strange to me. With Emily Climbs it began to seem clearer – that dark streak running through it, I said, and left it at that. But it is only on finishing Emily’s Quest that I fully understand – and that is partly because I know, on closing this book, I will be leaving it closed for possibly another twenty years. Whether I have the moral courage to read it then will be interesting to see – almost like Emily’s fortitude in reading her letter from her fourteen-year-old self to herself at twenty-four, except unlike the very young Emily I know the pain…

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The Best Western Novels from The Western Writers of America

AS a kid who read westerns in the 1950’s I have to say my preference is for the older novelists like Zane Grey, Jack London and more recently Louis L’Amour but then again Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer is possibly my most reread western novel.

The Bookman's Page

 Best Westerns of the 20th Century

The Western Writers of America (WWA) had issued the lists of the Best Westerns twice before; in 1985 and again in 1995, both times with similar results in several areas. However, around the year 2000 the WWA felt it was time to reprise the Best Western Survey.  They brought together a panel of fifty-five individuals from twenty-two states and one Canadian province provided them with their votes for the best work and authors of the 20th century. On the lists were 83 authors, 112 novels, 122 nonfiction books, 86 films, 64 short stories, 41 television series, and 22 television mini-series. All of the lists can be viewed at: www.westernwriters.org/best_westerns.htm.   Listed below are 18 of the Best Western Novels… not in any order of distinction:

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his…

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Aboriginal Health and #CDP Debate : Download Senate Report : Are Aboriginal voices finally being heard on #CDP failure

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

  ” The inquiry heard the voices of Indigenous CDP participants, their organisations and other concerned Australians and revealed the deep-seated flaws with this top-down, punitive and discriminatory program.

Finally, our concerns have been heard.

APO NT has put considerable effort into developing an alternative to the CDP (APO NT alternative to CDP).  

 We are extremely pleased that the committee has recognized this Indigenous-led work and drawn on many key elements of the APO NT proposal.

John Paterson, from APO NT See full press release Part 1

The Senate inquiry report released last week  into the fraught Community Development Program (CDP) calls for a total overhaul of the unfair CDP system

DownloadSenate CDP report 2017

“Labor is deeply disappointed with Minister Scullion’s response to the Senate Inquiry into the Community Development Program (CDP).

Labor secured the Inquiry into the CDP in March after communities across…

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From Net Neutrality to the Net’s New Reality


There is a chance that this page took quite a while to load. Or that this particular site is now taking longer to load than it did in the past. There’s also a chance that it loaded at the same rate as it normally does, but that this time next week it will be loading much slower. There’s even a chance that this site has been blocked – which raises the question of how you’re even reading it. Of course, there’s a chance that it’s loading at the same rate that it normally loads because you’ve signed on, through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for some manner of expensive package that this site is somehow lumped in with. And, there is also the chance that you have come to this site from one of the countries in the world where it’s already common for some sites to load more slowly…

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Poor Family


The family of these 3 boys who come to our school live in a very pathetic condition. I have never heard their story in the way I was able to hear it today. Their mother Roselyne Nambuye born 1977 has a total of 9 children and she is expecting again the 10th child. Apart from her 2 elder children who also have children all the others plus one grand-child live in the same 10 x 10 ft room.

The poor lady is completely illiterate. According to her, their father died when they were very young and so they were unable to go to school. She then was forced to get married at an early age but her first husband who is the father to her 6 elder children molested her and send her packing before she fled from her rural home to come in the city to look for a…

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Broken Light Collective


Please welcome first-time contributor James, a long-term sufferer of mental illness from London who was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. James believes in the power of talking and that it’s linked with bringing awareness and healing to the sufferer. He is open about his dealings with mental illness and tries to subtly carry this visual into his work. He is a creative person and dipped his toes into many facets including music, film and creative writing before settling into photography. James is a plumber by day who lives with his wife, daughter, cat & dog.

About this photo: “This image is from a recent photoshoot I did entitled ‘Disconnect’.
I wanted to bring to life how I feel every day; disconnected from humanity and at times afraid of people and wanting to be left alone. But also the intrigue and desire to be included in society, even though my…

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Living well in the technosocial world – a review of Shannon Vallor’s Technology and the Virtues


When new technologies are unveiled the conversation is usually dominated by excited comments regarding all of the things for which these newfangled devices or platforms will be good. This new smartphone will be better for taking pictures than any phone to have come before it, this social media platform will make it even easier to share things with your friends and family, this Internet of Things home assistant will make it a snap to order groceries, and the list goes on. New technologies invite would be users to think of what those devices will do for them, but rarely ask the same users to consider what those devices will do to them. Yet, what is often missing from the discussion of all of the ways in which a given technology is good, is a serious consideration of the ways in which this technology impacts our conception of the good.


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Only The Sun Can Paint The Water

Broken Light Collective


Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found Broken Light Collective in an article it instantly resonated. He now runs a photography program at his local mental health association. He has since become a certified mental health peer specialist and advocate. He also writes local editorial and uses his platform to help erase the stigma of mental illness in his community.

About this photo: “There’s been so many changes for me, both good and bad, that it can be hard to take a breath. Let alone actually comprehend it all. In looking for something that captures what I feel, I keep coming back to…

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