Stratton Oakmont vs. Prodigy “generated the legal principle that you’re better off if you don’t monitor and police. For that reason, Dreamscape adopted the position it would not screen or edit anything. Taking one affirmative step requires others.”
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.
     -- Miguel de Unamuno

The first one is education, the second one is education, and the third one is education.
     -- U.S. Sen. George McGovern, on the three issues blocking the development of the Internet.

"The general belief holds that representative government is the only form of democracy that is feasible in today's sprawling, heterogeneous nation-states. However, interactive telecommunications now make it possible for tens of millions of widely dispersed citizens to receive the information they need to carry out the business of government themselves, gain admission to the political realm, and retrieve at least some of the power over their own lives and goods that many believe their elected leaders are squandering.
     -- Dana Ott, [The Role of Electronic Media in Promoting Democracy in Af rica]
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of atoms magnified a thousand-fold,
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old,
For the union makes us strong."
     -- labour anthem "Solidarity Forever"

Diane Kovac's List of lists

The Spam Report

Michael Landsman's LETSystems

Hemlock Society


The Journal of MUD Research is a refereed electronic journal which publishes academic research that relates to MUDs or makes use of MUD environments. Of particular interest are psychological, anthropological, sociological approaches. Both empirical and theoretical work is welcome. The Journal also publishes "Comments" (shorter pieces which propose new directions for research on MUDs) and book reviews.

Links to on-line psychology experiments

trAce/ linguaMoo

CyberMind Archive

CyberCulture archive

Frank Schaap's psych resources

Richard Moore's Movement for a Democratic Rensaissance

Steve Talbott's NetFuture

Howard Rheingold's Virtual Community

Raymond Rodgers Man in the Telesphere (1961) "predicted -- before any others -- "web", "links", "multi-mode media" convergence, etc, and various societal consequences. 108pp (though some scanning errors remain and diagrams are not yet readable graphics)..." <8c04>


George Hart's Polyhedra and Geometric Sculpture

Basic fractal tools

Percival Plumtwiddle on Threeness

Odden's Bookmarks Links to maps and geographic information around the world


Credit: Dick Killam, January 1997 Low tide at Halls Harbour, looking northward from the head of the harbour. The harbour entrance is blocked by a large pile of gravel that was deposited by the storm and high tides of 10-11 January 1997. The harbour is being cleared by dredging, Fundy style. Ordinarily, dredging a harbour to remove obstructions on the bottom means obtaining a large barge with a clamshell machine on it, floating the barge into position in the harbour, and the clamshell will then be dropped down through the water to bring up material from the bottom for disposal. Along the coast of the Bay of Fundy, "dredging" a harbour to remove obstructions on the bottom usually means waiting for low tide and sending in a front-end loader or a backhoe or a bulldozer.

The Saga of the Darwin Awarded Rocket Car.

11 May 1992, Westray Mine

Credit: Canadian Press

27 Jun 1995

Transcript of the stay of proceedings, Her Majesty The Queen v. Curragh Inc., Gerald J. Phillips And Roger J. Parry

8 Jul 1995

Parker Barss Donham on the Crown's appeal

Normally, a Crown prosecutor who wants to appeal an adverse ruling files a request with Kenneth W. F. Fiske, Chief Crown Attorney for Appeals, setting out the facts of the case and the reason for an appeal.

... Fiske usually makes the decision on his own, but in difficult cases, he'll seek the advice of colleagues in the appeal section. In rare cases, he may cast a wider net.

Obviously, Westray was no ordinary prosecution. Fiske heard from the Westray prosecution team, from regional Crown attorneys, from the appeal staff, and from his boss, Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Herschorn. Herschorn and the Westray prosecutors wanted to appeal. Fiske, and the lawyers on his staff, did not.

That division of opinion ought to have raised alarm bells. Mr. Justice Anderson's decision to stay the Westray prosecution was no run-of-the-mill defeat for the Crown. It was a rebuke based on prosecutorial misconduct so severe that, according to Anderson, a stay was the only remedy.

(More PBD in the (not often updated) [archives])

1Dec 1997

Public Inquiry


"The trial came to an abrupt halt on June 9, 1995 with the granting of a judicial stay of proceedings by Justice Anderson of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The granting of the stay of the criminal proceedings then allowed the Inquiry to proceed with fulfilling its mandate. The stay of proceedings was appealed by the prosecution and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial. The ruling of the Appeal Court was subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada and the prosecution is currently preparing for the new trial of mine manger Gerald Phillips and underground manager Roger Parry."


The many instances of hazardous and illegal practices encouraged or condoned by Westray management demonstrate its failure to fulfil its legislated responsibility to provide a safe work environment for its workforce. Management avoided any safety ethic and apparently did so out of concern for production imperatives...

The evidence before this Inquiry compels but one conclusion -- the Westray operation defied the fundamental rules and principles of safe mining practice. Regardless of the theories, philosophies, and procedures that management espoused on paper, most notably in its employee handbook, it clearly rejected industry standards, provincial regulations, codes of safe practice, and common sense in the operation of the Westray mine. Management failed to adopt and effectively promote a safety ethic underground. Instead, management, through its actions and attitudes, sent a different message -- Westray was to produce coal at the expense of worker safety.

6 Sep 1998

Silver Donald Cameron, The Dignity of Labour

The labour movement arose in the 19th century, when pregnant women crawled through dripping mine shafts dragging carts of coal, with yokes on their necks and chains between their legs. Some people thought that wasn't right. Some people thought it was wrong for children to work long hours in dusty factories with dangerous machines. Some people thought that men who worked 12 and 14 hours a day, seven days a week, should earn enough to support families.

We don't put up with such abuses any more, of course, so there's no need for unions today, right? Or so the corporate apologists would have us believe. But the wolf is still there. We wear clothes sewn by children in Pakistan and Bangladesh for corporations based in Europe and North America. The parent corporations are good corporate citizens here; they give to the United Way and support the local symphony. They don't mention the Asian kids in their annual reports...

Remember the tawdry story of Westray and its systematic evasion of safety regulations. Its miners had no union. Now twenty-six men lie dead, and the owner can't even be brought to court.

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