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."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.
-- 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.
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"
The Spam Report
Michael Landsman's LETSystems
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
Frank Schaap's psych resources http://people.a2000.nl/fschaap/maillist/cyberculture_archives_index.html
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
The Saga of the Darwin Awarded Rocket Car.
Transcript of the stay of proceedings, Her Majesty The Queen v. Curragh Inc., Gerald J. Phillips And Roger J. Parry
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.(More PBD in the (not often updated) [archives])
... 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.
"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
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.
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.