Category Archives: Politics

I’m in the June/July/August issue of Backbone Magazine talking about cleantech in Canada

Backbone Magazine has just published a great overview of the cleantech sector in Canada that contains quotes from a number of notable people in the space including Kirk Washington (Yaletown Venture Partners), Victoria Smith (BC Hydro), Rick Whittaker (Sustainable Development … Continue reading

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Two curves: My view on the BC cleantech sector at the beginning of 2010

I was asked recently what I had learned from my informal survey of the local BC cleantech sector. This was my response and I was encouraged to share it more widely. I’d love your own thoughts on the following. Dear … Continue reading

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Interesting reading: food that kills, augmented reality, death by board meeting, lazy people, and big ideas.

Jamie Oliver pleads with us to stop killing our kids with crappy food: www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html Blaise Aguera y Arcas will blow your mind with the next generation of augmented reality mapping tools. Makes Google Maps look like crayons and paper. www.ted.com/talks/blaise_aguera.html … Continue reading

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City of Berkeley launches their Climate Action Plan using Vancouver-based Visible Strategies’ “See-It”. WOW.

Check out the newly launched Climate Action Plan Indicators tool from the City of Berkeley that is based on Vancouver’s own Visible Strategies‘ “See-It” application. It allows all of the stakeholders to have a dashboard that lets them input their … Continue reading

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Live streaming of Obama’s inauguration caused the Internet’s top 40 sites to slow to 60% of normal speed. Wow.

WebGuild posted an excellent article today on the effect that all of the world’s live video streams had on the Internet yesterday during Obama’s inauguration. I was hoping that somebody would have the metrics for that. It appears that it … Continue reading

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My thoughts on the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States

Like millions of other people, I am watching Obama’s inauguration on CNN.com and Facebook. It’s interesting to watch all of the prior Presidents come in and listen to the music playing. It feels oddly imperial and royal. It’s the first … Continue reading

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Go See MILK – the story of the “Mayor of Castro” Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn – it’s fantastic

Wow. I went to see MILK tonight at the Castro Theatre on Castro Street in San Francisco tonight. What an incredibly well done and powerful movie. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in … Continue reading

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Patriot Act abuse: couple being overtly sexual on a plane have been charged under the Patriot Act. WTF?

THIS is the reason you don’t allow overly broad stupid legislation like the Patriot Acts I and II and the most recent Military Commission Act to pass. They are always unintended uses that far exceed the original intent of the … Continue reading

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President Bush has signed into law the complete destruction of Writ of Habeus Corpus – the U.S. govt can now put legally put anybody in jail and hold them there indefinitely. 200 years of Constitutional protection gone.

Ben Franklin said it best: “Those who would trade liberty for a bit of safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is appalling. I urge everybody to watch this:

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Quieting our cities: Do they make electro magnetic pulse generators that are small enough to aim at a Harley?

I would like to offer up a business idea to an enterprising young engineering student. Develop something that operates a bit like a speeding ticket camera but that is for sound level instead. Build it so that it can sit … Continue reading

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Why is $10/gallon gas a great thing? And what does it have to do with evolution, adaptation, and local economic growth? Everything.

I think I have found the magic number. Every fifth article from Mark Morford is so brilliant, insightful, and articulate that I need to post most, if not all, of it here for my readers. Today is the day for … Continue reading

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Earth Day and President Bush talks about the environment. Shockingly, lighting did not strike him dead on the spot.

Another brilliant rant from Mark Morford. See the full article here. Excerpts below: Look, see those tire marks? That ungainly footprint? Feel that breath of humid doom upon your skin? Yes, the president was just here. Up in Napa Valley, … Continue reading

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The First Annual “30 days of sustainability” has launched in Vancouver!

(If you are looking for the 2007 event information, please click HERE.) I am very excited about our launch of the 30 Days of Sustainability. For the month of March, Vancouver will host a cornucopia of events and activities, all … Continue reading

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Please go and vote for our Web 2.0 Manifesto over at ChangeThis!

Some friends and I decided that we want to write a Web 2.0 manifesto over at ChangeThis. We submitted our proposal to the ChangeThis team and they accepted! So now we need you to go over and vote for us … Continue reading

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Celebrated authors of “The Frog and Prince” – one of the best networking books in the world – expand to the United States with their new release “Work the Pond”. I highly recommend this.

Back in 2003, I attended a pivotal event at the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Normally, these events generally follow a predictable pattern. People fill in the room, buy a drink and wander aimlessly. The venture capitalists avoid the nervous entrepreneurs with … Continue reading

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Mark Morford does it (yet) again: SpongeBob square pants is in cahoots with Bob the Builder to promote the gay agenda, while Bush asks for $80B more for his war on Islam and the Church continues to promote disease and unwanted births over contraception

Only Mark Morford can put all of this into one article and tie it all together so well. Excerpts below. The link to the left takes you to the full article at SF Gate. …James Dobson, the cute little founder … Continue reading

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44% of Amerikans think that Muslim-Americans should have restricted rights. What a surprise. This must be counteracted by sane people everywhere

A Cornell university study has found that 44% of Amerikans favoured “some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans.” But remember George Bush, “this is not a war of Christian against Muslim or Westerners against Easterners, it is a … Continue reading

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Fortress Amerika continued: John Perry Barlow takes on the US govt for illegal mission drift on Fourth Amendment searches

Read it and weep, my Amerikan friends. And support the EFF. QUOTE December 10, 2004 A Taste of the System 02:07 AM | Current Affairs/ Drugs/ Politics Since the election, as you’ve doubtless noticed, I haven’t had much to say … Continue reading

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Canada goes to hell! Legal pot? Legal gay marriage? Universal Healthcare? (from Mark Morford)

Many of you know that one of my favourite columnists is Mark Morford, who writes for the San Francisco Gate news. This is this weeks rant on Canada’s policies versus those of his own government. It’s a fantastic read and … Continue reading

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Rewriting school books in Texas: Sex is bad, abstinence is good, condoms are missing, and gays are depressed, suicidal drug-users

Book-burning and more importantly, book-re-writing has been used throughout the rein of man to erase the collective knowledge and to curb dangerous thoughts and direct society. This infamous technique for hiding knowledge continues unabated today in Texas. Dubya and the … Continue reading

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Dilbert of the day – nanotech stem cells for fighting terrorists – sounds like something that could get great VC funding!

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Enblogment: Kerry for U.S. President

I’m doing my part to join the enblogment exercise started by Larry Lessig. Everybody should link back (trackback) to their candidate of choice. The trackbacks will be analyzed against the election results to see if there is any correlation at … Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden’s transcript (from Al-Jazeera)

The transcript from Al-Jazeera is here. Some interesting comments. In short, OBL blames American/Israeli bombing of Lebanon for being the root cause of his revenge. Another interesting point is that he says four years have passed and the roots of … Continue reading

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Barlow, Lessig, Morford, The New Yorker & the Economist voting for Kerry

Here they are: The Economist: The Incompetent or the Incoherent? Lawrence Lessig: Enblogment: For KerryThe New Yorker: The Choice is Kerry John Perry Barlow: How to Overthow the Government Mark Morford: Get Out and Vote and Scream

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Kentucky Senator-elects try to outdo each other’s homophobia

Well, it’s a tough Senatorial race in Kentucky so they’re pulling out all the stops and playing the gay card. One of Senator Jim Bunnings supporters, State Senate president David Williams, tried to sway voters away from Senate hopeful Dan … Continue reading

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New York Times covers Bush’s catastrophic military and legal failures

Thanks to Scott Rosenberg at Salon for the links to this amazing set of articles at the New York Times covering Bush’s catastrophic failures in Iraq on the military front as well as on the legal front. I took the … Continue reading

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Massive Change – the future of global design

This is an extremely long post on Massive Change, the multi-media exhibition that is intended to be the starting point for a global discussion on the role of design in creating our world. Here is a bit from their website that gives you a sense of the goals of the project.

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2004 is 1984: American government continues their drive for total, real-time, life-long tracking of all movement of its “citizens”.

Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent for CNET News, covers the next degree of heat in the boiling frog pot otherwise known as the American government’s plan to track every American citizen’s communications, travel, finances, relationships, and lives from cradle to … Continue reading

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HUMOUR: New Diebold U.S. election system now with online preview! (Just TRY and vote for Kerry)

More election humour from the U.S. (Thanks Dan Gillmor for the tip.)

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The rest of the world voted on the US election – Kerry received 77.1%, Bush received 9.0%

Check out Global Vote 2004, a (purportedly) non-partisan, (purportedly) non-spamming simple voting site designed to allow the rest of the world to vote on the US election, since we’re all going to be affected by it anyway. They are planning … Continue reading

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