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It is not only the specific practices of individual companies that cause problems. The attitudes created by the currrent system of exploitation gives power and profits to the few, at the expense of people, animals and the environment. It is important to expose the unethical practices of specific companies as their behaviour is often indicative of the entire system.

Thursday, October 14, 2004
02:27 a.m.

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There will be no more posts on this Blog until further notice. I am working on a new design for a blog. I would like to focus on writing for now. Please have a look at my del.icio.us bookmarks collection. All of my favorite links are posted, feel free to pass them on......Keep on Slacking!!!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
09:09 p.m.

Bamboon T-Shirts

Bamboon T-shirts began in 1988 on the streets of downtown Toronto, in the now famous Soho Vending collective at the corner of Queen and Soho. We are one of the few vendors that found refuge underground during the late 90s when the vending scene was going mainstream. We survived gentrification and many incarnations, today we have been resurrected through the Internet.

Bamboon T-Shirts

Thursday, September 2, 2004
08:52 a.m.

UPDATE on artist Steve Kurtz.

July 8, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: mailto:media@caedefensefund.org
FBI HARRASSMENT OF ARTIST AND SCIENTIST CONTINUES
Kurtz and Ferrell face 20-year charges of mail and wire fraud in federal court arraignment Dr. Steven Kurtz, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo, was arraigned and charged in Federal District Court in Buffalo today on four counts of mail and wire fraud (United States Criminal Code, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1343), which each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The arraignment of Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, who was indicted along with Kurtz, has been postponed for a week for health reasons. The defendants were charged not with bioterrorism, as listed on the Joint Terrorism Task Force's original search warrant and subpoenas, but with a glorified version of "petty larceny," in the words of Kurtz attorney Paul Cambria. The laws under which the indictments were obtained are normally used against those defrauding others of money or property, as in telemarketing schemes. Historically, these laws have been used when the government could not prove other criminal charges. (See http://www.caedefensefund.org/ for background and full text of indictment. Under the arraignment conditions, Kurtz is subject to travel restrictions, random and scheduled visits from a probation officer, and periodic drug tests. EMINENT SCIENTISTS CONFUSED AND ALARMED A great number of people are wondering why this seemingly absurd case is still being pursued. "I am absolutely astonished," said Donald A. Henderson, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and resident scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Henderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush for his work in heading up the World Health Organization smallpox eradication program and was appointed by the Bush administration to chair the National Advisory Council on Public Preparedness. "Based on what I have read and understand, Professor Kurtz has been working with totally innocuous organisms... to discuss something of the risks and threats of biological weapons--more power to him, as those of us in this field are likewise concerned about their potential use and the threat of bio-terrorism." Henderson noted that the organisms involved in this case--Serratia marcescens and Bacillus atrophaeus--do not appear on lists of substances that could be used in biological terrorism (http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=646). University of California at San Diego Professor of Design Engineering Natalie Jeremijenko noted that scientists ship materials to each other all the time. "I do it, my lab students do it. It's a basis of academic collaboration.... They're going to have to indict the entire scientific community." Perhaps with such an outcome in mind, preeminent science magazine Nature has called on scientists to support Kurtz. "As with the prosecution of some scientists in recent years, it seems that government lawyers are singling Kurtz out as a warning to the broader artistic community.... Art and science are forms of human enquiry that can be illuminating and controversial, and the freedom of both must be preserved as part of a healthy democracy--as must a sense of proportion" (http://www.caedefensefund.org/press/CAEed.pdf). FACE-SAVING MEASURE OR WARNING TO ARTISTS? Some believe that the entire case is merely a face-saving tactic by the FBI: "Recently, federal agents arrested University at Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz, implying he was a bioterrorist. Now, officials have downgraded that to a mail fraud charge.... The FBI always gets its man, even if it has to change its charge. Jaywalkers, beware" (http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20040707/3028537.asp). Others, like the editors of Nature quoted above, see the intent as much more insidious. "It's really going to have a chilling impact on the type of work people are going to do in this arena, and other arenas as well," noted Stephen Halpern, a SUNY Buffalo law professor who specializes in Constitutional law (http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=646). Professors and staff from the University of California system express similar fears. "We are both extremely concerned and disturbed that the prosecution of the CAE members and research colleagues is continuing.... We see here a pattern of behavior that leads to the curtailing of academic freedom, freedom of artistic expression, freedom of interdisciplinary investigation, freedom of information exchange, freedom of knowledge accumulation and reflection, and freedom of bona fide and peaceful research. All of which are fundamental rights and cornerstones of a modern academic environment." "Kurtz's materials are politically, not physically, dangerous," said Mary-Claire King, the University of Washington geneticist who first proved the existence of a gene for hereditary breast cancer. "They [Steve Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble] re-create [scientific] ideas using their own way of imaging, and then say, 'Maybe you'd like to look at it this way.' To me, that's teaching. It does not seem to me to threaten homeland security. In fact, I would be threatened to live in a homeland in which that was perceived to be a threat" (http://www.tribnet.com/entertainment/story/5238040p-5173016c.html). CAE had intended to use the bacteria concerned in a project critiquing the history of US involvement in germ warfare experiments, including the Bush administration's earmarking of hundreds of millions of dollars to erect high-security laboratories around the country. Many eminent scientists likewise view these plans as a recipe for catastrophe. "I'm concerned about them from the standpoint of science, safety, security, public health and economics," writes Dr. Richard Ebright, lab director at Rutgers University's Waksman Institute of Microbiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. "They lose on all counts" (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/29/science/29cont.html). In a letter to the FBI, the PEN American Freedom to Write committee writes that "PEN supports strong, targeted laws to apprehend terrorists and those who would carry out terrorist attacks. In seeking to meet the terrorist threat, however, we must not give in to the impulse to censor or ban whole bodies of basic knowledge. The tools of terrorists are the tools of modern life, and many of these tools, including biotechnology, have wide-ranging, non-criminal applications. They also pose challenging ethical and policy questions, which it is both the right and responsibility of a free society to consider. Arts such as literature and performance are indispensable tools that often serve to stimulate and advance public awareness and understanding of otherwise arcane bodies of knowledge.... Actions [of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force] could exert a chilling effect on kinds of speech that clearly enjoy full First Amendment protection. You have pledged to carry out antiterrorism efforts without compromising civil liberties and constitutional protections." Innumerable other scientists, artists, institutions, and others have written letters of support for Kurtz and Ferrell. A number of these can be viewed at http://www.caedefensefund.org/letters.html. INVESTIGATION CONTINUES Even after today's arraignment, the FBI's investigation of Kurtz and Ferrell is not over. The grand jury is still hearing testimony of subpoenaed witnesses including Autonomedia, an independent publisher who has published five CAE books (http://www.autonomedia.org/). Autonomedia, summoned to appear in court on July 13 and to submit all records and editorial correspondence pertaining to their dealings with CAE, is represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union with an amicus curiae brief from the American Booksellers Committee for Free Expression. Organizers and supporters of the defense committee have pledged to continue their information, education, and protest activities. Several campuses have already organized teach-ins on the case in the fall, and fund-raisers and speak-outs are scheduled in Chicago, London, New York, and other cities throughout July and August. To donate to the defense fund, please visit http://caedefensefund.org/donate.html. Updates on the case will be posted at http://www.caedefensefund.org/. To receive more frequent updates by email, please join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CAE_Defense/.

UPDATE on artist Steve Kurtz.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
01:08 p.m.

Get stats and facts on countries.

NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to compare nations using graphs.

Get stats and facts on countries.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
12:50 p.m.

Legal Handbook for Photographer's

Photographer's Rights. Know your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography.

Legal Handbook for Photographer's

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
12:37 p.m.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century.

How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? Computer? Telephone? Explore our list of the top 20 achievements, and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
12:28 p.m.

Shoot film, not people!

The 8mm Film Format Metadirectory is an 8mm/Small Format Film Metadirectory! The purpose of the site is to provide a jumping-off point for 8mm and small format film makers.

Shoot film, not people!

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
12:19 p.m.

Boards of Canada.

Put on some headphones and have some fun.

Boards of Canada.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
12:07 p.m.

Graffiti Creator

Graffiti Creator

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
12:38 a.m.

Sushi Etiquette.

Here is a brief description/instruction on how to eat sushi from beginner, to expert. Sushi Encyclopedism a huge source of sushi information and facts has many links, as well as obscure stuff.

Sushi Etiquette.

Saturday, June 12, 2004
04:12 p.m.

FBI DETAIN ARTIST STEVE KURTZ, SEIZE ART

Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz's art supplies were actually bioterrorism weapons. Thus began an Orwellian stream of events in which FBI agents abducted Kurtz without charges, sealed off his entire block, and confiscated his computers, manuscripts, art supplies... and even his wife's body.

FBI DETAIN ARTIST STEVE KURTZ, SEIZE ART

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
12:10 p.m.

The next big thing?

"In our utopian future, everyone will use tools descended from today's blogs to structure, search and share personal information, as well as to participate in shared discussion. We begin by expressing a vision of common-use hypertext for information management and interpersonal communication." A Personal Information and Knowledge Infrastructure Integrator. By K.Andrews Edmonds et al. [via. JoDI]

The next big thing?

Friday, May 21, 2004
11:42 p.m.

SIM-CAM

It doesn't matter whether you have a digital camera or an old Nikon, the concepts of exposure still apply. The important thing is to understand how the Aperture and Shutter affect exposure. This is a simulator. [via.Linkfilter]

SIM-CAM

Friday, May 21, 2004
11:12 p.m.

Let there be Blogs.....and there was!

This is the first post in Ozwerk Blog! I decided to link to Toronto artist Ted Tucker's site. Let the nightmare begin. His site also has links to other Toronto painters. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment.

Let there be Blogs.....and there was!

Friday, May 21, 2004
10:27 p.m.

 
Blogarama - The Blog Directory Listed on BlogsCanada