Community ownership story in Guardian, also source of featured image.
Stephen Reicher is Professor of Social Psychology and former Head of the School of Psychology at the University of St Andrews. and an expert in his field. Well worth listening to in other words.
You can read previous posts on over crowding here. You can also read about more current overcrowding issues here. The featured image is from a series on overcrowding in prisons in El Salvador … […]
If you listen to the mainstream media you might be forgiven for believing that all our financial woes lie at the feet of the disabled, the unskilled, the chronically ill, the unemployed, asylum seekers and […]
I’ve referred previously to overcrowding in Glasgow. Here’s something you might find interesting.
Home ownership is often trumpeted as one of the greatest achievements of the Thatcher era, I’m inclined to disagree. What Thatcher did with the wholesale sell off of social housing was remove the financial burden […]
This quote comes from a section discussing housing schemes that have been taken over by the local residents in what amounts to a community buyout. On the one hand you have these community organisations organising […]
It’s striking that Scotland has the sick man of Europe reputation, something that seems to have always been that way. It’s true that Glasgow and other urbanised areas in Scotland have suffered from chronic over-crowding […]
Mary Hepburn is an experienced health professional who has campaigned on these issues for some time, she’s definitely someone who should be taken seriously. Maternal mortalityy is an issue I’ve quoted and commented on previously, […]
I can remember aimlessly walking in the rain, not because I was finding any peace or joy in it though.
I have no idea where this picture originally came from, however, if you do know please leave me a comment so that I can credit the climbing kitty cat :)
There are parts of Scotland where deprivation is and has been a massive issue, where life expectancy ranks among the worst in Europe, this is widely known and for many it’s just another aspect on […]
. . . Talking of Bad Apples . . .
I have to say that it was also an image I clung to myself when I was younger and the self-mocking style is one I have retained, refined and made my own. Add in a […]
It’s not so much that these facts are redacted, but there is almost a willful ignorance of them amongst great swathes of the Scottish population. Blame for this lack of knowledge lies in part with […]
I think it would be fair to contend that rather than ‘progress’ failing to enhance living standards we must accept that simply raising standards can not ultimately lead to any greater satisfaction with life; particularly […]
I don’t think it would be over-stating to describe modern society as a form of open prison in which people are enslaved to an idea and a vision of what they believe they should do […]
Have to admit, I was thinking about Mrs Madestuff when I doodled this. The whole thing was based around a heart that forms the basis for the heads and arms … I didn’t know what […]
The quote, probably a mis-quote, underneath is from a song by Regina Spektor … correction, it’s definitely a mis-quote. That’ll teach me for trying to quote lyrics from memory.
Everyday we seem to learn something new about something that one government or another is doing that is at best morally questionable and at worst downright evil. From Guantanamo Bay and the illegal imprisonment of […]
It’s probably one of the toughest aspects dealing with my own mental health issues; just when I think I’m making progress something will come out of the blue and knock me right back down … […]
I was just looking back through some of the madestuff archives from 5 years ago, 2009, and found these photo’s of the Christmas wreath we put together that year. It was made out of gold […]
Wish I had more time and inclination to do this for our christmas gifts … wish I had christmas gift to put in them!!
This quote, again from Leopold Kohr, discusses individual sovereignty as Kohr seeks to highlight that democracy is diminished in large states as the power of the individual is diminished by the vast numbers of large […]
There have been a few meme’s floating around using this quote, I didn’t like them, here’s mine instead The image (without words) is by Gregory Colbert, the link takes you to his site where you […]
One of these quotes sums up at least part of my problem, the other one is about gifted people. I made up the above meme using Marya Hornbacher’s quote, sadly though I have no clue […]
It is incumbent upon the individual not to become the passive, the submissive, the docile. If we do that then we get the government we deserve, not the government we need. Also, I was rather […]
This is one of my favourite passages from the entire book, it so succinctly argues that bigger is not better that it’s very difficult to disagree with his position without making substantial efforts to do […]
Considering this was published first in 1957 it seems remarkabely current somehow.
From where I’m sitting this remains salient in the aftermath of the recent Scottish Independence referendum. Of course the creation of artificial states only comes about by conquest. A rather epic, imaginery encounter, that Rado […]
WOOT!! Now we’re talking . . . . . . sorry folks, wrong type of Super Power there [sad face]. . . . although, awesome piece of artwork from Cyril Terpent there. Meanwhile, back in […]
… because, frankly, if you ain’t playin’ for power you’re playin’ the wrong game.
So there has obviously been a lot in the news recently about police brutality in the light of incidents in the US and the repeated failure of the police officers involved to be indicted, it […]
Yes, yes, I know … terrible terrible, TERRIBLE effort on the drawing front. Please don’t judge … actually feel free, I doubt you could have a lower opinion on this effort then me! On the […]
So I was looking for an image to associate with this post, and found this cool picture on DeviantArt entitled The Abyss by Alexiuss who does some rather fine comic works, check it out.
The quote here is really about extremes, the character in question from the story experiences days when he is intellectually so far beyond those around him that they cannot understand him, similarly he has other […]
… to my black dog. Like other dogs, black dogs need to be let out occasionally, unlike other dogs, if you don’t let them out they’ll devour and destroy you. For the avoidance of doubt […]