Living well in the technosocial world – a review of Shannon Vallor’s Technology and the Virtues

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When new technologies are unveiled the conversation is usually dominated by excited comments regarding all of the things for which these newfangled devices or platforms will be good. This new smartphone will be better for taking pictures than any phone to have come before it, this social media platform will make it even easier to share things with your friends and family, this Internet of Things home assistant will make it a snap to order groceries, and the list goes on. New technologies invite would be users to think of what those devices will do for them, but rarely ask the same users to consider what those devices will do to them. Yet, what is often missing from the discussion of all of the ways in which a given technology is good, is a serious consideration of the ways in which this technology impacts our conception of the good.

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Only The Sun Can Paint The Water

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found Broken Light Collective in an article it instantly resonated. He now runs a photography program at his local mental health association. He has since become a certified mental health peer specialist and advocate. He also writes local editorial and uses his platform to help erase the stigma of mental illness in his community.

About this photo: “There’s been so many changes for me, both good and bad, that it can be hard to take a breath. Let alone actually comprehend it all. In looking for something that captures what I feel, I keep coming back to…

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Gold in the Mountains

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression, until one day in his early thirties it all came crashing down. His anxiety turned to severe panic attacks. Fear and paranoia consumed him. It would take years to get a concrete diagnosis. Ultimately, after a full three-day medical work up at a military hospital in DC, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, general and social anxiety, and ADHD. It was around that time when he picked up the camera he had laid down some years back, and began to shoot again. He liked being behind the camera’s lens. He felt safe there…

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Lamb’s hearts — a tasty, affordable alternative to stir-fried steak

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Churchmouse Altarmousefinal copyEating animal hearts are not something we Westerners do much of nowadays.

Yet, there was a time when organ meats — called variety meats or offal, collectively — provided basic nutrients and protein for the poor and working classes. The offal tradition has been revived in Britain over the past few years, thanks to traditional cookery shows on television; our butcher has been surprised by his customers’ increasing requests for hearts, liver and kidneys.

You can prepare heart in one of two ways. You can boil it to death or you can stir-fry it. Those who favour low and slow cooking need to be adept at getting heart just right, because it can turn out tough and muscular. Another downside is that this type of cooking uses a lot of gas or electric, highly expensive these days.

On the other hand, stir-frying heart presents a quick, healthful, tender —…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : New #census release : Number of @IndigenousX has jumped by 18 per cent since 2011 to 649,171

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The first results of the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today, show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represented 2.8 per cent of the population counted in the 2016 Census – up from 2.5 per cent in 2011, and 2.3 per cent in 2006.

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Of the 649,200 people who reported being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in 2016, 91 per cent were of Aboriginal origin, 5 per cent were of Torres Strait Islander origin, and 4.1 per cent reported being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.

While the Northern Territory has Australia’s highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (25.5 per cent of the NT population), New South Wales is home to the highest number, with more than 216,000 people…

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Hug a Father – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated

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Hug a Father – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated

Throughout my life my Dad was a very special man, not just to our family but so many.  The stories friends would tell me later in life about how my Dad made them feel part of our family when they felt lost and alone in their own family.

My Dad allowed us all to dream, supporting us to go after our goals, never doubting our capabilities.

Dad was quick with a smile and a joke.

He was always there to help a friend or stranger.

He cared for my Mother with dementia and lead by example.

Dad had strong family values to the end.

I so miss my Father, but yet the lessons he taught through kindness will forever be with me.

May ever child have a man like my Father in their life.

We must all respect and know…

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Hot Docs 2016 Review: “The Opposition” (2016) ★★★★★

All Australians must recognise and support the strong traditional bond between the Papuan people and Torres Strait Islanders that should never be forgotten or under-estimated

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How many times do you hear of a film that was held up in a court case and just recently released a censored version that was screened at the Documentary Film Festival? Not many. And when it happens, you know that you have to leave everything else and see exactly that film to know why the government did not want you to see it.

Imagine for a second, you live by the beach and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature while you breathe fresh air. Even though you may not have enough money to enjoy a wealthy life, but you have a land where you were born that gives you more than any money in the world. One day, one development company demands not only you, but the entire community to free the area, as they plan to build a five-star hotel and marina.

Well, perhaps you’re a lucky person…

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