Tag Archives: human rights

When land use planning turns EVIL


As professional planners, we like to think of land use planning as a fairly benign occupation that may stir controversy and discourse every now and then. I doubt many of us would consider the profession as being evil. But, as … Continue reading

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“Say cheese!” – Cities with the most surveillance cameras


Ever felt like someone was watching you? Well, the following list of the cities with the most raw number of surveillance cameras was prepared by Vin Tech in 2011 and was updated to include projected 2012 numbers for Chongqing, China. … Continue reading

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International cities of refuge


You may never have heard of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), but it has a very noble purpose: “ICORN Cities offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can live and work without fear of being censored or silenced.” … Continue reading

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A disturbing example of role reversal


In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in the Citizen United case that corporations are “people.” More recently, I have seen and heard references to people as something other than “people.”  I have heard “units” utilized on a television commercial for … Continue reading

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The question of personhood


fyi: I thought this topic was important enough to post on both of my blogs at the same time. Ever since the Supreme Court decided that corporations were persons in Citizens United vs the Federal Election Commission, there has been … Continue reading

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The question of personhood


fyi: I thought this topic was important enough to post on both of my blogs at the same time. Ever since the Supreme Court decided that corporations were persons in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, there has been … Continue reading

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