This is how some of the major mental health charities work against the interests of mentally ill people

floaker:

This piece shows how the third sector, while well-meaning, helps the Government in it’s attacks upon the working class.

Originally posted on Aethelread the Unread:

Today, there was a conference on mental illness. It was addressed by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. The text of his speech is here. Since he was speaking about mental health in public, he inevitably aired a number of clichés and over-familiar memes.

So Mr Clegg repeated, of course, the blatant lie that 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. (It’s either way more than that – if you include everyone who experiences short term, self-limiting mental distress – or way fewer than that – if you include only those people with enduring difficulties which severely affect their quality of life.) And he read out a list of the kinds of people who are affected by mental illness –

It’s a dad who is off work with stress; a mum suffering panic attacks; a teenager with an eating disorder or a…

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Events from the 22nd July onwards

Hi again folks,

Another week and another update of events coming up around Glasgow.

There are still self-defence classes for woman running this month (22nd July 7pm – 9pm, Toryglen & 30th July 7pm – 9pm, Langside), see the Wise Women of Glasgow website for more: http://www.wisewomen.org.uk/currentcourses.html

We have also been seeing several last minute calls to show support for the people of Gaza. While we can’t always get them into the update on time, we will try to post updates here.

Remember, if you want us to add something to a listing then the more time you give us the better. Anyway, without further ado…

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Report on Britain’s dirty war against the Tamil people, 1979-2009
Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30pm
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

This event will present a report that traces three decades of UK support for Sri Lanka’s counter-insurgency campaign against the Tamil independence movement, and is based on previously unseen British government documents. It reveals that veterans of Britain’s wars in Ireland, Oman and Malaya repeatedly advised the Sri Lankan security forces, arguably prolonging the conflict when peace was a possibility.

Full details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/report-launch-britains-dirty-war-on-the-tamil-people-1979-2009-tickets-12242570859

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Grow Your Own
Thursday, July 24 – September 11
Polmadie Plots, Toryglen

This is a free course though booking is essential. To book a place please contact Colin at either colin@urbanroots.org.uk or 0141 613 2766

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food. The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting, and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for growing fruit and veg. There will be lots of practical activities, help and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.

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Propoganda Workshop
Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Haldane Building, Hill Street, Glasgow School of Art

Come along for an evening of subversion, sedition and fun at the Glasgow School of Art. The aim of this workshop is to collaborate, share ideas and develop propaganda to:

- Raise awareness of an particular issue, or be generally seditious and subversive
- Develop a creative strategy to achieve this (postering, flyering, direct action, culture jamming)
- Work out a plan of action to carry out activities

Refreshments will be provided. This workshop is part of a students postgraduate design project on anarchism as part of the Design Innovation and Citizenship course If you would like to come along or would like further information, please contact Chris or RSVP at: cgstrachan@live.co.uk

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The Empire Cafe
Thursday, July 24th until Friday, August 1st
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

The Empire Café is an exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical walks, film and literature.

See http://empire-cafe.org/

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Frack Watch
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

IT’S HAPPENING UNLESS WE PREVENT IT.

The Scottish Government is going to give the go-ahead for fracking in the central belt of Scotland, the gas to be used as a feedstock for the INEOS plant at Grangemouth. How can we prevent this reckless plan?

Come along to Frack Watch and say what you think could be done.

The date has been chosen because by then the “expert panel” will have reported to Scottish government and the new licences handed out – so we will be clearer exactly what we’re up against.

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Grow Local, Shop Local, Love Local
Sunday, July 27 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

*****A Glasgow Local Food Network Market at the Empire Cafe*****

Join us for Food Sovereignty Day at The Briggait: An afternoon of workshops, cookery demonstrations and tasters.

Browse and buy at stalls from local Glasgow growers selling fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and other delights, all made from locally sourced ingredients!

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Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place
Sunday, August 3 at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Malls Mire, Toryglen

Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place.
Facilitated by Satya Dunning, Wellbeing Practitioner and Dance Artist as part of The Living Well series for Urban Roots.
Half a day on Sunday 3 August 2014 at Malls Mire.
2pm – 6pm.
Cost: £5

To book a place email: projects@urbanroots.org.uk or tel: 0141 613 2766

http://www.satyadunning.co.uk

Aim:
Playful Movement in nature aims to increase wellbeing by being creative in a natural environment.

It’s a chance for you to get energised, and absorbed in a natural environment and leave busy thoughts and concerns behind.
It’s a space to reconnect with your body, others and your surroundings through play, movement, mindful based activity, using your imagination and paying attention to what’s around you.

You will:
Discover a new sense of self and relate to your surrounding creatively.
Increase your capacity to be in the present moment and have fun.
Improve your listening skills use a multisensory approach.
Deepen your experience of how creativity and nature contribute to your wellbeing.

The session is usually a mixture of talking, playful movement, sometimes drawing, reflecting and seeing how we can bring these experiences into our daily life.
No experience is needed. Open to 16 years old and plus.
What to bring:
Water, a snack and something to write on (notebook, journal).
Comfortable layers of clothing.
Waterproofs.

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Protest the Glorification of War
Monday, August 4 at 9:30am
Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street/Sauchiehall Street

On Monday, August 4, the UK government is organizing a ceremony to mark one hundred years since the British entered World War I. The intent is to glorify war and imperialism while justifying the UK role in World War I. There will be a ceremony at 10am at the Glasgow Cathedral followed by a wreath laying in George Square. Royals, probably Charles, Cameron and commonwealth heads of state will all be taking part in this travesty.

The Scottish Peace Network, a broad coalition that includes the IWW, is organizing protests to demand an end to imperialist wars and call for Scotland and the UK to leave NATO. We will be meeting at 9:30am that day at the Dewar statue on Buchanan Street. From there, small groups will go out to sites at the cathedral and on to George Square. Bring placards but we will have some to hand out to those who join us without a placard. We will also have a flyer to distribute.

The Peace Network brought together a range of groups and individuals to protest the recent Armed Forces Day in Stirling. We can do it again in Glasgow.

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KPC COMMUNITY FESTIVAL DAY
Friday, August 9 at 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Join KPC for a day of free family activities celebrating KPC’s summer youth programme on Saturday 9th August.

The day will run between 12-6pm with a host of exciting workshops to get involved in including:

- Carnival Arts and Crafts
- Caribbean Dancing with G.O.D.S
- Taekwondo Taster Sessions with Kinning Park Taekwondo Club
- Glasgow Science Festival Activities
- Punjabi Bhangra Dancing with Asap Bhangra
- Facepainting and Games

The day will also showcase NicoleO’Donnell Performingartsacademy and the KPC Kid’s Summer Programme’s, ‘Carnival of Beasts’ parading at 3pm in Plantation Park across from KPC.

The KPC Women’s Group will be cooking up tasty Indian foods and the KPC Kids will be serving homemade sweet treats in association with Open Jar Collective.

Live music and more to be announced!

All welcome.

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Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris? – Prof. Colin McInnes | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 11 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Geoengineering research is at present a speculative venture at the intersection of Engineering Science, Climate Science and public policy. Current research programmes aim to devise and develop processes through which the climate could be actively tuned to partly offset the potentially regressive impacts of future human-driven climate change. For some, geoengineering is a clear example of human hubris, and, for others, a hedge against high climate sensitivity and/or the continued growth of carbon emissions.

In this talk, Colin will explore the technological means of delivering geoengineering interventions, both feasible and speculative, and will put contemporary thinking on the topic into its historical context. He will then speculate on how large-scale engineering ventures could impact human development into the deep future – whether greening deserts or greening Mars, or indeed protecting the Earth from the natural calamities of the past.

Colin McInnes is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde where leads the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, an awarding-winning space technology research centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was awarded the Society’s Kelvin Prize in 2013. He is author and co-author of a number of publications on the technological challenges associated with Geoengineering, most recently contributing to an edited volume Geoengineering the Climate System published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January 2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.

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Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00pm
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on. Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the formation of a new GSC collective.

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Penington Cohousing Public Meetings
Wednesday, August 20 at 05.15pm Cafe & 17.45 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)
Sat 23 Aug 14.30 Cafe & 15.00 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)

Seeking new members!

Cohousing is a way of living in community. Starting with an interested group of 20 to 25 households, we will design our homes for our site, including a common house where we will have regular shared meals and space for community activities, and visitor accommodation. The landscaping will enable more day to day interactions to develop the sense of belonging. Sharing the design process will be part of community formation. Once built we will each buy our homes, and pay a regular charge for the shared facilities, and do a few hours of work to maintain the facilities each week.

We plan to use high building standards, reducing the need for energy input, and generating electricity eg from solar cells. Design will take into account the anticipated needs of an ageing community, like step free access. Plans are to have a cross age community that is mutually supportive, with opportunities to engage in activities, and reducing the isolation currently prevalent among older people. We are looking for a site with good access to public transport as the Cohousing Community will be part of the wider community that it is located in, not a gated estate.

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Health & Hierarchy
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s talk looks at the negative impact capitalist society has on our health. Full blurb to follow.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Fail Better: BOYCOTT ISRAEL
Thursday, August 21 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

This Fail Better is dedicated to the martyrs of Palestine (Gaza, West Bank & Historic Palestine). By answering the call from the Palestinian civillian population for the total Boycott Divestment and Sanction of Israel, we can work to dismantle the Apartheid State.

There will be poetry, music & film including:

Short films made by the LAJEE youth centre in Aida Camp, Betlehem

If anyone has words or music to share, please get in touch.

This Fail Better is a social space for discussing where we are. There will be no formal discussion, but treat the night as place to meet up with friends and folk to discuss what’s going on – whatever your knowledge/involvement with the Palestinian struggle.

There will be as much information on BDS as we can get our hands on.

All pennies spent will go directly to help the refugees of Palestine

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The Decline of Violence – Helen Dale | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, criminologists warned a despairing and frightened public throughout the developed world that already terrifying rates of violent crime would continue to rise. They described, among other things, the emergence of the ‘Superpredator’, an adolescent male who knew neither conscience nor remorse.

However, their predictions were wrong.

Crime rates began to drop like a stone. In the US, the drop had already commenced when criminologists were sounding their direst warnings. Other developed countries – including both England and Scotland – followed the US lead, and crime is now at historic lows.

Those who have read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ would be aware that Western societies have become less violent over the long term – as in, since the Middle Ages. The period from 1965 to 1990 – when crime rose – represented a short-lived and partial reversal of this trend. Because criminologists got it so wrong, many have reoriented their scholarship in an attempt to work out just what it was that made crime escalate in the 1960s, and then, as though by magic, drop away in the 1990s.
Helen will discuss the various theories put forward in an attempt to explain the latest decline of violence, and offer suggestions as to which have the greatest explanatory power.

Helen Dale studied her English law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose) and her Scots law at Edinburgh, and although she now works in corporate law, she started out – for the most part – practising criminal law. One of her advanced papers at Oxford was in criminology, and she (like lots of other lawyers) wanted to work out how an entire discipline could get it so wrong, and what may explain the (recent) decline of violence.

Helen blogs at: http://skepticlawyer.com.au/

Glasgow stands with Gaza – 6PM THIS EVENING!

Glasgow demo against the ground invasion of Gaza, today, Friday 18th, 6pm, Donald Dewar statue at top of Buchanan Street.

Donetsk miners to the workers of Europe: “help us break the stronghold of fascism in Ukraine”

Originally posted on Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine:

We have received the following appeal, signed by Mikhail Alexeevich Krylov, Representative of the Independent Donetsk Miners’ Trade Union. Krylov was co-chairman of the City Strike Committee in Donetsk during the big miners’ strikes in 1991 and later on in the 1990s. He is now the head of the Independent Miners Union of Donetsk, which organises over 1,000 mine-workers.

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Events from the 16th July onwards

Hi folks,

Of note this week coming is that us folks at the Glasgow Anarchist Federation are putting on a discussion on bicycles, transport, and the city environment and the call-out by claimants in Clydebank to show support to their campaign against benefit sanctions. The free personal safety courses for women hare also still ongoing this month:

16th July 10am – 12pm, Castlemilk

22nd July 7pm – 9pm, Toryglen

30th July 7pm – 9pm, Langside

For full information or to book a space on the course, see the Wise Women-Glasgow website: http://www.wisewomen.org.uk/currentcourses.html

Now without further ado…

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The Revolution must be Localised: The bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods
July 16 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The city excites & enthuses us, but it troubles us in equal measure. There are fewer and fewer free spaces in the city, every square foot of this place where we live has been divided up walled in and fenced off a dozen times before we were even born. The only thing that we have left that belongs to all of us is the streets

This months presentation looks at the bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods, followed by a discussion upon the issues raised.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Glasgow Anarchist Collective Support Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions
Thursday, July 17 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Clydebank Jobcentre, Radnor House, 245 Kilbowie Rd, Clydebank, G81 2JN

GAC will be in attendance to support Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions on their day of protest against JSA sanctions.

“we are campaigning locally to end the blight of thousands of people in West Dumbartonshire being reduced to desperate poverty by benefit sanctions.” – Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions

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Ibrox Flower Field Family Day
Friday, July 18 at 12:009m – 4:00pm
Ibrox Flower Field Community Garden, Hinshelwood Drive

Come and join us for an afternoon of family fun at the lovely Ibrox Flower Field Community Garden in Ibrox.

There will be:

Arts & Crafts
Garden Games
Planting Sessions
Herbal Teas
Strawberries and Cream
BBQ

All are welcome to come along and enjoy the afternoon.

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‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ – Free Film Screening, Discussion & Live Music
Saturday 19th July at 6:00pm – 10.30pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 22-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

FREE ENTR

Earthmovies is proud to present the Scottish premiere of ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’, an award-winning film with film director Liz Marshall present for a Q&A after the screening (she is coming all the way from the US for a UK tour!). Moreover there will be free vegan food and the fabulous Blochestra playing live music. And the best is it’s all free!

About the film:
Acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne Mc Arthur gives an empathetic insight into the lives of animals which are usually out of our sight. Each story is a window into different global animal industries such as food, fashion, entertainment and research.

Her captivating images raise important questions about how we treat animals in our society. Can it be justified to use animals as products instead of recognizing their value and dignity as fellow living beings?

The screening will be followed by a discussion about animal rights and the role of the media with film director Liz Marshall as well as Tatiana Heise representing Animal Aid.

About the event:
The event will start at 6pm when free vegan food snacks will be served, there will be some info stalls and most likely a raffle as well.

At 7pm the film will start, followed by a discussion.

After that will be some awesome live music entertainment by Blochestra. It’s not your average band but a full sized neighbourhood orchestra featuring all sorts of instruments from trombones to guitars, violin and double bass merging into a unique soundscape.

Hope to see you there! Please spread the word and invite your friends.

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Grow Your Own
Thursday, July 24 – September 11
Polmadie Plots, Toryglen

This is a free course though booking is essential. To book a place please contact Colin at either colin@urbanroots.org.uk or 0141 613 2766

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food. The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting, and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for growing fruit and veg. There will be lots of practical activities, help and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.

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Frack Watch
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

IT’S HAPPENING UNLESS WE PREVENT IT.

The Scottish Government is going to give the go-ahead for fracking in the central belt of Scotland, the gas to be used as a feedstock for the INEOS plant at Grangemouth. How can we prevent this reckless plan?

Come along to Frack Watch and say what you think could be done.

The date has been chosen because by then the “expert panel” will have reported to Scottish government and the new licences handed out – so we will be clearer exactly what we’re up against.

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Grow Local, Shop Local, Love Local
Sunday, July 27 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

*****A Glasgow Local Food Network Market at the Empire Cafe*****

Join us for Food Sovereignty Day at The Briggait: An afternoon of workshops, cookery demonstrations and tasters.

Browse and buy at stalls from local Glasgow growers selling fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and other delights, all made from locally sourced ingredients!

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Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place
Sunday, August 3 at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Malls Mire, Toryglen

Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place.
Facilitated by Satya Dunning, Wellbeing Practitioner and Dance Artist as part of The Living Well series for Urban Roots.
Half a day on Sunday 3 August 2014 at Malls Mire.
2pm – 6pm.
Cost: £5

To book a place email: projects@urbanroots.org.uk or tel: 0141 613 2766

http://www.satyadunning.co.uk

Aim:
Playful Movement in nature aims to increase wellbeing by being creative in a natural environment.

It’s a chance for you to get energised, and absorbed in a natural environment and leave busy thoughts and concerns behind.
It’s a space to reconnect with your body, others and your surroundings through play, movement, mindful based activity, using your imagination and paying attention to what’s around you.

You will:
Discover a new sense of self and relate to your surrounding creatively.
Increase your capacity to be in the present moment and have fun.
Improve your listening skills use a multisensory approach.
Deepen your experience of how creativity and nature contribute to your wellbeing.

The session is usually a mixture of talking, playful movement, sometimes drawing, reflecting and seeing how we can bring these experiences into our daily life.
No experience is needed. Open to 16 years old and plus.
What to bring:
Water, a snack and something to write on (notebook, journal).
Comfortable layers of clothing.
Waterproofs.

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Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris? – Prof. Colin McInnes | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 11 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Geoengineering research is at present a speculative venture at the intersection of Engineering Science, Climate Science and public policy. Current research programmes aim to devise and develop processes through which the climate could be actively tuned to partly offset the potentially regressive impacts of future human-driven climate change. For some, geoengineering is a clear example of human hubris, and, for others, a hedge against high climate sensitivity and/or the continued growth of carbon emissions.

In this talk, Colin will explore the technological means of delivering geoengineering interventions, both feasible and speculative, and will put contemporary thinking on the topic into its historical context. He will then speculate on how large-scale engineering ventures could impact human development into the deep future – whether greening deserts or greening Mars, or indeed protecting the Earth from the natural calamities of the past.

Colin McInnes is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde where leads the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, an awarding-winning space technology research centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was awarded the Society’s Kelvin Prize in 2013. He is author and co-author of a number of publications on the technological challenges associated with Geoengineering, most recently contributing to an edited volume Geoengineering the Climate System published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January 2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.

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Health & Hierarchy
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s talk looks at the negative impact capitalist society has on our health. Full blurb to follow.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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The Decline of Violence – Helen Dale | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, criminologists warned a despairing and frightened public throughout the developed world that already terrifying rates of violent crime would continue to rise. They described, among other things, the emergence of the ‘Superpredator’, an adolescent male who knew neither conscience nor remorse.

However, their predictions were wrong.

Crime rates began to drop like a stone. In the US, the drop had already commenced when criminologists were sounding their direst warnings. Other developed countries – including both England and Scotland – followed the US lead, and crime is now at historic lows.

Those who have read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ would be aware that Western societies have become less violent over the long term – as in, since the Middle Ages. The period from 1965 to 1990 – when crime rose – represented a short-lived and partial reversal of this trend. Because criminologists got it so wrong, many have reoriented their scholarship in an attempt to work out just what it was that made crime escalate in the 1960s, and then, as though by magic, drop away in the 1990s.
Helen will discuss the various theories put forward in an attempt to explain the latest decline of violence, and offer suggestions as to which have the greatest explanatory power.

Helen Dale studied her English law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose) and her Scots law at Edinburgh, and although she now works in corporate law, she started out – for the most part – practising criminal law. One of her advanced papers at Oxford was in criminology, and she (like lots of other lawyers) wanted to work out how an entire discipline could get it so wrong, and what may explain the (recent) decline of violence.

Helen blogs at: http://skepticlawyer.com.au/

The Revolution must be Localised: The bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods

Wed 16th July
18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.
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The city excites & enthuses us, but it troubles us in equal measure. There are fewer and fewer free spaces in the city, every square foot of this place where we live has been divided up walled in and fenced off a dozen times before we were even born. The only thing that we have left that belongs to all of us is the streets.

This months presentation looks at the bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods, followed by a discussion upon the issues raised.

Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here. We will also be joined by a stall from the Radical Independent Bookfair project who will be bringing books, pamphlets, stickers and other items related to the talk for sale.

Loyalist Jim Dowson builds ‘evangelical army’ for ‘holy war’

Originally posted on Liverpool Antifascists:

A Britian First Rally
A Britain First Rally

Firebrand loyalist Jim Dowson is building an “evangelical army” in preparation for a “holy war” between Christians and Muslims – and he’s styling it on the UVF.

According to a shock report the convicted former BNP moneyman has even been organising so-called ‘fight clubs’ across the UK as he prepares his ‘troops’ to take on jihadists.

The Scottish self-proclaimed Reverend, who has been living in Comber for almost 20 years now, is the founder of far-right campaign group Britain First.

And according to anti-fascist campaigners Hope Not Hate, Dowson – who was at the forefront of the Union flag protests until he was charged with taking part in illegal protests – heads the fastest growing far-right group in the UK.

And according to Hope Not Hate’s research director Matthew Collins, the former BNP bankroller has drawn on his experience of rubbing shoulders with loyalist paramilitaries in…

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