Events from the 1st August

Hi folks,

Sorry about the slightly later than usual post this week, however many of the Glasgow AF team were off camping out at Talamh House and so have not had any internet action. Talamh is run as a housing co-op and is currently looking for new members to join them. If you are interested take a look at and get in touch.

Two events over the next week really stand out as being highlights. Saturday sees a demonstration of all those in Glasgow able to come out and not only show support for the people of Gaza but to also make specific demands of the council to reflect the solidarity of the city. Then on Tuesday the government hopes to use Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games as a springboard to launch their commemorations of WW1, painting it in a light which glorifies militarism and war. Glasgow was a hotbed of anti-militarism at the time, with working class people from up and down the Clyde being forced to bear the horrific cost of war. As sanctions and cuts hit we are seeing the same thing happen today. Let’s show that the cost of war has not been forgotten and that Glasgow roundly rejects the push further and further into barbarism.

Anyway, without further ado…


Stop the Slaughter of Gaza! Glasgow for Gaza Demonstration. Freedom for Palestine!
Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm
City Chambers, George Square

More than 1200 Palestinians have been killed and over 7000 wounded as Israel continues to intensify the brutal onslaught against Gaza.

Israel is acting with complete impunity and accelerating its murder of Palestinians locked inside the world’s largest open air prison of Gaza we must mobilise and demonstrate in our maximum possible numbers.

Overnight Israel targeted another UN school killing 15 Palestinians seeking shelter there. The previous day Israeli tanks shelled fuel storage tanks and set Gaza’s only power station on fire plunging Gaza into a hellish darkness.

Please join the next major demonstration this Saturday, 2nd August in the East end of George Square in front of Glasgow City Chambers to raise our voices and launch a list of clear and very achievable demands on Glasgow City Council…

1. Fly the Palestinian Flag over the Council Chambers (like Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and Preston)
2. Implement a clear BDS policy
3. Name a street in Glasgow “Palestine Street”
4. Glasgow has been twinned with Bethlehem since 2007, but people could be forgiven for not knowing that. We need that to be proudly publicised on all road signs around the border of Glasgow, at Glasgow City Chambers, in the People’s Palace, in George Square, etc.
5. We call on all Glasgow Councillors to a photo opportunity at the demo to show their support for Palestine and for an end to Israel’s War on Gaza. Please email (so you get a written reply) to invite you local councillors to attend this photo op for Palestine!

*We plan to join hands and completely surround Glasgow City Chambers to send them a clear, strong message… We expect Glasgow start living up to its proud history of being the first city in the world to honour Nelson Mandela and support the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It is (long past due) time to do the same for Palestine.

Stop the War on Gaza! Freedom for Palestine!

Sponsored by the Gaza Emergency Coordinating Committee… Scottish Friends of Palestine, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition Scotland, Scottish Jews for a Just Peace, Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Ahl al Bayt Society, Friends of Al Aqsa, Muslim Council of Scotland, Muslim Association of Britain (Scotland), Federation of Islamic Student Associations and more supporters of Palestine.


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: or tel: 0141 613 2766

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.


Remembering the Devastation of the First World War
Monday, August 4 at 9:30am
Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street/Sauchiehall Street

Calling for an end to all wars as the government holds its first Commemoration of the First World War. All welcome. Groups will be going out from Buchanan Street to various points in the City Centre to distribute leaflets. Some of us will be at the Statue until 10:30am.

While honouring the memory of those who died we will remember the terrible loss of life and refuse to glorify the war. We will remember that Generals sent millions of men to be mown down by machine guns and that imperial rivals sought to gain interests, vying for colonial territories in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

We will also remember those who resisted the war: those who filled public squares in Glasgow and London; conscientious objectors who refused to participate in the slaughter and were imprisoned; trade unionists who organised on the Clyde; John Maclean, jailed for condemning the war as a bloody struggle of imperialist rivals; and women such as Crystal MacMillan who campaigned for peace throughout the war.

Please tell your friends and workmates about this important chance to mark the horror and carnage of the first world war.
And bring banners, placards and artworks that illustrate visually what the First World War represents for you.Remembering now, one hundred years on, we call for
No More Wars


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.


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.


Glasgow Anarchist Collective Anti-Sanction Protest
Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00am – 2:00pm
Laurieston Job Centre Plus, Pollockshaw Road, Glasgow, G41 1PW

Join Glasgow Anarchist Collective, and let job centre plus staff know that we won’t be sanctioned, bullied or intimidated by the DWP. 980,000 sanctions given out in Scotland – enough is enough!


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.


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.


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.


Capitalism is a Health Hazard!
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Hierarchy harms our health. Inequality in income and lack of control over living and working conditions leads to deadly chronic stress. Climate and environmental destruction is a major threat to public health. And that’s before we get to consumerism and the isolation of the individual; the emptiness of modern existence.

While heathcare and modern sanitation are vital to achieve a base level of health, it will require a fundamental transformation of our society to tackle the big killers today and bring about well-being for all.

What would this healthy society look like?


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:


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 civilian 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


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:


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