from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

census: arms, rocks and hard places - the answer?

If, like me, you feel caught between a rock and a hard place, as they say, vis a vis the UK census (see my post 'things to be up in arms about' – in brief, the census being administered by arms manufacturers and Abu Ghraib etc interrogators Lockheed Martin), because on the one hand ethically you cannot support this and feel that acts of civil disobedience are called for at such times, but on the other you want to provide info (as long as it's secure, which is another issue with the US-administered census) to our government that will help their planning and spending on services, you might be interested in this very helpful link:

Later: my daughter tells me from various peaceblogs she's been looking at that this may not be the answer, as it'll be the workers who suffer, as they're on £4 per form piece rate. If anyone has any further thoughts or helpful info, I'd appreciate knowing.


Later still: a Buddhist contact sent me a link to the job description for the census processing facility. Looks like an hourly rate after all; although it's not clear exactly whether that applies to those who will be entering manually the info provided by those of us who are following the guidelines in the peacenews link above.

I'd still appreciate any further info, especially if you have links; if you refresh this page the Comments box should appear; if not, try commenting on my original 'up in arms' post... More when I know more. 

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