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Following institutional values

Our values at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University are stated as follows  http://www.nmmu.ac.za/About-NMMU/Management---Identity/Mission,-Vision---Values I share them all, abide by them and follow them in my work.  I arrived here in 2012 because I liked these values and shared them.  I would not work at an institute that prefers one ethnicity over the others and has quota for members of the other ethnicities.  This clearly clashes with my values and I cannot work or be at an institute that practices those values that horrify me.   Personally, I'd rather do all jobs, except prostitution, or organizational crimes, or selling drugs, than work at a place that does the above.   Are our values - NMMU and mine - universal and absolute? What if somebody finds it hard to abide by them and has different sets of values to live by, implement and follow.
Posted on 25/07/2014 07:35:28

On Blogging

 Critiques, and there are many, of blogging see the medium as "self-absorbed, narcissistic, and pretentious".   I agree that blogging can be that.  Still, they can also be experimental writings for readers to comment on, and challenges of unorthodox positions and ideas wherein the blogger is expressing ideas and positions outside the traditional media that design at challenging the mainstream thinking and opinions.  Here is what I am trying to do here
Posted on 24/07/2014 11:26:05

Collective trauma: Narrative with Visual images

In an earlier post in this blog on  the 14 of July at http://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Blogs/Developing,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/Middle-East-problems  on the Middle East Problems I wroteThe Palestinians are being denied their most basic freedom of movement and freewill, because of the fear and traumas of the Israeli Jews who are living the traumas of their collective history. The Palestinians are forced to pay a collective price for the terrorism of the few. The Jews are seeking their own piece of haven and their own self-determination in their biblical homeland. They do so after two thousand years of exile and diaspora, which entailed a complete and utter dependency on other nations and people, and suffering horrific persecution and systematic killing and butchery, the latest of which being the Shoah (holocaust). In their biblical homeland, they are met by the Palestinians who do not think they should pay the price for this ill justice that happened far away. --Two main events dominate international news at the moment:1. Israel-Gaza and2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jul/22/ukraine-train-carrying-mh17-bodies-arrives-kharkiv-video    The train, believed to be carrying 282 bodies from the MH17 plane crash, arrives in government-held Kharkiv in Ukraine, where a crash investigation centre has been set up, after a 17-hour journey from the town of Torez in rebel-held territory. The bodies will be flown to the Netherlands I am word and text person.  This is my first attempt to include  illustrating images to illustrate my verbal textual points and theses and make sense of the enormous pain, grief and nausea that Gaza/Israel is causing me, more and more as it continues.  I am experimenting with visual means for the first time and would like to get some feedback on it
Posted on 23/07/2014 08:02:10

Interaction between contradictory positions and values

I had a conversation yesterday, Sunday the 20th of July, with a holder of the nationalist Zionist position where I presented the piece I wrote here on the situation.I tried to give him the contradictory discourse to the traditional national Zionist discourse and doctrine. The traditional national Zionist is very simple, predicted and predictable.Jews suffered in the diaspora, Jews go to their biblical homeland. Jews have the right to defend themselves.  Israel is right.  The Arabs are wrong.  Anyone who challenges this is an anti-Semite, if a non Jew, or a self-hating Jew trying to please the majority and survive in the diaspora, if ethnically Jewish.   The result was an interaction that completely failed the Turing test in the sense that the other side inserted responses to my contradictory challenges that might have been written or scripted by a computer, AI.  I was fascinated as I never had an interaction that failed the Turing Test
Posted on 21/07/2014 07:39:02

Propaganda and indoctrination

I am an Israeli Sabra researching Ontology.  I am becoming more and more fascinated with propaganda and indoctrination Prof Karl Rogers, the director of the Dewey The John Dewey Center for Democracy and Educationasked mehow do we avoid the partisan assertion of bias (propaganda), self-indulgent solipsism, or the retreat into relativism?And I am reflecting and posing very difficult questions that clash with everything the Zionist narrative is emerging into as this conflict gets out of hand. This is my personal blog that helps me with my own research and teaching practices, and does not represent my institution or its views.  Except that I live by and abide by my institution welcoming of democratic, pluralistic discourse, freedom of speech and  critical thinking and challenging.  Never again we shall have an apartheid here in South Africa and anywhere in the world that is combined with propaganda, indoctrination and terror.  Challenging and criticism of the mainstream view is essential. 
Posted on 18/07/2014 11:26:11

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Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33


RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35


AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


RE:Sport

The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


RE:Sport

The pool on the 2nd Avenue campus was part of the gym. The gym has been converted into offices and the archives of the university. The pool is unfortunately no longer operational.
Posted on 17/10/2011 12:57:31


RE:Sport

Maybe they shut down the gym, but the pool is still there. Don't know who's in charge of it now.
Posted on 15/10/2011 10:56:13


 

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