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Anglicon Cancelled

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 13/10/2018 - 1:12am in

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All of us here at Whotopia are extremely sad to hear that the Seattle-based Doctor Who and British media convention Anglicon has been cancelled due to low ticket sales and one of the celebrities booked unable to attend.  The cancellation announcement was made October 11th on their official website.

As reported on Anglicon.org, “It is with great regret we must announce that Anglicon 2018 will not happen. There are many factors that lead to this decision, including low ticket sales, insufficient hotel room reservations, and a major guest that had to cancel due to professional obligations.  Further updates will be forthcoming, including information about the refund of memberships.”

Anglicon had mounted an extremely successful event in December 2017 featuring Fifth and Seventh Doctors, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy after a 20+ year break.

This year’s event was to include guests: Nicola Bryant (Doctor Who), Eve Myles (Torchwood) and Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show). No mention has been made if the fan organized event will return in 2019.

The full announcement can be read on the Anglicon website.

Three cheers for Urgenda!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 7:38am in

I’ve been absent here since over the last weeks all my time except for teaching and other non-postponable duties has gone into nation-wide activism to end the underfunding of universities in the Netherlands – about which another time, hopefully soon, more in another blogpost. But I wanted to briefly interrupt my absence to share with you the good news that Urgenda, has won the Appeal that the Dutch State made against the famous 2015 Climate Case that Urgenda won, on which I wrote here at the time. For some brief reports about today’s ruling, see the NYT, the Guardian, or in Dutch, NRC.

The government keeps saying that it resents and rejects the fact that the courts are sitting on the seat of parliament which should control the government, and that the courts should not judge over policy issues. Now, I haven’t read the entire court ruling yet (here in Dutch, here in English translation)—but what strikes me is that drastically reducing greenhousegas-emissions is not a policy just like any other: they are necessary in order to safeguard the very preconditions of human life without excessive suffering. The analysis made by Henry Shue (and other climate ethicists) about the strong moral duties to act, makes decades-long weak action (from the state) a very good reason for the courts to step in and speak up. And it may even be enough reason for civil disobedience, perhaps even more.

Importantly, this is the bolstering of the 2015 ruling which was an international precedent – it provides hope and inspiration to climate action groups around the world who judge that their governments are not doing enough: if lobbying, persuasion and other measures do not yield enough results, that they can sue their governments.

So I salute Urgenda, thanking them for their leadership, at a time when our official leaders have been letting us down, since for decades they have been doing too little, too late.