Pumula Guest Farm Blog

Musings of the queen at Pumula Guest Farm.

Discussions on news of the area, Pumula Guest Farm and travelling in general. And other stuff the queen finds amusing.

Opinion - The case for not punishing drug users

Posted on Tue October 1, 2019.

"Strange, isn’t it, that none of us, when asked what we wanted to be when we were grown-up, answered “homeless, unemployed, alienated from society and addicted to crystal meth”. How does someone go from being a functional member of society to a drug addict on the fringes? What happens in between and what are the correct punishments, interventions or deterrents?"

Paul-Michael Keichel is a partner at Schindlers Attorneys and heads up its M&R cannabis law department. He was a speaker at the Mail & Guardian’s Cannabis: Legislation, Implications and Opportunities event in May

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The Japanese Formula For Happiness - Ikigai

Posted on Tue October 1, 2019.

Everyone wants to be happy, but it seems like such an unobtainable goal. Should we focus on making money? Should we focus on pursuing our passions? Or should we just become a monk in the mountains. Luckily for us, the Japanese have already cracked the code. They have a formula for happiness called Ikigai.

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Can we teach machines to be moral?

Posted on Tue October 1, 2019.

"No, and that’s a worry with the rise of Artificial Intelligence"

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TED Talk - Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists

Posted on Mon September 30, 2019.

Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they're making their ideas spread. Go down the rabbit hole of online propaganda and misinformation -- and learn we can start to make the internet less toxic.

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TEDx Talk - Why you should quit social media

Posted on Wed August 7, 2019.

Does quitting social media make you an unemployable Luddite? Computer scientist Dr. Cal Newport doesn't think so. In this eye-opening talk, he debunks three objections commonly offered up as rationale for keeping that all-important Facebook account.

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