Monthly Archives: April 2011

Why bring one side of humanity to the debate – why not bring both, at the same time?

Ok, so there are some folk out there that feel the machine, as in the political system – representational democracy, is not broken and therefore “it don’t need fixing”.  There are folk out there that don’t feel that man is … Continue reading

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The wonky irony of “The Road to Serfdom” 70 years on; can-do and climate change; and do you know the only 100% effective way of stopping recidivism?

The book, “The Road to Serfdom”, was written in the 1940s by Friedrich von Hayek. His thinking was that central planning, i.e. government control, of the economy inevitably leads to tyranny.  This was one of the major influences on Margaret … Continue reading

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I love a good nuclear disaster . . .

and now you don’t have to read about it, you can look at Tetsuo Jimbo goes to Fukushima. Slim

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Relationships, torture and the rest of the world

What is so wonky about people thinking that the word relationship is singular?  Why is it that people think that a relationship is singular?  Does it make it easier to say?  Does it make it less complicated?  A relationship between … Continue reading

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Tariq Ali: The State of the Union or State of the World Address.

I always like to post Tariq Ali.  Here he is in a 54 minutes lecture recorded recently at the Perth Writers’ festival.  As usual: powerful, punchy and sardonic.  Sadly, the cynicism that is associated with his sardonic accent becomes painful … Continue reading

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East doesn’t meet West – The lack of consensus on Chernobyl

Well, what do we believe?  What do we want to believe?  Here are a couple of reports for you to get your teeth into.  One proclaims a total of 4000 casualties and the other 980,000 from Chernobyl.  Ok, that is … Continue reading

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Spring . . . whatever

Gotta say: I cannot believe that I am not the luckiest man on the planet. Slim

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If children, at birth, know so much . . .

A repost of a wonky thinking email. Wotcha, The question for this post is: how have we got from babies that know the difference between right and wrong, to the massive misuse of resources to the detriment of other humans … Continue reading

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I don’t suppose that “no news is good news” with regard to Bahrein?

Wotcha, You can find some good stuff at The Greanville Post.  Have a look at this story about a deal between the US and Saudi Arabia while both (actually it is more of a party now) go fiddling, like paedophiles, with … Continue reading

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Infant media, what?

Here is a wonky-thinking email of earlier in March before I set up this blog.  It refers to the Tariq Ali lecture that I have just posted.   Wotcha, Firstly, 25 minutes from the BBC World Service (a part of … Continue reading

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Tariq Ali gives the Edward Said Memorial Lecture 2010

I am going to slowly add my old wonky-thinking emails to this archive.  So here is a gem from last year – about 50 minutes.   Wotcha, a truly excellent lecture this year – bristling with humour, hypocrisy, duplicity, racism, … Continue reading

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Joe Bageant – “cutting through the clutter and pointing out the truth of a situation”

Wotcha, One of my earliest “wonky thinking” emails recommended listening to an interview of a bloke called Joe Bageant.   A pregnant friend returned, in 2007, from doing a post-doc at a University in West Virginia.  She was blown away … Continue reading

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So little time . . . so little done?

The cry of Homo Sapiens for 2+ million years, are you different? Get over it.   Your best is enough.

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Nimby-ism and bullying the biosphere

Not In My Back Yard . . . there may be some elements of sense in this when you look at the mess in these fotos. I don’t suppose that there will be much cleaning up being done for a … Continue reading

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Education – changing paradigms

Wotcha, if you haven’t seen this already – it is worth a 12 minute viewing. Ken Robinson – Changing education paradigms  

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