Author Archives: SlimPickings

Diets? Fat and Sugar? There is plenty of wonky-thinking associated with this.

Nah! We are too complicated an organism to diet.  The best advice is: avoid seed oils, sugar and assemble your food at home from whole ingredients. For a very refreshing look at sugar (especially fructose), fats, the food industry and … Continue reading

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Thinking Farmers . . . from the “Life in a Teaspoon” series.

Pennie Scott takes us on journey outwards from ourselves – what makes us tick –  through vocabulary to the world, what we are and what we eat. Next Teleseminar Tomorrow 12.00 noon “LIFE IN A TEASPOON” A 12 Teleseminar series linking … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky and the Edward Said Memorial Lecture 2011

Better late than never . . . here is the 2011 ESML, Salaams Slim

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Eve Ensler – the author of the Vagina Monologues

Have a listen to Eve Ensler . . . a far-ranging interview linking and expressing different aspects of wonky thinking. Quote, “Congo is where capitalism, colonialism, racism and sexism have all come together in one mad cauldron . . .”. … Continue reading

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What you need to know cannot be taught . . . leadership and the present lack of it!

Why is society intolerant of leaders . . .  what is best practice (and why it is so bad) . . . Trevor Macdonald v’s Tony Blair?  All these and more are revealed in this lecture by Professor Frank Furedi. … Continue reading

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desertification . . . thought you knew why it occurred?

Allan Savory joins that select group of thinkers featured by wonkythinking.  He is a pathfinder of note.  Years of life, experience and science in Africa has shown him a different truth. This 1 hour, edited, video gives some of the … Continue reading

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Jane Caro in a debate on religion

I really enjoy posting in the category “Women overcoming wonky thinking”.   And this one is a cracker! This video shows Jane Caro as the second speaker opposing the motion: Atheists are wrong. The debate started with philosophy and moralising … Continue reading

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“Anti-Americanism” is a totalitarian concept – Oh, the irony – Noam Chomsky

He has just received the Sydney Peace Prize.  Here are two interviews and there are some videos to watch too. Suffice to say he vocalises the mainstream anger. I don’t feel it is necessary to elaborate on this anger. If … Continue reading

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NATO ironies: Libya and the French, US and UK involvement

Maybe NATO (or in other languages – OTAN) should have a reappraisal of their acronym? OTAN – Oil Trade needs Another Negotiator? Obviously Gadaffi wasn’t cutting the deals towards the West – he liked talking to Italy and Russia.  Step … Continue reading

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Definitely not wonky thinking: Wade Davis – an anthropologist talks sense on many levels

The scope of the talk, the timeless wisdom of other cultures and the lucidity of Davis’ words all contribute to making this a very worthwhile 55 minute listen. And unlike watching tv – you can do something creative at the … Continue reading

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Quadruple dip recession . . . Steve Keen explains.

Do you remember Japan?  It has been stagnating for years . . . what I didn’t know is that the IMF and the US were telling them from the outset to get rid of their zombie banks. Zombie banks that … Continue reading

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What we need are pathfinders not conservatives – and a couple are named below.

If you always DO what you have always DONE, then you will always GET what you have always GOT.  Times have changed. And are continuing to change with increasing rapidity.   The old methods worked well, at times and previously. … Continue reading

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Prosperity without growth . . . is possible.

Prosperity without growth? Is possible. “. . . the problem in our economy is the one thing that economists have in their system which does not obey the laws of physics. And that is money. Money is the symbol of … Continue reading

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Banks and wealth . . .

Enjoy this short film . . . debt, debt and double inflation . . .  and maybe understanding debt . . . and penury and slavery. Don’t forget that the US financial “services sector also accounted for more than 78 percent … Continue reading

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Artificial photosynthesis – this could be a game-changer!

Have a twenty minute listen to Thomas Faunce . . . explain how nanotechnology might make some monumental changes to the world.  An artificial photosynthetic unit on every house? Car? Now, the oil companies will love that.  They’ll have to … Continue reading

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Agriculture, Theme Weddings, Rotating Hunger, Suicide . . . and a Comment on Indian and World Media

An absolute classic rebroadcast of a 2005 interview with Palagum Sainath.  Twenty or so minutes of world class wonkiness. Then, perhaps, journey over to YouTube and have a ten minute viewing of Sainath talking about Indian and World Media . … Continue reading

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A repost from a comment on Slate

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of … Continue reading

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We’ll leave it there: Jay Rosen on political journalism

What a ripper.  Yes, and really ripping the clothes off journalists.  Revealing the power of the unelected and their ego-hunger. A gem of a 25 minute interview. Big luv Slim

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The Challenge of Managing Change

This is an excellent online lecture, given by Garry McDouall, presented by my friend and colleague, Dr. Christine Jones – aka The Carbon Goddess. He challenges that sustainability is not adequate – we need to be regenerating.  Although this is … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Haruki Murakami’s speech in Barcelona

In his acceptance speech after receiving the Catalunya Prize Haruki Murakami elaborated on his country after now suffering two nuclear disasters (that is if you link Hiroshima and Nagasaki into one event).  Read a translation here. He describes how the … Continue reading

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