Category Archives: Politics

Comments and links to political stuff . . .

Reds – The movie

Thirty years on an EPIC. Yes, Hollywood. But also please scrub the time it was set in and the era it was filmed in, it is now. Choose your level: humanism, cycles, country, environment, creed, economics, colonialism, cruelty, ideological colour, … Continue reading

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Austerity: You cannot solve a solvency issue with a liquidity tool . . . . and other gems.

Hi there, an excellent lecture, (shooting from the hip, as I haven’t managed to fully digest it), that is broad in its scope, lucid in its delivery, amusing in its irony – not least the slagging of Locke, Hume and … Continue reading

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Two fascinating interviews – on Hugo Chavez and pregnant women in the US.

A sympathetic and cogent discussion on Hugo Chavez, his actions and his possible legacy.  Interestingly the reversal of role of South America from US sponsored backyard peopled by dictators and torturers to group of states that are growing and free standing has been … Continue reading

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A hoot of a lecture on leadership and democracy; PTSD, fearlessness and their links to abuse

A really fascinating (if fast spoken) 50 minute lecture dealing with democracy and its interaction with leadership. The lecturers pick their way through the different types of democracy and different types of leadership. All you ever needed to pull away … Continue reading

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Degustation radio!

Radio with some great flavours – all from the same LNL program. As an entrée Bruce Shapiro on US politics this week – with a side-ways glance on 9-11.  Read the comments on this page.  I know plenty of intelligent, worldly-wise … Continue reading

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A great story on Brazil 2016

It also gives me the opportunity to address the memory of PF.  PF was not one of those people who stood by and watched bullies bullying.  He was shot and killed in a hold-up in Brazil 20 years ago this … Continue reading

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Two interesting (to me) stories: Oh, not soil again? And, is there a radical hope in our blind spot?

Well, a blast from the past here as I heard Rattan Lal’s name in the line-up.  Who?  Lal is a world renowned soil scientist who’s work features heavily in the background to my work today.  Pithy stuff such as, solve … Continue reading

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Julian Assange Interview on LNL

The scope of extra-judicial action, hypocrisy, political inactivity are evident, and stink, in this interview.  But there are some unusual heroes to be found in this 30 minute interview. I am not sure how I would stand up to the … Continue reading

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The Posterity Law – revising the actions of our “representatives”.

Just an idea. We have a world, one world.  It is finite.  It is longterm.  Eons.  Think of the time it takes to evolve. We have a number of political systems; and the general rules governing them might be: immediate, … Continue reading

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Syria – an antidote to the “infant media” coverage.

Hi there, here are a couple of interesting comments.  Depending on your available time there are two avenues to follow – or you may decide to investigate one and then consider approaching the other.  Firstly, you might consider listening to … Continue reading

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Eloquent, articulate, intelligent – the only face of Julian Assange

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED If you can, take the time to listen to this 25 minute interview with Julian Assange by Norman Swan.  Also you might take the time to read some of the comments – there is some drivel but there … 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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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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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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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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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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Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks . . . the very essence of what is unattractive about humans!

I have already blogged with my views on Murdoch, his empire and antics. There has been so much in the media on this subject over the last week that I do not want to add more than these two links. … Continue reading

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The world needs better; and that’s what we’re working for – Egypt

Hi there, The pursuit of different opinions takes us to Egypt where Ahdaf Soueif has come to wider consciousness.  Here is her website and an article in the Guardian on Obama’s speech. Enjoy, salaams Slim

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