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Comments and links to political stuff . . .

er. . . um . . . Hamas was supported by Israel . . . how funny!

Hello, just a story by Robert Fisk.  I am republishing it as it contains something interesting with regards to Hamas. Back in the eighties Hamas was supported by Israel as a counterpoint to Yasser Arafat . . . another case … Continue reading

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Pakistan . . . two excellent stories – edited to include third story

One from an insider and one from an outsider. Firstly, poet and writer Fatima Bhutto, on a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She opened the Sydney Writers’ Festival with this erudite and deliciously, amusingly mocking 35 minute … Continue reading

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Cooperation, competition and our, as yet, unearned wealth.

Cancer develops when a cell “defaults” from cooperating with its neighbours and starts running amok, surging ahead, out-competing its neighbours. We all know how this ends. This is but one analogy presented in this podcast on cooperators.  And we can, I … Continue reading

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More ideas venues . . . and a request.

Just a quick post to say that here are two forums for ideas. TED is a site where people expose their ideas verbally in short films. The Conversation is a site that gets academics to expound on ideas. These are, … Continue reading

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Planning ahead by having a spare tyre . . .

Check this for some wonky thinking from the land of the free.   That a leader of the free world might say such a thing is utterly mindboggling! Anyway, judge for yourselves, here are a couple of articles on the … Continue reading

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The world’s limited storyline – antidotes to the infant media tat.

Have you had a chance to look at the news running on the Infant Media? It is extraordinary how limited the world’s storyline, on the Infant Media platform, is when you consider that the human population of the planet is … Continue reading

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Outrageous Fortunes, some interesting ideas including one to counter short-termism

Hiya, At the link you will find 20 minutes or so of an interesting interview with an economist with some polarising ideas.  He talks of “deep factors”, an American revival (after the Chinese ascent) also an antidote to political short-termism … Continue reading

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Some wonky juxtapositions, and some good listening

Hi there, It has been some time since I made some input here.  I have been busy turning a sauna into mobile sauna.  This has now been accomplished successfully.  I did however manage to squish the end of one finger, … Continue reading

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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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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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The Copenhagen Calamari Ring, Dr. Patricia Brennan and a challenge.

These two pods illustrate the full spectrum of the wonky thinking issue as I perceive it. The first pod talks to the issue of combating climate change, and the second reveals how much further we have to go to deal … Continue reading

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