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.

First is a 10 minute piece by John Finnemore on The Now Show.  He sums up the whole situation – including how The Sun was being set up to take over from News Of The World two weeks ago.

Also check out Hugh Grant in the New Statesman.

Great anger, irony and humour in a time of virtually universal revulsion.

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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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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 of “blowback”.  Besides this, the article is retchingly nauseous as it describes the duplicity and hypocrisy of Obama.  Yes, contempt is a good word for it.

Salaams Slim

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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 delivery.  Do you remember the house that burns its rubbish? Osama Bin Laden’s house in Abbotabad?  Well, of course, every house burns its rubbish in Pakistan as there is no rubbish collection . . .  and there is plenty more juicy stuff here.

Then have a listen to Anatol Lieven on Pakistan.  Fascinating stuff in just a 30 minute burst.

And finally as an addendum try this interview.  It is still on the theme of Pakistan, however more from a family perspective that ties in with much of Anatol’s stuff.  It is, for a second time, Fatima Bhutto.  This time being interviewed by Linda LoPresti. Sometimes I think my family is bad, but they are nothing in comparison to the Bhuttos.

Salaams Slim

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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 am sure, conjure some other analogies.

The mathematics behind some of this can cause some wonky thinking in itself.  However please don’t be bamboozled by the maths or the conflicting scientists!  And there are also a number of informative comments and criticisms on the podcast web page.  I cannot recommend more highly a shufti at them and this brief 20 minute discussion.

The living world has been built on cooperation AND competition.  And, while acknowledging that humans seem to have been in a state of uninterrupted conflict since human time began, they have also been in a state of cooperation.  The scope of that cooperation exceeds that of conflict – both from a cellular level to the supra-organism state of civilisations.

The pride with which conservatives revere both the individual and competition does not belie their lack of understanding of cooperation.  It is this lack that will have to be reversed in order for us to come to terms with the change in climate and the finite nature of the planet.  If you haven’t heard this 20 minute discussion with John Lanchester, he evokes a situation where capitalism cooperated with us within the western system until communism collapsed and then, well now it has gone cancerous.  So cancerous that it consumes even our, as yet, unearned wealth.  And that of our children, too.

 

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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, hopefully but not always, contemporaneous with current affairs.

Also, if you know of any progressive sites for current affairs/news/opinions from Africa/ India/China/South America/Other Asia/Europe I would be happy to know – I am hopelessly aware that my news feeds are anglo-centric. Please give me a heads-up.

Salaams Slim

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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 same subject – rape.

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2011/05/24-0

and http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/151076/when_will_republicans_stop_saying_dumb_things_about_rape_%28hint%3A_when_they_stop_hating_women%29/

This is a steal blog, but I couldn’t resist publicising this behaviour!

Yours aye, Slim

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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 fast approaching 7 billions.

There is no surprise in this as the media is now an industry of colossal proportions with aims contrary to its best and often stated intentions (- do you like the wonky action of it spinning to itself – I suppose if you are going to deceive you might as well start with yourself!). And, like many industries, it is suffering and struggling to manage its survivability in a time of shrinking resources and sustainability.   Now as it spins away, it dulls the senses and creates easy dependency and mediocrity.  Please excuse that dreadful and unintended pun.  What a tragic outcome (perhaps endcome) to what, originally, were some fine organs.

The good news is that evolution hasn’t been privatised and so the lifecycle of media organs continues to evolve.  There are new organs being created that now furnish more news and perhaps, somewhere, more truth.

The trouble is that chasing real news can be time consuming . . . but here are some outlets that might stimulate your senses, burnish your independence and allow you to sparkle as a member of the human population.

Alphabetically, we can start with Alternet.

Then move on to Common Dreams.

Then try Greanville Post.

Lastly, for the moment, please consider Truthdig.

Each of the above has its merits and areas of responsibility or interest.  As do each of you. And together we might actually make a more positive future than the rather tatty story on offer at the moment through the Infant Media.

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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 . . .  worth a listen.

Big luv

Slim

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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, which makes typing tricky!

This post is really to draw your attention to some incredible stories on the radio.

First have a listen to this replay from 12 years ago, the subject is land reform in India – and, when you extrapolate with a global consideration, you will wonder what we have been doing for the last 12 years.

Then contrast that with this; after the genocidal behaviour of Pol Pot, the Cambodians find that they are in a worse place than before.

Then have a listen to this incredible artist – Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor.

This one is a little highbrow, but it is really worth a listen to gain an understanding of how our use of language influences our belief systems and following on from that how we are manipulated by the politicians and the media – by making complicated issues simple . . . really.

And finally an amusing, incisive talk by David Brooks at the Commonwealth Club in California. Whatever your political stance, you might find it illuminating: “squishy and peripheral”!  There is a final segment from Michael Scheuer – former head of the Bin-Laden Unit . . . ho hum, well may be if folks in the US looked beyond their infant media they might find a world .  .  .

Enjoy,

Slim

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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 influencing the climate.  Then there are other folk out there, generally men but some women, who feel that the woman’s place is at home, barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.  This post is really not for them.

There are also folk that feel that the solutions for the future are in technology; I say, yes, to that, but then I feel that biology might have an influence and might even reduce the need for technology.

I have a feeling too.  I have no empirical data to back this up.  I have a feeling that the world wouldn’t be in such a messed up state if we had more women participating in either politics or debate.  The over-weighting given to men for such a large part of recognisable human history has lead to imbalances, latterly, in many things including wars and injustice, and terminally now, in consumption and sustainability.  That said, human history stretches back for several millions of years and humankind has managed to survive.  So, previously, perhaps, women may have had more influence.

That we are on the brink of more “interesting times” and that the people who have brought us to this situation, with some exceptions (Thatcher and Obama), are, and I generalise, male, white, old, over-weight or even just plain weird such as: (perhaps an ad hominum) comb-licking under-performers like P. Wolfowitz (the ex-Wunderkind of the World Bank).

This post has been filed under the category “Women overcoming wonky thinking” but it is really about how we all might benefit from the influence of women on the world.  More women bringing more pragmatism, practicality and positivity to the planet.

There are problems with all forms of democracy, especially representational democracy.  Primarily, politicians are there to represent their constituency.  Sadly the constituency that politicians represent, other than once an electoral cycle or occasionally in  “constituency surgeries”, has morphed from the man or woman on the street to Wall Street or The City.   Generally politicians are well meaning, public spirited people, or at least start off like that; it is party politics and the whips that have influenced this, the change in representation.  There are other areas for possible change and I shall address one in particular – that of removing politician from politics – in a future post.  There are, furthermore, problems with voting, proportional representation, constitutional problems e.g. the 2000 election/coup in the US etc – I do not want to address these here.   I want to talk about a favourite subject of mine.  I want to talk about women.

I would like to present an idea.  The idea I have is for changing, not the style or form of democracy, but the gender imbalance of democracy.  That this might, as the idea is developed and debated, require changes in political implementation is not a reason for not addressing the seminal issue.  There will, of course, be those that think that we should not be considering such thoughts but, hopefully, these people did not get past the third sentence in the first paragraph.

My idea calls for every parliament, at every level down to the street, to have a 50:50 split between women and men.  (Does it not seem strange that this is not already the case?)  If there is an excess of men in a given parliament those that got the least votes (or some such filter) should then have to stand down.  The priority is always to have gender equilibria at every level. Please don’t limit the parliament to the seating arrangements in “the house” or the boroughs in the land.

Ok, immediately the problems or challenges spring forth and multiply. Please identify and debate these as you think of them.  For starters, problem: women have different priorities at different times of life; ok, so don’t just “facilitate” this by providing support, where women want and need it – I don’t have the answers, ask women how to resolve this issue. Ask women to overcome this; they are 50% of the population, give them their due.

Problem: The women that are attracted to politics are the wrong women that you want there (I agree, just the same, wrong type of men that are drawn to politics); ok, so maybe this might be the case initially but I suggest that as the tone of the parliament would change with gender equilibrium so the timbre of the women attracted to it might change.

Problem: There are not enough women inclined to stand for office. Ok, given the changes above this might change.  Given a change in political environment women might feel less challenged/thwarted/inhibited.  But then also, maybe it might be up to men or women to choose a running-mate and enter parliament as a team.  Why bring one side of humanity to the debate – why not bring both, at the same time?

Male domination in politics, male domination in religion, male domination in society, and male domination in the family have lead to the shonky, destructive nature of many aspects of the world; for example, societal imbalance and lack of care, the resource rape, the child abuse, financial imperatives overcoming longer term sense etc.  From the foundation up, gender imbalances, at the different levels, are part of the problem.  This is a sensitive subject, men feel challenged and speaking for myself, I don’t have any special knowledge of the hows and wheres of redressing this balance.  I just have an over-riding feeling that the “WHY” of balancing this imbalance might become part of the global solution – and, furthermore, why not implement this as a pre-condition of, for example, a global parliament?

Salaams Slim

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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 Thatcher and remains a well-thumbed bible for many conservative thinkers and actors.  The events in the US, particularly in Madison, gave me cause to ponder.

The wonky ironies commence with how, without central control, with massive deregulation, deconstruction of the unions and global outsourcing we are approaching a situation in Europe and North America where there is the creation of an underclass.  There has been a widening of inequalities and shrinking of social protection.  This is creating an underclass that will not be bound to a feudal master as in the classic definition of a serf.  The underclass will be bound out of economic necessity to an employer who will hold both every lever of power and tool of negotiation.

The further wonky is that it is not socialism that is creating this situation. It is capitalism that is out of control and running amok with illimitable wealth and unsustainable resource use.  The tragedy is that the wishes of a balanced society are not that great and are paltry when perceived in the context of the attack budgets of the West and the BRICS countries.

Added 25 Aug 2012. A further irony r.e. Hayek (and many of my learned colleagues who still quote him) is that his driving tenet – that socialism would create serfdom – is flawed. None of the socially governed societies of the world have produced serfdom in the last 70 years.  The fact that the right, or the neo-liberals, can claim this is outcome is becoming likely but no doubt the irony will be lost on them.

Moving on from resource use towards climate change, there is a huge wonky within government.  At most national levels, aside from a debates on carbon trading/taxing it is, pretty much, business as usual.  The wonky comes in further down the line, closer to the people that the representative nominees (the politicians) should be representing.  It is here that the people are trying to make some changes, at the grass roots level.  Have a listen to this 30 minute slot about local adaption to climate change in Australia.

The next wonky irony is already well known; that of the bankers, having been re-bankrolled at our expense, demanding the cuts in public spending that will further stifle the development of society.  I am not sure of the figures, however every dollar removed from the education and health budgets of a state will have ramifications down the line for that state. And education, for better or for worse, is, for the majority, generally considered to be beneficial. It is especially beneficial in prisons.

And as the wealth gap increases, the desire to punish gets stronger.  This leads to the “rage to punish” as seen in the US now (and mentioned in my Peirce posts).  And brings me on to the question in the title: do you know the only 100% effective way of stopping re-offending, of stopping recidivism?

The answer it seems is EDUCATION.  If you allow the taking of further/higher education in gaols then when the prisoner leaves gaol with a degree, with a fostered self-recogntion, he/she takes a different onward path that does not include returning to gaol. For more information on this, and murder, have a 30 minute listen to All in The Mind.

For me, I had no choice about which world, culture or society I was born into, so I am stuck with this planet, this culture and this society.  There is no escape.  So I would rather entertain the idea of making society, the place where I live, a more friendly, cohesive place.  For some reason, expanding the gap between the haves and have-nots does not seem like a sensible idea.  This is liable to make for conflict.

And if you do not understand the meaning of gap, in its many contexts, there are a number of gaps to be seen at this site.  Have a look around, how much better off would that conflict be if kids and teachers could actually get to school – I call it intellectual genocide.

So we are approaching serfdom from a different direction, and with the chaos of climactically changing planet, the impact may be more than was felt in the lead up to the Soviet Revolution.

Have a great weekend, salaams Slim

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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 two people or entities is made up of two parts; the relationship of the first with the second and the relationship of the second with the first.  It is often easy to forget the second part.

This was brought to mind when I listened to this podcast on torture.

It was illustrated in this podcast that the FBI only uses empathetic interrogation.  They used this with great success in their pursuit of the 1998 East African Embassy bombers.  The vast majority of those captured, have been tried and convicted using the law. (Ironically this may be suspect as the Peirce essay on Non-Compliance illuminates.  And some are being held, subsequent to Afghanistan, in Guantanamo.)  It is alleged that the greater portion of all active intelligence gained on al Qaeda was gained at this time.

Subsequent to 9/11 the FBI was sidelined in its work on counter terrorism both, in general, in the Bush regime’s attack on civil liberties and, in particular, because of its refusal to use torture. Since then the CIA has been at the forefront of this long War on Terror racket.  There are some other points of wonkiness.  Torture, it appears, will harden the performance of an activist.  It will also change the behaviour of the perpetrators.  They will often go on to lead coups vide the French in Algeria.

I would suggest that although both the US and the CIA’s move away from the law and habeus corpus might have prevented some terrorism activities, it has caused more serious problems around the world.

I leave you to consider torture as it impacts on relationships.  And relationships can be considered between infants, people, faiths, nations and power blocs.  All the back and white thinking, all the machismo, all the posturing and all the short-termism that is witnessed by the other side of the relationship can only be mirrored in a certain way.  And contempt on one side of a relationship, is sure to engender contempt on the other.

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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 as you hear how deeply disaffected the US population has become.

Notionally this speech refers to Obama – it is titled: The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad.  Really Tariq Ali displays how the presidency of the United States is barely even a figurehead.  Governments of different hues come and go.  It is business as usual for business.  It is imperialism as usual for the State Department or, not unsurprisingly, for the Pentagon.

Questions and mentions to be looked out for?

The ironies of turning to the market to fund education.

The hollowing out of democracy.

The one state solution for Palestine.

How is it that al Jazeera cannot be watched in the US?

How to perpetuate the tremors?

He mentions Palestine so have a quick look at this watchdog site.  The maps will show you how a two state solution is a non-starter – Israel has expanded, like a cancer, into the West Bank.  Where it hasn’t set up its own road networks, separate from the existing system, it has built exclusion walls and checkpoints that dismember the physical entity, crush the spirit and imprison the people.  This is on our watch.  It is very roughly akin to the closing down and boarding up Jewish businesses, and the disenfranchising of Jews as part of a process of tragic and, ultimately, terminal alienation in Germany under the Third Reich. And no, I am not anti-semitic.

This is one extreme of the hollowing out of democracy.  The other extreme is in the western democracies, as we have seen through the writings of Gareth Peirce (see the earlier Peirce post) and others, there has been a constant erosion of civil liberties.  Who will say anything?

 

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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 wild.  There are over 500 pages of data and references.  For the time constrained, I would recommend cherry-picking and then the conclusions.

The first is Annex D to the UNSCEAR report of 2008.  You can download the report here.  I shall leave it to you to work your way through all 178 pages of this tome.

The second, at a paltry 349 pages, is a collection of scientific papers by Dr. Alexey Yablokov. You can read about it here.  You can download it here. Or if you cannot get it from the previous link, and if you ask nicely, I can send you a copy.  There is also a recent Youtube Yablokov Interview.

A couple of notes of wonkiness. The UNSCEAR report was published a year before the Yablokov collection.  The latter refers to the former.  The former doesn’t have a single mention of the latter – not even the tiniest reference – when Yablokov has over 400 publications to his name.  It is strange how science can be influenced by language . . . immediately impacting on objectivity . . . or maybe there is a desire not to know.

The liquidators are the group of Chernobyl Cleanup Workers.  This group is/was originally of between 600,000 and 1 million in number from across the USSR.  They “tidied up” and built the sarcophagus at Chernobyl between 1986 and 1990.   There are eleven mentions of the liquidators in the former document.   I lost track of the number of mentions in the latter document.  Yablokov tracks some incredible data – enjoy.  He even controls for alcoholism . . .

It might be better to get a single, large dose as this just kills the cells – though it might kill you too.  A low dose, over an extended period, doesn’t kill the cell it causes mutations . . . great.  And also if you ingest it through respiration or diet that has an impact.

Furthermore, it appears that since 1959 the IAEA & WHO have had an agreement not publish anything that the other hasn’t scrutinised and authorised.  A case of poachers and gamekeepers in cahoots . . .  Furthermore, it should be noted that UNSCEAR (the patron of the first report) is based at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna.  This is hardly neutral territory.

You will notice that many of the states in Western Europe denied the passage of the cloud and the fallout.  The USSR clamped down on reports and reporting.  Why would such secrecy be so necessary for such a clean, green power?

P.S. There is much mud being slung about both the reports above.  The UNSCEAR report is: A) Associated with the IAEA; B) it is too narrow, only dealing with Belarus, Ukraine and Russia; and C) The radioisotope analysis is too narrow.  And the Yablokov book, takes a pounding for: A) Being too broad; and B) Not being rigorous enough.

Here are two reviews of the Yablokov book, from the Journal of Radiation Protection Dosimetry: The Charles review and Fairlie review. One is more positive than the other.   One is more forgiving than the other.  One, perhaps, is more balanced than the other.  These two will give a significant insight into the complexity of this subject.  The ramifications of the different methodologies, protocols and philosophies of the respective scientific communities (and the language issues) are but one indicator of blinkering or narrowing of objectivity.  The impact of politics is not really touched on.  I suspect that time will be the winner in the end; long after the standing of institutions and the importance of egos have faltered; the truth of the data will come out.  And, it is better to have the data out there.

 

 

 

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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 and to the planet?

There must be something wonky in what happens to us subsequent to birth . . .  is it homelife, or education, child abuse or neglect.  Something happens.

It makes you wonder what went on in the Murdock family home or schooling; or in the early lives of the Trafigura executives.  Read and listen on:

So you thought it was BP, the bankers and big end of town who held sway in Whitehall, Washington, the Élysée Palace etc?  Well, it’s different poo with, however, the same stink.  I commend this Background Briefing report on what links 10 Downing Street, phone hacking, intellectual property rights, power, duplicity etc

This podcast is hardly thought provoking, but still fascinating . . . Murdoch . . . mmm . . . the very essence of what is unattractive about humans!

Blurb from the philosophers’ zone: Given that we all begin our lives as children, it is perhaps surprising that philosophy has paid such little attention, relatively speaking, to childhood. In this 30 minute podcast you meet the American philosopher and psychologist Alison Gopnik, who argues that in some ways young children are actually smarter, more imaginative, more caring and even more conscious than adults are.

And, in the same vein, you might be wondering how we got to this present sorry state of affairs; then please consider this short 20 minute pod.  This has Professor Peter Singer describing, amongst other things, recent research on how just-born babies (pre-talking) know the difference between right and wrong.

So, from that baseline for human behaviour, how do we arrive at the Murdock story and, to complete the see-saw, the following story?

Please get your fangs into this 20 minute story – from a couple of years ago, complete with white knights (mentions of Anthony Sampson) and villains . . .

Salaams Slim

P.s. not much in the infant media about Bahrain . . . tum-ti-tum

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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 Libya and Bahrein.  You probably will not find much in the infant media on the Bahrein part of this.

When a war is spoken of as a humanitarian issue . . . it looks like something smelly, and indeed, smells like something smelly.  There has to be a cost benefit to the expending of all that ammunition.  Just like all the other non-existant humanitarian interventions on behalf of, for example, the Palestinians, the Rwandans or the Zimbabweans, slim pickings to be had there.  Bosnia, well that intervention did eventually get off the ground but mainly because the victims, though muslim, were white.  While Kuwait, well, that was different, of course, nothing dark or liquid (I meant sinister) there.  Or the proxy intervention, for example, by Ethiopia in Somalia.  Smelly.

Slim

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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 what used to be called the mainstream media (CNN, Fox, NYT, the Murdochracy etc) but which I now call the “infant media”.  They are the infant media because of their ability to combine child-like attitudes (short attention span, regard only for the hand that feeds it, a belief that it is the centre of its world, a dubious truth and irrational behaviour) with real-world politics, producing simple responses to complicated questions that are, in the main, wrong.) The subject is the global water market and its near collapse last year.  This market is dressed up as the global grain market because it takes 1000 tonnes of water to produce one tonne of grain.  It makes for good listening.

Secondly, from Strafor . . . have a read and comment on this less worldy-conscious article that is more aimed at keeping up the US/Iran pissing competition.  It is all a bit passé if you remember Tariq Ali’s analysis from an earlier Wonky-Thinking email. Stratfor touches on Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran but it rather misses the point.  That point is that it is moot whether Iran actually gives more than two hoots about what America is/was or wants (check out Iran’s major business partners – they are specifically those countries that were having the meeting that a surprised Obama gate-crashed at Copenhagen – oops!).  For my two cents, I would suggest that Iran may have been able to deal with its own attempted revolution in 09 and now. It’s domestic authority, however, has been weakened by what has gone on over the Shatt al-Arab in the Arab World. But, in its external affairs, it is all the more likely to continue its highly effective, low level sub-diplomatic destabilisation that America has been unable to defeat in Shia-dominated Iraq.  So watch this space for more US sabre-rattling (but, please, don’t be swayed by the infant media) as it pursues its aims for its defence-driven economy and resource desires.   If you like an ironic twist, link this article with the BBC one above – you might think that the struggle for oil might be both a touch misdirected and long-term in the world where the oil consumers might have died of hunger as they wait for the gas tanker to arrive.

It has been brought to my attention that some folk can get ground down or can have a low moment;  especially having read or listened to some Wonky-Thinking emails.  Some of you may find the world situation a little depressing for us and our children.  I say please have some faith in the abilities of masses of people to make changes when they get together.  It can and does happen, vide Tunisia, Egypt et cetera.  It is possible to make changes.  It just requires changing your self, acting locally and thinking globally.  And our unconcerned governments will become more concerned.

Slim

 


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