Monthly Archives: February 2013

Italy – Hopefully Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement Will Act To Create Policy Instead Of Sinking Into A Comfort Zone By Simply Criticising Politicians – 27 February 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/26/beppe-grillo-politics-social-media-italy I’m fascinated by the Italian election outcome – particularly the rise of “anti-establishment” comedian-turned-electoral-activist Beppe Grillo. Probably we will see a lot of elections elsewhere with parties emerging like Grillo’s “Five Star Movement”, which I would characterise as a … Continue reading

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Israel – US – A Surprise That African-American Students Organise To Defend Israel’s Right To Exist? – For Those Who Remember Bayard Rustin, It Shouldn’t Be – 26 February 2013

http://njjewishnews.com/article/4796/israeli-apartheid-and-the-ghost-of-bayard-rustin#.USygwB2G28C This is a great article – one which reminds us not only of the numerous reasons why current blather about Israel being an “apartheid” society is wrongheaded, but also of the tremendous service to the world and great example … Continue reading

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US – Agreed, Let Conservatives Explain Why “Conservative” Doesn’t Just Mean Hierarchical And Exclusionary – 24 February 2013

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/23/my-answer-to-the-conservative-political-action-conference/ Chris Hayes said the following, in response to an invitation from the Conservative Political Action Conference to speak, which he ultimately decided to reject: “Maybe because I’m a squish, or, in the immortal words of Abbie Hoffman, a liberal … Continue reading

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Mental Health – Yes, Of Course, We Would Have Drugged Einstein – But Nothing Rebellious People Say Will Convince Anyone That This Is The Wrong Idea – Only A World Full Of Mitt Romneys Will – 24 February 2013

http://www.alternet.org/story/154225/would_we_have_drugged_up_einstein_how_anti-authoritarianism_is_deemed_a_mental_health_problem My first thought is “yes, all of this is certainly true, but that won’t stop them.” It’s romantic to encourage rebels to rebel against a system that shoves them and their concerns into narrow constraints…but this is not something … Continue reading

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Free Speech – Can We Really Chance The Consequences? – 21 February 2013

Is silence golden? The last person you expect to be asking that question is me, though frankly, I have been asking that question in one form or another a lot over the past months and years and you might have … Continue reading

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Psychology – I Still Find Peale Appalling – 20 February 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Vincent_Peale I’d like to remind people what a crock positive thinking is. Did that get your attention? I imagine it did for some of you, because the internet – and particularly social media like Facebook – is a haven for … Continue reading

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Literature – Michael Kohlhaas, Coalhouse Walker…It’s Tempting To Blame The Hotheads, But Someone Has To Fix The Problem – 18 February 2013

I just was reading through an English translation of the Heinrich von Kleist short story Michael Kohlhaas, which is about a real 16th century German named Hans Kohlhase. This is the story which provided the American novelist E. L. Doctorow … Continue reading

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