a two part series on dissent in America.
a two part series on dissent in America.
I've never laughed so hard at a political commentator. Everyone is guaranteed to be offended...and delighted. - rhk
A bunch of great podcasts I've heard recently
The lack of strict accountability has always been the Achilles Heel of producers wanting to monetize their podcast. The merger of Midroll Media and Stitcher solves a lot of problems advertisers have had with podcasting.
Podcasts are crippleware by nature; crippled by time. If you are interested in a book or an article, you can speed read & skim. Or, if a work of fiction, see the movie. But with podcasts, even if you train yourself to listen to podcasts at 2x or greater speeds, you are still constrained by:
Anytime you have a situation where you begin to believe that your countrymen are potentially the enemy within...if I can use the analogy of a dog with fleas...the fleas do damage...but oftentimes when your dog is in trouble from a flea infestation the damage comes from the dog scratching and biting itself to try to get rid of the fleas and they'll tear themselves to pieces. The Terrorists are the fleas. We're the dog. And the minute we start thinking that fellow Americans are the enemy is the time we start doing the Terrorist's work for them.
Must Hear Radio : "The opposite of depression is not happiness, it is vitality"
Must Hear! Required Advanced American Civics.
Dan Carlin interrupted his latest Common Sense podcast to talk about the then breaking news of the Paris Attacks.
This may be one of the most remarkable pieces I have ever heard about being an American, acting with American principles, and what the American --indeed what the rational-- response should be to these kinds of "Jabs."
...the technology of destruction has become so brutal, moving at such lightning speed that it has surpassed the human capacity to tolerate and endure without breakdown.
This is Dan Carlin at his absolute best. If you think you understand ancient history because you can follow the "begets" from the Bible and struggle through the "heroic catalogs" in the Illiad, you're in for an awakening as Dan leads his listeners through the detailed and convoluted world of ancient history.
Don't miss the detailed souvenir scorecard at the bottom of the page in this master class in ancient history.
Not only is the tale epic, so is the listening.
It is impossible to a fortune-teller, but we do need to try and understand the forces shaping our future and adapt according. Otherwise we are in big trouble. The film company, Kodak, is an apt metaphor. It once ruled the roost, making 16 billion dollars back in 1996. By 2012 it was broke, having failing to grasp a simple digital reality: people no longer wanted photos on paper anymore. The CSIRO’s, Stefan Hajkowisz believes there are seven Mega trends determining our future. He discusses them with Paul Barclay.
"Matt Haig is astounding" (STEPHEN FRY)
"Maybe the most important book I've read this year" (SIMON MAYO)
"A life-saving book" (AMANDA CRAIG)
"Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light" (MICHAEL PALIN)
"Full of wisdoms and warmth" (NATHAN FILER)
"Matt Haig is a marvellous writer: limpid; tender; passionate. In this memoir (and it's short, barely 200 pages long), he manages to articulate, both the bleakness of depression and the means of dealing with it, little by little, day by day, without ever sounding maudlin, or self-indulgent, or preachy. For everyone who has ever felt the snap of the black dog's teeth, this book is wise, funny, affirming and redemptive. Sometimes depression can be like falling into a wordless pit. Matt Haig finds the words. And he says them for all of us" (JOANNE HARRIS)
"Reasons to Stay Alive is wonderful. I read it in one sitting. Touching, funny, thought-provoking, with a huge heart. It should be read by anyone who has suffered, or known someone who has suffered (i.e.. everyone)" (S J WATSON)
"Fascinating and beautifully written" (IAN RANKIN)
"Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin" (JEANETTE WINTERSON)
"Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful" (JENNY COLGAN)
"Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription" (REV. RICHARD COLES)
"For anyone who has faced the black dog, or felt despair, this marvellous book is a real comfort, dealing sympathetically with depression, written with candour and from first-hand experience. I think it is a small masterpiece. It might even save lives" (JOANNA LUMLEY)
"A really great read, and essential to our collective well-being" (JO BRAND)
"Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour . . . a valuable contribution to the conversation" (Sunday Times)
"Quite simply brilliant" (Bookmunch)
"I feel like someone else in the world understands me now. I feel a bit less alone, a bit less scared, a bit less guilty and anxious and burdened" (Little White Library)
"A heart-breaking account of a young man experiencing debilitating depression but comes with a surprising light touch" (Sunday Mail)
"The amount of passages I've underlined is a real testament to his skills as a writer" (The White Journal)
"A life-affirming and quietly joyful read" (Connaught Telegraph)
"A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression" (Sunday Express)
''The real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a concise, vivid history of political strategy, big egos, and partisan interest that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.
Revered today for articulating America’s founding principles, the first ten amendments—the Bill of Rights—was in fact a political stratagem executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the Federal government, and the latter’s authority over the states. In the skilled hands of award-winning historian Carol Berkin, the story of the Founders’ fight over the Bill of Rights comes alive in a gripping drama of partisan politics, acrimonious debate, and manipulated procedure. From this familiar story of a Congress at loggerheads, an important truth emerges.
In 1789, the young nation faced a great ideological divide around a question still unanswered today: should broad power and authority reside in the federal government or should it reside in state governments? The Bill of Rights, from protecting religious freedom and the people’s right to bear arms to reserving unenumerated rights to the states, was a political ploy first, and matter of principle second. How and why Madison came to devise this plan, the divisive debates it fostered in the Congress, and its ultimate success in defeating antifederalist counterplans to severely restrict the powers of the federal government is more engrossing than any of the myths that shroud our national beginnings.
The debate over the founding fathers’ original intent still continues through myriad Supreme Court decisions. By pulling back the curtain on the political, short-sighted, and self-interested intentions of the founding fathers in passing the Bill of Rights, Berkin reveals the inherent weakness in these arguments and what it means for our country today."
"If you happen to live in the anglophone world and aren't closely tied to China by blood or professional ties, chances are that what you believe to be true about this country is heavily influenced by the opinions of perhaps one hundred other people, the reporters who cover China for the world's leading media outlets and the writers who build a narrative to encompass it beyond the frenetic drumbeat of current affairs.
This week, Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by accomplished writer Ian Johnson to talk about this phenomenon at first generally, but then specifically with regards to a piece Ian recently authored in the New York Review of Books called An American Hero in China, a look into the way China has embraced Peter Hessler and his writings on the country. We try to make sense of how exactly reporting is done here, what sorts of editorial decisions are made that affect coverage, and how the voice of the author struggle to make China intelligible to the outside world."
Philosophers get a bad rap - they're written off as too academic, too detached from daily life. But we're seeing a philosophy revival, from philosophy cafes to philosophers as therapists. From the Stoics to Spinoza, an argument for why philosophy still matters.
As always, superb analysis of how we got into this mess. Clay and David didn't discuss Flood Insurance, I don't think, however. Used to be that rich people built high and poor people lived low. Now with flood insurance, rich people build low and expect the taxpayer to rebuild them every few years through the flood insurance program.
"Humanity's most important activity is getting food, and billions of people already are lacking sufficient calories or micronutrients to lead satisfactory lives. The prospect of having to feed billions more by midcentury is daunting, and yet the scale of the crisis is barely recognized by most people. The End of Plenty should provide an important antidote for that― both covering the overall situation and giving interesting vignettes of problems and potential solutions. It's an important read for everyone. (Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal)
Fifty years ago, as many as one out of every three people lived in hunger. Today, the figure is about one in eight―history’s biggest, fastest increase in human well-being. Now, though, scientists and economists increasingly fear that this great accomplishment is at risk. Simply put, the world’s agricultural systems may not be able to provide enough food for the nine or ten billion people who will be alive in 2050. Joel Bourne, who grew up working on his family's farm, traveled the world to explore what may be the greatest challenge facing the next generation. The result is calm, lucid―and fascinating. (Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493)
Thoroughly researched and exceptionally thoughtful…Joel Bourne's courageous book should convince every reader of the compelling need to address world food problems through more skillful and sustainable agronomy, but also through education, especially of women, and universal family planning. (Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, New York University, and author of Food Politics)
Much of this book is sad and scary―it's going to be hard to feed a world that we're relentlessly heating. But reading about the amazing advances being made by developing-world farmers with 'organic' agriculture left me with a vision of the planet we could still create. (Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy)
Joel K. Bourne Jr. has written one of the most informative, engaging books on the world food prospect I have ever read. (Lester R. Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, and author of Full Planet, Empty Plates)
The End of Plenty is an urgent and at times terrifying dispatch from a distinguished reporter who has given heart and soul to his subject. Here is a wake-up call, and also a call to action. The stakes could not be higher: To stave off apocalypse, we must grow a whole lot smarter in a hurry―starting by heeding the cutting-edge wisdom contained in Joel Bourne's richly researched and passionately argued report from the Malthusian margins. (Hampton Sides, editor-at-large for Outside magazine and author of In the Kingdom of Ice)
In a well-documented and fast-moving manner, Joel Bourne Jr., one of America's foremost experts by virtue of his 'hands-on' experience, education, and world travel, clearly depicts a strategic challenge for America’s national security in the coming years. Today, when a humanitarian crisis occurs or an event takes place that overwhelms the elected government, often the first sign of hope is the arrival of a United States Air Force plane or Navy ship bringing relief supplies. 'As the better Angels of mercy,' as President Abraham Lincoln once said, Americans feel compelled to help. Most often, because they move fast and are highly visible, our armed forces bear the brunt. If history is prologue, this developing crisis may well overwhelm our armed forces, and indeed, America. Joel has shown, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the time for action is NOW―and the consequences for failing to heed his advice may be devastating! (Henry H. Shelton, General, US Army (retired), 14th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff)"