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Cat video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ZU04U-xAo

Blossom Goodchild: http://blossomgoodchild.blogspot.co.uk/

Here's an article I wrote about the middle east: http://margerrisons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/wars-not-make-one-great.html

The Little Book of Rare and Unpublished Oddities http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/humour/the-little-book-of-rare-and,nitz-g-kent-9781436352673

Charlie Uchea: https://twitter.com/1charleyuchea

I assume this is her Twitter. Thought she was always a great guest. Great sense of humour.

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Dave Voce said…
Hi Nick
I liked the longer podcast and that cat video was great. I'm going to try and take issue with your gaza stance. I think it is important for us to keep ourselves informed of world affairs, and it's people like us that are capable of seeing the situation for what it is and not just believing the propaganda. I take your point that there's hard line nutters on both sides and we shouldn't side with either of them. I stayed in Israel in the 80's, and i've had rockets fired at me and i've seen Israel's over the top response, another thing I saw in Israel was half a dozen soldiers beating an arab youth to unconsciousness with their rifle butts, in the middle of a busy shopping district, and I was the only person to stop and look, it was surreal everybody ignored it as if it wasn't happening. Israel is a very strange place, very beautiful, full of history, and populated by the most aggressive and racist people i've ever come across. I don't know what the answer is but i would say it starts with everyone learning the truth about the situation and becoming involved, and if that is sharing horrific pictures then so be it, although that certainly shouldn't be the end of peoples participation. As you've said before, we're in a period of revelation, information is now available like never before and with that new found information people will demand justice and peace.
Erronbius said…
Hi Nick,
Your remark about the "right to exist" of Israel, or Great Britain or Scotland for that matter, ticked off my BS detector. What sort of entity is the State that you can ascribe rights to it? And in what respect can it even be said to exist in the first place?
Insofar as it exists it's a Magickal creature, a Golem, brought to life of sorts by Law, by the Words of Power impressed in the clay of it. Philip K Dick defined reality as "that which does not go away when you stop believing in it". The State is real enough in that sense, even though the belief in it is the stuff it's made of. It will affect your life whether or not you're a believer.
That doesn't make it sentient yet. As a Golem, it rotely does the bidding of whoever laid the Words of Power on it. Any right you grant it you grant its master.
I'm pragmatic enough to understand that on a globe notionally sliced up like pizza among nation-states, without the State, all you get is bloody gang war over who gets to be the State next or colonial incursion or both. We're all being held hostage by some State or other. Be that as it may, there's no need to believe in what you can take a good hard look at. It's optional.
What's really here is just us people. Not "The People", capitalized, mind you. That's another convenient fiction, convenient to power, that is. Nationalists and bigots of every sort insist on seeing people, lowercase, as a subset of some People, capitalized, or other. God's Chosen People. Du bist nichts, dein Volk ist alles. Bollocks. What's actually here is all sort of organisms crawling about the surface of this planet. Just us.
So saying "may the best man win" is a bit off the mark, isn't it? and not only because it's obvious who "the best man" is when it's a nuclear-armed nation versus a permanent refugee camp with a fence around it. I'd call that shooting fish in a barrel. It's that the "best men" have an understanding amongst themselves. They're not the ones who get to suffer most. That's inmates like you and me, stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time with nowhere else to go.
Careful what you identify with. Don't use the word "we" lightly.
Eatisto said…
That cat video is really amusing. We should think both sides of anything. Sure, I will try this some time.

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