~Malchkeon and her Proverbs
In a sweeping and engaging talk Niall Ferguson reviews and summarises the arguments and claims he’s made in over a dozen of his books as well as in numerous articles and commentaries. He reflects on the importance of history and how it can be applied to the present, the current state of the world economy, populism as a political and cultural force and what the prospect of a Trump presidency might mean
Big Boss Is Watching You ...
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: NC Attorney General Josh Stein Accused of Ethical Misconduct Before US Supreme Court.
Indy Star – Pence used personal email for state business – and was hacked – “Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges….Cyber-security experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence’s are typically less secure than government email accounts
NEWS YOU CAN USE: “Here’s a simple test for detecting whether you are living in George Orwell’s ‘1984.’ If you feel free to tell everyone you’re living in ‘1984,’ you aren’t.”
For a Society without Jobs Dissident Voice
Pope suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’ Reuters
In 2084 the world will appreciate the power of poetry to teach, to console and to warn, all of which will seem like essential ingredients - sense of 'What on earth was that all about?' then Mark Pajak's poem of the same title will resonate..
'A wild river of voices, where a woman
will take a teenage girl in frontby the hair and pull ahead, smooth
as a swimming stroke.Where two men will stand
in the first aisle, the last flat-screenbetween them like a saw...'
How diverse are the heroes of our stories? Popular media and messages of inclusion
This is big: Facebook trials new feature that will change how you use social media Thai Visa . The “One Ring to Rule Them All” strategy
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Boualem Sansal's 2084: The End of the World, out this week in English from Europa Editions.
With its Orwellian echoes and not-too-thinly-veiled criticism of Islam, this book got a lot of attention in Europe (and won the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française), and it'll be interesting to see how US/UK audiences take to it.