My Media Week 11/05/08

If there is a God, he’s not green. Otherwise airships would take off.

I didn’t know whether to include this in the humour section. Mr Monbiot now suggests we look into airships as a viable alternative to the airplane. New York in 43 hours! I’m just imagining a certain IH teacher  going back to New Zealand for his Christmas break.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/may/06/travelandtransport.carbonemissions

 

Nicholson Baker’s Human Smoke (Podcast). 

Baker has written a controversial and for me totally wrong-headed book, which recommends surrendering to Hitler as a rational policy option.

 

http://www.radioopensource.org/nicholson-bakers-human-smoke/

 

Philosophy in the Streets (Podcast)

In this programme Nick Fraser analyses the intellectual revolution that began in Paris in 1968. He sees it not as a political failure but as an intellectual triumph.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/aboutus/2008/05/080501_philospophy_streets.shtml

 

David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’

David Mamet the  American author essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director famous for Glengarry Glen Ross and Wag the Dog, is another one of those who have become disillusioned with the left. I find the way Americans use the word liberal as someone who believes in government intervention a bit exasperating.

 

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0811,why-i-am-no-longer-a-brain-dead-liberal,374064,1.html/full

 

Take a tip from ever changing cultures

Julian Baggini takes a lot at how different cultures interact.

 

http://www.theherald.co.uk/search/display.var.2248228.0.take_a_tip_from_ever_changing_cultures.php

 

Pope returns to Vatican with comprehensive plan to blow up United States

The Onion has a spoof on American anti-terrorist paranoia. 

 

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/pope_returns_to_vatican_with

 

Sport is like sex … only better. 

I included this because I’m beginning to feel the same about blogging.

 

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1138591.ecehttp://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1138591.ece

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