Aren’t The King’s New Clothes Wonderful!?!

Danny Kaye’s is the version I loved as a boy, though Bernard Cribbins does it well too.  If you can’t listen, the lyrics are all you need.  If you don’t cry at the the irony, smile at the knowledge that there is an answer staring us in the face, even if we choose not to …
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Ray Anderson

His passion could make you cry. He turned the dirtiest of industries in to the cleanest.  He set the example. He died 8 August 2011. You can hear him talk about changing the world here. Wikipedia’s entry is here. Here is an obituary from The Economist. And here is a little poem he liked to …
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The passion of dissent – Aung Sang Suu Kyi

Aung Sang Suu Kyi talks about her life and work as a political reformer.  Listen to her on Radio 4 here.  Hope without delusion.  Suffering by choice.  The spirit of change. Download the Reith Lectures podcast Read the transcript of Lecture 1

Uncyclopaedia, the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Actually its quite insightful and funny.  Reminds me of Yes Men or Onion.  Worth a look for a reality check or when you’re searching for the meaning of life. For Example: Earth (or The Earth as it is known by its self-absorbed inhabitants) is the third planet …
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Humanity reacts to nature

Looking at the dawn of time.

A telescope sent far in to space to study the oldest light in the Universe has returned its first images. The Planck observatory is surveying radiation that first swept out across space just 380,000 years after the Big Bang (15,000,000,000 years ago).  The light holds details about the age, contents and evolution of the cosmos.  …
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US to cut missile defence plan. A good start.

The US has cancelled or postponed the plan to emplace missiles in Poland.  This is good news.  Increasing the volume of armaments is a ludicrous policy in a world where people are dying of malnutrition and thirst and where a gun has no practical purpose except to kill another person.  The resources would be better …
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“No morals at all” – has anything changed?

The story of Eileen Loiacono, a mortgage underwriter – deciding who her firm should lend to – at the height of the subprime lending bonanza, is a sad tale of fear and greed. She finally left the industry which had “no morals at all”. Has anything changed? Have those people suddenly gained integrity? What are …
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A positive perspective helps you live longer.

Another scientific study has been released that shows that a positive outlook on life significantly lengthens life expectancy.  Even controlling for other factors, being positive has a 10% to 15% beneficial impact.  A positive outlook on life has additional benefits because it tends to help a lifestyle of more exercise and better eating. BBC: Optimistic …
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Terry Pratchett on death.

From the UK’s Mail on Sunday. Assisted suicide has been in the headlines because the law incriminating those who assist suicide is under review. Sir Terry has alzheimer’s and has written about death for over three decades. I’ll die before the endgame, says Terry Pratchett in call for law to allow assisted suicides in UK …
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