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Donald Trump First, Donald Trump First, Donald Trump First

 Recent events in Charlottesville have shone a light on the attitude to race of President Trump and his now departed political strategist, Steven Bannon.   For a moment Trump seemed to be making his position clear: “When we open our … Continue reading

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Freedom Ride

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstzb3 This is a beautiful little half hour programme I listened to this morning on the BBC World Service. Of course I knew about Rosa Park, but the story told in this programme is a timely reminder of what the … Continue reading

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I Hate the Whiteman

Posted originally to You Tube as a comment on the rather confused discussion arising from this song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPFfgdxp9o&list=RDzXPFfgdxp9o  I hate the white man – now that’s a title that in the age of the Internet was always going to attract … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Need for A Multiple Choice Referendum

Let us consider two views of the referendum outcome on 23rd June ;   the people have decided to leave the European Union regardless of the terms agreed the people have decided only that they wish to leave, but have … Continue reading

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What really happened in Sweden last night…

More or Less,  [ Radio 4 and the BBC World Service]  routinely  challenges  the  interpretation and conclusions drawn from the data circulating in the news.  It is a programme which succeeds in making statistics interesting, even amusing.   This week’s edition … Continue reading

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Hare Crosses the Border

Start the Week  [27Feb2017]  was a discussion linked by the theme of borders. In particular I was drawn to the contribution of  map-maker Garrett Carr who has travelled “Ireland’s border to explore the smugglers, kings, peacemakers and terrorists who’ve criss-crossed … Continue reading

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Alan Winfield on robot ethics

Alan Winfield, who glories in the title of “Professor of Robot Ethics,” at the University of the West of England was a recent subject of  Jim Al-Khalili’s Radio 4 series  “The Life Scientific.” ,   [21Feb17],     At one point in … Continue reading

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