This episode has a gross title, but it’s a real quote from Dark Pools, the book I’m reading right now about high-frequency trading. Also this episode: stabbing people with letter openers, psychotic robots that follow you into the bathroom, killer super weeds, and cinder blocks to the face! Enjoy.
Top 3 Links of the Week
Killer Robots, Etc
Snoop Lion on Tavis Smiley (Sorry, the PBS embed isn’t working.)
The American Scholar featured a potent — and lyrical — article today called “Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace” by Neil Shea. He writes disturbingly about what he’s seen during his trips to Afghanistan with US troops.
I worry about how soldiers deal with the stresses of combat, and — especially in light of the Panjwai shooting spree — what suffering might be dished out to the people ostensibly being helped by our presence overseas.
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed the author today on DemocracyNow!
And, of course, when these guys return home, they often have trouble returning to civilian life. I worry that we’re dropping the ball as a society when it comes to taking care of our soldiers.
And if — as seems likely — our presence is making things worse (“It was like a week-long Taliban recruiting drive”), shouldn’t we get the heck out of Afghanistan already?
Episode #51 of the Deviant SynCast is now available for your listening pleasure. I’ve submitted it to iTunes, but apparently it hasn’t been approved yet, so downloading it here is your only option for now.
I went a little long this week — 45 minutes. Many thanks to everyone who sent feedback last week. Please respond with thoughts or questions!
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John Pilger is one of the world’s most important journalists (alongside Amy Goodman and Robert Fisk). He was instrumental in alterting the world to the genocide in East Timor, and he has spent decades reporting on the victims of powerful military machines.
In his latest film, available to watch in its entirety on YouTube (embedded below), he examines the role of US and UK media in the wars and occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel/Palestine, and beyond. Some of you have seen these issues examined in great detail, but I still encourage you to watch this. He provides a large-scale context that is absolutely essential, and offers interviews you won’t see anywhere else.
Please watch this.
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