Oct 232014
 

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Lenny Bruce

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Choice – or freedom of choice? Ottawa terrorist attack, it’s just right to prevent the threat to democracy, the way the world has been going lately, radicalized opinions, democracy’s objective is freedom, voter threats to Western civilization, trading freedom for security, growing dissatisfaction with government, we the people, John Macmurray, freedom-dignity-responsibility, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich, two kinds of people, the emotional plague, voter distrust of each other, hope springs from understanding, confusing freedom of choice with choice
15:32 A plague on democracy: understanding vs belief, God, trickery in favour of truth, petty misdeeds, on the side of the persecutors, aiming at the truth, the public as dictator, rising from the mass into individuality, the process of individualization, democracy is no guarantee of freedom, Wilhelm Reich on humour, the joke’s on us
26:40 GUEST – Scott Williams-Oakes: October-Jest 2, London’s re-emerging comedy scene, for mature audiences, politically incorrect comedy, costume contest, comedy vs fear, the late great dead comedians, rise of social media, fake apologies, freedom of speech
41:24 Comedy is the fool’s occupation: Smothers Brothers, heroes of comedy, court jester, acting the fool, Lenny Bruce, breaking the obscenity envelope, Don Rickles, kernel of truth, too soon escape clause, cold war comedy, poking fun at sacred cows, All In The Family, Sanford and Son, Soap, late-night comedy 52:04 END

Oct 162014
 

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Beverly Hillbillies

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 London’s sElectors: a progressive agenda is a spending agenda, a worrying election, a divided council, debate, progressive interests driving the electors candidate options, Kingsmills, political connections – naming the groups and individuals pushing their agendas, Emerging Leaders, Urban League, Women and Politics, Citizen Core, Pillar Non-Profit Network, Fanshawe College Foundation, London Economic Development Corporation, candidate connections, candidate debate sponsors
15:05 Middle class muddle: Aristotle, democracy, middle class, Justin Trudeau says middle class is disintegrating, Canada vs US middle class, middle class as an election issue, clashing definitions, changing attitudes on the middle class, somewhere between rich and poor, government class
30:20 Poverty Trapped: Poverty Trapped: poverty, London-Middlesex Housing Corporation, Joan Ball, no specifics, public-private partnerships, waiting lists, Paul Cheng, no solutions, jobs, unemployment
44:20 Poverty plans – a poverty of solutions: Poverty plans – a poverty of solutions: poverty, social housing, no incentive to work, community strategies, governments in debt, welfare, minimum wages, universality, central planning, personal income tax, housing 56:22 END

Oct 092014
 

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downtown

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 MuniciPALS – Partners in Politics: Kingsmills-Fanshawe deal, Mayor’s Joni Baechler’s case for the Kingsmills deal, consensus over sense, actual costs of deal approaching $16 million, comparison shopping, LBDA running a deficit but promising millions, misleading the public to get results, city councils not qualified to get into venture capital market, the net new students argument, escalating costs, city debt over $400 billion, interest $66 million per year, no new students – just new taxes
13:05 Hong Kong democracy – in London Ontario? mayoral election, unbalanced media coverage of election, the chosen ones, pre-chosen candidates reveal the hidden agenda of lobbyists, losing the right to choose the citizens’ candidate, voter dis-interest and apathy, preventing an informed electorate, no democratic debate, the Pillar mayoral debate, invitation to not participate, revitalizing downtown
25:33 It’s no ‘experiment’ – Socialism: revitalizing down town, Paul Van Meerbergen, unproven socialist experiments, socialism, fascism, role of property, central planning, communism, capitalism, control, public-private partnerships, competing interests
41:10 London mayoral candidate review – top five picks: Matt Brown, Roger Caranci, Paul Cheng, Arnon Kaplanski, Joe Swan 55:53 END

Oct 022014
 

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The Emperor's New Clothes

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 State of destruction: Benjamin Netanyahu, Islamic state of Iran, ISIS, United Nations Human Rights Council, nuclear war potential, civilian human shields, civilian targets, civilians in Gaza elected Hamas, Israel’s right to self defence, civilians not innocent, Second World War, Germany and Japan, doing what’s necessary to win, overthrow the civilian population
17:53 Liberally democratic: doing the job, all’s fair in love and war, fools in politics, disintegration of liberal democracy, growth of government jurisdiction, hating democracy, political spectrum, moral spectrum, voting is not democracy, voting is not consent, voter denial and pretense, living memory
30:00 The Empires Wear No Clothes: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen, ideal society, participating in a lie, socialism and democracy are incompatible, government is not a business, government is not a social charity, what is governed is force, theocracy, liberal democracy
48:50 Strange Brew? Mixing business with politics: using business to campaign for political candidates, potential intimidation, business risks involved in getting involved in politics, business interests vs private interests vs the public interest, public trust 59:34 END

Sep 252014
 

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James Foley Beheading

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 State of obedience: Guest: Salim Mansur, ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, sources of political legitimacy, fragmentation of the Middle-East, the Great War (WW1), the Fertile Crescent, historical perspective, living memories, Christianity and Islam, Scottish identity, Ottoman Empire, source of obedience, why do people obey, the two constitutions, from five empires to Britain and France, Japan’s imposed constitution, a good life, sense of shame, sense of pride and achievement, India as a product of the British empire
15:00 Modern Muslims in crISIS: Bill Warner, people vs beliefs, history lesson, Palestine was the Jews, Jesus Christ, Roman empire, message of personal ethics, there is one God, multiculturalism, sinews of liberal democracy now corrupt, theocracy and politics, the historical struggle and the coming of the new sciences, Martin Luther, ISIS and Islam, role of religion, Islamic theocrats, religion must be personal, collapse of the Ottoman empire, modern Muslims are the first victims, a question of authority
31:52 ISIS – Mere anarchy let loose upon the world: The West’s obligation to intervene in the mid-east, values or utilitarianism, collapse of liberal democracy, freedom as the history of the West, cultural identity, anarchy let loose, Chinese revolutions, India the Crown Jewel, India as the world’s largest democracy, political structure, secular authoritarians, Western powers helping theocrats instead of secular leaders, ISIS is the second coming of Saudi Arabia, Muslims Facing Tomorrow, fear in a free country, the Mosque is theocracy, multiculturalism and political correctness
46:07 Transformation crISIS: The West’s role in the mid-east, imposing a constitution, Japan transformed, the West transformed, Rome transformed, we have degraded ourselves, Western world has lost its identity, multiculturalism must be refuted, a call for liberal democracy, our globalized world, quarantine the middle east, containment policy, West embraces the theocrats, tipping point was not 9/11 but Iran in 1979, the world of nation states 57:59 END

Sep 182014
 

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United Nations

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Yes, but he can’t win:
London municipal election, can’t get elected, expanded candidate base for municipal elections, creating an informed electorate, choosing the right candidate, voter fear of change, media calls the shots, opinion polls move the media, London Free Press candidate coverage
15:30 Municipal politics – replacing the rules with opinions: Ontario Ombudsman and Billy Ts, Professor Andrew Sancton, Fanshawe College – Kingsmills scandal, Janette MacDonald, Downtown London, BIA expansion into Richmond Row, BIA million dollar gift to Fanshawe College, defining and measuring success, how Budweiser Gardens drains millions of dollars out of London
32:20 BIA agenda – out of bounds: Janette MacDonald, Downtown London, BIA expansion into Richmond Row, BIAs are not merchant associations, BIAs are funded by taxpayers, selling the lie about BIAs, BIAs are a burden on all
43:35 The United Nations – Collectivism’s global voice: United Nations (UN), Russia’s invasion of Georgia, UN becoming irrelevant, United Nations degeneration of purpose – from goal of peacekeeper to becoming a world government, climate change, bio fuel instead of food, planned consequence, UN proposal to ban e-cigarettes, UN created for world peace – not world government 57:46 END