'Dangerously reasonable' analysis on politics, science, and particularly the bit where they bump into each other. I aim to give an independent, fact-focused, non-ideological take on the issues that matter.
Pelosi PROVOKES CHINA and leaves
China responds with fury to the visit by US House speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. The referendum in Kansas pushes back on banning abortion and changes the landscape for the midterm elections. Europe and elsewhere continue to see real consequences to continuing heatwaves and drought. And in this week’s short thought, I reflect on the phenomenon of audience capture and how it push creators down a slippery slope indeed.
Biden gets his climate bill
A major climate change bill suddenly appears in the US when everyone was least expecting it. More signs of the health impact of lockdowns are emerging but people are instead focusing on monkeypox. The UK NHS shuts down the Tavistock gender clinic whose rush to prescribe puberty blockers was labelled a danger to children. And in this week’s short thought, is body positivity something to be embraced or roundly rejected?
Beast mode Biden and the coming civil war
Joe Biden nearly declares a climate emergency – would it be a move too far for America’s fragile situation? The final two candidates for UK prime minister are settled but whether they like net zero or not, their options are limited. The European Commission instructs EU members states to cut gas use, and most of them fight back. And in this week’s short thought, I talk about the value of admitting when you were wrong.
Putin TURNS OFF the gas
Russia turns off the gas supply, and Europe’s fear it won’t be turned back on has far reaching impacts. President Biden goes to deal with people he labelled as pariahs even as America’s own bad behaviour is brought to attention. The UK conservative party fights like ferrets in a sack over who will be the next Prime Minister. And in this week’s short thought, I dream of an end to safetyism in a country braced in terror over a coming heat wave.
Boris gets EXIT done
Boris Johnson is finally felled as a long downward spiral comes to an end China brings in and then abandons vaccine mandates as the UK and some other countries are showing an unexplained increase in non-covid deaths. The EU sees turmoil as it classifies nuclear and gas as green and Dutch farmers protest draconian laws on nitrogen. And in this week’s short thought, I reflect on what makes for effective leadership, even as we wonder when we might again see it in political life.
Supreme Court kills climate action?
The US Supreme Court rips up a key measure on climate change and makes America a bit less governable even than it already was. Meanwhile Democrats try to put Roe v Wade on the ballot for 2022 elections while taking Donald Trump OFF the ballot for 2024. Russia hits a major civilian target with significant loss of life but the G7 responds with juvenile drivel. And in this week’s short thought, we talk about how your biggest critic might just be your best ally.
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One of my favorite podcasts for analysis of current events; cramped with stats and information the news forgotten to cover, satir and new perspectives to what is really happening in the world... and how we can make it a better one.