Category Archives: Media
February 3, 2018Posted by on
This week on Facebook: I decided to post the articles from a special series by National Public Radio (npr) with the title of: Midlife Crisis — State Of The European Union (presented in an audio format and an included transcript).
We will have these great United States of Europe, that are the crown of the old world just as the United States of America are the crown of the new one. We will have … a country without frontiers, a budget without parasitism, a commerce without duties … youth without barracks … justice without scaffold … truth without dogma. Victor Hugo — Peace Congress, Lugano, 1872
January 27, 2018Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Mainly for the benefit of my children, I should like to point out that German reunification refers to that of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall,which led to Tag der Deutschen Einheit. This is not the same as Bismarck’s German Unification of 1850 to 1871 nor is it the 1938 Anschluss. Read more of this post
January 20, 2018Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Having began the year on the topic of the EU I was attracted to an article published in Europe’s Journal of Psychology (EJOP) — Vol 1, No 4 (2005) with the title ‘The French Vision of Europe from Victor Hugo’s United States of Europe to the No to the Constitution’ from which this week’s extracts have been taken. The EJOP contribution by Michel Viegnes offers an insight into the French psyche and the influence that Victor Hugo continues to have on it.
This EJOP article is rather long, which I have made it more readable by breaking down the paragraphs, some editorial arrangements and adding a number of links. However, despite these modifications, the paper is still intended to represent the views as written by the author. Should you wish to read the published article in EJOP, a link to it is also included below. Read more of this post
January 14, 2018Posted by on
Today on Facebook: I recently researched a quote attributed to Jean Monnet, a quote repeated so often that it is blindly accepted as being true. It is perhaps, the conspiracy theorist and peddler of myths David Icke that I should thank for prompting me to research this particular ‘fake news’, but then Fredrick Forsyth is certainly not considered (at least by readers of The Daily Express) as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ and peddler of myths.
The latter link is an example of the spreading of ‘fake news’ by those who want to propagate it as being true (even if they know, or suspect, that it is fake). Here I must confess my own inclination to believe that a politician (in this case Jean Monnet), is likely to reveal such a thing in a moment of indiscretion. Researching this quotation shows not only the plethora of fake news on social media sites and those — who may be regarded as ‘credible’ contributors propagating it — but also how easy it is to dupe people. Read more of this post
January 13, 2018Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Is yet another leader to my thoughts on global economics and how they are likely to effect the common man. Last November I posted ‘Trouble in Paradise?’ followed by Ethics and the Law and on New Year’s Eve I posted ‘Tax Havens: A Red Herring?’, introducing last week’s post EU & Tax Havens. This week introduces tax haven revelations as the precursor to the notion of a global economic war. Read more of this post
January 6, 2018Posted by on
This week on Facebook: My Facebook Newsline in the year 2017 had more than its share of articles (often), memes (more often) and ‘shares’ (even more often) on the consequences of leaving the EU. I declared my ambivalence towards the EU a long time ago and didn’t vote in the Brexit referendum (nor in the consequential general election). I found the implied portrayal of the EU as a light unto the world as disingenuous a representation as that of the notionally democratic regime offered by Brexit. Read more of this post