politics

Bastille Day

Bastille Day

In English we call the French National Day, Bastille Day – the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille. Celebrated today, July 14th.

Since I wrote something about American Independence Day I thought I may as well write about Bastille Day. They are both countries’ national days.

Celebrating mobs attacking the the Bastille seems a rather strange thing to celebrate. But then, the French Revolution is one of those historical events I have many questions about.

Declaration of Independence

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It’s the French national day today, called Bastille Day in English.  Here is a blog I wrote for July 4th, the American national day:

As it’s July 4th, I was browsing the American Declaration of Independence. Here. But part of it says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Penang is cooling

Yes, Penang is cooling. I’ve lived in the same house for almost nine years now. And I have a thermometer. I have written on this before, of course. So anyway, I’ve taken to wearing a jacket or a long sleeved shirt over a t-shirt when inside. Now, this is not to say that it’s cold here. But because it is cooler, the air-cons don’t dehumidify the air any more. Therefore I must make the temperature setting lower for them to work, and thus it’s too cool inside. If you open the windows you get dust and bad air inside. Well, I live in an urban area.

Penang is cooling

Penang is cooling – so I have to wear more clothes to keep warm inside

 

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling – or at least local cooling is happening.  Where I live it is getting cooler over the years.  How can I tell – well, I have a thermometer.

not so hot now

brrr

The climate in Penang now

The pattern when we arrived over 10 years ago was for a rainy season around April and May, or so, and then another rainy season in October, which was the coolest month.  After that it got drier and hotter until Chinese New Year and after.  What has happened more recently is that the October rainy season is starting earlier and earlier and lasting longer and longer  – and it being cooler through all of this.  So last year from around early September until late January this year it was rainy and cool.

http://tropicalexpat.com/electric-scooter-assorted-minor-matters/

Malaysian election banners – (Countdown: 13)

This week elections are being held in Malaysia for national and state legislatures.  I won’t comment on any of this, but simply post a few banners I photographed on a walk around Pulau Tikus this morning, and also a few from the east coast of Malaysia that I photographed last week.  But understanding a little about politics here, I find some aspects of these amusing.

 

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

And from a stroll around Pulau Tikus, Penang, this morning:

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang – I’ve never seen garden gnomes here.  But there are a couple of goats.

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Current podcasts – 2018

I like to listen to podcasts while doing something else – gardening, cooking, exercising.  I cover a number of topics – politics, technology, films, health, current affairs, history, German etc. Here are most of the podcasts I currently keep up with – but I don’t listen to any particular podcast if the topic doesn’t interest me. They are very loosely separated into categories:

 

FILM & REVIEWS

The Dusty Den – book and film reviews – only broadcast occasionally

http://www.empireonline.com/podcast/ – film and TV reviews from the UK, but covers US too

 

GERMAN

Langsam Gesprochene Nachrichten – Deutsche Welle – http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 – comes with the script so you can read along

Was heißt das auf Deutsch – songs with English lyrics translated to German

DeutschTop-Thema – various themes in German, covered in two or three minutes

Germanpod101.com – short teaching podcasts

News des Nachrichtens – from Berlin about Germany but in English – I met the podcaster in Berlin once

Radio Spaetkauf – from and about Berlin but in English – http://www.radiospaetkauf.com/ – I once attended the live podcast in Berlin

Slow German – every couple of weeks or so, covering one theme for a few minutes

 

HEALTH

Healing with Jennifer Daniels – now on Republic Broadcasting

Kick it Naturally – natural approaches to solving health problems

 

HISTORY

The Dangerous History Podcast – fantastic history podcast – but much is US based

http://www.spingola.com/SpingolaSpecials.html – long running political, health, history etc. podcast

http://spingolaspeaks.wordpress.com/

 

IT

Gadget Lab podcast – from Wired Magazine US

http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast – from Wired Magazine UK

http://podcast.pcpro.co.uk/ – from PC Pro magazine – UK

Reply All – US – idiosyncratic topics – sometimes really interesting, sometimes I skip it

 

JAPANESE

News in Slow Japanese – and full speed, too – a few minutes on a specific topic

Disrupting Japan – in English – Tokyo based, in English, talking to start-ups

 

POLITICS & NEWS

http://www.corbettreport.com/?i=Interviews – Japan based, excellently researched politics, news, history

NovaraFM – far left UK broadcasts, but some more moderate coverage, too

Project censored – another mostly left wing leading podcast, that advocates no censorship

Free Man beyond the Wall – right oriented freedom podcast

Liberty Weekly Podcast  – right oriented freedom podcast

Brexit Central – mainly anti-Brexit

Brexit Podcast – pro-Brexit

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/podcast.php – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.blacklistedradio.com/ –  – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.sovereignman.com/category/podcast/ – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/nonsubscriber.phphttp://www.redicecreations.com/radio3fourteen/ – right oriented podcast

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/category/radio-archives/ – right oriented freedom podcast

Democracy Now – far left extremists – yesterday they were pushing marxism. Best are interviews with musicians, which they occasionally have.

 

SPANISH

SBS en español – from Australia, short podcasts on various topics

Radio Nacional de España – Nómadas – http://www.listenradios.com/en/radio-nacional-de-espana/

News in Slow Spanish – weekly or so

Duolingual Podcast – a series of podcasts in both English and Spanish

 

SPIRITUAL

Eschaton – eclectic, but interesting

The Mind Renewed – from the UK, sometimes also political or religious

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/audioarchives/2018/index.html – from Baltimore, sometimes ecological, music…

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/radio.html – from Australia – politics, too

law in Malaysia

This will be very short as I have picked this up, and I can’t guarantee that I am correct.  But basically:

There is common law, as adopted from Britain, as with most countries that Britain colonised.

Then there is statutory law, legislation made by parliaments.

And in addition to the above, Muslims also come under Sharia law.  At present, Sharia law is not applied to non-Muslims.

Malaysia has a constitution which you can find online in English. It is reasonably short and quite easy to read.