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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Lambda
    May 27, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

    Well, anything looks ridiculous when you compare it to the fuss made about white-man-killing terrorism. I did a back of an envelope calculation based on the British counter-terrorism budget and the amount it takes to verifiably save a life with a well-chosen charitable contribution, and I reckon we value a white terrorism victim at about a million African malaria victims. That’s putting this bombing at about the same level as a medium-sized country being utterly wiped out.

    (Hard to be exact about how many lifes are saved by counter-terrorism action of course, but I think it’s at least the right order of magnitude.)

    Unfortunately, we don’t have an anti-health-service-vandalism budget to compare figures with. I wonder how much you’d need to spend to save a life with a charity which existed to tell people what was happening when this kind of stuff started?

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  2. Kazin
    May 27, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

    Ugh, this episode was particularly depressing. Daniel did a great job detailing the situation here in the US, and taught me a few things as well, and it’s always nice to learn about how things are structured elsewhere. The NHS, even as it is now, sounds like heaven to me. The situation in both the US and UK is so, so stupid. Wherever you got that audio near the end of the guy speaking to (I assume) his right-wing rep was heartbreaking. Thank you all.

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  3. dm
    May 29, 2017 @ 6:36 am

    This is an excellent podcast, as are most podcasts that go out under the Pex Lives banner. Sadly, however, I think something that’s going to limit how much it is shared is that banner. Not “Pex Lives”, which is ambiguous, but “A Doctor Who Podcast”. The audience for this is far wider than our usual community of nerds and that subheading might put a fair few peoploids off listening.

    Just a thought. I don’t usually side with the “electability” creeps but if Corbyn were Ian Levine they would have a point.

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