Wukan (烏坎村): China’s Democracy Experiment – great documentary

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

A documentary about the Wukan Village’s (烏坎村) Democracy Experiment that happened after the protests is a film that I wish I had the guts, access, ability, and talent to make. Have a watch of the full six-part series playlist on Youtube (more info on Aljazeera) or you can click the episodes below. Also check out Lianain Films’ James and Lynn Facebook and website.

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 1

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 2

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 3

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 4

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 5

Wukan: China’s Democracy Experiment – Episode 6


Hannah Arendt – Banality of Evil

Monday, 12 December, 2016

I found the 2012 movie “Hannah Arendt” about the real life political theorist/philosopher/reporter Arendt very insightful.

Love the Hannah Arendt Final Speech

Prof. Dick Bernstein on the Film “Hannah Arendt” | The New School (very insightful 42 minutes as Prof. Bernstein knew Arendt personally.)

Hannah Arendt’s Disruptive Truth Telling (1 hour 40 minutes)

With the horrible or worrying events around the world in our time, the ideas and lessons of Arendt are worth further investigating or studying.


20160817 Bolt, De Grasse, Spohia Lee (IEX), Susan Cain

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

[HT CBC News’s video] Yes! These two bros! :) //These two! All smiles between Bolt and De Grasse as they cross the finish line http://bit.ly/2b0FOh2 #FriendshipGoals //

[HT IEX Trading] “Woman Behind ‘Flash Boys’ Exchange Approval Preps for Next Fight” //A native New Yorker, [Spohia] Lee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, and experience working in cryogenics, solar energy and thermodynamics labs. Long before Lee helped IEX take the first steps toward its biggest goal, she had worked on creating a walking device for paraplegics for her undergraduate thesis. She wasn’t keen on taking an engineering job in a far-flung locale, so she decided to attend law school at New York University. She held jobs at electronic broker Investment Technology Group Inc. and spent 10 years at Liquidnet Holdings Inc., which operates a private trading venue.
‘Stronger Stomach’
“She’s clearly got a stronger stomach than most general counsels,” said Tyler Gellasch, a former SEC official and securities lawyer who heads the Healthy Markets Association, an investor advocacy group. “It’s clear she has helped shape their strategy in a way that says, ‘We’re going to be smart, we’re going to take on a fight, and, frankly, we’re not afraid to lose.’”
The SEC’s approval — which gives IEX license to operate on par with the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Stock Market and other exchanges — comes with several prizes, including the ability to list companies and a greater voice in oversight of the entire $25 trillion U.S. stock market. The regulator’s blessing came against vocal opposition from those large exchange operators, and other market players including Citadel LLC, which argued IEX’s 350-microsecond “speed bump” on orders would amount to putting a pothole on the superhighway of the U.S. stock market.//

[HT Susan Cain]  //During the seven years it took me to write Quiet, I really had no idea whether anyone would read it, once it was published. People often ask me how I dealt with that uncertainty. The answer is Read the rest of this entry »


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