Quote of the week

Both the constructive disagreement intrinsic to science and the adversarial scrutiny necessary to politics disappear in this invocation of science as the ultimate authority – this trick will become familiar in the coming months. An extraordinary emergency requires extraordinary powers; no one disagrees with that. But it is politics, not science, which grants these powers legitimacy. How long will they endure?

James Butler
London Review of Books
11 November 2008

Miriam Makeba, strong African woman, hero: R.I.P.

Miriam Makeba, who died yesterday, was up there for me with Nelson Mandela as a true South African icon. Such a strong women, so sexy, so many beautiful songs to remember her by, and that voice will haunt me for ever. Even when I saw her performing at the Cape Town Jazz festival two years ago and her voice was not what it used to be, she gave me cold shivers. This is one of my favourite tracks, which I post in honour of her memory.

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