Pigs and make-up

StrawmanMy show on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk this morning started off with a discussion on fear – specifically irrational fears and phobias. Why are we scared of things we know are harmless? Is it always because of a past event that created that fear or is their a deeper psychological reason? Callers related fears of everything from heights and spiders to sleep and even ice.

Some people said they were scared of Jacob Zuma, the president of the ANC who faces a court hearing surrounding his corruption trial this week, and, more specifically, that they were afraid of his supporters. Hardly an irrational fear. This sparked a discussion surrounding Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and why it was necessary for them to protest Jacob Zuma’s legal standing if they do respect the independence and decisions of the judiciary, as claimed.

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the upcoming US elections was also discussed in the light of actor Matt Damon’s recent concerns voiced over her position on creationism and the fact that she only recently received her first passport. Barack Obama compared McCain’s economic policies to those of George W Bush’s in a speech yesterday saying (of the policies) that you could, “put lipstick on a pig, but that didn’t change the fact that it was still a pig.” Republicans retaliated suggesting that he was calling Palin a pig since she compared herself to a “pit-bull with lipstick on.” Is right-wing America losing its mind? Or did that happen a long time ago?

Other topics covered included places in South Africa that deserve more attention in terms of tourism and local travel, superstition and the work being done at the Large Hadron Collider. Particle physics were discusses with some attempts at explaining quantum mechanics.

I also got Julius Malema’s age wrong, along with the date of the US elections and several other things, despite knowing the correct information. Clearly I need a holiday. Which is why I will not be on the air next week, but return the following Thursday morning before 00:00 and 04:00.

We also received another call from Sue in Mondeor who does fantastic charity work. She requested that someone help her with a bakkie or other means of transportation she can use to pick up donations to charities and distribute food and other items. If you can help Sue by donating a vehicle or even just using your own to get things to her, please call her on +27 11 680 0651.

I’m off to the KZN South Coast to try and get my brain back in working order. Can’t wait to get back on the air as soon as possible thereafter.

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