Posts by Cemil Alyanak

Risks & Dangers: Step 1

Why do we ignore warnings? Why have we become so laissez-faire that even a fire alarm, a signal telling us that the building might burn down and kill us, will not rouse us? We sit there in our apartment or hotel room wondering when this annoying noise will stop. The obvious first answer is that…

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The Comic Arts

Those who know me, know my passion for comics. They can say so much more in one image than pundits can in a day. Regardless of your political affiliation, or maybe because of it, a comic will either confirm your world view, reject it or cause you to think about it. The image I’ve chosen…

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Pundit noise

In the United States, we have just lived through a historic election. Some of you voted on the right, others on the left and others not at all. But one thing is certain, everyone is exhausted. We lived through a campaign that was historic in terms of outcome, in terms of unexpected results, there were allegations…

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Troubling divides

I live in a country that is, broadly speaking, split in half. I, however, believe that as with a couple’s quarrel, by day two, neither side really knows why it’s angry or in disagreement. In the USA, for example, many of the disaffected white Republican voters are actually beneficiaries of the very social programs they wish…

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Saving the world

What a big word: ‘World’. For us tiny humans, it seems so daunting, endless and eternal. We now know it is not. But truth be told, none of us seems to be able to divorce ourselves from wanting more. It is animal. Our ancestors did not have enough so they were programmed to always seek.…

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Bumps

I recently returned from a one month filming trip through Africa. Obviously, to those who have travelled throughout Africa, the Continent creates many memories. First among them is clearly the people. Every time I come back, I leave a part of me there. This time was no different; or maybe it was just slightly different.…

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Product ingredients

Do you want to reverse climate change? Put ingredients on every product. I’m not talking food, I’m talking products like cars, phones, clothes, furniture and all the other things we buy; that includes all the eco-friendly stuff.   If people realized what went into building their goodies they might think twice about their impact on the environment. Think…

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Social media killed my social life

I’ve heard the arguments. I agree with many of them. Social media, e.g. Facebook, have given us/me the opportunity of reconnecting with long lost friends. I’ve reconnected with my high school buddies and even with friends from before. Yes, it allows me to keep up with my daughters’ lives, a little. It allows me to…

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Presidential substance

As we enter the primary season of the 2016 US presidential elections I have a simple request: competence. Who among us is willing to be operated on by an under-qualified surgeon? Is anyone prepared to fly in a Boeing 787 with someone who only has Cessna 172 experience? We even expect our bus drivers to…

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Public interest communications

It’s been a while, but sure enough it happened again, I was condescending about public interest communications. It happened at a dinner the other evening. There I was, being social and mingling, talking about all the things that parents talk about; I should mention we were all students’ parents attending a prom night potluck dinner.…

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