2 Crickets In A Thorn Tree

SA INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS  |  Podcast , ±1 hr 21 min episodes every 1 week, 2 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Nicholas Lorimer and Gabriel Crouse provide their unique take on everything and anything going on in South Africa and the world at large, with a focus on history, philosophy and current affairs.

Getting away with murder in South Africa, Russian oligarchs, American elections and geopolitical strategy all feature in this unconventional podcast.

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The passing of a PM and the resignation of a PM

Gabriel and Nick chatt about the shocking murder of Shinzo Abe and Abe's legacy they also discuss Boris Johnson and his final defeat lastly they mention Bheki Cele and his racist tirade.


Nick: Goodbye, Boris https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/07/goodbye-boris/

Gabriel: https://twitter.com/TheKiffness/status/1545002632913342464

Maybe we should try convincing people?

Nick and Gabriel discuss recent rulings by the United States supreme court, the arguments that underpin them and the politics involved. Specifically the lies about the repeal of Roe v Wade, the underpinning of the administrative state and the opportunity for Democrats to win big.


Nick: The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpDdlirzH0

Pentagon finds concerning vulnerabilities on blockchain https://www.techrepublic.com/article/pentagon-finds-concerning-vulnerabilities-on-blockchain/

Stop Lying about Abortion Laws and Ectopic Pregnancies https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/stop-lying-about-abortion-laws-and-ectopic-pregnancies/

MacG and Chill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9JuV4UVRrE&list=PLUU1IGHNoNrv0sKgXhrLbuxRTELs8ei7l

Talking about difficult things

Gabriel and Nick chat about how not talking about the difficult things can very quickly backfire on you.


Nick: Saudi Arabia and the U.S. https://thedispatch.com/p/saudi-arabia-welcomes-a-likely-reset

Gabriel: The right thing to do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY

Supreme court ruling https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf

There is a disturbance in the force

Nick and Gabriel chat about urban decay the end of ANC dominance and the cynicism of American politics.


Nick: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/birthplace-saudi-state-becomes-tool-new-nationalism

Gabriel: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/opinion/bimbo-tiktok-feminism.html

Just deserts

The internet assures me that the title's spelling is the correct one.

Nick and Gabriel chat about a recent spate of firings, or more accurately a suspension, a firing and two election losses.


Gabriel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1oeJwF5tG4

Nick: https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/06/10/the-amritsar-crisis/

Changes are in the air

Gabriel and Nick discuss a little more about the Depp and Heard trial, and then move on to talk about the recent by-elections and how they suggest the age of the ANC is drawing to an end. They also discuss the criminal accusations made about President Cyril Ramaphosa and what these might mean for the country.


Nick: Pirates of the Caribbean curse of the Black Pearl

Gabriel: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Pox, defamation and drinking

Gabriel and Nick discuss the latest on the Monkeypox outbreak, the Amber and Johnny Trial and the incident at Stellenbosch university. (Warning the later half of the podcast contains some fairly gross stories of urine related university stories.)


Nick: Star Trek The original series

Gabriel: Professor Katz


The Centre Folds, Black Stars & Leaky Robes

Gabriel and Nick discuss the latest scientific discovery about our galaxy and then move onto the problems with and consequences of, the leak from the U.S. supreme court regarding its draft opinion on abortion legislation.


Nick: Worldle https://worldle.teuteuf.fr/
Tradle https://oec.world/en/tradle/

Gabriel: The Tragedy of Macbeth https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10095582/

All things French

Nick and Gabriel discuss the weirdness that is French politics and the results of the latest French presidential election.


Nick: https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkFeltonProductions/videos

Gabriel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/

The Elon-Twitter affair

Gabriel and Nick discuss the Elon Musk's offer to buy Twitter as well as the state of the media world today. They also manage to have a (relatively) short discussion on the situation in the Ukraine, Russia war.

The problem with childhood

Nick and Gabriel discuss the problem with "wet noodle" centerists, a new law in Florida and the latest toxic development in the U.S. culture war.


Gabriel: https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Jesus-J-M-Coetzee/dp/0143125761

Nick: https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/04/04/race-lessons-from-rwanda/

Comedy, courts and war

Gabriel and Nick discuss the need for new topics for South African Comedy , the nomination of a new American supreme court justice and their thoughts on how the Russo-Ukrainian war is going so far.

Nick: Equipment losses of the war https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2022/02/attack-on-europe-documenting-equipment.html

Gabriel: George Orwell's review of Mein Kampf https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/military-review/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20160228_art020.pdf

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