Monthly Archives: November 2016

Giving the People What They Want (Good and Hard)

Trump is not about politics or policy in any traditional sense at all. His entire shtick is calculated to provide value for the American consumer and he’s already working overtime to do that. As long as you feel something, he’s … Continue reading

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About the Name

To recap, let’s review a term or two from professional wrestling (PW). I’m obsessed with this because if there’s a better analogy to the current political situation in the US then I don’t know what it is). work: The standard … Continue reading

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Light posting

Posting will be lighter than usual for the next couple of days. I have a translation gig that is harder than expected. The text itself isn’t that difficult in language terms but the topic and format both make it very … Continue reading

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Barstool Mountain

I love Country music for all sorts of reasons but mostly for the lyrics. Instead of melody (pop) rhythm (hip hop) or sheer noise level or speed (metal, punk) the lyrics are the driving force of Country music. Placed front … Continue reading

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When Free Means “Like Me”

There is more than one reason that Americans fail to understand that people in other countries have their own values and agendas and aren’t just itching to become just like Americans. In addition to thinking of the rest of the … Continue reading

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Cross Language Humor

One small benefit if knowing a few different languages are weird effects of having different words for the same thing and different meanings for the “same” word (across different languages) always bubbling around in your brain. If you don’t play, … Continue reading

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Foreigners as Immigrants under the Skin

Back in the day, probably no country ever was as good at incorporating immigrants and making them feel welcome (or at least not un-welcome) as the US (though Canada or Australia might be contenders and Brazil and Argentina had their … Continue reading

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A new word?

Almost every time I type the word huge now, I go back and change it into yuuuge. I wonder if this is a passing fad or something that might catch on. It violates a basic spelling rule of English (three … Continue reading

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Farther up the Road

My favorite American music is probably Soul music from 1964-76, give or take a year on either side. Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues with some admixture of pop  and, most crucially, black gospel vocal technique rather … Continue reading

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Why Muslim Migration to Europe Mostly Creates Failure

If you want to know how migrants will behave in a new country there’s a very simple tool: Look at how they behaved in their own country. Wonkocrats cannot do this and are offended by the very idea that people … Continue reading

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