Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Epstein Spider Hole

Even though I’ve loved conspiracy theories for as long as I can remember I’ve mostly not really taken them very seriously. I loved them as stories and admired the odd creativity and mental agility that went into making them (or … Continue reading

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What I’m Watching: Minting Metaphors Edition

I’ve started watching La casa de papel (lit: The house of paper, much better than the dumb official English title) a Spanish netflix series.  I’m about a third of the way through the first season. Let’s adopt the Euro.. what … Continue reading

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Belief Means Never Having to Say you’re Sorry

There’s an interesting interview (English translation / original German) with Carola Rackete, a captain with Sea-Watch an NGO that facilitates the business of human trafficking from Africa across the Mediterranean and into the EU. It’s really very illuminating, not about … Continue reading

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More Merkel Murkiness

Well Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably in pubic for the third time in just more than three weeks… and spokesmen are still reassuring everybody that there is no cause for alarm. I’m alarmed. There is clearly something going on … Continue reading

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Barbarism on the Bay

Back in March of 2001, the Taliban blew up two giant statues of Buddha. There was an international outcry and almost no support for what was seen as theocratic and/or barbaric destruction of monuments that held incalculable cultural and historical … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Democracy…. Goes thru the Motions

Seriously, why are they even bothering? It has been made very clear o Greece that the results of elections will be put aside if they are not pleasing to the EU (and by EU I mean ‘Germany’ and by ‘Germany’ … Continue reading

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It Takes One to Reach Out to One

I made the mistake a couple of days ago of watching a few minutes of CNN. Before I came to my senses I listened to Fareed Zakaria’s critique of Trumps behavior with the latest Kim demi-god from North Korea. What … Continue reading

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What Condition is Merkel’s Condition In?

And old saw from PR is (roughly) “If people are worried about something, don’t reassure them in a way that’s likely to make them worry about something else…” In other words, if you’re on an airplane and you find yourself … Continue reading

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Radio Moscow Calling… from Portland

Back around 1980 or so Cuba started blasting the English service of Radio Moscow toward the US on AM radio and living on the lower Gulf Coast I could pick it up easily and listened to it… a whoooole lot. … Continue reading

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What I’ve been watching: Pasta punching edition

I feel like being a little less negative now that I’ve entered all the grades that I can enter for the time being (it’s a long and exhausting process due to the piece of crap software the university uses and … Continue reading

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