The American “left” is dead

(that’s the castle, in the photo, in Denmark where Shakespeare set Hamlet) The American “left” is dead, thanks entirely to the American “left” itself, which over the last 3 decades has been morbidly depressed, and in the last year, first became totally unrecognizable as itself, and then committed suicide. I absolutely agree with everything Max…

“absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas” (claptrap), that usual business language that amounts to nothing, and is used both in place of actual thought, and to prevent it.

I saw one of those business articles, the usual business language that amounts to nothing, is “absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas” (claptrap), and is used both in place of actual thought, and to prevent it. The title of the article was something like “Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone”. The article argued that…

tutte le strade portano a Roma

All roads lead to Rome. But should you be on that road? American architecture students should turn around and go home. There’s nothing to see that they can understand. The problem reminds me of what Noam Chomsky says about rats running prime number mazes. Rats don’t get prime number mazes. Prime numbers, for rats, are…

Ungoverned

What many Americans have failed to notice is that over the course of the last 20 years, Americans have lost all ground to stand on. The ground is gone. We’ve managed to destroy the ground we stand on. We have nothing left to stand on as we criticize (in any way), let alone condemn, any…

Do American People Hate the World?

People say they care about Syrians, for example. To demonstrate this, Americans are outraged about a travel ban and about limits on immigration, and they post pictures of suffering and dying refugees, and they post images of women wearing hijabs stylized from the American flag, but, I’d like to know, what is their reaction to the American policy…

Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl

Some things I learned visiting Mexico City 26 times since 1991. There are more varieties of pine trees in Mexico than anywhere else on earth. The geography fairly close to the equator combined with extremes in elevation change make for everything. From 5400 meter glacier capped volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl visible from Mexico City, to sea level. The…

Vile Distortion

It’s easy to find discussion on Facebook among people who believe that while Fox News makes up fake stories, that the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC don’t. “They report and analyze facts. They’re real journalism“, people say. Times have changed though. There was some reason for belief in American journalism up until about 10 years ago (sort of), but…

The New Church

A Facebook friend, Verna Brunet, said, “I suspect either the mainstream news media lies are the lies we want to hear, or something about the way the lies are presented, makes them desirable. Many of my friends behave as if news anchors should never be doubted, questioned or contradicted… anyone who does so cannot be trusted….

I Dumped my Political Girlfriend

After a lifetime together with her (I’m 50), I dumped my political girlfriend. I’m in the United States, so there are only two girls. One’s named Democracia. She’s the one I dumped. The other one’s Republiana. I don’t want her either. Republiana is a war mongerer, an enemy of everything decent in humanity, a destroyer of…

Integrity

It’s about integrity. And when you have none you have none. Hey all hypocrites! Think back to 2003, or any other year before or since. Imagine you’re talking with a loyal republican voter. Imagine your Republican friend tells you about his profound disagreements in policy with the people running the Republican Party creating national policy,…

Political Views

When I joined Facebook in 2009 I filled in the “religious and political views” fields like this: Religious Views: Respect most (see political views)
 Political Views: I avoid bigotry Up until 2016 I was using Facebook to share beach photos and whatnot. Last year I started talking about my political views. This prompts some old friends…