There are countries most people have never even heard of and have little reason to know exist. But that doesn’t mean strange things don’t happen in them and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (E.G.) is one such place. About the size of Maryland, it fits into the “corner” of West-Central Africa near Nigeria. It popped up in the news lately because its Vice President T.O. Nguema of the ruling family is on trial in absentia in France.
I live in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, a trendy slice of South Manhattan which defines “gentrification”: expensive wine and cheese stores, fru-fru patisseries, Google and Twitter’s East Coast headquarters on 17th. There’s the High Line, the new Whitney Art Museum, and Chelsea Market, so lots of tourists mix with a strong LGBT community of residents.
The election hit Chelsea hard. There’s still a civic trauma which is quite discernible and similar to 9/11 in terms of mass psychology. After 9/11 various horrible things happened Read More
During the madness of last month, other things happened. One was a partial retreat in the War on Drugs, marijuana division.
A quick review of recent changes from voter actions.
Boy did we mess up. This is what happens to one’s predictive abilities when one lives in a bubble. My bubble is a nice apartment 14 floors above 8th Ave in Manhattan’s tony Chelsea district, mixing only with over-educated like-minded limousine liberals, and ensconced in a political campaign where optimism is the only valid currency.
A fellow volunteer called on Tuesday night of the election, in hysterics, and asked me: “What are you thinking, David?” Read More
Last week the Indian government suddenly announced holders of 500 and 1,000 Rupee bills ($US 10 and $US 15) would have less than two months to deposit or redeem them for smaller bills at banks, after which time they would be worthless. Many stores aren’t accepting them already.
It was intended to fight tax cheating and the “black economy,” some of it criminal. But in a country where one in two people don’t even have access to a toilet, and the vast rural and Read More
Sometimes blips on the diplomatic radar far away can be prescient of larger things to come, closer to home. In the Philippines, things are happening, and they’re worth taking note of for our alliance, geopolitics, and the psychology of a country’s president.
According to Fujisankei Japanese language TV news last week, Philippine President Duterte was welcomed in Tokyo with a Big Show – one better than most heads of state. As Read More
I hope you’re well over there, out of all this mess. With the impeachment hearings’ full volume of welcome reaching a crescendo in D.C., I want to tell you about my visit to the Trump Presidential Library-Casino before it’s taken down next month, like its President, and files for bankruptcy. Read More
This moment is the final countdown. We are speeding towards the event horizon of our nation’s destiny. A lofty metaphor for sure, but life on the ground is rarely so prosaic. Registrations are lost, people move at the last minute, or IDs are forgotten or unavailable. Because countless folks think they can’t vote, they don’t, when actually they can. The bureaucracy moves slower than the individual lives of citizens, and there’s a knowledge gap there which results in disenfranchisement. Many eligible voters don’t bother turning up because they don’t think their “papers are in order. Read More
The most amusing people are often those who don’t know they’re funny. Despite the looming apocalypse, we surely have the funniest person to have ever run for president, right now..
When Jerry Seinfeld and his teeth walk onstage we know he’s going to set up situations and mess with us in a fictional world which resembles ours, but in the end it’s really parody. Like Lewis Black’s mad shouting; it’s an act, a comedy mask which Read More