Loose Ends, May 2021

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America This has been an eventful week, news-wise and commentary-wise, on the media we engage on. Let me wrap up a few loose ends. Thanks to Karl, Irineo, LCX, and Will You’ve all created content for the blog these past months, leading to rich discussion and many insights. Thank you … Continue reading

What is home?

Analysis and opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Tiwi, Albay was terribly hit by Typhoon Rolly. My folks onmy father’s side are from that town. But noticing I don’t know anyone still in that town made me even sadder. The old folks we once visited there in the times we were in the province are … Continue reading

On Treasury, Fed, financial stimulus, interest rates & MMT

The following article pertains to American financial systems and issues. These matters are fundamental to any national economy, and particularly instructional for Filipinos who expect sophistication from their government financial managers. J.A. Analysis and Opinion By Chemrock The Treasury Dept and Federal Reserve Bank are responsible for smoothing economic cycles by managing economic fluctuations. Treasury … Continue reading

Free speech is still free in the Philippines, but take care . . .

By Joe America The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned 12 people to explain their posts on social media, sending a bit of a Constitutional shudder through the free nation. Atty Chel Diokno will be representing one of the people summoned. He says these are ordinary citizens and the action is a clear … Continue reading

Weaponizing humor

By Joe America Laughter is great medicine, if hard to find when people in the vicinity are being grim. It’s also like the point of a spear if aimed correctly, or a shield if needed to parry a blow. President Duterte is a master of humor as a weapon. He uses off color and womanizing … Continue reading