Making sense out of the nonsense that surrounds us

by Joe America There is a lot of nonsense in the Philippines. From an ignorant Senate President weighing in on the science of seeding clouds above volcanic ash to thieves at sea being warmly welcomed by the Philippine Coast Guard, which is supposed to protect the nation from thieves at sea . . . there … Continue reading

The Duterte Administration’s main message: “Filipinos are unworthy”

By Joe America Have you noticed how self-punishing the Philippines has become under President Duterte? He began his term on the back of a brutal drug war that postured the Philippines as drug-riddled and needing clean-up. No, the nation was a rising star. It’s drug problem was no worse than other nations. Today the Chinese … Continue reading

The Philippines is a lovely place, truly

By Joe America The Philippines is a lovely place, truly. But you kinda have to learn to compartmentalize some aspects of your surroundings. Otherwise they act as poison to shade the entire look of the nation. The one thing I compartmentalize is the essential vindictiveness of a whole lot of people. Cops, robbers, druggies, drug … Continue reading

The Philippines, a nation apart from concepts and knowledge

By Joe America I’ve finally figured out how to reconcile the absolute stupidity of governance in the Philippines – brutal, corrupt, and incompetent – with the fact that the nation’s people are decent, warm, quick of wit, and fun to be around . . . and ‘satisfied’ with a stupid, punitive form of government. I … Continue reading

The morality of self. Back to the caves.

By Joe America When we lived in caves, we thought better than we do now. We found knowledge useful as we chipped out new tools, we established rules to live by, men hunting, women having babies, tribes banding together. Well, okay, we’d occasionally throw virgins into the volcano to appease the powers greater than us. … Continue reading