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 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 Professional Heckler is an institution, Panelo a passing fancy

By Joe America The Duterte Administration is getting very sensitive about criticism. Vice President Robredo criticized the drug war and the President threw a hissy fit, tauntingly offering her the job of drug czar. You can see the burning anger in his eyes when he talks about it, a woman, after all. The trolls, of … Continue reading

Accidental malice, the way of our times

By JoeAm I was struck the other day by the realization of how much unthinking effort we put into living other people’s lives for them. I was stuck at an intersection, about to go through, when a car popped out from behind a truck. I could see him, but the guy behind me could not, … Continue reading