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

Democracy in the Philippines will be run by power families forever

By JoeAm I ran a little poll on Twitter to get a sense of how those who inhabit the place and follow me, generally well-read people, see the Philippines developing in the future. There were four choices as shown in the results profile to the right. The fourth choice, translated, read “A Chinese Province”. The … Continue reading

“Good bye, Hong Kong. It was good to know you.”

By JoeAm Those of us who have been around a long time can tell of huge changes in the way we were until now. Black and white television is now streamed Netflix. The farm where I grew up is now city, so congested that I have trouble finding my way back home again for lack … Continue reading