The three burdens we leave to our youth

By JoeAm Adults of today are losers. They are leaving the kids of today three huge burdens: Global warming Poisoned discourse Dysfunctional government (Philippines, US, UK, etc) None of these burdens will be cured by the next president. Or the next. They are built into our way of life. Global warming Disasters are coming. Heat, … Continue reading

Slip sliding away: the Duterte Administration as a naked banana

By JoeAm “You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip slidin’ away…” Slip slidin’ away. Paul Simon wrote this classic. It’s about giving up, about seeing your passions erode when faced with the hard realities of life. He gives three examples within the lyrics. The song might be a right proper anthem to … Continue reading

Of Chinese, racism, and smiling

By JoeAm I was sitting in the restaurant. Four Chinese women in their early thirties, I would guess, came in and asked the Filipina waitress for guidance on the menu. These were not the loud, overbearing Chinese who sat next to us at the Waterfront Casino buffet the last time we were in Cebu. “Those … Continue reading

Bully Boys in the West Pacific

By JoeAm Democracy is an idealized form of government that has proved hard to manage because most ‘leaders’ are inept or crooked. Dictatorships or other forms of authoritarian rule are better understood by people who are not educated or who are lazy, crooked, or brutal themselves. They can’t conceptualize freedom and link it to inspiration. … Continue reading

The Philippines is down for the count . . .

By JoeAm And the count is at six. The Philippine government’s appeasement with China is one of the world’s most self-destructive historical moments. China is sitting in Philippine seas blocking Filipino fishermen from food sources and destroying the ecosystems that support fish re-generation. It is a royal disaster promising long-term devastation . . . done … Continue reading