To Spin Manila’s Water Shortage

By Popoy Del R. Cartanio A writer of paid rubbish or the truth can put a spin to anything. To spin is to inform, to sell, to ignite the emotions of anger and sympathy; even to make mountains out of molehills and vice versa to demonstrate fawning and fluid sycophancy. Quite often a spin is … Continue reading

Filipino exceptionalism, Filipino moral courage

By JoeAm We normally hear of “American exceptionalism”, meant to characterize the economic, moral, and global power of the United States. And we might imagine the term “Chinese exceptionalism” to mean that nation’s historical claim to global prominence, or “Swiss exceptionalism” to mean determined neutrality, or “Japanese exceptionalism” to mean racial purity and discipline. How … Continue reading

Do you see the difference?

By JoeAm A lot of Filipinos are space cadets. They are children watching cartoons on TV all day, or scaredy cat scouts sitting around the campfire listening to stories about snipes and dreaming of catching one. They are the subject of Kafka’s novels about absurdity, the people doing nonsense because it is simply what they … Continue reading

Anatomy of a Dust-Up

By JoeAm I have reproduced below a comment by Edgar Lores from the discussion from the last article that generated a social media firestorm and some hurt feelings. Edgar’s examination of the dust-up is well within character for him, orderly, earnest in search of understanding, and downright brilliant. J.A. Edgar wrote . . .  _______________ … Continue reading

Heydarian on “petty, elitist, self-absorbed” liberals

By JoeAm A lot of people concluded these past few days that political pundit Richard Heydarian had left his middle ground of carefully parsed objectivity to put his full weight behind the Duterte government. It started with this tweet:     It didn’t make sense to me, that DDS-Marcos folk could back families known for … Continue reading