Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dumphik Wakes Up One Morning

What I worry about is this: Dumphik wakes up one morning on the wrong side of a twitter feed.

Melania looks at him funny. She calls him Trumpledumple and pulls his ears. He tells her to go get a name change, since Melania reminds him of melanoma, which, if she didn't know it, due to the bimbo effect known to afflict Slovenian ex-models, is the kind of bad cancer you can get from the sun. Donwald likes the sun. He'd like to own if not the sun than at least a share, a slice, a solar flare. He'd like to build a casino for all the planets to see.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Against Impeachment.

About Trump being impeached, let me say, strategically thinking, I'm opposed. Let's keep Dumpf where he is, contending with his own shit and endlessly, helplessly generating more of it.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Kiosk

There's meeting tonight — 5/11/17 — ­at Cambridge City Hall in which a petition will be presented to the city council pushing for landmark designation for the Harvard Square Kiosk.

I won't be at that meeting. To put it bluntly, long-term Cambridge resident that I am, I don't much care what happens to the kiosk. Some years back, Out of Town News, which has been housed in the kiosk, was an essential stopping point for getting periodicals from all over the world, on all sorts of topics. These days, that function is superseded by the Internet.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank You Paul Krugman

It turns me on that Paul Krugman says the following in his most recent NY Times op-ed ("What's the Matter With Europe?" 5/5/17):

On Sunday France will hold its presidential runoff. Most observers expect Emmanuel Macron, a centrist, to defeat Marine Le Pen, the white nationalist -- please, let's stop dignifying this stuff by calling it "populism."

Thank you Paul Krugman for refusing to cede without  argument the term "populism" to what may be a noxious mix of revanchism, racism, misbegotten protectionism, misogyny, woeful ignorance, and yes, rank nationalism. I said, may be. But thank you Paul Krugman for bringing it up.

And thank you NY Times for continuing to give the invaluable Paul Krugman his platform. I know that many people think the Times putting climate change denier/doubter Bret Stephens on the editorial page is a shame. About that, I agree. But some go on from there to assert the entire Times editorial page is a sham.

How ignorant, silly and wrong.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Age of Pipik

So now we know two things, amounting to a paradox, to matter meets anti-matter boom. First as per "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign" that new, hot supposed exposé, neither Hillary nor her staff knew either why she was running or how. Her defeat was therefore doubly assured.

Then, as per a NY Times investigative piece ("Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election," 4/22/17) FBI head James Comey inadvertently, by virtue of sheer high-minded praetorian idiotic klutziness, managed to fatally undermine the Clinton campaign while reigning in his forces when they could have done the same to Trump's.

This is, as they say, concerning 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brexit

So let me get this Brexit story straight: Conservative PM David Cameron, for (un)reasons of his own, foists a referendum on staying in the EU on the wool-gathering, ale-swilling British populace. Cameron was for REMAIN. REMAIN went down to defeat. LEAVE kicked ass. Cameron, personally, therefore, had to LEAVE, and doesn't seem to be terribly missed. (Perhaps he's removed himself to Paris.)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Haredim


All those who agree a Jewish state was and is necessary but occasionally permit themselves to wonder if it might have been better in, say, Uganda, raise your hands.

Am I being facetious? Of course, and yet beyond the existential Palestinian problem and the looming Iranian threat, there is the inner threat of a religious problem. Because the Jewish state is where it is, on land roughly coterminous with Biblical territories, its thought processes are clogged by an extravagant, uncompromising and bellicose religiosity based on confusion between the fifth century BC and today's world. This makes sane solutions to all of contemporary difficulties hard to come by, and maybe unobtainable.