We are living in an age of divisions, growing ever more extreme. The technical divide, yes; but not only. Increasingly, in the technically well advanced society the wealth and welfare divide is gaining dramatically ground and has reached absolute, historical proportions. In parallel there is a less noted and less accepted divide creeping in: the intellectual divide. The new Big Brother, China, is leading the lot, followed by a maniac American president who wishes to erase the intellectual discourse in the name of fake news and alternative facts. The so called scientific community, powered by big pharma and power hungry, Read More
What happened in China is not just about the pandemic. It raises the question of whether the West can continue to see China as a partner without basic transparency and trust in its political structure. This struggle will last longer than the disease itself. It is painful, but has become necessary. China stands as a challenge to the West, not just economically but with cultural and social differences and conflicts in ideology. SCMP, July 29th, 2020. Go to interview
The dishes I make myself flavor my moods, and season my experience of the news. As my birth country and my host country cast blame on one another, I eat four-cheese pizza with a side dish of blanched cauliflower seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, and extra chili oil. The day Trump moved to halt legal immigration into the U.S., I poured osmanthus-infused syrup over a steamed Chinese yam, tingeing the edges of my rage and despair with its bright floral sweetness. When police detained volunteers who archived censored articles about coronavirus, I threw too many bird’s eye chilies into a Read More
… Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research…. Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, Read More
The chapter in Samantha Power’s recent book “The Education of an Idealist” (William Collins, 2019) on the impressive response to the 2015 Ebola outbreak by the Obama administration – with so many lessons not taken to tackle the present Covid crisis under a maniacs regime….. Power finishes her writing with the following lines: “Looking back, I now see all that the scoreboard could not capture: The relief of a father who has been reunited with his son, newly free of a deadly disease. The look on a government minister’s face as he traverses a rainbow crosswalk. The insistence of diplomats Read More
Giraffe D.S. lecture on the evolving situation and it’s uniqueness…..
Denmark and Hongkong are paying attention, as some others…..
has triggered a storm of consternation and condemnation from the Green Establishment – which is telling. While the critics are right in pointing out that the film’s footage is old and partly even outdated they fail to address it’s overarching message: the New Green Deal is based on a fatal alliance and, worse, dependency on Old Capital and thus about to perpetuate the propagation of unlimited – but fatal – growth paradigms……. Watch the movie Comment by Graham Redfearn in The Guardian
……On May Day 1980 the Green and Red themes were combined when a former Buick auto-maker from Detroit, one “Mr. Toad,” sat at a picnic table and penned the following lines, The eight hour day is not enough;We are thinking of more and better stuff.So here is our prayer and here is our plan,We want what we want and we’ll take what we can. Down with wars both small and large,Except for the ones where we’re in charge:Those are the wars of class against class,Where we get a chance to kick some ass.. For air to breathe and water to Read More
Fear and Love (by Tom Amatt) The main dominator of society at large in the 21st century seems to be fear. And when fear overcomes love it’s pretty much the end of hope. Because what binds the old and the young if not love. And, does love wear a mask? The reasoning of fear tells, yes. And so the old are kept from the young, locked down in their homes and suffer. And when they are not strong enough to resist, society has its way of isolating them in sickness even further – until they die – alone. In the Read More