A dozen midterm reminders

15 Nov 2022. One week after the elections, I am in the plane back from the US to Europe. Time to kill, time to reflect: What’s the upshot? What was learned? Anything to keep in mind? It’s not that the event went unnoticed. The public reckoning is all-encompassing, the...

democracy

3 Nov 2022 A majority of Americans consider their democracy «in danger», «under threat» or «in danger of collapse», but they don’t agree why that is. Republicans demonize Democrats, Democrats demonize Republicans. One remedy (this side of the armed insurrection) is...

Rhythmic clapping – a letter in response

Berlin, 27 Jun 2022. Dear J, my lines are coming late, but they are coming. I am truly pleased that you read my post about the Ukraine war, and even more that you found acceptable reasoning in my 25 cents of assessment. The exception is what I had to say about...

“Joe and the Ho gotta go”

A handful of impressions from a trip down South: There, the Ukrainian front is far, far away. Joe Biden is no war hero. What weighs heavily on people’s minds is the ever-rising price of carburants.   In May, the US South is still bearable. The plague of spring...

From Berlin

Sunday May 1, Treptow Park, East Berlin, Soviet Memorial honoring the victory of the Red Army over Hitler-Germany. Not so many visitors. A Swiss family, on bicycles, gets an explanation. Hitler was like Putin, but different, declares the father in the vernacular of...