Category Archives: Politics, Economics & Current Affairs

Caveat: intoxicated by slogans

A mass movement readily exploits the discontent and frustration of large segments of the population which for some reason or other cannot face the responsibility of being persons and standing on their own feet. But give these persons a movement … Continue reading

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Caveat: Caravanophobia

Maybe I should stay out of politics, but I found sympathy with this cartoon on the matter of the hypocrisy inherent in fears about immigration. [daily log: walking, 4km]

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Caveat: on the emergent paradigm

Here is a random philosophical thought, not fully developed, which occurred to me the other day. Most people don’t care about the surveillance state and/or the lack-of-privacy which is being induced by modern technology. There is actually a simple reason … Continue reading

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Caveat: Brilliant Defense Policy

This strikes me as quite hilarious. Everything you need to know about Australia's defence policy… #UtopiaABC pic.twitter.com/nadv8IVVBV — Working Dog (@workingdogprod) August 30, 2017 Mutatis mutandi, a similar analysis could apply to the US in some respects, too. [daily log: … Continue reading

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Caveat: a big solving, indeed

It is reported that Seoul has been saved from anihilation. The below is apparently an utterly true transcript. Dramatis personae: the new space emperor, Kanye West, Jim Brown. "MR. BROWN: And I like North Korea. THE PRESIDENT: I like North … Continue reading

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Caveat: peninsular psephological observations

I decided to take a break from documenting my visit to Oregon and my uncle's health crisis to address the elections held this week in South Korea. As my sister said, off-handedly, just now, "there are no coincidences in politics." … Continue reading

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Caveat: there’s probably an app for that

My experience at Seatac passport control yesterday was surreally 21st century in character.   I was standing in line. And standing. A very long time standing. And then… one line manager official mentioned that those with "mobile passport" got to … Continue reading

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Caveat: Gitsoft

Microsoft is buying GitHub. If you've never worked in the field of software development or systems administration, this is meaningless to you. GitHub, however, is a remarkable and important website if you do things with computers at the level development. … Continue reading

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Caveat: Brown-Eyed Mayor

It almost makes me wish I was living in Saint Paul again. I have high hopes for Melvin Carter in the realm of Minnesota Politics. [daily log: walking, 7.5km]

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Caveat: Party just for you

Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) has a new song / video out. It's quite remarkable, and has received high critical praise from important media™. There is a detailed parsing of the video and song at Huffington Post, for example. It's … Continue reading

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Caveat: the sound of money

Ōoka Tadasuke (1677–1752) was a Japanese samurai and bureaucrat during the shogunate of Tokugawa Yoshimune. He served as a magistrate of Edo (Tokyo), and his roles included chief of police, judge and jury. He has evolved into a kind of … Continue reading

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Caveat: 映画に出てくるような 本物のヒーロー

I suppose you could say I’m a bit of a fan of the Japanese polymathic popstar Genki Sudo. I’ve posted at least 3 of his videos on this here blog before. He and his group WORLD ORDER (all caps, please)  … Continue reading

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Caveat: The View From Over Here 🔫

Currently I am a long-term expat. I observe my home country, the US, from a distance both psychological and physical. The whole "gun thing" seems both tragic and absurd, from my perspective. I currently live in a country with one … Continue reading

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Caveat: Sending a Sportscar into Space

Occasionally, I have the thought that I have arrived in the future. Most of the time, I don't feel this. Inevitably, the future arrives more slowly than I expected when I was younger, but it does sometimes nevertheless put in … Continue reading

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Caveat: A message for the spies

Some months ago, the whiteboard in room 212 had been coming loose. There was worry that it would fall down at an inopportune time, so Curt told Mr Park (the 과장님 – literally "supervisor" or "chief" but really he's a … Continue reading

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Caveat: What would Justinian have done?

I had a flu some weeks back, and I feel I have not ever really recovered. This whole week I have slept at least two hours longer than my normal sleep time each night, which for me a reliable sign … Continue reading

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Caveat: Weak! Sad.

"A shutdown falls on the President's lack of leadership. He can't even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the President is weak." – DJT, 2013. [daily log: walking, 7.6km]

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Caveat: Making cabbage in other ways

I just learned that South Korea has a horrible "kimchi deficit," in an article here. The same article points out, however, that overall, Korea runs a major trade surplus. And they make plenty of money on that surplus, which, apparently, … Continue reading

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Caveat: the supremacy of the individual conscience

On Monday, the US commemorated Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Dr King's memorial has become the somewhat anodyne fillip to an annual dialogue about race and civil rights, couched in terms guaranteed to offend no one. But he was … Continue reading

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Caveat: The sad degradation of presidential rhetoric

Our current president: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries …" Ronald Reagan (or his speechwriter, I suppose): "I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I … Continue reading

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