Category Archives: Politics, Economics & Current Affairs

Caveat: Inventing Secret Conspiracies

My friend Peter, who once lived here in Korea but is now a graduate student of Korean Studies in the US, dropped by on Friday morning. He travels back to Korea fairly regularly – which is a natural consequence of … Continue reading

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Caveat: America Jumps the Shark

The phrase “jump the shark” is a contemporary idiom that means that moment when something that was for a long time a serious artistic undertaking is transformed into a kind of parody of itself, as the work’s creators pursue novelty. … Continue reading

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Caveat: Stealth Xenophilia

Hey, foreigners! Want some money? I had this brainstorm as I was walking to work through the snow, listening to NPR about the newly passed tax bill in the US Congress. So here's a rare 2nd blog post for this … Continue reading

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Caveat: entangled

Although it's not that well-written (mostly due to the author not being a native English speaker), I found an interesting blog article by someone who goes by the online name giant_cheng (aka the profanely titled "Old Man and the Shit陈男旧屎"). … Continue reading

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Caveat: Bde Maka Ska, Bdeota

I used to live about a block from Lake Calhoun, in Minneapolis. I associate my time living there with my huge (or anti-huge?) weight-loss project, in 2006-2007. I lost almost 60 pounds that year – and mostly, I kept it … Continue reading

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Caveat: Fictional Victorian Doppelgängers for Famous Men

There is a category of things that could be called "Fictional Victorian Doppelgängers for Famous Men." It has at least one member: Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp. You can read about it at Politco Magazine. These works of childrens' literature by … Continue reading

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Caveat: 리듬속의 그 춤을

30 years ago, South Korea was still a dictatorship, and the GDP per capita was the same as Mexico – which is where I was living at the time. Somehow, I never tire of this surprising, subsequent narrative about the … Continue reading

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Caveat: Kim Jong Donald

I present this image, which captures current Korean geopolitical angst, without comment. I'm not sure about its origin – somewhere on the internet. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: All Shook Up

There's been a major earthquake in Mexico City, 32 years to the day after the 1985 quake. I didn't experience the 1985 earthquake, but I moved to Mexico City in January, 1986, and the city was still full of rubble … Continue reading

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Caveat: The End of the Republic

In fact, hanging out at my mom's house, I have a lot of free time. A true vacation, I guess. So I read books, as I tend to do. I have nearly finished this history of the Roman Republic which … Continue reading

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Caveat: the life of the Trumpenproletariat

Actually, in the moment, I have nothing much interesting to say. I'm trying to get ready for my departure, Saturday. I have a lot of things to do, because I procrastinate a lot. So my focus is poor. Meanwhile, for … Continue reading

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Caveat: Leashing the Unleashed

I ran across this argument on an online political website, but I don't recall where. Nevertheless, the longer I've mulled it over, the more plausible it's become in my mind. I'm sorry I don't have a proper attribution for the … Continue reading

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Caveat: Blood on the White House carpet

The below was written by Roger Fisher, in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in 1981. My favourite activity is inventing. An early arms control proposal dealt with the problem of distancing that the President would have in the circumstances … Continue reading

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Caveat: North Korea’s ICBM Program Makes Me Safer

I genuinely believe that North Korea's ICBM program makes me safer.  To understand what I mean, consider that I'm speaking, specifically, of me – I don't mean, here, some generic "me." I mean, I am a guy who lives about 20 … Continue reading

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Caveat: NeoNero

Apropos of nothing in particular, I'd like to make a political observation. If considered in terms of fulfilling the implicit (as opposed to explicit) promises of his campaign, the current US president is one of the most successful in recent … Continue reading

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Caveat: Moonshine

I have been wondering, since the election of Moon Jae-in in May, if the new president would attempt to resurrect the "Sunshine Policy" toward North Korea. Given the changed political context, both with a less sympathetic international regime (i.e. populism … Continue reading

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Caveat: pie

The song by Joe Hill (union organizer in the first decades of the 1900s) entitled "The Preacher and the Slave" is the origin of the phrase "pie in the sky." Joe Hill was executed in 1915, probably framed for a … Continue reading

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Caveat: Maximum Grift

The explanation: First, take this final quote from a 1980 interview with Rona Barrett: Rona Barrett: If you lost your fortune today what would you do tomorrow?D****d T***p: Maybe I’d run for president. I don’t know. Now, add: his ongoing … Continue reading

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Caveat: Cause for Optimism

I ran across this quote. I suppose it summarizes my own reasoning as to why I am optimistic about the whole concept of development – in the sense that peoples and nations have no predestination in matters of whether their … Continue reading

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Caveat: You are not Catullus

Be Angry At The Sun That public men publish falsehoodsIs nothing new. That America must acceptLike the historical republics corruption and empireHas been known for years. Be angry at the sun for settingIf these things anger you. Watch the wheel … Continue reading

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