Echoes of the Sixties? Or Just my Imagination?

The news during the past year or so has been dominated in America by the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement. Violence – or threats of violence – and “controversy” make news, and the Tea Party has provided plenty of that. The more “controversial” their comments the more play they have received in the media. In the […]
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Homeless on Hainan & High Season Hysteria

So, here’s the deal. I’m in the city of Sanya, the southern part of Hainan, an island off the south coast of the People’s Republic of China. It’s a favorite tourist destination for many people, not just Chinese. It’s January 31, 2011. Chinese New Year is 3 days away on Feb 3rd. As a result, […]
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On a moped built for 5!

From back in Xishuangbanna, when I showed you THREE on a motorbike, I promised you a photo of 4 adults on a moped. I’ve seen a few throughout my travels, but I just wasn’t quick enough on the draw to catch it with my camera. Well, this time it’s FIVE!  There’s actually a little child […]
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How Would You Deal with the Egyptian Crisis?

The violence in Egypt brings into sharp focus a moral dilemma that has troubled me for a long time. Should you overlook the bad things a friend does just because he (or she) is your friend? Does loyalty trump conscience? The leaders of Israel have no qualms on the topic. Hosni Mubarak is their man […]
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Xishuangbanna Music Memories

Hope this works. Once you click on the link below, a popup window should appear. Please let me know if you see a panel to activate the excerpt of the song below. The name of the song is “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna” (Don’t Ever Leave). When I was hanging out with Rohana and Sultan, my […]
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Rewriting History as Political Fodder

TV pundit Chris Matthews looked as if he was about to have a stroke the other night because Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann revised U.S. history so that she had the Founding Fathers abolishing slavery. That kind of historical fiction seems very popular in America these days. For example, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (see artoon above), […]
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