Beware the Chikungunya!

Every November, my brother Bill and his wife Faye head for Jamaica to recharge their batteries. They stay at the same North Coast resort and usually rent a car to roam about the island and bask in a rosy nostalgic glow. It’s something thousands of Jamaicans who now live abroad will be doing. Some of them […]
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I Don’t Get the Ryder Cup

I got up in the wee hours twice this weekend to watch the Ryder Cup, and now that the tumult and the shouting has died I am left wondering why I didn’t stay in bed. What I saw was confusing and unsatisfying. It’s not just because the Americans lost to Europe.  And it’s not just […]
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The Biggest Losers

In my view, all Americans stand to lose if the Republicans win control of Congress – not just the obvious groups like unions, women, ethnic minorities, students, would-be immigrants and so on. The GOP’s obsolete ideas and plutocratic policies will spell immediate misery for all but the filthy rich. And even they can look forward […]
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Women Hold the Key

“The hand that rocks the cradle” does not rule the world. But it could. And in my view the world would be better for it. I was surprised to hear MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow declare unequivocally last night that if young women abandon their long-standing behavior pattern and vote, “Democrats will win this election.” She was […]
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An Ugly Alliance

  It’s ironic that America finds itself allied with such unsavory characters in a morally motivated crusade against the barbarians of ISIS.  From what I know of the Saudi royal family, I wouldn’t put their pictures on any poster for benevolent government. These dictators rule with an iron hand, I understand. And the society they […]
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It’s a Sick, Sick World

As we teeter on the edge of World War III with Russian bombers being intercepted by Canadian fighter jets and with religious zealots raging out of control, leaving a bloody trail of severed heads, the issue of the day is… Kendall Jenner’s weight. I’m not sure who Kendall Jenner is but I am not in […]
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Managing the Vote

As we head into the home stretch of this campaign season, Republicans are doing everything they can to keep anyone who might be a Democrat from voting. It’s so blatant it would be funny if it weren’t so alarming. They have their work cut out for them. So little time, so many likely Democrats – […]
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Weird & Weirder in Kansas

I met a guy from Kansas once and he seemed quite normal. He was managing a phone company in Trinidad and we played a few rounds of golf together while I was on vacation there in the mid-1970s. But surely he must be an exception. From what I’m reading these days, Kansas is really, really […]
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How Does China Do It?

A Chinese e-commerce company named Alibaba – something like eBay and Amazon wrapped up in one package – set records with its massive multi-billion-dollar IPO on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. And this could just be the beginning. Expect more Chinese megabrands to emerge on the world stage soon. I am amazed at China’s […]
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Time to Fade Away

Are you surprised to see John McCain (top photo) on TV? How about Newt Gingrich (bottom photo)? I am surprised. And discouraged. They are like a bad cold that just seems to hang on forever. Surely these old war horses have had their day and it’s time for them to fade away? I suppose the […]
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