America is becoming weird. Here are some recent examples.

Summary: America has become quite weird. It's getting more so. Here are a few recent examples. With an important conclusion at the end. Political parody and comedy blur together in our America Mad magazine ran the photo on the left on 12 December. Time ran the right cover on 29 May. Trump's leftist critics have … Continue reading America is becoming weird. Here are some recent examples.

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In “Designated Survivor” Hollywood dreams of a good president, the anti-Trump

Designated Survivor - the good ones

Summary: The TV show Designated Survivor shows Hollywood's response to Trump, envisioning a good liberal President facing a devastating vast right-wing conspiracy seeking to overthrow the Republic. This tells us much, as fiction provides a mirror to people's beliefs and values. It reveals the shallowness and poverty of our dreams. Perhaps that is why the reform of … Continue reading In “Designated Survivor” Hollywood dreams of a good president, the anti-Trump

Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

The Turkey Istanbul tunnel under the Bosphorus

Summary: Monday's post looked at how China's Belt and Roads Initiative was spurring growth in the less developed areas of Asia and Africa -- and linking those nations more tightly to China. Here Stratfor looks at how the B&R initiative links to Europe, the end of its new Silk Road. China uses the EU's weakness as an … Continue reading Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe