Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Augmented realities in the Middle East

During President Trump's recent "triumphant" trip to the Middle East he was feted and celebrated first, by Saudi's hereditary royalty, and second, by Israel's elected leaders. Mr. Trump joined both hosts in attacking their common adversary, Iran. Think about this. This can't be real, but it's not a virtual reality because it contains elements that are real.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spoiled Brat

Nicknames are often terse summaries of a person's outstanding behavioral traits. Indeed, different nicknames may be hurled at a person in different circumstances, but the ones that stick tend to be the ones that capture the person's behavior that transcends the person's most important circumstances. 

Nicknames thereby serve as useful warnings to the person's family, friends, and associates as to the most important good things or bad things that should be expected from that person.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Five prophecies

I hereby offer five "prophecies" about the course of the nation during the next two years. Correction: making prophecies requires some kind of extrasensory capacity to perceive unexpected future developments, a talent that I definitely do not possess. Accordingly, my "prophecies" are more or less straight-line projections of what's already happening now.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Public shrieking about President Trump's election

Like most people with a modicum of common sense, I take everything politicians say during a campaign with two grains of salt every day. So I never believed most of what Hillary said, and I never believed most of what Trump said. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

In defense and fear of The Donald

Being an old Black New Yorker, I am not as offended by most of the The Donald’s outrageous remarks as most of the pretty-faced pundits of all colors on cable TV and some outraged members of my own family. He reminds me of the well-meaning, but socially inept White guy who hired me when I dropped out of grad school fifty years ago. He said “flattering” things in praise of my performance that made me cringe and turn shades of purple as my red blood rushed to my Black face.