29 July 2018


From Mad Kane...

Vlad Visit Interruptus? 

Over hosting old Vlad, Trump’s been heady.
 But the Kremlin says Putin’s not ready
 To say “Da” to a visit.
 A diss? Ain’t it, is it?
 Poor Trump hoped the two would go steady.

27 July 2018

The Cultural Map

I've been reading Erin Meyers' book The Cultural Map and have been very impressed with it. So many of these top selling books introducing a field tend to be well-written but fluffy. This book, while very polished, does offer a lot of good insights. Best of all, when it veers into some area that I'm familiar with (e.g., East Asia), it does an excellent job, so my guess is that the entire books' insights are valid. One minor issue is with the author's description of the five bonds of Confucianism. Meyers describes the bonds between friends (the bond of trust) as being between an elder and younger friend. The Chinese has a single character for friends, so I don't know where the "elder and younger" assumption is coming from. My understanding of the passage is that the relationship between friends (unlike the other four bonds) isn't hierarchical. Does anyone have any insights on this they'd like to share?

20 July 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders in Kansas

This is exactly where progressives should be campaigning. If their message doesn't resonate among the working class, it's time to change the message and transform the platform.