Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Carpe Diem: 2017.04.12 WHAT MAKES AMERICA SO GREAT?

Ever wonder? I do. Is it the Christo-fascism? The racism? The rapacious capitalistic greed? The militarism? Take your pick. Or, all of the above. They have all been with us for awhile; so I like

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Carpe Diem: 2017.04.02 SOLD OUT

The Trump administration has just managed to get passed with he assistance of his Republican toadies in Congress legislation that will allow our Internet providers (already a cartel) to sell information

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Carpe Diem: 2017.03.14 Extraction Extinction

The laws of economics are not as immutable and transcendent as those of Nature (they are, after all, human “laws”); but sometimes they have an ironic sensibility. Take, for example, coal and

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Carpe Diem: 2017.02.16 PROTECTION

Remember Don Fanucci in the Godfather II? No? OK, he was the guy in the white suit in the old NY Little Italy who, as he liked to say, “wet his beak” a little. By that he meant he ran what was called

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Carpe Diem: 2017.01.24 Kung Hei Fat Choi

Vol.102.4: Bye, Bye, Barry

Goodbye Barry,

I have written nearly two dozen pieces about you and your presidency in these pages. But this is the first (and probably last) addressed directly to you. Like a lot of liberal-progressives

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Carpe Diem: 2017.01.13 BYE, BYE SPANOS CHARGERS

The Bolts are bolting, setting off to the north in search of higher profits and perhaps a stadium with “sky boxes” for big money types who like nachos and a lap dance while cheering on their

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Vol.102.3: FELICITOUS SOLSTICE

 T’is the season for blessings and blasphemies.

That is my suggested “war on Xmas” replacement for “Merry Xmas, although it doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue. But it’s a more logical

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Carpe Diem: 2016.12.24 THE GIFT OF TRUMP

Since this past November 8 I have been mulling over the mentality of the Trump voter. For some reason this old joke kept coming to mind. It goes as follows:

Back in the days of marauding hordes

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Vol.102.2: EPISTOLARY MEMORIES

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I recently received a letter (not in email; a paper letter) from one of my granddaughters. It is a treasure that will keep, as I have for many years with all handwritten letters and post cards

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