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

Carpe Diem: 2017.09.04 APRES LE DELUGE: THE LAST NATURAL DISASTER

Okay climate change deniers get ready for a diaper change. Calling Hurricane Harvey a “natural disaster” is a joke. It involved nature, of course, but what made it a disaster is largely a product

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Vol 103.3: ECLIPSE NUMBER TWO

The eclipse is now history, but the thoughts it occasioned are still relevant. So here they are.

Eclipse is a facile metaphor; something gets in the way, blocks something out, obscures what’s

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.22 ECLIPSE NUMBER ONE

Most people, I assume, thought that Donald Trump’s August 21 speech about Afghanistan was about Afghanistan. It wasn’t. It was a vague, cliché ridden wall of blather and hackneyed ideas that

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Carpe Diem: 2017.08.10 THE RECUSER

Vol.103.2: MY NUCLEAR OPTION 08.10.2017

The last nuclear war was a one-sided affair. It was the only nuclear war, the one the USA unleashed on Japan in 1945 to bring the Pacific War to an end. Although they might have killed

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Carpe Diem: 2017.07.20 THE FAKE HERO

The news today on NPR’s “All Things Considered” was that Senator John McCain, who recently underwent surgery for a blood clot behind his eye, has been diagnosed with an aggressive, incurable

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Carpe Diem: 2017.07.01 YESH WE CAN

Hi, I’m Jim’s personal Lord and Savior (well, he might not put it quite that way). I live with him here is his condo in the room where he used to have the ‘indwelling’ of the Holy Spirit

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Carpe Diem: 2017.06.06 Bully of the Seas

This morning I listened to Steve Inskeep perform journalistic fellatio on retired Admiral James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander for NATO, about his new book: Sea Power: The History

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Vol.103.1: GRAND DECEPTION 05.11.2017

From the beginning of his campaign a lot has been made of Donald Trump’s stupidity. Some might say “stupid like a fox” but there is no doubt the man is an ignoramus as are most people who

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Carpe Diem: 2017.05.10 A MINOR SKIRMISH IN THE CULTURE WAR

A MINOR SKIRMISH IN THE CULTURE WAR

Note:  It has been a while since I have had a chance to post anything.  But this actual incident of my encounter with a culture war adversary in my dentist’s

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