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

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

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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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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Carpe Diem: 2016.12.05 CALEXIT


Readers of these pages are surely aware by now of my lack of patriotism. It’s not that I do not like the amber waves of grain, forspacioius skies or dawnzerly light, or about half the inhabitants

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Carpe Diem: 2016.11.10 THE CARNY BARKER’S DILEMMA


It’s the second “morning after” of trying to say the words “President Trump” and the speculation on “WTF happened!” and how “great’” or “gawdawful” our faux democracy is

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington November 28, 2012. Obama said on Wednesday he hopes he can reach agreement with the U.S. Congress before Christmas to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" and shrink the budget deficit, and urged supporters to pressure lawmakers via Twitter and other social media. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

The final act in the less than illustrious presidency of Barack Obama might well be that he is responsible for, for the second time, trashing the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton. It’s

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Carpe Diem: 2016.10.28 BUNDYLAND JUSTICE


In a political atmosphere in which a candidate openly supported by white supremacist organizations exhorts his followers to de facto intimidate minority voters at the polls, and who employs

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Carpe Diem: 2016.10.24 RIGOR VOTUS


I voted today. I sat at my desk, felt-tip pen in hand and filled in the bubbles on the ballot, beginning with my vote for Hillary Clinton. The ballot was long. But it only took me about 15 minutes

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