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

Vol.103.6: THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR BABYLON

Las Vegas is a fake city, a national casino, whorehouse, and gun show venue founded by organized crime in the desert and dressed up in the icons of real cities. Having no historical renown or other

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Vol.103.5: AMERICA’S PTSD

Ken Burns’ 12-hour Vietnam documentary series is airing this week to great fanfare from PBS, as though the treatment of this controversial war might be finally put to bed by its treatment

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Vol.103.4: FREE SPEECH

I might be doing something wrong—nobody has tried to muzzled me, to shut down Dragon City Journal, although somebody did comment recently that I should just “shut up” (it was gratifying to

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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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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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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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Vol.102.1: ON MEDIA

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November 9 was an epiphany day for me in some ways. I have not watched a news program, MSNBC, or listed to an NPR or PBS broadcast since that day. I do read some selective sources just keep up

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Vol.101.6: THE UGLY AMERICAN REDUX

BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

I have travelled to over seventy countries, explored hundreds of cities and spent years living abroad in England, France and Hong Kong, enough to confer some understanding of what foreigners think

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Vol.100.8: THE HERO COMPLEX

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Many years ago I remember a relative of mine joined a volunteer fire brigade. He would have preferred to be a member of a regular fire department, but the suburban township in which he lived could

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Vol.100.6: VIRAL FASCISM

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Over a decade ago I wrote in these pages at the beginning of the second George W. Bush administration a posting that I titled “Slouching

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