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President Tsai Ing-wen completes her term in office.

Taiwan's steely leader rewrote the book on how to deal with China

In Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan found an unlikely champion. During her two terms, she carefully yet confidently reset the relationship with Beijing, which has claimed the independently governed island as its own for 75 years.

The Weekly Watch

Misery at Home and Mayhem Abroad

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Oh boy, more sanctions...how has that worked out? It is obvious they can't learn. Well here they go again against China and India...what is that, about half the world's human population? You think it might come back and bite us in the ass? I do. But it's not just sanctions against other nations, no, they are sanctioning the students peacefully protesting the genocide in Gaza. Expelling them, locking them out of their dorms, targeting them as they develop their careers. It is the empire come home to roost.


Album of the Week - 5-18-24

Afternoon folks!

Here's a bunch of good stuff for you. Starting out there's a compilation of harmonica player Junior Wells' early Chicago recordings and a compilation of songwriter Percy Mayfield's recordings for Ray Charles' label. Following that there are albums by John Hammond, Johnny Winter, monster guitarist Bob Brozman and we finish up with an album by country rock artist, Chris Hillman.

Enjoy the tunes and have a great weekend!

Taibbi on Modern Monetary Theory

Matt Taibbi has a worthwhile essay on Modern Monetary Theory which he opens with a short video of the nation's chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the president making a fool of himself. The Theory appears to assert that Debt is really a form of liquid potential to do good.

If you have no time to read the essay, the less-than-2-minute video is definitely instructive about the level of joyful stupidity of our leadership.