Italian Referendum

Cartoon about the results of the recent Italian referendum. Shakespeare's opening quote, "Small choice in rotten apples"“Small choice in rotten apples”

(Taming of the Screw 1.1)

The Italians said “no” in the recent referendum. Its main objective was to reform the Italian Constitution, strengthen the authority of the government and reduce the power of the electorate at large to influence political outcomes.

“ …and wonder greatly that man’s face can fold
In pleasing smiles such murderous tyranny.”
(1)

Unskilled in political autopsies, I will not discuss details amply elucidated elsewhere, in the mainstream and alternative media.

But ever prone to scour the useless in search for the irrelevant, I will talk about the 3 regions that voted ‘yes’ in the Referendum. Continue reading

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Goodbye Fidel

Cuban flag at half-mast. Illustration of Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, "He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”“He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.”

Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2

For many across the world, the death of Fidel Castro strikes us with an obscure sensation, like that which would be felt from the sound of darkness. And though expected, there was an indistinct unuttered hope that this news could be postponed to a future yet undated and unnamed. Continue reading

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Trump, Revolution in a Tea Cup

vignette to show the enthusiasm generated by Trump's election - and illustration of Shakespeare's lines, "Men judge from the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day."“Men judge by the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day.”

King Richard II

The apparent enthusiasm for Trump’s success in the US presidential elections is an event historically recurrent and humanly understandable. The wonderful vignette by the Italian artist Vincenzo Apicella perfectly illustrates it.

Even the famous horse, nominated senator by emperor Caligula, if installed into the “White” (oxymoron) House, would have produced similar externations – when compared to the ostensive alternative. The miasmas of rotten fruit are still preferable to the stench of a sewer. (“I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation.”) (1)
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Self-Help and the War on Common Sense

an illustration for the blog War on Common Sense self-help for dummies“… I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain,
begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind

Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 4

We know of the war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on crime and sundry others. Less known is the war on common sense. It is waged daily on the victims and preys of the Self-help and Actualization Movement, or SHAM. It is a 9 billion $/year industry selling verbal fluff, illusion and fraud with total impunity. Continue reading

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War on Health

The ouroboros, or serpent that its its own tail, a mythological figure to illustrate the limitations of sanctioned health care.Trust not the physician. His antidotes are poison and he slays more than you rob.


(Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3)

Medicine and religion share much of their structure of belief. To quote the inimitable George Carlin, “Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And he has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do – and if Continue reading

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Burkini and Bikini

Comparison bwtween burkini and bikini. Illustration to Shakespeare quote, "Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy, rich, not gaudy."“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy…”

The debate about the admissibility of burkinis on European beaches has mostly spared the American audience. But the issue is sufficiently grotesque to deserve a few related notes. Continue reading

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Death of an Unsung Hero

Image of Jim Traficant, unsung American Hero“Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night sweet prince:

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2

I discovered by chance that a true American hero died two years ago, in a tractor accident, on his farm in Ohio. Continue reading

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Erdowin, Erdowon, Erdogan

Illustration of blog on Erdogan by Enzo Apicella… hing, hang, hog…
Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.

(Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1)

To the articulate speculations of many analysts on the failed coup in Turkey I will not add the vanity of my conjectures – for, clearly, everything and its opposite seem equally possible. I cannot guess the past, nor sound the bottom of the aftertimes (1) – hence just a few serendipitous observations. Continue reading

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The Clintons’ War on Women

clinton cartoon 2“I do condemn mine ears that have so long attended thee”

(Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 6)

This is an unpleasant blog to write and I apologize in advance for the language, to my twenty-five readers.
As a mitigating factor, the unpleasant language is extracted verbatim from Roger Stone’s book titled “The Clinton’s War on Women.” Nevertheless, sometimes a rough truth is better than circumvoluted euphemisms. Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Brexit

Shakespeare cartoon, much ado about brexit, much ado about nothingThe championship of exaggerations is over and the first dust of time is settling on the Brexit referendum.

In the circumstances, it may be somewhat amusing to evaluate the reactions rather than the results. Considering that opinions are formed in abysses of approximation, prejudgment and passion. Eventually a new fact is evaluated less for its accuracy than for its possibility to serve or disserve a system of interpretations, a feeling of emotional comfort or, as with the Brexit case, a network of alliances. But all this you know. Continue reading

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