Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Pithy and perceptive comments on American culture and on others. Pop-Ethnography.

The Riots in Jerusalem Explained

Big, violent riots in Jerusalem (July 22-23 2017). Last week, three Arabs Muslims with Israeli nationality killed two Israeli policemen in Jerusalem. Reminder: All of Jerusalem is under the control of Israel, has been since 1967. Before that, under Jordanian … Continue reading

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Immigration and Jobs (II) – For Conservatives

A few days ago, I addressed the issue of holders of H1B visas (first mis-indentified on my FB as “HB1” ) and the common impression that foreigners coming to the US on such visas took jobs from qualified Americans. A … Continue reading

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An Atheist’s Christmas

Christmas, the celebration, has a meaning that reaches well beyond Christianity. I don’t mean that it’s the exclusive beginning of a story about loving thy neighbor. That’s comparatively unimportant because some other religions also foster love, peace, and charity. The … Continue reading

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Dude School: Fifteen Principles on How to Be a Man

From twelve to sixty at least, longer if you look young, count on getting the worst seats in public transport, or no seat at all. Carry children’s bags, of course, but also women’s, including the oversize “carry-on” the over-painted middle-age … Continue reading

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At a Muslim Wedding (Improved for Better Comprehension)

I was on that free diving and fishing trip through Algeria I have written about before. The French, who had seemingly deeply colonized the country, had been gone for a few years. They had left behind their language and many … Continue reading

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Mrs Bill Clinton Breaks the Glass Ceiling!

Women manage (and mismanage) some of the largest US corporations. There are female four-star generals. American women even just won the right (lamentably) to be eviscerated and un-limbed on the front lines along with their male counterparts.* In recent years, … Continue reading

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Killing Black Men; Dallas (Updated)

     Although I am white, I feel no guilt about the cortege of atrocities of the slave trade, of slavery, and of racial segregation. Perhaps it’s because my ancestors were dumbly digging potatoes in central France when all that happened. … Continue reading

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