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Not having ever been a parent, I've watched these competitions with a detached curiosity, often wondering just who the children are attempting to win these accolades for? Like the soccer or hockey parents who lose their collective minds when a ref dings their precious on either the pitch or the ice, it feels more and that these brainiac competitions are more about the parents' desires, rather than the child's.


Both Piers Morgan and Tucker Carlson’s vindictive behavior are a master class in straight white fright.

As the media obsessed over Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, many interrupted their dissection of the “royal dis heard ‘round the world” to revel in the schadenfreude of another Piers Morgan screwup.

Morgan stormed off the set of the show he co-hosts, Good Morning Britain (GMB), after being tactfully, yet…


That the Chinese government has its hand in all Chinese national and multinational companies should caution folks to not make this a racist stereotype; that Beijing, and specifically the CPC, is an investor in all businesses in some form or another—part ownership, investment, or even specific regulatory favoritism. The behavior of said investor is no different than Google or Facebook's behavior once they've acquired a property. It's just business.


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I hope this note finds you all well. I wanted to give you an update on my plans and ask for your input.

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Breakfast of Champions: Scrambled eggs with Korean pork dumplings.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for many of my friends in the United States, what with the pestilence, the lack of leadership, the hoarding in the supermarkets, and it’s not even the post-Apocalyptic dystopian future we were promised.

However, what’s been slowly creeping into my Facebook feed of…


Empty Shelves, Vons, Claremont, California, courtesy of Russ Allison Loar/Creative Commons

Watching Americans storm the shelves of supermarkets for foodstuffs would be hilarious if it wasn’t so alarming.

Hong Kong, with a population of about 7.5 million has seen a little more than 130 cases* of diagnosed COVID-19 infections with four confirmed deaths. About a month ago we had a three-day…


View from The Peak

“The most serious blow suffered by the colonized is being removed from history and from the community. Colonization usurps any free role in either war or peace, every decision contributing to his destiny and that of the world, and all cultural and social responsibility.”

— Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and…


Lennon Wall, Aberdeen Promenade, Hong Kong — Anthony Duignan-Cabrera

Greetings from Hong Kong.

I’ve been receiving instant messages and emails from friends and family all over asking if my husband Bob and I are OK. I just wanted to let everyone know that, yes, we are fine. …


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Revisited)

My parents were immigrants.

My father’s brother sold his home in Chile so my father could travel to Cuba, then Florida and finally settle in Los Angeles in the 1950s.

My mother left Ireland in 1957 to take a chance that the family she would work…


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Recent studies — and recent news stories — make clear the interest in and value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are driven less by actual substance and more by the excesses of the media, social or otherwise.

Platforms like Twitter, Reddit — and “it” crypto social messaging app, Telegram — work…

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