How (not) to bond over Trump on Father’s Day I always had this feeling that, as I got older, my dad and I would become more alike. Yes, there are many ways in which we have. Maybe not the hair loss (genetic; I got my mom’s hair), but his general amiability, his sense of adventure — after all, my dad did once hop on a plane to visit us in Manila on his own, and ended up getting into daily interactions with jeepneys, kalesas, EDSA on foot, single available Filipinas and other local attractions that would qualify him for Amazing Race Asia. Nowadays, though, his health is less robust, and I worry about him often, living alone in Massachusetts. Going to the corner 7-Eleven to score a lottery ticket is about as adventurous as it gets. His pet parrot and dog have joined the Choir Invisible, so he’s all alone most of the time. What keeps him company, I suspect, is TV shouting alarmist things at him, most waking hours; radio, filling in the … [Read more...] about How (not) to bond over Trump on Father’s Day
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Jakarta. As we near the end of the first half of 2019, this might be the time to assess the current state of the global economy and to evaluate investment opportunities within it. One approach we can use is "Global Macro," an investment strategy that makes use of economic theory to make educated guesses about the macroeconomic environment and interpret geopolitical events to inform large-scale investments around the world. Famous name synonymous with this investment strategy (or trading strategy, if you will) include legendary hedge fund managers George Soros and Ray Dalio. One of the most interesting theories on the current global economy is one that views Donald Trump's economic policies as pretty much identical to those of Ronald Reagan's. Even Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan was copied from Reagan. In 1985-1986, Soros turned out a deep analysis of Reagan's … [Read more...] about Trumponomics: Make America Reagan Again?
GEORGIA: Former US President Jimmy Carter resumed teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, on Sunday (Jun 9) after recovering from hip surgery, a spokeswoman for the Carter Centre said.WSB-TV streamed Carter's lecture, showing the 94-year-old ex-president smiling and talking while seated in a white cushioned chair at the podium.He was released from the hospital on May 16 after falling and breaking his hip as he was preparing to leave for a turkey hunting trip, the Carter Centre said at the time.Carter has lived longer after leaving the White House than any former president in US history.Carter was governor of Georgia before being elected president in 1976. He was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work on international conflicts, human rights and economic development. … [Read more...] about Former president Carter resumes teaching after hip injury
BECAUSE expectations were unrealistically high, Pakatan Harapan’s first year of governance has been rated by many analysts and academics as underwhelming. Its biggest successes have been what didn’t happen – the four-party Pakatan government didn’t fall apart; although one commentator said 23 out of 28 Cabinet ministers are inexperienced at the federal level, their misjudgments were newsworthy but not monumental and despite looser inter-party discipline, the disagreements didn’t affect the ruling coalition’s ability to govern. Going forward, Pakatan needs to step up its performance, politically and even more urgently, economically. First, ruling coalition leaders would do well to remember this salient fact – in the 14th general election held on May 9 last year, 51% of voters (excluding those whose votes were deemed invalid) who marked their ballots in favour of the then opposition were rejecting Barisan Nasional (BN) rather than endorsing … [Read more...] about One year after GE14, wish list for PH
GEORGIA: Former US President Jimmy Carter fell and broke his hip on Monday (May 13) as he was preparing to leave his home in Georgia for a turkey hunting trip, and has undergone surgery to repair the injury, a representative said.Carter, 94, a Democrat who was elected president in 1976, was accompanied by his wife, Rosaylnn, 91, while recovering from the operation, which doctors said was successful, according to a statement from his non-profit organisation, the Carter Centre.The surgery was performed at a medical centre in Americus, Georgia, about 16 kilometres east of the Carters' home in Plains."President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit," the statement said. "He hopes the state of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year."Carter, who was governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975, served a single four-year term in the White House as the nation's 39th president and was defeated in his … [Read more...] about Ex-president Jimmy Carter breaks hip ahead of turkey hunt