After retirement I backpacked 4 years and then moved to Oaxaca Mexico June 2006. Regularly visit sons in Hong Kong, Thailand and Las Vegas. Recently completed a 6 month RTW trip to the U.S, Thailand, Oman and Turkey ending in Oaxaca in April 2013. Returning to Thailand Nov 2013 to Feb 2014.
In his A Global Soul Pico writes “We travel, some of us, to slip through the curtain of the ordinary, and into the presence of whatever lies just outside our apprehension. I fall through the gratings of the conscious mind and into a place that observes a different kind of logic.” Especially when we Stand and know that we are home. Transcendence… and pure Pico.
Policemen are using real bullets now and one man was shot and killed in Ankara. This in addition to at least 3 others killed by beatings or tear gas. And scores hospitalized. Caught on tape, it's on YouTube.
Erdogan ... [Continue reading this entry]
Updated and amended daily since May 29, 2013
I was in Turkey for a month in February staying mainly with locals. My couchsurfing friends there have been criticizing the Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who has been dismantling the democracy that Ataturk ... [Continue reading this entry]
I have this theory that when Thaksin met with Hun Sen in Cambodia he arranged to have Cambodian mercenaries come to Thailand. It makes sense, while there is no love lost between Thailand and Cambodia, why all of a sudden ... [Continue reading this entry]
This Red opposition, called the "Royalists" (PAD Party) who support the King of Thailand but also termed by many Reds as "the Bangkok elites" because the "ignorant" Red farmers feel they are condescending and derisive and too fond of old ... [Continue reading this entry]
Iran: The Enemy That Almost Isn't
Posted: 23 Feb 2009 02:00 PM PST
Crooks And Liars.com
"One of the things that I've found most disconcerting about American news coverage of Iran is the complete disconnect between what our own (and international) intelligence reports ... [Continue reading this entry]
Since Hillary is now Secretary of State, I thought it would be interesting to watch this video, made during the primaries, of my favorite China Watcher in Beijing...Sexy Beijing's Sufei. Catch the irony at the very end!
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Chinese New Year's Eve Wednesday February 6 2008. Words cannot do justice to the fireworks we viewed across the city from the rooftop of the Hilton Hotel at midnight so I will just show you here. It was so ... [Continue reading this entry]
Update Sat Sept 29
A video showing the shooting of Kenji Nagai, the Japanese photographer who was shot at close range by Burmese security forces in Rangoon, was broadcast on Japanese television and posted to YouTube.
The Rebellion of the Oaxaqueñas, (women of Oaxaca) a production of the excellent Oaxacan video company, tells the touching story of the women of Oaxaca, who came from many different realities but united in a common struggle last year that ... [Continue reading this entry]
Oaxaca is Mexico's second poorest state with many mountain villages nearly empty of working age men. But over half of the poco English speaking men I have talked to have said they learned the language by working on the East ... [Continue reading this entry]