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Malfunctioning Sex Robot
Patricia Lockwood reviews ‘Novels, 1959-65’ by John Updike
review  appreciation  hatchetjob  humour  Literature  usa  culture  writing  observation  perception  gender 
14 days ago by amaah
The man to clean up our banks
The first time I heard the word “failed” used in relation to an inanimate thing, I was puzzled and got increasingly fascinated by the concept.

I heard it from an engineer friend who, in referring to a newly constructed road, said parts of the road had failed.
Humour  banking  Ghana  Africa  mum  culture  observation  failure  development 
7 weeks ago by amaah
Defeated by the typhoon in Shanghai
I took two things away from that visit: (1) Mathematics is critical for any society that wants rapid progress and orderliness is not new to Chinese society, (2) concubines have always had a better deal than wives.
China  travel  culture  observation  ghana  africa  mum  humour 
7 weeks ago by amaah
Cast of grotesques grind out another day in Westminster’s Truman Show
The prime minister mumbled something almost unintelligible – English is her second language, bollocks being her first – at being proud of the expansion in the use of food banks. And that was pretty much that. Five more times the leader of the opposition asked an almost identical question and five times he got the same non-answer.
satire  England  Politics  humour  hatchetjob  rogues  culture  observation  perception  Europe  EU  democracy  hubris  huhudious 
march 2019 by amaah
Letter from Africa: How to get Ghanaians to pay their taxes
A modest proposal:
"So, instead of saying you can't have a drivers' licence, passport, free secondary school education for your children, or even go on dates unless you have a TIN number, the new rule should be, you can't get an undertaker, buy a coffin, dig a grave, keep a body in the morgue, have chief mourners and hold a funeral of any kind unless and until you can produce a TIN."
taxes  Ghana  Africa  Development  Regulation  culture  humour  observation  perception  Economics  informal  policy  strategy  satire  funerals  mum 
december 2018 by amaah
Melania Trump in Africa: Can she become a fashion ambassador for Ghana?
empty gestures...
"All the people in the photos with First Lady Pat Nixon were either in jail, or in hiding or certainly not in good standing with the new authorities - and none of the things she had come to praise Ghana for were still in operation. "
Ghana  culture  Africa  trump  observation  humour  mum  history  coup  Politics 
october 2018 by amaah
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria warns Nigerian citizens of the continuing risks of travel to the U.S. and recommends that Nigerian citizens avoid all travel to Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho, California, New Jersey and Tennessee because of the large number of hate groups and/or the situation in those states being fluid and unpredictable. Due to the persistent threat of domestic terrorism by lone white wolves with mental health issues the Nigerian government restricts travel by Nigerian government personnel to all areas where civilian Americans are allowed to freely purchase automatic firearms and limits the activities of Nigerian government and personnel and their family members while in New York, Atlanta, and Houston. (To be clear, they have guns and they kill people, especially black people.)
Humour  satire  hatchetjob  usa  nigeria  guns  violence  culture  race  politics 
november 2017 by amaah
And of course it’s not fair but rest assured,

anxious America, you brought your fists to a glitter fight.

This is a taco truck rally and all you have is cole slaw.

You cannot deport our minds; we won’t

hold funerals for our potential. We have always been

what makes America great.
poetry  usa  race  politics  trump  culture  observation  humour  observersareworried  perception 
january 2017 by amaah
Taibbi Reviews Thomas Friedman
You're still grappling with that when you learn "there are a herd of environmental black elephants out there." Friedman names at least four: global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification and mass biodiversity extinction. He quotes Sweidan as saying of these: "When they hit, we'll claim they were black swans that no one could have predicted, but in fact they were black elephants, very visible right now."

Friedman just got finished telling us that a black elephant is half black swan, and half elephant in the room that will inevitably become a black swan. But now that half-swan, half swan-within-an-elephant is being contrasted with a black swan: in the near future, things that are really black elephants will be misidentified as black swans.
hatchetjob  review  language  rogues  observersareworried  culture  literature  humour  satire 
december 2016 by amaah
Tis the season to be frantic
He did not strike me as one of those who wanted to cause any trouble or make a point about being a loyal NDC person. I looked on as he took in the situation and as I watched, he took off the NDC T-shirt and there underneath it, was an NPP T-shirt. He folded the other one and stuffed it into his pocket and suddenly he smiled and melted into the crowd.
humour  culture  politics  ghana  elections  observation  cynicism  africa  mum  perception 
november 2016 by amaah
Modern Corporate English
“The client’s ask is simple,” he said, “but I’m not con­vict­ed that’s a good cri­te­ri­a; any­how, there are im­por­tant learn­ings for us.”
jargon  language  english  corporations  technology  culture  observation  perception  humour  bureaucracy 
february 2016 by amaah
Striking Similes
The awful simile is a mainstay of literary prose.
lists  language  literature  culture  humour  metaphor  english  observation  writing 
february 2016 by amaah
On Irony by Hilaire Belloc
No man possessed of irony and using it has lived happily; nor has any man possessing it and using it died without having done great good to his fellows and secured a singular advantage to his own soul.
irony  humour  culture  observation  perception  HilaireBelloc  observersareworried  thinking 
january 2016 by amaah
Trouble Ticket
For indeed, would you really rather Prefer Freud to an errant spell-checker?
life  modernity  glitches  culture  poetry  observation  race  perception  technology  software  error  sensitivity  USA  dilemma  Small  Things  humour  toli 
november 2015 by amaah
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