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Archaeology by W.H. Auden
From Archaeology
one moral, at least, may be drawn,
to wit, that all

our school text-books lie.
What they call History
is nothing to vaunt of,

being made, as it is,
by the criminal in us:
goodness is timeless.
poetry  archaeology  history  culture  observation  perception  memory  Literature  language 
22 days ago by amaah
Donald Trump Truly Has No Idea What He's Even Talking About
Donald Trump is one of the worst people his generation produced, a vain and vicious and relentlessly exploitive nullity. But there is something pitiable in watching him try to defend himself with the weapons he’s been given by the culture that created him. He opens his mouth to answer for what he’s done and finds that these silly, sordid questions are all he has.
Rogues  Language  comprehension  huhudious  Culture  USA  Politics 
7 weeks ago by amaah
A Twitch
One might say that there’s a kind of
disease of the right-wing mind which prevents people like Bret
Stephens—especially when they are straight, white, rich, and male—from
perceiving the validity of group identities.
culture  language  hatchetjob  celebrity  rogues  ObserversAreWorried 
11 weeks ago by amaah
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir arrives in Khartoum
"The participation could have been normal and without a fuss, but Africa's enemies, Sudan's enemies and the enemies of peace-loving countries wanted to try and turn it into a drama, to prevent the president from important participations"
language  rogues  dictator  Sudan  Africa  huhudious 
april 2019 by amaah
Sudan says 'Africa's enemies' were behind Bashir arrest order
"The participation could have been normal and without a fuss, but Africa's enemies, Sudan's enemies and the enemies of peace-loving countries wanted to try and turn it into a drama, to prevent the president from important participations"
quotes  rogues  language  Sudan  dictator  huhudious  Africa 
april 2019 by amaah
The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime
Plausible deniability: "the use of circumlocution and euphemism in discussions where precise definitions would expose covert actions and bring them to an end".
language  obfuscation  cia  crime  spy  usa  policy  strategy  HeartOfDarkness 
september 2017 by amaah
Waugh on the Merits
on the greatest prose stylist this side of Nabokov
Literature  review  appreciation  culture  Language  observation  religion  perception  style 
september 2017 by amaah
The Autocrat's Language
Trump’s word-piles fill public space with static. This is like having the air we breathe replaced with carbon monoxide. It is deadly. This space that he is polluting is the space of our shared reality.
rogues  language  authoritarianism  misdirection  politics  strategy  trump  dictator  usa  observersareworried 
may 2017 by amaah
UN chief urges political resolution amid Aleppo truce
Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, dodged all accusations and charged that Western nations contributed to the rise of Daesh and the escalation of the Syrian crisis.

Churkin said he found it “very strange” that Power read out a statement “as if she was Mother Teresa”.

“Please remember what country you are representing. Please remember your country’s track record and then you can start opining from the position of any moral supremacy,” he said.

As for any responsibility, Churkin said: “I think God will tell us ultimately.”
zingers  war  language  politics  hypocrisy  usa  diplomacy  russia  syria  culture  observation  perception  observersareworried 
december 2016 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
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
The Figures Don’t Add Up
At the moment, I am afraid I feel I am being asked to pay for other people’s inefficiency and corruption being parcelled out as smart figures. I detest being thought of as a fool almost as much as I detest figures I don’t understand.
ghana  fraud  incompetence  corruption  language  politics  economics  electricity  power  energy  culture  Africa  mum 
december 2015 by amaah
A Meditation upon Things
A Meditation upon Things in which I will briefly speak of the Icelandic Parliament, “creature features” of the 1960’s, Cicero, Duke Ellington, Shakespeare and excessive pedantry.
language  rant  hatchetjob  culture  observation  perception  english  smallthings  thinking  wit 
december 2015 by amaah
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir arrives in Khartoum
“The participation could have been normal and without a fuss, but Africa’s enemies, Sudan’s enemies and the enemies of peace-loving countries wanted to try and turn it into a drama, to prevent the president from important participations,” he said.
language  Sudan  africa  rogues  crime  law  impunity 
june 2015 by amaah
Only for a special few
on the difficulties of teaching language and mathematics
education  ghana  africa  teaching  perception  culture  development  strategy  language  mum 
june 2015 by amaah
Windows is Shutting Down by Clive James
Windows is shutting down, and grammar are On their last leg. So what am we to do? A letter of complaint go just so far, Proving the only one in step are you. Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes. A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad Before they gets to where you doesnt knows The meaning what it must of meant to had.
humour  satire  language  technology  culture  observation  perception  grammar 
may 2015 by amaah
The Bukom Boys Subcultures and Identity Transformation in Accra, Ghana (pdf)
the origins of kpanlogo and more... and in recent times, the cauldron from which azonto sprang
culture  ghana  africa  music  research  observation  urban  ga  city  accra  youth  identity  history  anthropology  language  social  dance  highlife  perception 
april 2015 by amaah
To Make The Road Fearful
Prosecutor: Mr Witness, what did Reflection tell you about who shot Superman? Reading cautionary tales and other dark matters at the Special Court on Sierra Leone
absurd  toli  murder  SierraLeone  Liberia  Africa  war  civil  war  language  law  trial  culture  observation  perception  reading  drama  tragedy  literature  review  memory  politics  history  rogues  blood  violence  TheRoughBeast  ThingsFallApart 
april 2015 by amaah
Render / Rendition
"Color-coded threat"
"Stress position"
satire  humour  language  bureaucracy  torture  policy  USA  security  culture  erustication  CIA  rogues  politics  ExtraordinaryRendition  poetry  TheRoughBeast  ThingsFallApart  toli 
december 2014 by amaah
Threading is not a model
Joe on Python's language support for built-in design patterns
software  technology  programming  design  language  bestpractices  patterns  python  threads  multithreading  concurrency 
october 2014 by amaah
now a recommendation... we'll see about adoption
standard  technology  web  language 
october 2014 by amaah
Shall we please call a spade , a spade?
When you help yourself to something that does not belong to you, you are not corrupt, you are a thief.
language  corruption  politics  fraud  theft  culture  economics  strategy  ghana  africa  mum  observation  perception  obfuscation 
october 2014 by amaah
Ebola: What It Is
Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of paper cuts. It’s obvious that Ebola is the MH370 of MH17. But at some point the question must be asked whether Ebola isn’t also the Narendra Modi of sleeping sickness.
humour  satire  ebola  language  media  usa  hatchetjob 
october 2014 by amaah
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