If I tried to go around wearing Spanx, I'd look like this all the time. I don't dye my hair; I just haven't gone grey. I leave the job of being young and lovely to the young and lovely. It's a lot easier for them.
We did our usual Saturday shopping, and I took a few shots around downtown with my cell phone. It really is a champ for catching images on the fly. This town is still so non-standardized and visually elaborate that I'm always turning up new finds.
Darn. Just when you want a taco...
Could not resist this product, found at Cost U Less
Surely someone reading this knows way way more about the subject of Brexit and the EU than I do!
These are just very sketchy notes. Maybe more later on when I have processed this and perhaps gotten some input from my faithful commenters. I'm only this unfrozen cavewoman blogger in Hawaii, after all!
He is a little difficult to understand, at least for me, because I don't have much experience with the French point of view. It seems that he does not concern himself with the dangers (or advantages) of expanding EU into Eastern Europe, for instance.
Pikkety believes the flaws in the EU to be structural above all. He sees in Brexit a very natural attempt to preserve a national form of government that is organic and has developed over centuries. He believes that the governing bodies of the mature democracies need to be integrated into the EU in all decision making and lays out a plan of structural change. I suppose that newer democracies would be included in this body as well. Unlike anyone else I've read on the topic of Brexit and EU, Piketty offers sensible solutions which could save EU if they were implemented.
He is especially put out with the Germans, who adopt the line that if other countries, such as Greece or Spain, shared the German virtues, they, too, could prosper. This is a way of excusing EU failures by blaming them on the victims of EU policies.
For people on the ground in England who voted to stay, the worry is that the English are rejecting cosmopolitanism. This hits people especially hard who are not English by ancestry but who identify with an enlightened, broad-minded English cultural scene and who had thought of England as their home. I wonder if they really could have had no inkling of the lurking racism and chauvinism in that country. Or perhaps they thought that such narrow-mindedness was a thing of the past.
And there is still that nagging feeling I have that NATO has gone too far east, into countries with nebulous boundaries and unstable governments and getting too close to the Russian border. Is it possible for EU and NATO to operate as separate entities?
Well, enough of this. I will have a nice weekend and try to ignore the horror show (s) on the mean streets of Dallas and elsewhere for a couple of days. I do need time to digest the Piketty blog post.
Oh good. The Guardian Weekly is here. I hope for enlightenment. But I would say so far the best information I've gotten so far has been from the German press, Spiegel and FAZ.
A nice couple came by earlier today and asked us if they could look at our trees. Our breadfruit tree intrigued them especially. They are from the Orlando area and had deep southern accents. The man referred to me as ma'am, which has only happened to me once before when a man from Texas addressed me that way.
They are staying at the military camp at Kilauea.That's way cheaper than the resorts on the other side of the island and more interesting too.
He had been a lot of places with Uncle Sam, but this was her first time ever out of Florida. She looked to be in her late 40s. I said I'd like to visit the Florida Keys sometime, and she said don't go in the summer, it's mobbed and you can't do anything because it's too hot. Same with Disney World, she added.
I was thinking about all the things I would not be able to say to these people, who seemed OK, although the man appeared to want to go on a rant about how rude someone at the camp had been to him. There was a little tension in the air I wonder if they were as aware of the distance between people like them and people like us as I was. Probably. I was not about to open up a conversation about the massacre there! But I wanted to. It just would have been rude, I suppose. Wonder what they thought.
The idea that late-20th-century Cuba was isolated is largely a myth based on the fact that it was isolated from the United States. It was quite well-connected, however, with the rest of the Third World and especially with the Soviet bloc until the 1990s. Since then, tourists from Europe and Canada have regularly visited the island in the hundreds of thousands each year.