Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

This sad week got a little sadder. 😦

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned five decades, died at the age of 82. …

Cohen was the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet. Cohen’s haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns, Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression. He was also the rare artist of his generation to enjoy artistic success into his Eighties, releasing his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year. …

Rolling Stone

Click PLAY or watch Hallelujah on YouTube.

the World hates Trump

Just back from my 3rd trip overseas in 2016, everyone I meet abroad hates Donald Trump.

Paul Thomas – New Zealand Herald in July, 2015

Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandisement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excess. …

The greatest threat to America? Republicans

The Ugly American
The Ugly American

Drumpf fans, I expect, are happy when the world hates the USA. And that’s sad. 😦

stop North Korea

More needs to be done. Imagine a world where Drumpf – and this even worse egomaniac – both have access to nuclear weapons. 😦

… On Mr Obama’s watch the nuclear-weapons and missile programme of North Korea has become steadily more alarming. Its nuclear missiles already threaten South Korea and Japan. Sometime during the second term of Mr Obama’s successor, they are likely also to be able to strike New York. Mr Obama put North Korea on the back burner. Whoever becomes America’s next president will not have that luxury. …

North Korea is thought to have a stockpile of around 20 devices. Every six weeks or so it adds another. …

A nuclear nightmare

It is past time for the world to get serious about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

North Korea

Ideally the world would strike a deal with North Koreans who want Kim gone. Depose him for better leadership.

should we pay for the New York Times?

Yes. Otherwise we’ll have nothing but Facebook.


… the advertising business, especially on mobile, is increasingly in the hands of one company: Facebook. In the last quarter, Facebook made $1.5 billion in profit. Not revenue. Profit. …

Facebook’s command over everyone’s attention span, as well as its deft use of your personal data, has turned it into a money-spinning machine. We may well look back and see Facebook as the most consequential development in publishing since the invention of hot type …

So where does that leave old fashioned news organizations like The New York Times? Surveying this seemingly terrifying landscape, I am cautiously optimistic. The successful rollout of our paywall in 2011 was crucial in resetting the conversation with readers about the value of the journalism we produce. The Times now has 1.2 million digital subscribers worldwide, with the fastest growth coming from outside the United States. …

Why people pay to read The New York Times

I’m paying for Economist now. Seems I should suck it up and start paying for others of my favourite news sources.

An Unbelievable Story of Rape

An 18yr-old woman from Lynnwood, Washington was raped. Friends and family did not believe her. The police did not believe her. A few days later she felt pressured by the police to say that she might have dreamed it. Or made it up.



This is why some women are so reluctant to come forward after sexual assault. 😦

(via This American Life episode 581: Anatomy of Doubt)

The Cartel – A Novel

If you’ve ever wondered how nobs like this peasant-farmer-turned-billionaire-drug-lord can exist, read The Cartel: A novel by Don Winslow .

El Chapo

Though it’s getting great reviews, I found it too long. Too violent. The ending not believable.

The rights holders want Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of Keller, the (so called) good guy of the story.

related – ‘Cartel’ Author Don Winslow Responds To Sean Penn: “Call It Anything You Want – Except Journalism”