Archive for October, 2011

Limitations of Rationalism

Political Science. It was so easy to say, back at university, answering “what’s your major.” What a wonderful feeling, learning grand models that could not only explain but help you predict human behavior.
Now, having lived in the realm of international relations, in one form or another, for a number of years, I long for those days of confidence. Not to exaggerate the simplicity of my education, of course – there was plenty of skeptical back and forth. But at the end of the semester you still walked away with your grand theories.
Human, or government for that matter, behavior, presents itself as irrational more often than it rings of realism or liberalism etc, in far too many cases. Navigating the webs of relations and causes/effects can leave one with head spinning…

Best guitar solo ever

I shall now transcribe, in mouth/air guitar, the guitar solo from the Black Crows’ Hard To Handle.


Bwahh, Bwahh, beedadoobee doobee doobee deedlebow dooblebah doo.doodahh, duhdoobledop doodiedaw diplebop dooh.doohdah, duhdoobaleedop doodiedaw diplebop doooh.
Bdweee diiii, diibahbah bdwee! Duhduh bdweedada deedee doo bleee! Bleee, bloohdee bloohdeedee bloohdee, bloodeedeedoobeedoodaaaawwwww!!

Thank you.

Sun sets on Kingston

Jamaica’s National Plant Nursery

Next door to Hope Gardens, the national garden.

A Prime Minister Falls. A Prime Minister Ascends.

I was at the press conference this week as the party currently in power in Jamaica, the Jamaica Labor Party, announced the man they plan to put forward as new leader and therefore new PM at its November national convention. The party’s 5,000 some rank and file delegates voting AGAINST the chosen one of the party leadership is highly unlikely, of course, but would provide the kind of political theater that makes for long days, and nights, for diplomats reporting on political developments. Come to think of it, it’s already been a couple weeks of quite long days…