tchaikovsky+drake

didn’t know what to expect / i don’t know the music of drake & would not recognize it even after the concert \  but mashups are creative & fun to listen to if it works / this one does \ some parts felt like listening to opera \ i also couldn’t help but think of queen’s “bohemian rhapsody” / fun to think that the concert brought together some who knew only Tchaikovsky, some who knew only drake & some who knew of both

dictator’s handbook

“the dictator’s handbook: why bad behavior is almost always good politics” <2011> bruce bueno de mesquita & alastair smith / cynical & thoughtful framework for explaining the business of politics, & how and why a politician  <autocrat or democrat> behaves the way s|he does \ autocrats privately reward small coalitions (i.e., those who bring them to power) while democrats work with large coalitions whom s|he rewards with public goods

eyeopening – & i could not help but agree – is that foreign aid is the way rich nations buy policy concessions abroad \ how else explain the non-progress of countries who have been receiving aid for decades from the world bank & imf? / reading the book made me reflect about the marcos years  in the philippines which the u.s. supported & aided until, as the framework predicted, marcos was on his way out – he was terminally ill & consequently losing the support of his cronies & the military

on the water!

tonight was our (2day mixed masters) second time on the water / last tuesday was the first & it was just february! \ in past years, mid-april was the earliest that we rowed on the river / i suppose it’s thanks to climate change|global warming \ it is so good to be back on the water!