Don’t send money

But donate to the online journalism resources that need it..

beggingThis blog doesn’t need it, or Mark would have written an appeal. The RBC illustrates the new digital economy of the press: you can get good commentary on a lot of things for nothing, as the costs are sunk in the day jobs of academics or the pensions that keep the likes of me in dignified idleness. But that doesn’t work for reporting, and that side of journalism is in crisis. So I urge those readers who have not yet done so to make a (deductible for US taxpayers) seasonal donation to one of the other fine sites you follow, like Washington Monthly,  Mother Jones (Kevin Drum) or our indispensable common resource Wikipedia.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web

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