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A conversation about gun control

More firearms do not keep people safe, hard numbers show. One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only shreds of the organ that had been hit by a bullet from an AR-15, … Continue reading

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what to do?

I am a 60-years-old middle-class Mexican. My extended family has lived in northern Mexico and Texas for more than a century. I do not think that myself or my relatives, parents, uncles, aunts, etc, have specific awareness of climate change, … Continue reading

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Facebook media managemet

Since November 2016, Facebook  started to reengineer the News Feed, demoting content from news outlets in favor of activity from friends. It’s also started polling users on which sources they trust. https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/22/16918456/facebook-democracy-civil-society-fake-news-hard-questions

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A letter from jail

My feets is tired, but my soul is rested Mother Pollard Mother Pollard was one of the participants in the 1955–1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Martin Luther King Jr. recounted that after several weeks of walking to her destinations rather than … Continue reading

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Acumen

One of the most remarkable events in human history occurred on a quiet Saturday in August 2012. No one celebrated. No one served witness. No one received credit. It’s unlikely this milestone would have taken place—at least not in the … Continue reading

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LETTER TO AMERICA BY JANE HIRSHFIELD

Spell To Be Said Against Hatred Until each breath refuses “they,” “those,” “them.” Until the Dramatis Personae of the book’s first page says “Each one is you.” Until hope bows to its hopelessness only as one self bows to another. Until cruelty … Continue reading

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Christmas Day, 1914

Christmas Day, 1914 My dear sister Janet, It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts—yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In … Continue reading

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James Demore of Google

Published on Aug 9, 2017 James Demore of Google recently wrote a memo detailing his thoughts about Google’s various diversity initiatives. Inside the company, and then outside, it went viral. He lost his job, in consequence: for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” … Continue reading

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Digging

Digging BY SEAMUS HEANEY Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his … Continue reading

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Place Name: Oracabessa by Kei Miller

Oracabessa – origins disputed but most likely leave over from the Spanish. Oracabeza, Golden Head, though what gold was here other than light shining off the bay, other than bananas bursting out from red flowers? But this too is disputed … Continue reading

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