The American Dream and Hurricane Harvey

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160 kilometers around Houston, the towns are underwater. The number of dead is still unknown. The dead have died in terrible ways: drowned, electrocuted; they’ve died of hunger, of thirst, of stress, of lack of care for their medical problems. All are unnecessary deaths, because this could have been avoided in a truly first-world country, one which acted in accordance

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Barcelona, August 17

En aquest món tothom plora / In this world everyone cries tothom plora dia i nit / everyone cries day and night si no les penes passades / if not for the past sorrows, les penes que han de venir / then for the sorrows that are to come.   -Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet, 1845-1902 Yesterday afternoon I was getting

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Paris Terror Attacks

This is the world we live in now: I was having a beer with a friend last night. He got up and left the table for a minute. Naturally, being a creature of these times, I took out my phone and checked Facebook. “Ben __ checked in as safe at Paris Terror Attacks”. WTF?? Facebook now has several pages, events

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The Speed of Time

I was at a bar with my friend M., a retired NYPD cop who’s fled America just as I have. We were conversing with the bartender, an older man who’s worked at that same bar since he was 15. He talked about how he’s worked there for 50 years and how close he was to the owners; they were like family.

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