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On the Back of a Tablet

More than half the displaced from crises including Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia were children, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report. (http://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/idINL5N0Z344V20150618?irpc=932) This is bad, not because it’s too high (as the article seems to imply), but because it’s … Continue reading

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Books that can be read more than once.

Some books are so well written, they are a great read even if you know what happens. This is a partial list from my Kindle. These are for entertainment, most – but not all – are fiction, and do not … Continue reading

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Putin shouldn’t “invest”.

The Guardian: Until Putin faces up to the country’s economic challenges and invests in a modern manufacturing sector, low oil prices will always tip it into turbulence, recession and … There lies a problem. Putin ought not invest in anything … Continue reading

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I wonder where would they get that idea?

“In a few years Ukraine will turn into a poor and hungry country with an anti-Russian government that will teach its population to hate Russia. They will be armed to the teeth and Ukraine and US reluctance to recognize the … Continue reading

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Merkel about Putin

After Putin’s speech at the Bundestag, Merkel told a colleague, “This is typical K.G.B. talk. Never trust this guy.” Ulrich, of Die Zeit, said, “She’s always been skeptical of Putin, but she doesn’t detest him. Detesting would be too much … Continue reading

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It’s a fiver! #Boston

From Boston Globe… As a woman in a fuchsia raincoat and sparkling pink headband who gave her name only as Daisy made her way across the park, she steered clear of the places where the homeless congregate. A Beacon Hill … Continue reading

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Phobia for Dessert

From M-W Unabridged: pho·bia /⁠’fōbēə⁠/ noun -s Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin -phobia Etymology: fear of something, from Greek, from phobos fear, flight + -ia -y; akin to Greek phebesthai to flee, be frightened, Lithuanian bėgti to run, flee … Continue reading

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