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Some Like it Cold: Coffee, Contentment and Life

It’s the last weekend in August, and a half-gallon glass jug of highly caffeinated, room temperature sludge sits dormant on the kitchen counter. The entire concoction is reminiscent of the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee – an undrinkable slurry of coffee grounds and water. 513 more words


Labor Creates All Wealth

As Democrats contemplate the possibility of losing the Senate, there are many ways we can handle it.  We could all sit in the back and throw stuff, much as the Republicans did for the last few years.  878 more words

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Zina Nanayeva, the truck-driving angel of Chechnya ...

Behind the wheel of a truck for 43 years, Zina Nanayeva drove her heavy KamAZ along the steep roads of the Caucasus through two Chechen wars, saving lives and delivering food supplies under fire. 1,011 more words

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The "notorious" Pankisi valley - Kists and Chechens

Pankisi valley – located in the north of Georgia, on the border with Chechnya. Home to the Kists (a Vainakh branch related to Chechens), and in the last decade to Chechen refugees as well. 3,491 more words


Player Piano

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1952 novel “Player Piano” was more than his first. It was arguably the first “dystopian utopia” novel of a world carefully described and proscribed for everyone involved. 794 more words

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Six (more) Things Schools Should Teach

In Junior High I had a class on typing. We meandered to a windowless room full of the clickety-crunch churn of IBM Selectric typewriters, set out in rows on tables. 1,044 more words

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