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Christmas stories and the growing legend of Amazon

Though I’m fairly certain Santa doesn’t exist, at least, in the context of the story, it’s plausible that he could get the job done. I mean if you take as given Santa’s hearty proportions, the fact that he has workers … Continue reading

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Roma in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

If you’re Roma, you probably want to leave the Czech Republic. According to a new study of Romani children of Czech and Slovak nationality who migrated with their families to the UK, overall conditions in the host country far exceed, … Continue reading

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The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Take Pictures of Places You Can’t Get to

A friend of mine has an awesome website called 15 sunrises. His basic project is to travel around and take pictures of all sorts of ‘scapes (city, country, mountain, etc.) in all sorts of lights. He’s partial to sunrise, sunset, … Continue reading

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Ways to Describe Things

When it’s really foggy outside Czechs say, “venku je uplný mlíko.” A literal translation is, “outside is full of milk.” A better translation might be, “it’s really milky outside.” Either way, I like the Czech phrase. It’s as if the … Continue reading

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Polish Supermarkets

It’s widely known that grocery stores use various tactics to get people to spend more money. Narrow aisles slow things down, impulse buys are clustered near the checkout lines and the most commonly purchased goods, like milk and other dairy … Continue reading

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The Decline of Tourism in the US

Anyone who’s ever traveled to the US knows that entering the country can be a tedious and humiliating task. Fence or no fence, there are many obstacles to entering the country. Even as a duel jus soli and jus sanguinis … Continue reading

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