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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: The Plastic Oh, No, Band, Colltalers

The Plastic Oh, No, Band, Colltalers

‘I just want to say one word to you. Just one word… Are you listening? Plastics.’ That was the career advice offered to Benjamin Braddock, in the 1967 movie The Graduate. If the word was just a joke then, almost 50 years later, it now defines our way of life and may point to our demise.
Its presence permeates almost everything considered essential to our living…

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Out to Get You

Out to Get You: In a Mad World, There Are Jobs Only Psychopaths Can Do

In a Mad World, There Are
Jobs Only Psychopaths Can Do

They mesmerize you just like a spider would. And just as well, haunt your nightmares. There may be one among your dearest friends. The thought of you knowing a predator who may consider you no more than a prey, is as scary as wondering whether you may be one.
But now we know more than ever about psychopaths, through books, movies, and real…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: What May Not Change for Brazil, Colltalers

What May Not Change for Brazil, Colltalers

A little over a week from the final month before the October 5 Brazilian presidential election, what’d been a relatively easy ride to reelection for President Dilma Rousseff has turned into turmoil after the shocking death of former Pernambuco State Governor Eduardo Campos.
But even as the fateful plane crash has moved some vital pieces on the chessboard…

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We’re Not Alone!

We’re Not Alone! The Secret, Trillion Lives Crawling In & On Your Body

The Secret, Trillion Lives
Crawling In & On Your Body

The late Carl Sagan may have said, we’re all made of starstuff. But deep down, what we really are is a multitude of microorganisms, 100 trillion of them, some part of our natural physiology, but most totally foreign. We wouldn’t have lasted this long on Earth without them.
While cells are the bricks that form our bodies, even before birth, an…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: The Ones They Pick, Colltalers

The Ones They Pick, Colltalers

Young, poor, and black. It’s tempting to highlight these three stereotypes to qualify the brutal street combat going on in cities across the U.S. these days, pitting a growing contingent of the able and willing but disenfranchised and excluded, against a military style, armory-clad police force.
It’s also easy to characterize such violent confrontations, between…

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Photo Retouch

Photo Retouch: Phtographer Known for Essay on Rare Albino Family Dies in Brazil

Photographer Known For Essay
on Albino Family Dies in Brazil

The plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos this week threw the country’s succession of President, and still front runner, Dilma Rousseff, into grief and turmoil. But it also may help us correct an injustice of sorts, in a completely unexpected way.
Along with Campos, eight other people also died: the two…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: The Hidden Sickness, Colltalers

The Hidden Sickness, Colltalers

As the marathon of grotesque headlines continues to pound and puncture our collective bubble, one moment being about the restart of carnage at Gaza, another about U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq forces, it’s hard to wrap our heads around any particular issue.
Some seem to choose the Ebola virus outbreak, as garish and desperate that may be, either because…

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Bloody Throes

Bloody Throes: The Hiroshima Reminder & the Age of New Killings

The Hiroshima Reminder
& the Age of New Killings

Capping a few particularly blood-drenched weeks for thousands of civilians around the world, today’s the 69th anniversary of the mass killing of almost two hundred thousand residents of Hiroshima, by the first ever U.S. atomic bomb attack. It sealed the end of the World War 2 and started the nuclear age.
Meanwhile, Israel’s has withdrawn for now…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: As Gaza Burns, Africa Pays a Visit, Colltalers

As Gaza Burns, Africa Pays a Visit, Colltalers

For the second consecutive week, we’ll try to duck the beast in the room, and avoid expressing our disgust with what’s happening in Gaza. Not only the reality on the ground shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, but that, even if it did, it would no longer make much of a difference.
So it happens that a record 50 African leaders are coming to the…

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Booking the Summer

Booking the Summer: Six Reads to Befriend in the Next Four Weeks

Six Reads to Befriend
in the Next Four Weeks

Hard as you may, you won’t find many book reviews on this site. Hardly any. Ok, one or two; at this point, we’re not too sure. Nevertheless (a word people often invoke in the presence of books, for some reason), authors are kind enough to keep sending us some for our consideration.
This being summer’s last month in the North, and summer being a season…

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