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The Ukranian Man Holding a Cat

by Joel H. Straussner, Ph. D.

On t.v.,
I saw a Ukranian man holding a cat.
Walking dreamlike
pass the rubble
of a life
he once knew.
Holding his cat,
now a lifeline
to the present,
helping him bear the pain


Building Britches

by Jon Simonds

In a concerted effort to lower the deficit, the US Department of Transportation has put together a list of 5 bridges to be auctioned off on November first of this year.

Topping the leaked list of bridges is the George Washington bridge connecting the City of New York with I-80, the most utilized trucking route in the country. Continued

"...Conflict resolution. Whether it starts in the home or the neighborhood, the town, the state - let's just see if we can't talk to each other, rather than talking passed each other, and try to lower the amount of anger that's out there."

Michael Douglas on Democracy in the Time of Covid

Upside and downside.

First the downside:

  • General disrepair, a breaking down of the system.

  • A number of treaties have broken down.

  • Some countries are forming a more populist regime, less democratic.

  • Even with our elections, there were questions about manipulations.

  • We have this world crisis with the pandemic, which is affecting all the countries in the world right now, neutralizing them
    to some extent. We have vulnerabilities in China, in Russia, the United States, I think it's 180 countries.

    And now the upside...



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