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October 2002

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It’s that time again when BM makes some predictions…. and man, we certainly have some changes on the horizon.

BEST BET: The government of Israel is about to fall. All this means is, elections are going to be called. The Workers party resigned from the “United Front” or whatever pathetic name they gave themselves… this means “Big Poppa” Sharon will have to call elections…. and Israel changes its leaders almost as often as..… Read Full Text

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[B] Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, died today in a plane crash [/B] I’ve long been a critic of democrats and republicans alike, especially anyone involved in congress. But I must say that I’m shocked and saddened to see this happen. Wellstone is a good man… never have his politics been about starting war or harming others. He’s always been a true humanitarian… and to hear of this accident is so horrible.… Read Full Text

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This will be a personal story… but its about people and the politics of identity.

Today, someone who I respect a great deal though I havent known them long, turned to me and said… “Really mark, you’re American…. right? I mean….. You’re American…”

So I naturally responded… “YES…. and I’m Portuguese” … a response that is quite automatic from me… people automatically assume by my perfect northeastern American english that I’m American.… Read Full Text

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The Washington Post…. what a show. Good news reporting… sometimes. Sensational patriotic us vs. them articles… most of the time.

By all means… don’t take bm’s world for it…. go read washington’s paper of record:

Reading the post this morning… one can learn: At the pentagon they are ahead of schedule on repairing the building, more curious than that, THERE IS A CLOCK THAT COUNTS THE MONTHS< DAYS< Hours etc... since the terrorist attacks. Is this the type of clock they should have? Can't they have one that just tells the time? How long will they play the national anthem and make empty declarations like "we're healing the nation"... Sorry Mr. Construction worker... you're not helping find people jobs (well there he might), you're not improving a ancient education system, you're not cleaning up polluted rivers, you're not giving health insurance to millions... you're fixing a broken government building which was attacked in a very traumatic manner. Fix the building... spare us the poetry.
Other things the Post can teach you today: They give an interactive map on how the “SNIPER” has stalked his victims.… Read Full Text