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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy

The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy by Brian Klaas My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, we all knew that Donald Drumph was a huge piece of 💩, but every book that examines his pre-presidency and presidency just adds confirmatory evidence. It blows my mind that he's just announced that  he's interested in running for the 2024 presidential election
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Review: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff My rating: 5 of 5 stars I would say that this is a "must-read" book. It reminded me a lot of the original aspirations and "promise" of connected technologies and "smart" devices, which was to serve people for the purpose of improving our lives.  Instead, what
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Review: Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber My rating: 5 of 5 stars Awesome thesis, pretty spot on IMO. This was a worthwhile read. Looking back at this, I am wondering what hiring managers, staffing managers, and the modern workplace would look like (keeping in mind work-from-home and other things that emerged from this pandemic), if we kept the content of this book
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Review: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump My rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting to see intergenerational trauma turned into intergenerational psychopathy. I read this back in early spring after Trump exited office. So much facepalm with this presidency, and it could have all been avoided if people in the know about how dysfunctional
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Review: How to Be Black

How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston My rating: 5 of 5 stars I won this book at a conference a few years back (Baratunde was one of the keynote speakers) and I finally had a chance to read it.  For someone who didn't spend all of my formative years in the US, I think the subject is approached in a humorous and approachable manner. Heck, in some segments,
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Review: Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America

Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality in America by Tressie McMillan CottomMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book to read. While most of what was in this book wasn't really news for me, it was helpful to add some additional context to the "Lower Ed" field. I think this is a worthwhile read for high school students thinking about college, and for college graduates thinking
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Art imitating life?

I have been reading some Star Trek related literature and comic books over the past year (figured that there is plenty there to keep me entertained since there is no trek on TV...yet).  I came across this in a comic book recently (I think it's from the Year Four missions):
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Charter Schools....#faceplam

Oh man... gets my blood boiling(Last Week Tonight covered Charter Schools this week...)
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Stop Bigotry

Got this in the mail the other day.  I think more of us should be posting this on our pages ;-)
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It's super Tuesday! Go Vote!

I can't believe it's here!  Super Tuesday!  For those of you abroad, this is when a lot of states hold their primary elections (instead of having an election here and an election there in scattered form). This is usually when front-runner nominees show up.I can't believe that Trump is projected to win Massachusetts (I mean...seriously people!) Good thing I am independent and I can vote in
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