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Man is born broken. He lives by mending.

-Eugene O'Neill

Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction

by Phoebe Weston, © The Guardian
November 25, 2022

The story of the biodiversity crisis starts with a cold-case murder mystery that is tens of thousands of years old. When humans started spreading across the globe they discovered a world full of huge, mythical-sounding mammals called “megafauna”, but by the end of the Pleistocene, one by one, these large animals had disappeared. There is no smoking gun and evidence from ancient crime scenes is – unsurprisingly – patchy. But what

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People change and forget to tell each other.

-Lillian Hellman

Estupor en Qatar: desaparece Voria Ghafouri, leyenda del fútbol iraní

BEGOÑA VILLARRUBIA, © Mundo Deportivo
November 25, 2022

Máxima preocupación en el Mundial de Qatar. Las noticias aún son confusas, pero ha trascendido que la leyenda del fútbol de Irán, Voria Ghafouri (35), ha desaparecido en su país. Dos medios locales del país iraní comunicaron ayer que habría sido detenido el exjugador, importante lateral izquierdo que ha defendido el uniforme iraní en 26 ocasiones, aunque no había sido seleccionado para disputar la Copa del Mundo.

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Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

-Friedrich Schiller

Chomsky: US Sanctions on Iran Don’t Support the Protests, They Deepen Suffering

C.J. Polychroniou, © Truthout
November 23, 2022

Protests have been raging in Iran since mid-September in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in a hospital in Tehran after being arrested a few days earlier by Iran’s morality police for allegedly breaching the Islamic theocratic regime’s dress code for women. Protesters are widely describing her death as murder perpetrated by the police (the suspicion is that she died from blows to the body), but Iran’s Forensic Organization has denied that account in an official medical report.

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For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.

-Elie Wiesel

Let’s Give Thanks for Nature, Which Is Totally Inspirational

PHOEBE WESTON, © Mother Jones
November 24, 2022

Over millions of years of evolution, nature has worked out solutions to many problems. Humans have arrived late in the day and pinched them. For example, Velcro was invented after a Swiss engineer marveled at the burdock burrs that got stuck to his dog’s fur; the idea for robotic arms came from the motion and gripping ability of elephant trunks, and the front of Japan’s bullet trains were redesigned to mimic a kingfisher’s streamlined beak, reducing the sonic boom they made exiting tunnels.

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