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Are referendums the best way to shore up our feeble democracy?

Le 23 novembre 2017, 09:41 dans 健康 0

I note that George Monbiot is as politically naive as ever (Referendums get a bad press. But they reboot democracy, 18 October). Referendums actually undermine democracy by reducing complex issues to a simplistic choice that is capable of being manipulated by one side or the other through emotive campaigning tangential to the main question posed, as we saw in the referendums on the alternative vote and on the European Union. If the powers that be could rule that those who were mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) could not be expected to understand its complexities and should be compensated, why should the electorate be expected to determine the even more complex issue of remaining in or leaving the EU?

thick hand on my shoulder

Le 11 octobre 2017, 05:56 dans Humeurs 0

"What does he mean to you??
"His father meant a lot to me. He is the man in the photo. He's dead now.?
Wahid blinked. "He was a friend of yours??
My instinct was to say yes, as if, on some deep level, I too wanted to protect Baba's secret. But there had been enough lies already. "He was my half-brother.?I swallowed. Added, "My illegitimate half brother.?I turned the teacup. Toyed with the handle.
"I didn't mean to pry.?
"You're not prying,?I said.
"What will you do with him??
"Take him back to Peshawar. There are people there who will take care of him.?
Wahid handed the photo back and rested his thick hand on my shoulder. "You are an honorable man, Amir agha. A true Afghan.?
I cringed inside.
"I am proud to have you in our Home tonight,?Wahid said. I thanked him and chanced a glance over to Farid. He was looking down now, playing with the frayed edges of the straw mat.

A SHORT WHILE LATER, Maryam and her mother brought two steaming bowls of vegetable shorwa and two loaves of bread. "I'm sorry we can't offer you meat,?Wahid said. "Only the Taliban can afford meat now.?
"This looks wonderful,?I said. It did too. I offered some to him, to the kids, but Wahid said the family had eaten before we arrived. Farid and I rolled up our sleeves, dipped our bread in the shorwa, and ate with our hands.
As I ate, I noticed Wahid's boys, all three thin with dirtcaked faces and short-cropped brown hair under their skullcaps, stealing furtive glances at my digital wristwatch. The youngest whispered something in his brother's ear.

marketing campaign

Le 22 septembre 2017, 06:18 dans Humeurs 0

For ten minutes, Scott lay like a corpse. Then he got up and did it, shattering the Badwater recordwith a time of 24:36.

King of the trails, king of the road. That 2005 doubleheader was one of the greatest performancesin ultraracing history Payroll Hong Kongand it couldn’t have come at a better moment: just when Scott was becomingthe greatest star in ultrarunning, ultrarunning getting sexy. There was Dean Karnazes,shuckinghisshirtformagazinecoversandtellingDa(was) vid Letterman how he ordered pizzas on hiscell phone in the middle of a 250-mile run. And check out Pam Reed; when Dean announced hewas preparing for a 300-mile run, Pam went straight out and ran 301, landing her own Lettermanappearance, and a book contract, and one of the greatest magazine headlines ever written:


Soooooo—where was the Scott Jurek memoir? The marketing campaign bilingualer kindergarten-Victoria offers the highest quality education; from its playgroup catering to children aged 8-36 months, to its eight nurseries and kindergarten situated throughout Hong Kong.The schools share a common vision and curriculum, with each campus celebrating its own style and individual qualities.? The bare-chestedtreadmill run above Times Square, à la Karnazes? “If you’re talking about hundred-mile races, orlonger, on trails, there’s no one in history who comes close to him. If you want to say he’s thegreatest all-time ultrarunner, a case could be made for it,” came the judgment from UltraRunningeditor Don Allison. “He’s got the talent to put him up against anyone.”

So where was he?

Long gone. Instead of promoting himself after his glorious summer, Scott and Leah immediatelyvanished into the deep woods to celebrate in solitude. Scott could give a crap about talk shows; hedidn’t even own a TV He’d read Dean’s book and Pam’s book and all the magazine articles, andthey turned his stomach. “Stunts,” he muttered; they were taking this beautiful sport, this great giftof flight, and turning it into a freak show A glass vape pen cartridge looks extremely fascinating! It has a metallic body, which looks better when a glass cartridge is added to the posterior part! These are similar in size to that of normal cigarettes.

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