Nguyễn Văn Thiện | We consume words (38)

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Truyện ngắn Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

We consume words

We were very hungry, starving from the year of the wood rooster(1945) to the year of the wood rabbit continued to be hungry after the year of the wood goat passed by. We were thin, but we craved fame, we craved letters. We consumed words by Du words by Trãi words by Giáng and swallowed as well the words by Viên.

We gnawed on each page before rolling over on our back, displaying our bulging bare bellies waiting for the words to digest, we wait, and we wait.

Indeed, in consuming the words, chewing on the vowels swallowing whole the consonants and urinating out the signs and bars, defecating words, phrases, sometimes, with severe abdominal bloating, we vomit out passages at a time. We were creative! We possessed constant flows of inspiration; it would have been…

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Another Ravitch Winner

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You have probably read about the gymnasts who testified before Congress last week, complaining about the failure of the FBI, the US Olympic Committee, and others had ignored their reports of sexual abuse by the doctor for the gymnastics team.

Like me, you probably never read the FBI report describing its own failure to take their reports seriously.

This CNN story has a link to the report. It is horrifying.

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COVID nurse pelted with stones returning from shift on Yom Kippur – The Jerusalem Post

The nurse, Shaked Alkobi from the Kfar Eldad settlement in southeast Gush Etzion, was on her way back from a shift in the COVID labor ward at Shaarei Zedek on Wednesday evening at 11 pm. At the entrance to the Har Homa neighborhood, her car was attacked by a number of kids aged 12-15.
In the past, Haredi youth have thrown stones at vehicles that have driven on Shabbat or holidays, but Har Homa is not a Haredi neighborhood and the youth didn’t look ultra-Orthodox.
“At 11 p.m. I finished my shift at the hospital and on the way home [my car] was smashed by stones,” Alkobi said in an interview to N12.
“I initially wanted to speak to these kids, I began to slow down but I saw that they were continuing to throw stones like crazy. I was terrified and escaped the scene,” she added.
“I was hysterical and didn’t know what to do,” she added. “My crazy frustration Grew because I could not understand – why are they doing such a thing? I am a first-responder for United Hatzalah and I have a Shaare Zedek sticker on the side of my car.
“Even if I were not a medical worker – this is a vicious and shameful act,” Alkobi continued. “The kids threw large stones on me and I do not want to imagine what would have happened if one of them had hit me in the head.”
“I am a mother to three kids, and their car seats were covered in glass,” she said.

Source: COVID nurse pelted with stones returning from shift on Yom Kippur – The Jerusalem Post

Amid staffing crisis, nurses at northern B.C. hospital also facing abuse: health officials | Globalnews.ca

Making matters worse, the health authority said its exhausted and overworked staff are facing “brutal criticism from the public and insults on their shifts.”

“This is unacceptable,” it says.

“Every day when they show up for work, they are putting the needs of the community of Fort St. John ahead of their own and those of their families at home.”

Source: Amid staffing crisis, nurses at northern B.C. hospital also facing abuse: health officials | Globalnews.ca

Paulo Freire

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Em homenagem ao cenário de Paulo Freire, eu resolvi abraçar uma de suas reflexões freirianas, que dentre todas que não fale de educação, tenha uma importância, e talvez, um significado enorme, porém, ainda não alcançado com o comprometimento que merece que é o problemada fome. Todavia, eu tinha que trazer para cá, essa reflexão, pois serve para relembrar urgência que abre caminhos ao diálogo, de modo que, reforça toda a trajetória de Paulo, que como sabemos foi a luta pela educação. Porém, dentre as suas reflexões, algo me chamou atenção que foi falar num problema global que é a fome.

Paulo foi enfático ao dizer que se recusava a qualquer posição fatalista, coisas como, abre aspas:

” É uma pena que haja tantos brasileiros e tantas brasileiras morrendo de fome. Mas afinal, a realidade é essa mesma”. Paulo disse: “Não!, eu me recuso como falsa, como ideológica. Nenhuma realidade é…

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En lång dag i rallyskogen slutade med leriga skor, EMK Kannan tuff och utslagsgivande tävling

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Sent i säng och tidigt upp ur säng! det är den kanske inte perfekta uppladdningen för en lång dag men när timmarna inte riktigt räcker till så kan det bli ont om John blund sömn! EMK Kannan en tävling som lockar många förare och kartläsare och nu också publik som var tillbaka längs sträckorna och det blir mycket mer trevligt när sträckorna är kantade med intresserade människor som följer bilarnas framfart på och utanför vägen!.

Klockan 7,30 åkte jag hemifrån Arboga mot Kjula! där jag hittar verkligen bra eller kanske hittade är ett bättre uttryck då jag och min far var banläggare till ett tufft och omtyckt SM i bilorientering men som sagt! skrivet så var det på forntiden men då använde vi oss av sträckan Hugelsta skjutfält som nu också var första sträcka i Emk kannan men i Bil orientering körde vi mest i skogen

19,30 var jag åter…

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Opinion | Democrats must push through the Freedom to Vote Act – The Washington Post

A group of Democrats has released the Freedom to Vote Act, a substantially pared-down version of the major voting legislation that Republicans successfully filibustered over the summer. Stripped of controversial provisions such as nationwide public campaign financing, the act would ensure access to the ballot box, promote impartial vote-counting and limit partisan gerrymandering. This bill is an outstretched hand to Republicans — indeed, to anyone who claims to care about democracy. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately trashed it. Not a single Senate Republican appears interested in seriously engaging with Democrats in their effort to write compromise federal voting legislation.

The new bill would allow all voters — not just the sick and the elderly — to request absentee ballots. No-excuse mail-in voting has worked well in most states, but now that more Democrats are using the voting method, state-level Republicans have begun to crack down on it. Similarly, the act would require secure ballot drop boxes, another voter convenience Republicans have tried to limit or eliminate. The bill would make Election Day a holiday, require a minimum early voting period, institute automatic registration (when people get or renew their driver’s licenses), and mandate same-day registration for those who remain unregistered but who want to vote on Election Day.

Source: Opinion | Democrats must push through the Freedom to Vote Act – The Washington Post