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  1. The Wrong Shot

    Two weeks of Grand Slam tennis provides with a lot of TV coverage of a lot of matches. There are plenty of commentators, which can be divided into two camps: former professional players that have made the crossover and “Professional” commentators, people that for some reason or another get the credit of “knowing” about the sport.
    Needless to say, many in both camps have no idea of what they are talking about.
    The most flagrant example of this level of ignorance is when one of the athletes ...

    Updated 06-11-2019 at 06:45 PM by ponchi101

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  2. On Georgia

    Georgia the state, not the Caucasian Republic, is a fine representation of America. A place where a gorgeous geographical environment meets the ocean and the first mountains in the East. It is filled with southern charm and hospitality and it is a state with long traditions.
    Two of which are racism and misogyny.
    We will leave racism for another time although it is a simple proposition: any state where one major tourist attraction is a carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall ...
  3. On the most important thing

    A dear friend recently contacted me after a few years of disconnection, to ask how things were going. I replied that things were going alright with the exception of something that was of real consequences and importance, but did not state what it was. Worried, he followed up. What was it? How was my health? Was my family alright? I replied that those were not the cases and that the sole issue was financial. I am the healthiest clochard on Earth, I wrote. He closed the exchange by laughing at it, ...

    Updated 04-23-2019 at 10:46 AM by ponchi101

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  4. Farewell, Nemo

    In 1984, Milos Forman released AMADEUS, a movie that went on to receive awards and prizes all over the world. The film (based on a fictional play written by Peter Schaffer) told the story of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his relationship with a lesser known classical composer, the Italian Antonio Salieri. The gist of this relationship (in the play and film) was the enormous level of jealousy that Salieri, a much less talented composer, had towards Mozart, usually considered one ...
  5. On refugees

    Twenty years ago, on the morning of Monday December 7th, the streets of Caracas and almost all major cities in Venezuela were celebrating with joy. The savior we had so long been waiting for had been elected president the day before, under the electoral system that did not have a second round and did not take into account that the majority of the people had voted against him. Those of us that did so looked out the streets and knew, with no little uncertainty, that this would end badly.
    At ...

    Updated 01-12-2019 at 06:38 AM by ponchi101

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