Now some important philosophical questions on life…….

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?  Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?  Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the …

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The Strangler Tree at The Moorings, Islamorada

Were you a harmless, nameless tree, just standing there, Motionless and proud, your boughs spread wide, The product of a hundred fruitful summers, Surviving the convulsions of Caribbean hurricanes, Cold fronts and brisk north winds, You might neither notice nor much care about The arrival, perching quietly, of yet another bird. Thousands stop from year …

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Ghostly tracks in New Mexico

(Keeping off the current dire threat to the country and what it stands for….. ………………… Thirteen thousand years ago, a woman made her way across mudflats with a small child whom she sometimes carried in her arms. Nothing of her remains – except her footprints: stretching for almost a mile across the White Sands National …

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US Pharma’s financialised business model

“Price gouging in the US pharmaceutical drug industry goes back more than three decades. “In 1985 US Representative Henry Waxman, chair of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, accused the pharmaceutical industry of “gouging the American public” with “outrageous” price increases, driven by “greed on a massive scale.” “Even in the wake of …

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Junior is still living with his parents

Nearly two-thirds of childless British single adults aged 20-34 have either never left the family home, or have moved back into it, according to new research into the “boomerang” generation. There are now an estimated 3.5 million young single adults living with their parents in the UK, a third more than a decade ago. (The …

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The Egret: a poem

The Egret A snow-white egret passes our cottage By the Gumbo Limbo and the Traveller trees. With its ballet dancer’s step and mobile neck It reminds me of something…… Ah, yes! Alice playing croquet in Wonderland, Striking the hedgehog with the flamingo’s head. Like Alice’s flamingo the egret’s head moves Restlessly back and forth, In …

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Will the ecosystem collapse?

Ecosystem collapse a risk in one fifth of the world’s countries The spread of intensive farming threatens to jeopardize the world’s chances of meeting the term of the Paris agreement on the climate crisis. Nitrous oxide is given off by the overuse of artificial fertilizers, and by organic sources such as animal manure, and has …

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