1. "The book is on the table" saga or... Ou est la plume de ma tante.

FINALLY: the first draft was just sent to my amazing editor/"revision eagle" and to the foreword writer both of which will remain anonymous for the time being. @RoninInstitute @IGDOREinstitute Image
2. I have no idea if the book will be dedicated to these people, this way or not. It's just there. All I know is that meeting the first deadline is such a relief... I'm just flying around the living-room after observing eagles flying.

3. This is my first "hybrid-indie" production. My appreciation for my previous publishers grew so much. Publishing a book is serious shit. But I got my ISBNs, designer friends to help and my great brother @LaerteCoutinho1 for the cover!
4. The book IS on the table! La plume de ma tante est ici!

5. Much love to @Grammarly . I had to divide the text in 5 parts to pass it through the software and it seems I can install it on MS word. Today, I have no idea how I survived and published without @Grammarly . Just knowing it here on my computer is reassuring.

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2. "The Strasbourg-based Assembly of Chechens in Europe said in a statement: "Like all French people, our community is horrified by this incident.""

3. The result: strengthening of the far-right in France. It was exactly what the right needed:

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I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir to my readers here. It might be worth a try, though.
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1. The US higher education crisis doesn't get the attention proportionate to its impact because there are other short term US crises such as the housing crisis, the mass incarceration crisis and now, the police brutality crisis.
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3. What does this have to do with the higher education crisis? Everything: the US has become almost indigent in delivering high-quality professionals in essential fields like medicine or economics. The quality erosion combined with the huge student debt was bound to explode.
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1 / Who won the debate? Nobody: there was no debate. Kamala Harris would have won a debate if there was one. She is a trained litigator and masters the art of argumentation.

Why wasn't there any debate? Not between presidential candidates or VPs?
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Please read: some serious claims and even jokes are being made on wrong assumptions.

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