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War, politics, climate change & food, in the Middle East & elsewhere. Investigations @ThePublicSource. Author, Day of Honey. She/her. RTs = poor impulse control
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Jan 10
The fire was caused by a space heater. Meaning the fire was caused by a landlord.

People using space heaters means a. broken windows, or b. landlord illegally withholding heat.

This building has 174 violations. Including for heat.

Is @NYCMayor going to do something about this? The complaint history for this building. Note the frequent complaints of NO HEAT:
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Oct 26, 2021
The Facebook Papers consortium does not contain a single non-Western news outlet. Not one. I'm trying to imagine the giant disinformation fatbergs lurking on Facebook in Brazil, Saudia Arabia, the Philippines, Mexico, Russia, & whew I could go on & on.

Rappler & Novaya Gazeta just won a Nobel for this kind of reporting. At least include /them/? If not all of us?
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Aug 14, 2020
Last week, a big American newspaper asked if I wanted to weigh in on the Beirut Explosion.

I lived in Beirut for the better part of 15 years. I wrote a book about my time there. As you might imagine, I have a lot to say.

Ten years ago—hell, five years ago—I might've said yes. Don't get me wrong: I love Beirut. I've lived there for longer than I've lived anywhere else on earth.

But what happened in Beirut last week is profoundly not my story.

I didn't grow up there. I'm not from there. Unlike a lot of my friends from there—
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Jun 4, 2020
True story: One of my oldest friends joined the NYPD. I've known him since I was a baby. We went to daycare together. He taught me my first bad word, asshole, a formative moment. He was like a big brother.

His anti-bike hysteria is a big part of why we're not friends any more. The last time I called him, maybe two years ago, he launched into an unhinged, Giuliani-style rant against bicycles. Not for the first time. It was like one of those uncomfortable scenes in Taxi Driver where Travis Bickle is losing it & everyone else is kind of edging away.
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Mar 10, 2020
Friends, let's talk about fear.

Some fear is productive. It keeps us alive.

Some fear is destructive. It keeps us terrified, paralyzed, &, most of all, obedient.

Which is which? How can we tell the difference?

A tale of two threads about the #coronavirus. Yesterday—the day before six primary elections here in the US of A, don't for a minute forget—two threads went viral.

This is the first one:

and this is the second:

You've probably already seen them both. Or something like them.
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