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Tom Sparks

Gleich·schal·tung

/ˈɡlīkˌSHalto͝oNG/

the standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.

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(Why) Trumponomics is Going to be Disastrous for Americans

Hence, needless to say, these trade wars are going to Americans poorer. How much poorer? A lot poorer is the simple answer. 

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la·cu·na
/ləˈk(y)o͞onə/

an unfilled space or interval; a gap.
"the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies"
a missing portion in a book or manuscript.

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How to Propagate an Orchid Cactus

The common name orchid cactus refers to a group of succulent plants within the genus Epiphyllum, which are prized for their large, waxy flowers and flat, segmented stems. As tropical plants, orchid cacti cannot tolerate cold temperatures and must be grown indoors below U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10. They propagate quickly and reliably from stem cuttings. Although orchid cacti will root well year-round, they perform best when started between mid-winter and early spring when the plant is partially dormant.

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Portugal as a Path to Follow

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From: The Origins of European Neo-liberalism by Nicholas Mulder

The real source of neoliberalism in Europe is neither technocracy nor hegemony but a problem specific to the continent: intergovernmentalism........

While the name Lisbon connotes the triumph of the neoliberal model in Europe, it may also foreshadow a possible way out of that model’s clutches. Since November 2015, Portugal has been the only Eurozone and EU member state which has been able to combine left-wing economic and social policies with material recovery while remaining committed to European institutions. The Portuguese progressive experiment under Lisbon’s former mayor, the Socialist prime minister António Costa, illustrates one possible path for the European left: capturing power in national elections and rolling back budget cuts and privatizations, thereby boosting growth and reducing debt.

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Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

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“As workers, most men in our culture (like working women) are controlled, dominated. Unlike working women, working men are fed daily a fantasy diet of male supremacy and power. In actuality, they have very little power, and they know it. Yet they do not rebel against the economic order or make revolution. They are socialized by ruling powers to accept their dehumanization and exploitation in the public world of work, and they are taught to expect that the private world, the world of home and intimate relationships, will restore to them their sense of power, which they equate with masculinity. They are taught that they will be able to rule in the home, to control and dominate, that this is the big payoff for their acceptance of an exploitative economic social order. By condoning and perpetuating male domination of women to prevent rebellion on the job, ruling male capitalists ensure that male violence will be expressed in the home and not in the work force.”

— bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (via heavyweightheart)

 

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antonomasia

/ˌantənəˈmeɪzɪə,anˌtɒnəˈmeɪzɪə/

noun
1.
LINGUISTICS
the substitution of an epithet or title for a proper name (e.g. the Maid of Orleans for Joan of Arc).
2.
the use of a proper name to express a general idea (e.g. a Scrooge for a miser).

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anodyne
/ Anədʌɪn /
adjective
not likely to cause offense or disagreement and somewhat dull.
"anodyne music"
synonyms: bland , inoffensive , innocuous , neutral , unobjectionable , unexceptionable , unremarkable , commonplace , dull , tedious , run-of-the-mill
"she tried to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible"

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hypnagogic
/ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk/
relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

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interregnum
/ˌɪntəˈrɛɡnəm/
noun

a period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes.
the period in English history from the execution of Charles I in 1649 to the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.

singular proper noun: Interregnum; noun: the Interregnum
an interval or pause between two periods of office or other things.