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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)--A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. I so love this movie!

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from nytimes.com

Thugs and Kisses

Thugs and Kisses: First of all, let’s get this straight: The Russian Federation of 2016 is not the Soviet Union of 1986. True, it covers most of the same territory and is run by some of the same thugs. But the Marxist ideology is gone, and so is the superpower status. We’re talking about a more or less ordinary corrupt petrostate here, although admittedly a big one that happens to have nukes. I mention all of this because Donald Trump’s effusive praise for Vladimir Putin...

BEST OF THE WEB: The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

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England. the Uffington Horse, which is dated to the bronze age or early iron age, ca over 3,000 years old.

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from the Guardian

Pity Aleppo as Putin drops his bombs to salvage Russia’s pride

Plates bearing portraits of Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin

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