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Would you like chocolate that shimmers like a rainbow?

By Devi Lockwood Earlier this month, Samy Kamkar shared his latest creation on Twitter: chocolate that shimmers like a rainbow. Mr. Kamkar is not a chocolatier. He’s a founder of the internet security company Openpath, and gained early internet notoriety in 2005 for releasing a virus on the Myspace social network. He also has a 3-D printer and a penchant for […]

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How my life experiences helped form my political views and irritate liberals

By Ed Konderla I am always surprised how many people are amazed that I’m unabashedly pro-President Trump. When he won the election my feet didn’t touch the ground for three days. I was elated by the shock and pain I saw in the eyes of liberal progressives, especially Hillary Clinton. I still look back at […]

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Varados: One couple’s struggle to return to Cuenca in the time of Covid-19

By Jeff Van Pelt I first wrote this article while confined to a hotel room in Quito 24/7, after being stranded in Argentina for 7 weeks. My emotions inevitably colored the message. It was titled “Exiled and Abandoned.” I decided not to publish it as it would have been controversial, and people are already polarized […]

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This website identifies Covid-19 misinformation ‘super-spreaders’

By Jann Bellamy NewsGuard, a company that evaluates and rates news and information websites, recently analyzed Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts to identify what it calls “super-spreaders” of COVID-19 misinformation, Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and the National Vaccine Information Center among them. (There are separate lists of Facebook and Twitter super-spreaders in Europe.) To […]

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Are ‘immunity licenses’ a good idea for resuming our normal lives?

By Ricki Lewis Dividing groups of people into “us” and “them” isn’t usually a good idea, but in the scary new world of COVID-19, it makes a certain sense. Issuing “immunity licenses” – aka passports or certificates – to people whose blood contains neutralizing antibodies against the novel coronavirus may be a safer way to […]

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Sauternes – not just for paunchy old men

By Giovanni Cambizaca After last week’s article about natural wines, I heard from a reader who had sampled an orange wine while on a trip to Argentina. She thought the wine had a lovely bouquet, but no one in her group actually liked the taste of it. So this week, let’s get the taste of […]

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Thank you from Robert Bradley

By Robert Bradley The GoFundMe campaign to raise money for my medical needs reached its goal in a mere three days and I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all those who came to my assistance, dear friends as well as dear strangers. I am truly astonished at the kindness and generosity of expats and Cuencanos. […]

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What’s the scoop on saturated fat? Healthy or hype?

Author’s note: This is the third in a multi-part series on fats — In Part I, I wrote about trans fats, or hydrogenated fats — they transformed the processed foods industry and are linked to the rise in the incidence of coronary artery disease. Part II showed how manufacturers have turned to palm oil to […]

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One expat’s quarantine reading list

I have always been a reader, taught to read by my mother before I started school in 1935, and have continued to read, although not as ardently as some. So, in these times of  quarantine at home, I offer some of the books I have read over the past couple of years, that I rate […]

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Introducing Myra: My uninvited but hard to ignore lifelong companion

By Laura Andromalos I first met Myra on a Saturday afternoon just this past April. It’s likely we had crossed paths before but I had never recognized her. Initially, her presence was slightly unpleasant but subtle. Within a few hours, she was hard to ignore and full of negative energy. So negative, she reduced me […]

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