Dark matter (38/26)

Another revolution
her around him
he one bright point
space all around
dark
cold
vast.

What is this dark matter all around
that binds us all together?
Clumping ever more densely
bringing a big crunch –
maybe.

She casts a warm glow
in the cold night
like a café on a dark street
offering a bit of warmth.

Another revolution around the sun
and I am still
on this planet.
The dark matter in me
clumps ever denser
creating unfamiliar, worrisome structures
and I wait
wondering if the crunch will come.

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Elimination diet recipes

Toward the end of this year, I did the elimination diet. But since I love food, I couldn't eat just rice and boiled turkey every day. And because I also love cooking, and have creative flair, I was able to develop a number of recipes. Now I'd like to share them with the world.

Here you go, world!

Grain of sand

If I could put all my life's experiences
in an hourglass
turn it over, watch each grain of sand
drop down
with always the hope
that people really can change

I would take that one grain of sand which is you
hurl it into a field of dunes
watch it erode into a thousand pieces

feed each one to an oyster
and make a thousand pearls

bury each one in the sand of the dunes
water them
grow a thousand pearl trees

then I would bask in the oasis
and let the pearls rain down on me

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Push for security would apply to Canadian border

By Sonya Angelica Diehn

Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing for expansion of security powers that would waive more than 30 environmental and public protection laws, along all United States borders. Environmentalists are pushing back, and some think their side will prevail.

Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, working with a public lands subcommittee, introduced the legislation last April. It dispenses with requiring the Department of Homeland Security to comply with laws including the landmark Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

‘Unprecedented authority’

Deer at the Arizona border with MexicoThe law would apply to the dozens of millions of acres that lie within 100 miles of southern and northern U.S. borders – along all of Mexico and Canada, including Alaska.

March of the technocrats

The whisper of fear is there. For some, it's a huge anxiety; for others, a mild nagging, a feeling that something is not quite right. This idea that the euro could collapse.

I am not immune to this fear. I do wonder what this would mean, in reality. Apocalyptic images of car-burning rioters alternate with a more mundane picture of German workers recalibrating cash machines for a new Deutschmark.

I blithely continue with my day-to-day. Then a deeper significance strikes me: We have become captives of the market.

Yeah, okay, that's nothing really new – just look at the last time you asked yourself if you work to live, or live to work. Or how corporate lobbyists influence politicians. But it could just be the case that this ongoing expansion of market power is infiltrating the government at unprecedented levels.

More specifically, the European Union is becoming a technocracy.

As published in Time, Papademos and Monti were installed to restore confidence in the economies of Greece and Italy.

“The markets had spoken, and they didn't like the idea of going to the electorate,” Stephan Faris wrote.

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