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the new man in cuba
current status
by gonzalo fernández
topic: general

In a letter to the editor of the Uruguayan weekly Marcha, published March 1965 under the title “Socialism and Man in Cuba”, Che Guevara addressed the issue of the "new man" (in Cuba) saying: “To build communism it is necessary, simultaneous with the new material foundations, to build the new man….This is the dictatorship of the proletariat operating not only on the defeated class but also on individuals of the victorious class…. Man under socialism, despite his apparent standardization, is more complete…. In this way he will reach total consciousness of his social being, which is equivalent to...
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nothing personal
tales out of school
by robert castle
topic: humor
Rule 21: The Teacher is not the student’s friend The rule is obvious to administrators and teachers. Not to students. There will always be students who lack friends in school ...

what tony soprano taught me
lessons in life from tv writing
by marianne ruane
topic: television
James Gandolfini was in my dating pool. Not that I ever dated him, but he was only seven years older than I was when he died of a heart attack. What a reminder of the brevity of li...

the fact-opinion continuum
tales out of school
by robert castle
topic: humor
Rule #3: Post no opinions. Brittany responds immediately to any reference to a current event, person, celebrity, movie, or television show. “I didn’t like that” or “I don’t lik...


why old people complain about gas
not that gas
by dirk cotton
topic: pop culture
It’s not uncommon to hear Americans complain about gasoline prices and, of course, older people complain more. That's because we are old enough to remember when the nominal price o...

and i don't mean wonder
by sloan b. bayles
topic: general
I love bread. There, I said it. No, I'm not referring to greenbacks, the Benjamins, et al (although I'm not adverse to that bread either). I'm talking the toast, sandwich, just ...

clear liquids
my week at the national institute of health
by dirk cotton
topic: humor
I spent last week at the National Institute of Health participating in a study. I have an MRI every year or two so my doctor can tell me that nothing much has changed and that I s...

our screwed-up retirement system
by dirk cotton
topic: news
The magnitude of the retirement problem America currently faces is difficult to comprehend. Our retirement system is based on the assumption that the average Joe can save and succ...

dear apple: don't be cruel (a letter of tough love)
baby, it's just you i'm thinking of
by reem al-omari
topic: tech
Dear Apple: Like billions of people worldwide, I am a fan of your products, particularly of the mobile variety. In the last decade, I've owned two iPod Nanos, one iPod Touch, an...

finding the line between young and old
read at your own risk, because once you get it, you might know you're old, too
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
It is an undeniable truth harbored by the young: getting old is not cool! “I don’t want to grow up” is more than just a slogan for “Toys ‘R’ Us”; young people tend to believe tha...

a year without netflix
i really just hope she's happy
by joe procopio
topic: pop culture
It was almost exactly one year ago that I gave Netflix the heave-ho, the 86, the Heisman. Having been told my $9.99-a-month deal was going to soar to $15.98 and include a reported ...

drag queen barbie
a doll pretending to be a drag queen pretending to, um, well
by robert a. melos
topic: pop culture
Okay we knew it was bound to happen eventually. After all, she couldn’t have all those fabulous careers, the dream house, the dream car, the ski chalet, the beach house, and the sa...

everybody poops
by maigen thomas
topic: general
First of all, I want to preface this column with the statement "I don't mean to have my mind in the gutter." I really don't. But pooping is almost always on my mind, so now I'm go...

it's complicated
by dirk cotton
topic: humor
A lady on FB, whom I don't know, asked if a quark is something important in space and mentioned that she might like to be a quark if she could. Jeannine, I've got great news for ...

one state, two state, red state, blue state
politics, the way i see it
by adam kraemer
topic: news
It's true what they say – a bar is no place to talk politics or religion. Actually, I have no idea if they say that, but should it become a saying, feel free to attribute it to th...

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