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A Second Opinion: Fentanyl–A Deadly Drug from China/ Mary Foran

A Second Opinion: Fentanyl–A Deadly Drug from China/ Mary Foran »

27 Sep, 2022
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients. Its potency means it is profitable for drug dealers as well as dangerous and deadly for those who use it, intentionally or unintentionally. Fentanyl began seeping into the illegal drug market a decade ago, chiefly supplied through the mail by China. But the Asian country won't cooperate in blocking shipments to the US in retaliation against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

A SECOND OPINION: Experts say Climate Change Fueling Summer’s Extreme Weather

A SECOND OPINION: Experts say Climate Change Fueling Summer’s Extreme Weather »

30 Aug, 2022
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As summer wears on, and wildfires and heat waves hit Spain and the US, scientists claim that climate change is the cause. Evidence suggests that Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate. As sunflowers hail the height of summer, over 100 degrees F days continue with no rain in sight except for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm which brings little relief.

A SECOND OPINION: Covid-19 Still a Problem

A SECOND OPINION: Covid-19 Still a Problem »

31 Jul, 2022
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"Across the US there have been many more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the month of July. My neighbors both had it and have recovered. My niece in Spain had it too. It seems to pick its victims at random."

A SECOND OPINION: Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels

A SECOND OPINION: Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels »

11 Jul, 2022
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Biden desperately wants Americans to abandon gasoline-powered cars and adopt electric vehicles, conveniently forgetting that 80 percent of an EVs volts stem from natural gas (38.3%), nasty coal (21.8%), and glow-in-the-dark nuclear (18.9%). I don’t want to have to give up my compact car that gets 42 miles to the gallon any time soon. Prices are from $5.50 to $6.00 a gallon in this area. I know it’s more expensive in Spain, so I don’t like to complain.

A SECOND OPINION: The American Dream Being Destroyed by Inflation

A SECOND OPINION: The American Dream Being Destroyed by Inflation »

19 Jun, 2022
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The situation in the United States is dire. Many are sorry that they voted for the Biden-Harris ticket. The Biden Administration points to the increased job figures as a sign of recovery but families go to food banks for help. One wishes you could warn the migrants heading for the US southern border that the American Dream is almost dead.

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo »

10 Jun, 2022
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During my thirty years as a TWA flight attendant, I spent many a layover at the Hotel Plaza. Whether coming off a new Boeing 707 in the sixties, the whale-sized 747 in the eighties or a sleek 767 in the nineties, the Plaza was my home away from home. The hotel was nestled inside the Edificio España, wrapped in a cozy cocoon of cafeterias, bars, restaurants and watering holes that catered to all tastes. There always seemed to be fruit floating in the water of the pool in the top floor from someone's sangria. And once in a while, a naked Maja was seen running across the balcony chased by a Don Juan Tenorio.

Stateside Stories: High Fuel Prices Put Damper on US Summer Travel Plans

Stateside Stories: High Fuel Prices Put Damper on US Summer Travel Plans »

31 May, 2022
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US fuel prices have surged by 51% in the past year and by more than 90% since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. Biden is thought by many to be purposely grinding down the middle class. He praised high gas prices as part of an “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels. If you plan on traveling by car this summer, expect to pay more for gas, and if you plan to fly, tickets may be more expensive.

HR/VP JOSEP BORRELL: HOW HIS MIND WORKS

HR/VP JOSEP BORRELL: HOW HIS MIND WORKS »

20 May, 2022
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Josep Borrell: "Many voices are warning of the recession that the war against Ukraine could cause. The war against Ukraine has been accompanied by a sharp rise in inflation which is leading to significant increases in interest rates. We have also observed in recent weeks a rapid fall in share prices on financial markets and a spectacular loss of value on cryptocurrencies. This could trigger a new financial crisis. But faced with bleak economic outlook, we should avoid false solutions. We must keep trade open, as trade barriers would only worsen affordability and have an asymmetrical impact on the poor. We should help stimulate local production. . ."

STATESIDE STORIES: The Biden Administration to Monitor the Internet

STATESIDE STORIES: The Biden Administration to Monitor the Internet »

9 May, 2022
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The Biden Administration has recently created a Disinformation Governance Board to fight the spread of disinformation on the internet. However, critics have likened it to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and described it as unconstitutional and un-American which aims to curtail free speech in cyberspace.

A Second Opinion: Ukraine–A Nation of Heroes

A Second Opinion: Ukraine–A Nation of Heroes »

25 Apr, 2022
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"The people of Ukraine have shown determination and guts in their fight to save their nation from the oppressive Russian regime of Vladimir Putin. They deserve our full support and compassion in their hour of need."