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15 October, 2020

Micromeria Frutocosa זוטא לבנה عشب الشاي
I finally discovered the botanical name of this plant, which we have in a plant pot in our garden. It grows all around here, in the forests and fields. It's never very prominent, but something that you will occasionally discover growing modestly, on a crevice between rocks. Its strong minty flavour is very nice as part of a herbal tea mixture or with black tea. By itself, some people find it a bit overpowering. It is also used in traditional herbal remedies. (Photo from Wikipedia)

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✭ Cory Doctorow: "Imposing penalties on cheating monopolists is hard and must be done with care"
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Imposing
 penalties on cheating monopolists is hard and must be done with care, lest the companies turn new rules into a competitive advantage - rules they can afford to follow, but which their smaller...
✭ Italian woman tells how colleague spiked coffee to 'eliminate' her from job | Italy | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/16/italian-woman-colleague-spiked-coffee-elimin
“I put the other half in a test tube and tests revealed that it contained 10 times the amount of tranquilliser that is usually advised,” she said.

Cerrato was then caught red-handed. “With the police involved, we managed to stop her as she was putting the medicine into my cup.”

✭ This is what it is like to travel as a stateless person | US & Canada | Al Jazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/10/14/refugees-and-exiles-were-in-lockdown-long-be
every time I attempt to travel internationally, I am reminded of the hierarchies of humanity. The never-ending security checks, Kafkaesque application procedures, and aggressive interrogations by airport workers make me feel guilty for even asking for permission to travel. I know I am not alone in feeling this way – immigration systems are built to make immigrants feel like they pose a threat to their host country and the world at large.