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    America on Fire

    The death of George Floyd sparked protests and riots in major cities https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/us/george-floyd-protests-saturday/index.html The officer was putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, even though Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. The...
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    IP Address Blocked

    Just letting you guys know that my IP address was blocked by the forum host yesterday. They gave me a recaptcha challenge, but passing it still didn’t let me through. I don’t know whether it’s a known problem that has since been fixed, or an automated script that was active for a short time only.
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    Language Shift

    It's no secret that Indonesians tend to be indirect, so euphemisms are common. When a word becomes common, it is no longer soft or polite enough, so a new word is invented for the purpose. Back in the 70's (probably even the 80's) it was normal to refer to your household staff as 'babu' and...
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    New Indonesian Citizen

    I saw this on Quora: https://qr.ae/TUfSrZ George is originally from Germany, and he has been living in Indonesia for 30 years. If you are George, congratulations!
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    Privacy

    Correction: Until recently there was no word for 'privacy' in Indonesian. Pribadi is the closest translation for 'private'. Usually an adjective is converted into a noun using ke-an affixes, but the word kepribadian means 'personality'. The newly adopted word is 'privasi'...
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    Funny True Stories

    This is not mine, I found it on Quora. I laughed my ass off until I was in tears, so I might as well share the joy.
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    Lack of Oxford Comma Wins the Day

    Back in Indonesia I was taught to use the so called Oxford comma, but my English 101 teacher in America told me not to use comma after the second to last item. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html I thought this was settled debate, apparently not.
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    Cloudy with a chance of rain and thunderstorms

    No kidding, that's the actual forecast for today. Oh hai In a darker note, 3 cops in Baton Rouge were killed by an attacker, following 5 that was killed in Dallas 10 days ago. These are related to the shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I researched and wrote tons about the...

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