BALLS and BLM
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BALLS and BLM

By Victor Schultz As a current events article, BALLS strives to keep our Aomori readers connected to the global grapevine in both entertaining and meaningful ways. However, we’d like to lose the levity for this column and instead do our best to highlight what’s happening, both for better and worse, occurring as a result of … Continue reading

BALLS: Mothers’ Club
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BALLS: Mothers’ Club

by Victor Schultz The first rule of Mothers’ Club is that you must have had a mother at some point, even if it was only briefly right at the start of things. The second rule is that you can talk about it whenever you want. The last rule is that you have to help prevent … Continue reading

BALLS: The Animal Factor
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BALLS: The Animal Factor

By Victor Schultz It’s dominating the news cycle. It’s on everyone’s minds. It’s causing supply shortages around the world. Productivity is dropping because of it. People who thought they’d never be exposed to something like it are discovering just how wrong they were. Misinformation and myths about it abound on social media. Animal Crossing: New … Continue reading

BALLS: Purchasing Panic
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BALLS: Purchasing Panic

By Victor Schultz Many of the expat residents in Aomori may be noticing some gaps in the shelves of their local shops. Despite being luckily out of the way of the major hot-spots for the Covid-19 outbreaks, Aomori shoppers have been quick to buy up vast stockpiles of toilet paper. Which seems pretty wild. In … Continue reading

BALLS: The End of an Era
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BALLS: The End of an Era

By Victor Schultz It’s fair to say that we’ve all probably had a rough decade. Personal arcs may vary, but the general consensus of various experts is that this year has been, to use a scientific term, “hella stressful.” So for the last BALLS of the year, let’s take a deep breath, and examine the … Continue reading

September Notable News
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September Notable News

GMA may have had a summer hiatus, but world affairs certainly didn’t slow down. This month, we’ll cover not only the noteworthy news of September so far, but also what’s been happening while we enjoyed the summer sun. (Or thought about enjoying it while sitting inside, at any rate.) So click through a few links, … Continue reading

July Notable News
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July Notable News

by Victor Schultz We’re only halfway through it, but what a year it has been. July alone is rife with some notable events, so here’s a collection of some of the happenings from around the world. First, the escalation of tensions in the Gulf of Oman continues. An article from Reuters does a good job … Continue reading

BALLS: May Notable News
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BALLS: May Notable News

By Victor Schultz Hello again, and welcome to your curated list of news articles worth your time and thoughts. This month, delve into a follow up to a concern we examined before, consider whether the ends justify the means, mull over the amazing ability of humans to get in our own way, and note concerning … Continue reading

BALLS: April Notable News
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BALLS: April Notable News

By Victor Schultz Welcome once again to the tumultuous collection of news that you should know about. Chinese tech giant Huawei has been under an increasing amount of scrutiny as its products and officials are investigated by multiple nations. Foreign Affairs has some in-depth coverage of the concerns about Huawei and the potential conflicts of … Continue reading

BALLS: March Notable News
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BALLS: March Notable News

By Victor Schultz Your curated list of current events, so that you can contribute at the next dinner gala and really impress Helen. (Her husband is a newspaper editor so she always is talking about news. You enjoy hearing her talk, but she’s not very vocal about anything except recent and newsworthy matters. Her voice … Continue reading

Suu Kyi ga suki?
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Suu Kyi ga suki?

By Victor Schultz If you’re not an avid fan of world politics, the name Aung San Suu Kyi is probably unfamiliar to you. It’s equally likely that you have no strong feelings on whether the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is called “Myanmar” or “Burma.” Even without a strong interest in world politics, the … Continue reading

ReKNEWable Energy
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ReKNEWable Energy

By: Victor Schultz Folks, it’s 2018. In the past twenty years or so, we’ve been building slow momentum towards replacing our energy sources with sustainable options. Those options have remained fairly consistent; wind, solar, and hydro remain the most practical solutions to generating “clean” energy. We’ve known about these options for awhile. Efforts to transition to … Continue reading

Exploring the Amazon
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Exploring the Amazon

By Victor Schultz If you’re lucky, you have the luxury of an air-conditioned office. Many of us do not enjoy that luxury, and instead spend most of our summer desk hours doing our best imitation of a sponge being slowly wrung out. This isn’t an ideal working environment, but it is a far better situation … Continue reading

BALLS: The New Old Prime Minister
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BALLS: The New Old Prime Minister

By Victor Schultz It seems that 2018 is going to continue the trend of world-shaking election victories. On Thursday, the Malaysian people voted to oust the incumbent ruling party, Barisan National Coalition (BN), in favor of the Pakatan Harapan Coalition (PH). If you enjoy dramas, this one is as fascinating as House of Cards or … Continue reading