07.04.10 Domingo Newsbytes

07.04.10 Domingo Newsbytes

This Domingo Newsbytes is brought to you by the letter I.  The words independence and irony are resonating for me right now.  I know most of us are in holiday mode so I’m gonna keep it short and sweet.

In Bioshock, a role playing video game my husband played last spring, your character is  left to survive in an underwater city, one of the merits you earn as you fight your way through the game is a badge of irony.  When I first saw this I got a kick out of it.  I first learned irony from my mom, as I was growing up she loved to point it out in an array of circumstances, and would affirm her point with a an appropriate dicho, “del plato a la boca se cae la sopa“–this one reinforced the idea of not judging others because you never knew what might place you in similar circumstances.

Well, its 4th of July today, the day the United States celebrates the anniversary of  its Independence.  So, I decided it was a good day as ever to revisit the definition for independent and it was reading the news stories below that hit me with that feeling of irony.

  • Brazil’s crucial archives could perish Keeping history fresh in our minds should keep us from repeating it. Right? One of South America’s largest historical archives — that chronicle widespread killing, forced disappearances and torture committed by Brazilian military rulers from 1964 to 1985 — is rotting away in an obscure government building in Brazil’s capital.

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