Starting: THE SILENT DUCHESS, by Dacia Maraini

Her mother presses her daughter to her with lazy tenderness. Marianna sees her lips moving, but she can’t be bothered to guess at her words. She knows she is telling her not to cross the road on her own; because of her deafness she could easily be crushed under the wheels of a carriage she has not been able to hear. And then dogs: no matter whether they are large dogs or small dogs she must give them a wide berth. She knows perfectly well how their tails grow so long that they wrap themselves round people’s waists like chimeras do and then, hey presto, they pierce you with their forked points and then you are dead without ever realising what has happened to you.

The Silent Duchess, by Dacia Maraini, Translated from the Italian by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood, p. 10

wsj, Monday 9 November 2020

RE: Criminal Justice

Self ardently wishes for appointment of a good Attorney General; Bill Barr was simply awful.

RE: Refugees and Asylum

President-elect Biden has committed to taking in 125,000 refugees a year and changing the asylum process. He would reverse the Trump Administration’s determinations that domestic violence and gang persecution aren’t valid reasons for seeking asylum in the US.

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Trump attorneys challenged Nevada’s Six Electoral Votes, claiming 3,062 ballots were by people claiming to live in Nevada who had actually moved to another state. According to the wsj, “a few hundred of the 3,062 appear to be connected with the military … ” Biden led Trump in Nevada by “roughly 31,000 votes.”

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