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Wish List for The New Decade

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Meditations in a Time of Delusions and Lies

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With the arrival of 2010 I've decided to collect an incomplete list of wishes for the New Year and the New Decade. Some wishes are major, some minor. All wishes are hapless, unimaginable, silly, fruitless, and unlikely to come true unless people make them happen. No miracles allowed.

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Most of the weather maps on TV stop at the Mexican and Canadian borders. Have you noticed how the snowstorms seem to get cut off at the top of Maine or Minnesota? How the rain stops just before crossing to Tijuana? Why does the weather have to be nationalized? Will climate change only affect Michigan and not Ontario? Only affect Arizona and not Sonora? I wish the weather on these maps would slurp over borders. I know this is a pet peeve, even small potatoes, but my planet doesn't have borders.

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No borders, that goes for people, too. Since when is someone "illegal"?

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Hilton Obenzinger is the author of "American Palestine: Melville, Twain and the Holy Land Mania" (Princeton), among many other books of criticism, poetry and fiction, and the recipient of the American Book Award. His most recent book is the (more...)

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