Thursday, May 24, 2018


Remembering a true polymath

• Constantin Reliu, 63, appealed unsuccessfully to a court in Barlad, Romania, in March to overturn a death certificate that his wife had obtained after not hearing from him for more than a decade.  According to The Guardian, Reliu left Romania for Turkey in 1992 to look for employment, but neglected to keep in touch with his family.  In 2003, Reliu's wife, believing he had died in an earthquake in Turkey, argued in court for a death certificate, which didn't come to light until Reliu was deported back to Romania because of expired papers in Turkey.  Upon his arrival, immigration officers explained to Reliu that he had died in 2003. His appeal failed, as the court maintained he was too late, and the ruling is final, leaving Reliu in an odd state of limbo.  "I am officially dead, although I'm alive," Reliu told Romanian media outlets. "I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can't do anything." [The Guardian, 3/16/2018] 

The Religion of Racism

Thanks, TM ...

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From Russia With Love

-- "But there is no turning time, inexorably it moves from under you; what you were yesterday is fixed for always, making its mark on what you are today, what you will be tomorrow" - From "The Horizontal Man" by Helen Eustis

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