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Real-Life Account of a “Secuestro Express” (Express Kidnapping) Victim

The first cases of express kidnappings in Panama started coming up on news outlets around 2005, but who knows for how long they’ve been happening. Still, I believe it’s good to get the word out on accounts like these, so I’ve taken the liberty to translate the girl’s account for you to read.

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The Power of the Vote

The concept of voting for governments started out being all-powerful and integral to a healthy society. There’s an inherent trust in the people, granted by themselves, to know what’s best for them. It’s very meta, and perfect since there really is no omnipotent sheep herder to tell us what to do; most of the world has grown enough to make such pivotal decisions on their own. It seems to me that throughout the decades, centuries even, leaving us to our own devices in a social system that encourages self-growth without a ceiling, policed by ourselves, has made this fairly-simple system a convulsed affair.

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Panama and Irving Saladino Winning the Olympic Gold Medal

Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda, or “El Canguro” (Kangaroo for you kids playing at home), made history as he became the first Panamanian in Olympic Games history to win the gold medal in any discipline. As it almost always is with anything that could, in an off-chance, bring us closer to the pantheons of glory, his road to the gold medal was not without its hiccups and controversy; still, I’m relieved that none of it could taint the incredible victory this man brought for Panama as a country. It was really a sight to behold, and in the eyes of the world we’ll come off as a nation that’s proud of its athletes. Now, on to the goings-on behind the scenes that every Panamanian knows (or should know) about just as everyone out there interested in this feat should in the interest of explaining exactly why this is such an important landmark in our nation’s history.

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Ismael Ortiz and the Beijing Olympics

Ismael, or “The Ish” as he’s commonly known as in Drury University, made the minimum qualifying time of 23.00 seconds in Men’s 50m Freestyle at the Coppa Italia celebrated on mid-July in Chile. The minimum qualifying time requested by the International Swimming Federation FINA (Federación Internacional de Natación) is of 23:13 seconds as B Mark, so he should be well and clear to represent Panama in the 50m Freestyle competition in Beijing. So, what’s the problem? The Panamanian Olympic Comittee is being a silly bitch, that’s what.

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Pepsigol Evolution Commercial Poops on Panama National Soccer Team

I’m taking a break from my adventures with one Niko Bellic to chime in on this whole Pepsigol Evolution commercial business. I got the link to the youtube clip below this morning (Thanks, Arturo!) and even though it first seemed as a run-of-the-mill commercial with no outstanding merit, if you stick to it towards the […]

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Dodging Bullets is the New Extreme Sport

This is not much an article or essay as it is commentary on the type of world we live in today, one where at times I feel like I’ve stepped into some bizarre Terry Gilliam-inspired hyper reality of the absurd and I can’t, for the life of me, get out. I was watching the news […]

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I Can’t Believable – A Panamanian Dell Call Center Sale Gone Wrong

I would like to take the moment to talk about a YouTube video that is slowly (but surely) taking the internet by storm, and I’m proud to say that this bonafide viral video comes from my little slice of heaven, that S-shaped paradise smack-dab in the middle of the equator we mere mortals have come […]

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300: The Battle of Thermopylae

The year was 480 BC and Greece was under the impending invasion of the unstoppable forces from Persia. After much discussion in Corinth, it was assessed that the alliance of Greek states could gather up anywhere between 7,000 to 10,000 men and they would all be under the leadership of Spartan king Leonidas I, thinking […]

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Bill Clinton Interview Transcript, “Fox News Sunday” 09/22/2006

This is the stuff of legend. I love it when someone sticks it to Fox News like that… it’s the best reality TV you’ll ever see. This time around the political blog Think Progress has a transcript of the interview, totally unedited… it’s downright fascinating and full of info, with Clinton feeding it to interviewer […]

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How a WoW Player Became a Terrorist on a Plane

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I was visiting the CHUD.com forums today as I took a break from the never ending struggle to write shit for the company I work for and ran into a thread with a link to a rather unbelievable story that goes to show how Homeland […]

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Deconstrucción del Panameño

Buscando historias que contar en mis archiveros encontré este artículo, en donde aparentemente estoy muy molesto con el Panameño. Escrito en el 2005, hablo de los diferentes estigmas que identifican al panameño (todo lo que has oído de nosotros es verdad). A continuación, le hago una biopsia al oriundo de Panamá con los ánimos de […]

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Rebeldía Sin Cabeza

Los otros días estaba surfeando Daigoro y me encontré con un artículo que mandé para publicación en la revista WEEKND del diario La Prensa en Panamá pero la verdad no creo que llegó a ser publicado… en retrospectiva, creo que buscaban otra cosa de mí, pero hace dos años las oportunidades de que te publicaran un […]

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Regretable Accident – Nicole Chevalier

Sorry to bring bad news to the table, and even if the news might be a little old I believe it’s still worth noting: A couple of days ago I heard of a gentleman who was runned over in one of the main arteries of the city (Calle 50, for those in the know) and […]

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