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From Idealism to Cynicism at FEMA

I worked for FEMA on an elite, mobile, language needs team after Superstorm Sandy. I wanted to help but the internal work culture shocked me into cynicism.

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An Insider’s Critique of FEMA (One Year After Sandy)

Re-posting for the one year anniversary (29 Oct) of Super Storm Sandy. The original posting created a bit of stir within FEMA and many employees sent me anonymous messages of support. One of the anonymous messages from an employee:  Hey, man. I just wanted to let you know that your essay/diary/blog post is making waves-

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Travel During Political Upheaval

Political upheaval can cut away all the fat and get at the soul of a foreign place.

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Monsanto: A Beginner’s Guide to the World’s Most Dangerous Corporation (O12)

See an updated post for March Against Monsanto (24 May) here Marking World Food Day this year is a grassroots effort called March Against Monsanto with protests planned in more than 400 cities in over 50 nations. But who is Monsanto, and why should you know about them? Monsanto has been around over a hundred

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Don’t Be Afraid to Fall

Not every experience ends well but one lesson travel has taught me is that to learn we must not be afraid to fall.

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