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  • The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.

    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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  • David Harbour from "Revolutionary Road" at Jerry's Diner, trying to pay

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    • In 530 [BCE] their [the Persians'] great king Cyrus died in an aggressive war against a tribal army out east in central Asia beyond the river Oxus. The Greek historian Herodotus claimed to know at least seven Persian versions of Cyrus' death, but the one which he chose to tell had none of the others' solemnity. Cyrus' opponent, he wrote, the tribal queen Tomyris, had taunted him for being "insatiable for blood." When he attacked her army and was killed, she proved her point by filling a bag with blood, hunting for King Cyrus' corpse and stuffing its head into the bag to give it more of the blood it had craved.

        --Robin Lane Fox (1946- ), British historian, in The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian (publ. 2006)

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    • India reports that Chinese troops have entered 30 km into India. The territory of north Ladakh is claimed by both countries.