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When I talked to my extended family on Thanksgiving, several of them joked, “Obama won, it’s safe to come back to the US, Megan”. And then I read this. An employee was killed and several others injured in a stampede of people wating to get into Wal-Mart at 5:00 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This, for those of you not in the US, is the biggest shopping day of the year in America, and the reason why Adbusters chose it as Buy Nothing Day.

In some places, starving people stampede to get food. In my homeland, people stampede to buy cheap plastic environmentally-destructive shit they don’t need. And that’s one of many reasons I’m not eager to move back to the US, regardless of who’s in the White House.

Update: a nice analysis from The International Herald Tribune

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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