Jason Cochran

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Archive for January, 2011

Jan

17

2011

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The 3 o’clock travel photo project

Tweet Before I was a travel writer, I was a full-time traveler. I spent nearly two years out on the road, backpacking around the world. And for many months of that journey, I conducted with an unusual experiment. Every day at 3 o’clock on the dot, no matter where I was or what I was […]

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Jan

14

2011

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Transportation is life

Tweet The government doesn’t pay much attention to making sure we can get where we need to go. Subway lines are falling apart, buses infrequent, train systems decimated, and high-speed rail has been politicized into a fantasy. The ways in which we suffer extend far beyond mere inconvenience. In America, getting there is not considered […]

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Jan

13

2011

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Guess the little bastard

Tweet So… have a look at this guy. Do you know who this is? I have this picture pinned up by my desk. It’s not hard to see what’s so captivating about it. This 21-year-old kid is smug! There’s something incredibly cocky about the little devil; he just thinks he knows all the answers, doesn’t […]

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Jan

12

2011

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Charlie Chaplin was the immigrant America refused

Tweet One of the fascinating things about studying American history is that it’s so full of contradictions. In order for a country of our size and variety to cohere at all, we require a group acceptance of some pretty romantic mythology. And often, the real story is a lot uglier than the prettified conventional wisdom […]

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Jan

11

2011

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Enough is not enough anymore, and everything is ‘over’

Tweet Today, a singer-songwriter I like, Jay Brannan, had an outburst on his Facebook page: “when an item or article of clothing wears out or breaks, i want to replace it with EXACTLY the same thing. the idea of “discontinuing” or “redesigning” ruins life.” Soon after, he tweeted the same thought, refining it: “the idea […]

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Jan

5

2011

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Virgin Atlantic blames weather, dodges compensation

Tweet I have just received my response from the “Customer Relations” representative at Virgin Atlantic, who, like the “Social Relations” rep, continues to blame the irresponsible decisions that stranded 250 of us at JFK International Airport for 32 hours on the weather. Never mind that the core of my issues were why we were forced […]

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