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The Freedom App
Writing an essay has never been more difficult. In the past you could seclud yourself in a corner with pen and paper and let your mind flow. Now we sit at computers connected to the internet. The strain of concentration wears the brain and we are tempted constantly …

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Our …

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Hateful Speech
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The highlight is the festive meal at the end …

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You see, there are four sons, the wise …