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“The Bricks and the Brains.” - Altin Gojani. July, Prishtina, Kosovo.

“The bricks and the brains, the windows to the soulless, the hollow hallows, are coming undone.
Altin Gojani
Inspired by Espen Dietrichson”



*TROK will start featuring art from other Kosovo based artist. For submissions, please message or e-mail us at diego@therepublicofkosovo.com

ID #29982

Name: Liberty
Age: 17
Country: England

Hello, my name is Liberty! I’m from London, England. I love music (Ariana Grande, Kpop, arctic monkeys), Books, Tv shows and Films. My interests are Reading,Writing, Singing, Travelling, Exploring and anything Japanese. I absolutely adore nature! I speak English and French and I’m currently learning Italian, Korean and Japanese. I would really like to write using snail mail and sometimes send packages. I’m looking to write to someone between 13 and 19.

Preferences: Snail mail only and ages 13-19. 

Have Company x Codi Ann Thomsen
Sunday, April 13th in Grand Rapids

If you’re in Michigan or up for a day-trip, I want to see you here! I’m hosting a letter-writing workshop in the afternoon and a breakfast-for-dinner gathering that evening and it’s going to be a blast!

Tickets are available here; come to the workshop and dinner is free! Everyone who comes to the letter-writing workshop gets a handcrafted U.S. Mail clutch!

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WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.

The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.

The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nation’s vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.

In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. Many requests were not processed in time, the audit said, and computer errors caused the same tracking number to be assigned to different surveillance requests.

“Insufficient controls could hinder the Postal Inspection Service’s ability to conduct effective investigations, lead to public concerns over privacy of mail and harm the Postal Service’s brand,” the audit concluded.

The audit was posted in May without public announcement on the website of the Postal Service inspector general and got almost no attention.

The surveillance program, officially called mail covers, is more than a century old, but is still considered a powerful investigative tool. At the request of state or federal law enforcement agencies or the Postal Inspection Service, postal workers record names, return addresses and any other information from the outside of letters and packages before they are delivered to a person’s home.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/us/us-secretly-monitoring-mail-of-thousands.html?_r=1

      So, as promised. Here are 30 useful websites to change your life. There is so dang much websites that had made my life useful over the years! Here are all my favorites. (I decided to make a part 2 to the fun websites and this cuz I find A LOT more websites as I kept on researching rip)

Account Killer // Shows how to kill an account forever!!

Midomi //  Find a song by singing or humming.

join.me //  a good way to share screen with anyone.

Favorite and Forget // A collection of very useful links

Hemingway Editor // A free essay editor that has a LOT of features! Note: there are many pros and cons to this, so use carefully! Use: Polish my writing for grammar suggestions.

Random Useful Websites // take you to random useful websites.

10 minute mail // When you want to avoid spam but you gotta get that email. You can also  try  ThrowAwayMail

Cheatography // LIFE’S CHEAT SHEET FOR YOU

Duck Duck Go // an engine that doesn’t track you

This reddit thingy // a blessing.

Taste Profile // movie suggestions based on your music taste

Builder // tools to help you build your resume, logo, and websites.

Forvo // How to pronounce everything and anything

User Search // help you see if a username is available or naw!

Typing // teach you how to type

RipeTrack // tells you when a fruit is in season or not

Freedom // App and website blocking service

Honey // applies coupons immediately during check-out.

F.lux // changes display to suit time of day.

How Long to Read This // Find out how long it takes to read any book

Two Foods // compare calories, fat, and other options in 2 different foods.

   And that’s it! I please inform me if somethings wrong (I wouldn’t be able to see it until 8/23/16 tho ) My Studyblr Games is on until 8/29! Enter while you can!!!

Other mps:

30 websites to kill boredom

When Chris opened a letter from the Indiana Election Division, he was curious why in the world there would be a small Styrofoam cube inside the envelope. Luckily for everyone involved, there was an explanation.

Written on a strip of paper packed with the letter was the following declaration:

“The Styrofoam cube enclosed in this envelope is being included by the sender to meet a United States Postal Service regulation. This regulation requires a first class letter or flat using the Delivery or Signature Confirmation service to become a parcel and that it “is in a box or, if not in a box, is more than ¾ of an inch thick at its thickest point.” The cube has no other purpose and may be disposed of upon opening this correspondence.“

Government dollars at work

(via The Styrofoam Cube In This Letter Serves A Bureaucratic Purpose - The Consumerist)

messynessychic.com
The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America

If you’re ever really lost on a road trip across America, and I’m talking really lost (let’s say the battery on your smartphone just died along with that ompass application you downloaded for situations just like this), perhaps you might be lucky enough to find yourself next to one of the giant 70 foot concrete arrows that point your way across the country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.

Certainly a peculiar site to come across in the middle of nowhere, 50 foot, possibly 70 foot long, with weeds crawling through its concrete cracks, abandoned long ago by whoever put it there. This arrow may point your way out of the desert but it’s also pointing to the past.