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Markus Stocker

Between information technology and environmental science with a flair for economics, the clarinet, and the world of soups and salads.

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Agent Orange has a history of over half a century and side effects that span over multiple generations, as it has been and still is a cause of environmental and health problems. Yet, I only recently read about Agent Orange.

I don’t know what is worse about Agent Orange. Perhaps, that it is a code name for yet another perverse product developed within the military; or that over 21 million gallons of it had been sprayed over land in war; or its mad goal of systematic destruction of flora such that enemies were faster a target; or the health problems of direct exposure and the unknown long-term risk for cancer and genetic defects of low-level exposure to its polychlorinated dibenzodioxins; or the ridiculous one-time lump sum payment of $1,200 to US veterans as an apology for chronic health problems by the same government that never ceased to betray soldiers in their believes, preaching that war is worth to fight for; or that Earth will perhaps never digest our deadly blend.

Also, I don’t know if we, as a people, ever learn something from history. I have been told, homo sapiens is an intelligent species. If so, to know its beauty it must be necessary for intelligence to experience its demonic potential. I’d like to believe, or sense, that, as a people, we are maturing.

I believe to know, a picture is worth a thousand words. And so, I give up my words and leave the word to silent pictures.

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