Art is a powerful form of expression, not just of beauty and aesthetic quality, but of ideas and protest as well. Cuban artist Angel Boligán is a master of this, delivering incredibly insightful critiques on the ills of the modern world within the confines of a single, beautifully drawn cartoon.

Boligán, who now lives in Mexico City after being invited to work at El Universal, one of the country's major newspapers, has received countless international awards and worldwide recognition for the way he highlights the rampant consumerism, loneliness, addiction and over-reliance on technology in Western society. "I am a social caricaturist, a graphic chronicler of the era in which we live," he told Bored Panda. "My drawings are usually conceptual, I like to provoke a smile accompanied by some reflection."

In his 38 years of working as a cartoonist Boligán's work has changed graphically, but he sees issues that have been recurrent in his work and are still very much relevant today. "Satire is a whip against these extreme leaders of our days," he explains. "It is a pity that humans do not learn from our history and our mistakes and we are again invaded by extremism, selfishness, blindness and mediocrity."

"The caricature does not kill anyone but it can stir the conscience. Intelligent, committed and honest humor connects with people, and I believe that we are each a very valuable grain of sand in the construction of a better world."

Boligán is inspired by life and society, and is a "hunter of ideas, emotions and the absurdities that are happening between us." He takes slices of humor, graphics, metaphors and a little poetry, and serves them up in ink with a touch of watercolor. And while he is happy in Mexico, Cuba is most definitely in his heart. "Of Cuba it is true, I left," he told us. "But I never abandoned!"

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of our favorite examples of Boligán's work, cartoons that will make you stop, think and perhaps realize the absurdity of our selfish and wasteful capitalist culture, which is slowly killing our relationships, our mental health and the planet we all call home.

Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Last Bite

Last Bite

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 11 months ago

Sadly

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#2

The Rest Of The World

The Rest Of The World

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Grace Rule 11 months ago

unfortunately true

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#3

New Faces Of Politics

New Faces Of Politics

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 11 months ago

I think that politics will destroy human society 😿

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#4

Life's Labyrinth

Life's Labyrinth

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Jeff 11 months ago

Am I the only one that noticed there is no way to solve it?

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#5

Playing Outside

Playing Outside

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Kostas 11 months ago

this is BS. kids today do both. Boligan never met a kid

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#6

Friendship Request

Friendship Request

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athornedrose 11 months ago

i have never met a pet owner that cared more about tech than their pet. ever.

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#7

Memories

Memories

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

Shadows of days gone by.

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#8

Water Business

Water Business

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 11 months ago

It’s not so hard to just use reusable water bottles

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#9

Genders

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Enuya 11 months ago

That is really sad. I don't say that EVERY man thinks he is better than women. I know many men who are really reasonable and supporting. But it is true that even really smart and understanding ones sometimes find it hard to accept that a woman (especially young or attractive) can be as intelligent as them.

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#10

Job Interview

Job Interview

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A B C 11 months ago

Now come on, that one's a bit unrealistic... [...] have you seen her neck? Nobody has such a neck!

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#11

Family Portrait With A Macho

Family Portrait With A Macho

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Turnip and a Frog 11 months ago

This one’s is so true. Feeding on devotion, care and life force of the other. Wearing a mask of a “real man”, protective and strong on the outside, but just a simple bully to his family. Very clever representation.

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#12

Help

Help

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Helen Leeds 11 months ago

Sad but true

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#13

The Sweetest Kiss

The Sweetest Kiss

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Enuya 11 months ago

This doesn't fit the title. This illustration is really heartwarming, it shows rather the good side of society than bad. Also, maybe it's just me but I really like to look at elder couples - these people are often so in love in each other, even after so many years...

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#14

Neighbours And Borders

Neighbours And Borders

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Katie and Jared Coates 11 months ago

I like this one. Basically all the resources come from one side while the other gets exclusively the profit. (And the shit, but I still haven't got that metaphor!)

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#15

Green Tears

Green Tears

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Nancy Pumpergast 11 months ago

Awwww

#16

Love And Generations

Love And Generations

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diane a 11 months ago

a genuine real-life "like" is worth any number of imaginary "likes" by strangers

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#17

Parenting

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

Conveys the emotion as intended, as all art should evoke an emotional response. Beautiful and touching. I love this.

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#18

Grandfather

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Freya the Wanderer 11 months ago

It's a good idea to befriend people who are at least a generation older than you are. I lived with my grandmother for a number of years, and she was a walking history lesson.

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#19

Divorce

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Pineapple Queen 11 months ago

@THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< My parents divorced when I was only 5, too young to understand and too old to forget. Obviously it hurt, and still does, and I cried many tears, but I will always say I am happy they got divorced. By saying they should have stayed together to spare your feeling is cruel and selfish. If you care more about your own happiness then the happiness of people who love and do everything for you, then you need to rethink your values.

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#20

Abortion, Women And Politics

Abortion, Women And Politics

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Christina Sersif 11 months ago

What a woman does with her body is her business and her business only. If we have the baby we don't want we're shamed for being a welfare rat. If we have an abortion we're shamed for being a baby killer. If we say no to sex we're a stuck up prude. Nothing we do is right.

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#21

Fake News

Fake News

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Han 11 months ago

Don't believe anything anymore in media.

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#22

Trap Touch

Trap Touch

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 11 months ago

True

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#23

Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

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diane a 11 months ago

Little good has ever been done by carrying a gun - other than shooting the bad guy who also has a gun. Take guns out of the equation Trump - dont just suggest teachers carry them or that there need to be armed guards at religious services just in case a nutcase who has LEGALLY bought weapons decides to use them

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#24

Populism

Populism

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Night Owl 11 months ago

This one is on point

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#25

Shepherd

Shepherd

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Freya the Wanderer 11 months ago

I don't have a Facebook account, and I never will. The drawbacks and risks far outweigh the advantages.

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#26

Corrupt Public Worker

Corrupt Public Worker

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#27

Alleged Offenders

Alleged Offenders

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athornedrose 11 months ago

why alleged? there's proof of actual abuse. just cause it's not all of them, doesnt make it untrue.

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#28

Walls And Liberties

Walls And Liberties

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Bastien Mahoux 11 months ago

Funny, I saw this more like a mortgage that anchor you at one place and does not allow you to go live wherever you want.

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#29

Displaced

Displaced

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Sreenath 11 months ago

From heartbreak to hope!

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#30

Vampire

Vampire

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Hańka 11 months ago

It's just sweet!

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#31

Interests Pushing

Interests Pushing

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#32

Migrant's Destination

Migrant's Destination

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Jilltdcatlady 11 months ago

"Le Petit Prince" he tried to find a better world, and found his own land was still better than others.

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#33

Gourmet Dish

Gourmet Dish

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Person2638 11 months ago

This one isn't really a 'problem.'

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#34

Capitalist Pet

Capitalist Pet

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11 months ago

oh no

#35

Soul

Soul

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#36

Migrant Family Portrait

Migrant Family Portrait

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Fasolka 11 months ago

Very true and very touching :(

#37

Duel In The Hospital

Duel In The Hospital

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Philoslothical 11 months ago

You can see the patient's hand pressing the doctor's, trying to make Death win. He doesn't want his life prolonged.

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#38

Modern Times

Modern Times

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rola 11 months ago

Before smart phones and tablets, couples would read books in bed and not interact. So this is nonsense

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#39

Prisoner Of Myself

Prisoner Of Myself

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Bill Thomas 11 months ago

Worst cranial-rectal inversion ever!

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#40

Socialism / Capitalism

Socialism / Capitalism

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Freya the Wanderer 11 months ago

There is plenty of room between the two extremes. Capitalism/libertarianism is too little government regulation, Communism is too much.

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#41

Displaced By The Gods

Displaced By The Gods

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#42

Bilateral Relationship

Bilateral Relationship

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#43

Anti-Corruption Spray

Anti-Corruption Spray

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diane a 11 months ago

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The Son of Man

#44

Internet

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Enuya 11 months ago

I don't see why is it wrong. Ok, we DO search informations in internet rather than in books, but - internet is less expensive and gives more data. It's not like people are reading less, they just use another sources. Also, people still love books, they just buy belles-lettres and fiction rather than textbooks and encyclopedies, that's all.

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#45

Pay Day

Pay Day

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Amanda Ford 11 months ago

Pardon my ignorance, what does tienda mean?

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#46

Republican Inspection

Republican Inspection

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MJ 11 months ago

Democratic Inspection you mean. They're the ones giving away free stuff to illegals, while leaving veterans on the streets...

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#47

Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

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Helen Leeds 11 months ago

It's the press shining a light on guns, but bringing violence on themselves in doing so.

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#48

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

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Jaded Queen 11 months ago

That's really nice. Ppl should have this. Iron will!!! I wish this could be done in real life. Things will be so easier.

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#49

Masculine Conflict

Masculine Conflict

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Jaded Queen 11 months ago

Actually the symbol used is the one for the female. The male symbol is different.(at least where I am from)

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#50

Institutional Blindness

Institutional Blindness

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Jordy Star 11 months ago

and those they do "see" are black men who are innocently slaughtered in the street like dogs

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#51

Tv Abuse

Tv Abuse

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TheBlackPanda 11 months ago

Tv is a waste of time. You have to see a lot of irrelevant things before they show you a altered fraction the truth

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#52

Reading Lesson

Reading Lesson

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Chung-Suh Ku 11 months ago

School teaches kids just to read such things like bar codes.

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#53

Future

Future

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Katnip WickerBasket 11 months ago

NOOO LE PETIT PRINCE

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#54

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

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Jaded Queen 11 months ago

So being vegetarian kills animals and is wrong but being non- vegetarian is what Exactly. I am a veg but I don't go around telling other ppl how non-veg is bad for them(believe me I can, I have the authority). Who gives someone the right to question someone else's choice?

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#55

Access To Politics

Access To Politics

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Turnip and a Frog 11 months ago

Love it. Such a simple trick, the high heels at the bottom of the stairs and it speaks so loud and moving.

#56

Power And Censorhip

Power And Censorhip

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#57

Anchor

Anchor

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Jenny Lee 11 months ago

Facebook is the worst.

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#58

Easy Meal

Easy Meal

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Petra Christovová 11 months ago

Yeah, we mostly do not have to hunt or trace animals to eat them .. we just go to store.

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#59

Souvenir

Souvenir

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Jerry Lim 11 months ago

Everyone is wearing and using the cross as a symbol of their faith for Jesus Christ. But in fact, they have it so to show that they have "faith". The cross is only an idol that everyone worships to and God forbids that. Furthermore, if Jesus was crucified on an electric chair for example. I guess everyone would hold an electric chair?

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#60

Freedom Of Speech

Freedom Of Speech

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Deividas Aš 11 months ago

The problem with freedom os speech is called "political correctness". You cannot say things that are true but are not comfortable. So why then freedom of speech is needed?

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#61

Neoliberal Government

Neoliberal Government

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#62

Food For Kids

Food For Kids

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diane a 11 months ago

Sad - that kids cannot imagine a world without mobile phones or the internet

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#63

Health

Health

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TheBlackPanda 11 months ago

Bottoms up!🍻

#64

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

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11 months ago

im confused

#65

The Old Tale

The Old Tale

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Freya the Wanderer 11 months ago

The USA: A nation of sheep, ruled by wolves and owned by swine.

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#66

Facenstein

Facenstein

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brandon sat 11 months ago

yep...puppets!!!

#67

Consumed Consumer

Consumed Consumer

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Kevin Camp 11 months ago

Chains of your own making, willing locked to your wrist.

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#68

The Best Mirror

The Best Mirror

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11 months ago

7 yrs of bad luck

#69

The Risk Of Living

The Risk Of Living

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Helen Leeds 11 months ago

Another great depiction of the concept

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#70

Party-Liner Media

Party-Liner Media

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#71

Conceiving Day

Conceiving Day

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Jilltdcatlady 11 months ago

"Life begins at conception" - Pro-Life. "Life begins when fetus can live outside womb"- Pro-Choice. "Don't provide birth control, or abortion, complain about how many poverty level families are relying on welfare, food stamps, HUD, free clinics, etc." - Politics.

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#72

Roots

Roots

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#73

When Parents Have An Argument

When Parents Have An Argument

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Enuya 11 months ago

... it isn't really compatible with his picture about divorce... So, it is bad when parents are arguing but for God sake, don't let them divorce? That doesn't make sense. :/

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#74

Readjustment

Readjustment

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Mohana Priyaa 11 months ago

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#75

The One In Charge

The One In Charge

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#76

The Obsession Of The Wealthy Man

The Obsession Of The Wealthy Man

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Jean Hendrickson 11 months ago

And many have just enough to subsit...or lesd.

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#77

Internet And Copyright

Internet And Copyright

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#78

Official Information

Official Information

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Amanda Raynes 11 months ago

Fyi there are both glasses and contacts that are "smart" and can do augmented reality... Hard pass for me

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#79

Campaign

Campaign