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Gardening in the Asphalt, Reprised

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(Photo courtesy ynefesh.com.) I borrowed the title, format and questions used in this post from Jo Bucklin's 2013 post "Gardening in the Asphalt."  The answers are mine, informed by many conversations with Sara Cromwell and Sarah Owens.  -- Michael   Your chapter recently completed a project that took a lot of work and ended abruptly. What was the project? From January 2015 until November 2018, we worked as volunteers at KMUZ, a local non-profit community radio station.  We manned…

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AI | 42

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FFF#42 +++ CULTURE +++ ECONOMY +++ POLITICS +++ OPINION +++ DISCUSSION +++   “Never confuse people with how you are doing it, when you can confuse them with what you are doing.” +++      HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL (PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED)  AI | Artificial Intelligence  ### Intro “Pocket Calculator” by Kraftwerk // –“I'm the operator with my pocket calculator; I am adding; and subtracting; I'm controlling; and composing. By pressing…

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How Social Insurance Became Confused with Socialism

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Class & Inequality :: Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson has written an article [below] in which she analyzes and reviews the political and economic theories of Thomas Paine, Friedrich Hayek, and others. Anderson identifies the roots of modern systems of social insurance in Paine's Agrarian Justice. She traces the history of the idea and its implementation through the late 1800s — when German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck instituted the world's first social insurance scheme — and on to…

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Old Ben and the Sea

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POLITICS +++ CULTURE +++ STRATEGY +++ OBEY1 ON "FORM FOLLOWS FOOLERY" (FFF#19) •"Obey-Funkin Obey is a great mentor; as wise as Maestro योद्धा Muppet, as powerful as Maestrix Dark Meat, and as strategic as Admiral Takbīr Akbar." ―Darth Willhelm Freyywänker III; Raulduke of New Oxfordshire Obey-Funkin Obey; Yoda Maestro; First Chancellor of the 2nd Empire [1871-1890 ABY]    QUOTESQUOTESQUOTES   • "Who's more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows…

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More Concerns

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10P5 G30P0L171C5 2019 :: Best-est* (NEWS*) Day* so far ::  Was it socialism* or a capitalist conspiracy* that funked Venezuela's economy? ::   Why did this happen? There are two warring explanations: Either the populist brand of socialism* introduced by Chávez was an abject failure, or it was a marvelous innovation — and such a disruptive threat to global capitalism that it had to be sabotaged. [1] :: For the Venezuelan oligarchy, the big businessmen and the geopolitical interests…

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Kind Slave Master

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Once upon a time in the Confederacy, a benevolent slave owner named Orrin noticed some of his property acting...restless. When I say benevolent I mean he recognized that a well-fed slave, one with decent housing and a mattress would be more productive. So Orrin went the extra mile to provide certain amenities, certainly more than his neighbor the Cruel Slave Master, who had a different business philosophy. This Cruel man starved his chattel and then whipped them to extract as much labor as possible…

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HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL (AGES 4+)

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::: IOPS International Geographic Inquirer KIDS ::: by the Gnome Knights of the Ontological Tab-*1337* and President Destiny Hope Cyrus-Montana #1 What is global warming? #2 Dada2025 Interview  #3 Copin' with Lie$ | Weather Forecast #4 (?!?)    #1  What is global warming? We investigate… We've all heard of it, but what is global warming and what is it doing to our planet? So, what is global warming? Global warming (or climate change), is the process of our planet heating…

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VIBRANT | SHEDS

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Rejected debris of hope and happiness by I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov  One is disturbed to see the tent cities spreading with each passing year. "It's just all over, every underpass, even close by where we work – that's been a long-term popular place – but never like this, this shit is just fucking ridiculous."  Just a few blocks away from the luxurious mansions where families spend their weekends, people are suffering; Murder, human trafficking and poverty. Close to the wealthy…

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