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Silenced Hearts (Sacred)

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"Murke's Collected Silences" (Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen) is a short story by Heinrich Böll, first published in the Frankfurter Hefte in 1955 and in English in 1963. The story examines the relationship between the generations in post-war Germany and the country's post-war surge in religious belief. Synopsis  The Murke of the title is a psychology graduate whose first job is as editor for the Cultural Department at Broadcasting House. Everything irritates him about the building:…

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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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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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Form, Function, Fairytale

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    FFF#1 :: Form Follows Function :: is a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design which says that the shape of an artifact/object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose. :: Roman architect, engineer, and author Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who first asserted in his book De architectura (probably written between 30 and 15 BC) that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of firmitas, utilitas, venustas >> Solid; Useful; Beautiful…

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Deep-Dive™ | ParBaff®

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PARTICIPATORY RAPTURE ::: ParBaff® (Participatory Bafflegab*) ::: ParGobb® (Participatory Gobbledygook*) ::: ParKaud® (Partizipatorisches Kauderwelsch*) :::   Jabberwocky  by Lewis Carroll 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.   "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"   He took his…

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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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Politics of Rupture

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Politics of Rupture      We start with ecological crisis; both its current unfolding and its immanently exponential threat. Things are bad but we know soon, barring what the IPCC refers to as “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes”, they will grow worse, much worse. “Rapid” also describes the rate at which each passing moment diminishes available options. It is this tragic reality which conditions any possibility for change or maneuver. Therefore, we…

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