Category Archives: Thoughts from the Fence

West of Babel: IT

According to Genesis 11, in the Judaeo-Christian texts, “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech the people moved eastward… ‘The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing … Continue reading

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Self-Defining Journalism

Quaintly enough, the origin of “pedigree” is “foot of the crane.” Beyond obvious explanations, there is the pattern that some people crane so much for recognition, that they’d rather offer endless streams of “facts” from smelly origins than not be noticed. What one … Continue reading

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Bonsai!

Cranes glide peacefully to new communal grounds, no instructions needed. They pair naturally, to call out in unison, she sounding off twice for every of his one. No standardized tests required. nationally and internationally: a common core of life evolves in harmony, … Continue reading

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Forked Facts

Those who like to speak in forked tongues tend to appeal to FACTS to speak for themselves. Actually, what happened at the famous Tower of Babylon disaster was not that  the people magically learned to speak more languages than we could … Continue reading

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Resistance is Futile

We are told, today, that the 2nd test of the American “Advanced Hypersonic Weapons” (AHW, to say it more quickly) has failed. There was an explosion before its time, a preemie. Obviously AHWs still need TLC in the incubators of mass … Continue reading

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Bagging

  “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’” Got another set of those annoying “invitations” in my email junk box, … Continue reading

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Bad Design

It often seems regrettable that the gods did not place the mouth right next to the ear. That way nobody else would have to pretend to listen or feel like an intruder when they try to respond. ~ ~ ~ no-man’s … Continue reading

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Precious

“It feels good to be wanted, to be needed” is perhaps one of the most misleading pieces of advice we can give to our young. We are used to talking about the dangers of becoming addicted to wanting/needing this or that, … Continue reading

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Blessed Are the Poor…

Some people have made a lot of money and gained a lot of power by preaching that we should not help the poor. The Tea Party and Congress, in cutting even support for food stamps, certainly have not hit on … Continue reading

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Elephants and the Holy Grail

Recently, there has been a renewed interest in discoveries related to the fact that elephants have empathy with the suffering of others. An article by Plotnik, CEO of Think Elephants International (which is not a Republican organization) reinforces reports such as … Continue reading

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NSA, BND and Tolerance toward Religious Totalitarianism

An old Icelandic manuscript depicts Odin, the Allfather of the Gods, as having two ravens (the birds of death) whispering in his ears, about the ongoings of the world. Odin is of course blind on one eye (while justice is … Continue reading

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Desirability-Challenged

One may suppose that not being desirable is the greater challenge. And yet, all too often, being afflicted with the burden of desirability can turn out to be a terrible handicap. A university chancellor strides across his well-populated campus, avoiding … Continue reading

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