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CHIEF Constable Bodwyn Wook (retired) says:

'WHEN It came time to die–some twenty-five hundred years from "to-day"!–I gave into the first impulsive act of my life. 
     'Was it craven fear, of extinction?  Horrid, to contemplate non-being….
     'Or was it, rather, an act of sublime curiosity?
     'Naturally enough I prefer (more…)

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Smash YOUR Way In!

by Emmett R Smith

Fed-up with computerised telephone 'menus' and 'automatic voice response' programmes that NEVER let you talk to an actual human being?  Guess what–they are DESIGNED to keep YOU away!  So?  SMASH YOUR WAY IN!  The 'gethuman' link, under links and patties, will give you all the information you NEED to get to an honest-to-Christ living & breathing, actual, person, when calling a multitude of businesses, corporations and other whorehouses–nationwide!

[Emmett R Smith     all rights reserved   18 April 2006

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by Emmett R Smith

MISS Anna Wiecking, a teacher at Mankato State College, in 1957 in her children's history of old Mankato, wrote that Mr P K Johnson (together with Mr Jackson, one of the two town-founders in 1852) was the first Postmaster.  He had a sort of portable leather case with pockets in it.  Whenever anyone brought in some mail (more…)

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by Emmett R Smith

NINETY Years ago and at the height of the late-modern age now over, back when democracy was still with us as a living part of history although already ailing; and, so, three whole generations ago; and, therefore, well before Mr Rush Limbaugh and Mr Al Franken (more…)

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BOOK Review by Emmett R Smith:

The Shield of Achilles, by Philip Bobbitt (Knopf, 2002)

(An earlier version of this review, ‘Philip Bobbitt & the Emerging Market-state’, was broadcast by Emmett R Smith on KMSU 89.7 FM, Mankato, MN, in April of 2004.)

HOW Do matters seem from the standpoint of a more-than-competent post-modern history-maker? That is exactly who Mr Philip Bobbitt is, and his 2002 book, published by Knopf and entitled The Shield Of Achilles, is an immense and exhaustive, well-written, study of what we now confront at the end of the era of the nation-state.
     Phillip Bobbitt is altogether a deeper scholar than S P Huntington et al, and his writing is a must for those who would see more deeply (more…)

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by Emmett R Smith

READER’S Of Bodwyn Wook may derive value from subscribing regularly online to the regular reports of the Power and Interest News Report (PINR) service.  In their own terms–terms which certainly do have an effect on our physical lives–they do very good work.  They utilize a narrative-frame of kissingerian political power.  The PINR reports are indeed invaluable (more…)

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                                        24 November 2005 

DEAR —–, had a sit-down after all of the un-Goddess-ly [Thanksgiving–BW] eating, dozed with my copy of The King's English on my knee, and dreamt:

WAS Aboard ship (!), sailing for Europe–aboard a great liner.  Steam-driven, as in the old times.  In the May light we was bearing ENE below Halifax, a running sea (waves running with the ship, in the same direction) all silver-grey and bottle green in the sunlight. (more…)

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by Benny Raymond

WHEN si' Smit, er, Smeeth went with the 'Peace Corps' to Fes, in Morocco in 1978, he acted no more or less like a fool than the other American volunteers. He smoked hashish, drank the 'Cigogne' beer and French cognac freely available for sale to foreigners and tourists and spent weekends with other male volunteers in the brothels of Azrou and Midelt, in the Atlas mountains. Nonetheless he soon formed a fast friendship with one of the language-teachers, a Sufi-scholar called Mahound Nagmi. This was because si' Nagmi, a devout but openhearted muslim, was also a scholar of languages, spoke fluent American and, if the truth be told, was no end taken by the rolling and literate, endlessly creative, invective profanity of the Minnesotan si' Smit, er, Smeeth.
     Now you must know that this American vagabond was in his thirtieth year when he went to Morocco and hence older by at least some years than most of the other volunteers. Accordingly, he was begining to have an inkling of precisely the enduring quality of human stupidity, (more…)

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by Nedjmi Mahomet

IF I say to you that “the election has been fixed and the computers all preprogramed” it is axiomatic that you very likely will reply, “You are a paranoid!”

     This sort of healthy scepticism is to be credited in part to the yeoman work of SCICOP, the Scientific Committee for Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.  They have done much to tackle the problem of credulousness that is the common property of us all.  However, in this discussion of the entirely normal behavior of average human beings, the only reply necessary by me to you is (more…)

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by Mahmud Nadgmee

[AT 'Your' stage in time, the entirely physical and real, materiel, universe is 'moving from' a molecular to an electronic scale. Figuratively, I am saying that the universe is becoming 'smaller'. This is counter-intuitive in the popular (but erroneous) sense, as workers now generally in cosmology are pre-occupied by the so-called 'big bang', or at least reifications of this concept. It is a true paradox, indeed, because of course on the molecular scale the universe is still 'expanding'. So much is this so that, indeed, were we able to stand 'outside' ourselves, we should see that each one of us is many orders of magnitude larger than we were each at our births. As the whole of our surroundings keeps pace, we may not perceive this directly. Nevertheless, as the organisation of the universe ('information') becomes more refined, the relatively high signal-to-noise ratio which is a feature of molecular biological life, and which I suspect that Nejmi MuHammad would identify is the great source of much 'evil', attenuates. With this condensation, then, an interval approaches in which 'this' universe–going in two opposed directions at once–turns inside-out itself. The role of a parallel paradox in so-called spiritual terms, as MuHammad Nejmi alludes below, is of critical significance to these self-same physical facts.  BW]

MANY People now know of the sufiyya teaching that he who calls himself a "Sufi" in fact is not.

THE Problem is that embodied human beings are egotistical by definition. No matter what your "level" (more…)

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