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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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