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Cul-de-Sacs: Suburban Dream or Dead End?

I don't exactly remember how, but I ended up reading the wikipedia entry for "Cul-de-sac" and the footnotes led me to this very interesting article about the ill-consequences of that icon of suburbia with the funny French name. (continued...)

Grace -- by Bia Lowe

Maybe I'm reading too much into this... in identifying many microorganisms by genus alone the author leaves some ambiguity as to whether or not this piece is actually 'pro-illness' (and from the context she seems to favor a harmonically balanced duality between commensal and predatory or pathogenic forms of life), but in any case I think this is a great poem/prayer and it seems to resonate in many ways with the cultural attitudes of this paradigm-shift toward the 'retrolithic age'. It dutifully highlights our inevitable intersubjective relationship with nature -- even those of us who rarely leave an urban apartment -- and it seeks to approach this relationship in an egalitarian manner (rather than the dominating & one-sided manner that is more typical of our global civilization) in a hope that we may find more beauty & serenity... more grace. I hope you all enjoy this aptly titled poem and, if you're the religious sort, perhaps it would even make a suitable prayer.  (continued...)

Link: Failed States, the Coming Mexican Revolution - The Smirking Chimp

From Failed States, the Coming Mexican Revolution - The Smirking Chimp:

The surrealism of a government that builds a wall at the same time it opens a highway gives one pause. The insanity of destroying the economy of your neighbor%u2019s country and to strut along obliviously thinking that it won%u2019t affect our own. The realization of a duality, a fabricated reality that these things are done on purpose they are not just accidents or coincidences. (continued...)

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