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“Let’s look at the logic of that closely for just one minute, and then we’re going to go back to smashing our head off a brick wall to try to make the stupid go away.”

Rev. Stuart Campbell

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The American Left Schnippets

Speculation in the 17th century in Britain was a crime. Speculators were hanged. And today they run the economy and the country. They have used the capturing of wealth to destroy the intellectual, cultural and artistic life in the country and snuff out our democracy. There is a word for these people: traitors.

Chris Hedges

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The Invisible Cities Of Edinburgh

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This study is concerned with examining the evolution of status areas in the context of Edinburgh. Status areas were defined in three period analyses in 1855, 1914 and 1962…

(Gordon, 1971, vol.1:(i))

Only the second volume of this thesis was able to be scanned at this time, and so the many maps, charts, and illustrations it contained were all discovered without the context of the main volume, and as it turned out the first volume didn’t hold as much interest: despite the methodology employed, and for all the work that had been bled into it, it was one of those that only sought to confirm what was already obvious. But even 50 years on, each of the maps, charts, and illustrations offer snapshots that remain so much more evocative than that…

Invisible Cities (Calvino, 1972/1974) also examines how cities change, and how they must continue to change lest they become a dead city, like Troy or a city being reduced to a facade and dying, like Venice. Each of the snapshots below, shows a very different city with different characters and different purposes, of different smells and appearances, and very different populations: “cities of delight and desire, cities tinged with regrets, vibrant cities, failing cities, seemingly impossible cities that defy logic and time” (Yuen, 2015) and each pretending to the same name and approximate location of ‘Edinburgh’. more »

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Circular Logic Schnippet

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”

Oscar Wilde

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Kingdom Cons Schnippets

“Life is a matter of time and hardship. There is a God who says deal with it, cause this is the way it is.”

Yuri Herrera

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Art America Schnippit

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Beyond The Twilight Zone…

Alright, it was a normal evening, a little dull and dragging but a normal evening… and then after three everything went nuts!!

A guy I’ve met a few times, and been party to a few conversations with, approaches me. I’m bored and wanting to go home but…

I tell him that the sound’s really loud and shrill and I can’t hear anything in that ear… he agrees with me but then keeps repeating himself over and over… Look, it’s really loud in here and I can’t hear anything you’re saying!! Yes, I know. It’s loud, but blah, blah, blah!! And off he goes again… more »

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