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D Of the corporations, by the corporations, for ... 1.10

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Character, Setting, Plot, Conflict, Theme

= = = HNN Offices, Seattle, Washington
While Ahuva was renewing K9 certs, Yolanda, Lilian, and Clara Bow were gathered in the board meeting room chatting about an odd growth in advertising at HNN. The money was being spent on topics that were not in line with the demographic HNN targets. It was one of those "color me clueless" moments that sometimes happen in business.

We, or should I say you, pondered Lilian with her stringy grey hair, only make money 3 ways: advertising, subscription/article sales, and the equity value of HNN.

When I first started LRN, the problem of large advertising revenues for ideas that ran contrary to the viewpoints of the subscribers came up once. We did fairly well at adhering to the church and state model. The advertising and donor revenue component of the business was separated from content via a Chinese wall.

Our readers were quick to complain when they started to see ads, opinions, infomercials, counter…

Gloria's conversion 1.9

= = = Christ Church, Jerusalem, Israel

Gloria took the bus North from Ramat Rachel into the old city via the Zion Gate. Sunrise, thin high clouds painted with orange light, great morning to be walking, to be alive. As she was walking by the Saint James Cathedral, she always wondered if they have an infirmary; she could feel that blues song is playing right in her head, ever hear that rendition of with Mike Poor?

Smartwatch log, stardate 1908.34 Walking by, well it was a church, which is not that common in Jerusalem.  I heard singing right from the walls it seemed, had time, followed it. Song was unfamiliar, but they, largely an international group, tourists, clearly knew the words, singing acapella.

Kings and nations tremble at His voice,
All creation rises to rejoice.

Gloria thought to herself, Hey, they are singing about my God.

This earnest young man, clearly middle eastern, started to teach from the Pentateuch:

I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will cu…

Oppressed and Oppressor class removed from 1.7

Debtugees, MILFAKNEWS 7, Normal

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America began to face her reckoning over household debt in 2019 including: revolving, (credit card), auto, student loans and mortgages.

Bankers were alarmed when people calmly pulled a play card out of the great recession of 2008 and started walking away from their debt. The lobbied congress to pass the Walker-Young Act, authorizing imprisonment for debt 6 or months past due at private penal institutions with for profit inmate services until 100% of revolving debt, 50% of student loans, or auto loan debt, at least 10% of mortgage debt was repaid before allowing bankruptcy to proceed.

Penal colonies sprung up overnight, though there was talk of abuse, in fact, most of the operations were pretty well run. Some people responded by trying to leave the country, reverse immigration to Mexico, Asia, and Africa started picking up from people that had family ties there. Certain "brain drained" countries such as Syria, Iraq, Venezuela even offered come home programs.

However, not all …

Traveler and Angelica at Copalis Beach. Insert for 1.5, DONE

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Copalis beach is unique; it’s the last public beach in the United States with a certified airplane landing strip.  Tide was out creating a huge patch of black fine sand, lit up by morning sun.  We all streamed down, across the sand. Plenty of light to see where we were walking,(many a dog walks that path; watch your step). Two planes buzzed by, turned West, out to sea, then looped back to land.  Short hop, electric jobs, drop off the passengers and leave. Skip took the job of announcer.

This is the last public beach strip, but low tide landing is an American tradition. My dad, Skip Sr. used to take me to a small island off Panama City. He preferred his Aeronica. It was larger, didn’t bounce as much as a piper cub; watch for that as these guys land. We would go swimming, then walk to get lunch at the local snack bar/pub/general store, come back and fly home. Obviously this was all weather permitting.

The DeHavilland Twin Otter bounced a couple times on the wet sand, slowed and pulled i…

Chapter 2 Summary

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Somewhere between the next June and September Gloria asks Wonk to accompany her to a Bat Mitzvah, (a Jewish coming of age ceremony). On the way, they stop at the North Bend outlets, Wonk buys a tactical wool sweater. Gloria tells him she hooked him up with her sister, Yolanda who drives up in a black polaris with a dog, Ahuva, riding shotgun. Wonk meets Clara Bow the lodge romance concierge who gives him a magic business card.

Wonk goes up to the library, snacks on a biscotti, and meets Traveler and his dog, Cody. They chat till Yolanda summons Wonk for her patented girlfriend experience. Afterwards, Wonk and Ahuva connect somewhat, all Blue Circle dogs are people whisperers, at least to some extent. Wonk is amazed he is having the same experience with Ahuva he has with Bandi Boy, who Rhea, Guy's mom is caring for.

He asks, Yolanda tells him more about HNMNBies. She shares the 4 pillars of HNMNBie: Don't feed evil, Support second chances, Cyberspace manifesto, Trust your high…

Traveler and Slocom meet 1.4

MEMO TO RECORD STARDATE 11139.2
One of the most difficult manifestations of humanity to analyze is the prophetic gift. OpenSpeech 1.31 first treated the word prophecy as a synonym to clairvoyance. While there are both observations and instances from literature of prophecies referring to future events, it is more like seeing what actually is, a special case of situational awareness.

Even though it is clearly a desirable evolutionary trait, there is no evidence of it increasing in the human population through natural selection. In fact, the stronger case is that it decreased in recent years, possibly due to the kaluptoic force [Riwengald p. 36].

Among the subjects in the anthropological study, Reverend Chase Slocom exhibits the strongest evidence of the trait.
END MEMO.

Reverend Chase Slocom was on his knees at the House of Prayer when the door eased open and a young man wearing orange glasses with a linen shirt and jeans eased inside. Without looking up, the reverend said, "Behold…

Chapter 1 Summary

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= = = PrefaceMany have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that happened before Nightfall. This history is based on unaltered records just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Blue Circle. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning and decided to write an orderly account for you.We will begin with a seemingly insignificant event before the great census which most historians point to as the beginning of the unraveling of the second gilded age.
A few years from the start of the novel
Carla is invited to what became a famous Amazon jungle themed party and needed appropriate attire. At Second Chance, she finds a khaki outfit, but only needs the skirt.  Chara, spies the top, they split the suit and find out they are going to the same party, decide to go together. As they present their digital invites, they can't help noticing a body builder security staff member pack…

Chapter 5 Summary

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Traveler and Wonk are the first to drive to Iron Springs for the H Coin ICO. They arrive before check in, so they pop up to Ocean Crest for a late lunch, return and set up the network. Traveler and Wonk have two important conversations:
- The underpinnings of H Coin are squeaky clean, it is not an attempt at a black market currency
- The heritage of Yolanda and her religious belief journey, Catholic, NeoPuritan, Mysticism, (Kaballah) and mention enneagram score of 8.

Yolanda and Ahuva arrive, Wonk and Ahuva go for a walk.

Traveler tries the SCHMBS short sword, needs work. Skip rolls in on his bike. Night, sleep, the action is tomorrow.
Next morning Gizmo, Pedro, his son, and Angelica arrive on a No Problem Airways DeHavilland Twin Otter doing a beach landing at Copalis. 

Traveler and Angelica set up a private key and have the "Trust Your Higher Power" discussion. They remember singing Alice's Restaurant back when they were younger.

Yolanda, Traveler, and Angelica share a gl…