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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 6, A Deserter in Time of War

Summary of the Summary Unk deserts the army, and finds his son, Chrono – who has no connection to him – Chrono goes back to his game of German Batball. Next Unk finds Bee, who has a job teaching soldiers … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 5, Letter from an Unknown Hero

apparently secretly in charge of the mind radios and Unk’s entire battalion. Unk finds the letter – written to Unk by someone cataloging their knowledge of Mars, while being subject to frequent mind wipes – which tells Unk about the mind control, the invasion plans, his best friend Stony Stephenson, that he has a partner, Bee, and son, Chrono, and that he should not trust Boaz. The letter was written by Unk before his mind wipe. After reading the letter, Unk learns the assault on Earth has begun. Continue reading

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Censorship is a Feature of Media and Advertising: Tools and Software for Decentralized Coordination

Any successful organization must control (1) its own ability to contact members and (2) maintain in person activities through events such as meet-ups. Any group, no matter how benign the messaging, that depends on social networks for coordination, will eventually be influenced by censorship. Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 4 – Tent Rentals

This chapter is the best fiction writing about the dangers of propaganda, brainwashing, censorship, and centralized control. A man wordlessly strangles another in front of a crowd of ten thousand, unable to communicate, unable to object, and unable to think for himself. Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 3, United Hotcake Preferred

Malachi Constant learns that his business is bankrupt, reads a letter from his deceased father written in case this should happen, and signs up to join the Martian Army, which has engineered this situation. The same Martian spies are with Beatrice Rumfoord disguised as business advisers when we see The Whale, rechristened the Rumfoord, take off. Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 2, Cheers in the Wirehouse

Chapter two tees up the emotions and motives of Rumfoord, Beatrice R., and Constant – the changes in their fortunes, their efforts to avoid their fates. Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan: Page by Page, Chapter by Chapter Review: Chapter 1, Between Timid and Timbuktu

Plot Summary and Writing Analysis of Chapter 1, Between Timid and Timbuktu of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 Book, “The Sirens of Titan” Continue reading

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Fitness Milestone: Completing Every Peloton 10 Minute Ab Class (262 of 262 as of November 12, 2021)

Peloton has nearly 800 exercise classes focused on abs – check them out. Continue reading

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Cooking BBQ: Rattlesnake Ribs Recipe

Having a great rib recipe is a wonderful way to entertain and share meals together. Continue reading

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Cooking: Porterhouse & T-Bone Steaks Peter Luger Style For 2 – Easy, Fast, Delicious

What’s an easy and fast way to prepare a meal? Try this delicious steak meal for two! A few simple twists make a delicious, filling meal for everyone. Continue reading

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