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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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Redmark       relation       religion       the Remnant       rent seeking       res ipsa loquitur       respectability politics       revanche       revealed vs. experienced       rhetoric       ritual sex       The Robot       Roodmas       Rules of Three            
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Redmark      autumnal equinox

WebTree solar festival & quarter day marking the vernal equinox and the middle of autumn. A time of sacrifice and renewal. Redmark lasts from sunrise on the day before the equinox to sunrise the day after (traditional three days).

The Nightlord wins the ritual battle over his weird, the Daylord.


relation     See kin


A shared, organized system for people interacting with the Divine. Faith is the juice that makes the system work.

  1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs
  2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects
  3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices


the Remnant

The Remnant has always existed, since the beginning of man and it survives today. It is not possessed with extraordinary intelligence, wealth or power. Those that comprise it are just ordinary human beings, average by—and—large and you will never recognize them for what they are when you meet them, see them or hear them. They are the builders, re—builders and redeemers of humanity. They are the ones who sustain and regenerate society — and above all else — they persevere. You can guess who they are or might have been but you will never know with any certainty. They are friends of liberty though, that much I know.

The Remnant includes people of all colors, political parties, religious beliefs, gender, languages, cultures and ages. It is not just one thought process, other than truth, and while I cannot tell you who they are, I know who they are not. They are most definitely not Communists, Socialists, Fascists, self—serving elitists, nor anyone who believes in the power of the State. Simply put, the Remnant believes in good, limited government everywhere. And while tyrants, despots and dictators frequently appear from time to time, aided and abetted by those that serve them, and social experiments at the expense of liberty come and go, the Remnant is always there, ready to rebuild and try once more.


rent seeking

  1. the act or process of using one’s assets and resources to increase one’s share of existing wealth without creating new wealth.
  2. (specifically) the act or process of exploiting the political process or manipulating the economic environment to increase one’s revenue or profits:
    Rent-seeking by lobbyists succeeded in obtaining favorable tariff treatment for the company’s exports


res ipsa loquitur

(rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her) n. Latin for "the thing speaks for itself," a doctrine of law that one is presumed to be negligent if he/she/it had exclusive control of whatever caused the injury even though there is no specific evidence of an act of negligence, and without negligence the accident would not have happened. Examples: a) a load of bricks on the roof of a building being constructed by Highrise Construction Co. falls and injures Paul Pedestrian below, and Highrise is liable for Pedestrian's injury even though no one saw the load fall. b) While under anesthetic, Isabel Patient's nerve in her arm is damaged although it was not part of the surgical procedure, and she is unaware of which of a dozen medical people in the room caused the damage. Under res ipsa loquitur all those connected with the operation are liable for negligence. Lawyers often shorten the doctrine to "res ips," and find it a handy shorthand for a complex doctrine.


respectability politics

As dozens of televangelists, hundreds of politicos, and the Cosby case show, if you are going to talk the talk you’d better walk the walk first. Manifest it before you talk about it.


the policy of a state intent on regaining areas of its original territory that have been lost to other states as a result of war, a treaty signed under duress, etc.


revealed versus experienced
     See the Journey vs. the Story


  1. (in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.
  2. the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or verse, including the figures of speech.
  3. the study of the effective use of language.
  4. the ability to use language effectively.
  5. the art of prose in general as opposed to verse.
  6. the art of making persuasive speeches; oratory.
  7. (in classical oratory) the art of influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.
  8. (in older use) a work on rhetoric

Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's
Letter from Hardscrabble Creek

See also logos, pathos, lexicon, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion


ritual sex     See sex - ritual

The Robot

Passive state where learned scripts and behavioral maps govern conduct. Most people hide and let the Robot go through life for them. Bringing someone out of this state can be a challenge. It usually takes an out of the ordinary peak experience with enough “oomph” to upset the Robot’s programing.
See also See the Robot


Roodmas     See Beltaine

Rules of Three

Gods there are a bunch. I keep collecting them and they keep proving useful.

  1. Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen some more.
  2. Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
  3. Say only one thing for every three things they say.
  4. Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
  5. If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it.
  6. To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust.
  7. Test it thrice.
  8. Honor expects three warnings before you act.
  9. Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
  10. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
  11. What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
  12. Books aren't destinations, they're signposts. Like it or not, you still make the journey yourself. You can always go further than the book can carry you.
  13. Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating. Remember the Practical Grudge Limit.
  14. initiate — celebrate — operate
  15. It’s not a real party unless it lasts three days.

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