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#1
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Call it filler.. call it inspiration... call it information... just don't call it pointless.

Chances are, if you own two books, you own a library. It doesn't matter how small or large.
Crack open one of your own "physical" books - and post an excerpt.
No cheating (don't go pull stuff from online).. it must be from YOUR personal books... whatever they are.
Just open up a random page and ...
Author> Book> Year of Publication, Page(s).

I'll start.

Beginning in 500 A.D., the San Francisco watershed was populated by the Kiva People (popularly known as "the Anasazi"), who, through change from the Pit House people or introduction of another strain of humans, were living in above-ground "Pueblo" style buildings and all conducting spiritual activities in underground Kivas. These people are estimated to have remained on the Watershed until 1250 or 1300 A.D. They were closely related to the Mimbres subgroup nearby, one hundred miles to the east, as shown by the large number of "Mimbres style" pots dug up on the Watershed of the San Francisco.

Wm. H Kötke, The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future, 1993, p. 331
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#2
I'm game...

I'll grab the two books closest to me in my living room as my "library" is on the second floor and I don't feel like going upstairs right now...I'll type one paragraph from each page.

Brandon C Hall - Donald Trump 45th President of the United States - Collectors Vault - Make America Great Again - 2017 - 144 pages

Page 33 - In 1979 it became apparent that Donald required an official headquarters for the Trump Organization. The Bonwit Teller flagship store, constructed in 1929, was the renowned building sitting at Donald's desired site. He purchased the building and then demolished it, clearing up the space at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street. Construction of his headquarters, Trump Tower, then promptly began. Barbara Res, someone who Trump had worked with on other projects, was his construction executive for the project, It was quite a progressive move for the time, with Res being one of the few women to oversee and manage a large construction project in New York city. The forward-thinking businessman always viewed women as equal to men, and held exactly the same expectations for hard work and ambition that he had for men. This makes sense given the powerful women in his family, like his grandmother Elizabeth.

Diane Morgan - The Weimaraner - 2007 - 206 pages

Page 22 - The Weimaraner is a powerful, strong-willed animal originally bred to hunt boar and bear. He requires an owner who can take charge and be a good leader. Weak, wishy-washy people are poor Weim owners.
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#3
Refusing to give others broad latitude for their defining beliefs has led time and again to disaster. Intolerance does not arise when I think that I have found the truth. Rather it comes about only when I think that, because I have found it, everyone else should agree with me. Richard Dawkins has written that anyone who denies evolution is either "ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked--but I'd rather not consider that)"[10]. It isn't a big step from calling someone wicked to taking forceful measures to put an end to their wickedness. John Maddow, the editor of Nature, has written in his journal that "it may not be long before the practice of religion must be considered as anti-science[11]. In his recent book Darwin's Dangerous Idea, philosopher Daniel Dennett compares religious believers -90 percent of the population- to wild animals who may have to be caged, and he says that parents should be prevented (presumably by coercion) from misinforming their children about the truth of evolution, which is so evident to him[12]. This is not a recipe for domestic tranquility. It is one thing to try to persuade someone by polemics; it is entirely different to propose to coerce those who disagree with you. As the weight of scientific evidence shifts dramatically, this point should be kept prominently in mind. Richard Dawkins has said that Darwin made it possible to be an "intellectually fulfilled atheist."[13] The failure of Darwin's theory on the molecular scale may cause him to feel less fulfilled, but no one should try to stop him from continuing his search.

Michael J. Behe, Darwin's Black Box, 1996, pp. 250-251
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#4
I dont have any books..
Chuckle

I might have a paper airplane one..

BRB...
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#5
The term "outsider" art, fairly new and already discredited is as confusing as the range of works it tries to incorporate. These artists are "outside" of what? Their own social contexts? Sometimes. The mainstream? Usually. In fact, these people, like some of the best people who function within the art world, are really insiders. They are outcasts only because those who live in their heads tend to be ignored in a society that primarily dictates the pocket and the outer self. Their isolation is actually a perceived but unacknowledged class difference. From an existential position, they are no more isolated than most modern souls. So it s a matter, once again, of ethnocentric society's negative naming process based on what is not, rather than what is; the margins are defined by the center.

The Artist Outsider, Edited by Michael D. Hall and Eugene W. Metcalf, Jr., 1994, Smithsonian Institute Press, pp.6-7
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"Tell the children crush the hatred,
Play your ukulele naked."
-- Amanda Palmer

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#6
“The recent policies of raising your taxes, banning your guns, seizing your property, and chilling your freedoms, are the last gasp of an evil monster. That evil monster is socialism, and it is dying. I want to see every one of you at the funeral.”

The applause was thunderous. As Henry watched, his phone rang again. It was Fleming.

“What did you think? There were lots of speakers like that. You’ll see more of them on C-span.”

“Why hasn’t there been any other coverage on local or national news? It looked like there were ten or fifteen thousand people there when they panned the crowd. Haven’t seen a word about it in any newspaper.”

“Does that really surprise you?” Fleming asked. “Hey, like the guy said, cheer up. Socialism’s dying all around the globe. Washington just wants to give it one more try.”

“I hope it doesn’t kill ‘em first,” Henry said as he hung up the phone.

Unintended Consequences By John Ross

Very long book and hard to find but it taught me so much.
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#7
Good night Moon...

Think for yourself

...tell the person next to you ..You Love Them.
Knock and the door will be opened.
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#8
Did you know that in real life, none of the predictions of "Nostradamus" ever came true, and that the Quatrains were not written by him at all, but are a work centuries older, which he stole and then tried to pass off as his own?

This book lays down this argument by methods and real facts that few are aware of.

"The most immediate danger was that the manuscript was missed as soon as he left the Abbey. Here luck was his only ally. In common with all his contemporaries, Nostradamus knew that the monks had established a remarkable communications network over the centuries, which was operational between all the abbeys whether they belong to their own order or to other orders. If and when the theft was discovered, all the abbeys of Europe would be warned to look out for him. At the time, monasteries were also used as hostelries with a rightfully earned excellent reputation. Therefore every traveller lodges at least as often in a monastery as in a tavern. Information spreading in all direction, news running as fast as the wind, an identified robber had little or no chance of getting away. Consequently, if the monks at Cambron linked the disappearance of a manuscript from their library to Nostradamus' presence in the abbey at the same period, he was done for, wherever he tried to hide."

Nostradamus and the Lost Templar Legacy, Rudy Cambier, 2002 p. 86
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#9
"Technically speaking, the Boston Bruins were born in a Montreal hotel room in 1924, when the National Hockey League governors voted to grant the first American franchise to New England grocery store magnate Charles F. Adams. But from a practical point of view, the Bruins were really born in the wheatfields of Saskatchewan, for it was there that Eddie Shore grew up and learned to play hockey. In truth, it was Eddie Shore who gave the Bruins life, when they were struggling for existence in those uncertain early days in the NHL. Without Shore, the Bruins might well have collapsed."

Stan Fischler, Bobby Orr and the Big, Bad Bruins, 1969
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#10
"To the American angler, the style in which these Englishmen will fish, the equipment and baits they will use, in fact almost every aspect of the day's fishing would be as alien as cricket would be to a Little Leaguer. Yet cricket, a sport molded by the English upper classes, draws in some ways an inept analogy, because match angling, as this sort of fishing is called, is strictly working class. It was originated by the men who toiled in the Ironworks of the Industrial Revolution, who flooded in from the countryside to labor in the dark Satanic mills of Manchester and Sheffield and to live packed into grim terraces of tiny houses."

-From the short story "A Strange and fairly disgusting fish story" by Clive Gammon.
From the book, "The Armchair Angler" an anthology of fishing stories.
"Why don't you try speaking in words instead of your damn dirty lies?"
~Louise Belcher
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