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since Ritter has been mentioned, another possibility is "networking", using connections to find receptive ears in the corridors of power

I note I used "networking" in a much wider sense. What that Peruvian woman Barbara met did must have involved 'networking' at a very local level, i.e. getting together neighbours and waste disposal companies and maybe some bureaucrats to establish a system that Changed the World. For varied reasons, I think this basic level of networking is missing for almost all of us ET regulars.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:10:10 AM EST
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I am uprooted, as maybe most people here are.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:12:45 AM EST
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ET Tumbleweeds.....?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:18:56 AM EST
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There seems to be an interesting mix here.  Uprooted and replanted successfully; rooted but restless; uprooted and flung on the far winds...and some rooted and happy in their original communities...(?  Not quite sure who that would be...but I'm sure we have contributors who fit that description...I could be wrong...)

(Me, I'm happily uprooted from where I spent my formative years, but now live (after a roundabout wavy line strange shape path) only 26 miles down the road, so I have a lot of place recognition through time around me--which I enjoy and think is useful--nd contacts going back and out and across in strange temporal/physical directions.  An ET eg, melo and eternalcityblues are in Italy (where I lived in the early 90s)--but neither grew up there (correct me if I'm wrong) and so I have (potential) connections there...whereas I've never been to the U.S., unlike a lot of contributors who have either lived there, visited for often extended periods, or are residents or citizens...a strange mix we have!  Vive la polyphony!  (Hat tip to rememberinggiap.)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:59:42 AM EST
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