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Welcome to our October 2007 edition.

   Communication between people is considered one of the greatest achievements of the human race. It is the one thing that seems to set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, this fact that we can construct complex sounds together and assign all the nuances that create associations in another's mind. Communication can relay emotions and information in relatively quick time.

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     Burma has finally made the news. A country that was veiled in Buddhist mystique and shadows has had its doors thrown open by the imprisoned citizens who reside in its confines. Those prisoners are the citizens who have been forced to smile and speak a language that was not their own, instead a Newspeak that the military regime forced upon them. It is, as a citizen says in Emma Larkin's book

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   Deeper into the wild arenas of the Smoky Mountains we walked, further and further away from civilizations, cars, cares, and worries. Certainly, without civilization, nature would be a master of whom we would be completely at mercy. We would be reliant on her whims, on her moods, with no manmade contraptions to at least give the illusion of keeping her at bay.

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   The lake had a way of being there, not knowing that it was situated on a major hub. A hub where biped animals zoomed back and forth in speeding boxes that the lake couldn't have possibly fathomed when its ancestors told it about one-celled organisms. Growth, you see, had a way of compounding itself, not really being linear.

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"Siamese Carrot Twins"

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      What is the world today supposed to be? What is it about, and why? Is there any reason to even care about asking these questions anymore? What is a church of the streets, anyway?

     The "First Church of The Streets" e-zine is a means of answering these questions. It is non-sectarian in the sense that it doesn't rely on any one religion to satisfy these answers. Neither does the church of the streets negate religion for comfort in secular classic philosophy. With it not being constrained to any particular dogma, the church of the streets can employ any or all of these methods. It is also free to use those schools which are considered too foolish to answer anything by so-called higher thinkers, such as popular culture. Just as religion and philosophy seem to give comfort to many in times of uncertainty, to many, popular culture is a refuge and an oasis. In this respect, it is as much a part of the church of the streets as anything else.