The Curia: (Latin plural curiae)
. . . broadly used to designate an assembly, council, or court, in which public, official, or religious issues are discussed and decided.





In Noblesse Oblige, the witty Nancy Mitford dragged out an ancient skeleton from the cupboard, and enabled us to study - and even be amused by - a subject that had hitherto, by tacit consent, been considered unmentionable.

---H.B. Brooks-Baker, from U & Non-U Revisited






Curial Discussion Sections:
Section ranking is done from smallest section to largest, by count of articles plus references.
Varied Other --- 4 items    Class --- 16 items    Religion --- 54 items    Politics --- 83 items   Administration --- 90 items



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Varied Other
Various and assorted that don't quite manage to fit in the rest . . .

Have You Seen My Missing Book?

In honor of Valentines Day, or any similar day.

Living With Cats

On Three Parts Of The SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism)





Class---Other Social Class Related Recommended Reading

How the Upper, Middle, and Lower classes are. And.

How everyone in the 21st Century chooses his or her own class in America and a few other places as well.
And.

How everyone shares the basic acknowledgment and awareness that The Peon . . .

which may also be known as The (yuppy, yobbo, yob, upscale, underclass, trendy, sloane, sapeur, pretentious, preppy, plebeian, plebe, pimp, [ neighborhood based street gang ], ned, lad, [ Insert Relevant Slang Or Code Name Here ], hoi polloi, hipster, gatsby, fraternity/sorority, fail, douche, douchebag, chav, bro),

. . . absolutely, demonstrably, and vehemently has no taste, no style, no wisdom, and keeps him or herself both beneath, and a plague to be solved by, we who are adult and functioning.

Elegant vs "upscale"

The Elite Master

Marionettes

On Film, Tasteless Fad, And Fashion,
Or,
How the Nineteen-Empties Became The Undoubted, Bar Nothing, Butt-Ugliest Decade Of The Entire 20th Century.

Patrician Or Peon

The Powerful And The Weak And The Deluded

Quality,
the direct opposite of "Upscale", plebeian, tacky, tasteless, tawdry, the lowest of the middle class, preppy/yuppy type . . .



Other Social Class Related Recommended Reading:
Class By Jilly Cooper

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System By Paul Fussell

Congo-Paris: Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law By Janet MacGaffey

Juniors And Heavies, from Breaking Through, Selling Out, Dropping Dead and Other Notes on Filmmaking By William Bayer

Noblesse Oblige: An Enquiry into the Identifiable Characteristics of the English Aristocracy By Nancy Mitford

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire By David Cannadine

The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain By David Cannadine

U & Non-U Revisited Edited By Richard Buckle

Watching The English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour By Kate Fox




Religion---Other Recommended Religious Reading
And Not Religion. And both. And neither. And all of the above. And None of the above.

---Do remember that mere "faith" is not an actual personal religious practice and that an actual personal religious practice is never mere faith.

Religion is and will always be religion, where faith remains that collection of fantasy which one discusses separately from religion.

Faith will always be limited to looking like that part of Mathematics which deals with "random", "innumerable", "variable", and "as many totally separate examples as there are those to profess".
Such is why the number of possible schisms in any mere organized faith is at least equal to the number of faithful.

A personal religious practice always comes out ahead of any spasm of mere faith, no matter how organized that mere faith or how many people get involved or how long any are involved. This is because religion is an issue of personal awareness and experience, and faith is merely a vague hope that some general idea might someday acquire some validity or actuality.

Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed anymore.
---Terry Pratchett, Pyramids

71-hour Ahmed was not superstitious. He was substitious, which put him in a minority among humans. He didn't believe in the things everyone believed in but which nevertheless weren't true. He believed instead in the things that were true in which no one else believed.
---Terry Pratchett, Jingo

The personal religious practice of an individual is always going to be an example of the story where Mark Twain is reported to have been asked if he believed in infant baptism. His reply is reported to have been: Believe in it? Hell, I've seen it done!


The Buddha-dharma, Advertising, And Reality

Comments On Koans.

Cucumber Monk: The Record Of The Life And Teachings Of Wu-Ming
From an anonymous or unknown writer, posted here by Cassiel C. MacAvity

An overview of the buddha-dharma---A work in progress, and a Really Large File

Science and Religion, and mere faith.

Shinto and Buddhism, plumbing and carpentry.

A simple guide to the Abrahamic faiths.

Zen Sisyphus



Other Recommended Religious Reading:
The First Church of the Last Laugh
The World's Oldest Religion. The World's Largest Church.
A lite religion with 150 per cent less dogma. Only One High Holy Day and April 1st Is It!

The World's Religions by Huston Smith

The Website of Huston Smith


Ikkyu 1394-1481.

Bankei Yotaku 1622-1693.

Eckhart Tolle 1948-.

Loch Kelly ~1957-.



Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma by Brad Warner

A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine by John K. Nelson

The Unborn: The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei, 1622-1693 by Bankei (Author) , Norman Waddell (Translator, Introduction)

To Meet The Real Dragon by Gudo Nishijima with Jeffrey Bailey

Time for a Change by Richard Bandler

That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein

The Structure of Magic II: A Book About Communication and Change by Richard Bandler and John Grinder

The Structure of Magic, Vol. 1: A Book About Language and Therapy by Richard Bandler and John Grinder

Shinto Practice for Non-Japanese by David Chart

Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness by Loch Kelly

Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye by Brad Warner

Shinto, The Kami Way by Sokyo Ono

Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between by Brad Warner

Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation: How to Harness the Power of Hypnosis to Ignite Effortless and Lasting Change by Richard Bandler

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Octavo: A Sorcerer-Scientist's Grimoire by Peter J. Carroll

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

More Instant Self-Hypnosis: "hypnotize yourself as you read" by Forbes Robbins Blair

Living with the Devil by Stephen Batchelor

The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz

Japan's Holy War by Walter Skya

It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein

An Introduction to Shinto by David Chart

Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open by Forbes Robbins Blair

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life By Scott Adams

Hardcore Zen: A website with assorted comments, basically on Zen by Brad Warner

Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality by Brad Warner

God's Debris: A Thought Experiment By Scott Adams

The Gateless Gate by Koun Yamada

Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming by Richard Bandler and John Grinder

Explaining Shinto by David Chart

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen

Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs by Steve Hagen

Bankei Zen: Translations from the Record of Bankei by Yoshito Hakeda, Peter Haskel, and Mary Farkas

Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries by Noah Levine

Advanced Magick for Beginners by Alan Chapman




Politics---Other Recommended Political Reading
. . . Well, actually, Money, or more specifically, tactical economics and why administrators decide what to do.

Apples, Avocados, and Grapefruit

Castor And Pollux

Child Abuse, Alcoholism, Enlightenment

Clueless

conservative and liberal

The Conservative Manifesto: Because "The Right" Is Wrong And So Is "The Left"

Four Phases of Immigration, with an emphasis on Asian Americans in the United States.

Khublai Khan/Chinggis Khan

A New Cause!

On a constitution for an independent Scotland

Once more, from the bottom

On the private ownership of firearms

The Political Spectrum Is Always More Than Mere Left Or Right.

The U.S. Mortgage fiasco, the 2011 English riots, and Occupy Wall Street, all made simple and easy


An interesting offsite link;
The Political Compass


On 2003/04/20, The Cardinal got a result of Economic Left/Right: 0.00 Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.26

On an other hand, some of the questions are quite ambiguous, and one of them to be ambiguous to the point of being unanswerable.

On 2016/06/10, The Cardinal got a result of Economic Left/Right: -0.88 Authoritarian/Libertarian: -3.64

Still on an other hand, some of the questions are quite ambiguous, and still one of them to be ambiguous to the point of being unanswerable.

Other Recommended Political Reading:
Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part I
Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part II
Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part III
Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part IV By Michael Gene Sullivan

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History By Peter Drucker

Discworld By Terry Pratchett.
Books listed here in story chronological order.

(1) Small Gods --- (2) The Colour of Magic --- (3) The Light Fantastic --- (4) Equal Rites --- (5) Mort --- (6) Sourcery --- (7) Wyrd Sisters --- (8) Pyramids --- (9) Guards! Guards! --- (10) Eric --- (11) Moving Pictures --- (12) Reaper Man --- (13) Witches Abroad --- (14) Lords and Ladies --- (15) Men at Arms --- (16) Soul Music --- (17) Interesting Times --- (18) Maskerade --- (19) Feet of Clay --- (20) Hogfather --- (21) Jingo --- (22) The Last Continent --- (23) Carpe Jugulum --- (24) The Fifth Elephant --- (25) The Truth --- (26) Thief of Time --- (27) The Last Hero --- (28) The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents --- (29) Night Watch --- (30) The Wee Free Men --- (31) Monstrous Regiment --- (32) A Hat Full of Sky --- (33) Going Postal --- (34) Thud! --- (35) Wintersmith --- (36) Making Money --- (37) Unseen Academicals --- (38) I Shall Wear Midnight --- (39) Snuff --- (40) Raising Steam --- (41) The Shepherd's Crown.

Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II By Arthur Herman

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It By Arthur Herman

The Human Side of Enterprise, Annotated Edition By Douglas McGregor

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates By Peter Leeson

Managing For Results By Peter Drucker

The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics By Ted Halstead and Michael Lind

Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (J-B Warren Bennis Series) By Robert Townsend

Understand? Good. Play! Words of Consequence, 2nd edition By Masaaki Hatsumi and Benjamin Cole

What Got You Here Won't Get You There By Marshall Goldsmith

Circus World By Barry Longyear

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire By David Cannadine

Small Colonial War By Robert A. Frezza
(1) A Small Colonial War --- (2) Fire in a Faraway Place --- (3) Cain's Land.

Sten By Allan Cole and Chris Bunch
(1) Sten --- (2) The Wolf Worlds --- (3) The Court of a Thousand Suns --- (4) Fleet of the Damned --- (5) Revenge of the Damned --- (6) Return of the Emperor --- (7) Vortex --- (8) Empire's End --- (and) The Sten Cookbook: From The Novel Series By Bunch & Cole.

Yes Minister, book one The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister By Jonathan Lynn, Antony Jay

Yes Minister, book two Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon. James Hacker By Jonathan Lynn, Antony Jay



Administration---Other Recommended Administration Reading

Aspects of being The Boss, which to the horrified shock and denial of all non, wannabe, and willneverbe administrators, managers, directors, supervisors, can sometimes mean not being seen, and not getting in the way, and many times not taking credit.

One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you are obliged to act like one.
--- From the movie Spartacus


Canaries In Our Coal Mine
Greetings; abandon all hope ye who read here . . . .

The files listed here are the record of a large scale pop quiz which was administered over a five year period, where none of those being tested were aware of being tested until after it was over.

---Scars
---email
---Emily Cadigan, In Memoriam
---Emily's Law
---The Names
---Breeders; e.g. creatures that merely breed, as absolutely distinct from parents, e.g. those who actually raise children.
---in a dream . . . ---7/19/98
---Consultation---9/17/98
---Echoes; a Thumbnail Briefing
---Summary, 7/10/99
---A Matter Of Politics
---Postscriptum
---MindGame

How to run mailing lists of the Society For Creative Anachronism

How to run mailing lists of the Society For Creative Anachronism II

The Master

A Modest Proposal;
On the Proper Care and Feeding of a Viable Renaissance Faire

A RenFaire is an improvised and somewhat rehearsed theatrical recreation of a 1500s back-country English harvest festival. Here is a selection of short tutorials on how to run one, initially inspired by a quickly insolvent producer of pay-to-enter LARPs and particularly inspired by that company's vehement and open hatred of RenFaires.

---"Once more behind the history lectern, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our ---Well, you all know the drill."
---A Few Observations . . . . .
---The Book of Laws
---Bugger the Laws
---Communication is a good thing
---Emily's Law
---Organization is a good thing
---The Law of pieces


Other Recommended Administration Reading:
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History By George Crile

Charlie Muffin By Brian Freemantle
(1) Charlie Muffin, or, Charlie M --- (2) Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie, or, Here Comes Charlie M --- (3) The Inscrutable Charlie Muffin --- (4) Charlie Muffin's Uncle Sam, or, Charlie Muffin U.S.A. --- (5) Madrigal for Charlie Muffin --- (6) Charlie Muffin and Russian Rose, or, The Blind Run --- (7) Charlie Muffin San, or, See Charlie Run --- (8) The Run Around --- (9) Comrade Charlie --- (10) Charlie's Apprentice --- (11) Charlie's Chance, or, Bomb Grade --- (12) Dead Men Living --- (13) Kings of Many Castles --- (14) Red Star Rising --- (15) Red Star Burning --- (16) Red Star Falling.

Circus World By Barry Longyear

The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions By Scott Adams

Discworld By Terry Pratchett.
Books listed here in story chronological order.

(1) Small Gods --- (2) The Colour of Magic --- (3) The Light Fantastic --- (4) Equal Rites --- (5) Mort --- (6) Sourcery --- (7) Wyrd Sisters --- (8) Pyramids --- (9) Guards! Guards! --- (10) Eric --- (11) Moving Pictures --- (12) Reaper Man --- (13) Witches Abroad --- (14) Lords and Ladies --- (15) Men at Arms --- (16) Soul Music --- (17) Interesting Times --- (18) Maskerade --- (19) Feet of Clay --- (20) Hogfather --- (21) Jingo --- (22) The Last Continent --- (23) Carpe Jugulum --- (24) The Fifth Elephant --- (25) The Truth --- (26) Thief of Time --- (27) The Last Hero --- (28) The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents --- (29) Night Watch --- (30) The Wee Free Men --- (31) Monstrous Regiment --- (32) A Hat Full of Sky --- (33) Going Postal --- (34) Thud! --- (35) Wintersmith --- (36) Making Money --- (37) Unseen Academicals --- (38) I Shall Wear Midnight --- (39) Snuff --- (40) Raising Steam --- (41) The Shepherd's Crown.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It By Michael E. Gerber

Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II By Arthur Herman

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today By Thomas E. Ricks

Henka By Doug Wilson
"The mission of the Henka blog is to act as a pure source of transmission of Hatsumi Soke’s teaching in Japan."

The House of God By Samuel Shem

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It By Arthur Herman

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life By Scott Adams

The Human Side of Enterprise, Annotated Edition By Douglas McGregor

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates By Peter Leeson

Lapham's Rules of Influence: A Careerist's Guide to Success, Status, and Self-Congratulation By Lewis Lapham
Note: This is the guidebook of your enemy and opposition. For your guidebook, see the book by Robert Townsend.

Managing For Results By Peter Drucker

Mount Misery By Samuel Shem

One of Us: Officers of Marines--Their Training, Traditions, and Values By Jack Ruppert

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire By David Cannadine

Small Colonial War By Robert A. Frezza
(1) A Small Colonial War --- (2) Fire in a Faraway Place --- (3) Cain's Land.

Sten By Allan Cole and Chris Bunch
(1) Sten --- (2) The Wolf Worlds --- (3) The Court of a Thousand Suns --- (4) Fleet of the Damned --- (5) Revenge of the Damned --- (6) Return of the Emperor --- (7) Vortex --- (8) Empire's End --- (and) The Sten Cookbook: From The Novel Series By Bunch & Cole.

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer By Jeffrey K. Liker

Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (J-B Warren Bennis Series) By Robert Townsend
Note: This is your guidebook. For the guidebook of your enemy and opposition, see the book by Lewis Lapham

Understand? Good. Play! Words of Consequence, 2nd edition By Masaaki Hatsumi and Benjamin Cole

What Got You Here Won't Get You There By Marshall Goldsmith

Yes Minister, book one The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister By Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

Yes Minister, book two Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon. James Hacker By Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future By Peter Thiel and Blake Masters





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