Happy Labor Day!

Sorry for my absence, I’ve been traveling for work and family, being dramatically killed as my arc as a big bad NPC came to an end, and then being ill.  Regular posts resume tomorrow, with Turing Test results coming soon, once I do one more email blast to up the N.  In the meantime, I don’t have the day off, but whether you do or not, I hope you enjoy songs from my favorite Union musical:



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  • grok87

    “This is for kids shinin’ shoes in the street, With no shoes on their feet every day. This is for guys sweatin’ blood in the shops, While the bosses and cops look away.”

    I like the above from “Once and for All”

    The themes of social justice and the right relationship of labor/capital are strong in today’s gospel as well.
    Gospel LK 4:16-30

    Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
    to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

    Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
    and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them,
    “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

    This source point out that what Jesus was doing was declaring a Jubilee year.


    Among other things, the Jubilee year involved the cancellation of debts and the freeing of slaves…
    “The biblical requirement is that the Jubilee year was to be treated like a Sabbatical year, with the land lying fallow, but also required the compulsory return of all property to its original owners or their heirs, except the houses of laymen within walled cities, in addition to the manumission of all Israelite indentured servants.”


    All good things to think about on this “labor” day!

  • Martha O’Keeffe

    Sorry to hear you were ill and I hope you feel better now!

  • I just picked this up, but…you don’t get Labor Day off? That’s…ironic.