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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 24 January 2005 05:35 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's a challenge for fellow babblers. Let's see how many references we can find to rabble / babble in popular culture (songs, movies, TV, novels, magazines, etc.). I'm not talking about actual references to our fair website such as

quote:
Popular progressive website rabble.ca

But more incidental / accidental references like the one that inspired me to create this thread.

quote:
He's the best there is
in the hellfire biz
a black belt in the art of babble
Came from Vera Cruz
with a bottle of booze
told him he had to rouse the rabble

"A Rock for the Forgotten", David+David, 1986


Of course, I want to get me one of them "black belts in the art of babble".

[Edited to add: This also answers the question posed in the other active thread in the Culture forum. "Boomtown" by David+David.]

[ 24 January 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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HeywoodFloyd
token right-wing mascot
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posted 24 January 2005 05:40 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michael Platt in the Calgary Sun on anti-smoking activists

quote:
The premier also disagrees with anti-smoking advocates who claim a province-wide smoking ban would cause more people to quit, and again, Klein is right -- the high price of smokes, both financially and socially, means most of those who still indulge are addicts.

They won't quit, no matter how many "no-smoking" signs appear.

The smokers who would quit simply because of inconvenience already butted out years ago.

The shame is, rabble-rousers and easily-influenced politicians waste their time trying to slay the dragon, when it's the dragon's breath that annoys most people.

Smokers puffing away in bars don't bother anyone, except the odd waitress who whines about the second-hand fumes but fails to switch careers, because the tips aren't as good.

What does bother many people are smokers who crowd doorways outside non-smoking buildings, forcing others to run a gauntlet of stench to get inside.


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Papal Bull
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posted 24 January 2005 05:44 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Rabble, rabble, bitch, bitch..."
"Babble, babble, party, party..."
Marilyn Manson - This is the New Shit.

I hate Manson, but that song was on the Matrix Reloaded soundtrack.


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Michelle
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posted 24 January 2005 05:44 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
Of course, I want to get me one of them "black belts in the art of babble".[/QB]

You have far to go, grasshopper.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 24 January 2005 07:26 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I don't think I'll ever catch up to you, "Ms 24/7", but I think I've put a few trolls on the mat in my day
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Contrarian
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posted 24 January 2005 07:57 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
C.J. Cherryh's sci-fi books Heavy Time and Hell-burner have a character who was part of the "rab" movement decades previously; I think they were demonstrating against The Company and were fired upon; so she is quite anti-authoritarian and given to saying things like "Rab is, man."
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 24 January 2005 08:59 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Respect the stars, you rabble."

Peter and the Test Tube Babies
Pissed and Proud


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Catchfire
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posted 24 January 2005 10:29 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From one of my favourites:

quote:
You strike my people, and your disorder’d rabble
 Make servants of their betters. (King Lear 1.4.167-8)

Or, a lesson to most of us here:

quote:
Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls (Richard III 5.3.334)

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worker_drone
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posted 24 January 2005 10:37 PM      Profile for worker_drone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
South Park Episode 611 "Child Abduction is Not Funny"

quote:
South Park City Hall, next day. The townsfolk are clamoring outside the front door

Townsfolk: Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble...

Mayor McDaniels: People, people, calm down.

Randy: Well what are we gonna do, Mayor?! We have to stop these abductors from being able to get into our town!

Townsfolk: Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble...

Mayor McDaniels: Yes, but standing out here yelling "Rabble rabble rabble" isn't going to help anything.

Jimbo: Well we don't know what else to do, Mayor!

Townsfolk: Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble.



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koan brothers
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posted 24 January 2005 11:01 PM      Profile for koan brothers     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
By Broad Potomac's Shore
by Walt Whitman
(1819-1892)

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By broad Potomac's shore, again old tongue,
(Still uttering, still ejaculating, canst never cease this babble?)
Again old heart so gay, again to you, your sense, the full flush
spring returning,....


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 25 January 2005 04:37 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, this is working out well...

"Babble", by The Cure

quote:
Nothing ever changes
Nothing ever moves
I swim around in circles
In the same old lifeless room
And talk about the mirror man
The whispers in my ear again
The hot and sticky pillow man
Is smothering my face again

Nothing ever changes
Nothing ever moves
And I run around hysterical
In dead persistent gloom
And babble out in simile
Like dog-head-monkey-music me
Shut up shut up shut up shut up
Shut up
And let me breathe...



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Papal Bull
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posted 25 January 2005 02:28 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by worker_drone:
South Park Episode 611 "Child Abduction is Not Funny"


FORGET ABOUT THE GALGUMEKS!?

RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 25 January 2005 10:33 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nancy White has a song on her Momnipotent album called "I'm Babbling".

Since she recorded it in 1990, she couldn't have been referring to this site. It's actually about how she was catching only snippets of the news and got confused about different stories after she was dealing with a new baby.


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HeywoodFloyd
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posted 26 January 2005 04:13 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
www.savemarriage.ca
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Sharon
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posted 26 January 2005 04:15 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well now, isn't that something.

(Oh, and now I see it on the other thread as well.)

[ 26 January 2005: Message edited by: Sharon ]


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 26 January 2005 04:16 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ahem

quote:
I'm not talking about actual references to our fair website such as

quote:
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Popular progressive website rabble.ca
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But more incidental / accidental references like the one that inspired me to create this thread.


[Edited to add: Also, it seems pretty clear that their website doesn't qualify as "popular" culture. ]

[ 26 January 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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Papal Bull
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posted 26 January 2005 04:18 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by HeywoodFloyd:
www.savemarriage.ca

*ahem*

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHA


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Wilf Day
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posted 26 January 2005 08:21 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Walker
rabble-rouser
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posted 26 January 2005 08:44 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Come on - you people aren't even trying:

1. Keeping the Rabble in Line Interviews with David Barsamian. Copyright © 1994 by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian.

2. Rabble Starkey by Lowry, Lois. (Children's novel)
Rabble (short for Parable Ann) and her young, single mother Sweet Ho have a wonderful relationship even though times are hard.

3. Midnight Ride of the Rabble by Thom Hartmann.
(from http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0604-01.htm - breaking news for the progressive community)

4. The Angelica Home Kitchen: Recipes and Rabble Rousings from an Organic Vegan Restaurant by Leslie McEachern, John Begelow Taylor.

5. the Rabble Rousers string band (http://rabblerousers1.tripod.com/) "The Rabble Rousers string band, hailing from Ithaca NY performs early 20th century old-timey songs as well as original pieces with a heavy dose of rural influence."

6. RABBLE AND NOBLES by Ray C. Stedman
"...Let's resume our study of how the most revolutionary message the world has ever heard moved into Europe and thus affected the history of Western civilization for some 2000 years..."


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 27 January 2005 03:42 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ursula, featuring Andrew Cash (currently of The Cash Brothers, formerly a solo artist, formerly of L'Etranger -- which also featured Charlie Angus) has a song called "PhD of Babble" (which I suppose is the nerd equivalent to "a black belt in the art of babble"). The lyrics...

quote:
Politics is not for you
simple one with the grey hair
And its not for you quiet one
gathering scaps to put on
your family table of despair
And it's not for the future less
the lonely or the uncomfortable

Politics is not for you for you are
uninvited at the banquet table
Politics is not for lungs, face
breathing in air, cancer and fate
Politics wears rubber gloves
when it kisses your baby
You're just a line on the ledger
You betcha

Politics will go cap in hand
on bended knee with the noose behind its back
those little children with their PhDs of babble attack
sons of criminals kiss the ring of the bishop
I got me a PhD in babble (repeat)


[ 27 January 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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Gir Draxon
leftist-rightie and rightist-leftie
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posted 27 January 2005 10:30 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
MDFMK- Rabble-rouser
quote:
Commandeer own your fear
Associate, and integrate
A rabble rouser in your face
A proclamation of defense
The outrage of the innocent
Unyeilding to the consequence
A rabble rouser to the end

A Perfect Circle- PET

quote:
Lay your head down child
I won't let the boogeyman come
Counting bodies like sheep
to the rhythm of the war drum

pay no mind to the rabble
pay no mind to the rabble

head down, go to sleep
to the rhythm of the war drums



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al-Qa'bong
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posted 29 January 2005 09:43 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The New York Dolls have a tune called Babylon, in which they keep sing "I'm going to babble babble on" (although you won't see this on any lyrics page).
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'lance
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posted 29 January 2005 11:23 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Kipling isn't exactly pop culture nowadays, but he surely was in his day.

Anyhow: the lama in Kim is talking to the old soldier:

quote:
"The river that I know washes from all taint of sin. Ascending the far bank one is assured of Freedom. I do not know thy life, but thy face is the face of the honourable and courteous. Thou hast clung to thy Way, rendering fidelity when it was hard to give, in that Black Year of which I now remember other tales. Enter now upon the Middle Way, which is the path to Freedom. Hear the most excellent Law, and do not follow dreams."

"Speak then, old man," the soldier smiled, half saluting. "We are all babblers at our age."



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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 01 February 2005 09:31 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thomas Walkom

quote:
Paul Martin should say no to George Bush's defence scheme for two reasons: The first is practical. The second is purely political. He is a man who, as prime minister, has accomplished little. He babbles.

So, what's his user name?

[ 01 February 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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Sharon
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posted 18 February 2005 03:42 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Babbling Idols

quote:
It was perfectly appropriate that the most recently televised encounter of the major candidates for mayor of Los Angeles was broadcast from the set of American Idol.

I came across this in my hunt for netted news and thought of Scott immediately.

[ 18 February 2005: Message edited by: Sharon ]


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angrymonkey
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posted 19 February 2005 04:49 AM      Profile for angrymonkey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
THE DOWNFALL OF ROBERT, EARLE OF HUNTINGTON
by Anthony Munday

The Sheriffe with staves,
With catchpoles and knaves,
Are comming, I see,
High time tis for mee
To leave off my babble
And fond ribble rabble.
Therefore with this curtsie
A while I will leave yee.
[Exit]


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 03 March 2005 10:52 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's a blogger who claims to be babbling, but he thinks that has something to do with being right wing.

Babbling Brooks: Where the left is never right

He begins each blog entry with "Babble on." We will, we will...


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 27 April 2005 04:28 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From this thread


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gavinelster
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posted 29 April 2005 05:37 PM      Profile for gavinelster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How 'bout the Nick Lowe song, "Stick It
Where the Sun Don't Shine"?

It contains both "rabble" and "babble"
in the lines..."Either rejoin the rabble/
Or listen to your babble"

cheers,
ge


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Hephaestion
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posted 11 May 2005 11:34 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Red State Rabble
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Scott Piatkowski
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Babbler # 1299

posted 25 May 2005 01:30 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
See headline at the top right of the page...

[ 25 May 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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sgm
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posted 12 June 2005 12:57 AM      Profile for sgm     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The National Post is sub-only, but here are a few lines from today's englightened and informed view of the situtation in Bolivia:

quote:

Honour in Bolivia

There is much to admire about the conduct of former Bolivian president Carlos Mesa, who resigned this week rather than submit to demands from a rabble in the street for the nationalization of the country's oil and gas industry.

[snip]

However, none of this [changes to hydrocarbon taxes] was sufficient to appease the rabble--a coalition of Indians and miners and behind the protests, blockades and occupation of foreign-owned oil and gas installations, who will settle for nothing less than outright nationalization.

Bolivia's prospects for development are tenuous enough, but if mobs can force the governement to seize private assets, the situation will have become truly hopeless.



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Granola Girl
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posted 12 June 2005 04:51 PM      Profile for Granola Girl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not exactly pop culture, but read this line the recently and couldn't help smiling as I thought of rabble.ca:

"Socrates belonged, in his origins, to the lowest orders: Socrates was rabble."
Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols.

[ 12 June 2005: Message edited by: Granola Girl ]


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kingblake
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posted 19 June 2005 06:32 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The first Babble Book Club pick, The Time Traveler's Wife coincidentally has several references to Rabble/babble.

p.203 "I find Henry in the kitchen, listening patiently as one of Laura's inexplicable jock friends babbles on about football".

p.333 "Joseph, more extroverted at one [year old], races up to Clare babbling 'Ba ba ba' and burps loudly as she picks him up".

p.401 "Then from the babble I hear Alba calling, 'Mama!'"


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skdadl
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posted 22 June 2005 02:52 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the Social Studies section of today's Grope and Flail (Michael Kesterton's li'l collections of ephemera at the foot of last page of first section):

Apparently the company that first introduced open-plan office cubicles has invented a device to restore some privacy to those cubicles. The Chicago Tribune reports:

"About the size of a clock radio and no more forbidding to operate, Babble is a vocal privacy device that makes it possible for people to have confidential telephone conversations in their cubicles -- and not be overheard by coworkers. Or at least, not be heard in a voice that is decipherable."

A spokesperson explains: "It multiplies your voice . . . and sends your randomized voice out with your natural voice and the combination of those voices is impossible to decipher."

Natural but randomized -- c'est nous, oui?

(We're working on the indecipherable part.)

[ 22 June 2005: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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Melsky
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posted 22 June 2005 03:16 PM      Profile for Melsky   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wonder if those are the Babble microphones that keep showing up in the google ads.

There's a really good used bookstore up the street from me called Babel. It's a diferent spelling but that is the root word that babble comes from.


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