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In brief

My straws in the winds are, in fact, mostly scenarios about the future. The unabridged Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines scenario as ``An outline or synopsis of a play, especially a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arte." It defines comedy of art as ``A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th century, characterized by improvisation from a plot outline and by the use of stock characters." In the commedia dell'arte of American and European land conversion, Business as Usual, Environmentally Friendly, Trade, Nature, Employ, and Biocide all are scenarios. In the scenarios, stock characters play their parts on a realistic stage of extrapolations of the recent past and technology that exists or lies within sight. The stock characters declaim that some land can be spared for Nature.

Yasuko Kitajima
Thu Jun 19 16:20:56 PDT 1997