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A roaring hum erupts from the engine of my taxi 
as I tap the accelerator, bank the wheel hard 
for a sharp right turn at the corner of Liberty 
and Maple, en route to assist a senior citizen 
fare with her groceries at the Kroger's of Ann 
Arbor's old West Side. 
 
Stray rainwater droplets rap-tap-tap against the 
windshield whilst my fingers flip idly back and 
forth between radio stations, in search of good 
songs amid a torrential flood of commercials 
swarming over the airwaves...weekly afternoon 
rhetoric... 
 
"Paying too much for homeowners insurance? Call us 
now! Need an attorney? We specialize in DUI's  
for all those times you've been drunk off your ass 
behind the wheel - nevermind that it's plain common 
sense not to drink and drive, just give our ambulance  
chasing two-bit law firm your money, and we'll go 
to work for you! Low sexual stamina? Can't get it 
up anymore? Try our new wonder-drug aphrodisiac fresh 
on the shelves of your local pharmacy - get your  
groove back in the style of a true 'love machine'..." 
 
Spare me. Sarcastic guffaws spew from my throat as I 
coast my vehicle into the parking lot. Consumer  
Cultureshock, coming soon to a store near you. Frame 
twitching, I flick the channel once more to a college 
station - finally signs of intelligent life - then my 
psyche ponders media-syndicated words like Duopoly 
used by the current announcer to apparently illustrate 
a corporate merger or hostile takeover somewhere in 
California, big business expands its tentacles over  
yet another mom and pop store, another park becomes a 
strip mall. 
 
My brain wracks over a term heard at age five, and I 
realize it's the age of Moloch all over again - Das 
Kapital infrastructure versus the few, the proud, the 
scourge of collection agencies. Donning a set of  
mental boxing gloves, I steel my nerves, grit my teeth 
and tap the accelerator in preparation for round one.


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