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Blague

1  noun  ˈbläg, -ȧg   plural -s
: HUMBUG, CLAPTRAP, RAILLERY
2  intransitive verb   -ed/-ing/-s
: to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately : lie boastfully

April Phoole! AND MORE

Tonight on Phoole & the Gang it's APRIL PHOOLE'S DAY...which it is in about half of the Phooliverse when we're live tonight at 6pm Central US time at https://slipmat.io/phoole, https://twitch.tv/phoole and https://mixcloud.com/live/phoole! Everywhere else it's April Phoole's Eve. I'm fine with celebrating early!

Jane the Phoole, 16th-century court jester, dressed in a black, red, green and gold motley, grins hugely. Behind her, the cosmos swirl, and a spectre of the very tiny and adorable Pumpkin the Screech Owl glimmers into view. Behind Jane’s head, antic alchemic runes and invocations appear amidst colorful dark nebulae. Photos and art by Ivan Phillips, also known as Doctor Logic.
Art (and photos in the art) by Ivan Phillips

April Phoole is a holiday for celebrating everything about the origins of my Phoolish existence, so tonight's Phoole & the Gang show, number 437, will contain a lot of songs about fools, silliness and stupidity. All aboard the Ship of Phooles!


Do you know why I'm Phoole? Some mysteries of my origins are solved in the FAQ (Fool-Asked Questions).

Today is also #TransDayOfVisibility. I'm so explodingly proud of Tiffany (my out-and-proud trans wife, for those new to the Phooliverse). She’s been helping establish an LGBTQIA2S+ employee resource group at our dayjob work (we both work in city government), and today she led the raising of the trans flag at our City Hall campus!

A group photo of members of The Hive, the City of Milwaukee's LBGTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) with Mayor Johnson, preparing to raise the Trans Pride Flag on the City Hall Campus flagpole on Trans Day of Visibility in 2023.
Tiffany (red wool coat, center-ish, holding up the left corner of the Trans Pride Flag) with Mayor Johnson (far right) and members of The Hive, Milwaukee's LBGTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG)

In honor of #TransDayOfVisibility, tonight's Phoole & the Gang show will also include a set of tunes about trans life and by trans artists. Trans friends and Phooligans, we see you. We share in your anger and concern about rising anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-trans movements around the world wherever fascism is creeping across the land. Come to the PhooleOut Shelter online, recover, recharge, and refuel your heart for the fight!


The world needs Phoolosophy - you can discover origins of it in a lot of the titles listed in the Bibiliographoole, especially the ones by Boal, Maestripieri, Otto, Southworth, and most especially, Moore.




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