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I can guarantee you one thing: I know for a fact that the black suits have spies inside every government agency out there.”
Helen raised an eyebrow. “The government is spying on itself?”
“Why wouldn’t it?” Chip asked, as if to say, “Silly question.” –Ernie Lindsey, Skynoise

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about agencies within the government spying on each other.

Journaling Prompt: What is your level of trust with the government of your country? 

Art Prompt: Spies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of secrecy within governments and the problems it causes.

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London

The London congestion charge is a fee charged on most motor vehicles operating within the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ) in central London between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday…The scheme makes use of purpose-built automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras… to record vehicles entering and exiting the zone. Cameras can record number plates with a 90% accuracy rate through the technology… The cameras take two still pictures in colour and black and white and useinfrared technology to identify the number plates. The camera network and other roadside equipment is managed largely automatically by an instation system… which delivers number plates to the billing system. These identified numbers are checked against the list of payers overnight by computer. In those cases when a number plate has not been recognised then they are checked manually. Those that have paid but have not been seen in the central zone are not refunded, and those that have not paid and are seen are fined. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a futuristic city which takes unorthodox steps to protect the environment while violating citizen privacy.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the violations of privacy the government uses to seek out terrorists, etc.?

Art Prompt: Big Brother

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about governmental incursions into privacy. How do you feel about them? Where do you think the line should be drawn?

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Busy working

boon·dog·gle [boon-dog-uhl, -daw-guhl] noun, verb, -gled, -gling.
1. a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.
2. work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
3. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, or poem using the word of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about one of your experiences related to the word of the week.

Art Prompt: Boondoggle

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about a boondoggle and give details about how you believe it should be changed.

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Hurricane Katrina

When we’re threatened we defend ourselves — and our systems. Before 9/11, for instance, President George W. Bush was sinking in the polls. But as soon as the planes hit the World Trade Center, the president’s approval ratings soared. So did support for Congress and the police. During Hurricane Katrina, America witnessed FEMA’s spectacular failure to rescue the hurricane’s victims. Yet many people blamed those victims for their fate rather than admitting the agency flunked and supporting ideas for fixing it. In times of crisis… we want to believe the system works. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about a character’s reaction to a crisis.

Journaling Prompt: Have you judged the victims of a crisis because you wanted to keep intact your belief that the system works?

Art Prompt: Disaster

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Explain to your audience the natural response to crisis and formulate a model for a more constructive method of responding.

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