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(BK Reader)   Secret society operating under cover of darkness since 1848 begrudgingly comes out of the shadows after shoddy builder bungles construction on clubhouse   (bkreader.com) divider line
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2021-04-13 5:43:54 PM  
Is it for the Greater Good?
 
2021-04-13 7:41:53 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Is it for the Greater Good?


Yarp
 
2021-04-13 7:43:24 PM  
Teh Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)?

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2021-04-13 7:47:14 PM  
read the article.
 
2021-04-13 7:51:42 PM  
Well they should be trying to get new members then. Seems like an honorable group that does some good.
 
2021-04-13 7:57:18 PM  

groppet: Well they should be trying to get new members then. Seems like an honorable group that does some good.


They are. People are reluctant to join.

Whoever they paid to do refurbishing should be drawn and quartered. That was just unforgivable.
 
2021-04-13 7:58:43 PM  
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2021-04-13 8:00:15 PM  
I don't understand. It's a secret society that has actually been both secret and benevolent?

I thought they were all about letting rich dudes network, while playing occult.
 
2021-04-13 8:02:05 PM  

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2021-04-13 8:05:29 PM  
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2021-04-13 8:06:14 PM  

phrawgh: Teh Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)?

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They look pretty odd to me.

Sort of like 19th-Century Farkers.
 
2021-04-13 8:11:12 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: phrawgh: Teh Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)?

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They look pretty odd to me.

Sort of like 19th-Century Farkers.


CSB? Many of my ancestors going back generations are buried in IOOF cemeteries. Not sure if any were members. Not sure what the deal is with that.
 
2021-04-13 8:16:08 PM  

JesseL: I don't understand. It's a secret society that has actually been both secret and benevolent?

I thought they were all about letting rich dudes network, while playing occult.


This one was run by women.

/Well there's your problem
 
2021-04-13 8:16:34 PM  
This looks like a good Fark crusade/fund raising opportunity. Any Farkers in Bed-Stuy?
 
2021-04-13 8:18:20 PM  
Well, now that we know about it...
 
2021-04-13 8:19:34 PM  

The Ocho: Nadie_AZ: Is it for the Greater Good?

Yarp


NARP?
 
2021-04-13 8:20:43 PM  
But will Billy Joel walk alone by it?
 
2021-04-13 8:20:52 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Is it for the Greater Good?


Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
 
2021-04-13 8:25:43 PM  
BTW, if you all want to create a secret society, letting people know about it is a big no-no.
 
2021-04-13 8:32:41 PM  

JesseL: I don't understand. It's a secret society that has actually been both secret and benevolent?

I thought they were all about letting rich dudes network, while playing occult.


But this one is women of color, so probably worth supporting.
 
2021-04-13 8:41:26 PM  
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2021-04-13 10:13:15 PM  

phrawgh: Creepy Lurker Guy: phrawgh: Teh Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)?

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They look pretty odd to me.

Sort of like 19th-Century Farkers.

CSB? Many of my ancestors going back generations are buried in IOOF cemeteries. Not sure if any were members. Not sure what the deal is with that.


The Odd Fellows were an equivalent of the Masons but more working class. One of the big draws of membership was burial benefits
 
2021-04-13 10:20:45 PM  
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2021-04-13 10:57:50 PM  
They should sell their story to publishers and producers. This could make an excellent book and maybe a good movie. We are in a good moment for a prestige story like this that could feature a black ensemble cast and black storytellers. The revenue, especially if they can get profit participation, could be a boon to them and the people they serve. Maybe it could inspire similar efforts.

/I would hope that the need for secrecy has passed, but that is my favorite type of charity.

/Nice article. Thanks subbie!
 
2021-04-13 11:32:43 PM  
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2021-04-14 5:20:15 AM  
I can easily understand why they've wanted to keep out of the public eye. What is less understandable is how they've managed it. They've been operating for 170 years, and no one outside their neighborhood has heard of them? That's epic-level information security.

Awesome.
 
2021-04-14 7:57:10 AM  
A station on the underground railroad where the trains haven't ran for a loooong time doesn't need secrecy. You are wasting effort keeping it secret that could have been better spent helping people.
 
2021-04-14 8:09:06 AM  

Wenchmaster: I can easily understand why they've wanted to keep out of the public eye. What is less understandable is how they've managed it. They've been operating for 170 years, and no one outside their neighborhood has heard of them? That's epic-level information security.

Awesome.


Their security procedures are intense. . .
 
2021-04-14 11:38:25 AM  

Benjimin_Dover: A station on the underground railroad where the trains haven't ran for a loooong time doesn't need secrecy. You are wasting effort keeping it secret that could have been better spent helping people.


They're helping abused women. They may not want to have abusers knowing where to find them.
 
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