oh man... I have gotten so much help from folks here regardin my JSON issues in the last two days... for which I'm very very grateful, because I have learned a lot...
I have learned more JSON in the last two days than in all the time I've been trying to learn JSON...;-)

so am humbly submitting one more question...

http://mayacove.com/dev/json/topics_lcl.html

test link at very top gets triggered, it shows all three values I want to show

but the links where it really should be happening, namely the "topic" links on the left, are simply not getting triggered at all, not even the alert, but I get no errors...

JS is here, http://mayacove.com/dev/json/js/topics_lcl.js
I moved the .click-binding code to the very bottom of the document.ready() wrapper, nothing changes....

what could this be?

thank you very much....