[A] key factor in the Brexit crisis is the reality that masses of voters in Britain,
as across Europe, have concluded that the EU is a socially regressive institution
hostile to their interests. A tool of European capitalism... – Alex Lantier, June
The business classes, which largely run the country [USA], are highly class conscious.
It is not a distortion to describe them as vulgar Marxists, with values and commitments
reversed. – Noam Chomsky, June 2016
The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe
it. – George Carlin
Australia eliminates rapid-fire guns and deadly mass-shootings stop, 20 years of
"Opponents of public health measures to reduce the availability of firearms often
claim that 'killers just find another way.' Our findings show the opposite: there
is no evidence of murderers moving to other methods, and the same is true of suicide."
– Philip Alpers, June 2016
[B]y far the worst human rights violations in Cuba take place in this stolen territory
[Guantanamo Bay], to which the US has a much weaker claim than Russia does to Crimea,
also taken by force. – Noam Chomsky, June 2016
Removing all barriers to migration would be like finding trillion dollar bills on
the sidewalk. – Debora MacKenzie, April 2016
In Canada as well as in many European countries, a new mother is entitled to up to
one year of paid time off. Only a few countries have no paid maternity leave mandate.
They include Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and the United States. – McGill University,
A badly broken system tends to produce the worst possible outcome.
It's hard for me to turn down money, because that's what I've done in my whole life.
I grab and grab and grab. You know, I get greedy. I want money, money. I'll tell
you what we're going to do, right? We get greedy, right? Now we're going to get greedy
for the United States. We're going to grab and grab and grab. We're going to bring
in so much money and so much everything. – Donald Trump, February 2016
Most of the [campaign] ads are not about issues, they’re sort of like the debates.
They’re saying, ‘He did this or he did that.’ Nobody is saying what I stand for.
I’ve never seen anything like this and this is going to be a very good year for us.
[...] I’m not taking any sides, I’m just saying for us, economically, Donald [Trump’s]
place in this election is a good thing. – Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, February 2016
The clear implication for policymakers who wish to see fewer abortions occur is to
focus on making contraceptive care more available by increasing funding and stopping
attacks on all family planning providers. – Joerg Dreweke, February 2016
It is rather striking to observe that the policies that the rich and powerful adopt
for themselves are the precise opposite of those they dictate to the weak and poor.
– Noam Chomsky, June 2016
ExxonMobil oil company management has spent $210 billion over the past decade buying
their own stock. Microsoft spent $125 billion buying their stock over the same time
period. – David Gaffen, January 2016
Terrorism can never be defeated using violence, but violence can certainly inflame
it and make it worse. Terrorism can only be stopped once poverty and injustice, the
root causes, are rectified. – Freydis, December 2015"
Watch it happen: civil liberties go away as poverty increases. – Freydis, January
[T]he United States is the only country in the world other than New Zealand to allow
direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. – Brad Dixon, December 2015
The United States remains the only country in the world to sentence children to life
in prison without the possibility of parole. – Sarah Mehta, November 2015
ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to
destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity. Like Pol
Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS is the mutation of a Western state terror dispensed
by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great
distance. Their culpability is unmentionable in "our" societies, making accomplices
of those who suppress this critical truth. – Carl Elliott, November 2015
Morality aside, O’Mara wanted to know if there was credible science that showed torture
worked. The answer, it turns out, is no. The reality is that “the intelligence obtained
through torture is so paltry, the signal-to-noise ratio so low, that proponents of
torture are left with an indefensible case”. Advocates defend torture with an “ad
hoc mixture of anecdote, cherry-picked stories and entirely counterfactual scenarios”,
he says. – John Pilger, November 2015
If you could travel at the speed of light you would experience no time as everything
would occur instantaneously to you.
However, only energy is known to travel at the speed of light, although energy and
matter are interchangeable. – Freydis
[Israel uses] Arabic-speaking members of the security forces, known as mistaravim,
to infiltrate protests, act as agents provocateurs, encourage demonstrators to throw
stones and attack soldiers, and then pull out their guns and fire at and arrest protesters.
– Jean Shaoul, October 2015
For a long time politicians have been competing to say we must create more jobs with
longer hours – work has become an end in itself. But productivity has doubled since
the 1970s, so technically we even have the potential for a four-hour working day.
It is a question of how these productivity gains are distributed. It did not used
to be utopian to cut working hours – we have done this before. – Lise-Lotte Pettersson,
It’s not that having the McRib first or being a test market city makes you a haven
for serial killers. It’s that the underlying sociological factors that make those
places preferred locales for marketers also seem to see disproportionate numbers
of [sexually deviant and violent] offenders. – Mike Arntfield, August 2015
Today, with all the knowledge, technology and other resources available, life-threatening
scarcity need not exist anywhere, for anyone. – Charles Eisenstein, August 2015
MI6 had cooperated with the CIA on a “rat line” of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles
to the Syrian rebels in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime. – Seumas Milne,
Palestinians tried in Israeli military courts are convicted at a rate of more than
America calls itself the 'Land of the Free', but how much freedom does anyone have
living in poverty? How free are you really when you have to work for someone else
to survive? – Freydis, 2015
Conservatives for the most part are using the idea of terminating a pregnancy [abortion]
as part of a cultural-war strategy to gain and maintain political power. – George
Lakoff, November 2014
Imperialists rarely miss the opportunity to hijack an honest revolution. – Freydis
Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of
obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to
prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring. – Declaration of the Nuremburg
War Crimes Tribunal