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“Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.” – Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

 

Remember Bob Murray? He's the right-wing coal baron who ordered his miners in Ohio to attend a 2012 rally for then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney (some of them unwittingly ended up in a campaign ad) without pay. After Romney lost to Barack Obama, Murray said a prayer before ceremoniously laying off 156 of his workers in Utah and Ohio to protest environmental regulations. – Mike Ludwig, September 2016“

 

Retired General David Petraeus, formerly the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, actually suggested arming al Qaeda directly to help fight ISIS. – Alex Emmons , September 2016

 

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) founder Paul Weyrich: “I don't want everybody to vote … As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

 

[E]pidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett found that the most consistent predictor of mental illness, infant mortality, low educational achievement, teenage births, homicides, and incarceration was economic inequality. – Bill Moyers, September 2016

 

The NSA and US government have revealed no evidence that the information Ed Snowden released has caused any harm. Inconvenience, yes, embarrassment certainly, but what has truly been revealed is that the NSA itself was unquestionably committing international, domestic and constitutional crimes. – Daniel Ellsberg, September 2016

 

There are no safe interactions with cops in a predatory police-state. – Freydis

 

"Russia—which is sometimes portrayed as a looming threat to the West—has annual military budget of $43 billion, or  less than 5 percent of NATO’s."

 

[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 2016

 

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 evidence indicate:

"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

 

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, March 2016

 

A badly broken system tends to produce the worst possible outcome.

 

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 2016

 

[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, September 2015

 

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, June 2015

 

Palestinians tried in Israeli military courts are convicted at a rate of more than 99 percent.

 

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

 

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