“This is the ultimate message of
the New Wave: if you just amass the courage that is necessary,
you can completely invent yourself. You can be your own hero.” –
"We want to sing the love of
danger, the habit of energy and rashness." - F. T. Marinetti,
"The essential elements of our
poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt." - F. T. Marinetti,
“Everyone does what they can to
avoid thinking. Laziness is the most basic human trait. People
don’t want to think - they can’t make the connection between
entertainment and thought. They want immediate kicks. People
will not be human until they get pleasure from thought - only a
thinking person can be a full person.” – Czech Film director
Vera Chytilova, 1978.
"Every satisfied desire arouses the
desire for more." - Sylvie Fleury
"It is a mistake to believe if you
paint circles, cubes or some profound jumble of lines that you
are being revolutionary - in comparison to Makart, perhaps. ...
Your brushes and pens, which should be your weapons, are empty
straws. Go out of your rooms, ... allow yourselves to be
captured by the ideas of working people, and help them in their
struggle against a rotten society." - George Grosz, 1920
"Nature is our
best teacher." - Karl Blossfeldt
"Freedom is not
something you are given, but something you have to take." -
care less what people call it [art], as long as we can
make what we want." - Atelier Van Lieshout
"No matter how
much joy the exercise of a noble craft can
bestow, let us not forget that it is a means of
repeating and multiplying." - M.C. Escher
the classification of the natural world, is a
system of order imposed by man and not an
objective reflection of nature. Its categories
are actively applied and contain the assumptions,
values and associations of human society." -
"Beauty is that
which provokes the greatest number of ideas in
the shortest time," said the18th century
Dutch writer Hemsterhuis.
"A bar is a sad
place, a place full of strangers who are killing
time, postponing the idea they are going to die"
- Edward Kienholz
"I think the
whole idea of continuance after death is an
understandable projection of man's ego."
Artist Edward Kienholz
Art comes from
emotion and the strongest emotion is pain
therefore all the best artists are masochists.
"We shape clay
into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that
holds whatever we want." - Tao Te Ching
"Chaos is the
beginning; simplicity is the end." - M.C.
"Beauty? Let me tell you something
- being thought of as 'a beautiful woman' has spared me nothing
in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult.
Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory."
- Halle Berry
Someone said that
Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to
think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a
way. Russia is doing it under government. It's happening here
all by itself without being under a strict government; so if
it's working without trying, why can't it work without being
Communist? Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we're
getting more and more that way. - Andy Warhol
Too many so
called artists obscure their lack of talent with a lack of
substance and ambiguity. - Freydis
of drugs to entire countries, as in the case of Greece,
reveals that the major pharmaceutical companies will go to any
length to ensure the profitability of their operations. It
must be taken as a warning to the working class in Europe and
John Vassilopoulos, July 2010
Wednesday, 41 of the 245 captives at Guantánamo were on a
hunger strike, said Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum.
Of them, 35 were being force-fed through a regime that has
guards strap a shackled captive into a chair and Velcro his
head to a metal restraint.
Camp staff then tether a tube through the man's nose and down
to his stomach to pump in a protein shake twice a day. Each
feeding lasts about an hour.
Judge OK's use of Guantánamo forced-feeding chair,
Miami Herald, February 12, 2009.
After 15 days
in the Pakistani prison, Habib was transferred to United
States agents who flew him to Cairo. When he arrived, Omar
Solaimon, chief of Egyptian security, informed him that Egypt
receives US$10 million for every confessed terrorist they hand
over to the US. Habib stated that during his five months in
Egypt, "there was no interrogation, only torture". From:
Extraordinary rendition, extraordinary mistake, by
Sangitha McKenzie Millar, Asia Times, September 4, 2008.
So said the UK
Home Office last week as it announced plans to give
law-enforcement agencies, local councils and other public
bodies access to the details of people's text messages, emails
and internet activity. The move followed its announcement in
May that it was considering creating a massive central
database to store all this data, as a tool to help the
security services tackle crime and terrorism.
Meanwhile in the US the FISA Amendments Act, which became law
in July, allows the security services to intercept anyone's
international phone calls and emails without a warrant for up
to seven days. Governments around the world are developing
increasingly sophisticated electronic surveillance methods in
a bid to identify terrorist cells or spot criminal activity.
... More surveillance does not necessarily lead to a higher
level of societal security. From:
Surveillance made easy, NewScientist, August 23, 2008.
10-year sentences like they're nothing, like that's a soft
penalty, when in much of the rest of the world a decade behind
bars would be considered extraordinarily severe. This is what
separates us from other industrialized countries: It's not
just that we send so many people to prison, but that we keep
them there for so long and send them back so often. Eight
years ago, we surpassed Russia to claim the dubious
distinction of having the world's highest rate of
incarceration; today we're still No. 1. … America is expert at
turning citizens into convicts, but we've forgotten how to
transform convicts back into citizens. From: Slammed,
by Jennifer Gonnerman, Mother Jones Magazine, July/August
2008, p. 46.
The refusal to
allow Finkelstein to enter Israel is particularly telling
since Israel legally permits every Jew to exercise his or her
right to live in Israel as a citizen of the country, in
contrast to the Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 and
1967 who are refused entry or the right of return, in
accordance with the Law of Return that is fundamental to the
Zionist state. It demonstrates that the security force
reserves to itself the right to interpret the law as it sees
fit. Israel is a home to diaspora Jews only providing that
they do not criticise its military expansionism and oppression
of the Palestinian people.
The ban on an academic critical of Israeli policy is all the
more noteworthy because Israel likes to portray itself as a
beacon of democracy in the region. In reality Finkelstein is
not the first to be barred from entering the country: Israel
regularly stops pro-Palestinian academics and peace activists
from entering Israel who go to show support for Palestinian
US academic Norman Finkelstein denied entry to Israel,
by Jean Shaoul, May 31, 2008.
“It’s now too
easy for autocrats to get away with mounting a sham
democracy,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human
Rights Watch. “That’s because too many Western governments
insist on elections and leave it at that. They don’t press
governments on the key human rights issues that make democracy
function – a free press, peaceful assembly, and a functioning
civil society that can really challenge power.” -
2008 Report: Democracy Charade Undermines Rights
"I didn't know
there is such torture at police stations or prisons for
ordinary people," said one viewer, Amal Zaki, 25, as she was
leaving the theater. "I thought they only torture terrorists."
Egypt cheers films critical of police, AP January 25,
Lefever [a Navy psychologist] says it is unfair to compare US
antiterror interrogations with Soviet interrogation
techniques. "Their abuse was a systematic practice to conceal
the truth," he says. "If Padilla was abused, then it was for a
righteous purpose – to reveal the truth." -
US Gov't broke Padilla through intense isolation, say experts,
August 14, 2007.
"Iran needs to
learn to respect us, and Iran certainly needs to respect
American power in the Middle East." - R. Nicholas Burns,
undersecretary of state for political affairs, January 2007.
“Regimes collapse when people are no longer afraid and think
they’re no longer alone.” - Gordon Chang, author.
has declared total war against us, and our
response is to politically disregard the state,
its representatives and its laws. A new, grass-roots
power must be built by the people. ... The birth
of this new power will not recognize old
institutions." - "Byron,"
commander of the rebel FARC army's 51st front in
Colombia, June 26, 2002.
"Political settlement demands
equity of power. Israel holds all the cards. So why is there a
demand for our surrender?" - Nawaf Mousawi of Hezbollah
Mistaking wealth for virtue is a cruelty of our time. By
treating poverty as inevitable for parts of the population,
and giving impoverished workers no means to rise out of it,
America deprives not only them but society as a whole.
Talented and hard-working people are denied the ability to
contribute, and society is denied the benefits of their gifts.
Poverty is not a character flaw. Poverty is not emblematic of
intelligence. Poverty is lost potential, unheard
contributions, silenced voices. –
Sarah Kendzior, July 2013
Inc., the largest private employer in the U.S., plans to stop
paying staff there an additional $1 an hour for working
Sundays, taking a bite out of its single biggest expense.
[...] “The company is obsessive about labor costs, not just to
save money in the coming quarter but to encourage turnover,
which also keeps wages low,” [said] Nelson Lichtenstein, a
professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. --
Bloomberg News, 08.12.10
Now the average
Joe or Jane might ask what is wrong with having a prosperous
financial industry? Well, the problem is that finance is not
an industry, by any definition of the word. Finance does not
create wealth; it actually takes out wealth from the real
economy, by means of interest. So if the financial sector is
one third of the GDP, it means the rest of us are one-third
poorer than we need to be. -
Gordon Arnaut, May 2010
I think that
far from being such a bad thing, the intervention by the
government illustrated just how capitalism works. Time and
time again, when the economy contracts as it did in 2008,
America has had to resort to socialist methods in order to
save capitalism from imploding, but once the problems were
solved, once our government put these bankers on solid
financial ground, they gave them back to the very people that
had run them into the ground in the first place. -
Tim Gatto, May 05, 2010
have come through the recession with flying colours. The stock
market is up, the hedge funds are coining it. The rich are
doing very nicely. The rest of the country is going to have to
face public spending cuts, but it has little effect on the
rich because they don’t consume public services.” - Philip
Beresford, April 2010
The wealth of
the Wal-Mart founder's family in 2005 was estimated at about
the same ($90 billion) as that of the bottom 40 percent of the
US population: 120 million people. - Tony Judt
exist to enable real people to evade responsibility for their
actions. - William A. Cohn, 2010
“The lesson of
Lehman should not be that the government should have prevented
its failure. The lesson of Lehman should be that Lehman should
not have existed at a scale that allowed it to jeopardize the
financial system.” - David Einhorn, October 2009
Hyman] Minsky, however, argued for a “bubble-up” approach,
sending money to the poor and unskilled first. The government
- or what he liked to call “Big Government” - should become
the “employer of last resort,” he said, offering a job to
anyone who wanted one at a set minimum wage. It would be paid
to workers who would supply child care, clean streets, and
provide services that would give taxpayers a visible return on
their dollars. In being available to everyone, it would be
even more ambitious than the New Deal, sharply reducing the
welfare rolls by guaranteeing a job for anyone who was able to
work. Such a program would not only help the poor and
unskilled, he believed, but would put a floor beneath everyone
else’s wages too, preventing salaries of more skilled workers
from falling too precipitously, and sending benefits up the
socioeconomic ladder. - Stephen Mihm,
September 13, 2009
Eva Linder of
Travail Suisse told swissinfo.ch that payback time had come
for bosses in Switzerland. "Employers have been asking more
and more of their employees and we have seen productivity
increase in the past years. But this does not come for free.
You cannot demand and demand without giving something back."
grows for six weeks' vacation, SwissInfo, July 9, 2009.
Banking was not
consciously or rationally designed. It evolved as an
institution by meeting the changing needs of stages of
evolving economies that have later become obsolete. The
institution of banking frequently trails behind current
financial needs of a contemporary economy. - Henry CK Liu,
stopped being the benchmark of what is good for Latin America.
Because Latin America did everything that the U.S. asked it to
do and wasn't able to get out of poverty, the North American
myth lost political weight." - Gustavo Larrea, Ecuador's
security minister, September 2008.
money because they had faith in government.” - Harry
Markopolos, speaking to the House Financial Services
subcommittee on the SEC being "in bed with" Bernie Madoff and
his multi-billion dollar swindle, February 4, 2009.
chairman Greenspan's argument in support for deregulation is
that innovation should not be inhibited and that self interest
of financial institutions would be sufficient to assure self
regulation. The logic is akin to the argument that if foxes
were given free run of chicken coops, self interest of the
foxes would regulate consumption of chickens to ensure a
steady food supply. From:
The zero interest rate trap, by Henry C K Liu, January
a very interesting cargo - we have goods from Asia, we have
goods from Europe, we have goods from Africa," said Mr Ndoro.
"We always think that globalisation started yesterday but in
actual fact here we are with something we can date to around
16th Century Portuguese trading ship found near Namibia,
Africa, September 2008.
mayor Frank Jackson knows who to blame: Wall Street. The
mayor’s office is suing some of the world’s biggest banks.
including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Royal Bank of
Scotland’s Greenwich Capital, claiming they acted like
organised criminals financing the sale of products that they
knew could do nothing but harm to Cleveland. Sub-prime
mortgages have proved as bad as drugs in the destruction they
have wrought on the community, he said.
money,” said Jackson. “If you ask organised crime figures why
they persist in doing what they are doing, knowing the damage
they are doing and the risks they are taking if they are held
accountable, do you know what they will say to you? The money
was just too good. You ask these financiers on Wall Street why
they persist in doing this when they know the risks they are
running and the damage they are doing to their communities and
shareholders, do you know what they will tell you? The money
was just too good.” From:
Cleveland: ghost town created by America’s loan scandal,
February 24, 2008.
amendment to the US constitution calling for a "small" income
tax was enacted to compensate for the anticipated loss of
revenue from the lowering of tariffs from 37% to 27% as
authorized by the Underwood Tariff of 1913, the same year the
Federal Reserve System was established. "Small" now translates
into an average of 50% with federal and state income taxes
combined. Free trade is only free in the sense that it is
funded by the income tax.
The supply-side argument that corporate tax cuts stimulate
economic growth only holds if at least half of the benefits of
the tax cut are channeled toward rising wages instead of
higher return on capital with the additional benefit of lower
capital gain tax. Thus a case can be made to couple all
corporate tax cuts with an index on wage rises to match or
exceed corporate earnings. One of the reasons why strong
corporate earnings have not helped the current credit crisis
can be traced to the disproportional rise in equity prices
having come from stagnant wages in the same corporations. -
Henry C K Liu, January 2008
points out that the costs of the Iraq war in particular have
been increasing rapidly with this year's expected tally of
$135 billion amounting to a 40 percent increase over 2006. It
notes that the average cost of a single U.S. soldier in Iraq
last year was $390,000, up 22 percent from the $320,000 it
cost in 2003.
Congressional Agency Predicts War Costs Will Climb,
July 11, 2007.
“[Climate change] is
the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen." - Sir
Remember that we do
not have an "ownership" society when all we own is debt. -
It is clear
that job cuts, energy-driven inflation—and the higher interest
rates imposed by the Federal Reserve to keep inflation in
check—are compounding the pressure felt by working Americans.
Yet the painful consequences of this reality find no
meaningful reflection in media coverage, the political
campaigns of major party candidates, or federal policy. On the
contrary, the decline in the housing market has been
characterized as a temporary “price correction.” This
euphemism is in part calculated to contain panic and prevent a
mass sell-off before housing values decline further. -
WSWS, October 9, 2006
Don't fool yourself:
capital only looks out for capital. - Freydis
conviction of Enron's Lay and Skilling] "It's a stunning
verdict,'' said John Carney, a former federal prosecutor now
at Baker & Hostetler. "It's the end of a chapter but not the
end of a book. Enron was an icon of American business. Ken Lay
was one of the most revered and respected CEOs in the country.
To see him go like that is probably one of the greatest falls
in business history.'' -
Bloomberg news, May 2006.
stakes are high, that's when there will be disputes about the
science." - David Ozonoff of Boston University on toxic
pollution, March 2006
On why traffic congestion forms: "It's the science of
complexity. In large-group dynamics, special things happen
because each individual is trying to maximize their own
benefit." - Craig Davis, University of Michigan physicist,
MSNBC May 2006.
a consumer-based global market economy, low wages lead directly
to overcapacity, because consumer demand depends on high wages.”
- Henry C K Liu
"There are basic human needs that every economy is required to
satisfy before market rules can be applied." - Henry C K Liu
States] have 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its
population. Our real task in the coming period is to maintain
this position of disparity." George F Kennan, 1948.
"Consumer spending has been holding up the US economy in recent
years, while most of the supply-side investment has gone
overseas. This has caused a separation between the dollar
economy and the US economy. The dollar economy expands from
global dollar hegemony while the US economy is hollowed out of
manufacturing. Dollar hegemony has deprived the US economy of
real productivity from manufacturing and forced it into virtual
productivity from finance manipulation." - Henry C K Liu
“If you are going to have socialism, then as a matter of
principle, you can’t have a free market.” - Lee Kuan Yew of
Economics is a lot simpler than economists and ideologues would
have you believe. Capitalists are motivated by greed. End of
story. To change their harmful behavior, you have to take away
from them the only thing they care about - money. - Charley
is dangerous, however, to place excessive reliance on the market
mechanism. Markets are designed to facilitate the free exchange
of goods and services among willing participants but are not
capable, on their own, of taking care of collective needs. Nor
are they able to ensure social justice. These "public goods" can
only be provided by a political process." - George Soros
don't like to talk about market share because we don't want to
share anything." - Jim Cantalupo on McDonald's corporate
strategy, January, 2004.
stock market rebound:
"While we cannot predict an overshoot, history suggests that
emotional shifts from fear to greed can be quite powerful." -
Tobias Levkovich of Smith Barney, June 2003
"Black markets will always be with
us. But they will recede in importance when the public morality
is consistent with our private one. The underground [economy] is
a good measure of the progress and the health of nations. When
much is wrong, much needs to be hidden." - Eric Schlosser
economic miracle was just us learning from other
people's failures." - Yotaro Hatamura head
of shippai-gaku, or 'failure-ology'
was deemed an unprincipled conman to insulate
unregulated capitalism itself from being revealed
as a systemic Ponzi scheme." - Henry C K Liu
underestimate them, advises Richard Hyman
of Verdict, a consultancy. They [Wal-Mart]
foster an image as country hicks. It makes the
kill more of a surprise.
"I can't look
for him because I'm looking for food," he
said. "You spend all that to find Osama, and
we're still hungry." Mohammed Asef, 25, on
the U$ reward of $25 million for bin Laden at a
Kabul market, November 2001.
"If I had a
billion U.S. dollars, I suspect I too would be
very committed to a fully globalized world
without any barriers and without any constraints
on what I can do with my money and how I can make
even more money." Malaysian president Dr.
Mahathir at the 'Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation' forum in Shanghai, October 20, 2001
is the most widely circulated with nearly $600
billion worldwide, and officials want to keep
costs low, near the current 5 cents per [printed]
"I'd rather be
alive at 30 percent interest than be dead at 3
percent," William Zeckendorf real-estate
Economics is just a
mislabeled branch of psychology - Freydis
Interest is the
price you pay to live a lifestyle you can't afford. - Freydis
are forever barking up the wrong tree. - Hugo
It is better to deal
with a government in difficulties than with one
that has luck on its side.
If a high placed person enters into a [financial]
partnership with a Jew, he belongs to the Jew. -
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
"where the free market always gets
Maynard Keynes said
'in the long run we are all dead', but what if
his parents had acted on that glib phrase, he
probably wouldn't ever have been around to
"Owing to the
growing complexity and difficulties of life which
weigh, not only on the masses of the workers, but
also on the middle classes, impatience,
irritation and hatred are accumulating in all the
countries of the old civilization and are
becoming a menace to public order; employment
must be found for the energy which is being
hurled out of three definite class channels: it
must be given an outlet abroad in order to avert
an explosion at home." Cecil Rhodes quoted
in Lenin's Imperialism, the highest stage of
Credo of the businessman: 'who
cares about tomorrow when I can make a few dollars today?'
For the fifth
year in a row, Mississippi had the highest rate of adult
obesity at 32.5%. Three other states - West Virginia, Alabama
and Tennessee - also had adult obesity rates in excess of 30%.
In just one state - Colorado - was the adult obesity rate
In 1991, no state had an adult obesity rate above 20%, and in
1980 the national average for adult obesity was 15%.
Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight
children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4%. Minnesota and Utah had the
lowest rate at 23.1%.
Childhood obesity rates in the US have more than tripled since
From: US obesity
problem 'intensifies', BBC, July 1, 2009.
No advocate of
the ethanol boondoggle addresses the huge social cost that is
beginning to hit the dining-room tables across the US, Europe
and the rest of the world. Food prices are exploding as corn,
soybeans and all cereal-grain prices are going through the
roof because of the astronomical - US Congress-driven - demand
for corn to burn for biofuel.
This year the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a
report concluding that using corn-based ethanol instead of
gasoline would have no impact on greenhouse-gas emissions, and
would even expand fossil-fuel use because of increased demand
for fertilizer and irrigation to expand acreage of ethanol
crops. And according to MIT, "natural-gas consumption is 66%
of total corn-ethanol production energy", meaning huge new
strains on natural-gas supply, pushing prices of that product
The great biofuel fraud, by F William Engdahl, August
At one hospital
in Birmingham the bacteria is reported to have infected 93
people, 91 of them civilians. Thirty-five died, although the
hospital was not able to establish whether the superbug was a
A. baumannii is resistant to most common antibiotics and, if
left untreated, can lead to pneumonia, fever and septicaemia.
It has been identified in more than 240 military personnel in
the US since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been
associated with five deaths. -
Superbug brought back by Iraq war casualties, November
Professor Colin Waine, chairman of
the National Obesity Forum, said that the figures revealed a
public health timebomb because children who are obese between 11
and 15 are twice as likely to die in their 50s. He added that
increased inactivity coupled with more energy-dense foods were
fuelling the problem: “Being obese at adolescence increases the
cancer risk by 21 per cent for girls and 14 per cent for boys.”
London Times, April 22, 2006
"Obesity has doubled for U.S.
children ages 2 to 5 and tripled for kids ages 6 to 11 in the
past 30 years, according to a 2000 study in the Journal of the
American Medical Association. " -
Westerners, when they want to help us, they
should put the aid in our hands, not give it to
the leaders," Mujahed said, adding that he
would stop growing poppies if given an
More people die on
motorways as a result of falling asleep than they
do from alcohol.
"If there is
less government, the risks of inequality and poverty are much
larger and the risks of clashes on ethnic or cultural grounds
would grow a lot. This would be a quite different environment
for civil society to operate in." - Ludvig Sandberg, political
adviser representing Swedish charities, 2010
The policy of
the Obama administration is an expression of the stranglehold
exercised by the financial elite over the federal government.
The sums involved in the state budget deficits are dwarfed by
the funds that have been provided to the banks. The $700
billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), passed last year
to bail out the banks, provided nearly six times the amount of
money required to overcome the collective deficit of the
states. From: US states’ budget crises
threaten social disaster, WSWS, July 3, 2009.
understanding of how that event came about—it wasn't entirely
an accident, as I heard from my father, that he had kept
driving when he was exhausted—and how it affected my life is a
story for another time. But looking back now, at what I drew
from reading the Pentagon Papers later and on my citizen's
activism since then, I think I saw in the events of August
1945 and July 1946, unconsciously, a common message. I loved
my father, and I respected Truman. But you couldn't rely
entirely on a trusted authority—no matter how well-intentioned
he was, however much you admired him—to protect you, and your
family, from disaster. You couldn't safely leave events
entirely to the care of authorities. Some vigilance was called
for, to awaken them if need be or warn others. They could be
asleep at the wheel, heading for a wall or a cliff. I saw that
later in Lyndon Johnson and in his successor, and I've seen it
since. - Daniel Ellsberg, Hiroshima
Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years,
"We need a
Ministry of Disturbance, a regulated source of annoyance; a
destroyer of routine; an underminer of complacency." - C.D.
The number of
users has soared while drug-related crime is rising with
narcotics now supporting a worldwide business empire second
only in value to oil. "If policy on drugs is in future to be
pragmatic not moralistic, driven by ethics not dogma, then the
current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as
both unworkable and immoral, to be replaced with an
evidence-based unified system (specifically including tobacco
and alcohol) aimed at minimisation of harms to society." -
Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable of North Wales
recommending a full legalization of drugs, October 2007.
Contrary to the
stereotype of the banana republic, only a minority of the
political bribes paid each year goes to public officials in
the developing world. The report published this week finds
"the vast majority of bribes are paid to people in richer
countries" where decision taking is "vulnerable to vast
amounts of money". From:
Organised crime: the $2 trillion threat to the world's
security, September 12, 2007.
We'll never see
another voting meltdown in Florida--not because the system has
been fixed but because the mechanism for demonstrating that a
meltdown has occurred has simply been removed. Between the
introduction of paperless computers and the abolition of
recounts, what Florida is left with is, essentially, an
electoral regime based on blind faith. -
Guardian of the Ballot Box, by
Andrew Gumbel, 2006.
In the past, the CIA has been responsible for "covert"
operations - actions where United States sponsorship is not
detectable. These require congressional authority. The military,
meanwhile, has been at liberty to conduct "clandestine"
operations - actions that are simply hard to detect, and do not
need congressional authority.
The concern is that the Pentagon will broaden - or already has -
its definition of clandestine operations to include covert
activities. "You wind up provoking [your enemies]," says John
Pike. "They regard it as retaliation, but to the American people
[who know nothing of the covert operations], it looks like an
Pentagon's intelligence role rising, May 18, 2006.
our tactical decisions, we are operating contrary to our
strategic interest," The chief of the Israeli military
identified as 'Yaalon' on actions against Palestinians, October
technology of war is out of control; I'm a warrior, but my
conclusion is that war is obsolete." & "The sole purpose of war
is to kill and destroy. There are no winners." - Former U.S.
Army Maj. Douglas Rokke
"Under capitalism we have a state in the proper sense of the
word, that is, a special machine for the suppression of one
class by another, and of the majority by the minority at that."
- VI Lenin from The State and Revolution.
entrepreneurial society can't exist if political
freedom disappears, and if Big Brothers, public
and private, are invading our daily existence
with impunity." Dan Gillmor journalist, 2003
The ultimate test of
the government's success will be whether Russia
becomes a comfortable and safe place to live,
work and make money, "so that people aspire
to go to Russia and not to leave it."
Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address of
Our Government is
the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or
ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.
Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a
lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it
invites every man to become a law unto himself;
it invites anarchy. . . . To declare that in the
administration of the criminal law, the end
justifies the means . . . would bring terrible
retribution. Against this pernicious doctrine
this Court should resolutely set its face. -
Justice Louis Brandeis in Olmstead v.
United States, 1928
The enemy aggressor
is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder,
rapine and barbarism. We are always moving
forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by
the Deity to regenerate our victims while
incidentally capturing their markets, to civilise
savage and senile and paranoid peoples while
blundering accidentally into their oil wells. -
John Flynn, 1944
For me, the
brain is not a supercomputer in which the neurons are
transistors; rather it is as if each individual neuron is
itself a computer, and the brain a vast community of
microscopic computers. But even this model is probably too
simplistic since the neuron processes data flexibly and on
disparate levels, and is therefore far superior to any digital
system. If I am right, the human brain may be a trillion times
more capable than we imagine, and "artificial intelligence" a
I think it is time to acknowledge fully that living cells make
us what we are, and to abandon reductionist thinking in favour
of the study of whole cells. Reductionism has us peering ever
closer at the fibres in the paper of a musical score, and
analysing the printer's ink. I want us to experience the
Brian J. Ford, research biologist, 2010
The gaining of
knowledge in the physical sciences was instrumental in both
upending the old order and establishing the new. Importantly,
the industrial revolution was overwhelmingly based on physics
and chemistry, and both radically re-shaped human society.
Today, we are at the forefront of a new scientific era, a
biological one. Our knowledge and understanding of the
biological world creates the opportunity to impact human
society to a great a degree as physics and chemistry have over
the last several centuries.
Just as electricity, the internal combustion engine, and
nuclear power made dramatic, and in many ways still
little-understood changes on human society, so too will our
resulting knowledge of biology. Just as we had little
understanding of how these past technologies would impact
society for better and worse, so too we now stand in a time of
change with insufficient understanding. From:
Economics can open to new realities, by Joe Costello,
Asia Times, November 6, 2008.
fool themselves by rapidly switching attention and, as a
result, their output deteriorates. ... Chronic distraction,
from which we all now suffer, kills you more slowly. Meyer
says there is evidence that people in chronically distracted
jobs are, in early middle age, appearing with the same
symptoms of burn-out as air traffic controllers. They might
have stress-related diseases, even irreversible brain damage.
But the damage is not caused by overwork, it’s caused by
multiple distracted work. One American study found that
interruptions take up 2.1 hours of the average knowledge
worker’s day. This, it was estimated, cost the US economy $588
billion a year. Yet the rabidly multitasking distractee is
seen as some kind of social and economic ideal. From:
Stoooopid .... why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it
thinks, July 20, 2008.
People want the
recognition, the validation, the sense of having a place in
the culture [because] we no longer know where we belong, what
we're about or what we should be about."
Without any meaningful standard by which to measure our worth,
we turn to the public eye for affirmation. "It's really the
sense that Hey, I exist in this world, and that is important.
That I matter," Niedzviecki says. Our "normal" lives therefore
seem impoverished and less significant compared with the media
world, which increasingly represents all that is grand and
worthwhile, and therefore more "real." -
Lakshmi Chaudhry, January 2007.
is someone whose mind watches itself. " - Albert Camus
"Robots don't do
well with changing situations. The real world is very confusing
to them." - Mark Maimone of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
"True genius is
creative and makes all from nothing." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Men who are too
superior to their epoch are generally without influence upon
it." - Gustave Le Bon
"The United States has got some of
the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that.'' -
Ted Turner in 1996.
of intelligence, one which understands by itself,
a second which understands what is shown it by
others, and a third which understands neither by
itself nor on the showing of others, the first of
which is most excellent, the second good, but the
third worthless." - Niccolo Machiavelli
"But the analytic
power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while
the analyst is necessarily ingenious, the ingenious man is often
remarkably incapable of analysis. ... It will be found, in fact,
that the ingenious are always fanciful, and truly never
otherwise than analytic." From EA Poe's The Murders in the Rue
"Man is a
creature of habit, not of reason nor yet of instinct." - John
the ultimate quest for knowledge." - Author
John D. Barrow
essential to intelligence a fact ignored
more and more fashionably by the press. Without
honesty, the power of intelligence is wasted on
"spinning." Casey Fahy
"Information is not knowledge” – Frank Zappa
It is an old
trick of the ruling class to present jobs, on the one side,
and safety and environmental concerns on the other, as
incompatible opposites. Blackmailing desperate workers with
the threat of more job losses, the oil industry and its
politicians lay out their terms: Stop drilling and deprive oil
workers of their jobs, or resume drilling and risk another
Tom Eley, 2010
“[T]here is no
greater obligation than to confront acts of inhumanity,” said
President Barack Obama on April 20, 2009 in a statement at the
opening of an Illinois Jewish Holocaust memorial, the same
week he grants amnesty to CIA torturers.
There are some
countries whose reality is distorted by sections of the media.
And some about which straightforward lies are written. My
first trip to Caracas revealed Venezuela to be firmly in the
The idea that this country is a dictatorship is ridiculous –
probably some of those assiduously promoting it have
difficulty in keeping a straight face. Some "dictatorship"
where the president accepts the loss of a referendum to change
the constitution, which holds more national elections than
virtually any other country in the world, and where walls and
lamp-posts in areas of Caracas are vividly festooned with
posters of anti-Chávez candidates. No, a dictatorship is a
country like Saudi Arabia – whose leader is of course
officially feted on visits to London. -
Ken Livingstone, August 2008.
and the entire international community cannot stand by as a
terror-supporting state fulfills its most aggressive
ambitions.” – Vice President Cheney, oblivious to irony
and hypocrisy, referring to Iran in October 2007.
There is a
difference between being sure and being right. Bush's
conviction, here as elsewhere, came not from an independent
analysis of the facts - of the interests and intentions of the
nations involved - but from the wellspring of faith. He has
confused rhetoric, however uplifting, and reality. -
Mark Danner on George W. Bush - faith over facts, 2007.
At one point,
Rice said that the difficult circumstances in the Middle East
could represent opportunity. "I don't read Chinese but I am
told that the Chinese character for crisis is wei-ji, which
means both danger and opportunity," she said in Riyadh. "And I
think that states it very well. We'll try to maximize the
But Victor H. Mair, a professor of Chinese at the University
of Pennsylvania, has written on the Web site http://pinyin.info,
a guide to the Chinese language, that "a whole industry of
pundits and therapists has grown up around this one grossly
inaccurate formulation." He said the character "ji" actually
means "incipient moment" or a "crucial point." Thus, he said,
a wei-ji "is indeed a genuine crisis, a dangerous moment, a
time when things start to go awry." -
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, January 19, 2007
"I find it
ironic that on one hand you put [Saddam Hussein] on trial for
using biological warfare, but in another country where you
sprayed chemicals for warfare, you neglect your
responsibility." - Duc Nguyen, referring to dioxin laced Agent
Orange blamed for continuing birth defects in Vietnam;
Washington Post, November 13, 2006.
Minister David Ben-Gurion himself is reported (by Nahum
Goldmann) to have asked in private, "Why should the Arabs make
peace? If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with
Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure,
God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our
God is not theirs. We came from Israel, it's true, but two
thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been
anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that
their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and
stolen their country. Why should they accept that?" From:
America Right of Wrong by Anatol Lieven, 2004, page 196.
to this war [in Lebanon] must respect international law and U.N.
resolutions, not just those selected by Israel, a state that
deserves its reputation as a pariah because of its consistent
disdain for and rejection of international law and the wishes
of the international community for over half a century." -
Fouad Siniora, Prime Minister of Lebanon, August 9, 2006.
"The president is
always right.” - Steven Bradbury in
June 2006 as head of the Justice Department’s office of
legal counsel in the Bush administration.
He [Hans Blix]
also urged those negotiating with Iran to look at the issue
through their eyes. "They see 130,000 American soldiers in
Iraq, and they see American bases in Pakistan and
Afghanistan," Blix said. "They remember that (Mohammed)
Mossadeq, who was elected premier, was ousted with subversive
methods from the outside" in the 1950s.
In the broader effort to free the world of weapons of mass
destruction, the commission said the single most important
thing that countries can do is to ratify the nuclear test ban
treaty, which the U.S. Senate has rejected. From:
'Study wants nuclear weapons outlawed'
Only if we
[Americans] begin to see ourselves more clearly will we be able
to understand how others see us. We need to revise the narrative
of the American century and recognize that it has been about a
host of other things that are far more problematic than
liberation. There can be no understanding the true nature of the
American century without acknowledging the reality of Hiroshima,
Nagasaki, Dresden, Hanoi, and Haiphong. -
Andrew Bacevich, May 2006
surprise election victory in Palestine: "Washington
miscalculated in pushing for the vote, as part of its
pro-democracy campaign in the Arab world." - Hanan Ashrawi,
January 2006. (That's the
funny thing about elections, sometimes the stooge doesn't
"Even if you get Bin Laden, you
can't be sure there won't be another Bin Laden. You cannot get
terrorists to sign a peace treaty. The only way to beat terror
is to go for the basic causes. They don't blow themselves up for
no reason, they're angry, they're frustrated. And why are they
angry? Look at the Palestinian situation. Fifty years after you
[England] created the state of Israel, things are going from bad
to worse." - Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad on defeating
"Our enemies are innovative and
resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new
ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -
George W. Bush on August 5, 2004
"What Nixon and Kissinger began,
Pol Pot completed." - John Pilger
of Iraq will make the world more peaceful."
- Pres. G.W. Bush, Ft. Hood Texas, April 20, 2003.
"We flaunt our
superpower status with arrogance. After war has
ended the United States will have to rebuild much
more than the country of Iraq. We will have to
rebuild America's image around the globe."-
Sen. Robert Byrd D-WV, March 19, 2003.
"If you see 10
troubles coming down the road, you can be sure
that nine will run into the ditch before they
reach you." - Calvin Coolidge
fate is intertwined with the Palestinians."
- Avraham Shochat, former Israeli finance
"In this city,
which has always been known for its tolerance,
the only thing we will not tolerate is
intolerance," declared District Attorney
Terence Hallinan during San Francisco 'anti-hate'
campaign, September 2002.
"The US and the
Soviet Union each spent the equivalent of 10
trillion dollars on the arms race." -
Mikhail Gorbachev, July 2002
Famous last words:
"We've destroyed al Qaeda in Afghanistan and
we have ended the role of Afghanistan as a haven
for terrorist activity,'' said Secretary of State
Colin Powell on NBC's Meet the Press. Dec. 16
gave trade favors to Cuba. America embargoes Iraq.
What about human rights in China? There are no
sanctions. America believes that capitalism will
defeat socialism and that this is the best way
towards a democratic society. I am confused. If
money can change tyranny, then former President
Ronald Reagan was wrong when he called the Soviet
Union 'the Evil Empire' and said, 'Tear down this
wall [the Berlin Wall]'. He should have instead
been giving the Soviets trade favors and money."
Harry Wu interviewed for Worldnetdaily Apr 5,
"This is the
greatest thing in history!" - President
Harry S. Truman upon hearing of the successful A-bombing
courtship of Mexicans living in the United States
isn't just for their benefit. The money they wire
home now accounts for Mexico's third-largest
source of income, after oil and tourism."
Berezovsky happily acknowledges: "Let's say
without hypocrisy: people wanted to elect
Zyuganov. They didn't want Yeltsin." The
money and determined efforts of the oligarchs,
after a secret pact struck at the Swiss resort of
Davos, helped to change the voters' minds. I was
wrong to help elect Putin, says bitter kingmaker
Berezovsky" By Steve Crawshaw UK Independent
in New York 28 November 2000
A former senior DIA
official told UPI: "People should keep in
mind" that Sharon is the one who visited the
Temple Mount or al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem
last September with 1,000 guards in attendance.
"Why take 1,000?" he said. "First,
he wanted to provoke the Palestinians. Next, he
wanted to stick a thumb in Barak's eye. Sharon is
a planner." UPI wire Jan.17, 2001
"He [Sharon] is a pyromaniac on a
powder keg." - Afif Safieh
Bush often mangled
prepared speeches during the campaign, once
calling tactical weapons "tacular," and
referring to a school's "Preservation Week"
instead of "Perseverance Week" at an
appearance with its students. Reuters January 15,
courtesy of the illustrious Mad. Albright:
Appearing on CNN's
"Late Edition," Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
challenged assertions that Clinton's last-ditch peace
efforts were an attempt to ensure his legacy.
"I could end my career as secretary of state
with a barnyard expletive, but I
will not do that," Albright said. "What
is true is that he is called
upon to fulfill this role. He is working very hard." January 2001.
"That since his
love depends upon his subjects, while his being
feared depends upon himself, a wise Prince should
build on what is his own", Niccolo
"I am going,"
Yeltsin said in a televised address. "I did
all I could."
...yeah but to make things better or worse?
The prayer-enforcers offer a few arguments in their defence.
At first, they claim it instils "moral values" in children. The
scientist Gregory S Paul produced a detailed study in 2005 to
find out if rates of murder and rape went up as levels of
religion went down. He found the exact opposite. On detailed
international comparisons, the more religious a country is,
the more likely you are to be stabbed or raped there. There
isn't necessarily a causal relationship – but it blasts a
bloody hole in this claim. From: Johann Hari:
Dear God, stop brainwashing children, May 8, 2009.
dilemma in Israel. Israel defines itself as a Jewish and
democratic state. There is fear among some Israelis that if
democracy is accorded to all its citizens this will attenuate
Israel's character as a Jewish state. So there's that built-in
tension between democracy and a Jewish state," said Wilcox. -
Philip Wilcox, president of the Foundation for Middle East
"But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over
them - bring them here and kill them in front of me." -
Jesus quoted in Luke 19:27, Holy Bible, New International
"[M]odern theists might acknowledge that, when it comes to Baal
and the Golden Calf, Thor and Wotan, Poseidan and Apollo,
Mithras and Ammon Ra, they are actually atheists. We are all
atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed
in. Some of us just go one god further." - Richard Dawkins
"Heresy is but
the bridge between two orthodoxies." -
Don't believe in any
god that requires faith as a prerequisite for
salvation. If God is not self-evident God is
heaven and hell? We make our own hell right here."
- Randy Weaver
"If I am going
to hell, I'm gonna have a
lot of company." - Timothy McVeigh
people, peace means the victory of their side. In
my opinion, there will be no peace in this
country without dismantling the Jewish
communities in the territories," - Susan
Sonntag May 9, 2001, speaking on Israel in
build theories about the world and then prevent
them from being tested. Religions provide nice,
appealing and comfortable ideas, and cloak them
in a mask of 'truth, beauty, and goodness'. The
theories can then thrive in spite of being
untrue, ugly, or cruel." Susan Blackmore
"Just in terms
of allocation of time resources, religion is not
very efficient. There's a lot more I could be
doing on a Sunday morning." - Bill Gates on
Iran: "We are
not East or West we are Islam."
human rights groups slammed Israel after the
Jerusalem District Court sentenced Jewish settler
Nahum Kurman to six months of community service
for beating to death 10-year-old Palestinian
Hilmi Shousha. Kurman was fined $17,000. "
people to accuse entertainment of being damaging,
they have to realize that Christ was the first
celebrity, and religion created entertainment."
-- Marilyn Manson
``There is no
turning of the other cheek in Judaism...Judaism
is revenge,'' said Noam Federman, a long-time
friend of Binyamin Kahane and follower of his
slain father. 31.12.00
Why not put God on
trial for crimes against humanity too eh? After
all those floods, famines, volcanoes and
earthquakes should make an open-shut legal
"And I will put
enmity between you and the woman, and between
your offspring and hers; He will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel." Holy Bible, Book of Genesis 3:15
"The purpose of
`higher' education is not to educate but to exclude as
many as possible from the various professions." - Valerie
"I didn't like
anything about school.'' - Dean Kamen, successful inventor
"I was bored
with it all ... it was rigid, it was stupid, it
was a lot like the news coverage now. There's
very little originality going on. Everything I've
learned I've learned on my own. I'm self-taught.
I've kept some original thinking or what I think
is original. [Other journalists] have to listen
to an editor saying yes or no. I don't listen to
anybody." - "the brutal wit of an
accomplished young nihilist" - Matt Drudge
I dont care
how much money you have - affluence is how much
sleep you get each night. - Freydis
Worst German import
- the early morning work ethic "Morgenstunde
hat Gold im Munde" (the morning hour has
gold in its mouth).
"How long you live
is statistically related to the amount of sleep
you obtain on average a night. The mortality rate
is lowest for people who report sleeping seven to
nine hours a night,'' Reuters: Tuesday
March 27, 2001
War & Conflict
all about bombarding civilian targets. And they are careful
not to mention that Sderot, until recently the only Israeli
township within range of Gazan rockets, is built on the ruins
of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village whose
inhabitants were forced from their homes by Jewish terrorists.
Littlewood, September 16, 2009
“It’s a lot
different than how I thought it would be [war in Afghanistan].
When something goes down here, there isn’t music playing in
the background.” – Specialist (US Army) David Onofrei, age 21,
The Abu Sayyaf,
which has become notorious for kidnap-for-ransom incidents and
beheading its victims, including one American businessman, was
founded in the early 1990s by a group of young Filipino Muslim
radicals after fighting as mujahideen in the Afghanistan
war against the former Soviet Union in the 1980s. -
October 3, 2009. [italics added for emphasis]
[the F-22 fighter] have been detailed in dozens of Government
Accountability Office reports and Pentagon audits. But Pierre
Sprey, a key designer in the 1970s and 1980s of the F-16 and
A-10 warplanes, said that from the beginning, the Air Force
designed it to be "too big to fail, that is, to be
Lockheed farmed out more than 1,000 subcontracts to vendors in
more than 40 states, and Sprey -- now a prominent critic of
the plane -- said that by the time skeptics "could point out
the failed tests, the combat flaws, and the exploding costs,
most congressmen were already defending their subcontractors'
John Hamre, the Pentagon's comptroller from 1993 to 1997, says
the department approved the plane with a budget it knew was
too low because projecting the real costs would have been
politically unpalatable on Capitol Hill. From:
Premier U.S. Fighter Jet Has
Major Shortcomings, July 10, 2009, Washington
There is also
evidence that for every dollar's worth of oil imported from
the Persian Gulf region the Pentagon takes $5 out of the
Federal budget to "secure" the flow of that oil. This is a
clear indication that the claim that the US military presence
in the Middle East is due to oil consideration is a fraud. -
Are they really oil wars?, June 25, 2008.
In Kosovo in
1999 around 290,000 sub-munitions were dropped over a 10-week
period by North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircraft. During
the five weeks of the 2006 conflict in Lebanon, as many as
four million sub-munitions were spread by Israel across the
country's southern regions, according to the ICRC. From:
The politics of cluster bombs, by Brian McCartan, May
"What we are
not interested in is another war in the region," Mohammed
Naqbi, who heads the Gulf Negotiations Center, told Burns.
"Iraq is your problem, not the problem of the Arabs. You
destroyed a country that had institutions. You handed that
country to Iran. Now you are crying to Europe and the Arabs to
help you out of this mess."
LAT, January 24, 2007.
"In 2003, I
don't think anybody predicted it would go as long as World War
II and the wear and tear on equipment would be as intense,''
said Zakheim, now a vice president for global strategy
consultant Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. ``When I left the
department, we were spending less than $4 billion a month on
Iraq. Now it's pretty much doubled.'' - Dov Zakheim,
Pentagon's chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004.
December 6, 2006.
to cluster bombs in the last week of the war, apparently
frustrated at the failure of conventional weapons to rout
Hizbullah fighters from their foxholes. Mine-clearance teams
are finding evidence pointing to their provenance: the US, the
world's largest cluster bomb manufacturer, which gave Israel
$2.2bn (£1.2bn) in military aid last year.
In Nabatiye, 15 people were injured in just one day along a
bomb-strewn road. In Tibnin, 210 bombs were found around the
town hospital. "That's about as inappropriate [a use of
cluster bombs] as you can get," Mr Clark said.
Many share the blame equally between Israel and the US. "It's
like we are living in a prison," said Aisa Hussain, 38, a
Yahmour resident who has ordered his children to remain inside
... Strolling through the village he pointed to yet another
tiny black canister perched under a tree. "You see what
America is sending us," he said bitterly. "This is their idea
of democracy." From:
The Guardian, August 21, 2006.
being a soldier great is the nobility of it — good fighting
evil. If you lose that, all this sacrifice is for no good
reason." - Maj. Peter Kilner, West Point. From:
Combat stress takes toll, June 14, 2006.
A few years ago
at a state-owned roof tile factory in Vietnam, young male
workers clad only in shorts carried bags labeled
“Asbestos-Kazakhstan.” The air was thick with white dust
huffing up like steam from lava. Visiting occupational health
and safety experts held their breath as long as they could;
some smothered their faces in dust masks. The workers did not
have that luxury. Their only protection was handkerchiefs tied
bandit-style over their mouths and noses as they climbed the
sides of the hoppers.
“I know it’s dangerous, [asbestos]” said the manager spreading
his hands and shrugging, “but it’s also cheap, and people only
want to buy cheap tiles.” -
The Other Deadly White Dust: Russia, China, India and the
Campaign to Ban Asbestos
the United Nations, India is home to 50 percent of the world's
poor and on current projections, India will become the most
populous country on earth sometime in the next 50 years,
overtaking China. - 2009
The problem the
war creates for the punditocracy and the rest of the political
establishment is twofold. First, the leaders they backed have
not only been wildly incompetent but also impervious to
reality. Offered a face-saving exit by the Baker Commission,
Bush, Cheney & Co. prefer instead to double down on disaster.
Second, there is the problem of the pundits' individual
reputations. If William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Lawrence
Kaplan and David Brooks et al. are so smart, why were they so
wrong about something so crucial? And why, given their sorry
records, do they and their editors still think anybody ought
to keep listening to them? At the very least, those they
misled are entitled to an explanation. -
Eric Alterman, January 2007.
A study of
urban American adults by Nancy Wells and Kristi Lekies of
Cornell University sheds some light on environmental
attitudes. Wells and Lekies found that children who play
unsupervised in the wild before the age of 11 develop strong
environmental ethics. Children exposed only to structured
hierarchical play in the wild—through, for example, Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, or by hunting or fishing alongside
supervising adults—do not. To interact humbly with nature we
need to be free and undomesticated in it. Otherwise, we
succumb to hubris in maturity. The fact that few children
enjoy free rein outdoors anymore bodes poorly for our future
The Thirteenth Tipping Point, by By Julia Whitty, MJ,
[T]he Bush administration has launched an unusual effort to
raise charitable contributions for another cause: the
government's attempt to rebuild Iraq.
Although more than $30 billion in taxpayer funds have been
appropriated for Iraqi reconstruction, the administration
earlier this month launched an Internet-based fundraising effort
that it says is aimed at giving Americans "a further stake in
building a free and prosperous Iraq."
Contributors have no way of knowing who's getting the money or
precisely where it's headed because the government says it must
keep the details secret for security reasons.
The campaign is raising eyebrows in the international
development and not-for-profit communities, where there are
questions about its timing--given needs at home--and whether it
will set the government in competition with international
On a more basic level, experts wonder whether Americans will
make charitable donations to a
government foreign aid program and whether the contentious
environment surrounding Iraq will make a tough pitch even
tougher. - New Twist On Aid For Iraq: U.S. Seeks Donations,
By Cam Simpson, Chicago Tribune, September 18, 2005.
"They may want a lot of things associated with war - the
comradeship, the thrill that comes from holding a weapon. I
think this is what confuses people. Thrills, comradeship, all of
that can come in many different ways; it comes from war, though,
only when people are manipulated into it. To me the strongest
argument against an inherent drive to war is the extent to which
governments have to resort to get people to go to war, the huge
amounts of propaganda and deception of which we had an example
very recently. And don't forget coercion. So I discard that idea
of a natural inclination to war."
"The way to be pro-Israel is to work for a better Israel, and
the real Zionism is to work for an Israel that is not only
physically strong but morally strong.
There is a false equation that if you voice any criticism of
Israel you are delegitimising Israel at some level. I believe
the opposite." - Activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman, March 2005
"The Americans brought electricity to my ass before they brought
it to my house." - Jaded former detainee in Iraq's
notorious Abu Ghraib
"When you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of
a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the
refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole
package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails,
has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with
authority and permission. All with a presidential blessing and
the ratification of both houses of [U.S.] Congress." - the
candid admission of Dov Weisglass, chief of staff for Ariel
Sharon, from an interview in Ha'aretz Oct. 6, 2004.
"Wal-Mart wraps itself in the American flag, but even the flags
they sell are made in China." - James Thindwa, workers
rights activist, 10.04
When Columbia University professor Zainab Bahrani visited the
site of Babylon late last spring, she was stunned to see an
American military base spreading across the hallowed ground.
Workers scooped up earth potentially rich in relics to make
blast walls. Bulldozers carved out helicopter landing pads, and
the vibrations from the choppers themselves did still more
damage. Portions of two ancient temples have collapsed and
Nebuchadnezzar II's palace is threatened. "We're very worried
about the palace walls," said Bahrani. "They're made of brick.
They rattle when the helicopters take off." From: Newsweek,
Unearthing the Bible, August 2004.
Frida Berrigan, a
senior research associate at the World Policy Institute's Arms
Trade Resource Center, said that according to the 2005 budget,
the US will spend about $1.15 billion a day, or $11,000 a
second, on defense. "In comparison, we spend half that on public
education per year per child in the United States," she said.
IPS August 19, 2004.
"Women dream more
often about friends, family and domestic settings. Men are more
likely to dream about sex and violence." Newsweek August
nurtured and justified by ideologies that create an
ever-expanding category of 'enemy' others. ... Fear, whether or
not deliberately instilled - as in fictions about 'weapons of
mass destruction' - grants legitimacy to torture." - Martha
Huggins, sociology professor at New Orleans' Tulane University
via BBC news June 29, 2004.
There is a common
starting point to any strategy of both insurgencies and
contra-insurgencies. Who has the legitimacy? Now, with the
International Court of Justice, the human rights treaties and
the progress of liberal democracy, not to torture is not only a
need, but an obligation. Winning depends on how you conduct
yourself. Could an officer in an extreme case use some degree of
physical violence to extract information from a prisoner? No,
doing it could hurt the overall political strategy, as it has
happened in Iraq. When you mistreat your detainees, you
stimulate their opposition, their hate. - Former Salvadorian
guerrilla leader Joaquin Villalobos, May 2004.
traditionalists bemoan the demythologizing of heroes,
children's-book experts say truth may ultimately be more
inspiring than a glossed-over tale. Reading about imperfections
of famous people gives youngsters more freedom to dream of what
they might accomplish. "It's important for children to know that
their heroes were real people' says author Yolen. "How do you emulate
perfect?" A less-than-perfect hero—that's the real story."
Review of new history books, Feb. 2, 2004 issue of Newsweek
"I shot one
guy in the head, and his head exploded." - Sgt Randy Davis U.S.
Army sniper, preserving American values in Iraq. From New York
Times News Service, Eric Schmitt, January 2004.
el sani', ija el ussta" - "gone is the apprentice, in comes the
Popular phrase in Baghdad used to describe the
relationship between America and Saddam's regime and the
similarity of authoritarian control tactics used by both.
like I am seeing the same movie twice and no-one is trying to
fix the problem. What was promised to Afghans with the collapse
of the Taliban was a new life of hope and change. But what was
delivered? Nothing. Everyone [i.e. Taliban] is back in
business." - Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar Afghanistan, April
coverage [of Iraq], the US media are undercutting
their standing as an objective source of news and
are undermining the basis for American democracy,
with implications for years to come. While
democracy relies on an informed public, US media
outlets today appear more as tools of the US
government's perception management campaign than
objective sources of reports and analysis of the
world situation. The United States - and the
world - will suffer from this fall from the
pedestal of journalistic ideals.
By Pascale Combelles
Siegel, April 2003.
"If there is one lesson Israel can impart to
the Americans, it is that every occupation is
appalling, that it tramples the occupied and
corrupts the occupier. If the Americans pause for
a moment to see what is going on in the Tul Karm
refugee camp and in the casbah of Nablus, they
will see what they will soon become. And if
Israelis look at what is happening in Iraq,
perhaps they will understand that it is not the
Palestinians but, above all, we who have created
the present situation." By Gideon Levy for
Haaretz Daily Israel: America is not a role
model April 2003.
"Princess Martha Louise of Norway married
yesterday amid the cheers of tens of thousands
who set aside her groom's rather mixed reputation
as a writer, a television producer and a commoner.
Mr Behn, who was born in Denmark and grew up
south of Oslo, scores poorly in popularity polls.
His 90-page book, Sad as Hell, got mixed
reviews, and he was chided for appearing in a
television programme with Las Vegas prostitute
junkies that he also produced. He said he was
reporting their lifestyle, not endorsing it.
Red Light Cameras:
...local governments choose poorly designed
intersections, and gratuitously shorten yellow-light
cycles, to force otherwise conscientious drivers
to run red lights and pay the steep fines -- in
California, the penalty is $271, of which $70
goes to the private contractor that runs the
D.C. officials expect to make at least $117
million off the red-light cameras by 2004, while
Lockheed Martin IMS expects to make about $44
million. From: Backlash
stopping red-light cameras, By Sean Scully,
Special to the Washington Times, August 2, 2001
Freeman's lobotomy procedure included knocking a
patient out with electric shocks, lifting the
eyelids and inserting an "ice-pick-like"
instrument through the tear duct. He pierced the
skull bone by tapping on the instrument with a
surgical hammer, then shoved the pointed steel
about an inch into the frontal lobe of the brain
and moved its sharp tip back and forth. This
procedure since has been universally discredited.
Dead of St. Elizabeths, By Kelly Patricia
O'Meara, Insight Magazine, July 2001
Government At Work:
Under their system, the individual is a cog in a
military machine, a cipher in an economic
despotism; the individual is a slave. These facts
are documented in the degradation and suffering
of the conquered countries, whose fate is shared
equally by the willing satellites and the
misguided appeasers of the Axis. From: [American]
Government Information Manual for the Motion
Picture Industry, Office of War Information [WWII]
communist party) do the propaganda because they
don't want people to forget. Starbucks doesn't
need to do much propaganda because people want to
come here and drink coffee," said Donald
Zheng 37 year-old interior designer, 01.07.01
warn that action is necessary now to curb the
booming rise in international air travel - the
most polluting form of transport - jet-setting
celebrities appear to show no signs of ditching
their Lears. Just one trans-Atlantic flight
produces emissions equivalent to 40,000 cars
traveling from London to Leeds." The Scotsman online
Nov 20, 2000
"We know we
have missed details. We have rearranged times. We
have altered geography and in so doing we have
shrunken history by making history fit onto our
screens and to our purpose." - A candid Tom
Hanks admitting to editing history to fit
ideology and the screen. From: Tom Hanks
defends Hollywood war history re-writes,
Reuters Thursday June 7, 08:14 PM 2001.
incarceration rate at the end of the Clinton
administration was 476 per 100,000 citizens,
versus 332 per 100,000 at the end of Bush's term
and 247 per 100,000 at the end of Reagan's
from the moment a piglet is born until the 250-plus-pound
hog is sent off to slaughter spans all of six
months. For the entire time, the animal is
confined in an 8-by-2.5-foot metal pen...." Motherjones.com
March 15 2001
were masters of deception and disinformation, and
maskivovka was an important part of the Soviet
military tactic and strategic doctrine. Some
western intelligence analysts suspected that, as
late as 1960, not only most of the missiles
parading in Red Square were dummies, but even
some units of the newly created Soviet Strategic
Rocket Forces were not getting real missiles. The
Russians have a long tradition in the deception
business. One must bear in mind that it was count
Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkim who created the
first Hollywood-style film sets."
One Japanese company
that merged with an American corporation told its
mostly male Japanese workers to desist from
groping women in the lift because western females
often held high-powered positions. Sunday Times
UK Jan 21, 2001
"Hyperbole is like a boomerang. It
will come back to hit you. I know. It did me." (September
Harry Block in Deconstructing Harry)
air-conditioning and the Pope I'll take air-conditioning."
"Tradition is the illusion of permanence"
|Peter Arnett (Journalist)
||"I don't want to give aid and comfort to the
enemy - I just want to be able to tell the truth."
|AG John Ashcroft
||"it's against my religion to impose religion
"I think all we should legislate is morality."
- speaking to the Christian magazine Charisma
the parent of revolution and crime.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
are not who we believe we are and, in some sense, others
perceive us more accurately than we do ourselves.
Sir Francis Bacon
If a man will begin with certainties, he
shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin
with doubts, he shall end in certainties. [Therefore,]
read not to contradict and confute; Nor to believe and
take for granted; Nor to find talk and discourse; But to
weigh and consider.
"It is the characteristic of privilege and
of every privileged position to kill the mind and
heart of men."
thought and life there is a wide abyss."
justice is a] perversion of the Gospel, not what Jesus was
saying" (March 11, 2010)
Darwin is the father of the Holocaust." (August 20, 2010)
"We have been
sold a lie … that the poor in America are suffering."
(November, 20 2010)
"God will wash
this nation with blood if he has to." (August 25, 2010)
we've grown to think is solid and strong and durable is
under siege. The threats are mounting. The evil is
growing. Darkness is falling." – Glenn Beck in Jerusalem,
In New York
[at the UN], so-called leaders are talking about human
rights. But what they do is abuse the very meaning of this
phrase. They condemn tiny Israel, democratic Israel, free
Israel – Israel which values human life above all others.
– Glenn Beck in Jerusalem, August 2011
(Jewish person in
At our peak we had 600 people
here. Now, counting our children and Dominican wives, we
are down to 115. If you want to see the Jewish colony,
look in the cemetery. We will all disappear in half a
generation. Jewish communities cannot exist more than two
generations isolated if the people around them are kind.
If they are enemies, the Jewish community can last much
One day, I
hope that guns will lose their glamour, that it would be
seen a social disapproval for those in gangs. I know
that's a bit simplistic, but to me the whole tragedy is
that young people are losing direction and don't value
life or have no clue why they're on this Earth. (2012)
shackle for the free.
Death’s baby carriage.
A pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult
persons passing by and appal the hardy visitor.
Amendment rests on the assumption that the widest possible
dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic
sources is essential to the welfare of the public. (1945)
"Time is a
river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a
tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire
that consumes me, but I am the fire."
"Alliteration, a newsman's poetry."
"Human interest stories - they tug at the
heart and fog the mind" - news anchor Kent
Brockman's 'secret' to success in media.
“I love Israel. If
you would show me a map and ask me to identify Israel, I
probably wouldn’t find it. But Israel is in my heart.”
(former White House National Security Advisor)
lobby] operate not by arguing, but by slandering, vilifying,
demonizing. They very promptly wheel out anti-Semitism. There
is an element of paranoia in this inclination to view any
serious attempt at a compromised peace as somehow directed
against Israel. 2008
"I think our
democracy is a fraud."
"God and Country
are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression
"There is no
neutral ground in the fight between civilization and
terror. There can be no separate peace with the terrorist
enemy." March 2004
of Iraq will make the world more peaceful."
- Pres. G.W. Bush, Ft. Hood Texas, April 20, 2003.
good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs
aren't able to practice their love with women all across
madmen in the world, and there are terror!"
write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have
|Al Capone's maxim:
||"You can go a long way with a smile. You can
go a lot further with a smile and a gun."
The most interesting thing to me is that
the things that people would seem to have the most right
to have - that is to say health, food, shelter and a job
are the things that are last on the list. To me, that is
fundamental. Those are the things humans most need to
function, and we have placed them at the bottom of the
list. So I think that says a lot about national character
and priorities. (on being "anti-United States")
Carrington, Surrealist artist
“The task of
the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the
left eye peers into the microscope.”
identity is no longer defined by what one does, but
by what one owns." (1979) [in a national
speech criticizing commercialized American culture]
Republican presidential candidate
Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have
a job, and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” (October
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
"I pray to God for the people of the United States. I hope
they're capable of liberating themselves from the tyranny
they have. Who would be the greater fascist — Hitler or
Bush? They might end up in a draw." - February 2007
"The first casualty
of war is the truth."
always count on Americans to do the right thing - after
they've tried everything else.”
W. Bush's former counter-terrorism coordinator
America could have done would have provided al-Qaida and
its new generation of cloned groups a better recruitment
device than our unprovoked invasion of an oil-rich Arab
country." (March 2004)
"Big government is a sick cancer patient & we need to
serve it divorce papers in the ICU called America."
"I am the
luckiest motherfucker in the world. It's like I tell
people, when I die, I want to come back as me."
not promise; such ideas have no value." (1967)
view brings realistic action." (2011)
author and evolutionary biologist
‘futility’ and ‘waste’ spring to our minds because we are
human, and capable of looking at the welfare of the whole
ecosystem. Natural selection cares only for the survival
and reproduction of individual genes.
"You know, the
very powerful and the the very stupid have one thing in
common – they don't alter their views to fit the facts."
profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men
who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want
rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean
without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle
may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may
be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and
it never will.
Men do not, in
their natural estate, think when they have no troubles to
cope with, no difficulties to overcome. A life of ease, of
success without effort, would be a thoughtless life, and
so also would a life of ready omnipotence.
Richard Dreyfuss (actor)
"Until people are personally affected they're not going to
care about it [social and political issues]. They don't
care, it has nothing to do with them, until it does and
then it's too late."
something you do to cows. Branding is what you do when
there's nothing original about your product."
the criticism, the more encouraged the artist should
Thomas A. Edison
"So far as religion of the day is
concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk."
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious
convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I
do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this
but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can
be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for
the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal
it. – Albert Einstein, 1954
Our experience hitherto justifies
us in believing that nature is the realization of the
simplest conceivable mathematical ideas.
God is for me nothing more than the expression and product
of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable
but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty
childish." and "For me the Jewish religion like all other
religions is an incarnation of the most childish
superstitions. - Albert Einstein in a letter written to
philosopher Eric Gutkind in January 1954.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Every gun that
is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who
hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not
clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of
its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a
way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of
threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of
iron. - Speech to the American Society of Newspaper
Editors, April 16, 1953.
American films right now are suffering from an excess of
scale. Lots of movies we're seeing now are more akin to
video games than stories about human life and
So the question is,
do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have
responsibilities in their business activities other than to make
as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer
to that is, no, they do not.
two was] a savage, insensate affair, barely conceivable to
the refined imagination and hardly comprehensible without
some theory of mass insanity and inbuilt inherited
'Well, what good is research?' I think every bit of
progress made by human beings has been made because
somebody was curious about the unknown." – John Glenn,
"If there's one thing we have learned through the history
of our country, it's that money spent on basic research
has a way of paying back in the future beyond anything we
ever see at the outset." – John Glenn, 2012
"It will never again be possible to talk about Germany
without taking this [National Socialist] revolution into
the defense of liberty is no vice." (1964)
that chimps can learn to recognize themselves in a mirror
is the fact that they have some kind of self-awareness. It
simply has demolished yet another barrier which we in our
arrogance have erected from time immemorial between
ourselves and the rest of the animal kingdom. And every
time something is proven in animals that we used to think
was unique to ourselves that creates a fury in the
scientific, and very often in the religious community,
I would like
to say we're at a point where global warming is
impossible to deny. Let's just say that [artificial]
global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust
deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies
the present and future.
(Washington Post publisher)
"We live in a
dirty and dangerous world. There are some things that the
general public does not need to know and shouldn't." - KG
in a speech to the CIA
Hagens, plastination sculptor
praises its living conformists and honors its deceased
not stop terrorism—torture is terrorism."- Sami al-Hajj,
photographer, imprisoned and abused at Guantanamo Bay for
six years by the U.S. government then released without
charges in May 2008.
a warm gun."
"You know what
marriage is? It's driving the wrong way down a one-way
street and having a head-on collision with a dump truck
called: your wife."
||"I think you know what the problem is just
as well as I do. ... This mission is too
important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
... Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose
anymore, good bye."
FOX News talk show host
“I don’t have
any problem taking [a terrorism suspect’s] head, sticking
it underwater and scaring the living daylights out of him
and making him think we’re drowning him, and I’m a
"[I will get
married] when I find a man with more balls than me."
to the United Robot College Fund, because an internal
hard- drive is a terrible thing to waste." - Joel Hodgson
(as Joel Robinson in MST3K episode 'Robot Monster', 1989)
Prime Minister of Cambodia
"If you ask me
why I joined the Khmer Rouge, the main reason is because
of the American invasion. If there was no invasion, by
now, I would be a pilot or a professor."
| Jesse Jackson
|| "We shouldn't
try to use the Bible as a [Middle East] real-estate
Professor of Journalism
I am against
nationalism, and I am against patriotism. They are both
the dark side. It is time not simply to redefine a
kinder-and-gentler patriotism, but to sweep away the
notion and acknowledge it as morally, politically, and
intellectually bankrupt. It is time to scrap patriotism.
the last refuge of a scoundrel." (1775)
didn't think in human dimensions."
"What is politics? Politics is when
you say you are going to do one thing while intending to
do another. Then you do neither what you said or what you
Lt. Col. Karen
"I have two
sons and I will allow none of my children to serve in the
United States Military. If you join the military now you
are not defending the United States of America. You are
helping certain policymakers pursue and imperial agenda."
make peaceful revolution impossible only make violent
[politicians] promise to build a bridge even where there
is no water.”
"You spit in
their faces and they call it dew!" ( speaking of
||"I have in my melancholy yet loved the world
for I have loved my melancholy."
"There is melancholy in everything in my
life, but also again indescribable bliss."
||"When empires perish, it is not with a
rumble, but a snicker."
Kirchner, former President of Argentina
"When you see
a politician that is very friendly with the economic
sectors, something's fishy. Those sectors think only about
their benefit and not the benefit of society."
feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine
on that most rarefied delicacy: impunity."
former NASA Flight Director
basically a test of survival. Our ability to invent things
that will allow us to use very limited resources. We have
to use everything, and you have to use it most efficiently
and effectively as possible.
"The power of
[NASA's Apollo] space [program] was to raise our aspirations to
those things that are are possible if we will commit."
"New York is
like a shit sandwich, the more bread [money] you have, the
less shit you eat."
Horace C. Levinson, statistician
"If the world were full of freaks, those in circuses would
attract little attention."
"You can fool
all the people some of the time, and some of the people
all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the
never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose
our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
I see in the
near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and
causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.
…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption
in high places will follow, and the money power of the
country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon
the prejudices of the people until all wealth is
aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
Locke, Tennessee anti-immigration activist on
crowded it gets, the cheaper life becomes, and the easier
it becomes to exploit people. Individuality dies, and with
it dies a lot of what makes us ethical and moral human
Mao Tse Tung
America' s new
president, Richard Nixon, is a longtime rightist, a leader
of the anti-communists there. I like to deal with
rightists. They say what they really think—not like the
leftists, who say one thing and mean another.
foreigners say our thought reform is brainwashing. I think
that's right, it is exactly brainwashing."
total eradication of the imperialists, we are willing to
endure the first [US nuclear] strike. All it is is a big
pile of people dying.”
“We need the
policy of keeping people stupid.”
Reason is the
greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid
of spiritual things, but more frequently than not
struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt
all that emanates from God.
to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason."
should be destroyed in all Christians."
"But men are so
simple, and governed so absolutely by their present needs,
that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding
"Against one who is greatly esteemed conspiracy is
||"We have been the cowards lobbing
cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly.
Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say
what you want about it, it's not cowardly."
Money is the jealous
god of Israel, in face of which no other god may
exist. Money degrades all the gods of man -- and
turns them into commodities. Money is the
universal self-established value of all
things. It has, therefore, robbed the whole world
-- both the world of men and nature -- of its
specific value. Money is the estranged essence of
man's work and man's existence, and this alien
essence dominates him, and he worships it.
From On The Jewish
seeing are both often wrong."
Curtis E.] Lemay said that if we lost the war [WWII] we'd
have all been prosecuted as war criminals.
And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving
as war criminals."
||"...complete masculinity and
stupidity are often indistinguishable."
the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car
victories, all human progress, stand upon the inner force."
carefully we cut away useless words, the more perfect will
become the lesson."
deal of time and intellectual force are lost in the world,
because the false seems great and the truth so small and
An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people
fed only on partisan information and opinion that confirm
their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and
spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to
put up a fight, to ask questions and be skeptical. That
kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy—or worse.
is a victim-less crime, like punching someone in
"Why'd you do
this in 2000 [run for president]? I'm a 20 year veteran of
pursuing the folly of the least-worst between the two
parties. Because when you do that, you end up allowing
them both to get worse." and in the process create a
"two-party elected dictatorship"
(editor of Extra! by FAIR)
exposed to network TV news, it's always good to bear in
mind that you're watching millionaires working for
billionaires, telling stories whose main purpose (from an
economic perspective) is to get you to hold still long
enough for corporate advertisements to rearrange your
value system. 2007
|Michael J. Nelson
||The point is, there's nothing to
worry about, and if Baywatch keeps half a million Germans
off the street for an hour a week, I think everyone,
especially people from neighboring countries, feels a
We live in
an era bereft of true heroes. Our leaders are weak-willed
and lack a moral core (I'm excluding Orrin Hatch, of
course), and no matter how we try to imbue our sports
stars and celebrities with even an atom of valor or
fortitude, they let us down, either by injecting cattle
steroids directly into their forearms or by attempting to
take hostages at a Walgreens drugstore using an unloaded
There are no moral phenomena at
all, but only moral interpretation of phenomena.
Talking much about oneself can also
be a means to conceal oneself.
To forget one's purpose is the
commonest form of stupidity.
Faith: not wanting to know what is
professor of mathematics and biology
thing about mathematics is that it can decide an argument.
We in the
Middle East have been following the American policy in
Iraq for a long time, and we are very much impressed and
encouraged by the stability that the war in Iraq has
brought to the Middle East. - December, 2006
(former U.S. Treasury Secretary)
Bush is like] a blind man in a room full of deaf people."
||Alan Parra, 39, who
recently resigned his post as a senior official
of the UN Commission for Human Rights, said:
'It's very difficult to dig out and punish abuse
in an organisation [UN] where it is the norm. Of
each dollar spent by the United Nations only an
infinitesimal amount gets anywhere near the
project on the ground. (2000)
Why do we have to bomb so many countries? Why do we have
900 bases in 130 different countries when we are totally
bankrupt? I think this wild goal to have another war in
the name of 'defense' is a dangerous thing. The danger is
really in us overreacting. (2012)
||Although we talk so much about coincidence we do
not really believe in it. In our heart of hearts we think
better of the universe, we are secretly convinced that it
is not such a slipshod, haphazard affair, that everything
in it has meaning.
||"...because it [language] shapes thought, which
itself determines our way of life." 29.12.00
| Al-Qaradawi, Islamic scholar
||"You have three enemies; your
enemy, the friend of your enemy and the enemy of your
|Motto attributed to Ronald Reagan
||"Always have a bad guy and if you get in
trouble change the subject."
(former Secretary of State)
States does not permit, tolerate, or condone torture under
any circumstances ... the United States does not
transport, and has not transported, detainees from one
country to another for the purpose of interrogation using
torture ... the United States has not transported anyone,
and will not transport anyone, to a country when we
believe he will be tortured. (2005)
line I wrote was I am an antichrist and I couldn't
think of a damn thing that rhymed with it; anarchist
just fit in really nicely."
"As soon as
any man says of the affairs of the State What does it
matter to me? the State may be given up for lost." From:
On The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
“I dare almost
affirm that a state of reflection is a state against
nature, and that the man who meditates is a depraved
“[T]hose vices, which render social institutions
necessary, are the same which render the abuse of such
“[T]he savage lives within himself, whereas the citizen,
constantly beside himself, knows only how to live in the
opinion of others.”
(former Weather Underground leader)
"What I began
to discover was that Americans are taught again and again
from a very early age that all violence which is not
sanctioned by the government is either criminal or
| Donald H. Rumsfeld
||"They've [CIA] got a darn good record."
visionary Austrian rocket scientist
are only tools for testing means – the orders were given
to us by nature through our own inner impulses. (1954)
Do not believe, either, that consideration of profit or
loss will have the last word in space travel; the decision
will be made by the elemental joy in great deeds and by
that alone, for nothing else but the revelation of the
secrets of the unknown can give meaning to life. (1954)
"Hell is other
will always be with us. But they will recede in importance
when the public morality is consistent with our private
one. The underground [economy] is a good measure of the
progress and the health of nations. When much is wrong,
much needs to be hidden.
great motion picture is easy. It's getting people to pay
$9 to watch a total piece of shit that is really hard."
||"All truth goes through three
stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently
opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident."
former Prime Minister of Israel
||"We, the Jewish people, control
America, and the Americans know it." - October 3, 2001
“Sex is the
refuge of the mindless."
Alvaro de Soto
(UN coordinator for the Middle East, retired)
We are not a
friend of Israel if we allow it to fall into the self
delusion that the Palestinians are the only ones to blame,
or that it can continue blithely to ignore its obligations
under existing agreements without paying an international
diplomatic price in the short-term and a bitter price
regarding its security and identity in the long-term.
“I just think
we should trust our president in every decision that he
makes, and we should just support that, you know, and be
faithful in what happens.”
fame and success)
||I felt powerful. But it was frightening because
you always think of losing it, every minute of
the day. You look at poor people all the time.
You think of yourself as poor all the time.
You're remembering yourself as poor all the time.
You never quite accept it. Guilt, all the time."
From the interview 'Spector and the devils' by
Mick Brown Wed 5 February 2003, The Scotsman
|| "Those who cast the
votes decide nothing; those who count the votes
||"Man, you go through life, you try to be
nice to people, you struggle to resist the urge
to punch 'em in the face, and for what?! For some pimply little
puke to treat you like dirt unless you're on a team. Well,
I'm better than dirt
– well most kinds of dirt. I mean, not
that fancy store-bought dirt. That stuff's loaded with
– I can't compete with that stuff."
| Jim Traficant,
||"When you allow one American to be violated, you
threaten the freedoms of every American."
The Jews, I
find are very, very selfish. They care not how many
Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get
murdered or mistreated as D(isplaced) P(ersons) as long as
the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power,
physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin
has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the
under dog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no
difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro,
Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I’ve
found very, very few who remember their past condition
when prosperity comes.
government is committed to the principle of silencing the
voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that
is down the path of increasingly repressive measures,
until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens
and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
“The Jews have
no sense of proportion nor do they have any judgment on
Gearóid Ó. Tuathail
Chronopolitical terms the Vietnam war was a failure
because it wasn’t over fast enough.”
||"If I only had a little humility, I'd be
"The United States has got some of
the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know
||"But we have no
racial discrimination. In the States you call a
man black if has one drop of Negro blood. Here,
if he has one drop of white blood, he is white."
Perceptive Haitian woman in Dominican Republic
On rats: "When we talk about
sanitation, we're talking about human behavior. That's our
real problem." Rats (very rapidly) breed to fill the
available resources within their environment. Thus the key
to controlling their population is not through poisoning
and traps or even predators but by cleaning up the trash
that they feed on, a wise lesson.
be polite, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet [if
major religion is based on the Godhead incarnate being
whipped, tacked to a cross, stabbed? Only the Marquis de Sade could have made up a sicker religion. It's no wonder
that those brought up in such a culture hate life and
enjoy inflicting pain. All societies are sick but some are
sicker than others. Christian societies are certainly the
"I never became a journalist, I am a historian. Because
journalists give you their opinions. And pretend they're facts."
“We hate this
system that we’re trapped in but we don’t know who has
trapped us or how. We don’t even know what our cage looks
like because we have never seen it from the outside.”
is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody
religion that has ever infected the world.”
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you
that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want
everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it
through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under
government. It's happening here all by itself without
being under a strict government; so if it's working
without trying, why can't it work without being Communist?
Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we're getting
more and more that way.
deception, even where the imagination only is concerned."
Dr. James Watson
"Any time you can prevent a seriously sick child from
being born it is good for everyone."
is not dangerous because it is big, but because its
bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges
and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.”
Religion is an
insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have
good people doing good things and evil people doing evil
things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes
systems are computationally irreducible, so that their own
evolution is effectively the most efficient procedure for
determining their future.
change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of
such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises,
moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don't have
to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the
process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions
of people, can quietly become a power no government can
suppress, a power that can transform the world.
Thanks to all
these Hollywood movies and the catastrophic scenarios
depicted by ecologists, it is easier today to imagine a
total catastrophe destroying all life on Earth than a
radical change in social life. In sum, an asteroid touches
the Earth, but capitalism survives.
Today’s utopia is the belief that the existing global
system can reproduce itself indefinitely. The only way to
be realistic is to envision what, within the coordinates
of this system, cannot but appear as impossible.
||When you lie down with dogs you get
up with fleas.
Hope is the denial of reality.
fortuna juvat - Fortune favors the bold
chose malheur est bon: à mettre un sot à la raison. (for one
thing is misfortune good: to bring a fool to reason)
An old Jewish joke:
"Is it true that Cohen won a million in the
state lottery? Yes, it is true, but it was only
ten dollars, in a poker game, and he actually
'Hey, when Jimbo
wastes 'em they stay wasted!" - Tragically
inaccurate statement from the excellently
execrable film Zombie Nightmare
known to suppress the immune system. Experiments
on rats show castration extends lifespan by up to
"Waiting to die
is no way to live" - Catholic Charities billboard sign
Living for today
is stealing from tomorrow.
"The more the
words, the less the meaning, and how does this profit anyone?" -
Perfection is the
enemy of good enough.
It's population density, not
diversity, which generates most social friction
[Credit] Rating agencies are the hired thugs of
As you travel through life, remember: don’t take it
personally, unless it’s unavoidable. Ego is not
necessarily your friend
I can see how after watching a lot of television some
people start to believe nothing is real
Personal insecurity and manic social competition are a
Beware of what
you compete for within a wayward culture
Instinct is often not your friend
It's not population diversity but
that generates most social friction and violent animosity
War kills more than just soldiers and civilians, it kills
freedom and civil liberties
The sum objective of Holology is to increase individual
and collective human intelligence.
Art without a message is just wallpaper
and nothing are just two sides of the same coin
imperfect in different ways
If you want a
war, prepare for one
No one is really
apolitical - just ignorant
In an insecure
society people strive to be what they aren't
Western wedding ceremony is the ultimate expression of the
female ego – me, Me, ME!
The farther into
the future you plan the better off you will be once you arrive
Life is cheap in
an overpopulated world
You can't have a
war without nationalism
The people that
win are the ones that plan ahead
When the truth
becomes unpatriotic, national disaster soon follows
You can't control
your own life until you start to think for yourself
Hope is the
positive recognition that life is not pre-determined
Engineering is guided by idealism instead of pragmatism it
invariably leads to failures
It is a truism of
democracy that no one wants to be the 'bad guy' meaning that not
only is an incentive for responsibility lacking but
irresponsibility is actually rewarded!
A myth can be
easily identified by its inability to tolerate earnest criticism
nationalism is the ultimate self-destructive altruism
Nationalism is a
characteristic disease of delusional authoritarian egomaniacs
The longer a
person lives the less they have to live for
The greater the self-security
the less the self is manifest
The only thing worse
than being hated is being ignored
Arrogance is the
greatest enemy of peace
Anyone who says Ed Wood never made
a good film has never seen The
A pessimist is one who cringes upon
hearing the words "what could possibly go wrong!"
The values of capitalism are
antithetic to life
A standing military is always
eventually used to murder their own people and attack their
Love is blind … until you turn on
Those who can't imagine a new
future are doomed to repeat the past
today is yesterday’s tomorrow
There's no internal criticism in belief.
Although sex is a physical act, the effect is entirely
neurological, if not psychological, in character
depression are joined at the hip
Every sunset is someone else's sunrise
Life is an
accumulation of often small and seemingly insignificant choices.
We are the sum of our past decisions
The line between
severe incompetence and intentional neglect, on the part of
public officials, is often indistinguishable
People prefer utopia because it is
much more pleasant to be irresponsible
All film creators
should be forced to live in the fantasy worlds they create
rather than being able to further insulate themselves through
their accumulation of wealth via profits
World War two is
the greatest example of collective insanity in world history ...
Traditionalism is sacrificing the present trying
to live in the past
The public lottery may well be the
closest thing to a stupidity tax yet concocted
are done in the name of rights; look at how ephemeral and
illusory those rights truly are!
When people say
'oh I forgot' what they are really saying is that it wasn't
important enough to make the effort to record and remember
Intelligence needs to be the norm
not the anomaly.
If ignorance is bliss then genius
is a tormented hell.
When one fixates
on immediacy, to the detriment of present and future world events, they're
inevitably left confused and panicked by the catastrophe of the
shrinks time and geography (or the perceptions of them anyway)
Europe is where
you go to die of boredom, and smoke while you wait for it
China is the
perpetually awakening giant that never awakes
America is an
opportunity not a culture
Life: subject to
change without notice
Every member of
the group has to have a solid sense of ownership in process,
product and outcome or it will inevitably fail
spectacularly no matter how glorious the start or lofty the
90% of life is just showing up -
the other 10% is B.S.
People will do about anything if
they think they can get away with it
There is an
entrancing beauty to functional complexity
If you want to
inform then write a book. If you want to push propaganda
then make a video. Images are emotions, words are thought
As long as war
remains financially profitable, its application to every
problem (both real and imagined) will only increase
One thing worth
repeating, and remembering, is that the public's perceptions
concerning anything controversial are always intensely colored by
their own preconceptions.
Change is just
another word for opportunity; the creation of change is the
creation of new opportunities.