Saturday, July 21, 2018

Speech III

"There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech."
--Idi Amin

Friday, July 20, 2018

Compulsory II

"A tax supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state."
--Isabel Paterson (1886-1961)
Canadian-American journalist, author, political philosopher, literary critic

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cat II

"A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it."
--H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Marbles

"Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important."
--Sara Gruen,
"Water for Elephants"

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ways

"Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community--they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."
--Chuck Schumer

Monday, July 16, 2018

Simple II

"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
--Stephen Hawking',
"Stephen Hawking's Universe" by John Boslough (1985)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Interests II

"People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises."
--Vladamir Lenin

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Essential

"The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man. Unless he understands this, he does not grasp the essential meaning of his life."
--Huey P. Newton,
"Revolutionary Suicide" (1973)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cleverness

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment"
--Rumi

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Seed

"The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest, where all human things...have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower."
--Edith Hamilton,
"The Greek Way" (1930)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Infect

"Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams--Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance. And these weapons must be kept as bright as a sword."
--E.B. White,
"Truth in Advertising," The New Yorker (July 11, 1936)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunlight II

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
--William O. Douglas

Monday, July 09, 2018

Value III

"As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?"
--Alexis de Tocqueville,
Letter to Ernest de Chabrol, June 9, 1831, "Tocqueville Reader"

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Habit II

"I would like to remind the black ministry and indeed all black people that God is not in the habit of coming down from heaven to solve people's problems on earth."
--Steven Biko

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Cactus

"I have learned the difference between a cactus and a caucus. On a cactus, the pricks are on the outside."
--Mo Udall

Friday, July 06, 2018

Afraid III

"They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves."
--Ray Bradbury,
"The Martian Chronicles" (1950)

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Bed

"Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their...skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"
--Bill Hicks

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Conscripted

"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence -- on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match."
--John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Principle

"Principle is okay up to a certain point, but principle doesn't do any good if you lose."
--Richard B. Cheney,
Remarks during the 1976 US Presidential Campaign

Monday, July 02, 2018

Bells II

"The lesson of bells is that no work is worth finishing, so why care too deeply about anything? Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that no longer offer important work to do.

Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not. Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance."

--John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Farming

Farming animals is like being a Vaccine Doctor...you pretend to be friends with the victim, lure them into a false sense of security, then kill them so you can make a little chump change.
--TLC

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Minimum

I used to think that television could be potentially the most powerful medium for the dissemination of knowledge that the world has ever known, it could be a very rich and rewarding thing if handled properly and that the problem was in the execution. I've now come, after ten years in the business, five years of which was as a television critic, to taking the very extreme view point. I think television itself is bad.

The idea of television, the act of watching television kills the imagination. It's not like radio, with radio you had to listen, had to make things, you had to build things in your mind. Movies do that. Television is something else again. Television lays it all out there in a very prescribed way and the bare minimum of imagination on the part of the viewer is needed and I really fear for all of us.

--Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 - June 28, 2018)
Interview in 1979, quoted in "The Online Copywriter's Handbook" (2002) by Robert W. Bly

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thinking III

"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you."
--Don Marquis

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Revolution

"I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next."
--George A. Romero

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sophisticated

"As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger."
--Fidel Castro,
Speech at the International Conference on Financing for Development (March 2002)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Same IV

".. the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day."
--Anne Lamott,
"Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith"

Monday, June 25, 2018

Dust II

"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
-- J.M. Barrie,
"Peter Pan"

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Details

"I don't always go into details about the possible side effects of drugs. I tell them all drugs are poisons with possible beneficial side effects."
--Dr Jay Gordon

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Relax

"Please relax," said the voice pleasantly, like a stewardess in an airliner with only one wing and two engines one of which is on fire, "you are perfectly safe."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Friday, June 22, 2018

Imposed

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed--if all records told the same tale--then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."
--George Orwell

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ordained II

"Our bodies must always be wherever that struggle is.  And the moment we forget that, the moment we become lazy, the moment we sit back, then then the evil ones do their ordained tasks to us."
--William Kunstler