Saturday, June 24, 2017

Planning III

"There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ...What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Friday, June 23, 2017

Effort II

"They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you're high, you can do everything you normally do just as well--you just realize that it's not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference."
--Bill Hicks

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anonymity II

"Once they notice you, Jason realized, they never completely close the file. You can never get back your anonymity. It is vital not to be noticed in the first place."
--Philip K. Dick,
"Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" (1974)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Going III

"I have no idea where I'm going but here's the real question: What am I doing here in the first place?"
--Art Buchwald

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Remorse

"Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean."
--Aldous Huxley,
"Brave New World"
Foreword, to the 1946 edition

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ten II

"As a writer, politician, scientist, and businessman, [Ben] Franklin had few equals among the educated of his day--though he left school at ten."
--John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Relation

"At this late stage in the history of American capitalism I'm not sure I know how much testimony still needs to be presented to establish the relation between profit and theft."
--Lewis Lapham,
"Money And Class In America; Notes And Observations On Our Civil Religion"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cozy

"Sanity is a cozy lie."
--Susan Sontag

Friday, June 16, 2017

Astrology

"About astrology and palmistry: They are good because they make people feel vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Simple

"To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, 'simple interpretation' is obviously not enough."
--Vladimir Lenin,
(January-March, 1900, "Uncritical Criticism", Collected Works, 3, Marxists)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Despicable

"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear."
--Albert Camus
(1913-1960)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Materialism

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Humor

"That's part of our policy, is not to be taken seriously, because I think our opposition, whoever they may be, in all their manifest forms, don't know how to handle humor. You know, and we are humorous, we are, what are they,Laurel and Hardy. That's John and Yoko, and we stand a better chance under that guise, because all the serious people, like Martin Luther King, and Kennedy, and Gandhi, got shot."
--John Lennon,
BBC interview with David Wigg (May 8, 1969)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Chose II

"The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty."
--William O. Douglas,
[Beauharnais v.Illinois, 342 U.S. 250, 287 (1952) (dissenting)]

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Skid II

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
--Hunter S. Thompson,
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

Friday, June 09, 2017

Working III

"I have four children, and I want them to grow up in a country that has a working First Amendment."
--Frank Zappa,
CBS Morning News (September 18, 1985)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Intestine

"The three branches of government number considerably more than three and are not, in any sense, 'branches' since that would imply that there is something they are all attached to besides self-aggrandizement and our pocketbooks. ... Government is not a machine with parts; it's an organism. When does an intestine quit being an intestine and start becoming an asshole?"
--P. J. O'Rourke
(1947- ) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Exploitation

"All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man."
--H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Together II

"What I think is--what I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis and that what has been going on in the United States over the period of the last three years, the division, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the division whether it's between black and white, between the poor and the more affluent or between age groups or over the war in Vietnam that we can start to work together. We are a great country and selfish country and a compassionate country."
--Robert F. Kennedy,
November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968

Monday, June 05, 2017

Imponderables

"Circumstances of crimes vary. So do motives. And so do prospects for rehabilitation. The number of imponderables makes it impossible to sentence by formula and still sentence justly."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Progress VII

"He’s perfectly entitled to his point of view. He’s perfectly entitled to express his point of view, and he’s perfectly entitled to disagree with me, and that’s the only way we’re going to make progress in this country--if people stand up and speak their minds."
--Robert F. Kennedy,
Ball State University,
April 4, 1968

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Another day, another act of "terrorism".

I guess when a WASP does the same thing, it's an Act Of Love?

When "doctors" medicate people to oblivion who then fall asleep or go off the deep end and plow through a crowd that's *two* Acts Of Love.

Why are the lives of some only valuable when taken by certain perpetrators?

Once again, the masses are being led by the nose, played by the master puppeteers...

Not that they really are masters of the craft, but it's sooooo much effort to use our ability to think...some prefer to let that ability to remain dormant...

The Mighty-Wurlitzer-How The CIA Played-America


TLC

Solemn

"We all owe our very existence to the knowledge and talent and effort of those who have gone before us. We have a solemn obligation to repay that debt in the coin in which it was given--to work to meet our responsibilities to that greater part of mankind which needs our assistance--to the deprived and the downtrodden, the insulted and injured."
--Robert F. Kennedy,
Stellenbosch University Speech,
June 7, 1966

Friday, June 02, 2017

Degraded

"Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Achievement

"The future is not a gift. It is an achievement."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pioneers

"Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought."
--Ludwig von Mises
(1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beliefs II

"The most formidable chains are forged from beliefs. Ah, beliefs! Beliefs tear out the eyes and leave us blind and groping in the dark. If I believe in one proposition, I have become locked behind the door of that belief, and all other doors to learning and freedom, although standing open and waiting for me to enter, are now closed to me. If I believe in one God, one religion, yes, if I believe in God at all, if I have closed my mind to magic, to spirit, to salvation, to the unknown dimension that exist in the firmament, I have plunged my mind into slavery. Test all beliefs. Distrust all beliefs."
--Gerry Spence,
"Seven Simple Steps to Personal Freedom: An Owner's Manual for Life"

Monday, May 29, 2017

Remembers

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers."
--John F. Kennedy
May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Second III

"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life, I find."
--John F. Kennedy

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Liberty XI

"But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."
--John F. Kennedy,
"Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt" June 25, 1963

Friday, May 26, 2017

Artist V

"It may be different elsewhere. But democratic society - in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may."
John F. Kennedy,
"Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree,"
October 26, 1963

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Incidence

"The fact that the general incidence of leukemia has doubled in the last two decades may be due, partly, to the increasing use of x-rays for numerous purposes. The incidence of leukemia in doctors, who are likely to be so exposed, is twice that of the general public. In radiologists … the incidence is ten times greater."
--Isaac Asimov (1965),
as quoted in Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 233.