Thursday, February 22, 2018

Framing II

"Framing is a process whereby communicators, consciously or unconsciously, act to construct a point of view that encourages the facts of a given situation to be interpreted by others in a particular manner."
--Jim Kuypers
Assistant Professor of Communications, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Traveling

"My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world."
--Billy Graham
(November 7, 1918 - February 21, 2018)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Con

"Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game."
--Terence McKenna

Monday, February 19, 2018

Secular

"Hunting Down the Secular Humanists" "...What makes them so dangerous is that Secular Humanists look just like you and me. Some of them could be your best friends without you knowing that they are Humanists. They could come into your house, play with your children, eat your food and even watch football with you on television, and you'd never know they have read Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, and Huckleberry Finn....

No one is safe until Congress sets up an Anti-Secular Humanism Committee to get at the rot. Witnesses have to be called, and they have to name names."

--Art Buchwald

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Space II

Thirty spokes unite at the single hub;
It is the empty space which makes the wheel useful.
Mold clay to form a bowl;
It is the empty space which makes the bowl useful.
Cut out windows and doors;
It is the empty space which makes the room useful.

--Lao Tzu (Laozi)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Anything V

Howard Beale: [laughing to himself] But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell. We'll tell you that, uh, Kojak always gets the killer, or that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker's house, and no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don't worry, just look at your watch; at the end of the hour he's going to win. We'll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even *think* like the tube! This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God's name, you people are the real thing! *WE* are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off! Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I'm speaking to you now! TURN THEM OFF...

[collapses in a prophetic swoon as the audience erupts in thunderous applause]

--"Network" (1976)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Drives

"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
--Adolf Hitler

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eyes II

"It’s in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced and photoshopped world very dangerous."
--Brené Brown

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Molecules

"What is literature but an insider's newsletter about affairs relating to molecules, of no importance to anything in the Universe but a few molecules who have the disease called 'thought'."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,
"Bluebeard" (1987)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Insignificant

"What, actually, is the difference between communism and fascism?  Both are forms of statism, authoritarianism.  The only difference between Stalin’s communism and Mussolini’s fascism is an insignificant detail in organizational structure."
--Leonard E. Read
(1898-1983) founder of the Foundation for Economic Education

Monday, February 12, 2018

Infinite II

"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unprovoked

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."
--Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Detatchment

"At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all."
--H.G. Wells,
"The War Of The Worlds"

Friday, February 09, 2018

License

"Where a license is legal permission from an authority (i.e. State government, medical board) to do something that would otherwise be deemed illegal to do, a vaccine is legal permission to inject toxins that would otherwise be deemed illegal to ingest."
--Rosanne Lindsay

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Persistent III

"At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent."
--Joseph Sobran
(1946-2010) Columnist

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Bully

Years ago, I had an experience with a playground bully. (...) This bully was after me and he was gonna do this, he was gonna do that, all the other kids were terrified of this bully. And he came to me one night, just before immediately the school was over, and he said to me "Icke, I'm beating you up tonight, you're gonna meet me here." And he expected me to run. And I said "alright", and I took him on. I never threw a punch! He was trying to hit me and trying to hit me, and I was just, you know, a bit like Neo in The Matrix, only at normal speed. Cause he was all front! He was all front! His power in that playground perception of his power. Look him in the eye, "come on then, let's have ya", gone. Finished! Over! And that night, his power of that playground disappeared, cause people realized he was a fraud as the word got out.
--David Icke

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Morrow

"If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done."
--John Lubbock
(1834-1913) English naturalist, banker, statesman

Monday, February 05, 2018

Reform V

"Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming."
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
English poet, critic, philosopher, and a leader of the British Romantic movement

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Planning IV

"When people were committed to the idea that in the field of religion only one plan must be adopted, bloody wars resulted. With the acknowledgment of the principle of religious freedom these wars ceased. The market economy safeguards peaceful economic co-operation because it does not use force upon the economic plans of the citizens. If one master plan is to be substituted for the plans of each citizen, endless fighting must emerge. Those who disagree with the dictator's plan have no other means to carry on than to defeat the despot by force of arms."
--Ludwig von Mises,
"Planned Chaos" (1947)

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Powers

"The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence."
--John F. Kennedy

Friday, February 02, 2018

Freedom XI

"An individual should not have too much freedom.
A nation should have absolute freedom."
--Sun Yat-sen
(1866-1925) Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China ("Nationalist China")

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Decision

"Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error in judgment. When a bunch of people begin to do it, it is a social error, a life-style. In this particular life-style the motto is 'Be happy now because tomorrow you are dying,' but the dying begins almost at once, and the happiness is a memory."
--Philip K. Dick,
"A Scanner Darkly" (1977)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dancing

V: Would you... dance with me?

Evey Hammond: Now? On the eve of your revolution?

V: A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!

--:"V For Vendetta" (Movie)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Formed

"A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, January 29, 2018

Appointed II

"And Spaceship Earth, that glorious and bloody circus, continued its four-billion-year-long spiral orbit about the Sun; the engineering, I must admit, was so exquisite that none of the passengers felt any motion at all. Those on the dark side of the ship mostly slept and voyaged into worlds of freedom and fantasy; those on the light side moved about the tasks appointed for them by their rulers, or idled waiting for the next order from above."
--Robert Anton Wilson,
"The Illuminatus! Trilogy" (1975)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Chickens

A baby eagle became orphaned when something happened to his parents. He glided down to the ground from his nest but was not yet able to fly. A man picked him up. The man took him to a farmer and said, "This is a special kind of barnyard chicken that will grow up big." The farmer said, "Don’t look like no barnyard chicken to me."  "Oh yes, it is. You will be glad to own it." The farmer took the baby eagle and placed it with his chickens.

The baby eagle learned to imitate the chickens. He could scratch the ground for grubs and worms too. He grew up thinking he was a chicken.

Then one day an eagle flew over the barnyard. The eagle looked up and wondered, "What kind of animal is that? How graceful, powerful, and free it is." Then he asked another chicken, "What is that?" The chicken replied, "Oh, that is an eagle. But don’t worry yourself about that. You will never be able to fly like that."

And the eagle went back to scratching the ground. He continued to behave like the chicken he thought he was. Finally he died, never knowing the grand life that could have been his.

--Author Unknown

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Banned

"The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us--it's all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind...  You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
--Ray Bradbury,
As quoted in "Bradbury Still Believes in Heat of ‘Fahrenheit 451’", interview by Misha Berson, in The Seattle Times (March 12, 1993)

Friday, January 26, 2018

Unless IV

"Unless we choose to decentralize and to use applied science, not as the end to which human beings are to be made the means, but as the means to producing a race of free individuals, we have only two alternatives to choose from: either a number of national, militarized totalitarianisms, having as their root the terror of the atomic bomb and as their consequence the destruction of civilization (or, if the warfare is limited, the perpetuation of militarism); or else one supra-national totalitarianism, called into existence by the social chaos resulting from rapid technological progress in general and the atomic revolution in particular, and developing, under the need for efficiency and stability, into the welfare-tyranny of Utopia. You pays your money and you takes your choice."
--Aldous Huxley,
forward to the 1946 edition of "Brave New World"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ravagers

"Left to face a hungry winter robbed of their hard-earned harvests, the people experienced their own warrior class not as protectors but ravagers."
--Barbara Tuchman,
"A Distant Mirror" (1978)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Retain

"At a time in our history when the streets of the Nation's cities inspire fear and despair, rather than pride and hope, it is difficult to maintain objectivity and concern for our fellow citizens. But, the measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis. No nation in the recorded history of man has a greater tradition of revering justice and fair treatment for all its citizens in times of turmoil, confusion, and tension than ours. This is a country which stands tallest in troubled times, a country that clings to fundamental principles, cherishes its constitutional heritage, and rejects simple solutions that compromise the values that lie at the roots of our democratic system."

--Thurgood Marshall,
Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, Concurring opinion (January 17, 1972)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pilled

When at last we are sure
You’ve been properly pilled,
Then a few paper forms
Must be properly filled
So that you and your heirs
May be properly billed.

--Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
"You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children" (1986)