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[Jun 28, 2020] Appetite come with eating

Jun 28, 2020 | en.sodiummedia.com

In addition to the direct meaning, does the proverb "appetite come with eating" teach something useful? Of course. And in order to demonstrate this visually, let us turn to the example of the famous and very popular writer Stephen King. In his remarkable work "How to write books, " he insists that no inspiration exists in nature, the more important thing is the schedule.

The life of the master is subject to a strict schedule, the main thing is that King sits down to write at the same time, and this rule is indestructible. This is the secret of fantastic fertility - transcendent performance and discipline. According to King, the muse (by the way, he has a regular source of male insights) needs training, then she will be able to give ideas to the surface. Thus, we can conclude that the renowned writer chooses an "appetite comes with eating" as his life guide. Its meaning may or may not be known to Kingu; nevertheless, the author of The Dead Zone follows the adage strictly.

[Jun 23, 2020] Every record has been destroyed, every book rewritten, every statue and street building has been renamed... nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right...

Jun 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

"Every record has been destroyed , every book rewritten , every statue and street building has been renamed ... nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right ..." - George Orwell, 1984.

Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

"Antiracism is no longer the defense of the equal dignity of people, but an ideology, a vision of the world," said the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, son of Holocaust survivors.

"Antiracism has been transformed... At the time of the great migration, it is no longer a question of welcoming newcomers by integrating them into European civilization, but exposing the faults of this civilization".

He referred to "self-racism" as "the most dismaying and grotesque pathology of our time".

Its capital is London.

" Topple the racists " consists of a map with 60 statues in 30 British cities. The removal of the statues is being requested to support a movement born in the United States after a white policeman, Derek Chauvin, killed a black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck.

[Jun 20, 2020] I Can Hire Half the Working Class To Fight the Other Half by Jay Gould

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MichaelSF , June 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Jay Gould, a U.S. robber baron, is supposed to have claimed that he could hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Gould

[Jun 20, 2020] "If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."

Jun 20, 2020 | taibbi.substack.com

Check Jun 13

"If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."

Edward R. Murrow

[Jun 19, 2020] Marionettes can easily be transformed into hanged persons. The ropes are already there.

Jun 19, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Often is man's best wisdom to be silent , 1 hour ago

Marionettes can easily be transformed into hanged persons. The ropes are already there.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

[Jun 19, 2020] Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Jun 19, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

BaNNeD oN THe RuN , 1 hour ago

He is right...

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

~ Isaac Asimov

But he is also one of the reasons that the anti-intellectual movement can maintain momentum. Too many of the "authoritative voices" in positions of power are total charlatans.

[Jun 19, 2020] "What's being protected? The social order that feeds the wealthy at the expense of the working poor. "

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Racism, especially directed toward blacks, along with “identity wedge,” is a perfect tool for disarming poor white, and suppressing their struggle for a better standard of living, which considerably dropped under neoliberalism. ..."
"... In other words, by providing poor whites with a stratum of the population that has even lower social status, neoliberals manage to co-opt them to support the policies which economically ate detrimental to their standard of living as well as to suppress the protest against the redistribution of wealth up and dismantling of the New Deal capitalist social protection network. ..."
"... This is a pretty sophisticated, pretty evil scheme if you ask me. In a way, “Floydgate” can be viewed as a variation on the same theme. A very dirty game indeed, when the issue of provision of meaningful jobs for working poor, social equality, and social protection for low-income workers of any color is replaced with a real but of secondary importance issue of police violence against blacks. ..."
"... without a contract at all ..."
Jun 19, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

flora, June 19, 2020 at 1:36 am

Thanks for this post.

"What's being protected? The social order that feeds the wealthy at the expense of the working poor. " -- Neuberger

In the aftermath of these movements, the police increasingly presented themselves as a thin blue line protecting civilization, by which they meant bourgeois civilization, from the disorder of the working class. -- Mitrani

I think this ties in, if only indirectly, with the way so many peaceful recent protests seemed to turn violent after the police showed up. It's possible I suppose the police want to create disorder to frighten not only the protestors with immediate harm but also frighten the bourgeois about the threate of a "dangerous mob". Historically violent protests created a political backlash that usually benefited political conservatives and the wealthy owners. (The current protests may be different in this regard. The violence seems to have

John Anthony La Pietra, June 19, 2020 at 2:20 am

Sorry, but the title sent my mind back to the days of old -- of old Daley, that is, and his immortal quote from 1968: "Gentlemen, let's get the thing straight, once and for all. The policeman isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder."

Adam1, June 19, 2020 at 7:39 am

LOL!!! great quote. Talk about saying it the way it is.

It kind of goes along with, "Police violence is focused overwhelmingly on men lowest on the socio-economic ladder: in rural areas outside the South, predominately white men; in the Southwest, disproportionately Hispanic men; in mid-size and major cities, disproportionately black men. Significantly, in the rural South, where the population is racially mixed, white men and black men are killed by police at nearly identical rates."

I bang my head on the table sometimes because poor white men and poor men of color are so often placed at odds when they increasingly face (mostly) the same problems. God forbid someone tried to unite them, there might really be some pearl clutching then.

run75441, June 19, 2020 at 8:23 am

Great response! I am sure you have more to add to this. A while back, I was researching the issues you state in your last paragraph. Was about ten pages into it and had to stop as I was drawn out of state and country. From my research.

While not as overt in the 20th century, the distinction of black slave versus poor white man has kept the class system alive and well in the US in the development of a discriminatory informal caste system. This distraction of a class level lower than the poorest of the white has kept them from concentrating on the disproportionate, and growing, distribution of wealth and income in the US. For the lower class, an allowed luxury, a place in the hierarchy and a sure form of self esteem insurance.

Sennett and Cobb (1972) observed that class distinction sets up a contest between upper and lower class with the lower social class always losing and promulgating a perception amongst themselves the educated and upper classes are in a position to judge and draw a conclusion of them being less than equal. The hidden injury is in the regard to the person perceiving himself as a piece of the woodwork or seen as a function such as "George the Porter." It was not the status or material wealth causing the harsh feelings; but, the feeling of being treated less than equal, having little status, and the resulting shame. The answer for many was violence.

James Gilligan wrote "Violence; Reflections on A National Epidemic." He worked as a prison psychiatrist and talked with many of the inmates of the issues of inequality and feeling less than those around them. His finding are in his book which is not a long read and adds to the discussion.

A little John Adams for you.

" The poor man's conscience is clear . . . he does not feel guilty and has no reason to . . . yet, he is ashamed. Mankind takes no notice of him. He rambles unheeded.

In the midst of a crowd; at a church; in the market . . . he is in as much obscurity as he would be in a garret or a cellar.

He is not disapproved, censured, or reproached; he is not seen . . . To be wholly overlooked, and to know it, are intolerable ."

likbez , June 19, 2020 at 3:18 pm

That’s a very important observation.

Racism, especially directed toward blacks, along with “identity wedge,” is a perfect tool for disarming poor white, and suppressing their struggle for a better standard of living, which considerably dropped under neoliberalism.

In other words, by providing poor whites with a stratum of the population that has even lower social status, neoliberals manage to co-opt them to support the policies which economically ate detrimental to their standard of living as well as to suppress the protest against the redistribution of wealth up and dismantling of the New Deal capitalist social protection network.

This is a pretty sophisticated, pretty evil scheme if you ask me. In a way, “Floydgate” can be viewed as a variation on the same theme. A very dirty game indeed, when the issue of provision of meaningful jobs for working poor, social equality, and social protection for low-income workers of any color is replaced with a real but of secondary importance issue of police violence against blacks.

This is another way to explain “What’s the matter with Kansas” effect.

Carla , June 19, 2020 at 12:39 pm

MLK Jr. tried, and look what happened to him once he really got some traction. If the Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign picks up steam, I’m afraid the same thing will happen to him.

I wish it were only pearl-clutching that the money power would resort to, but that’s not the way it works.

km , June 19, 2020 at 11:56 am

In most countries, the police are there solely to protect the Haves from the Have-Nots. In fact, when the average frustrated citizen has trouble, the last people he would consider turning to are the police.

This is why in the Third World, the only job of lower social standing than “policeman” is “police informer”.

cripes , June 19, 2020 at 3:35 am

The anti-rascist identity of the recent protests rests on a much larger base of class warfare waged over the past 40 years against the entire population led by a determined oligarchy and enforced by their political, media and militarized police retainers. This same oligarchy, with a despicable zeal and revolting media-orchestrated campaign–co-branding the movement with it’s usual corporate perpetrators– distorts escalating carceral and economic violence solely through a lens of racial conflict and their time-tested toothless reforms. A few unlucky “peace officers” may have to TOFTT until the furor recedes, can’t be helped.

Crowding out debt relief, single payer health, living wages, affordable housing and actual justice reform from the debate that would benefit African Americans more than any other demographic is the goal.

The handful of Emperors far prefer kabuki theater and random ritual Seppuku than facing the rage of millions of staring down the barrel of zero income, debt, bankruptcy, evictions and dispossession. The Praetorians will follow the money as always.

I suppose we’ll get some boulevards re-named and a paid Juneteenth holiday to compensate for the destruction 100+ years of labor rights struggle, so there’s that..

Boatwright , June 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

Homestead, Ludlow, Haymarket, Matewan — the list is long……

Working men and women asking for justice gunned down by the cops. There will always be men ready to murder on command as long as the orders come from the rich and powerful. We are at a moment in history folks were some of us, today mostly people of color, are willing to put their lives on the line. It’s an ongoing struggle.

MichaelSF , June 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Jay Gould, a U.S. robber baron, is supposed to have claimed that he could hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Gould

rob , June 19, 2020 at 7:58 am

So how can a tier of society(the police)…. be what a society needs…?
When as this story and many others show how and why the police were formed…. to break heads.
When they have been “the tool” of the elite…forever.
when so many of them are such dishonest,immoral ,wanna be fascists.
and the main direction of the US is towards a police state and fascists running the show…. both republican and democrat. With technology being the boot on the neck of the people… and the police are there to take it to the streets.
Can those elusive “good apples” turn the whole rotten barrel into sweet smelling apple pie? That is a big ask.
Or should the structure be liquidated, sell their army toys. fill the ranks with people who are not pathological liars and abusers and /or racists; of one sort or another. Get rid of the mentality of overcompensation by uber machismo. and make them watch the andy griffith show. They ought to learn that they can be respected if they are good people, and that they are not respected because they seek respect through fear and intimidation.
Is that idiot cry of theirs, .. the whole yelling at you; demanding absolute obedience to arbitrary ,assinine orders, really working to get them respect… or is it just something they get off on?
When the police are shown to be bad, they strike by work slowdown, or letting a little chaos loose themselves. So the people know they need them… So any reform of the police will go through the police not doing their jobs…. but then something like better communities may result. less people being busted and harassed , or pulled over for the sake of a quota…. may just show we don’t need so much policing anyway. And then if the new social workers brigade starts intervening in peoples with issues when they are young and in school … maybe fewer will be in the system. Couple that with the police not throwing their family in jail for nothing, and forcing them to pay fines for breaking stupid laws. The system will have less of a load, and the new , better cops without attitudes will be able to handle their communities in a way that works for everyone. Making them a net positive, as opposed to now where they are a net negative.
Also,

The drug war is over.
The cops have only done the bidding of the organized criminal elements who make their bread and butter because of prohibition.
our representatives can legally smoke pot , and grow it in their windowboxes in the capital dc., but people in many places are still living in fear of police using possession of some substance,as a pretext to take all their stuff,throw them in jail.
but besides the cops, there are the prosecutors…. they earn their salaries by stealing it from poor people through fines for things that ought to be legal. This is one way to drain money from poor communities, causing people to go steal from others in society to pay their court costs.
and who is gonna come and bust down your door… when you can’t pay a fine and choose to pay rent and buy your kids food instead…. the cops. just doing their jobs..
Evil is the banality of business as usual

Tom Stone , June 19, 2020 at 8:20 am

The late Kevin R C O’Brien noted that in every case where the Police had been ordered to “Round up the usual suspects” they have done so, and delivered them where ordered.
It did not matter who the “Usual suspects” were, or to what fate they were to be delivered.
They are the King’s men and they do the King’s bidding.

The Rev Kev , June 19, 2020 at 10:10 am

To have a reasonable discussion, I think that it should be recognized that modern police are but one leg of a triad. The first of course is the police who appear to seem themselves as not part of a community but as enforcers in that community. To swipe an idea from Mao, the police should move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea. Not be a patrolling shark that attacks who they want at will knowing that there will be no repercussions against them. When you get to the point that you have police arresting children in school for infractions of school discipline – giving them a police record – you know that things have gotten out of hand.

The next leg is the courts which of course includes prosecutors. It is my understanding that prosecutors are elected to office in the US and so have incentives to appear to be tough on crime”” . They seem to operate more like ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ from what I have read. When they tell some kid that he has a choice of 1,000 years in prison on trumped up charges or pleads guilty to a smaller offence, you know that that is not justice at work. Judges too operate in their own world and will always take the word of a policeman as a witness.

And the third leg is the prisons which operate as sweatshops for corporate America. It is in the interest of the police and the courts to fill up the prisons to overflowing. Anybody remember the Pennsylvania “kids for cash” scandal where kids lives were being ruined with criminal records that were bogus so that some people could make a profit? And what sort of prison system is it where a private contractor can build a prison without a contract at all , knowing that the government (California in this case) will nonetheless fill it up for a good profit.

In short, in sorting out police doctrine and methods like is happening now, it should be recognized that they are actually only the face of a set of problems.

MLTPB , June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

How did ancient states police?

Perhaps Wiki is a starting point of this journey…

Per Its entry, Police, in ancient Greece, policing was done by public owned slaves.

In Rome, the army, initially.

In China, prefects…leading to a level of government called prefectures .

Pookah Harvey , June 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

I spent some time in the Silver Valley of northern Idaho. This area was the hot bed of labor unrest during the 1890’s. Federal troops controlled the area 3 separate times,1892, 1894 and 1899. Twice miners hijacked trains loaded them with dynamite and drove them to mining company stamping mills that they then blew up. Dozens of deaths in shoot outs. The entire male population was herded up and placed in concentration camps for weeks. The end result was the assassination of the Governor in 1905.
Interestingly this history has been completely expunged. There is a mining museum in the town which doesn’t mention a word on these events. Even nationwide there seems to be a complete erasure of what real labor unrest can look like..

rob , June 19, 2020 at 11:58 am

Yeah, labor unrest does get swept under the rug.
Howard zinn had examples in his works “the peoples history of the United States”
The pictched battles in upstate new york with the Van Rennselear’s in the 1840’s breaking up rennselearwyk…. the million acre estate of theirs . it was a rent strike.
people remembering , we have been here before doesn’t help the case of the establishment… so they try to not let it happen.
We get experts telling us…. well, this is all new… we need experts… to tell you… what to think.
It is like watching the footage from the past 100 years on film of blacks marching for their rights… and being told.. reform is coming.. the more things change, the more things stay the same. decade after decade.century after century…
time to start figuring this out people.
so, the enemy is us….
now what?

Carolinian , June 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

Doubtless the facts presented above are correct, but shouldn’t one point out that the 21st century is quite different from the 19th and therefore analogizing the current situation to what went on before is quite facile? For example it’s no longer necessary for the police to put down strikes because strike actions barely still exist. In our current US the working class has diminished greatly while the middle class has expanded. We are a much richer country overall with a lot more people–not just those one percenters–concerned about crime. Whatever one thinks of the police, politically an attempt to go back to the 18th century isn’t going to fly.

MLTPB , June 19, 2020 at 11:15 am

Perhaps we are more likely to argue among ourselves, when genetic fallacy is possibly in play.

Pookah Harvey , June 19, 2020 at 11:37 am

” the 21st century is quite different from the 19th ”
From the Guardian

“How Starbucks, Target, Google and Microsoft quietly fund police through private donations”

More than 25 large corporations in the past three years have contributed funding to private police foundations, new report says.

These foundations receive millions of dollars a year from private and corporate donors, according to the report, and are able to use the funds to purchase equipment and weapons with little public input. The analysis notes, for example, how the Los Angeles police department in 2007 used foundation funding to purchase surveillance software from controversial technology firm Palantir. Buying the technology with private foundation funding rather than its public budget allowed the department to bypass requirements to hold public meetings and gain approval from the city council.

The Houston police foundation has purchased for the local police department a variety of equipment, including Swat equipment, sound equipment and dogs for the K-9 unit, according to the report. The Philadelphia police foundation purchased for its police force long guns, drones and ballistic helmets, and the Atlanta police foundation helped fund a major surveillance network of over 12,000 cameras.

In addition to weaponry, foundation funding can also go toward specialized training and support programs that complement the department’s policing strategies, according to one police foundation.

“Not a lot of people are aware of this public-private partnership where corporations and wealthy donors are able to siphon money into police forces with little to no oversight,” said Gin Armstrong, a senior research analyst at LittleSis.

Maybe it is just me, but things don’t seem to be all that different.

Bob , June 19, 2020 at 11:40 am

If we made America Great Again we could go back to the 18th century.

rob , June 19, 2020 at 12:11 pm

While it is true, this is a new century.
knowing how the present came to be, is entirely necessary to be able to attempt any move forward.
The likelihood of making the same old mistakes is almost certain, if one doesn’t try to use the past as a reference.
And considering the effect of propaganda and revisionism in the formation of peoples opinions, we do need ” learning against learning” to borrow a Jesuit strategy against the reformation, but this time it should embrace reality, rather than sow falsehoods.
But I do agree,
We have never been here before, and now is a great time to reset everything. With all due respect to “getting it right” or at least “better”.
and knowing the false fables of righteousness, is what people need to know, before they go about “burning down the house”.

Carolinian , June 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm

You know it’s not as though white people aren’t also afraid of the police. Alfred Hitchcock said he was deathly afraid of police and that paranoia informed many of his movies. Woody Allen has a funny scene in Annie Hall where he is pulled over by a cop and is comically flustered. White people also get shot and killed by the police as the rightwingers are constantly pointing out.

And thousands of people in the streets tell us that police reform is necessary. But the country is not going to get rid of them and replace police with social workers so why even talk about it? I’d say the above is interesting….not terribly relevant.

Mattski , June 19, 2020 at 11:37 am

Straight-up fact: The police weren’t created to preserve and protect. They were created to maintain order, over certain subjected classes and races of people, including–for many white people, too–many of our ancestors, too.*

And the question that arises from this: Are we willing to the subjects in a police state? Are we willing to continue to let our Black and brown brothers and sisters be subjected BY such a police state, and to half-wittingly be party TO it?

Or do we want to exercise AGENCY over “our” government(s), and decide–anew–how we go out our vast, vast array of social ills.

Obviously, armed police officers with an average of six months training–almost all from the white underclass–are a pretty f*cking blunt instrument to bring to bear.

On our own heads. On those who we and history have consigned to second-class citizenship.
Warning: this is a revolutionary situation. We should embrace it.

*Acceding to white supremacy, becoming “white” and often joining that police order, if you were poor, was the road out of such subjectivity. My grandfather’s father, for example, was said to have fled a failed revolution in Bohemia to come here. Look back through history, you will find plenty of reason to feel solidarity, too. Race alone cannot divide us if we are intent on the lessons of that history.

Susan the other , June 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm

It’s a good argument for keeping business small and evenly distributed. Promote the distribution of small enterprises all around the countryside and it’ll be a preventative against mergers and monopolies and giant corporations. Legislate for small business everywhere. When mega corporations turn into godzilla they are no longer efficient. They just tweak the statistics to imply that they are making such a profit that that means they are efficient. Maybe their robots are. Maybe their security forces are. But rapacious capitalism is almost comical, if not pathetic, when there is nothing left to rape. Which is where we now find ourselves. They’ve been allowed to evolve into private monopolies and have sucked the life out of the rest of the economy because they provide no employment, no training, no health care, no responsible maintenance for themselves; they set up tax havens, etc. And they produce way too much crap. We need far less consumption to save the planet. If we need monopolies to create equal distribution let them be state-owned monopolies. States do a good job. I’m thinking here of the State owned liquor stores in Utah. Even tho’ it’d be nice to buy wine in the grocery store, the state does a good job of supplying booze at a good price. (They are in the process now of setting up marijuana stores. Yes, Utah.) And they hire lotsa people. And they generate a nice tax revenue. I think medical care should be the same way – but on a national scale. This way we don’t need to bludgeon the poor. Until we can turn things around, we need to give the poor a state owned and controlled place to live – commonly thought of as a house. We’re gonna need to do food stamps too. If we must put up with private enterprise at the expense of public welfare, just so that we keep a certain optimism toward “free enterprise” and keep it nurtured because: sometimes a great notion, then let’s restrict it from becoming a plague. But let’s not kill capitalism just because it almost killed society. Let’s remake it. As it is now it’s just dragging itself around like a cave troll. It is no longer fit for purpose.

K teh , June 19, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Protect and serve MMT to the 10%. And no, the answer can not be give MMT to everyone and complain about automation replacing the population. Also, slavery is not a white issue; it’s a control issue, going back to Africa, which is once again being pumped with debt.

Looking at how the term redneck was twisted to serve it’s current function is revealing. Fear, insecurity, control. Educate your own.

[Jun 17, 2020] The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it

Jun 17, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Knapweed , 12 hours ago

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."― George Orwell

C. C. , 12 hours ago

We seriously have news analysts stating public health officials "can't just make stuff up." This is deep.

[Jun 16, 2020] Mark Twain on crisis of neoliberlaism: There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket

Jun 16, 2020 | caucus99percent.com

"But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people's liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably in the hands of the prodigiously rich and their hangers-on; the suffrage was become a mere machine, which they used as they chose. There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket."

-- Mark Twain

[Jun 16, 2020] Modern journalists are selectors of facts, not reporters of facts

Jun 16, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Kevin FitzMaurice , 1 month ago

"Modern journalists are selectors of facts, not reporters of facts." -- Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

[Jun 16, 2020] It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future (incorrectly attributed to Yogi Berra)

Jun 16, 2020 | carnegieendowment.org

... There are no signs that the [USA-Russia] relationship will improve in the near future.

[Jun 16, 2020] "That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." by George Carlin

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Old saying: A Recession is when your neighbor loses their Job. A Depression is when you lose your Job. ..."
"... A lot of mega wealthy people are cheats. They get insider info, they don't pay people and do all they can to provide the least amount of value possible while tricking suckers into buying their crap. Don't even get me started on trust fund brats who come out of the womb thinking they are Warren buffet level genius in business. ..."
"... There's a documentary about Wal-Mart that has the best title ever: The High Cost of Low Cost ..."
"... Globalism killed the American dream. We can buy cheap goods made somewhere else if we have a job here that pays us enough money. ..."
Jun 16, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Dave C , 4 days ago

"That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." -George Carlin

Robert Schupp , 4 days ago

You can't just move to American cities to pursue opportunity; even the high wages paid in New York are rendered unhelpful because the cost of housing is so high.


Dingo Jones
, 3 days ago

@JOHN GAGLIANO Cost of living is ridiculous too.

Dirtysparkles , 4 days ago

Our country has become the American Nightmare

Jean-Pierre S , 4 days ago

Martin Luther King, Jr. was vilified and ultimately murdered when he was helping organize a Poor People's Campaign. Racial justice means economic justice.

John Sanders , 3 days ago

Old saying: A Recession is when your neighbor loses their Job. A Depression is when you lose your Job.

Adriano de Jesus , 4 days ago

A lot of mega wealthy people are cheats. They get insider info, they don't pay people and do all they can to provide the least amount of value possible while tricking suckers into buying their crap. Don't even get me started on trust fund brats who come out of the womb thinking they are Warren buffet level genius in business.

Ammon Weser , 4 days ago

There's a documentary about Wal-Mart that has the best title ever: The High Cost of Low Cost

crazyman8472 , 4 days ago

Night Owl: "What the hell happened to us? What happened to the American Dream?"

Comedian: "What happened to the American Dream? It came true! You're looking at it."

-- Watchmen

David Tidwell , 4 days ago

Nailed it. As a millennial, I'm sick of being told to just "deal with it" when the cards have always been stacked against me. Am I surviving? Yes. Am I thriving? No.

D dicin , 4 days ago

When the reserve status of the American dollar goes away, then it will become apparent how poor the US really is. You cannot maintain a country without retention of the ability to manufacture the articles you use on a daily basis. The military budget and all the jobs it brings will have to shrink catastrophically.

farber2 , 4 days ago

American trance. The billionaires hypnotized people with this lie.

Michael D , 4 days ago (edited)

...and sometimes you CAN'T afford to move. You can't find a decent job. You certainly can't build a meaningful savings. You can't find an apartment. And if you have kids? That makes it even harder. I've been trying to move for years, but the conditions have to be perfect to do it responsibly. The American Dream died for me once I realized that no matter the choices I made, my four years of college, my years of saving and working hard....I do NOT have upward mobility. For me, the American Dream is dead. I've been finding a new dream. The human dream.

B Sim , 3 days ago

This is a very truncated view. You need to expand your thinking. WHY has the system been so overtly corrupted? It's globalism that has pushed all this economic pressure on the millennials and the middle class. It was the elites, working with corrupt politicians, that rigged the game so the law benefited them.

This is all reversible. History shows that capitalism can be properly regulated in a way that benefits all. The answer to the problem is to bring back those rules, not implement socialism.

Trump has:

The result? before COVID hit the average American worker saw the first inflation adjusted wage increase in over 30 years!

This is why the fake news and hollywood continue to propagandize the masses into hating Trump.

Trump is implementing economic policies good for the people and bad for the elites

Sound Author , 3 days ago

The dream was never alive in the first place. It was always bullshit.

Julia Galaudet , 4 days ago

Maybe it's time for a maximum wage.

Scott Clark , 4 days ago

Private equity strips the country for years! It's the AMERICAN DREAM!!!

Siri Erieott , 4 days ago

A dream for 1%, a nightmare for 99%.

andrew kubiak , 4 days ago

Globalism killed the American dream. We can buy cheap goods made somewhere else if we have a job here that pays us enough money.

[Jun 16, 2020] O homines ad servitutem paratos (Men ready to be slaves!)

Jun 16, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

joego1 , 12 hours ago

o homines ad servitutem paratos

Men ready to be slaves!

attributed (in Tacitus , Annales , III, 65) to the Roman Emperor Tiberius , in disgust at the servile attitude of Roman senators ; said of those who should be leaders but instead slavishly follow the lead of others

[Jun 16, 2020] " We were warned about the Military Industrial Complex, Sadly the Government Media Complex, has done way more damage, and will be much harder to overcome" ~ Dr. Mike Savage 2008

Jun 16, 2020 | www.youtube.com

BassBreath100 , 2 months ago

" We were warned about the Military Industrial Complex, Sadly the Government Media Complex, has done way more damage, and will be much harder to overcome" ~ Dr. Mike Savage 2008

Shaun Ellis , 7 months ago

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is convincing the world he didnt exist" Credit the --- Usual Suspects ---- That's the playbook of the "Deep State"

[Jun 16, 2020] The sins of our ancestors are not our sins, but their achievements can be ours if we remember and pay them respect.

Notable quotes:
"... Well, you guys (US) are killing people all over the world, so that's why the world hates you. Stop killing people all over the world and then people might stop hating you. ..."
"... Martin Luther King is dead but his words live on, and so they should. They are the better part of his nature and of human nature itself. ..."
"... In that spirit I would like to recall that George Wallace, whose earlier bigotry was so shameful, rose above those beginnings after his near death experience when crippled by a would be assassin. He renounced his former self. He should be remembered more for that renunciation than for his bad character that was so damaging theretofore. And President Kennedy was a good president, struck down too soon. His intention was to make the world a peaceful place; he did not deserve his end. ..."
Jun 16, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

bob sykes , Jun 15 2020 22:02 utc | 53

b hates the US, because it played a significant role in the destruction of his beloved Third Reich.

Passer by , Jun 15 2020 22:06 utc | 54

@bob sykes | Jun 15 2020 22:02 utc | 53

Well, you guys (US) are killing people all over the world, so that's why the world hates you. Stop killing people all over the world and then people might stop hating you.

juliania , Jun 15 2020 22:25 utc | 56
Thank you, karlof1@50.

This is the crux of the 'matter', not meaning to be glib about it all. Those of us on the fringes, and there are many, do not want the divisive issues of the past to rear their ugly heads again. We have come too far. We do not need to focus on the shameful deeds or positions of former bigots who rose to prominence in this country.

Martin Luther King is dead but his words live on, and so they should. They are the better part of his nature and of human nature itself. So it is in my church with the saints we revere. No man is perfect, and they themselves knew their own imperfections. But we build on the shining moments some men have risen to, and we hold fast to the good if we are to make our own lives meaningful.

The sins of our ancestors are not our sins, but their achievements can be ours if we remember and pay them respect. In that spirit I would like to recall that George Wallace, whose earlier bigotry was so shameful, rose above those beginnings after his near death experience when crippled by a would be assassin. He renounced his former self. He should be remembered more for that renunciation than for his bad character that was so damaging theretofore. And President Kennedy was a good president, struck down too soon. His intention was to make the world a peaceful place; he did not deserve his end.

Hold fast to the good.

[Jun 16, 2020] A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead

Jun 16, 2020 | www.unz.com

RSDB , says: Show Comment June 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm GMT

"Mind Your Language" was somewhat distantly based on the "Hyman Kaplan" stories written by Leo Rosten, the Yiddish-speaking son of Polish Jewish (and also Yiddish-speaking, of course) immigrants, who taught an ESL class one year during the Great Depression.

A quote of his: "A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead". Perhaps since he is now a "racist" it should be reformulated: "A radical is one who despises radicals a generation after they're dead."

[Jun 13, 2020] There is a disturbingly large portion of the populace that the media machine can convince of absolutely anything

Jun 13, 2020 | www.unz.com

Just another serf , says: Show Comment Next New Comment

[Jun 10, 2020] You'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at it

Jun 10, 2020 | www.unz.com

mahern , says: Show Comment Next New Comment June 10, 2020 at 8:02 pm GMT

@Huh
...It is all so staged. Somebody here quoted Oscar Wilde commenting on the funeral of Little Nell, "you'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at it." Sums it all up very well.

[Jun 08, 2020] The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot Napoleon

Jun 08, 2020 | www.unz.com

another fred , says: Show Comment June 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm GMT

@Niebelheim

The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot – Napoleon

Only when applied at the propitious time and place.

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

[Jun 06, 2020] We are ruled, our minds are molded largely by men and women we have never heard of

Jun 06, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

alexcojones , 33 minutes ago

Years ago I wrote an online called The American Media is The Enemy of The American People.

Six years later they have become even worse. Oddly enough, Don took my hint and followed up with his POV, four years later....see link below mine. BTW, I quoted lots of Zerohedge members in my post.

The American Media Is The Enemy Of The American People

Trump Labels News Media 'Enemy Of The American People

lwilland1012 , 30 minutes ago

"We are ruled, our minds are molded largely by men and women we have never heard of."

Edward Bernays in "Propaganda"

alexcojones , 29 minutes ago

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the public believes is false," - William Casey, CIA Director.

"The propagandized people in the West have no idea of the fate toward which their demented governments are driving them," wrote Paul Craig Roberts

Facts are scary things for most folks

lwilland1012 , 33 minutes ago

Operation Mockingbird is alive and well..

[Jun 04, 2020] America is not a country; it's just a business

Jun 04, 2020 | www.unz.com

Biff , says: Show Comment June 3, 2020 at 1:02 am GMT

@Enemy of Earth

America is not a country; it's just a business." – Closing lines of dialogue from the film, Killing Them Softly. And it appears to be a failed business.

I like that. I'm gonna view things thru that lens from now on.

[Jun 04, 2020] Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged

Jun 04, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Jo Marko , 49 minutes ago

" Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged." Oliver Cromwell English Statesman - uttered some 400+ years.

[Jun 03, 2020] "We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist." James Baldwin

Notable quotes:
"... "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate with that spectrum" Noam Chomsky. ..."
Jun 02, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Alfareon , 1 year ago

"We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist." James Baldwin

DNA , 10 months ago

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate with that spectrum" Noam Chomsky.

Uros Jovanovic , 6 days ago

Karl Popper did it gracefully: in order to protect tolerance, we ought to be intolerant towards those who are intolerant.

TheLegendOf Arthur , 1 year ago (edited)

That "Free speech does not guarantee you freedom from consequences criticism or protest, because those are, in fact, forms of free speech." was a beautifully succinct summary and needs to be on posters all over the everywhere.

Melanie Harder , 5 months ago div class

="comment-renderer-text-content expanded"> Fun (?) fact: there is a politician in Germany called Björn Höcke, who was publically called a fascist. He sued that person for defamation. And then he lost the case, because the court found that calling him a fascist is not factually wrong. Also, he wrote a book and then some journalists quizzed his colleagues: they quoted either Hitler's Mein Kampf or his book and then they had to decide where the quote comes from. All of them either declined the answer or a few of them got it wrong. He also is one of the leading figuers of a party polling at about 20% in Germany right now. And recently a liberal politician, who in that situation was overseeing a parliament debate, reprimanded a left-wing politician for wearing an Antifa pin during a speech. Getting kinda scary here if you think about it a little. :(

[Jun 02, 2020] Neoliberalism is when rich getting richer and everyone working harder?

Jun 02, 2020 | www.youtube.com

jodezaca , 7 months ago

When some people claim that my country is stealing their jobs... I think they should look more to the capitalists and neoliberals. They perpetuate the injustice of capitalism. We "stole" their jobs, but we're getting paid much less than they would have. We're getting paid around $1-$2 per hour. We're just getting the scraps we could get.

Zeno Stoikos , 1 year ago

There's a good discussion to be had in how right-liberalism/conservatism/neoliberalism relate to aristocratic ideology. The obsession with "meritocracy" and genetics in particular, common to these three related ideologies(and how often its used to justify their flaws&failings), seems to be an important bridge(or political line, to be more cynical) for this connection.

[May 29, 2020] You can;t have a Democracy at home and an empire aboard, the violence of empire will always turn against the very idea of democracy

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... You will find in Sheldon Wolin's final book "Democracy Incorporated" an intricate dissection of this precept in the modern form through his analysis of America's decaying trajectory. Thank you for reminding us of this. ..."
"... As Athens showed and the United States of the twenty-first century confirmed, imperialism undercuts democracy by furthering inequalities among its citizens. Resources that might be used to improve health care, education, and environmental protection are instead directed to defense spending, which, by far, consumes the largest percentage of the nation's annual budget. ..."
"... Second, if Athens was the first historical instance of a confrontation between democracy and elitism, that experience suggests that there is no simple recipe for resolving the tensions between them. Political elites were a persistent, if uneasy and contested, feature of Athenian democracy and a significant factor in both its expansion and its demise. ..."
"... As the war dragged on and frustration grew, domestic politics became more embittered and fractious: members of the elite competed to outbid each other by proposing ever wilder schemes of conquest. ..."
May 29, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Norogene , May 29 2020 22:19 utc | 105

Kaddath writes:

You can't be a Democracy at home and an empire aboard, the violence of empire will always turn against the very idea of democracy.

Yes, a keen observation of what ultimately undid Athens. You will find in Sheldon Wolin's final book "Democracy Incorporated" an intricate dissection of this precept in the modern form through his analysis of America's decaying trajectory. Thank you for reminding us of this.

lysias @ 109

A variety of scholars who study that period would disagree with you: You cannot maintain an empire abroad and democracy at home. The two principles are diametrically opposite to one another. It's what caused the democracy of Athens (which was limited to men -- as usual) to ultimately lose its internal cohesion and reason to be. Yes, formally it was incorporated into the Macedonian empire, but its demise came because Athens' imperial ambitions sapped domestic resources which further contributed to the trend toward inequality within the society.

Here is a fine quote from Wolin's book (page 264) which illustrates the point (please excuse the length of this quote):

A twofold moral might be drawn from the experience of Athens: that it is self-subverting for democracy to subordinate its egalitarian convictions to the pursuit of expansive politics with its corollaries of conquest and domination and the power relationships they introduce. Few care to argue that, in political terms, democracy at home is advanced or improved by conquest abroad.

As Athens showed and the United States of the twenty-first century confirmed, imperialism undercuts democracy by furthering inequalities among its citizens. Resources that might be used to improve health care, education, and environmental protection are instead directed to defense spending, which, by far, consumes the largest percentage of the nation's annual budget.

Moreover, the sheer size and complexity of imperial power and the expanded role of the military make it difficult to impose fiscal discipline and account- ability. Corruption becomes endemic, not only abroad but at home. The most dangerous type of corruption for a democracy is measured not in monetary terms alone but in the kind of ruthless power relations it fosters in domestic politics. As many observers have noted, politics has become a blood sport with partisanship and ideological fidelity as the hallmarks. A partisan judiciary is openly declared to be a major priority of a political party; the efforts to consolidate executive power and to relegate Congress to a supporting role are to some important degree the retrojection inwards of the imperial thrust.

Second, if Athens was the first historical instance of a confrontation between democracy and elitism, that experience suggests that there is no simple recipe for resolving the tensions between them. Political elites were a persistent, if uneasy and contested, feature of Athenian democracy and a significant factor in both its expansion and its demise.

In the eyes of contemporary observers, such as Thucydides, as well as later historians, the advancement of Athenian hegemony de- pended upon a public-spirited, able elite at the helm and a demos will- ing to accept leadership. Conversely, the downfall of Athens was attributed to the wiles and vainglory of leaders who managed to whip up popular support for ill-conceived adventures.

As the war dragged on and frustration grew, domestic politics became more embittered and fractious: members of the elite competed to outbid each other by proposing ever wilder schemes of conquest. In two attempts (411–410 and 404–403) elites, abetted by the Spartans, succeeded in temporarily abolshing democracy and installing rule by the Few.

[May 29, 2020] If you think about it -- the most important moments in your life -- were you alone? Life's better with company. Everyone needs a co-pilot.

May 29, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

If you think about it -- the most important moments in your life -- were you alone?" Ryan Bingham, George Clooney's traveling termination officer, asks in Up in the Air -- a film about the last recession . "Life's better with company. Everyone needs a co-pilot."

[May 29, 2020] What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism

May 29, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Thus, it is said that during the First World War, a woman asked him why he was not "out at the Front." He answered: "If you go round to the side, you will see that I am." Also in the hours he spent debating with his friend Bernard Shaw, it was common for his physical appearance to come out. "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England," Chesterton once told him. Shaw's answer soon came: "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it." He liked to live by his own old words: "What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism."

In our post-coronavirus days, when some are tempted to call for larger, more restrictive governments with less individual freedom, it is useful to recall Chesterton's feeble regard for government and the deification of our democratic systems, which he implied are better for what they avoid than for what they give. In the end, he knew that "all government is an ugly necessity." And that's because Chesterton loved freedom. As a reminder that we, too, should love it after the nightmare of global confinement we've experienced these past months, the author of The Man Who Was Thursday wrote: "The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."

[May 29, 2020] The decay of society is praised by artists as the decay of a corpse is praised by worms

May 29, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

In his dialectical battle with Bernard Shaw, Chesterton stated: "The decay of society is praised by artists as the decay of a corpse is praised by worms." Perhaps that is why, with brilliant irony, in the final stages of his life, Chesterton recalled his happy childhood, with no dark ghosts to sell to his audience: "I regret that I have no gloomy and savage father to offer to the public gaze as the true cause of all my tragic heritage; no pale-faced and partially poisoned mother whose suicidal instincts have cursed me with the temptations of the artistic temperament ( .) and that I cannot do my duty as a true modern, by cursing everybody who made me whatever I am".

[May 28, 2020] "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." by Albert Einstein

Voting it still is a way to raise the middle finger to the organized crime ring that currently serves the oligarchs
May 28, 2020 | caucus99percent.com

The easiest way to register your disapproval is with your vote. Will it change things? Absolutely not.
But I'm only asking for you to send a message. Asking you for more than that would be presumptuous of me.

[May 28, 2020] " In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

[May 24, 2020] Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about

May 24, 2020 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

" Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about. Thus the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person's obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic exceed his knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic. "

-Harry G. Frankfurt

[May 22, 2020] "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage." by John Kenneth Galbrait

Immortal quote by John Kenneth Galbraith
May 22, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
One Too Many , May 22 2020 22:23 utc | 35
"People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage." - John Kenneth Galbraith

[May 22, 2020] Three quotes

May 22, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?" –James Madison, Federalist 51

"They had one weapon left and both knew it: treachery." –Frank Herbert, Dune

"They had learned nothing, and forgotten nothing." –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

[May 22, 2020] Douglas Adams: It comes from a very ancient democracy

May 22, 2020 | twitter.com

"It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than
he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so
simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people.
The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said Ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people
get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all
pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to
the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got
any gin?"

[May 22, 2020] Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years

May 22, 2020 | twitter.com

Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.

Socialism is what they called public power.

Socialism is what they called social security.

Socialism is what they called farm price supports.
Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance.
Socialism is what they called the growth of free and
independent labor organizations.

Socialism is their name for almost anything that
helps all the people.

-HARRY S. TRUMAN,
speech, Oct. 10,1952

[May 22, 2020] "We are a nation of sheep, and someone else owns the grass." by George Carlin

May 22, 2020 | caucus99percent.com

Senators Express Outrage at Hearing over Mnuchin's Sneakiness with $500 Billion of Taxpayers' Money

We've been watching Senate Banking Committee hearings for decades. There is typically some level of professional politeness by Senators toward witnesses that are testifying. That didn't happen yesterday. Both Republicans and Democrats lashed out at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for effectively cooking up a deal that put him in charge of $500 billion of taxpayers' money under the stimulus bill known as the CARES Act and has now left Congress in the dark about how that money is being spent. During the hearing, which was held virtually, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts summed up the situation to Mnuchin like this: "You are boosting your Wall Street buddies and leaving Americans behind."

[May 22, 2020] Having a sense of history, de Gaulle saw that colonialism had been a moment in history that was past. His policy was to foster friendly relations on equal terms with all parts of the world, regardless of ideological differences. I think that Putin's concept of a multipolar world is similar. It is clearly a concept that horrifies the exceptionalists

Notable quotes:
"... Mr. de Gaulle like other "leaders" of colonial powers did understand that the moment of overt coercive relations of colonialism had passed and that colonialism to remain qualitatively the same, required covert coercive relations facilitated by the complicity of local "elites" on the basis of perceived self-interest. ..."
May 22, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

Herman , May 17, 2020 at 09:00

Interesting comparison between the aspirations of De Gaulle and Putin.

"Having a sense of history, de Gaulle saw that colonialism had been a moment in history that was past. His policy was to foster friendly relations on equal terms with all parts of the world, regardless of ideological differences. I think that Putin's concept of a multipolar world is similar. It is clearly a concept that horrifies the exceptionalists."

Agree with Johnstone.

OlyaPola , May 19, 2020 at 11:55

"Having a sense of history, de Gaulle saw that colonialism had been a moment in history that was past. "

Mr. de Gaulle like other "leaders" of colonial powers did understand that the moment of overt coercive relations of colonialism had passed and that colonialism to remain qualitatively the same, required covert coercive relations facilitated by the complicity of local "elites" on the basis of perceived self-interest.

The exceptions to such strategies lay within constructs of settler colonialism which were addressed primarily through warfare – "The United States of America", Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia, Indonesia, Algeria, Kenya, Rhodesia, Mozambique, Angola refer – to facilitate such future strategies.

"I think that Putin's concept of a multipolar world is similar."

As outlined elsewhere the concept of a multi-polar world is not synonymous with the concept of colonialism except for the colonialists who consistently seek to encourage such conflation through myths of we-are-all-in-this-togetherness.

[May 22, 2020] "As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it" by Albert Einstein

May 22, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

Bob Van Noy , May 17, 2020 at 14:43

"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it"
Albert Einstein

Many Thanks CN, Patrick Lawrence, and Joe Lauria. Once again I must commend CN for picking just the appropriate response to our contemporary dilemma.

The quote above leads Diana Johnstone's new book and succinctly describes both the universe and our contemporary experience with our digital age. President Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle of France would agree that colonialism was past and that a new world (geopolitical) approach would become necessary, but that philosophy would put them against some great local and world powers. Each of them necessarily had different approaches as to how this might be accomplished. They were never allowed to present their specific proposals on a world stage. Let's hope a wiser population will once again "see" this possibility and find a way to resolve it

[May 21, 2020] Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society

May 21, 2020 | www.unz.com

Vojkan , says: Show Comment May 20, 2020 at 11:24 am GMT

"There is no universal campaign for universal brotherhood and friendship outside ubiquitous Western multicultural propaganda."

Correlation doesn't mean causation but there are no Jews in power outside the West.

And yes I hate it all too and I am an impenitent hater. I am pro-life and pro-human dignity. Live and let live as long as it isn't in my face. Be depraved as you wish as long as it doesn't harm anyone and as long as you don't force your depravity upon the rest of us. Therefore I am necessarily anti-choice, anti-surrogacy, anti-genderism, anti-same-sex-marriage, anti-communist, anti-banksterism, anti-Big Pharma, anti-Big Agri, anti-Greta, anti-Quran, anti-Old Testament, anti-Talmud I regard not feeling the uttermost abhorrence of it all as either a sign of extreme cowardice or a sign of irredeemable mental illness. For one can easily see the line of further abjections that will be imposed upon us in the future.

[May 19, 2020] Propaganda: Saying the same thing over and over again and expecting people will believe it

Notable quotes:
"... 1978 was the last year real wages showed significant growth in real terms in the USA. After that, came the great stagnation of the neoliberal era (1978-2008), 30 consecutive years of frozen earns for the American working classes. ..."
"... As the timeline shows, it is a myth neoliberalism begun in the USA only with Reagan's election in 1980. Most neoliberal reforms begun during Jimmy Carter's second half of his lonely term (1978-1980). It was Jimmy Carter, for example, who hired (nominated) Paul Volcker to the Fed. Other essential Acts that paved the way to neoliberalism were also passed during Jimmy Carter's later part of the reign. ..."
May 19, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

krypton , May 19 2020 11:54 utc | 14

Propaganda: Saying the same thing over and over again and expecting people will believe it. Synonyms: indoctrination, brainwashing, hype, hogwash

JW , May 19 2020 12:08 utc | 16

"This game isn't totally rigged, you aren't winning only because you aren't betting hard enough!"
William Gruff , May 19 2020 12:58 utc | 18
Jen @6: "For all the sophisticated techniques and tools of propaganda that the likes of Edward Bernays and his followers in the PR industry bequeathed to the US, the elites and their mass media lackeys can't even get the repetition to look and sound more than banal and one-dimensional."

Nice observation that incompetence is pervasive even among the empire's most important servants. It must be asked, though, if better talent is really necessary? The propaganda and brainwashing may be ham fisted and blunt as a hammer, but it does seem to work nonetheless.

Anyway, the more sophisticated brainwashing is not in the infotainment field but rather in the supposedly pure entertainment domain. Redneck dynasties built upon the monster retail bonanza from selling duck lures, for example. Those implant "The American Dream" directly into the subconscious without the need for awkward capitalist ideological exposition, bypassing any potential bullshit filters that the typical media consumers might possess.

vk , May 19 2020 13:22 utc | 21
The American Dream died in 1969 - the last year of the post-war miracle in the USA. For the following five years, the country continued to flourish, but at a clear slower pace. With the oil crisis of 1974-5, the American Dream definitely died, albeit some indicators (e.g. real wages) still showed some improvements.

1978 was the last year real wages showed significant growth in real terms in the USA. After that, came the great stagnation of the neoliberal era (1978-2008), 30 consecutive years of frozen earns for the American working classes. This era is not marked by a slow down in consumption, though. On the contrary: consumption continued to rise, but, this time, it was mainly debt-fueled. Americans wages stagnated, but they didn't want to give up their hyperconsumption privileges, so they contracted debt after debt.

As the timeline shows, it is a myth neoliberalism begun in the USA only with Reagan's election in 1980. Most neoliberal reforms begun during Jimmy Carter's second half of his lonely term (1978-1980). It was Jimmy Carter, for example, who hired (nominated) Paul Volcker to the Fed. Other essential Acts that paved the way to neoliberalism were also passed during Jimmy Carter's later part of the reign.

[May 18, 2020] "The Medium *IS* the Message." -- Marshall McLuhan

May 18, 2020 | off-guardian.org

"If you look at the Internet's creation and development by the US military-intelligence-Silicon Valley network as a tool for social control, propaganda, and total spying, if you grasp this nexus and their intentions, you will come away realizing that the Internet and the total integrated digital world is a dystopian tool designed to make you crazy. To sow confusion and endless contradictory information from minute to minute. To "flood the zone" (see Event 201) with propaganda and disinformation. To give you a headache, keep you agitated, destroy your genuine human experience in the physical world." "This is the double-bind. It is what Jacques Ellul in 1964 called the technological society that is ruled by technique in every aspect of its life. Technique is a way of thinking that emphasizes efficiency; it is a way of thinking that emphasizes order and standardized means to a predetermined end. It is rational, deliberate, and focused on results. It is a way of thinking that has penetrated deep into the psychic structures of society and opposes spontaneity and unreflective action."

John Ervin ,

Even for those who navigate with greatest dexterity, the triple W's are fraught with unparalleled peril, which I believe was Mr. Curtin's main point: the double bind.

Intrinsic to the medium, as eyestrain was to Gutenberg's first customers.

"The Medium *IS* the Message." -- Marshall McLuhan

[May 17, 2020] "Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

May 17, 2020 | caucus99percent.com

That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

[May 16, 2020] Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable

May 16, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Amy Zaim , 3 days ago

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy

Igor Drizik , 4 days ago

"What they accuse you of doing, they are eagerly doing themselves" Very well said at 7:04 .

Spud Bono , 4 days ago

The great thing about sociopaths is that when they start feeling a little heat, they come out swinging and expose themselves.

Gary Owenby , 1 day ago

Obama, and his cronies committed treason against our elected POTUS and Gen Flynn!

[May 16, 2020] Clarke's three laws - Wikipedia

May 16, 2020 | en.wikipedia.org

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke's three laws , of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited. They are part of his ideas in his extensive writings about the future. [1] These so-called laws are:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. For each expert there is a similar expert with the opposite point of view
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic .

[May 15, 2020] "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." -- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

May 15, 2020 | angrybearblog.com

Originally written in 2018 on the Save The Post Office blog and featured at Angry Bear in 2019, retired North Carolina Post Master Mark Jamison wrote on the issues facing USPS while in competition with Amazon, UPS, and FedX. The same issue has been brought to the forefront again with President Trump refusing to give a subsidy to the USPS, unless the USPS raises prices to deliver packages for Amazon, and also punishes Amazon's Owner Bezos. The answer remains the same, "no" and Mark explains why.

... ... ...

Motivated by his dislike for Jeff Bezos -- who has far more money than Mr. Trump will ever have or imagine having and who also owns the Washington Post, which tends to say things that are not particularly complimentary of Mr. Trump and his Alphonse-and-Gaston act as president -- the president let forth a blast about how Amazon was ripping off the Postal Service.

It was obvious from his Tweets and subsequent comments Mr. Trump did not have a clue about postal policy, let alone any sort of command of the details. Then again, when the president speaks, people tend to listen. And, as the English poet William Cowper once observed, "A fool must now and then be right, by chance." (Here in the mountains of North Carolina we might say that even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while).

[May 15, 2020] "Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever."

Joe Abercrombie, from "Last Argument of Kings"
May 15, 2020 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

et Al May 9, 2020 at 10:53 am

al-Beeb s'Allah: Coronavirus: Belarus WW2 parade defies pandemic and upstages Putin

the Fraudian: Victory Day: Belarus swaggers on parade as Russians leave Red Square deserted
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[May 11, 2020] The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants by Albert Camus

May 11, 2020 | off-guardian.org

by Kit Knightly

Vanessa Beeley The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" Albert Camus As Britain hurtles headlong towards neo-feudalist governance with heightened surveillance, micro-management of society and an uptick in fascistic policing of the draconian measures imposed to combat the "threat" of Covid–19, it is perhaps time to analyse the real forces behind this

[May 10, 2020] Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge

May 10, 2020 | www.verywellmind.com

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.

The term lends a scientific name and explanation to a problem that many people immediately recognize -- that fools are blind to their own foolishness. As Charles Darwin wrote in his book The Descent of Man , "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."

[May 09, 2020] If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance by George Bernard Shaw

May 09, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Court docs corroborate Tara Reade claims, she calls on Biden to drop out

[May 09, 2020] "Every election is the sale at auction of goods not yet stolen." -- Mencken

May 09, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Stephen Arling , 16 hours ago

"Every election is the sale at auction of goods not yet stolen." -- Mencken

[May 06, 2020] "The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it." -- H.L. Mencken

May 06, 2020 | caucus99percent.com
It's Crucial to Distinguish Between Can't and Won't -- With a Million Lives at Stake

In a story predicting two more years for the coronavirus pandemic, CNN ( 5/1/20 ) quotes Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota: "This thing's not going to stop until it infects 60 to 70% of people," he said. "The idea that this is going to be done soon defies microbiology."

[May 05, 2020] You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.

May 05, 2020 | www.goodreads.com

"You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic."
― Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah's Children

[May 04, 2020] The essence of a financial parasite is not only to drain the host's nourishment, but to dull the host's brain so that it does not recognize that the parasite is there by Michael Hudson

The problem here is that there is no countervailing force. Marxist idea that proletariat is such a force proved to be yet another utopia.
Notable quotes:
"... istory's main engine of economic exploitation – the banking, creditor and financial systems' ever-increasing extraction of value through interest payments. The rentier class and FIRE sector – Finance, Insurance and Real Estate – have long succeeded in depicting themselves as part of a productive economy. Yet for centuries, these sectors were recognized as being parasitic. ..."
"... The essence of a parasite is not only to drain the host's nourishment, but to dull the host's brain so that it does not recognize that the parasite is there. ..."
May 04, 2020 | www.unz.com

Jim Vrettos : Welcome once again to the Radical Imagination. I'm your host, Jim Vrettos. I'm a sociologist whose taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Yeshiva University here in New York.

Our guest today on the Radical Imagination is Michael Hudson. He was on our March 8th show. We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to that show that we've asked him to return today, and he's been gracious enough to accept.

Unlike most economists, he's been a fierce champion and advocate for the economic rights of the poor, workers, disenfranchised and the vulnerable around the world through his scholarship and lifelong activism. His unique economic analysis has explored h istory's main engine of economic exploitation – the banking, creditor and financial systems' ever-increasing extraction of value through interest payments. The rentier class and FIRE sector – Finance, Insurance and Real Estate – have long succeeded in depicting themselves as part of a productive economy. Yet for centuries, these sectors were recognized as being parasitic.

Now with the United States losing some 10 million jobs in just the past two weeks and the world awash in debt, the total world gross domestic product is $90 trillion. The public and private debt is a mind-boggling $260 trillion. The pandemic has given this parasitic sector yet another, even more vicious opportunity to exploit and devour humanity.

As our guest puts it, the recently passed Trump "Bank and Landlord Relief" bill, mistakenly named the Coronavirus bill, starts by providing banks with an even larger giveaway of wealth than they received from Obama in 2008. Helping the banks, financial and real estate sectors in a so-called free market system is conflated with helping the industrial economy and general living standards for most Americans. The essence of a parasite is not only to drain the host's nourishment, but to dull the host's brain so that it does not recognize that the parasite is there.

[May 04, 2020] When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing; he believes in anything

May 04, 2020 | off-guardian.org

Excessive complexity of the society lead to paradoxical situation -- the society itself became above human understanding and many of modern technologies are indistinguishable from magic. Essentially belief in science and "experts" now as fragile as believe into priests wisdom in middle ages. the science became militarized and covered with the veil of secrecy, experts are often corrupt and amoral. But what has happened is that many who call themselves atheists worship science as "expert opinion" ( but not science as knowledge as it originally meant) so its mostly theories taken as facts without critical thinking are, infact pseudoscience.

Hugh O'Neill ,

Another thought-provoking article, Ed. I was reminded of four quotes:

1. G.K. Chesterton: "When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing; he believes in anything"
2. On the dropping of the first atomic bomb, Oppenheimer quoted from Hindu scripture: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"
3. JFK's favourite poem was Alan Seeger's "I have a rendezvous with death". Seeger died in 1916
4. Whatever the merits of the poem, JFK was no stranger to death. Likewise, he had adopted Lincoln's prayer: "I know there is a God – and I see a storm coming. If he has a place for me, I believe that I am ready."

[May 02, 2020] There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been.

May 02, 2020 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

― Issac Asimov

[May 02, 2020] Mazarino advice to experts: "If it is known that you influence the powerful, it is you who will be held responsible for their bad actions. Therefore, make sure that your lord listens to your advice and takes your comments into consideration, but that the great political changes he makes them in your absence".

May 02, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hannelore , May 1 2020 12:29 utc | 2

https://twitter.com/elajedrecista_/status/1255512907103776770
Mazarino: "If it is known that you influence the powerful, it is you who will be held responsible for their bad actions. Therefore, make sure that your lord listens to your advice and takes your comments into consideration, but that the great political changes he makes them in your absence".

https://twitter.com/elajedrecista_/status/1255523894376697857

[Apr 30, 2020] "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false" CIA Director William Colby

Apr 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

xxx Ophiuchus, 4/27/2020, 2:02:13 PM

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false" CIA Director William Colby

"Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They'll only be able to parrot the information they've been given on the previous night's news." -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." Edward Bernays writing in Propaganda, l928 , from "Food & Water Journal"

"I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology. [...] Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. [...] Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. " Bertrand Russel

[Apr 30, 2020] It's hard to get a man to understand something when his paycheck depends on his not understanding it - Upton Sinclair

Apr 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

xxx Ima Wouk, 4/27/2020, 1:48:00 PM (Edited)

Don't be too disappointed. We all watched the demolition of the world trade centers, live and direct, but everyone more or less bought the party line.

Six trillion dollars later, here we are.

It's hard to get a man to understand something when his paycheck depends on his not understanding it - Upton Sinclair

[Apr 30, 2020] If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy

Apr 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

xxx Boogity, 2 days ago

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
― James Madison

[Apr 30, 2020] https://www.zerohedge.com/health/five-eyes-western-intelligence-investigating-wuhan-researcher-highlighted-zero-hedge-january

Apr 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

"So, you listen to me. Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television's a god-damned amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business 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."

[Apr 30, 2020] It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber

Apr 30, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

rayray 8 days ago

A quote I never thought I would post...but it's making more and more sense: "It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber."

[Apr 30, 2020] "Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organised, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1856-1924)

Apr 29, 2020 | www.unz.com

Anonymous Disclaimer , says: Show Comment April 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm GMT

Thank you for an excellent article on what is happening. My only criticism is that it appears that these things "just happen". With your insight and erudition, could you please address "why" the situation has arisen. What could be the motivation behind actions and policies which so clearly will destroy not only the 99% but also the basic wealth of the1%?

This is not something new, but a recurrent theme in world affairs.

" Behind all the governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people." "Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organised, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
-- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1856-1924) "So you see, my dear Coningsby, that the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." -- Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804-1881) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote in November 1933 to Col. Edward House: "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson."

Many thanks

[Apr 29, 2020] Fools related proverbs and sayings

Apr 29, 2020 | eduengl.ru

Give [a fool] enough горе, and he will hang himself.

A fool always rushes to the fore.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread .

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out.

Many men, many minds.

A fool's tongue runs before his wit.

Brevity is the soul of wit .

Two heads are better than one.

It is a silly fish, that is caught twice with the same bait.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A lawyer never goes to law himself.

A silent fool is counted wise.

A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.

[Apr 29, 2020] A tone-deaf showman who regards everything, even a mountain of corpses, as a stage

Apr 29, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Duncan Idaho | Apr 29 2020 19:41 utc | 31

"a tone-deaf showman who regards everything, even a mountain of corpses, as a stage."

― Frank Bruni

Guess who?

[Apr 29, 2020] China has become GREAT because the USA turned to neoliberalism and financialization of the economy and turned the USA into byzantinne, militaristic, mercenary rogue nation at service of the Globalists elites

Apr 29, 2020 | www.unz.com

which do not care about that cosmological romantic lyrical notion of America.

Anonymous [589] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment April 29, 2020 at 8:38 pm GMT

It is undeniable that China has made impressive achievements since the Maosits revolution to date. BUT lets be realistic pre1973 China still a Nation with markedly 3th world living standards, even today with a soft racist inuendos , people speak about the Chinese must adopt better hygiene standards personally and privately.

Before 1973 China had mainly 3th world status, eversince Nixon (or Kissinger?) opened China US Corporate Capitalists inundated Chinas economic landscape, in other words the real, KEY bases for Chinas economic success remain USA Corporations majority perhaps more than 70% of their industrial output, although China has wisely constraint, restrain the USA/World FINANCIAL cartels..(Soros speclation against te yuan, ans Soros Opensociety inflkuence in HongKong)

Can China remain stable internally with a growing well travel educated savvy middle class, and a POOR lower working class with meager salaries, slave like labor conditions, and oppressive political controls, that's a recipe for a social cauldron..

Will the Chinese proletariat demand more "democracy" western/eastern oriented reforms??..

... ... ...

China has become GREAT because the USA decided to become poor a Spartan, byzantinne, militaristic, mercenary rogue nation at service of the Globaloists ELITES which do not care about that cosmological romantic lyrical notion of America.

[Apr 24, 2020] In a global village there will be global village idiots. And with this power, just one could be too many

Apr 24, 2020 | www.unz.com

Sean , says: Show Comment April 23, 2020 at 11:04 pm GMT

' IN a global village there will be global village idiots. And with this power, just one could be too many' Lord Marin Rees 2006

More than a decade Lord Rees ago predicted a million deaths by 2020 from a bio error or bio terror event.

China had the 2002 epidemic, caused by SARS-CoV which originated in China that year.
Dr Fauci warned the incoming US government administration in January 2017 of the possibility of MERS (a separate novel coronavirus from the Middle East) mutating to develop extreme transmissibility. Apart from the threat actually arriving from a new coronavirus pathogen more closely related to SARS than MERS, and the greatly reduced lethality of the massively more contagious than its predecessor SARS-CoV-2 virus, Fauci was prescient.

That was almost two months after China had warned the WHO that there was a major crisis developing!

Talking about researchers in the Wuhan NYC Biodefense chief Professor Ian Lipkin said. "On December 31st, researchers there [Wuhan] identified it as a coronavirus but said, 'It's not highly transmissible'". On the 24th of January the WHO said "it is very clear right now that we have no sustained human-to-human transmission".

So it is clear that the Chinese were negligent, and the WHO made a disastrous mistake in believing the Chinese.

China still has not fully supplied data about the Wuhan epidemic that Western epidemiologists are desperate for and need to save lives. If we are reduced to looking at Xi Wuhan visit for hints as if we were Cold War Sovietologists, it indicates that China (the same country that was trusted enough by the UK to be given an enormously significant 5G contract) is very much remiss in discharging its responsibilities to the rest of the world.

Whatever the explanation, this is a watershed for the system in which globalising bankers and hedge funds bet the farm on Chinese growth continuing, and ignore supply chains, productive capacity and food production eroding within their own country. China has had a good run with globalisation, but it is coming to an end and they have only themselves to blame

[Apr 23, 2020] Mark Twain: It is easier to fool a person than to convince them that they were fooled

Apr 23, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Zauzi Travis , 2 weeks ago

Mark Twain. It is easier to fool a person than to convince them that they were fooled.

[Apr 20, 2020] History teaches us that epidemics are more like revelatory moments than social transformers

Apr 20, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

karlof1 , Apr 19 2020 19:48 utc | 75

Pepe Escobar offers us some excellent food for thought beyond what is his usual, "The city in a time of plague:

History teaches us that epidemics are more like revelatory moments than social transformers." I most heartily agree and have already written that the virus totally exposed Neoliberalism for what it is--Fraud on steroids. As usual, Pepe peppers his essay with enough source links to keep us busy for several days if not longer. I've never seen the mural at Siena that's central to his prose, for example. Fortunately, I needn't remain entombed inside my home, and the gorgeous sunny day demands I garden, and so I shall.

[Apr 20, 2020] Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment", Raskolnikov's fifth dream:

Apr 20, 2020 | www.gutenberg.org

He was in the hospital from the middle of Lent till after Easter. When he was better, he remembered the dreams he had had while he was feverish and delirious. He dreamt that the whole world was condemned to a terrible new strange plague that had come to Europe from the depths of Asia. All were to be destroyed except a very few chosen. Some new sorts of microbes were attacking the bodies of men, but these microbes were endowed with intelligence and will. Men attacked by them became at once mad and furious. But never had men considered themselves so intellectual and so completely in possession of the truth as these sufferers, never had they considered their decisions, their scientific conclusions, their moral convictions so infallible. Whole villages, whole towns and peoples went mad from the infection. All were excited and did not understand one another. Each thought that he alone had the truth and was wretched looking at the others, beat himself on the breast, wept, and wrung his hands. They did not know how to judge and could not agree what to consider evil and what good; they did not know whom to blame, whom to justify. Men killed each other in a sort of senseless spite. They gathered together in armies against one another, but even on the march the armies would begin attacking each other, the ranks would be broken and the soldiers would fall on each other, stabbing and cutting, biting and devouring each other. The alarm bell was ringing all day long in the towns; men rushed together, but why they were summoned and who was summoning them no one knew. The most ordinary trades were abandoned, because everyone proposed his own ideas, his own improvements, and they could not agree. The land too was abandoned. Men met in groups, agreed on something, swore to keep together, but at once began on something quite different from what they had proposed. They accused one another, fought and killed each other. There were conflagrations and famine. All men and all things were involved in destruction. The plague spread and moved further and further. Only a few men could be saved in the whole world. They were a pure chosen people, destined to found a new race and a new life, to renew and purify the earth, but no one had seen these men, no one had heard their words and their voices.

[Apr 19, 2020] There is a cult of ignorance in the United States . [It is] nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Apr 19, 2020 | twitter.com

Thomas Connors ‏ 10:28 PM - 8 Apr 2020

Isaac Asimov died OTD in 1992. This quotation from 1980 holds up: "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States . [It is] nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

[Apr 18, 2020] GK Chesterton said "The modern English oligarchy does not rest on the cruelty of the rich to the poor - it rests on the unfailing kindness of the poor to the rich."

Apr 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Phyryne's frock , Apr 17 2020 21:48 utc | 124

He was wrong about that. It IS NOT a kindness to ANYONE to be putting people in positions of economic inferiority and superiority. It is artificially and unnecessarily contrived poison - but people swallow it every day, every hour, every minute.

[Apr 17, 2020] Economics is the only science that puts men on the barricades

Apr 17, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

GeorgeV , Apr 16 2020 19:12 utc | 11

The global elites have no one to blame but themselves for the economic catastrophe that is currently unfolding as a result of the corona virus pandemic. There will also be no where to hide and probably no where to stash their ill gotten wealth. After decades of advocating and practicing discredited economic policies that can be best described as warmed-over late 19th and early 20th century economics, (aka: austerity) the chickens, so to speak, are coming home to roost. The same will apply to the political hacks, grafters and corporate greed heads who also made this economic disaster possible. What the end result will be however, is unknown. The future can go in many ways. But as the late Robert Heilbroner wrote in his book "The Worldly Philosophers" some 70 years ago: "Economics is the only science that puts men on the barricades."

Realist , Apr 16 2020 20:15 utc | 23

This looks more like corporatism, not capitalism.

Mussolini defined Fascism thusly:

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power"

[Apr 16, 2020] Benjamin Franklin Quotes - 91 Science Quotes - Dictionary of Science Quotations and Scientist Quotes

Apr 16, 2020 | todayinsci.com

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Perhaps an older adage, but an example of its use appears in Pennsylvania Gazette (4 Feb 1734-5), about fire prevention, including taking care, moving live coals from a fireplace between rooms, for safety in a closed warming-pan. A midnight fire from a spilled ember might set your stairs on fire: "You may be forced, as I once was, to leap out of your windows, and hazard your necks to avoid being over-roasted." As cited in Benjamin Franklin and J. Sparks (ed.), The Works of Benjamin Franklin (1840), Vol. 1, 134, footnote.
Science quotes on: | Cure (122) | Ounce (8) | Pound (14) | Prevention (35) | Proverb (27) | Worth (169)

Be not sick too late, nor well too soon.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on: | Health (193) | Late (118) | Sick (81) | Sickness (26) | Soon (186) | Wellness (3)

Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, & sloth;
Or the Gout will seize you and plague you both.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on: | Both (494) | Drunkenness (3) | Eating (46) | Girl (37) | Gout (5) | Health (193) | Plague (41) | Sloth (6) | Will (2354) | Wine (38)

Beware of the young Doctor, & the old Barber.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1733).
Science quotes on: | Barber (5) | Beware (16) | Doctor (187) | Old (480) | Physician (273) | Young (228)

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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Don't go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1737).
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Don't misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1737).
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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1735).
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Benjamin Franklin quote: Eat to live, and not live to eat.
(source) Eat to live, and not live to eat.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1733).
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He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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I have never seen the Philosopher's Stone that turns lead into Gold, but I have known the pursuit of it turn a Man's Gold into Lead.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1738).
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(source) If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, 'at the workingman's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.' Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for 'industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.'
-- Benjamin Franklin
Published in Poor Richard's Almanac . Collected in Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin (1834), 477.
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If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Collected in Poor Richard's Almanack (1914), 32, No. 285.
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In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Louis Klopsch, Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1896), 67.
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In New England they once thought blackbirds useless, and mischievous to the corn. They made efforts to destroy them. The consequence was, the blackbirds were diminished; but a kind of worm, which devoured their grass, and which the blackbirds used to feed on, increased prodigiously; then, finding their loss in grass much greater than their saving in corn, they wished again for their blackbirds.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Letter to Richard Jackson, 5 May 1753. In Albert Henry Smyth, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin (1905), Vol. 3, 135.
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Lost time is never found again.
-- Benjamin Franklin
No. 332, Poor Richard's Almanack (Jan 1748). Collected in Poor Richard's Almanack (1914), 35.
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Many medicines few cures.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
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Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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One should eat to live not live to eat.
-- Benjamin Franklin
As quoted, without citation, in John Walker, A Fork in the Road: Answers to Daily Dilemmas from the Teachings of Jesus Christ (2005), 83.
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One today is worth two tomorrows.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy, 13 Nov 1789. Quoted in Albert Henry Smyth (ed.) The Writings of Benjamin Franklin (1907), vol. 10, 69.
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The best of all medicines are rest and fasting.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Tryon Edwards (ed.), A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908), 339.
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The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding), lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Epitaph on his tombstone
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(source) The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 426:34.
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The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it so as to become habits ready on all occasions.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In The Morals of Chess . As quoted in The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle (1787), 590.
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The greatest inventions are those inquiries which tend to increase the power of man over matter.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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There has not been any science so much esteemed and honored as this of mathematics, nor with so much industry and vigilance become the care of great men, and labored in by the potentates of the world, viz. emperors, kings, princes, etc.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In 'On the Usefulness of Mathematics', in Works (1840), Vol. 2, 28.
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There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth: the first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors -- this is robbery; the second by commerce, which is generally cheating; the third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In 'Positions to be Examined', The Works of Benjamin Franklin Consisting of Essays, Humorous, Moral and Literary (1824), 241.
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There's more old Drunkards than old Doctors.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1736).
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Time is a herb that cures all Diseases.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1738). http://www. vlib.us/amdocs/texts/prichard38.html
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To inquisitive minds like yours and mine the reflection that the quantity of human knowledge bears no proportion to the quantity of human ignorance must be in one view rather pleasing, viz., that though we are to live forever we may be continually amused and delighted with learning something new.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In letter to Dr. Ingenhouz. Quoted in Theodore Diller, Franklin's Contribution to Medicine (1912), 65. The source gives no specific cite for the letter, and Webmaster has found the quote in no other book checked, so authenticity is in question.
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(source) To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy Meals.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1733).
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Use now and then a little Exercise a quarter of an Hour before Meals, as to swing a Weight, or swing your Arms about with a small Weight in each Hand; to leap, or the like, for that stirs the Muscles of the Breast.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1742).
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We hold these truths to be self-evident.
Franklin's edit to the assertion of religion in Thomas Jefferson's original wording, "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable" in a draft of the Declaration of Independence changes it instead into an assertion of rationality. The scientific mind of Franklin drew on the scientific determinism of Isaac Newton and the analytic empiricism of David Hume and Gottfried Leibniz. In what became known as "Hume's Fork" the latters' theory distinguished between synthetic truths that describe matters of fact, and analytic truths that are self-evident by virtue of reason and definition.
-- Benjamin Franklin
As explained by Walter Isaacson in Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2004), 312.
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What is a butterfly? At best
He's but a caterpiller drest.
The gaudy Fop's his picture just.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1740).
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What is the use of a new-born child?
When asked of the use of a new invention.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In I. Bernard Cohen, Benjamin Franklin's Science (1990), 38.
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What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men, more admirably high and demonstrative, than this of the mathematics?
-- Benjamin Franklin
In 'On the Usefulness of Mathematics', Works (1840), Vol. 2, 69.
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What signifies Philosophy that does not apply to some Use? May we not learn from hence, that black Clothes are not so fit to wear in a hot Sunny Climate or Season, as white ones; because in such Cloaths the Body is more heated by the Sun when we walk abroad, and are at the same time heated by the Exercise, which double Heat is apt to bring on putrid dangerous Fevers? The Soldiers and Seamen, who must march and labour in the Sun, should in the East or West Indies have an Uniform of white?
-- Benjamin Franklin
Letter to Miss Mary Stevenson, 20 Sep 1761. In Albert Henry Smyth (ed.), The Writings of Benjamin Franklin (1906), Vol. 4, 115.
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Whatever may have been imputed to some other studies under the notion of insignificancy and loss of time, yet these [mathematics], I believe, never caused repentance in any, except it was for their remissness in the prosecution of them.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In 'On the Usefulness of Mathematics', Works (1840), Vol. 2, 69.
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Benjamin Franklin quote: When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
(source) When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanac (1757, 1900), 23.
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Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.
-- Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1742).
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[Franklin always found it a] pleasure ... to see good workmen handle their tools.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Autobiography .
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~~[Attributed, authorship undocumented]~~ Mathematical demonstrations are a logic of as much or more use, than that commonly learned at schools, serving to a just formation of the mind, enlarging its capacity, and strengthening it so as to render the same capable of exact reasoning, and discerning truth from falsehood in all occurrences, even in subjects not mathematical. For which reason it is said, the Egyptians, Persians, and Lacedaemonians seldom elected any new kings, but such as had some knowledge in the mathematics, imagining those, who had not, men of imperfect judgments, and unfit to rule and govern.
-- Benjamin Franklin
From an article which appeared as 'The Usefulness of Mathematics', Pennsylvania Gazette (30 Oct 1735), No. 360. Collected, despite being without clear evidence of Franklin's authorship, in The Works of Benjamin Franklin (1809), Vol. 4, 377. Evidence of actual authorship by Ben Franklin for the newspaper article has not been ascertained, and scholars doubt it. See Franklin documents at the website founders.archives.gov. The quote is included here to attach this caution.
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Eripuit coelo fulmen sceptrumque tyrannis.
He snatched the lightning from the sky and the sceptre from tyrants.
Admiring Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Samuel P. du Pont, c. 1779.
-- Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot
In I. Bernard Cohen, Benjamin Franklin's Experiments (1941), xxvii.
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People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first
-- David H. Comins
In Dr. N Sreedharan, Quotations of Wit and Wisdom (2007), 35.
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The faith of scientists in the power and truth of mathematics is so implicit that their work has gradually become less and less observation, and more and more calculation. The promiscuous collection and tabulation of data have given way to a process of assigning possible meanings, merely supposed real entities, to mathematical terms, working out the logical results, and then staging certain crucial experiments to check the hypothesis against the actual empirical results. But the facts which are accepted by virtue of these tests are not actually observed at all. With the advance of mathematical technique in physics, the tangible results of experiment have become less and less spectacular; on the other hand, their significance has grown in inverse proportion. The men in the laboratory have departed so far from the old forms of experimentation -- typified by Galileo's weights and Franklin's kite -- that they cannot be said to observe the actual objects of their curiosity at all; instead, they are watching index needles, revolving drums, and sensitive plates. No psychology of 'association' of sense-experiences can relate these data to the objects they signify, for in most cases the objects have never been experienced. Observation has become almost entirely indirect; and readings take the place of genuine witness.
-- Susanne K. Langer
Philosophy in a New Key; A Study in Inverse the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art (1942), 19-20.
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It is impossible not to feel stirred at the thought of the emotions of man at certain historic moments of adventure and discovery -- Columbus when he first saw the Western shore, Pizarro when he stared at the Pacific Ocean, Franklin when the electric spark came from the string of his kite, Galileo when he first turned his telescope to the heavens. Such moments are also granted to students in the abstract regions of thought, and high among them must be placed the morning when Descartes lay in bed and invented the method of co-ordinate geometry.
-- Alfred North Whitehead
Quoted in James Roy Newman, The World of Mathematics (2000), Vol. 1, 239.
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My ideal man is Benjamin Franklin -- the figure in American history most worthy of emulation ... Franklin is my ideal of a whole man. ... Where are the life-size -- or even pint-size -- Benjamin Franklins of today?
-- Isidor Isaac Rabi
Describing his personal hero, in a lecture (1964). In Gerald James Holton, Victory and Vexation in Science: Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Others (2005), 92. In John S. Rigden, Science: The Center of Culture (1970), 111-112. In Rabi, Scientist and Citizen (2000), xxv, the author states that a portrait of Benjamin Franklin hung in Rabi's office.
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As an answer to those who are in the habit of saying to every new fact, " What is its use ?" Dr. Franklin says to such, "What is the use of an infant?" The answer of the experimentalist would be, "Endeavour to make it useful."
-- Michael Faraday
From 5th Lecture in 1816, in Bence Jones, The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870), Vol. 1, 218.
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Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams -- day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing -- are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.
-- L. Frank Baum
Opening paragraph of preface, 'To My Readers', The Lost Princess of Oz (1917), 13.
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We have never had another man like him [Charles Kettering] in America. He is the most willing man to do things I have ever seen. Benjamin Franklin was a little like him. Both had horse sense and love of fun. If a fellow goes to school long enough he gets frozen in his thinking. He is not free any more. But Ket has always been free.
-- Willis R. Whitney
In book review, T.A. Boyd, 'Charles F. Kettering: Prophet of Progress', Science (30 Jan 1959), 256.
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Jefferson refused to pin his hopes on the occasional success of honest and unambitious men; on the contrary, the great danger was that philosophers would be lulled into complacence by the accidental rise of a Franklin or a Washington. Any government which made the welfare of men depend on the character of their governors was an illusion.
-- Daniel J. Boorstin
In The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948, 1993), 178.
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[Apr 12, 2020] Tolstoy advice that is useful in regina of self-isolation

Apr 12, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Bruce , Apr 12 2020 13:39 utc | 10

"If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you." Leo Tolstoy

[Apr 06, 2020] Life apart from society would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. "

Apr 06, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Thomas Hobbes argued that life apart from society would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Outside poor countries and communities, advances in science and industrialization have largely proven him right.

[Apr 06, 2020] "Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."

Apr 06, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

" Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."

– Clare Boothe Luce

You don't have a money problem, you just have the wrong idea.

[Apr 05, 2020] Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. Al Capone

Apr 05, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Mao , Apr 6 2020 2:25 utc | 134

Al Capone Money Quote saying that being a capitalist is the legitimate racket of those in power – with laws to back it up. Al Capone said:

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class."

https://itsamoneything.com/money/wp-content/uploads/Al-Capone-Capitalism-Ruling-Class-Racket.jpg

[Apr 05, 2020] When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully

Apr 05, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

And as it is with men, so it is with nations.

[Apr 04, 2020] You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else

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Tobi , Apr 3 2020 22:08 utc | 76

Posted by: Christian J Chuba | @ 7

Like Winston Churchill said " You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."
We'll get there eventually but will wear out a lot of shovels digging deeper in the process.

[Mar 29, 2020] Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people

Mar 29, 2020 | www.unz.com

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NoseytheDuke , says: Show Comment March 27, 2020 at 1:29 am GMT
@Antiwar7 Was it PT Barnum who said that nobody ever went broke underestimating the American people?

[Mar 28, 2020] Never Believe Anything Until It Is Officially Denied Quote Investigator

Mar 28, 2020 | quoteinvestigator.com

Otto von Bismarck? Cynical Broker? Hy Sheridan? Claud Cockburn? Edward Cheyfitz? Anonymous?

Dear Quote Investigator: Cynicism regarding official edicts is not a new phenomenon. Reportedly, the powerful German leader Otto von Bismarck once said:

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

Yet, these words have also been attributed to more recent political figures such as the journalist Claud Cockburn and the Washington attorney Edward Cheyfitz. Would you please help determine the proper ascription?

Quote Investigator: This sharp remark which borders on paradox can be expressed in many ways; hence, it has been difficult to trace. The earliest evidence located by QI was published in "The Tri-Weekly Gleaner" of Kingston, Jamaica in 1897. A writer suggested that pronouncements from the government in the Transvaal region of Africa were unreliable. The adage about official denials was credited to a "cautious observer". Boldface has been added to excerpts: 1

The fact that the Government have once more pledged themselves to execute reforms is taken as quite sufficient reason for not believing in them. A cautious observer declared: "I never accept anything about the Government until it has been officially denied; then I know it is true."

In 1900 "The Times" newspaper of London printed a letter from a correspondent with the moniker "Behind the Scenes" who presented the witticism as an axiom and provided no attribution. 2 The same letter was reprinted in "The St. James Gazette" of London: 3

It is an axiom of practical politics never to believe anything until it has been officially denied.

Otto von Bismarck died in 1898, and an instance of the saying was attributed to him by 1911. Claud Cockburn included a version in his 1956 memoir, but he was relaying an unattributed remark. In 1958 a note in the "Reader's Digest" cited "Look" magazine to credit Edward Cheyfitz. These citations were rather late, and the current evidence favors an anonymous origin.

[Mar 28, 2020] If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts.

Compare with Did George H.W. Bush Say He Would Be 'Lynched' If Americans Knew the Truth
Mar 28, 2020 | www.democraticunderground.com
he said it to Sarah McClendon- in Dec. of '92.
Here's a link to keepers of her papers- don't know how to access them though-

http://whmc.umsystem.edu/invent/2579.html

Found it !
The original interview article is kept at the University of Missouri.

the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia

Followed the quote to a few places that gave me more information.
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http://www.antichristconspiracy.com/conspiracy1.htm

"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched."

President George H.W. Bush, quoted by Sarah McClendon (White House Reporter) in her June 1992 Newsletter.

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http://www.newworldpeace.com/purge.html

"George Bush, what will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra?

'Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done (including the orchestration of September 11, the murder of JFK, Jr, the destruction of New Orleans and this Constitutional Republic), they will chase us down the streets and lynch us.'"

-- From a June, 1992 exclusive and published interview granted by President George H. W. Bush
to Sarah McClendon, the grand dame of the White House press corps at the time.

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Here's where it is located----->

McClendon, Sarah Newcomb (1910-2003), Papers, 1931-1992 (C2579)

INTRODUCTION

The personal and professional papers of Sarah Newcomb McClendon, White House journalist and women's rights advocate, contain biographical information, correspondence, newspaper columns, speeches, and other miscellaneous writings, photographs, negatives, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, awards, certificates, press badges, press cards, programs, posters, federal agency reports and publications, research, and family materials.

DONOR INFORMATION

The Sarah Newcomb McClendon Papers were donated to the University of Missouri by Sarah McClendon on February 1, 1988 (Accession No. 4827). Additions to the papers were made by McClendon on August 21, 1990 (Accession No. 4982), June 18, 1991 (Accession No. 5048), and June 16, 1992 (Accession No. 5185). The papers are part of the National Women and Media Collection.

http://whmc.umsystem.edu/invent/2579.html

INDEX TERMS

These index terms are the subjects, people, places, etc. under which this collection is listed
in all available indexes at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are interested in a specific index term, please contact the reference staff. http://whmc.umsystem.edu/whmc/ref.html

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Bush, George Herbert Walker (1924- ) f. 57, 60, 63, 64

[Mar 27, 2020] It is easier to fool people than to make them concede that they have been fooled

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Nathan Mulcahy , Mar 27 2020 16:08 utc | 220

@ by: bevin | Mar 27 2020 15:52 utc | 216

..... and to quote my favorite author Mark Twain: " it is easier to fool people than to make them concede that they have been fooled".

[Mar 19, 2020] I. F. Stone - Wikiquote

Mar 19, 2020 | en.wikiquote.org

[Mar 19, 2020] "Treason doth never prosper-- what's the reason?

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Copeland , Mar 18 2020 23:04 utc | 93

"Treason doth never prosper-- what's the reason?
For if it doth prosper, none dare call it treason".

--John Harington

[Mar 17, 2020] There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics

Mar 17, 2020 | off-guardian.org

George Mc ,

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Attributed to Mark Twain.

Dave Hansell ,

Presumably that would also include statistics on previous years flu cases, suicide statistics, deaths from car accidents statistics, deaths from knife crime, or Ben population statistics?

Or are some statistics more valid than others depending on their utility in arguing a particular case or agenda?

George Mc ,

Twain – or whoever- was drawing attention to the easiness of manipulating statistics – which is why we should scrutinise them as Catte has done above.

[Mar 15, 2020] A Single Death is a Tragedy; a Million Deaths is a Statistic – Quote Investigator

If you shoot one person you are a murderer. If you kill a couple persons you are a gangster. If you are a crazy statesman and send millions to their deaths you are a hero. - Watertown Daily Times.

As noted previously in this article, in January 1947 the saying was attributed to Stalin in a syndicated column by Leonard Lyons:

Stalin interrupted him to say: "If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that's only statistics."

Also in 1947 Charlie Chaplin played the role of Henri Verdoux in the movie "Monsieur Verdoux". A line from the script written and spoken by Chaplin echoed the words Beilby Porteus: 7

That's the history of many a big business. Wars, conflict, it's all business. One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify my good fellow.

In October 1948 "The Atlantic" monthly magazine published an instance, but the words were not attributed to Stalin; instead, the speaker was characterized only as a "Frenchman". The quotation appeared in a book review column called "The Atlantic Bookshelf" which was written by Charles J. Rolo. This attribution may have been an echo of Tucholsky's French diplomat: 8

Scourges as immense as fascism and war present the novelist with a knotty problem of ways and means. A Frenchman has aptly remarked that "a single man killed is a misfortune, a million is a statistic." How to encompass the emotional reality of that aggregate of horrors which so easily becomes "a statistic" or a remote abstraction - "war dead," "purge," "pogrom"?

In 1956 the German novel "Der Schwarze Obelisk" by the prominent author Erich Maria Remarque was released. In 1957 it was translated into English and published as "The Black Obelisk". Remarque included an instance without attribution: 9

It's strange, I think, all of us have seen so many dead in the war and we know that over two million of us fell uselessly-why, then, are we so excited about a single man, when we have practically forgotten the two million already? But probably the reason is that one dead man is death-and two million are only a statistic.

[Mar 13, 2020] H. L. Mencken: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed

Mar 13, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Greenbean950 , Mar 13 2020 14:15 utc | 5

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

[Mar 10, 2020] That is the way POTUS go down in History

Mar 10, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

DFC , Mar 9 2020 22:17 utc | 64

"I have the hunch that this is a normal flu" (D.J.Trump, March 2020)

"I have the hunch the recovery is around the corner" (Herbert Hoover, November 1929)

That is the way POTUS go down in History

[Mar 10, 2020] "Saving" Wall Street really amounts to "saving" the tapeworm while discarding the host.

Mar 10, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Parker Dooley , March 9, 2020 at 1:53 pm

"Saving" Wall Street really amounts to "saving" the tapeworm while discarding the host.

But we love love love our tapeworm -- especially our "healthcare plans" and "capitalism".

[Mar 09, 2020] What's the difference between a cannibal and a neoliberal

Mar 09, 2020 | nymag.com

"A cannibal doesn't eat his friends."

[Feb 27, 2020] Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We have no paupers. . . . The great mass of our population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional"

Feb 27, 2020 | founders.archives.gov

Today, Carnegie continued, "we assemble thousands of operatives in the factory, and in the mine, of whom the employer can know little or nothing, and to whom he is little better than a myth. ЛИ intercourse between them is at an end. Rigid castes are formed, and, as usual, mutual ignorance breeds mutual distrust. Each caste is with- out sympathy with the other, and ready to credit anything disparaging in regard to it."

That shift was particularly profound in America -- one reason, perhaps, that even today the national mythology doesn't entirely accept the existence of those "rigid castes" of industrial society that Carnegie described a hun- dred years ago. The America of the national foundation story -- the country as it was during the American Revolution -- was one of the most egalitarian societies on the planet. That was the proud declaration of the founders.

In a letter from Monticello dated September 10, 1814, to Dr. Thomas Cooper, the Anglo-American polymath (he practiced law, taught both chemistry and political economics, and was a university president), Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We have no paupers. . . . The great mass of our population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional,

[Feb 27, 2020] An interesting view on Russian "intelligencia" by the scientist and writer Zinoviev expressed during "perestroika" in 1991

Highly recommended!
Feb 27, 2020 | en.wikipedia.org

If intellectuals replace the current professional politicians as the leaders of society the situation would become much worse. Because they have neither the sense of reality, nor common sense. For them, the words and speeches are more important than the actual social laws and the dominant trends, the dominant social dynamics of the society. The psychological principle of the intellectuals is that we could organize everything much better, but we are not allowed to do it.

But the actual situation is as following: they could organize the life of society as they wish and plan, in the way they view is the best only if under conditions that are not present now are not feasible in the future. Therefore they are not able to act even at the level of current leaders of the society, which they despise. The actual leaders are influenced by social pressures, by the current social situation, but at least they doing something. Intellectuals are unhappy that the real stream of life they are living in. They consider it wrong. that makes them very dangerous, because they look really smart, while in reality being sophisticated professional idiots.

[Feb 27, 2020] Oscar Wilde once said that "we live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."

[Feb 07, 2020] "It's not who vote that counts, it's who counts the votes"

Feb 07, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Valar Morghulis , Feb 6 2020 18:32 utc | 46

it's not an actual Stalin quote, but often used as such
he did say something in the same vein, though.
it IS absolutely spot on here:

"It's not who vote that counts, it's who counts the votes"

congratulations, DNC, you're on a par with Joseph Stalin; the most ruthless chairman the Sovyets have ever had.
so here is your real Russia Gate.
oh, come and smell the Irony.

vk , Feb 6 2020 18:52 utc | 50

@ Posted by: Valar Morghulis | Feb 6 2020 18:32 utc | 47

Oh, so you think the problem is only with the DNC?

[Feb 05, 2020] Carnage Watch over the Primary Season

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Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: Once happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times is enemy action.
-- Ian Fleming, Goldfinger

[Feb 01, 2020] "The winners write the history." ~Napoleon

Feb 01, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

DeaconPews , 3 hours ago link

They don't teach history anymore. It's all indoctrination.

Charlie_Martel , 3 hours ago link

"The winners write the history." -Napoleon

[Feb 01, 2020] Adam Schiff Closing Argument - YouTube

Feb 01, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Evansly C , 1 week ago

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." ― Theodore Roosevelt

[Feb 01, 2020] Chris Wallace- Everyone is coming out of impeachment as a winner - YouTube

Feb 01, 2020 | www.youtube.com

DA Poppa , 4 hours ago

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society."― Thomas Jefferson


DA Poppa
, 1 day ago (edited)

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." ― Thomas Jefferson TRUMP 2020

[Jan 24, 2020] It appears that Operation Mockingbird is at work again

Jan 24, 2020 | caucus99percent.com

"The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable."
-- Arundhati Roy

--

The truth is never as interesting as wild speculation. --

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors. --

Capitalism has always been the rule of the people by the oligarchs. You only have two choices, eliminate them or restrict their power.

[Jan 19, 2020] Stand up for what you believe, even if you are standing alone.

Jan 19, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


"...we had come to the stage where for our people what was needed was a real democracy; and of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of a plutocracy."

Theodore Roosevelt, Autobiography

"Stand up for what you believe, even if you are standing alone."

Sophie Scholl

[Jan 19, 2020] Cast Assembled, the Stage Is Set

Jan 19, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"We've surpassed the $400 billion mark They call it 'not QE' because it's maturities of 12 months or less. But as of now, we have a $100-billion-per-month run rate of 'not QE.'"

Danielle DiMartino Booth

"Nations, like individuals, cannot become desperate gamblers with impunity. Punishment is sure to overtake them sooner or later."

Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

"But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them."

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

"The barbarian hopes -- and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles."

Hilaire Belloc

"'Woe to you, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. On the outside you appear righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. You snakes, you brood of vipers.'"

Matt 23: 23-33

"Realize that narcissists have an addiction disorder. They are strongly addicted to feeling significant. Like any addict they will do whatever it takes to get this feeling often. That is why they are manipulative and fakers. They promise change, but can't deliver if it interferes with their addiction."

Shannon L. Alder

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly."

Proverbs 26:11

"This is the contempt in which they hold the majority of American people and the political process: the common people are easily led fools, and everyone else who is smart enough to know better has their price.

And they would beggar every middle class voter in the US before they will voluntarily give up one dime of their ill gotten gains."

Simon Johnson, The Quiet Coup, May 2009

"Remember that there will be trying times in the last days. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, dishonoring their parents, and ungrateful. To them nothing is sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and despise what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless and proud, and love pleasures of the world more than God. They may talk like they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Shun them."

2 Timothy 3:1-5

"When we talk about company culture in the context of financial services, the first thing that comes to mind is the risky, unethical, and sometimes criminal behavior in the banking industry, particularly during the financial crisis. And ten years on from the crisis, this behavior persists. [Persists? It remains their very business model] Instances of fraud, money laundering, and scandals related to foreign exchange and LIBOR continue to make the headlines.

This behavior puts a spotlight on the essential role of robust regulation and strict enforcement [which is the primary responsibility of the NY Fed]. But illicit and unethical behavior is rarely the result of an isolated 'bad apple.' [or a rogue trader] It's more often the symptom of a rotten culture. And rotten cultures don't appear overnight -- nor for that matter do positive, inclusive ones, where people feel empowered and accountable to upholding the values of the organization.

Culture is created -- intentionally or otherwise -- by the structures, incentives, and behavioral norms that shape our working lives."

John C Williams, President, NY Fed, Getting to the Core of Culture, 14 January 2020, London

"Oh, yes, we shall be in chains and there will be no freedom, but then, in our great sorrow, we shall rise again to joy, without which man cannot live nor God exist, for God gives joy: it's His privilege -- a grand one. Ah, man should be dissolved in prayer! What should I be underground there without God?

If they drive God from the earth, we shall shelter Him underground. One cannot exist in prison without God; it's even more impossible than out of prison. And then we men underground will sing from the bowels of the earth a glorious hymn to God, with Whom is joy. Hail to God and His joy! I love Him!"

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

"Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory, or one of unthinkable horror."

C. S. Lewis

"Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have existence."

Léon Bloy

"We shall not cease from exploring
And at the end of our exploration
We will return to where we started
And know the place for the first time
Through the unknown, unremembered gate."

T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

"It's déjà vu all over again."

Yogi Berra

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter -- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning -- --

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Dickie: Where are we going?
Stymie: I don't know, brother, but we're on our way.

The Little Rascals, Free Wheeling

"The sense of responsibility in the financial community for the community as a whole is not small. It is nearly nil. Perhaps this is inherent. In a community where the primary concern is making money, one of the necessary rules is to live and let live. To speak out against madness may be to ruin those who have succumbed to it. So the wise in Wall Street are nearly always silent. The foolish thus have the field to themselves. None rebukes them."

John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash of 1929

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit."

Matthew 7:15-18

"Fear not, little flock, for your Father's delight is to welcome you into His Kingdom."

Luke 12:32

"It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought."

John Kenneth Galbraith

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."

Søren Kierkegaard

"Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us."

Chalmers Johnson

"In a sense, blowback is simply another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows. Although people usually know what they have sown, our national experience of blowback is seldom imagined in such terms because so much of what the managers of the American empire have sown has been kept secret.

Even an empire cannot control the long-term effects of its policies. That is the essence of blowback."

Chalmers Johnson, Blowback

"...we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips."

Shakespeare, Macbeth

"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy...

Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way."

Milton Meyer, They Thought They Were Free

"Many politicians are tantalizing storytellers, as they mix facts with fiction, grab our emotion and tell things they want us to believe. Their factoids are unremittingly reiterated, take a life on their own, and in the end become the very truth -- until the bubble bursts."

Erik Pevernagie

"The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside."

Sam Vaknin

"Fragility is the quality of things that are vulnerable to volatility."

Nassim Taleb

"Four sorrows are certain to be visited on the United States.

"Wash the plate, not because it is dirty, or because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next."

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"How contrary are the teachings of Jesus to the feelings of nature. Without the help of His grace it would be impossible not only to put them into practice, but to even understand them.

Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be. Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them. Without love, deeds, even the greatest, count as nothing."

Thérèse Martin de Lisieux

"We pray for the big things, and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small, and yet really not so small, blessings."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Wash the plate, not because it is dirty, or because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next."

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"How contrary are the teachings of Jesus to the feelings of nature. Without the help of His grace it would be impossible not only to put them into practice, but to even understand them.

Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be. Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them. Without love, deeds, even the greatest, count as nothing."

Thérèse Martin de Lisieux

"We pray for the big things, and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small, and yet really not so small, blessings."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wall Street Banks and the Fed
"In the last days the culture of society will become angry and hard, and a trial for those who love God. For people will be self-centered, lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great accomplishments, and strut around in their prideful arrogance, mocking all that is good and kind. They will neglect to love even their own families, and act ungrateful and lawless.

Many will become addicted to hateful and malicious thoughts and hateful words. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, angry despisers of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and blinded by clouds of conceit.

They will demand and find their delight in the pleasures of this world, and ignore their need to serve God. They may act religious, but they want to serve themselves."

2 Timothy 3:1-5

"Paul turned the Emperor and said, 'When they permitted you to mount your father's throne, it was only on the assurance that you'd keep the spice flowing. You've failed them, Majesty. Do you know the consequences?'"

Frank Herbert, Dune

"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country.

When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin!

Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out."

Andrew Jackson, From the original minutes of his meeting with the Philadelphia bankers, February 1834, from Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

"Democracy is held captive, not just by money, but by ideas -- the ideas that money buys."

William Greider

Mammon, Child of Pride
"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."

Erich Fromm

"Over the last thirty years, the United States has been taken over by an amoral financial oligarchy, and the American dream of opportunity, education, and upward mobility is now largely confined to the top few percent of the population. Federal policy is increasingly dictated by the wealthy, by the financial sector, and by powerful (though sometimes badly mismanaged) industries such as telecommunications, health care, automobiles, and energy. These policies are implemented and praised by these groups' willing servants, namely the increasingly bought-and-paid-for leadership of America's political parties, academia, and lobbying industry.

If allowed to continue, this process will turn the United States into a declining, unfair society with an impoverished, angry, uneducated population under the control of a small, ultrawealthy elite. Such a society would be not only immoral but also eventually unstable, dangerously ripe for religious and political extremism.

The real challenge is figuring out how the United States can regain control of its future from its new oligarchy and restore its position as a prosperous, fair, well-educated nation."

Charles Ferguson, Predator nation

"Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege."

Thomas Clement Douglas

"If you are wise and understand God's ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don't hide the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are worldly, carnal, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to make a way for others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no bias and is always sincere. And those who are peaceful will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness."

James 3:13-18

"God has ordered the world so that we may learn to help bear another's burdens; for no one is without fault, no one is without their burdens, no one is sufficient in themselves, no one is wise enough by themselves; therefore we ought to bear with one another, comfort one another, help, instruct, and admonish one another."

Thomas À Kempis

"Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity."

Tacitus

"At times God will be the only witness to your righteous behavior. Sometimes God is the only one who will understand your motives. At such times all you can do is maintain your integrity, trusting that God always keeps His eyes on you. God looks favorably upon those who walk with integrity, doing what they know is right, regardless of how others perceive their actions. The most important thing is that you are a person of integrity before God."

Henry Blackaby, Integrity Upheld

"Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty. Power is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the latter it crushes, the former it intoxicates. The truth is, no one really possesses it."

Simone Weil

Cromwell: Sir Richard is appointed Attorney General for Wales.
Thomas More: For Wales. Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world -- but for Wales?"

Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons

"It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. These may, perhaps, succeed at first, and limp along on hope for awhile with a flourishing appearance. But time betrays their weakness, and they eventually fall into ruin of their own designs."

Demosthenes

"They are hypocrites -- they think the Church is a cage to keep God in, so he will stay locked up there and not go wandering about the earth during the week, poking his nose into their business, and looking in the depths and darkness and doubleness of their hearts, and their lack of true charity; and they believed they need only be bothered about him on Sundays when they have their best clothes on and their faces straight, and their hands washed and their gloves on, and their stories all prepared."

Margaret Atwood

"Demagogues are willing to do or say anything to gain office or to consolidate their power. Unconstrained by ideology, they have no concern for the consequences of their actions. Anything that serves to make them more powerful is good enough for them -- even if the political system that facilitated their rise should be destroyed in the process.

This, rather than some deep similarity to fascism, also explains the affinity between demagogues and political violence. True fascists venerate violence but also want to make it serve a purpose larger than themselves, like territorial conquest. Demagogues, on the other hand, tap into the most violent currents in a population simply to bolster their own popularity.

In the process, they often unleash lethal damage. They wreck the informal rules of civility that democracies require to survive. Once voters are activated along violent lines and fervently believe the myths propagated by the demagogue, the dam is broken; the ordinary rules of democratic politics no longer apply, and there is no telling what might come next."

Daniel Ziblatt

"The inability to identify with others was unquestionably the most important psychological condition for the fact that something like Auschwitz could have occurred in the midst of more or less civilized and innocent people. What is called 'fellow traveling' [collaboration] was primarily business interest: one pursues one's own advantage before all else and, simply not to endanger oneself, does not talk too much. That is a general law of the status quo."

Theodor Adorno

"I will not bow, and God grant that we will never bow, before the gods of evil."

Martin Luther King, But If Not

"O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!"

William Shakespeare, Prologue, Henry V

"Since God has accepted you to be among the holy people that He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowances for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must also forgive others.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which brings us all together in harmony. And let the peace of the Lord rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful."

Col 3:12-15

"An old woman came down this way,
She had no bread left to eat they say,
The bread was gobbled by the corporate men,
And she fell in the gutter in the cold and rain,
And was never hungry again."

Bertolt Brecht, Liturgie vom Hauch, 1927

There are those contentious and disorderly people, who engage in useless speculation and deceptive talk, and focus on divisive points of dispute... All things are good to the pure of heart, but to these corrupt and disbelieving controversialists nothing can be good, since both their minds and and their hearts are corrupted. They may say that they know God, but by their actions they deny Him, being corrupt and disobedient, and of no use for any good purpose."

Titus 1:10,15-16

"How terrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute what is bitter for what is sweet and what is sweet for what is bitter!"

Isaiah 5:20

[Jan 19, 2020] The neoliberal hopes -- and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too

Jan 19, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory."

J.R.R. Tolkien

"We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination."

C.S. Lewis

"If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it. If he says something is too terrible to hear, hear it. If you think some truth unbearable, bear it."

G.K. Chesterton

"The barbarian hopes -- and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles."

Hilaire Belloc

"In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists."

Hannah Arendt

[Jan 19, 2020] The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself: 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector over there.

Jan 19, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers the most: and his suffering comes to him from things so little and so trivial that one can say that it is no longer objective at all. It is his own existence, his own being, that is at once the subject and the source of his pain, and his very existence and consciousness is his greatest torture."

Thomas Merton

"One reason we rush so quickly to the vulgar satisfactions of judgement, and love to revel in our righteous outrage, is that it spares us from the impotent pain of empathy, and the harder, messier work of understanding.

Let me propose that if your beliefs or convictions matter more to you than people -- if they require you to act as though you were a worse person than you are -- you may have lost perspective."

Tim Kreider

"The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself: 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector over there."

Luke 18:11

[Jan 19, 2020] Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations

Jan 19, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that "the market" delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning.

We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages – such as education, inheritance and class – that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.

It has played a major role in a remarkable variety of crises: the financial meltdown of 2007‑8, the offshoring of wealth and power, of which the Panama Papers offer us merely a glimpse, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, the collapse of ecosystems, the rise of Donald Trump. But we respond to these crises as if they emerge in isolation, apparently unaware that they have all been either catalysed or exacerbated by the same coherent philosophy; a philosophy that has – or had – a name. What greater power can there be than to operate namelessly?"

George Monbiot

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies."

Robert F. Kennedy

"`But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,' faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

`Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. `Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!'

It held up its chain at arm's length, as if that were the cause of all its unavailing grief, and flung it heavily upon the ground again.

`At this time of the rolling year,' the spectre said `I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!'

Scrooge was very much dismayed to hear the spectre going on at this rate, and began to quake exceedingly.

`Hear me!' cried the Ghost. `My time is nearly gone.'"

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

"I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organisations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms."

Alan Greenspan, apologising for his disastrous, ideologically-biased policies promoting financial deregulation , 23 October 2008

"Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And each will wrestle for the mastery there...

To speak the truth, as truth to me appeared,
Caused noisy protest, I was hooted down.
Such unpleasant incidents occurred
I ran off, to be on my own,
into a wilderness. Utterly forsaken,
I fell into that devil's grip, and was taken."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

"Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been [or could be] passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun."

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater

"Isn't it a riddle and awe-inspiring that things can be so beautiful, despite the horrors? I've seen something wondrous peering through my joy in the beautiful, a sense of its creator.

Only people can be truly ugly, because they have free will to separate themselves from this song of praise. It often seems they may drown out this hymn with cannon thunder, curses, and blasphemy. But I have realized they will not succeed. And so I want to throw myself on the side of the victor."

Sophie Scholl

"Four sorrows are certain to be visited on the United States.

"Do not be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because you say that I dwell among you. It is your delusion and lying words. Do you really believe you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and worship the gods of the world and those other new gods of yours, and then come here and stand before me in my own house and say, 'We are safe', only to go right back to all your lawlessness again? Do you not see that this house of yours, which you mark with my name, has become a den of thieves?"

Jeremiah 7:5-7

[Jan 18, 2020] The technocrats and neocons claim to be acting in the "national interest" but is that claim ever assessed in terms of logical validity or results

Jan 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

The technocrats and neocons claim to be acting in the "national interest" but is that claim ever assessed in terms of logical validity or results.
As a part of the nation I am truly sceptical as to weather my life was somehow enhanced by the middle east conquest and disruption. I know there are other factors and they should be assessed one by one and an aggregate conclusion could be made. I know they like to resort to "national security" but seems a stretch to say that this has enhanced our security in the long term unless the plan is to destroy all life in the middle east (save a select few).

Posted by: Jared | Jan 18 2020 17:43 utc | 151

[Jan 10, 2020] Assassination is the last resource of cowards and mafiosi

Jan 10, 2020 | thesaker.is

Лишний Человек on January 09, 2020 , · at 11:02 pm EST/EDT

Thank you for this excellent interview. You ask the kind of questions that we would all like to ask. It's regrettable that Chalmers Johnson isn't still alive. I believe that you and he would have a lot in common.

Naxos has produced an incredible, unabridged cd audiobook of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. One of Gibbon's observations really resonates today: "Assassination is the last resource of cowards". Thanks again.

[Jan 08, 2020] Hisotry repeats...

Jan 08, 2020 | quoteinvestigator.com

In 1928 a columnist for the "Chicago Tribune" penned a sardonic passage about war and geographical knowledge: 7

Wars should be stopped. At the same time they have their good points. How many of you reading this essay would have known whether Bolivia and Paraguay were in South America or at the North Pole if it hadn't been for the recent war scare? Think how much happier you are now that you know Paraguay is on top of the Alps -- or is it the Alps? Anyhow, geography makes us all better men and women. And war teaches us geography. Gittup!

In 1929 a newspaper in Canton, Ohio 8 and "The Washington Post" 9 both printed a one-liner quip on this topic that specifically referred to Americans:

Wars do some good, but they are a rather expensive way to teach Americans geography.

In 1932 a paper in Madison, Wisconsin: 10 and a paper in Greeley, Colorado published a different acerbic one-liner 11

Think of all those poor fellows dying over there just to teach Americans a little geography.

In 1987 the "Los Angeles Times" published some backstage notes about the Comic Relief concert broadcast by the HBO cable network. A joke by the comedian Paul Rodriguez caught the attention of the reporter who reprinted it in the article. This was the earliest close match to the popular modern jibe known to QI : 12

Paul Rodriguez got up to say "War is God's way of teaching us geography."

In 1996 the book "Comic Relief" containing extensive excerpts from comedy routines by top performers was published. The section for Paul Rodriguez included an instance of the quip with some surrounding material: 13

You know we live in such a pathetic world. It seems as if every year or so there's another new war breaking out somewhere. There was war in Sri Lanka. War in Beruit. War in Yugoslavia. In Croatia.

Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.

Also in 1996 the book "That's Funny: a Compendium of Over 1,000 Great Jokes from Today's Hottest Comedians" was released, and it credited the line above to Rodriguez. 14

By 2001 the jape had been reassigned to the prominent humorist Ambrose Bierce. For example, in 2001 the "Los Angeles Times" published a commentary by Larry Minear who was the director of the Humanitarianism and War Project at Tufts University. Minear recounted the quip and credited Bierce: 15

If, as American writer Ambrose Bierce is said to have observed, "war is God's way of teaching Americans geography," Sept. 11 represents a wake-up call.

A writer in "The San Francisco Chronicle" noticed the linkage between the jibe and Bierce in the "Los Angeles Times", and he facilitated its dissemination by repeating it for his readers: 16

Yes, there have been a few enjoyable things in the news in recent days. How about this quote from the L.A. Times op-ed page, one attributed to Ambrose Bierce: "War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."

The industrious quotation compiler Robert Byrne included an instance in "2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said" where the words emblazoned on the back cover were ascribed to a well-known television comedian: 17

JON STEWART
"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."

[Jan 08, 2020] "War Is God's Way of Teaching Us Geography" the quote that has been attributed to both Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain

Jan 08, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

75% Of Registered Voters Can't Identify Iran On A Map Zero Hedge

As thousands of American service members prepare for the worst in the Middle East following an American drone strike that killed Iran's second-most powerful man, just 23% of registered voters can identify the Islamic republic on an unlabeled map of the globe, according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey.

When shown an unlabeled map of just the Middle East, the number rose to a still-abysmal 28% . Eight percent of those thought Iran was Iraq on the second map - just like Joe Biden .

Of those surveyed, men were around twice as likely as women to identify Iran on both maps...

[Jan 08, 2020] Mark Twain: "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."

Jan 08, 2020 | turcopolier.typepad.com

turcopolier , 17 September 2019 at 09:31 PM

jonst

We have been so thoroughly indoctrinated with the idea that Iran and Russia are intrinsically and immutable evil and hostile that the thought of actual two sided diplomacy does not occur. IMO neither of these countries are what we collectively think them. So, we could actually give it a try rather than trying to beggar them and destroy their economies. If all fails than we have to be prepared to defend our forces. DOL

Matt -> turcopolier ... , 18 September 2019 at 12:54 AM
I agree with your reply 100%

these phobias are so entrenched now they're a huge obstacle to overcome,

Mark Twain: "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."

William Casey: "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false"

[Jan 07, 2020] When small men cast long shadows .. The Sun is about to set

Jan 07, 2020 | www.nytimes.com

FedGod New York 6h ago

When small men cast long shadows .. The Sun is about to set ~An old Chinese proverb.

[Jan 07, 2020] Risk Off

Jan 07, 2020 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com
Rome and the whole pagan world had gone mad, and Caesar was swimming in blood.. . "Four sorrows are certain to be visited on the United States.
  • First, there will be a state of perpetual war.
  • Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta.
  • Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.
  • Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens." Chalmers Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire, 2005
  • "Seneca had made the bargain that many good men have made when agreeing to aid bad regimes. On the one hand, their presence strengthens the regime and helps it endure. But their moral influence may also improve the regime's behavior or save the lives of its enemies. For many, this has been a bargain worth making, even if it has cost them -- as it may have cost Seneca -- their immortal soul." ~James Romm, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

    "If you are wise and understand God's ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don't hide the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are worldly, carnal, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." ~James 3:13-15

    [Jan 04, 2020] But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought -- George Orwell

    Manipulation of the language is one of the most powerful Propaganda tool. See the original Orwell essay at George Orwell Politics and the English Language. among other things he stated "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."
    Notable quotes:
    "... we were set a writing task as a follow-up, reporting on the same story using the same facts, from completely opposing points of view, using euphemism and mind-numbing cliches. Teach children to do this themselves and they can see how language can be skewed and facts distorted and misrepresented without technically lying. ..."
    "... It might be taught in Media Studies, I suppose - but gosh, don't the right really hate that particular subject! Critical thinking is anathema to them. ..."
    Jan 17, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

    BluebellWood -> Supermassive , 29 Nov 2018 12:41

    Yep - education is the key.

    I remember at school we read Orwell's essay Politics and the English Language in an English class and then we were set a writing task as a follow-up, reporting on the same story using the same facts, from completely opposing points of view, using euphemism and mind-numbing cliches. Teach children to do this themselves and they can see how language can be skewed and facts distorted and misrepresented without technically lying.

    How many children in schools are taught such critical thinking these days, I wonder? It might be taught in Media Studies, I suppose - but gosh, don't the right really hate that particular subject! Critical thinking is anathema to them.

    [Jan 03, 2020] "The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself."

    Jan 03, 2020 | thesaker.is

    Sun Tzu on January 03, 2020 , · at 3:21 pm EST/EDT

    "The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself."

    [Jan 03, 2020] "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

    Jan 03, 2020 | thesaker.is

    Tom Welsh on January 03, 2020 , · at 5:39 pm EST/EDT

    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

    It's like a queen sacrifice in chess, where the player gives up his own life to win the game.

    [Jan 01, 2020] whenever I here the word 'philanthropist' these days, I instinctively reach for my revolver

    Jan 01, 2020 | www.unz.com

    Digital Samizdat says: December 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm GMT @Colin Wright

    Echoing words once supposedly used by Hermann Goering: whenever I here the word 'philanthropist' these days, I instinctively reach for my revolver!

    [Jan 01, 2020] Money put into financial speculation is money not invested in satisfying human needs

    Jan 01, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

    james , Dec 29 2019 17:18 utc | 7

    @ 5 steven t johnson quote " I think money put into financial speculation is money not invested in satisfying human needs." you've just provided another description of wall st.. thanks...

    [Dec 23, 2019] If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent ... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is

    Dec 23, 2019 | en.wikipedia.org

    The psychological phenomenon of illusory superiority was identified as a form of cognitive bias in Kruger and Dunning's 1999 study, "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments". [1] The identification derived from the cognitive bias evident in the criminal case of McArthur Wheeler, who robbed banks while his face was covered with lemon juice, which he believed would make it invisible to the surveillance cameras. This belief was based on his misunderstanding of the chemical properties of lemon juice as an invisible ink . [2]

    Other investigations of the phenomenon, such as "Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence" (2003), indicate that much incorrect self-assessment of competence derives from the person's ignorance of a given activity's standards of performance. [3] Dunning and Kruger's research also indicates that training in a task, such as solving a logic puzzle, increases people's ability to accurately evaluate how good they are at it. [4]

    In Self-insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself (2005), Dunning described the Dunning–Kruger effect as "the anosognosia of everyday life", referring to a neurological condition in which a disabled person either denies or seems unaware of his or her disability. He stated: "If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent ... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is." [5] [6]

    In 2011, David Dunning wrote about his observations that people with substantial, measurable deficits in their knowledge or expertise lack the ability to recognize those deficits and, therefore, despite potentially making error after error, tend to think they are performing competently when they are not: "In short, those who are incompetent, for lack of a better term, should have little insight into their incompetence -- an assertion that has come to be known as the Dunning–Kruger effect". [7] In 2014, Dunning and Helzer described how the Dunning–Kruger effect "suggests that poor performers are not in a position to recognize the shortcomings in their performance". [8]

    [Dec 23, 2019] I Never Saw a World So Fragmented!

    Dec 23, 2019 | astutenews.com

    December 22, 2019 A Opinion Leave a comment It is amazing how easily, without resistance, the Western empire is managing to destroy "rebellious" countries that are standing in its way.

    ... ... ...

    For instance, in 2015 and in 2019, I tried to sit down and reason with the Hong Kong rioters. It was a truly revealing experience! They knew nothing, absolutely zero about the crimes the West has been committing in places such as Afghanistan, Syria or Libya. When I tried to explain to them, how many Latin American democracies Washington had overthrown, they thought I was a lunatic. How could the good, tender, 'democratic' West murder millions, and bathe entire continents in blood? That is not what they were taught at their universities. That is not what the BBC, CNN or even the China Morning Post said and wrote.

    Look, I am serious. I showed them photos from Afghanistan and Syria; photos stored in my phone. They must have understood that this was original, first hand stuff. Still, they looked, but their brains were not capable of processing what they were being shown. Images and words; these people were conditioned not to comprehend certain types of information.

    But this is not only happening in Hong Kong, a former British colony.

    ... .... ...

    You will maybe find it hard to believe, but even in a Communist country like Vietnam; a proud country, a country which suffered enormously from both French colonialism and the U.S. mad and brutal imperialism, people that I associated with (and I lived in Hanoi for 2 years) knew close to nothing about the horrendous crimes committed against the poor and defenseless neighboring Laos, by the U.S. and its allies during the so-called "Secret War"; crimes that included the bombing of peasants and water buffalos, day and night, by strategic B-52 bombers. And in Laos, where I covered de-mining efforts, people knew nothing about the same monstrosities that the West had committed in Cambodia; murdering hundreds of thousands of people by carpet bombing, displacing millions of peasants from their homes, triggering famine and opening the doors to the Khmer Rouge takeover.

    When I am talking about this shocking lack of knowledge in Vietnam, regarding the region and what it was forced to go through, I am not speaking just about the shop-keepers or garment workers. It applies to Vietnamese intellectuals, artists, teachers. It is total amnesia, and it came with the so-called 'opening up' to the world, meaning with the consumption of Western mass media and later by the infiltration of social media.

    At least Vietnam shares borders as well as a turbulent history with both Laos and Cambodia.

    But imagine two huge countries with only maritime borders, like the Philippines and Indonesia. Some Manila dwellers I met thought that Indonesia was in Europe.

    Now guess, how many Indonesians know about the massacres that the United States committed in the Philippines a century ago, or how the people in the Philippines were indoctrinated by Western propaganda about the entire South East Asia? Or, how many Filipinos know about the U.S.-triggered 1965 military coup, which deposed the internationalist President Sukarno, killing between 2-3 million intellectuals, teachers, Communists and unionists in "neighboring" Indonesia?

    Look at the foreign sections of the Indonesian or Filipino newspapers, and what will you see; the same news from Reuters, AP, AFP. In fact, you will also see the same reports in the news outlets of Kenya, India, Uganda, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Guatemala, and the list goes on and on. It is designed to produce one and only one result: absolute fragmentation!

    ***

    The fragmentation of the world is amazing, and it is increasing with time. Those who hoped that the internet would improve the situation, grossly miscalculated.

    With a lack of knowledge, solidarity has disappeared, too.

    Right now, all over the world, there are riots and revolutions. I am covering the most significant ones; in the Middle East, in Latin America, and in Hong Kong.

    Let me be frank: there is absolutely no understanding in Lebanon about what is going on in Hong Kong, or in Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

    Western propaganda throws everything into one sack.

    In Hong Kong, rioters indoctrinated by the West are portrayed as "pro-democracy protesters". They kill, burn, beat up people, but they are still the West's favorites. Because they are antagonizing the People's Republic of China, now the greatest enemy of Washington. And because they were created and sustained by the West.

    In Bolivia, the anti-imperialist President was overthrown in a Washington orchestrated coup, but the mostly indigenous people who are demanding his return are portrayed as rioters.

    In Lebanon, as well as Iraq, protesters are treated kindly by both Europe and the United States, mainly because the West hopes that pro-Iranian Hezbollah and other Shi'a groups and parties could be weakened by the protests.

    The clearly anti-capitalist and anti-neo-liberal revolution in Chile, as well as the legitimate protests in Colombia, are reported as some sort of combination of explosion of genuine grievances, and hooliganism and looting. Mike Pompeo recently warned that the United States will support right-wing South American governments, in their attempt to maintain order.

    All this coverage is nonsense. In fact, it has one and only one goal: to confuse viewers and readers. To make sure that they know nothing or very little. And that, at the end of the day, they collapse on their couches with deep sighs: "Oh, the world is in turmoil!"

    ***

    It also leads to the tremendous fragmentation of countries on each continent, and of the entire global south.

    Asian countries know very little about each other. The same goes for Africa and the Middle East. In Latin America, it is Russia, China and Iran who are literally saving the life of Venezuela. Fellow Latin American nations, with the one shiny exception of Cuba, do zero to help. All Latin American revolutions are fragmented. All U.S. produced coups basically go unopposed.

    The same situation is occurring all over the Middle East and Asia. There are no internationalist brigades defending countries destroyed by the West. The big predator comes and attacks its prey. It is a horrible sight, as a country dies in front of the world, in terrible agony. No one interferes. Everybody just watches.

    One after another, countries are falling.

    This is not how states in the 21st Century should behave. This is the law of attraction the jungle. When I used to live in Africa, making documentary films in Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, driving through the wilderness; this is how animals were behaving, not people. Big cats finding their victim. A zebra, or a gazelle. And the hunt would begin: a terrible occurrence. Then the slow killing; eating the victim alive.

    Quite similar to the so-called Monroe doctrine.

    The Empire has to kill. Periodically. With predictable regularity.

    And no one does anything. The world is watching. Pretending that nothing extraordinary is taking place.

    One wonders: can legitimate revolution succeed under such conditions? Can any democratically elected socialist government survive? Or does everything decent, hopeful, and optimistic always ends up as the prey to a degenerate, brutal and vulgar empire?

    If that is the case, what's the point of playing by the rules? Obviously, the rules are rotten. They exist only in order to uphold the status quo. They protect the colonizers, and castigate the rebellions victims.

    But that's not what I wanted to discuss here, today.

    My point is: the victims are divided. They know very little about each other. The struggles for true freedom, are fragmented. Those who fight, and bleed, but fight nevertheless, are often antagonized by their less daring fellow victims.

    I have never seen the world so divided. Is the Empire succeeding, after all?

    Yes and no.

    Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela – they have already woken up. They stood up. They are learning about each other, from each other.

    Without solidarity, there can be no victory. Without knowledge, there can be no solidarity.

    Intellectual courage is now clearly coming from Asia, from the "East". In order to change the world, Western mass media has to be marginalized, confronted. All Western concepts, including "democracy", "peace", and "human rights" have to be questioned, and redefined.

    And definitely, knowledge.

    We need a new world, not an improved one.

    The world does not need London, New York and Paris to teach it about itself.

    Fragmentation has to end. Nations have to learn about each other, directly. If they do, true revolutions would soon succeed, while subversions and fake color revolutions like those in Hong Kong, Bolivia and all over the Middle East, will be regionally confronted, and prevented from ruining millions of human lives.


    By Andre Vltchek
    Source: New Eastern Outlook

    [Dec 23, 2019] every cook could become a minister

    Dec 23, 2019 | astutenews.com

    ~ Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin's

    "What has happened in Finland now still makes the hair stand on end. I would still recall [Soviet leader] Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin's saying that every cook could become a minister, or words to that effect.

    Now we can see that a saleswoman has become a prime minister and some other street activist and uneducated person has also become a member of the government.

    Now we can actually see to some extent how the historical revenge of the reds on the whites, that is to say, the reds who wanted to liquidate the Finnish state already in the [Finnish Civil War of 1918], have now come to power and are now desperately trying to liquidate Finland, making it a euro-province which could be called either Suomi or Finland, but which, in fact, completely drags it down in the ideological philosophy at the end of the so-called Fukuyama history."

    [Dec 22, 2019] "The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five." Carl Sagan

    Dec 22, 2019 | www.youtube.com

    Osama Number5 , 2 months ago

    "The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five." ― Carl Sagan

    The Missing Link , 19 hours ago

    So interesting that the long held conspiracy theory that a certain insane group of people have actively been attempting to destroy 90% of the worlds population is now being propogated publicly. Getting ahead of the curve? Projection? I find it very intriguing that the same group of people who shouted down the conspiracy theories are now the conspiracy theorists. Funny world.

    [Dec 22, 2019] A liberal is the guy that leaves the room when the fighting starts

    Dec 22, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

    McDee , December 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    From "A Decade of Liberal Delusion and Failure" by Alex Pareene: If liberals want to get the next decade right, after the previous one in which we repeatedly failed to save the world while telling ourselves we were doing so, we will need to stop nudging and begin fighting.
    Big Bill Haywood : A liberal is the guy that leaves the room when the fighting starts.

    [Dec 21, 2019] When you owe the bank a little money, the bank owns you. When you owe the bank a lot of money, you own the bank.

    Dec 21, 2019 | peakoilbarrel.com

    HuntingtonBeach x Ignored says: 12/18/2019 at 11:16 am

    When you owe the bank a little money, the bank owns you. When you owe the bank a lot of money, you own the bank.

    [Dec 21, 2019] "Money is a token in a message flow system used to convey information to control the flows of matter and energy" ~ George Mobus

    Dec 21, 2019 | peakoilbarrel.com

    Survivalist x Ignored says: 12/18/2019 at 3:24 pm

    "Money is a token in a message flow system used to convey information to control the flows of matter and energy" ~ George Mobus

    https://static.financialsense.com/historical/broadcast/insider/fsn2016-0415-mobus-u4t7x9w.mp3

    I guess it's hard to convey information when you create tokens and splash them about in preferred corners.

    [Dec 19, 2019] "And an uncomfortable truth is always superior to a comfortable fantasy." Caitlin Johnstone

    Dec 19, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    Tulsi voted "present" In other words, she abstained. As with the Dem debates, she is openly and directly refusing to participate in the kabuki theater production.

    Here's the email she sent her supporters tonight:

    Tonight I voted alongside my colleagues in the House of Representatives on whether or not to impeach President Trump.

    I want to explain why I decided to stand in the center and vote "present" instead of choosing a partisan position.

    Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I've always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what's best for me politically or what's best for my political party. I have always put our country first. One may not always agree with my decision, but everyone should know that I will always do what I believe to be right for the country that I love.

    After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.

    Click here to read my full statement:

    https://www.tulsi2020.com/press/2019-12-19-tulsi-gabbard-releases-statem...

    A house divided cannot stand. And today we are divided. Fragmentation and polarity are ripping our country apart. This breaks my heart, and breaks the hearts of all patriotic Americans, whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.

    So today, I come before you to make a stand for the center, to appeal to all of you to bridge our differences and stand up for the American people.

    My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country. Let's work side-by-side, seeking common ground, to usher in a bright future for the American people and our nation.

    United we stand,
    Tulsi

    Warrior Tulsi. Go, girl.

    [Dec 19, 2019] America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people. - strife delivery

    Dec 19, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    All pretense of our country being a representative democracy @snoopydawg
    is gone. Our two party uniparty government has completely turned its back on serving the needs of the vast majority of the people of this country, and of the wider world. Profit sits at the head of our government. The monikers "Fascist" and "Totalitarian" are apt descriptors of the direction of our current trajectory. A dystopian future surely awaits us on this beautiful, fragile and life sustaining planet that we are trashing with such abandon.

    Other than that, things are going quite nicely. Nancy is wearing her power pants and fools are applauding.

    [Dec 19, 2019] "I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." Robert J. McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman. From a press briefing during the Vietnam war.

    Dec 19, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    It still amazes me... that people actually think impeachment accomplishes anything other than diverting attention from the Dems giving Trump everything he wants.

    Kayfabe.

    Impeachment without conviction means next to nothing.

    The Senate will not convict. Trumps chances of being re-elected are continuing to improve as Democratic Party insiders work overtime to see to it that Bernie Sanders has to fight the Republican Party, a MSM that either dismisses or ignores his candidacy, AND the Democratic Party which has, once again, stacked the deck against him.

    [Dec 19, 2019] The truth is never as interesting as wild speculation

    Dec 19, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    WoodsDweller on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 9:30pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/trump-has-joined-the-losers-of-presiden...

    ... Never-Trump conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin released a scorching assessment ... "Even Trump knows he will be lumped in with the 'losers' in the presidential history rankings such as Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson," wrote Rubin. "Impeachment will define his presidency, dwarfing any other foreign or domestic action. No wonder he rages against a speaker he is powerless to stop. His worst nightmare is to be humiliated, and if not now, history certainly will regard him as a pitiful, damaged man utterly unfit for the role he won through a series of improbable events ... Just as Watergate figures ... were lionized as defenders of the Constitution, so too will Pelosi and House Democrats ... be among those admired for their lucidity, intellect and character. ... For every clownish, contemptible, screeching and dishonest House Republican, there is a sober, admirable, restrained and honest Democrat.
    "No letter, no tweet, no Fox News spin can repair the reputations of Trump enablers," Rubin wrote. The right-wing media that cheered them on will, like outlets that rooted for Jim Crow and demonized Freedom Riders, be shunned by decent, freedom-loving people who reaffirm objective reality. The Republican Party will be known not as the Party of Lincoln but the Party of Trump, a quisling party that lost its bearings and its soul to defend an unhinged narcissist.

    [Dec 19, 2019] The Trump Card was and is a masterstroke of scripting live, non-stop, divisive, politically paralytic distraction while the US oligarchy goes all-tard-in for private power.

    Dec 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Artful Dodger , Dec 19 2019 8:00 utc | 86

    The Trump Card was and is a masterstroke of scripting live, non-stop, divisive, politically paralytic distraction while the US oligarchy goes all-tard-in for private power.

    Russ , Dec 19 2019 7:30 utc | 85

    Since the whole impeachment farce already has been a political loser for the idiot Democrats, they'd have to be doubly stupid to double down on political stupidity by obstructing the transmission to the Senate, when most Americans just want this crap to be over with.

    Meanwhile the Senate Republicans, once they get the charges, would be stupid to do anything but vote them down immediately. Otherwise they'll become complicit in the odious circus and rightly incur their share of the political blame.

    [Dec 19, 2019] "If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible." US senator Harry S. Truman 1941

    Dec 19, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    olibur , 25 minutes ago link

    "If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible."

    US senator Harry S. Truman 1941

    let me fify

    "If we see that the Republicans are winning the war, we ought to help the Democrats; and if that the Democrats are winning, we ought to help the Republicans, and in that way let them kill as many as possible."

    the entire world would be better off

    [Dec 19, 2019] The oligarchy and its empire laugh at all the plebs caught up in their macabre pantomime covering the non-stop for 75 years slaughter of innocent people.

    Dec 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Babyl-on , Dec 18 2019 23:21 utc | 35

    I would like to put forward my understanding of the "deep state" and see if I have any company.

    In my view the deep state (the interagency consensus) is the hired help of the oligarchy, which infects the gov and occupies every key position of power(except president for the first time in over 75 years).

    People are constantly saying the deep state wants this or it wants that and that is off the mark. The deep state follows the orders of the oligarchy it does not make policy or make independent decisions.

    In effect, the CIA is nothing more or less than a secret army of the oligarchy.

    The dems funded the wall, they gave the treasonous Trump another 100+ billion to do Putin's bidding with, the dems fast tracked 115 Trump judges (Bernie could have stopped it and did not) at least two nuclear treaties were abandoned and a third will be soon. The oligarchy and its empire laugh at all the plebs caught up in their macabre pantomime covering the non-stop for 75 years slaughter of innocent people.

    It should be clear who is in charge - the people who own the world run the world.

    [Dec 19, 2019] It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress

    Notable quotes:
    "... "Drain the swamp" is useful shorthand, too, that means Trump is shutting off the flow of billions of dollars in corrupt money to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, and threatening to properly prosecute them for their crimes. The impeachment is really another crime waiting to be prosecuted, where the legislative branch has been hijacked to commit obstruction of justice on behalf of themselves. ..."
    Dec 19, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    H. L. Munchkin , 29 minutes ago link

    It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
    - Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

    LightBeamCowboy , 25 minutes ago link

    "Trump definitely understands that the primary reason why they are trying to impeach him is because they deeply hate him..."

    "Hate" may be a useful shorthand here, but it really has nothing to do with what's going on.

    "Drain the swamp" is useful shorthand, too, that means Trump is shutting off the flow of billions of dollars in corrupt money to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, and threatening to properly prosecute them for their crimes. The impeachment is really another crime waiting to be prosecuted, where the legislative branch has been hijacked to commit obstruction of justice on behalf of themselves.

    [Dec 19, 2019] Lord Acton: Never underestimate the influence of stupidity on history

    Notable quotes:
    "... In a previous post I have compared the Clintons and their followers to be the 21st Century's version of Typhoid Mary. Anybody who works with the Clinton's is invariably infected with corruption. ..."
    Dec 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    GeorgeV , Dec 18 2019 22:04 utc | 21

    Watching the House impeachment live on TV reminds me of what the 19th century writer, historian and political observer Lord Acton said: "Never underestimate the influence of stupidity on history." This exercise in political sado-masochism however, must traced back to Hillary Clinton and the Clintonista hold on the Democratic Party. It began when Hillary started crying sour grapes about her loss in the 2016 election.

    In a previous post I have compared the Clintons and their followers to be the 21st Century's version of Typhoid Mary. Anybody who works with the Clinton's is invariably infected with corruption.

    GeorgeV , Dec 18 2019 22:11 utc | 23

    Oops! In my previous post I forgot to identify the author of that quote; it was Lord Acton. Many apologies to MoA readers.

    [Dec 18, 2019] You could always pay half the working class to murder the other half

    Frequently attributed, often in the context of strikebreaking activities during the Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886 . See for example Philip Sheldon Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Volume 2‎ - Page 50 (1975). A contemporary source has not been identified. Varying forms of the quotation circulated in the labor press as early as 1893, with or without the attribution to Gould.
    Dec 18, 2019 | www.unz.com

    nsa , says: December 18, 2019 at 3:11 am GMT

    @sally " ..the goal is to establish conflict ."
    Good ole Jay Gould, the very archetype of a rapacious wall street oligarch, put it succinctly over 100 years ago when he reflected that "he could always pay half the working class to murder the other half". Truer words were never spoken.

    [Dec 15, 2019] "It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."-- Stalin

    Dec 15, 2019 | www.truthdig.com

    Myia Mcmillian emma peelea day ago ,

    While both Corbyn and Democrats separate themselves from the Working Class, Corbyn was derived and smeared much like Trump by the MSM as a 'racist' and "anti-Semite', and actively opposed by the British Intelligence Agencies as was Trump. Corbyn was a darling of London, much as Democrats are beloved by the bureaucrats in DC and the bankers in NYC. Will be interesting to see which forces are strongest come November 2020; not sure that voting is legit anymore anyway. "It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."-- Stalin

    [Dec 15, 2019] Thomas Jefferson: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

    Dec 15, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    IG Report On FBI Spying Exposes Scandal Of Historic Magnitude For US Media Zero Hedge


    BustainMovealota , 19 minutes ago link

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

    Hadranian , 24 minutes ago link

    Don't hold your breath waiting for justice. Most conspirators are busy doing book deals and TV gigs.

    frankthecrank , 34 minutes ago link

    Sociopaths know no shame--they will not engage in any self introspection or seek any change in their behavior.

    [Dec 14, 2019] Washington DC is simply rival gangs of crooks: The crookedness is proportional to the count of starched collars

    Dec 14, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    Moneycircus , 8 hours ago link

    Washington DC is simply rival gangs of crooks. Take your pick.

    Amazing Polly links BCCI to The Finders to Ghislaine Maxwell to SRA ( Youth. Sex. Relationships. - We Ascend )
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSDWgq2YUos

    [Dec 14, 2019] In politics there are no accidents by Harry Truman

    Notable quotes:
    "... While the typical BubisAmericanus will have forgotten all the details by then, me thinks the hard core democrats, I mean nomal'ish people that usually vote blue, simply stay home. ..."
    "... Was this whole impeachment thing completely designed for the dems to fall on their sword and put the Donald back in for another 4? Dunno. ..."
    Dec 14, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    squid, 7 hours ago link

    They want to do it by Christmas in the vain hope that this circus will all blow over by November. I think not.

    While the typical BubisAmericanus will have forgotten all the details by then, me thinks the hard core democrats, I mean nomal'ish people that usually vote blue, simply stay home.

    Part of me, however, thinks back to something that Harry Truman said, "in politics there are no accidents" .

    Was this whole impeachment thing completely designed for the dems to fall on their sword and put the Donald back in for another 4? Dunno.

    The Republicans will have both houses when in 2024 the the tax take will barley cover interest.

    Meme Iamfurst , 6 hours ago link

    designed for the dems to fall on their sword and put the Donald back in for another 4? Dunno.

    Been thinking along the same lines. May be the last thing they want is to be "on line" in 2021. I even wonder if CNN and BSNBC, etc, are there to DRIVE the decent Democrat to the Republicians.

    I do think that things are not adding up.

    [Dec 13, 2019] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

    Dec 13, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    Jasher , 6 hours ago link

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Ephesians 6 King James Version (KJV)

    [Dec 11, 2019] The wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine

    Dec 11, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    Bavarian , 1 hour ago link

    The wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine - Earl Warren

    [Dec 10, 2019] If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table.

    Notable quotes:
    "... Karlan was pounding the table. ..."
    "... Starting to see a pattern. Absolute contempt for the plebs. ..."
    Dec 10, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

    flora , , December 9, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    An old lawyer adage: If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither the facts nor the law , pound the table.

    Karlan was pounding the table.

    Bituman_2000

    Starting to see a pattern. Absolute contempt for the plebs.

    [Dec 10, 2019] Politics is like religion. Facts mean very little before the over powering light of belief

    Dec 10, 2019 | www.youtube.com

    cat nerp , 4 hours ago

    Politics is like religion. Facts mean very little before the over powering light of belief

    D Kahn , 1 hour ago

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. - Mark Twain

    Frank Stevens , 2 hours ago

    Nobody goes to jail in Washington !!!

    The Watch Show , 3 hours ago

    Rules for thee but not for me.

    [Dec 09, 2019] If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

    Dec 09, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    TJ , Dec 8 2019 21:03 utc | 38

    @29 john brewster

    A long time ago I watched "Manufacturing Consent" and have since assumed that what passes for mainstream "news" is nothing more than propaganda, and that Mark Twain was entirely correct in his observation that if you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. Though it is sad when I see the likes of the once great Nature engage in such, all things must pass and I am sure they will too, most of what I read these days comes straight off arxiv.org so they have already been disintermediated in my life.

    @32 c1ue

    That will be £1,000,000 for linking to my post, please pay within 24 hours or legal action will be taken!

    Do you see the point now?

    [Dec 09, 2019] For fools rush in where angels fear to tread

    Dec 09, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    Distrustful sense with modest caution speaks,
    It still looks home, and short excursions makes;

    But rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks,
    And, never shocked, and never turned aside.
    Bursts out, resistless, with a thundering tide."

    Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

    [Dec 08, 2019] Truth Quotes: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

    Notable quotes:
    "... "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." ..."
    "... "In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act." ― George Orwell ..."
    "... "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." ― Oscar Wilde ..."
    "... "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." ― Winston S. Churchill ..."
    Dec 08, 2019 | www.goodreads.com

    "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ― Mark Twain tags: misattributed-mark-twain

    "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it." ― Mark Twain

    "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always." ― Mahatma Gandhi

    "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

    "Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love." ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

    "In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act." ― George Orwell

    "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." ― Oscar Wilde

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." ― Oscar Wilde

    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." ― Winston S. Churchill

    "Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth." ― William Faulkner

    "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." ― Flannery O'Connor

    [Dec 08, 2019] Frank Zappa Quotes

    Dec 08, 2019 | www.goodreads.com

    "Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex." "So many books, so little time."

    "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."

    "If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it."

    "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."

    "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open."

    "Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth..."

    "Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read."

    "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."

    "It's better to have something to remember than anything to regret."

    "The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."

    "My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can."

    "Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it."

    "There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."

    "Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."

    "The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced."

    [Dec 08, 2019] Propagandists are rarely smarter than the group they are trying to influence

    Dec 08, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Tuyzentfloot , Dec 5 2019 23:46 utc | 85

    Propagandists are rarely smarter than the group they are trying to influence. Most Propaganda is about reinforcing groupthink and pulling it in a desired direction. But the influencers are with one leg inside the bubble. They are more pushing the bubble from the inside than pulling from the outside.

    [Dec 08, 2019] The US is dysfunctional on purpose to keep the masses under control and dumbed down/brainwashed

    Dec 08, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Lochearn , Dec 5 2019 21:51 utc | 69

    @ 23 psychohistorian

    "The US is dysfunctional on purpose to keep the masses under control and dumbed down/brainwashed."

    This is an interesting statement which seems like a contradiction but is it? Surely there must be some functionality to be able to keep the masses dumbed down/brainwashed; it implies some sort of thought out strategy. How do we get the same narrative trotted out in media in exactly the same format from LA to Warsaw, from Lima to Bangalore if it's all so dysfunctional? Maybe decadence is preferable to dysfunctional as it implies a level of corruption which is typical of late empires.

    But there's a deeper level to the comment. Netflix now gives us some great series on true crime where police behaviour is scrutinized in depth. We see cops plant evidence and set up victims for easy prosecution. In other words the cops are portrayed as dysfunctional and corrupt. Yeah, right. That makes us feel better. It also makes us feel that unlike drama we can make our own minds up about who is guilty and who is not. How delightfully postmodern.

    The system has become so brazen that it can show us truths which sort of reinforce its very self. When it sets up false flags it can even give us clues and stuff to work on to the extent that every "terrorist" event that happens is considered by some people as a false flag when it may not be and everyone who supposedly died has not died when the reality is there is a mix -- some events are false flags some aren't; in some false flag events people are killed; in others maybe not.

    [Dec 08, 2019] Politics/government is the entertainment division of the Military-Industrial Complex

    Dec 08, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    ak74 , Dec 6 2019 2:14 utc | 98

    As the great wise man, Frank Zappa proclaimed about the USA:

    "Politics/government is the entertainment division of the Military-Industrial Government."

    American politics makes much greater sense (and is a hell of a lot more entertaining) if you understand this truism.

    US Presidential Debates and impeachment hearings are a swell occasion for drinking games.

    Every time a political hack, media shill, or academic invokes some variant of American Exceptionalism, take a shot of your favorite alcoholic beverage.

    You will be drunk within half an hour--guaranteed!

    [Dec 08, 2019] Mark Twain: "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

    Dec 08, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Likklemore , Dec 5 2019 16:13 utc | 7

    Attributed to Mark Twain. Perhaps the learned professor karlan may affirm: "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

    AND Ukraine wishing to join NATO: well, not so fast for Hungary. Hungary says it will block Ukraine from joining NATO over controversial language law

    Budapest has signaled that it will not support Ukraine's bid to join NATO until Kiev reverses a law that places language restrictions on ethnic Hungarians and other minorities living in the country.

    Legislation that limits the use of Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, and other minority languages in Ukraine must be repealed before Hungary backs Ukraine's NATO membership, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.

    ... ... ...

    juannie , Dec 5 2019 17:49 utc | 32
    Mischi #1
    never underestimate the stupidity of people. Even professors.

    Or as I think it was Einstein that reportedly said: (I paraphrase from memory)

    To truly understand the infinite, just contemplate human stupidity.
    Jackrabbit , Dec 5 2019 18:03 utc | 34
    casey @31: When these people get together ... does the mask come off?

    I doubt it. They have convinced themselves that they are right and/or are following the wishes of people who are right-thinking. In USA, most people are brainwashed to assume that people with lots of money are right-thinking (as in: they must be doing something right!).

    Upton Sinclair:

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

    !!

    [Dec 08, 2019] La Rouchefoucald: "hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue"

    Dec 08, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

    In all of this, it's worth remembering the observation of La Rouchefoucald that "hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue". The accusation of virtue signalling represents the refusal of vice to pay this tribute.


    Phil 12.05.19 at 10:10 am ( 2 )

    ... in my experience the kind of people who talk about VS also talk about 'clicktivism' and similar; in other words, a lack of effort or cost is particularly characteristic of VS (and, in their eyes, particularly repugnant).
    nastywoman 12.05.19 at 11:13 am ( 4 )
    ...And what's about all these people who wear these: "I'm a Deplorable" – T-shirts?
    SusanC 12.05.19 at 12:37 pm (no link)
    I thought the concept was supposed to be (a)not actually doing anything to reduce a problem; while (b) making ostentatious signs that purport to show you care about it.

    A better example might be attending an Extinction Rebellion protest without changing your own consumption/pollution causing activities.

    I wonder if it somehow relates to the Mary Douglas cultural theory of risk?

    If so, we might tentatively include, e.g. Making a big noise about terrorism without really considering yourself to be at risk from it

    "Vice signaling" was a good joke; I think it captures a notion that the affiliation the person is attempting to signal is not a universally shared one,

    SusanC 12.05.19 at 12:45 pm (no link)
    For that matter, terrorism itself, in its typical modern form, could be regarded as vice signalling: ostentatiously commiting public acts of violence ostensibly in support of a political cause, without regard to whether the political cause is in fact being advanced by their actions.
    cs 12.05.19 at 1:37 pm (no link)
    ... I would say the implication is about the ostentation and a kind of insincerity. Insincerity in the sense that the person displaying the rainbow flag wants to be seen as the kind of person who cares about gay rights, when maybe they don't actually care about it all that much. That isn't quite the same as hypocrisy I think.
    MisterMr 12.05.19 at 2:02 pm ( 12 )
    I'll try to give my economic based explanation for this, based on this paper from Piketty:

    Brahmin Left vs Merchant Right:Rising Inequality & the Changing Structure of Political Conflict

    This paper has been cited here various times, however I'll drop this line from the abstract that summarizes the main finding:

    Using post-electoral surveys from France, Britain and the US, this paper documents a striking long-run evolution in the structure of political cleavages. In the 1950s-1960s, the vote for left-wing (socialist-labour-democratic) parties was associated with lower education and lower income voters. It has gradually become associated with higher education voters, giving rise to a "multiple-elite" party systemin the 2000s-2010s: high-education elites now vote for the "left", while high-income/high-wealth elites still vote for the "right"

    chedolf 12.05.19 at 4:14 pm ( 18 )
    Do you think the criticism of Pharisees who pray theatrically in public was exclusively an attack on hypocrisy?
    Sashas 12.05.19 at 4:15 pm ( 19 )
    I would add to Phil @2 a third option.
    (a) You're a hypocrite.
    (b) The thing you're signalling isn't actually a virtue.
    (c) You're attacking me by reminding everyone of a virtue I don't have.
    MrMister 12.05.19 at 4:34 pm ( 21 )
    I think the old-fashioned term for virtue signalling is sanctimony, not hypocrisy. Notably, sanctimony is also compatible with genuine belief and/or commitment. It does connote that the committed person has a degree of self-love over their commitments, and that perhaps the frequency or intensity of their display of their commitments is caused by an underlying desire to experience that self-love whenever the opportunity arises.
    Tohubohu 12.05.19 at 8:15 pm ( 26 )
    Sanctimony–correct word, I think–puts me in mind of that old bumper sticker, "I brake for animals" of which I once saw an example tidily shortened to: "I bake animals".
    Trader Joe 12.05.19 at 9:41 pm ( 29 )
    The problem I have with the whole concept is the stereotyping and bias implicit in it.

    When I see the Rainbow I'm supposed to think open minded, inclusive and left-thinking and that's fully o.k in the minds of liberals, but not in the minds of the Conservatives who see something else (which I'm not inclined to list).

    When I see the MAGA I'm supposed to think closed minded, racist and right-thinking, but Conservatives would see hard-working Americans trying to make their country a better place.

    Dr. Hilarius 12.05.19 at 10:24 pm ( 30 )
    Displaying a rainbow flag or wearing a MAGA hat strikes me as visible tribal identification more than virtue signaling. I think MrMister's mention of sanctimony is closer to the truth. Another poster mentioned Pharisees and public prayer. Consider a meeting to discuss replacing culverts to allow better passage of spawning salmon. The participants represent various interested parties, private and government. The meeting is disrupted by a person who proceeds to lecture all present about the history of racism, broken treaties and Native American reverence for nature. This person is not Native American. The speaker assumes that his/her information is unknown to the audience. The information does nothing to advance the goal of culvert replacement nor does it do anything to right historic wrongs. The speaker gets to feel superior. This is high-grade virtue signaling.

    It has been my experience that virtue signalling is often practiced on behalf of marginalized groups by people who do not belong to that group but presume to speak for them.

    SamChevre 12.05.19 at 11:17 pm ( 32 )
    I'll second several commenters above: "virtue signalling" isn't primarily an accusation of hypocrisy. The related accusations targeted at the right are "sanctimony" and "prudishness" more than hypocrisy. The accusation is that you care more about "being seen as the sort of person who supports X" than about X.
    engels 12.06.19 at 2:19 am ( 37 )
    I think it means making a political statement in order to look good, where good is understood in a moral sense. That's a real phenomenon, especially in our age of online narcissism/personal branding, and it probably does affect the liberal-left more than the right because left-liberal politics tends to be more morally inspired.

    I wouldn't use the term myself (or SJW)

    Bernard Yomtov 12.06.19 at 2:28 am ( 38 )
    I agree with SusanC at 7 and cs at 10 that the term is mostly intended to suggest that you support some cause or other that you don't really care about, as a way to identify yourself, or establish bona fides, with some group.
    steven t johnson 12.07.19 at 12:19 am ( 53 )
    https://www.primalpoly.com/virtue-signaling-further-reading

    https://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/10/if-youre-not-continuously-outraged-you-must-be-a-horrible-person/

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/a-university-degree-is-a-signal-coming-through-loud-and-clear-to-employers-a6873881.html

    https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/are-you-guilty-virtue-signaling

    https://areomagazine.com/2019/03/05/virtue-signal-or-piety-display-the-search-for-cognitive-identity-and-the-attack-on-social-bargaining/

    https://hedgehogreview.com/issues/identitieswhat-are-they-good-for/articles/virtue-signaling

    https://www.nas.org/blogs/dicta/are_colleges_wasting_endowment_funds_on_virtue_signaling

    I'm so far behind I'm still bemused by the thought that a flag lapel pin, pledges of allegiance and praying in public, are all virtue signalling. The tie-ins to libertarian economics and evolutionary psychology are even more puzzling, but maybe that's because I think they're just ideological scams/Vavilovian mimicry trying to pass off nonsense as real ideas.

    engels 12.07.19 at 10:41 am ( 57 )
    I invented 'virtue signalling'. Now it's taking over the world
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/10/i-invented-virtue-signalling-now-its-taking-over-the-world/
    mtraven 12.07.19 at 6:47 pm ( 62 )
    Bartholomew did not invent "virtue signalling", of course: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/20/virtue-signalling-putdown-passed-sell-by-date
    Donald 12.08.19 at 12:42 am ( 64 )
    The term is related to " Social Justice Warrior".

    [Dec 07, 2019] Why the foreign policy establishment consensus is neocon by default.

    Highly recommended!
    Dec 07, 2019 | www.unz.com

    Never in the history of America, probably never in the history of any country, had there been such open and direct control of governmental activities by the very rich. So long as a handful of men in Wall Street control the credit and industrial processes of the country, they will continue to control the press, the government, and, by deception, the people. They will not only compel the public to work for them in peace, but to fight for them in war. -- John Turner, 1922

    [Dec 03, 2019] Massive military budgets erode the economic foundation on which true national security is dependent

    Dec 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Temporarily Sane | Apr 23, 2017 8:43:48 AM | 83

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

    Aldous Huxley

    Terrence Zehrer , says: July 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    But the Pentagon is excellent at what it does – extort money from the US taxpayer. I call it treason.

    "Massive military budgets erode the economic foundation on which true national security is dependent."

    – Dwight Eisenhower

    [Nov 30, 2019] The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

    Nov 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    Teamtc321 , 20 minutes ago link

    Libtard Logic......

    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."- Joseph Goebbels

    [Nov 28, 2019] Joe Rogan Experience #1386 - Matt Taibbi

    Nov 28, 2019 | www.youtube.com

    Jeff phillips , 1 week ago

    "Censorship is telling a grown man that he can't eat steak, because the baby can't chew it." - Mark Twain

    Savannah Thomas , 1 week ago (edited)

    "Biden to me is like having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods" - Joe Rogan 😅 1:28:33

    T B , 1 week ago (edited)

    "When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence." - Gary Lloyd. We Americans are willingly blind to truth. It'll be the death of us.

    Colin Hay , 1 week ago

    George Orwell said it best: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever."

    John Merlino , 1 week ago

    Matt Taibbi: "they're trying to sound like legitimate news, but they're also completely selling out at the same time " perfectly sums up news outlets today, on both sides.

    Tenzin Nordron , 11 hours ago (edited)

    When I was a kid, i heard, on live radio broadcast, Oswald shot to death in Dallas Police Station - still think that's a more blatant murder of Witness.

    Ricky Milano , 1 week ago

    "There isn't the shame of screwing something up like there used to be." - Welcome to Hell everyone, we have jackets!!!

    Adrienne Marini , 1 week ago

    1:15:32 "There's also people that are like wolves trying to take out that baby joke wandering through the woods." So many good quotes in this podcast.

    Major Bloodnok , 6 days ago

    "We don't have any institutional respect anymore".. When even the broadsheets knowingly sow falsehoods or subtly mislead the public on a regular basis, you'd better be prepared for the harvest. You never win back respect from someone who's sussed out your con.

    Tony G , 1 week ago

    "That's why people call us fake news. They see us as doing PR for rich people"

    Matthew Weber , 1 week ago (edited)

    "The press doesn't like to do stories where the problem is bi-partisan". We have an Autocracy masquerading as a two-party Democracy. "The press" works for the Autocracy and their most precious deception to protect is the appearance of two distinct parties.

    John Merlino , 1 week ago

    Matt Taibbi: "they’re trying to sound like legitimate news, but they’re also completely selling out at the same time " perfectly sums up news outlets today, on both sides.

    Godwad , 1 week ago

    “This Epstein case is probably the most blatant example of a witness being murdered.......” Rogan is too high to remember Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Scott , 1 week ago

    Hate is seductive, so everyone piles on.

    DM R , 1 week ago

    Twitter, Google, Facebook and the like are now controlled and work for the State i.e the Government and CIA

    swissgunner , 1 week ago

    If the Russians really did interfere with US and European elections then, based on the results, we owe them debt of gratitude.

    Rosablue Hand-Made Originals , 16 hours ago (edited)

    "People are increasingly careful about what they put into their bodies. But they do not think about the news that way, or social media. They don't think about what they put in their brains. It's also a consumer product." -- This by Matt Taibbi has to be the Quote of the Day I will use to bore my former colleagues on LinkedIn today.

    [Nov 27, 2019] Chutzpah: a man who had murdered his parents pleading for mercy from the court because he was an orphan.

    [Nov 23, 2019] "It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." Mark Twain

    Notable quotes:
    "... The evil ones will stop at nothing to keep control of the narrative ..."
    Nov 22, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

    Skip Scott , November 22, 2019 at 17:44

    Hill's career advancement and access to the MSM depends on her faith in our "intelligence" agencies. And I doubt very much that Durham will be allowed to do his job probing the origins of RussiaGate. The evil ones will stop at nothing to keep control of the narrative.

    “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Mark Twain

    [Nov 23, 2019] Never Believe Anything Until It Is Officially Denied

    Nov 23, 2019 | quoteinvestigator.com

    Dear Quote Investigator: Cynicism regarding official edicts is not a new phenomenon. Reportedly, the powerful German leader Otto von Bismarck once said:

    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

    ... ... ...

    In conclusion, this saying was presented without a precise ascription in the earliest instances found by QI ; hence, it should be considered anonymous based on current data. Future researchers may discover additional pertinent citations. The first published linkage to Bismarck appeared in 1911, and yet the statesman died in 1897; hence, support for this attribution was weak.

    [Nov 21, 2019] The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing

    Nov 21, 2019 | www.goodreads.com

    "The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing."
    ― Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose

    [Nov 15, 2019] Truer words were never spoken.

    Nov 15, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right."

    John Kenneth Galbraith

    [Nov 09, 2019] Jesse's quotes for Nov 01-Nov 09

    Nov 09, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "A business man who was also a biologist and a sociologist would know, approximately, the right thing to do for humanity. But, outside the realm of business, these men are stupid. They know only business. They do not know mankind nor society, and yet they set themselves up as arbiters of the fates of the hungry millions and all the other millions thrown in. History, some day, will have an excruciating laugh at their expense." ~Jack London, The Iron Heel

    "I met a traveller from an antique land,
    Who said -- 'Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'

    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias

    "It seemed that out of every tear of a martyr new confessors were born, and that every groan on the arena found an echo in thousands of breasts. Caesar was swimming in blood, Rome and the whole pagan world was mad. But those who had had enough of transgression and madness, those who were trampled upon, those whose lives were misery and oppression, all the weighed down, all the sad, all the unfortunate, came to hear the wonderful tidings of God, who out of love for men had given Himself to be crucified and redeem their sins."

    Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis

    "I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [the NSA] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

    Senator Frank Church, 1975

    "The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments."

    Michael Parenti

    "People with advantages are loathe to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. They come readily to define themselves as inherently worthy of what they possess; they come to believe themselves 'naturally' elite; and, in fact, to imagine their possessions and their privileges as natural extensions of their own elite selves."

    C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

    "Instead of flooding the entire economy with liquidity, and thereby increasing the danger of inflation, the Fed could support the stock market directly by buying market averages in the futures market, thereby stabilizing the market as a whole."

    Robert Heller, Federal Reserve Board , 1989

    Now, we don't have the legal right to sell gold but I'm just frankly curious about what people's views are on situations of this nature because something unusual is involved in policy here. We're not just going through the standard policy where the money supply is expanding, the economy is expanding, and the Fed tightens. This is a wholly different thing."

    Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Minutes from May 18, 1993

    "We looked into the abyss if the gold price rose further. A further rise would have taken down one or several trading houses, which might have taken down all the rest in their wake. Therefore at any price, at any cost, the central banks had to quell the gold price, manage it. It was very difficult to get the gold price under control but we have now succeeded. The US Fed was very active in getting the gold price down. So was the U.K."

    Eddie George, Governor Bank of England, in a conversation with the CEO of Lonmin , September 1999

    "Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune ."

    Carl Jung

    "His money came from human misery and death and despair, as always it does. Yet, there is none to reproach him, neither God nor man, and all fawn upon him and he will be a senator and crowds will laud him and he will have the ear of the President and all will honor his riches and consider him worthier than other men because of it.

    Mankind adores its betrayers, and murders its saviors."

    Taylor Caldwell, Captains and Kings

    [Nov 09, 2019] In Washington you are judged by the men you've destroyed

    Nov 09, 2019 | www.unz.com

    Wilberweld says: November 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm GMT 100 Words Trump's problem was described in simple terms by John Connelly when talking with Henry Kissinger. "Henry", he said, "In Washington you are judged by the men you've destroyed". Trump has not destroyed anyone, not Comey, not Brennan, not Klapper. So he is viewed as weak, an easy target. So they just keep piling on. Attacking Trump is viewed as a "penalty-free activity

    [Nov 09, 2019] Gore Vidal on Fake Arguments and Fake News

    Nov 09, 2019 | off-guardian.org

    George Mc

    Gore Vidal was always one of the most quotable commentators. Some example (probably paraphrased):

    [Nov 09, 2019] AIPAC, Isreal and ordinary americans

    Nov 09, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    "I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
    -- snoopydawg

    [Nov 06, 2019] Random findings for November, 2018

    "Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it". George Orwell.

    "The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable." H.L. Mencken

    "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." – Edward Bernays, inside his famous book Propaganda, 1928

    "The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries." -David Rockefeller, Memoirs

    [Nov 04, 2019] Milton Friedman Quotes (Author of Capitalism and Freedom)

    Nov 04, 2019 | www.goodreads.com

    Milton Friedman was one of the most prominent neoliberal shysters.

    "A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: equality , freedom 405 likes Like "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."
    ― Milton Friedman 339 likes Like "Well first of all, tell me: Is there some society you know that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy, it's only the other fellow who's greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you're talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it's exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: capitalism , economics , greed 224 likes Like "The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another."
    ― Milton Friedman 164 likes Like "Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government-- in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player."
    ― Milton Friedman 153 likes Like "Now here's somebody who wants to smoke a marijuana cigarette. If he's caught, he goes to jail. Now is that moral? Is that proper? I think it's absolutely disgraceful that our government, supposed to be our government, should be in the position of converting people who are not harming others into criminals, of destroying their lives, putting them in jail. That's the issue to me. The economic issue comes in only for explaining why it has those effects. But the economic reasons are not the reasons"
    ― Milton Friedman tags: drugs , economics , law , morality 141 likes Like "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."
    ― Milton Friedman 136 likes Like "Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: free-market 104 likes Like "I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: fiscal-policy , taxation 91 likes Like "Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government."
    ― Milton Friedman 88 likes Like "Governments never learn. Only people learn."
    ― Milton Friedman 84 likes Like "When unions get higher wages for their members by restricting entry into an occupation, those higher wages are at the expense of other workers who find their opportunities reduced. When government pays its employees higher wages, those higher wages are at the expense of the taxpayer. But when workers get higher wages and better working conditions through the free market, when they get raises by firm competing with one another for the best workers, by workers competing with one another for the best jobs, those higher wages are at nobody's expense. They can only come from higher productivity, greater capital investment, more widely diffused skills. The whole pie is bigger - there's more for the worker, but there's also more for the employer, the investor, the consumer, and even the tax collector.

    That's the way the free market system distributes the fruits of economic progress among all people. That's the secret of the enormous improvements in the conditions of the working person over the past two centuries."
    ― Milton Friedman, Free to Choose: A Personal Statement tags: free-market 82 likes Like "See, if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That's literally true."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: drug-war 69 likes Like "Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable."
    ― Milton Friedman 65 likes Like "The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both"
    ― Milton Friedman 64 likes Like "In a much quoted passage in his inaugural address, President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." It is a striking sign of the temper of our times that the controversy about this passage centered on its origin and not on its content. Neither half of the statement expresses a relation between the citizen and his government that is worthy of the ideals of free men in a free society. The paternalistic "what your country can do for you" implies that government is the patron, the citizen the ward, a view that is at odds with the free man's belief in his own responsibility for his own destiny. The organismic, "what you can do for your country" implies that government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary. To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshiped and served. He recognizes no national goal except as it is the consensus of the goals that the citizens severally serve. He recognizes no national purpose except as it is the consensus of the purposes for which the citizens severally strive."
    ― Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom 62 likes Like "Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government."
    ― Milton Friedman 55 likes Like "A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
    ― Milton Friedman 54 likes Like "Society doesn't have values. People have values."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: people , society 54 likes Like "The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy."
    ― Milton Friedman 49 likes Like "There is one and only one social responsibility of business–to use it resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud"
    ― Milton Friedman tags: economics , ethics 49 likes Like "Even the most ardent environmentalist doesn't really want to stop pollution. If he thinks about it, and doesn't just talk about it, he wants to have the right amount of pollution. We can't really afford to eliminate it - not without abandoning all the benefits of technology that we not only enjoy but on which we depend."
    ― Milton Friedman, There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch tags: environmentalism 42 likes Like "Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp."
    ― Milton Friedman 40 likes Like "He moves fastest who moves alone."
    ― Milton Friedman 40 likes Like "I think that nothing is so important for freedom as recognizing in the law each individual's natural right to property, and giving individuals a sense that they own something that they're responsible for, that they have control over, and that they can dispose of."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: freedom 40 likes Like "Education spending will be most effective if it relies on parental choice & private initiative -- the building blocks of success throughout our society."
    ― Milton Friedman 38 likes Like "The key insight of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is misleadingly simple: if an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another."
    ― Milton Friedman 36 likes Like "For example, the supporters of tariffs treat it as self-evident that the creation of jobs is a desirable end, in and of itself, regardless of what the persons employed do. That is clearly wrong. If all we want are jobs, we can create any number--for example, have people dig holes and then fill them up again, or perform other useless tasks. Work is sometimes its own reward. Mostly, however, it is the price we pay to get the things we want. Our real objective is not just jobs but productive jobs--jobs that will mean more goods and services to consume."
    ― Milton Friedman, Free to Choose: A Personal Statement tags: economics , friedman , job-creation , jobs , work 33 likes Like "This plea comes from the bottom of my heart. Every friend of freedom, and I know you are one, must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. A country in which shooting down unidentified planes "on suspicion" can be seriously considered as a drug-war tactic is not the kind of United States that either you or I want to hand on to future generations."
    ― Milton Friedman tags: drugs , economics 33 likes Like "I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office."
    ― Milton Friedman

    [Oct 30, 2019] I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization

    Oct 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

    Batman11 , 8 minutes ago link

    The prophecy on the neoliberal ideology emanating from the US.

    "The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization." Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor, after the Lincoln assassination

    [Oct 30, 2019] "Revolutionary situation" is when the elite can't rule "as usual" and "deplorable" do not want to live "as usual".

    Oct 30, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

    likbez 10.30.19 at 10:03 am 27

    The growing view on neoliberal MSM as "fake news" might be yet another symptom along the lines of classic Marxism "revolutionary situation" definition: when the elite can't rule "as usual" and "deplorable" do not want to live "as usual".

    From Wikipedia

    Lenin describes the "revolutionary situation" as follows:

    "To the Marxist it is indisputable that a revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, it is not every revolutionary situation that leads to revolution. What, generally speaking, are the symptoms of a revolutionary situation? We shall certainly not be mistaken if we indicate the following three major symptoms:

    (1) when it is impossible for the ruling classes to maintain their rule without any change; when there is a crisis, in one form or another, among the "upper classes", a crisis in the policy of the ruling class, leading to a fissure through which the discontent and indignation of the oppressed classes burst forth. For a revolution to take place, it is usually insufficient for "the lower classes not to want" to live in the old way; it is also necessary that "the upper classes should be unable" to live in the old way;

    (2) when the suffering and want of the oppressed classes have grown more acute than usual;

    (3) when, as a consequence of the above causes, there is a considerable increase in the activity of the masses, who uncomplainingly allow themselves to be robbed in "peace time", but, in turbulent times, are drawn both by all the circumstances of the crisis and by the "upper classes" themselves into independent historical action.

    [Oct 28, 2019] Quotes used by Jesse in recent posts

    Notable quotes:
    "... "The banks must be restrained, and the financial system reformed, and balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustained recovery." ~ Jesse, July 2009 ..."
    "... "Being in a position to know and nevertheless shunning knowledge creates direct responsibility for the consequences." ~Albert Speer ..."
    "... Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse ..."
    "... 'The banks are circling the wagons. Somebody's got a problem.' ~Charles R. Geisst, as quoted in There's Nothing Normal About the Fed Pumping Hundreds of Billions Weekly to Unnamed Banks on Wall Street ..."
    "... "Crowd-pleasers [demagogues] are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage and whip their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy -- then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece." ~Hunter S. Thompson ..."
    "... "A confident, aggressive delivery style - often larded with jargon, clichés, and flowery phrases - makes up for the lack of substance and sincerity in their interactions with others ... they are masters of impression management; their insight into the psyche of others combined with a superficial - but convincing - verbal fluency allows them to change their personas skillfully as it suits the situation and their game plan. The most debilitating characteristic of even the most well-behaved psychopath is the inability to form a workable team." ~Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, Snakes in Suits ..."
    "... "Any idea pushed into the popular mind with considerable force will keep on going until some opposing force -- or the slow resistance of friction -- stops it at last." ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman ..."
    "... "Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty. Power is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the latter it crushes, the former it intoxicates. The truth is, no one really possesses it." ~Simone Weil ..."
    "... "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right." ~John Kenneth Galbraith ..."
    "... "Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege." ~Thomas Clement Douglas ..."
    Oct 28, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    [Oct 27, 2019] God is a comedian whose audience refuses to laugh.

    Oct 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    pogohere , Oct 26 2019 20:46 utc | 115

    chu teh @44 & 112

    God is a comedian whose audience refuses to laugh.

    chu teh , Oct 26 2019 19:08 utc | 112

    karlof1 | Oct 25 2019 22:15 utc | 54

    re: source of "God has an infinite sense of humor"...

    Was told that in 1994[?] conversation w Jerry, a fellow worker, abt the baffling condition of Mankind. Never heard it before or since. At the time it was one of most incisive and impinging viewpoints; it still is.

    It was said to me dryly, not coy and no smile, almost plaintively as tho it would be ignored and pass thru unrecognized. I never met a more rational or sharper mind.

    Once, I remarked I was looking for an obscure book that was mentioned in another book, as "1 of the 3 best autobios ever written in English" by someone I never heard of. J:"Who and what?" Me:"Kropotkin and Revolutionist".
    J:"Oh, sure! I think my wife still has a copy" and he brought it in next day.[An awesome read, too!]

    [Oct 27, 2019] President Harry Truman probably received as much flak as any politician ever did, especially after he canned war-hero General MacArthur. But Truman wasn't a candy-ass current politician complaining about dirt-digging

    Oct 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Don Bacon , Oct 26 2019 22:16 utc | 33

    The general charge against Trump is that he was "digging up dirt" on opponents. Well laddy-dah. So what. Welcome to Politics 101.

    President Harry Truman probably received as much flak as any politician ever did, especially after he canned war-hero General MacArthur. But Truman wasn't a candy-ass current politician complaining about dirt-digging. No, he gave back more than he got, in spades.

    What was "give-em-hell" Harry Truman's attitude? Some Truman quotes:
    --"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell."
    --"It's the fellows who go to West Point and are trained to think they're gods in uniform that I plan to take apart"
    --"I didn't fire him [General MacArthur] because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three quarters of them would be in jail."
    -- "I'll stand by [you] but if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen ."

    [Oct 27, 2019] The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France

    Oct 27, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

    Greg Gerner , , October 25, 2019 at 8:36 am

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France

    [Oct 23, 2019] Random quotes

    Oct 23, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

    "The degree to which [neo]liberals are coming to inhabit an alternate reality, impenetrable by facts or reason, is actually frightening." -- Steve Maher

    Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men. --Q

    Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate. --Doug Hatlem

    [Oct 23, 2019] Being a neoconservative should receive at least as much vitriolic societal rejection as being a Ku Klux Klan member or a child molester by Caitlin Johnstone

    Oct 23, 2019 | medium.com

    It's absolutely insane that neoconservatism is still a thing, let alone still a thing that mainstream America tends to regard as a perfectly legitimate set of opinions for a human being to have. As what Dr. Paul Craig Roberts rightly calls "the most dangerous ideology that has ever existed," neoconservatism has used its nonpartisan bloodlust to work with the Democratic party for the purpose of escalating tensions with Russia on multiple fronts, bringing our species to the brink of what could very well end up being a world war with a nuclear superpower and its allies.

    This is not okay. Being a neoconservative should receive at least as much vitriolic societal rejection as being a Ku Klux Klan member or a child molester, but neocon pundits are routinely invited on mainstream television outlets to share their depraved perspectives

    [Oct 08, 2019] The tragedy of American politics is that the educated "Brahmin left" are warmongers with good conscience, while the "Merchant Right" is utterly corrupt.

    Oct 08, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

    anne , October 04, 2019 at 09:26 AM

    https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan/status/1179716954426359808

    Branko Milanovic‏ @BrankoMilan

    The tragedy of American politics is that the educated "Brahmin left" are warmongers with good conscience, while the "Merchant Right" is utterly corrupt. Only W succeeded in combined the worst parts of the two.

    4:16 AM - 3 Oct 2019

    ken melvin -> EMichael... , October 04, 2019 at 01:26 PM

    Private prisons, detention centers, Saudi Arabia, Russia, ... these deals were all made before the election in 2016. Who amongst Trump's circle made them? This is what needs be brought out.

    [Oct 07, 2019] It would be funny if it weren't so sad. - PubMed - NCBI

    Oct 07, 2019 | nlm.nih.gov

    1: It would be funny if it weren't so sad. Teratology. 1973 Feb;7(1):1-2. PubMed
    PMID: 4693741.

    [Aug 31, 2019] cynicism is the most logical reaction to despair

    Also:
    “the power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it” George Bernard Shaw
    Notable quotes:
    "... I try to be despairing, but I can’t keep up. ..."
    "... It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. ..."
    Aug 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

    Bugs Bunny , , August 31, 2019 at 7:58 am

    A shrink friend once said "cynicism is the most logical reaction to despair".

    Off The Street , August 31, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I try to be despairing, but I can’t keep up.
    Attributed to a generation or two after Lily Tomlin’s quote about cynicism.

    Out of curiosity, would it be cynical to question that political scientist’s grant funding or other sources of income? These days, I feel inclined to look at what I’ll call the Sinclair Rule* , added to Betteridge’s, Godwin’s and all those other, ahem, modifications to what used to be an expectation that communication was more or less honest.

    * Sinclair Rule, where you add a interpretive filter based on Upton’s famous quote: It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

    jrs , August 31, 2019 at 11:43 am

    It’s good to look at funding sources. But it’s kind of a slander to those who must work for a living when assuming it’s paychecks (which we need to live in this system) that corrupt people.

    If it’s applied to the average working person, maybe it’s often true, maybe it has a tendency to push in that direction, but if you think there are no workers that realize the industry they are working in might be destructive, that they may be exploited by such systems but have little choice etc. etc., come now there are working people who are politically aware and do see a larger picture, they just don’t have a lot of power to change it much of the time. Does the average working person’s salary depend on his not understanding though? No, of course not, it merely depends on him obeying. And obeying enough to keep a job, not always understanding, is what a paycheck buys.

    [Aug 22, 2019] Jambell.com Never knowningly useful

    Aug 22, 2019 | www.jambell.com
    Latin word Translation Comment
    ad hoc
    "for this thing" set up temporarily for a particular purpose e.g. an ad hoc committee
    ad infinitum
    "to infinity" as in Latin
    agenda (pl.)
    "things to be discussed/done" as in Latin but usually incorrectly used in the singular e.g. an agenda!
    alias
    "elsewhere", "sometimes" another identity
    alibi
    "at" or "in another place" proof of not being in the location of a crime/misdemeanour
    ante meridiem (a.m.)
    "before noon" in the morning
    post meridiem (p.m.)
    "after noon" afternoon
    anno domini (A.D.)
    "in the year of (our) Lord" as in Latin
    ad nauseam
    "to sickness" to the point of being sick
    bis
    "two times" as in Latin (Used in singing instructions.)
    ceteris paribus
    "with the rest of the things the same/equal" all other factors held constant
    confer (cf.)
    "bring together" compare
    c. or circa
    "about" approximately
    compos mentis
    "having mastery of (one's) mind" in full possession of one's mental faculties
    exempli gratia (e.g.)
    "by the grace of example" for example
    ego "I" sense of importance of self
    et cetera (etc.)
    "and the rest of the things" and so on
    ex libris
    "from the books" belonging to the book collection of
    ex post facto
    "from the deed/fact, afterwards" deduced or discovered after the event with the benefit of hindsight
    gratis gratia
    "favour" or "kindness" for no payment
    habeas corpus
    "may you have the body" the right to be brought to trial within a reasonable period after arrest and imprisonment
    ibidem
    "there in the same place" as in Latin
    id
    "it" (neuter) that part of the personality which indulges the "libido"(=sexual urge) and/or behaves impulsively (psychoanalytical terminology)
    idem (id.)
    "the same thing" as in Latin
    id est (i.e.)
    "that is" that is
    in flagranti delicto
    "in the blazing crime" caught in the act
    in loco parentis
    "in the place of a parent" as in Latin
    in vitro
    "in glass" in a test tube
    ipso facto
    "by the very fact" as in Latin
    inter alia
    "among other things" among other things!
    memento
    "remember!" a token to remember someone/something by
    memorandum (memo)
    "something which is to be remembered/mentioned/spoken about" as in Latin
    mens sana in corpore sano "a healthy mind in a healthy body" as in Latin
    modus operandi
    "way/method of operating" way of working
    moratorium
    Americanisation of classical Latin 'mora' – "delay" an American politician's decision to stop or delay doing something
    nil nil/nihil
    "nothing" nothing, no score
    nota bene (N.B.)
    "note well" as in Latin
    omnibus
    "with everything"; "for everyone" a compilation of all the magazines/programmes; a means of transport all can use ("-bus")
    par
    "equal", "the same" used in golf to suggest a target score for a hole which players attempt to equal; also "below par" meaning not up to the usual standard (of health, achievement)
    post mortem
    "after death" examination after death
    post partum
    "after giving birth" as in Latin
    pro persona (p.p.)
    "instead of the person" as in Latin. Used when a letter is being signed (with authorisation) on behalf of someone else.
    primus inter pares
    "first among equals" an old description of the relationship between Prime Minister and Cabinet in the U.K.
    pro bono
    "for good" in the public interest or for no money (American lawyers may work part-time "pro bono".)
    quid pro quo
    "something given in exchange for something" as in Latin; a £ sterling (pound) is still called a "quid".
    quod videas (q.v.)
    "a thing which you may see " as in Latin
    referenda
    "things which are to be referred/carried back to the people" votes on a single issue by all or part of the electorate. (Sometimes – ungrammatically – called "referendums".)
    scilicet scirelicet
    "it is permitted to know" to wit, namely, that is to say
    sic
    "thus", "in this way" as in Latin
    sine die
    "without a day" without a specific date being set for the resumption of (e.g. court) proceedings
    sine qua non
    "without which (thing) not" a sine qua non is something indispensable
    status quo
    "the state in which" the existing/prevailing situation
    sub iudice
    "under a judge" the subject of ongoing/incomplete judicial proceedings
    subpoena / sub poena
    "under punishment" a demand to comply with a court request e.g. attendance in court, which imposes an automatic penalty if it is not obeyed
    tempus fugit "time runs away" Time flies!
    ter
    "three times" as in Latin
    ultra vires
    "beyond (his) powers" as in Latin
    viz.
    from viet, a contraction of videlicet – "it is permitted to see": the "et" resembled a "z" in medieval Latin script.

    [Aug 17, 2019] Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

    Greek version of this saying which appears in Sophocles ' play Antigone is more precise: "evil appears as good in the minds of those whom god leads to destruction". Also compare with Oscar Wilde - 'When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.'

    Decline of neoliberalism in not a pretty picture. And neoliberal elite in the USA is really crazy...

    [Aug 13, 2019] "Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power."

    Highly recommended!
    Aug 13, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

    im1dc , August 12, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    I need to learn how to use this as an Occam's Razor to cull candidates for PRES

    "Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power."

    Bertrand Russell

    [Aug 11, 2019] What Is Hidden Will Be Revealed

    Aug 11, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


    "'We didn't truly know the dangers of the market, because it was a dark market,' says Brooksley Born, the head of an obscure federal regulatory agency -- the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] -- who not only warned of the potential for economic meltdown in the late 1990s, but also tried to convince the country's key economic powerbrokers to take actions that could have helped avert the crisis. 'They were totally opposed to it,' Born says. 'That puzzled me. What was it that was in this market that had to be hidden?'"

    PBS Frontine, The Warning

    [Aug 04, 2019] We see that the neoliberal utopia tends imposes itself even upon the rulers.

    Highly recommended!
    Aug 04, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Thus we see how the neoliberal utopia tends to embody itself in the reality of a kind of infernal machine, whose necessity imposes itself even upon the rulers. Like the Marxism of an earlier time, with which, in this regard, it has much in common, this utopia evokes powerful belief - the free trade faith - not only among those who live off it, such as financiers, the owners and managers of large corporations, etc., but also among those, such as high-level government officials and politicians, who derive their justification for existing from it.

    For they sanctify the power of markets in the name of economic efficiency, which requires the elimination of administrative or political barriers capable of inconveniencing the owners of capital in their individual quest for the maximisation of individual profit, which has been turned into a model of rationality. They want independent central banks.

    And they preach the subordination of nation-states to the requirements of economic freedom for the masters of the economy, with the suppression of any regulation of any market, beginning with the labour market, the prohibition of deficits and inflation, the general privatisation of public services, and the reduction of public and social expenses."

    Pierre Bourdieu, L'essence du néolibéralisme

    [Aug 04, 2019] The Consequence of Empire

    Aug 04, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


    George Frederick Watts, Mammon
    "Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy. Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness.

    A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair. Indeed, the truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

    The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers the most: and his suffering comes to him from things so little and so trivial that one can say that it is no longer objective at all. It is his own existence, his own being, that is at once the subject and the source of his pain, and his very existence and consciousness is his greatest torture."

    Thomas Merton

    "Thus we see how the neoliberal utopia tends to embody itself in the reality of a kind of infernal machine, whose necessity imposes itself even upon the rulers. Like the Marxism of an earlier time, with which, in this regard, it has much in common, this utopia evokes powerful belief - the free trade faith - not only among those who live off it, such as financiers, the owners and managers of large corporations, etc., but also among those, such as high-level government officials and politicians, who derive their justification for existing from it.

    For they sanctify the power of markets in the name of economic efficiency, which requires the elimination of administrative or political barriers capable of inconveniencing the owners of capital in their individual quest for the maximisation of individual profit, which has been turned into a model of rationality. They want independent central banks.

    And they preach the subordination of nation-states to the requirements of economic freedom for the masters of the economy, with the suppression of any regulation of any market, beginning with the labour market, the prohibition of deficits and inflation, the general privatisation of public services, and the reduction of public and social expenses."

    Pierre Bourdieu, L'essence du néolibéralisme

    "How good is our God! When we are no longer able to come to Him, He comes to us. We are each of us like a small mirror, in which God searches for His reflection."

    John Vianney


    The first two charts below, which describe the decline in life expectancy in the US and the rise of negative yielding sovereign debt, are emblematic of a status quo in serious decline, but grasping the reins of power desperately, as they slowly lose control.

    Stocks continued their move to the downside today, taking back only a little bit of it into the close.

    The NDX finally closed the big gap it had left open a few weeks ago. These gaps keeps getting closed in these moves up. We are not seeing any breakaway gaps. That speaks volumes about these rallies, a word to the wise.

    The SP 500 fell back to its 61.8% Fibonacci retracement in the most recent rally.

    I have not yet labeled this latest episode as a blow off top, because I want to see it set a lower low first.

    Gold held its gains from yesterday fairly well, as the Dollar continued to move even lower.

    I was a little concerned about the big gold gain, because a portion of it was clearly due to short covering as the front runners of the Non-Farm Payrolls report short side play got smoked.

    The action next week, the first week in August, will be most interesting.

    I think we might look with some concern to the autumn, particularly September and October.

    Have a pleasant weekend.

    Posted by Jesse at 4:43 PM Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 01 August 2019 Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Whipsaw City

    "Remember, my brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. God chooses those that the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think that they are wise. And He chooses those that are powerless to shame those who are powerful."

    1 Corinthians 1:26-27

    "Seneca had made the bargain that many good men have made when agreeing to aid bad regimes. On the one hand, their presence strengthens the regime and helps it endure. But their moral influence may also improve the regime's behavior or save the lives of its enemies. For many, this has been a bargain worth making, even if it has cost them -- as it may have cost Seneca -- their immortal soul...

    The Rome he has been trained to serve, the Rome of Augustus and Germanicus, was gone. In its place stood Neropolis, ruled by a megalomaniac brat."

    James Romm, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

    "'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'

    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias


    In a nutshell, the White House issued a statement this morning that the trade talks with China were going well.

    Stocks were rallying with a vengeance, regaining much of what was lost yesterday.

    And then this afternoon, Trumpolini blindsided the markets with an angry tweet about China, adding a new ten percent tariff to consumer related goods.

    And the equity markets and the Dollar took a nosedive, while gold just rocketed higher. They were taking the gold bears out of the pits on stretchers.

    But not Citi, rumored to be the big Bank gold short. They were grabbing fistfuls of gold contracts the past two days, as you can see on the clearing report below. Think that they were tipped by some well placed advisor? Naw, couldn't be. They would never do that.

    This would be much more amusing from a greater distance. But today was right up there.

    Get right, sit tight.

    And have a pleasant evening.

    Posted by Jesse at 4:26 PM Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Gold Demand Trends Q2 2019

    "Time is coming when markets search frantically for physical collateral to find that paper far exceeds underlying collateral for several metals and other resources. I am warning that when markets fall in sustained negative response to bursting bubbles, widespread deleveraging will reveal insufficient hard collateral underlying traded asset-backed securities.

    The words rehypothecation and hyper-rehypothecation may be rediscovered or remembered again, forgotten somehow during much of the decade since the Great Financial Crisis."

    Harald Malmgren


    You can access the full gold demand report here.
    Key highlights

    Central banks bought 224.4t of gold in Q2 2019
    This took H1 buying to 374.1t – the largest net H1 increase in global gold reserves in our 19-year quarterly data series. Buying was again spread across a diverse range of – largely emerging market – countries.

    Holdings of gold-backed ETFs grew 67.2t in Q2 to a six-year high of 2,548t
    The main factors driving inflows into the sector were continued geopolitical instability, expectation of lower interest rates, and the rallying gold price in June.

    A strong recovery in India's jewellery market pushed demand in Q2 up 12% to 168.8t
    A busy wedding season and healthy festival sales boosted demand, before the June price rise brought it to a virtual standstill. Indian demand drove global jewellery demand 2% higher y-o-y to 531.7t.

    Bar and coin investment in Q2 sank 12% to 218.6t
    Combined with the soft Q1 number, the H1 total ended at a ten-year low of 476.9t. A 29% y-o-y drop in China accounted for much of the global Q2 decline.

    Gold prices shot to multi-year highs
    The gold price broke through US$1,400/oz for the first time since 2013. Among the factors driving this rally were expectations of lower interest rates and political uncertainty, with further support coming from strong central bank buying.


    Personally I think it is a mistake to merely look at the price of gold in US Dollars.

    You may see the price of gold in various currencies here.

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    [Aug 01, 2019] 'Kill the Lawyers,' A Line Misinterpreted

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    anne -> Fred C. Dobbs... , July 31, 2019 at 09:24 AM

    https://www.nytimes.com/1990/06/17/nyregion/l-kill-the-lawyers-a-line-misinterpreted-599990.html

    June 17, 1990

    'Kill the Lawyers,' A Line Misinterpreted

    In reference to the review of ''Guilty Conscience,'' (May 20) Leah D. Frank is inaccurate when she states that when Shakespeare had one of his characters state ''Let's kill all the lawyers,'' it was the corrupt, unethical lawyers he was referring to. Shakespeare's exact line ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'' was stated by Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73. Dick the Butcher was a follower of the rebel Jack Cade, who thought that if he disturbed law and order, he could become king. Shakespeare meant it as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.

    DEBBIE VOGEL

    [Jul 30, 2019] Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it

    Jul 25, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com
    "There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."

    Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

    "It's not just America. The whole world has sort of turned muddy. By and large, the world is increasingly run by ignoramuses, wackos and psychotics. This was long before Donald Trump. But we've got more crazy people running the world now than ever.

    I thought once Hillary called those people 'deplorables' it was all over. She was dead from that moment. She lost millions of votes on that by criticizing people who were considering an alternative to her.

    I don't think that Robert Mueller is all there. I more than think; I know more. The bottom line is they had the investigation. If I were the press, I would start writing about what the Democrats need to do. And if I were the Democrats, I'd start talking about what they are going to do to make America a better place for most people.

    I think it's the one reason a guy like Donald Trump ran. They understood where he was coming from. That Trump is just a blowhard. They laughed at him. They knew Trump doesn't know what he's talking about. But Trump wasn't the same old big smile and a lot of good words. The Democrats have been going around saying, 'We're for the people, we're for the little guy.' And all they do is run to Wall Street for money. And the one guy that didn't, Sanders, was sabotaged by the Democratic National Committee.

    If I were the Democrats I would stop worrying about Donald Trump and start talking to the American people about jobs and health care.

    What did these hacked messages from the DNC say, anyway? It was about cutting off money for Sanders. Everything that was leaked showed that the Democratic Party was working against the one guy who wasn't running on campaign funds from the big corporations."

    Seymour Hersh

    "The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."

    Edward R. Murrow

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it."

    Laurence J. Peter

    "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

    2 Corinthians 4:8-9

    [Jul 30, 2019] It s not just America

    Jul 26, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "It's not just America. The whole world has sort of turned muddy. By and large, the world is increasingly run by ignoramuses, wackos and psychotics. This was long before Donald Trump. But we've got more crazy people running the world now than ever."

    Seymour Hersh

    [Jul 22, 2019] Night of the Living Fed

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers -- who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.

    There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing."

    Andrew Jackson, Veto of the Second Bank of the United States

    "Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country.

    When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin!

    Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out."

    From the original minutes of the Philadelphia bankers sent to meet with President Jackson February 1834, from Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

    "There is no clean way to make a hundred million bucks. Somewhere along the line guys got pushed to the wall, nice little businesses got the ground cut out from under them. Decent people lost their jobs. Big money is big power, and big power gets used wrong. It's the system."

    Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

    "I've seen it for years. I've seen a media, which has basically ignored the declining middle class, that doesn't talk about poverty at all, and has no sense of what is going on in the minds of millions of ordinary Americans. They live in a bubble, talk about their world, worry about who's going to be running 18 years from now for office. Meanwhile, people can't feed their kids."

    Bernie Sanders

    "There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself."

    Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

    "Some madness doesn't act mad to begin with, sometimes it will knock politely at the door, and when you let it in, it'll simply sit in the corner without a fuss -- and grow."

    Nathan Filer

    "And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people love the darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil."

    John 3:19

    "The ultimate purpose of crime is to establish an endless empire. It seeks a state of complete insecurity and anarchy, founded upon the tainted ideals of a world thought doomed to annihilation.

    When humanity, subjugated by the terror of crime, has been driven mad by fear and horror, and when chaos has become the supreme law, then the time for the empire of lawlessness will have come."

    Friedrich Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

    "At that time many will turn away from the faith, and will betray and hate each other. And false prophets will appear, and deceive many. And because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But those who stand firm to the end will be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come."

    Matthew 24:10-14

    "There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."

    Søren Kierkegaard

    "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is a pious, hollow hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, or hidden, that shall not be made known. Whatever has been said in the darkness shall be heard in the light: and what has been whispered behind closed doors shall be shouted from the roof tops."

    Luke 12:1-3

    "A sentiment of trust in the legal money of the State is so deeply implanted in the citizens of all countries that they cannot but believe that some day this money must recover a part at least of its former value.

    To their minds it appears that value is inherent in money as such, and they do not apprehend that the real wealth, which this money might have stood for, has been dissipated once and for all.

    This sentiment is supported by the various legal regulations with which the Governments endeavor to control internal prices, and so to preserve some purchasing power for their legal tender.

    Thus the force of law preserves a measure of immediate purchasing power over some commodities and the force of sentiment and custom maintains, especially amongst peasants, a willingness to hoard paper which is really worthless."

    John Maynard Keynes, Economic Consequences of the War

    "The love of wicked men converts to fear;
    That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both
    To worthy danger and deserved death."

    William Shakespeare, Richard II

    "All the world marveled at this, and gave their allegiance to the beast. They worshiped the dragon for giving such power to him. as they also worshiped the beast. 'Who is as great as the beast?' they exclaimed. 'And who is able to resist him?' The beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given the authority to do what he willed, but only for forty-two months."

    Revelation 13:3-5

    "But 'tis strange.
    And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
    The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
    Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
    In deepest consequence."

    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

    "A baited banker thus desponds,
    From his own hand foresees his fall,
    They have his soul, who have his bonds;
    'Tis like the writing on the wall.

    How will the caitiff wretch be scared,
    When first he finds himself awake
    At the last trumpet, unprepared,
    And all his grand account to make!

    For in that universal call,
    Few bankers will to heaven be mounters;
    They'll cry, 'Ye shops, upon us fall!
    Conceal and cover us, ye counters!'

    When other hands the scales shall hold,
    And they, in men's and angels' sight
    Produced with all their bills and gold,
    'Weigh'd in the balance and found light!'

    Jonathan Swift, A Run Upon the Bankers

    [Jul 22, 2019] The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it.

    I know nothing that I may say can influence you. You have no souls to be influenced. You are spineless, flaccid things. You pompously call yourselves Republicans and Democrats. There is no Republican Party. There is no Democratic Party.

    There are no Republicans nor Democrats in this House. You are lick-spittlers and panderers, the creatures of the Plutocracy.

    You talk verbosely in antiquated terminology of your love of liberty, and all the while you wear the scarlet livery of the Iron Heel."

    Jack London, The Iron Heel

    [Jul 22, 2019] In the Garden of Beasts: Killing the Unfortunate, the Mentally Ill, and the Other For the God of the Market

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, or even a duty. Sin is not a distance, it is a turning of our gaze in the wrong direction.

    Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.

    Power is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the latter it crushes, the former it intoxicates. The truth is, no one really possesses it."

    Simone Weil

    "As everything in what used to be called creation becomes a commodity, human beings begin to look at one another, and at themselves, in a funny way, and they see price tags. There was a time when people spoke, at least occasionally, of 'inherent worth' -- if not of things, then at least of persons.

    It is sometimes said that since everything is for sale under the rule of The Market, nothing is sacred. Does anyone doubt that if the True Cross were ever really discovered, it would eventually find its way to Sotheby's? The Market is not omnipotent -- yet. But the process is under way and it is gaining momentum."

    Harvey Cox, The Market as God

    [Jul 22, 2019] Snakes and Ladders Economy

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Psychopathic workers very often were identified as the source of departmental conflicts, in many cases, purposely setting people up in conflict with each other. The most debilitating characteristic of even the most well-behaved psychopath is the inability to form a workable team."

    Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, Snakes in Suits

    "What is good? All that enhances the feeling of power, the Will to Power, and the power itself in man. What is bad? All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is increasing -- that resistance has been overcome. Not contentment, but more power; not peace at any price, but war; not virtue, but competence.

    The first principle of our humanism is that the weak and the failures shall perish. And they ought to be helped to perish. What is more harmful than any vice? Active pity for all failure and weakness -- Christianity ."

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    "I'm not against business, or profits, or becoming wealthy. I have no problem with people becoming billionaires -- if they got there by winning a fair race, if their accomplishments merit it, if they pay their fair share of taxes, and if they don't corrupt their society. But that's not how most of the people mentioned in this book became wealthy.

    Most of them became wealthy by being well connected and crooked. And they are creating a society in which they can commit hugely damaging economic crimes with impunity, and in which only children of the wealthy have the opportunity to become successful. That's what I have a problem with. And I think most people agree with me."

    Charles Ferguson

    Satan and his Antichrist
    "Satan's monomaniac concern with himself and his supposed rights and wrongs is a necessity of the Satanic predicament. Certainly, he has no choice. He has chosen to have no choice. He has wished to 'be himself,' and to be in himself and for himself, and his wish has been granted. To admire Satan, then, is to give one's vote not only for a world of misery, but also for a world of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessant autobiography."

    C. S. Lewis

    [Jul 22, 2019] Feeling the Risk

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


    "The historical evidence is overwhelming. Many societies have done well for a while – until powerful people get out of hand. This is an easy pattern to see at a distance and in other cultures. It is typically much harder to recognize when your own society now has an elite less subject to effective constraints and more able to exert power in an abusive fashion. And given the long history of strong institutions in the United States, it appears particularly difficult for some people to acknowledge that we have serious governance issues that need to be addressed."

    Simon Johnson

    "It is as popular now as ever to blame poor people for their station in life. Republican politicians love to talk about how poor people could stop being poor if only they made better choices or worked harder. If only they'd stop buying iPhones, they could afford insurance! These assholes - and I do not use that slur lightly - have no clue what it is like to grow up poor. They have no clue how hard it is in many places in the US just to keep the lights on and food on the table.

    It is easy for them, from the comfort of their cushy offices and homes, with full bellies and bank accounts, to pretend that poor people like my mother are poor because they are stupid or lazy or ignorant or irresponsible rather than confront the broken systems that perpetuate poverty in Appalachia and all across the US.

    Poor people don't contribute to reelection funds, but those who profit from poor people sure do. Therefore, truth be told, most politicians couldn't care less about the plight of the poor. There's so much profit to be made from poor people - think payday loans, high-interest rent-to-own stores, for-profit colleges, and overpriced mobile homes - that politicians and their crony-capitalist donors have a vested interest in keeping them poor."

    Joshua Wilkey, My Mother Wasn't White Trash

    [Jul 22, 2019] Government Of, By and For the Felonious Few

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


    "When you live under such an oligarchy, there is always some crisis or the other that takes priority over boring stuff such as healthcare and pollution. If the nation is facing external invasion or diabolical subversion, who has the time to worry about overcrowded hospitals and polluted rivers? By manufacturing a never-ending stream of crises, a corrupt oligarchy can prolong its rule indefinitely."

    Yuval Noah Harari

    "And I begin to realize that in every chapter of Shortest Way Home -- indeed, almost on every page -- there is an expression of the same underlying idea, which is that you can substitute experience with problem-solving skills, and approximate perspective, ideology, even morality with sheer intelligence and boldness.

    This closely resembles the arrogance of tech billionaires who believe that although they have neither the knowledge nor the experience nor the wisdom, they can solve the world's problems anyway, because, well, because look how successful they've been at everything else.

    You almost want to cheer them on. Until you realize that they are dead wrong, that if they want to help solve the world's problems they had better stop sucking all the oxygen and money out of the room and start paying taxes and letting there be a return to a balance of power."

    Dan Simon, Mayor Pete's autobiography says it all

    "But there is a sort of 'Ok guys, you're mad, but how are you going to stop me' mentality at the top."

    Robert Johnson, Audacious Oligarchy

    [Jul 22, 2019] Jesse's Café Américain Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Downward Spiral of Dumbness

    Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Ideologues are often willfully blind, on both the right and the left. It serves them. Their selective blindness allows them to avoid thinking seriously about the world -- and especially the state of their own souls.

    Most of their lives are spent in the expedient serving of themselves. The good they do, the good things they may think, the public service that they may provide is generally inner directed. It is designed to make themselves feel good about themselves, and superior and apart from other people, whom they secretly despise.

    They are incapable of genuine repentance, because they blind themselves to their sins, and wash them away in their disgust with others whom they imagine are so much worse."

    Jesse

    "The downward spiral of dumbness in America is about to hit a new low."

    Hunter S. Thompson

    [Jul 20, 2019] 'All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.' John Kenneth Galbraith

    [Jul 17, 2019] Civilisation - Risk On

    Notable quotes:
    "... I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history. History is ourselves. ..."
    "... At the root of America's economic crisis lies a moral crisis: the decline of civic virtue among America's political and economic elite. A society of markets, laws, and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful fail to behave with respect, honesty, and compassion toward the rest of society and toward the world. ..."
    Apr 16, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com
    "I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history. History is ourselves.

    I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings, by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole, which for convenience we call nature. All living things are our brothers and sisters. "

    Kenneth Clark, Civilisation

    "At the root of America's economic crisis lies a moral crisis: the decline of civic virtue among America's political and economic elite. A society of markets, laws, and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful fail to behave with respect, honesty, and compassion toward the rest of society and toward the world."

    Jeffrey Sachs

    "Assange is a deeply polarizing figure. That's almost certainly why the Trump DOJ believes it could get away with indicting him based on a theory that would clearly endanger core journalistic functions: because it hopes that the intense animosity for Assange personally will blind people to the dangers this indictment poses.

    But far more important than one's personal feelings about Assange is the huge step this indictment represents in the Trump administration's explicitly stated goal to criminalize journalism that involves reporting on classified information. Opposition to that menacing goal does not require admiration or affection for Assange. It simply requires a belief in the critical importance of a free press in a democracy."

    Glenn Greenwald

    "If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends."

    Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

    ... As Chalmers Johnson noted, 'Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us.'

    And no one could have seen it coming.

    As previously noted, we are in a time of hysteria, and people are doing and saying some very headstrong things, that may be sowing the seeds for their future troubles. And we may expect a reckoning, one which will be remembered.

    Need little, want less, love more. For those who abide in love abide in God, and God in them.

    Have a pleasant weekend.

    [Jun 21, 2019] Helen Thomas - Wikiquote

    See about her: Helen Thomas dies at 92; journalist was the feisty scourge of presidents - The Washington Post
    "I don't have to answer questions from Helen Thomas" Fidel Castro, in response to a USA Today reporter's question of 'What is the difference between your democracy and our democracy?'.
    For several decades, Helen Thomas covered the White House as a reporter for United Press International.... and when the specter of war grew large in 2002, she didn’t hold back. “It’s bombs away for Iraq and on our civil liberties if Bush and his cronies get their way,” Thomas said... during a speech at MIT. Looking back on a long career, she said: “I censored myself for fifty years when I was a reporter.”
    Notable quotes:
    "... All presidents rail against the press. It goes with the turf. ..."
    Jun 21, 2019 | en.wikiquote.org

    [Jun 15, 2019] Random findings

    [Jun 11, 2019] Cult of personality as integral feature of neofascism

    Jun 11, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Cult leaders [demagogues] arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age.

    The cult leaders vow to crush the forces, embodied in demonized groups and individuals, that are blamed for their misery. The more outrageous the cult leaders become, the more they flout law and social conventions, the more they gain in popularity.

    Cult leaders are immune to the norms of established society. This is their appeal. Cult leaders demand a God-like power. Those who follow them grant them this power in the hope that the cult leaders will save them."

    Chris Hedges, Cult of Trump

    "Mounting a campaign against plutocracy makes as much sense to the typical Washington liberal as would circulating a petition against gravity. What our modernized liberal leaders offer is not confrontation but a kind of therapy for those flattened by the free-market hurricane: they counsel us to accept the inevitability of the situation."

    Thomas Frank, Rendezvous With Oblivion

    "We of the Republic sensed the truth that democratic government has innate capacity to protect its people against disasters once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable. We would not admit that we could not find a way to master economic epidemics just as, after centuries of fatalistic suffering, we had found a way to master epidemics of disease. We refused to leave the problems of our common welfare to be solved by the winds of chance and the hurricanes of disaster. In this we Americans were discovering no wholly new truth; we were writing a new chapter in our book of self-government.

    Franklin Roosevelt, Second Inaugural Address

    "The problem of the last three decades is not the 'vicissitudes of the marketplace,' but rather deliberate actions by the [corporatist] government to redistribute income from the rest of us to the one percent."

    Dean Baker

    [Jun 10, 2019] Here are some quotes from HL Mencken which in my opinion sum up the passengers in the out of control US clown car

    Notable quotes:
    "... Trumps promises before the election about the trillions wasted in futile wars, and promising to redirect those trillions into US infrastructure etc, turned out to be outrageous lies. Here are some quotes from HL Mencken which in my opinion sum up the passengers in the out of control US clown car, Trump, Bolton, Pence and Pompeo. ..."
    "... The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. ..."
    Jun 10, 2019 | off-guardian.org

    harry law

    Trumps promises before the election about the trillions wasted in futile wars, and promising to redirect those trillions into US infrastructure etc, turned out to be outrageous lies. Here are some quotes from HL Mencken which in my opinion sum up the passengers in the out of control US clown car, Trump, Bolton, Pence and Pompeo.

    [Jun 06, 2019] "Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

    [May 21, 2019] Highly skeptical quotes about the nature of governance

    May 21, 2019 | www.unz.com

    onebornfree , says: Website May 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm GMT

    On The Fundamental Nature of All Governments:

    This just in:

    "Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [via central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be "reformed","improved", nor "limited" in scope, simply because of their innate criminal nature."onebornfree

    "Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class." Albert J. Nock

    "If measured by the standards of natural law and justice, all politicians, of all parties and virtually without any exception, are guilty, whether directly or indirectly, of murder, homicide, trespass, invasion, expropriation, theft , fraud, and the fencing of stolen goods on a massive and ongoing scale. And every new generation of politicians and parties appears to be worse, and piles even more atrocities and perversions on top of the already existing mountain, so that one feels almost nostalgic about the past. They all should be hung, or put in jail to rot, or set to making compensation." Hans Herman Hoppe

    "There is only one political party in America, it's the money party and it has two branches." Gore Vidal

    "Politics -- whether local or national -- is always a con game. And the con generally increases with the scale. The bigger the "we," the bigger the swindle." Bill Bonner

    "Fundamentally, the founding fathers of U.S. intelligence were liars. The better you lied and the more you betrayed, the more likely you would be promoted. . . . Outside of their duplicity, the only thing they had in common was a desire for absolute power. I did things that, in looking back on my life, I regret. But I was part of it and loved being in it' " James Jesus Angleton, head of Agency counterintelligence from 1954-1975

    "Why should any self-respecting citizen endorse an institution grounded on thievery? For that is what one does when one votes. If it be argued that we must let bygones be bygones, see what can be done toward cleaning up the institution of the State so that it might be useful in the maintenance of orderly existence, the answer is that it cannot be done; you cannot clean up a brothel and yet leave the business intact. We have been voting for one "good government" after another, and what have we got?" Frank Chodorov, Out of Step (1962)

    And there's plenty more where that came from

    Regards, onebornfree

    [May 16, 2019] Underestimate Quotes

    [May 01, 2019] War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself

    Apr 28, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Circe , Apr 28, 2019 2:19:06 PM | link

    Here's a fantastic quote recommended by my favorite anti-Jew, Jew.

    "War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself."

    Thank you Gary Keenan

    Here's a quote from him: Jewish power, as I define it, is the power to silence opposition to Jewish power.

    suppression of truth

    Careful, you don't facilitate this power by self-censorship.

    Just as people who own guns don't want their rights restricted by someone who gets a crazy notion, people who value the truth don't want their right to express it restricted either by same person with a crazy notion.

    I reject war for any kind of supremacy.

    [Apr 28, 2019] A Warning For the Faithful, In Perilous Times: "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is a pious, hollow hypocrisy."

    "Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven." ~Matt 7:21

    "They do not see the image of Almighty God before them, and ask themselves what He wishes: if once they did this they would begin to see how much He requires, and they would earnestly come to Him, both to be pardoned for what they do wrong, and for the power to do better.

    And, for the same reason that they do not please Him, they succeed in pleasing themselves. For that contracted, defective range of duties, which falls so short of God's law, is just what they can fulfill; or rather they choose it, and keep to it, because they can fulfill it.

    Hence, they become both self-satisfied and self-sufficient; – they think they know just what they ought to do, and that they do it all; and in consequence they are very well content with themselves, and rate their merit very high, and have no fear at all of any future scrutiny into their conduct, which may befall them.

    And such, I say, is the religion of the natural man in every age and place; – often very beautiful on the surface, but worthless in God's sight; good, as far as it goes, but worthless and hopeless, because it does not go further, because it is based on self-sufficiency, and results in self-satisfaction...

    Yes, it is the ignorance of our understanding, it is our spiritual blindness, it is our banishment from the presence of Him, who is the source and the standard of all Truth, which is the cause of this meagre, heartless religion of which men are commonly so proud.

    In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, traitors, heady, high-minded having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."

    John Henry Newman\


    "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."

    1 Cor. xiii


    "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is a pious, hollow hypocrisy."

    Luke 12:1


    "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees- hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. You outwardly appear righteous, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

    Matthew 23:27-28


    "And they took offense at him."

    Matthew 13:57


    "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

    Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'

    Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?'

    And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.'

    Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal consumption prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'

    Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?'

    And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

    And they will go away into eternal darkness without hope, but the righteous will go into eternal life."

    Matthew 25: 31-46

    Death By Selfishness

    "National Socialism was a revulsion by my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government-against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, their coalitions, their confusions, and their conniving. It was the final fruit of the common man's repudiation of 'the rascals'. Its motif was, 'Throw them all out.'

    I fooled myself. I had to. Everybody has to. If the good had been twice as good and the bad only half as bad, I still ought to have seen it. But I didn't want to see it, because I would have then had to think about the consequences of seeing it, what followed from seeing it, what I must do to be decent. I wanted my home and family, my job, my career, a place in the community."

    Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free

    "The wealth of another region excites their greed; and if it is weak, their lust for power as well. Nothing from the rising to the setting of the sun is enough for them. Among all others only they are compelled to attack the poor as well as the rich. Plunder, rape, and slaughter they falsely call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace."

    Tacitus

    "It is always the soul that dies first, even if it's departure goes unnoticed. And it always carries the body along with it. Man is nourished by the invisible, man is nourished by that which is beyond the personal. He dies from preferring the opposite."

    Jacques Lusseyran

    [Apr 17, 2019] The media's interest in the well-being of a foreign population is directly proportional to the West's interest in toppling its government, while editorial standards are inversely proportional to its enemy status

    Highly recommended!
    Apr 17, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

    karlof1 , Apr 16, 2019 7:26:23 PM | link

    Ah yes, Prescient observation regarding Venezuela:

    "The media's interest in the well-being of a foreign population is directly proportional to the West's interest in toppling its government, while editorial standards are inversely proportional to its enemy status."--John McEvoy

    So, lets employ this maxim to Russiagate and the Skripal Saga and the respective national media. In the first case, the Russian public's completely ignored unless it's a member of the so-called opposition while Putin and Russia get slandered constantly. The same treatment goes for the UK media and a case could be made that the two act in tandem, implying innerconnectivity between their spy agencies as suspected.

    [Apr 10, 2019] Random quotes

    [Apr 04, 2019] People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.

    Apr 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

    renfro , says: April 3, 2019 at 12:24 am GMT

    @Johnny Walker Read "People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction."
    ― Umberto Eco

    "What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?"
    ― Voltaire

    "Fanatics can justify practically any atrocity to themselves. The more untenable their position becomes, the harder they hold to it, and the worse the things they are willing to do to support it."
    ― Mercedes

    "Religious fanaticism is the most dangerous form of insanity."
    ― Robert Graves

    [Feb 21, 2019] God named the Jews His Chosen People, but He never mentions what they were chosen for or chosen to do.

    Zero hedge comment. link

    [Feb 15, 2019] "All states can be placed on a continuum which ranges from states whose authority is based on their power to states whose power is based on their authority." Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    lgfocus | Feb 14, 2019 6:27:23 PM | 32

    One of my favorite quotes

    "All states can be placed on a continuum which ranges from states whose authority is based on their power to states whose power is based on their authority." Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    [Feb 11, 2019] "So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot."

    Feb 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

    Anon7 , says: February 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm GMT

    "So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot."

    George Orwell

    Stocks Have Been This Overbought Before...Once Zero Hedge

    The men the American public admire [and reward] most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest [and punish] most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. ~ H. L. Mencken 1880-1956 [updated 2019]

    [Jan 29, 2019] Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die. Alfred Lord Tennyson

    [Dec 08, 2018] Owning the lawmakers doesn't make banksters not criminals, it just makes them criminals that are above the law

    Dec 08, 2018 | www.alternet.org

    Guest 6 years ago

    [Dec 06, 2018] All the other stuff, the love, the democracy, the floundering into lust, is a sort of by-play. The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.

    Dec 06, 2018 | www.unz.com

    Moi , says: December 5, 2018 at 11:23 am GMT

    @anon and this too?

    "All the other stuff, the love, the democracy, the floundering into lust, is a sort of by-play. The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted."

    d.h. lawrence

    [Dec 04, 2018] Those Magnificent Men In Their Lying Machines

    Dec 04, 2018 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences."

    Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope , 1966

    [Nov 20, 2018] Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! - US The Land of Cruel Delusions

    Nov 20, 2018 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


    "Money is not humanity's best subject. And although our body of scientific knowledge grows with each passing year, when it comes to financial matters, we somehow keep stepping on the same rake -- that inescapable pattern of financial boom and bust."

    James Grant

    "There's a verbal tic particular to a certain kind of response to a certain kind of story about the thinness and desperation of American society; about the person who died of preventable illness or the Kickstarter campaign to help another who can't afford cancer treatment even with 'good' insurance; about the plight of the homeless or the lack of resources for the rural poor; about underpaid teachers spending thousands of dollars of their own money for the most basic classroom supplies; about train derailments, the ruination of the New York subway system and the decrepit states of our airports and ports of entry...

    'I can't believe this in the richest country in the world. '

    The social wealth of a society is better measured by the quality of its common lived environment than by a consolidated statistical approximation like GDP, or even an attempt at weighted comparisons like so-called purchasing power parity. There is a reason why our great American cities, for all of our supposed wealth, often feel and look so shabby. The money goes elsewhere...

    Poverty -- both individual and social -- is a policy, not an accident, and not some kind of natural law. These are deliberate choices about the allocation of resources. They are eminently undoable by modest exercises of political power, although if the state- and city-level Democratic leaders of New York and northern Virginia are the national mold, then our nominally left-wing party is utterly, hopelessly beholden to the upward transfer of social wealth to an extremely narrow cadre of already extremely rich men and women."

    Jacob Bacharach, The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves

    "Today, the first and perhaps the only duty of the philosopher is to defend man against himself: to defend man against that extraordinary temptation toward inhumanity to which - almost without being aware of it - so many human beings today have yielded."

    Gabriel Marcel

    [Nov 20, 2018] Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings

    Nov 20, 2018 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

    "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."

    William Arthur Ward

    "The blessed John the Evangelist lived in Ephesus until extreme old age. His disciples could barely carry him to church and he could not muster the voice to speak many words. During individual gatherings he usually said nothing but, 'Little children, love one another.' The disciples and brothers in attendance, annoyed because they always heard the same words, finally said, 'Teacher, why do you always say this?' He replied with a line worthy of John: 'Because it is the Lord's commandment, and if it alone is kept, it is sufficient.'"

    Jerome, Commentary on Galatians , 4th century

    "For whosoever will cling to his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

    Mark 16:25

    [Nov 19, 2018] My humble opinion on the subject is, like numismatic coins, typos make the thing (whatever that is) more valuable.

    Notable quotes:
    "... My humble opinion on the subject is, like numismatic coins, typos make the thing (whatever that is) more valuable. ..."
    Nov 19, 2018 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

    MyLessThanPrimeBeef , , November 16, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    My humble opinion on the subject is, like numismatic coins, typos make the thing (whatever that is) more valuable.

    That opinion helps me, many times, to persist in my laziness to correct.

    [Nov 16, 2018] An ideology can provide a satisfying narrative that explains chaotic events and collective misfortunes in a way that flatters the virtue and competence of believers, while being vague or conspiratorial enough to withstand skeptical scrutiny. ~Steven Pinker

    [Nov 15, 2018] Those who don't study history arc doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history arc doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it

    [Nov 12, 2018] Quotes about Competence (218 quotes)

    [Nov 05, 2018] Quote by Archibald Putt "Technology is dominated by two types of people..."

    Nov 05, 2018 | www.goodreads.com

    "Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand."

    ― Archibald Putt

    [Nov 03, 2018] Most Popular Technology Quotes

    Notable quotes:
    "... "Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand." ..."
    Nov 03, 2018 | www.technied.com

    1."I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important
    titan knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

    -- Albert Einstein

    2. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one
    extraordinary' man.

    -- Elbert Hubbard, The Rovcroft Dictionary' and Book of Epigrams, 1923

    3. The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

    -Karl Marx

    4. Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
    -- Erich Fromm

    5. Man is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be
    mass-produced by unskilled labor.

    -NASA in 1965

    ... ... ...

    11. "Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not
    manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."

    -- Archibald Putt

    12. "For years there has been a theory that millions of monkeys typing at random on millions of
    typewriters would reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. The Internet has proven this
    theory to be untrue."

    -- Robert Wilensy

    13. "If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls Royce
    would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone
    inside."

    -- Robert X. Cringelv

    [Oct 26, 2018] There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour

    Oct 26, 2018 | caucus99percent.com

    "Your national greatness, swelling vanity; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour."

    -- Frederick Douglass

    [Oct 23, 2018] The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic

    Oct 23, 2018 | www.moonofalabama.org

    Hal C | Oct 22, 2018 1:12:06 PM | 16

    The one death is a tragedy quote is often misattributed to Stalin. See here and here and here.

    What is apparent, however, is that the large American media outlets suddenly have discovered Yemen as a club to use in retribution for the murder of one of their own.

    Hal C

    ploddy | Oct 22, 2018 6:21:34 PM | 77

    Parroting / Aping that "Stalin" red-rag quote betrays a woeful ignorance or else deviousness. There is a great abundance of evidence that it was coined in the early 20c by the German playwright Tucholsky, based on earlier similar expressions, and subsequently recycled by many, including for example, Remarque.

    Furthermore, close reading of almost all recorded sources of that and similar observations shows that has usually been used an an expression of hopelessness or fortification, and not of cruelty or indifference.

    That the erroneous attribution to Stalin originated in the Washington Post in the 'forties ought to tell even the dim-witted among us something useful about gullibility and skepticism.

    [Oct 21, 2018] Quotes from thirdworldtraveler.com

    [Oct 19, 2018] Favorite Quotes by Vladimir Goldstein

    Oct 19, 2018 | www.facebook.com

    "Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will." Frederick Douglass.

    "There are three classes of citizens. The first are the rich, who are indolent and yet always crave more. The second are the poor, who have nothing, are full of envy, hate the rich, and are easily led by demagogues. Between the two extremes lie those who make the state secure and uphold the laws."
    Euripides

    [Oct 14, 2018] "After all, what is your hosts' purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi" ~ P.J. O'Rourke

    [Oct 02, 2018] Random quotes picked up from caucus99percent posts

    Oct 02, 2018 | caucus99percent.com

    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." ~ George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
    "We [corporations] are the government!" ~Actor John Colicos (1978)

    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.--Aristotle
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. ~Frederick Douglass

    Pretty much anything that is happening in politics today is a distraction from something else that is essential to our survival. One needs to choose their battlefields, carefully.

    The drama of the deep state in full factional meltdown makes Mario Puzo look like a dime store hack.

    "If you want revolution, be it." ~Caitlin Johnstone

    [Oct 02, 2018] America's two mainstream political parties agree furiously with one another on war, neoliberalism, Orwellian surveillance, and every other agenda which increases the power and profit of the plutocratic class which owns them both by Caitlin Johnstone

    Oct 02, 2018 | www.zerohedge.com

    America's two mainstream political parties agree furiously with one another on war, neoliberalism, Orwellian surveillance, and every other agenda which increases the power and profit of the plutocratic class which owns them both. The plutocrat-owned mass media plays up the differences between Democrats and Republicans to hysterical proportions, when in reality the debate over which one is worse is like arguing over whether a serial killer's arms or legs are more evil.

    [Sep 29, 2018] "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize

    Sep 29, 2018 | www.unz.com

    A very shrewd observation, widely misattributed to Voltaire, states that "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." Or put another way, individuals are reluctant to publicly challenge those whose power they fear. Certainly, this simple standard helps to explain many important aspects of America's severely malfunctioning political system.

    [Sep 17, 2018] Greatest Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte

    Sep 17, 2018 | www.quotesigma.com

    Best Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

    Napoleon Bonaparte was a French political leader as well as military general. He was the first military general who became the emperor of France and rose to the prominence during the French Revolution. Below is a list of some the famous quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    1. "Victory belongs to the most persevering." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    2. "Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    3. "Ability is of little account without opportunity." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    4. "From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    5. "Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    6. "A leader is a dealer in hope." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    7. "Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    8. "If you want a thing done well, do it yourself." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    9. "A true man hates no one." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    10. "Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    11. "The best cure for the body is a quiet mind." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    12. "It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    13. "Chance is the providence of adventurers." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    14. "Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    15. "In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    16. "The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    17. "In politics never retreat, never retract never admit a mistake." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    18. "I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    19. "Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    20. "The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    21. "When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    22. "The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    23. "A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    24. "An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    25. "If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    26. "Vengeance has no foresight." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    27. "When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    28. "The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    29. "In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    30. "The best way to keep one's word is not to give it." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    31. "Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    32. "The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    33. "Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    34. "There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    35. "The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny." – Napoleon Bonaparte
    36. "One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority." – Napoleon Bonaparte

    [Sep 12, 2018] Henry A. Wallace on amrican fascism

    Sep 12, 2018 | www.zerohedge.com
    Moribundus ,
    The really dangerous American fascist... is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power...

    They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest.

    Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

    ~quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944

    Henry A. Wallace

    [Sep 09, 2018] The reason people are silenced is not because they lie, but because they tell the truth

    Sep 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

    Johnny Rottenborough , says: Website September 6, 2018 at 1:59 pm GMT

    @Them Guys Johnny's Post is very Accurate...

    "So far as the consequences of ticking off Jews are concerned: I was making particular reference to respectable rightwing journalism, most especially in the U.S. I can absolutely assure you that anyone who made general, mildly negative, remarks about Jews would NOT -- not ever again -- be published in the Wall Street Journal opinion pages, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The New York Sun, The New York Post, or The Washington Times. I know the actual people, the editors, involved here, and I can assert this confidently."
    -- Joey Kurtzman, Jew editor of Jewcey.com. Read that back and let the overwhelming arrogance of Jewdom sink in and think exactly about what he's bragging on.

    As: This articles Writer, and several other UNZ Writers can confirm, from their personal experience of daring to write and speak out, about the too many to count or list here, issues regarding Jews, and Jewish agendas that have been and continue to be so destructive to...EVERYBODY else that are, Non-Jewish Goyim gentiles. Wakey, Wakey, You Whitey's. Them Guys -- A recent Gerard Menuhin article quotes the German writer Theodor Fontane: 'The reason people are silenced is not because they lie, but because they tell the truth. When people lie, their own words can be used against them. When they tell the truth, there is no other countermeasure except violence.'

    [Sep 06, 2018] "Every nation gets the government it deserves."

    Sep 06, 2018 | discussion.theguardian.com

    unicone , 6 Sep 2018 07:04

    "Every nation gets the government it deserves."

    Joseph de Maistre, Letter 76, on the topic of Russia's new constitutional laws (27 August 1811)

    [Sep 02, 2018] Hannah Arendt

    Sep 02, 2018 | www.goodreads.com

    [Aug 30, 2018] When the Tories talk about 'free markets', they are talking about markets free from democracy

    Notable quotes:
    "... When the Tories talk about 'free markets', they are talking about markets free from democracy. ..."
    Aug 30, 2018 | craigmurray.org.uk

    Nuno Strybes , August 28, 2018 at 12:43

    When the Tories talk about 'free markets', they are talking about markets free from democracy.

    May's rhetoric is laughable .basically all her speeches read : 'the sky is green, the snow is black etc etc' -- totally detached from reality and a spent political force, as their recent membership numbers showed, with more revenues from legacies left in wills than from actual living members.

    [Aug 24, 2018] Donald Trump at his height of lucidity

    Notable quotes:
    "... Trump: Bush Worst president ever ..."
    "... Everything in Washington has been a lie It's all big lie. ..."
    Aug 24, 2018 | consortiumnews.com

    Jean August 16, 2018 at 7:34 am

    It sure was

    Democrats are now the biggest danger

    Trump ran against the bush republicans and Gop policies and won

    Trump: Bush Worst president ever

    https://youtu.be/j6N8l8DMu3M

    When was the last time that happened? For any party?

    EVER Reply LarcoMarco , August 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    " Everything in Washington has been a lie It's all big lie. " -- Donald Trump at his height of lucidity. Unfortunately, that YouTube clip was from 2007.

    "We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy" ~Chris Hedges

    The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! ~ Donald Trump

    [Aug 23, 2018] The more things change the more they stay the same, or why do people go to zoo

    Notable quotes:
    "... For all his flaws, Mencken had a keen insight into the American political scene. If you doubt that, finish by pondering this observation: "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." ..."
    "... Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. ..."
    Aug 23, 2018 | www.theamericanconservative.com

    Originally from: The Strange Decline of H.L. Mencken - The American Conservative

    Mencken turned his scathing wit and rhetoric of ridicule on the political elite of American society with a sense of humor missing from today's political journalism.

    President Wilson was "the archangel Woodrow," Harding "that numskull Gamaliel," Hoover "Lord Hoover." William Jennings Bryan was "a charlatan, a mountebank, a zany with no sense of dignity. His career brought him into contact with the first men of his time; he preferred the company of rustic ignoramuses."

    Electing Calvin Coolidge, he wrote, was like being presented with a sumptuous banquet and "staying your stomach by plucking flies out of the air." When once asked why if he despised politics so much he wasted his time writing about it, Mencken answer was simple: "why do people go to zoos."

    ... ... ...

    For all his flaws, Mencken had a keen insight into the American political scene. If you doubt that, finish by pondering this observation: "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."


    Fran Macadam July 8, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    "In our system of government, everybody gets what the majority deserve."

    His pythy comments are still clever and to the point, since human nature doesn't change.

    Gandydancer , says: July 9, 2018 at 6:05 am

    "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

    OK, I've pondered it. Referring to our affirmative action president, Barack Obama, are you? Uncle Billy , says: July 9, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Given our past few Presidents and Congresses how could anyone not be a cynic? I am not optimistic. As that great American philosopher Laurence Peter Berra said "the future ain't what it used to be."

    Winston , says: July 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    " an essayist from almost a century ago who generally isn't addressing directly any issues people today care about."

    His comments about politics and politicians are just as relevant today as they were then.

    "In our system of government, everybody gets what the majority deserve."

    Because of the large percentage of bogus and misattributed quotes found online, I always research a quote before I store it away in my "quotes" document. Although it sounds like something Mencken would say, I can't find that one.

    Here are a few I have which I agree with completely:

    "Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."

    "Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."

    "The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." Colin Chattan , says: July 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Some Mencken quotes that I find memorable (taken from http://www.aei.org/publication/h-l-mencken-on-democracy-government-and-politics/ ):

    1. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
    2. Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.
    3. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
    4. Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
    5. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
    6. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
    7. Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
    8. If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner."

    6 is my favourite. As a Canadian I don't have to look any farther than the Canadian scene to recognize their validity.

    Colin Chattan , says: July 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Of course one should temper Mencken's cynicism with Churchill's practical realism in the famous quote (from https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/quotes/the-worst-form-of-government/ ): "Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Paradoctor , says: July 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Prohibition lives; the drugs counterproductively banned changed, is all. The hypocrisy of Puritanism remains.

    As for morons in the White House, I nominate W and the orange conman.

    Paradoctor , says: July 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    and remember the Alzheimer's patient?

    polistra , says: July 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Basically he sounds like Jeff Bezos.

    I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. MY IQ IS 300. ANYONE WITH AN IQ < 300 MUST DIE. ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH MY VIEWS AS OF THE CURRENT PICOSECOND IS A SOYBOY WEAKLING LOSER LIVING IN MOMMY'S BASEMENT AND MUST DIE.

    We already have Bezos and Elon and Zuck and Republicans and Democrats and all the other monstrous Randian self-proclaimed "gods". We don't need another one.

    Tom Blanton , says: July 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    On many levels, Mencken exposed government for what it is. Among writers today, this just isn't done. From big-government progressives to small-government conservatives, political writers today tend to love government and somehow they have faith it can work. So, of course they all reject Mencken – he makes them all look like the fools they are.

    EliteCommInc. , says: July 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

    as i read and tipped at what few articles of mr mencken i had read i thought . . . but it is darkness on darkness writing. taking one to the void and then leaving them there

    then i located the following quotations:

    "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking."

    ― H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

    "Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it."

    ― H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major

    "The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful."

    ― H.L. Mencken

    "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
    ― H.L. Mencken

    Truthdig

    [Aug 10, 2018] "Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, scorn all others" ~ Emperor Septimius Severus to his sons

    Aug 10, 2018 | www.unz.com

    fnn , August 10,