Thursday, July 19, 2018

no. 590

“One thing I was coming to believe. If your number is up, you should have at least one last good bonk, before you go.”

From Tim Ellis’ book “Make Or Break The Hero”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

no. 589

"Some men rob you with a six-gun -- others rob you with a fountain pen."

Woody Guthrie

Friday, July 13, 2018

no. 588

“Of course it is important to the political and social sciences that the essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy, is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them. And one can debate long and profitably on the rule of Nobody, which is what the political form known as bureau-cracy truly is. . . When Hitler said that a day would come in Germany when it would be considered a “disgrace” to be a jurist, he was speaking with utter consistency of his dream of a perfect bureaucracy.”

From Hannah Arendt’s  1963 book, “Eichman in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.”

Friday, July 6, 2018

no. 587

“The demagogue doesn't lead radicals, he radicalizes his supporters. With each outrage he drags them down by association until they feel they have no one else, and no one else will have them. It works.”

Garry Kasparov

Thursday, July 5, 2018

no. 586

...that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." 

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

no. 585

Implicit faith saves an infinity of trouble. How happy were we in submitting to the government, adopting the prejudices, and aping the manners of a nation, which we conceived to be the glory of the world, and the perfection of human nature?”

Francis Hopkinson, founding father from New Jersey

no. 584

"In corrupt systems, a few bad actors cost everyone else billions in order to bring in millions – the savings a factory can realize from dumping pollution in the water supply are much smaller than the costs we all bear from being poisoned by effluent. But the costs are widely diffused while the gains are tightly concentrated, so the beneficiaries of corruption can always outspend their victims to stay clear."

Cory Doctorow in "Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags"

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

no. 583

“But the liberal attitude does not say that you should oppose authority. It says only that you should be free to oppose authority, which is quite a different thing. The essence of the liberal outlook in the intellectual sphere is a belief that unbiased discussion is a useful thing and that men should be free to question anything if they can support their questioning by solid arguments. The opposite view, which is maintained by those who cannot be called liberals, is that the truth is already known, and that to question it is necessarily subversive.”

Bertrand Russell

Sunday, July 1, 2018

no. 582

"Jesus never asked Christians to make a Christian nation"

Brandi Miller on Huffington Post

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

no. 581

“That’s all anybody can do right now. Live. Hold out. Survive. I don’t know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won’t matter if we don’t survive these times.”

Octavia Butler

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

no. 580

"The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do." 

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Saturday, June 16, 2018

no. 579

"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions."

Thomas Jefferson

no. 578

Donald Trump needs to end every speech by staring at the audience & screaming "Are you not entertained?"

John Fugelsang

no. 577

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.” 

George Bernard Shaw

no. 576

“If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them"  

Paul Wellstone

no. 575

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires"

Susan B Anthony.

no. 574

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Camus

no. 573

"As long as you hate, there will be people to hate."

George Harrison

no. 572

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."

 Cicero

no. 571

"But see, that's the trick. That's how the GOP have this narrative. They constantly play the aggrieved underdog. They kick a homeless guy in the ribs and then say he attacked them and broke their foot. And the media, somehow, inexplicably, buys it every time."

Chuck Wendig