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07/09/16

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                These folks said it better than I could ...

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so.” - Mark Twain

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair
“We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.” – Thomas Edison
“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.  Its seat is in the heart and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.”  - Gandhi
"Every human being is the author of his own disease."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“I believe we ought to retain all our liberties.  We can’t afford to throw them away.  They didn’t come to us in the night.” – Mark Twain
“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”  - M. L. King
“Secrecy and a free democratic government don’t mix.” – Harry Truman
“Faith is much better than belief.  Belief is when someone else does the thinking.”  - Buckminster Fuller
“It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”  - Henry Thoreau
“It is a mistake to look too far ahead.  The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”  - Winston Churchill
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”  - M. L. King
“Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith.  I consider a capacity for it terrifying.”  - Kurt Vonnegut
“Christianity is a good philosophy if you live it, but it’s controlled by white people who preach it but don’t practice it.  They just organize it and use it any which way they want to.”  - Muhammad Ali
“Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Mohandas Gandhi
“The blessings of liberty have too often stood for privilege, materialism and a life of ease.” - JFK
“I think there is an immense shortage of Christian charity amongst so-called Christians.” – Harry Truman 
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  - M. L. King
"Work out your own salvation.  Do not depend on others."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  - Einstein
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.”  - Albert Einstein
“If Christ should appear on Earth, he would be denounced as a mistaken, misguided man, insane and crazed.”  - Henry Thoreau
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”  -  Winston Churchill
“Laughing or crying is what a human being does when there’s nothing else  he can do.” - Kurt Vonnegut
"Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems.  This is so untrue that it makes me want to laugh – or cry.” - Kurt Vonnegut
“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality.  Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.”  - Malcolm X
“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”  - George Bernard Shaw
“Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.”  -  H. L. Mencken
"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it.  I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it.  I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh – anything but work.”  -  Abraham Lincoln
“People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.” - Kurt Vonnegut
“No man can be a pure specialist without being, in a strict sense, an idiot.”  - George Bernard Shaw
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion" – L. Ron Hubbard   1946
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone then in bad company.” – George Washington
“Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.”  - Lily Tomlin
“I never did give anybody hell.  I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”  - Harry Truman
"The four corners of deceit: government, academia, science and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That's how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper." - Rush Limbaugh
"Better then a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are not tolerant.  The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”  - RFK
“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty.  I think only how to solve the problem.  But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” - Buckminster Fuller
“Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.”  - FDR
“An artist must know how to convince others of the truth of his lies.” – Pablo Picasso
“I’ve heard people say that the trouble with the world is that we haven’t enough great leaders.  I think we haven’t enough great followers.  I have stood side by side with great thinkers – surgeons, engineers, economists; men who deserve a great following – and have heard the crowd cheer me instead… I’m proud of my profession.  I like to play baseball.  I like fans, too… But I think they yelled too loudly and yelled for the wrong man.”  - Babe Ruth
“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution is coming whether we like it or not.  We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability”  -  RFK
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” - Albert Einstein
“We know that art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” – Pablo Picasso
“The C students run the world.”  - Harry Truman
“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” - Kurt Vonnegut
“Ah, good taste!  What a dreadful thing!  Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”  - Pablo Picasso
“You need a certain number of breaks in baseball… and every other calling.” – Babe Ruth
“Never go out to meet trouble.  If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it for you.”  -  Calvin Coolidge 
“You know what makes leadership?  It is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do, and like it.” – Harry Truman
“Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.”  - Abraham Lincoln
“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”  - George Bernard Shaw
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;  you are the one who gets burned."  - Siddhartha Gautama
“Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will.”  - M. L. King
“No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up.”  - Lily Tomlin
“Men don’t change.  The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”  - Harry Truman
“That’s part of American greatness, is discrimination.  Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives man opportunity.” - Lester Maddox, ex-Governor of Georgia
Arbitrary imprisonments have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instrument of tyranny."  - Alexander Hamilton
“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”  -  M. L. King |
“It is only after time has been given for cool and deliberate reflection that the real voice of the people can be known.” – George Washington
From Reuters:  “The Catholic Church says promoting condoms to fight the spread of AIDS fosters what it sees as immoral and hedonistic lifestyles and behavior that will only contribute to its spread.”
“There’s nothing to winning, really.  That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.”  - Alfred Hitchcock
 
“Winning isn’t everything.  It’s the only thing”

 

  I wish to hell I’d never said the damn thing… I meant the effort...  I meant having a goal…I sure as hell don’t mean for people to crush human values and morality.”  -  Vince Lombardi
"Shall I tell you what it is to know? To say you know when you know, and to say you do not when you do not, that is knowledge." - Confucius
Too much fear is a serious problem.   More than 25 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and phobias ranging from ablutophobia (fear of bathing) to zoophobia (fear of animals). Research is underway to understand how fear functions in mammals' brains and could lead to a less fearful human world. According to the American Psychiatric Association,
Question:  Identify this man:
In 1991, after the first Gulf war, he defended the first President Bush's decision not to bomb Saddam out of power and install a new Iraqi government.  Such an invasion, he warned then, would have gotten the United States ``bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq.''
He continued, ``How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?'‘
Answer:  Dick Cheney
"Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. . . . People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people." - Treasury secretary Andrew Mellon, as his proposed response to the great depression.  (It didn't work. Instead, social programs and war spending are credited with lifting the US out of the great depression.) In "The Grand Inquisitor" portion of "Crime and Punishment", Dostoyevsky writes about an imaginary encounter between the head of the Spanish Inquisition and Christ himself.  The inquisitor maintains people are much happier without free will and that they prefer the safe comforts of "Miracle, Mystery, and Authority."
"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
--Albert Einstein
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared."  - Siddhartha Gautama

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."  - Siddhartha Gautama

“Don’t try to take on a new personality; it doesn’t work.”  - Richard Nixon
“Conformity is the jailor of freedom and the enemy of growth.” - JFK "We are what we pretend to be.” - Kurt Vonnegut
"I never told my own religion nor scrutinized that of another.  I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another's creed.  I am satisfied that yours must be an excellent religion to have produced a life of such exemplary virtue and correctness.  For it is in our lives, not from our words, that our religion must be judged."  - Thomas Jefferson "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."  - Siddhartha Gautama

It is interesting how this contrasts with the teaching of the bible:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."  - Proverbs 3:5

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."  - Siddhartha Gautama “The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.” – Harry Truman
“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking, and thus we are being driven unarmed towards a catastrophe.”  - Albert Einstein “Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.” - William E. Gladstone
"Your work is to discover your world, and then with all your heart give yourself to it."  - Siddhartha Gautama "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."  - Proverbs 3:5
"The game of life is the game of boomerangs.  Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy." - Florence Shinn "If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril."  - Confucius
 “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”  - Abraham Lincoln “God to me …is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.” - Buckminster Fuller
"Fear is the mother of all gods.  Nature does all thing spontaneously by herself, without their meddling."  Lucretius  99-55 BCE "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." - Seneca  4-65 CE
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." - JFK "I'm a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, all foes to true understanding. Likewise tolerance, or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. - Mark Twain "Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them."   Justice Joseph Story, James Madison's Supreme Court nominee
"Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember."  - Oscar Levant "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  - George Santayana
"The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea."  - Jean-Luc Godard "People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights."  Indira Gandhi
"Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others." - Robert Louis Stevenson "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."  - Carl Sagan
"Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance."  - Will Durant "The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand."  - Cesare Lombroso
"Education is not preparation for life.  Education is life itself."  - John Dewey "Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stampof his lowly origin."  - Charles Darwin
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."  - Robert E. Lee "Truth never damages a cause that is just."  - Mahatma Gandhi
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."  - Jimmy Carter "I would have made a good pope."  - Richard Nixon
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."  - Leo Tolstoy "Life is  not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming." - Myrna Loy
"Belief gets in the way of learning."  - Robert Heinlein "To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice."  - Ambrose Bierce
"Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience."  - Adam Smith  "The test of democracy is freedom of criticism." - David Ben-Gurion

"Politics is not a bad profession.  If you succeed there are many rewards.  If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book."  - Ronald Reagan  (His book: "Reagan, In His Own Hand" available at bookstores.)

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."  - Edward R. Murrow
"A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."  - David Hume "There is a condition worse then blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there." - L. Ron Hubbard
"Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth."  - Franklin D. Roosevelt  "Science says the first word on everything and the last word on nothing."  - Victor Hugo
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."  - Bertrand Russell "As soon as man doesn't take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins."  - Albert Schweitzer
"It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science." - Charles Darwin "Of all the plagues with which mankind are cursed, Ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst." -  Daniel Defoe (1660-1731).
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."   - Benjamin Franklin "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters"   - Benjamin Franklin
"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people mroe easily and more frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. "  - Benjamin Franklin "By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise."
- Adolf Hitler
“You never see anything very great which is not, at the same time, horrible in some respect.  The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”  - Pablo Picasso "In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;  people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true."  - Siddhartha Gautama
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continual stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of a grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real."  -  General Douglas MacArthur to the stockholders of Sperry Rand, 1957 "...the world of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation." - David Foster Wallace

“Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.” - Ambrose Bierce

“The best mind-altering drug is truth.” – Lily Tomlin

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” - Hermann Goering, at his war crimes trial

"The four corners of deceit: government, academia, science and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That's how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper." - Rush Limbaugh     Nov 24, 2009
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.” - Albert Einstein The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” -
Robert Lynd
Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy” - Hermann Goering “War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”  - M. L. King
“As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing” - Karl Rove

“Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.” - Adolph Hitler

''The Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level.''
—Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharon Angle, July 12, 2010
'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." - Karl Rove
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.- Adolph Hitler "A country without a memory is a country of madmen."
 - Gorge Santayana
"You'll never convince a believer of anything for their beliefs are not based in facts nor evidence, but in a deep seated need to believe." -  Carl Sagan "The conversion of all questions of truth to questions of power has attacked the very heart of the distinction between true and false." - Theodore Adorno
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." - Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Being called a racist does not make you a bona fide conservative"  - conservative blogger Michelle Malkin
"Those people who insist that Hitler was a socialist show their ignorance about Nazi Germany. During the first half of the 20th Century, socialism had many meanings. When Hitler talked about Nazi socialism, he was describing the average German's supposed social responsibilities to the State. Real socialists- social progressives- were usually sent to the concentration camps." - Author Jonathan Maxwell, Murderous Intellectuals: Nazis and the German Elite Journalist Charles Pierce not long ago wrote an essay on “Idiot America,” followed by a book of that name, in which he argued that “the rise of Idiot America today represents — for profit mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power — the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they’re talking about. In the new media age, everybody is a historian, or a preacher, or a scientist, or a sage. And if everyone is an expert, then nobody is, and the worst thing you can be in a society where everybody is an expert is, well, an actual expert.
“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar.”  - Julius Caesar " My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.” - John Dominic Crossan

“If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.” -Adlai Stevenson  US Ambassador to the United Nations

"Cuando el viento cambia necesito que a su vez la vela."Or "When the wind changes, you need to turn the sail into it." 
Fourteen Early Warning Signs of Fascism
To create this list, historical data was researched on the following:
 Nazi Germany,
 Fascist Italy,
 Franco’s Spain,
 Salazar’s Portugal,
 Papdopoulos’s Greece,
 Pinochet’s Chile,
 and Suharto’s Indonesia
 
1) Powerful Nationalism
2) Disdain for Human Rights
3) Identification of Enemies as a Unifying Cause
4) Supremacy of the Military
5) Rampant Sexism
6) Controlled Mass Media
7) Obsession With National Security
8) Religion and Government are Interrelated
9) Corporate Power is Protected
10) Labor Power is Suppressed
11) Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
12) Obsession With Crime and Punishment
13) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
14) Fraudulent Elections
 
I’ve been wondering why current events seem like a repeat of 1939 Germany – now I know why.

Here is a link to an article by Bernard Weiner that explains this parallel between 1933 Germany and the United States today much better then I can.

 

 

 

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PNAC - this is why we're in Iraq

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The Crisis Papers - What's wrong with PNAC

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Media Matters for America   - A great place to see where media lies get caught and corrected

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Consortium News

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The Center for Public Integrity - report on the Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War

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The Fund for Independence in Journalism - Timeline on recent secrecy in American government

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The American Civil Liberties Union  - Protecting the constitution                          

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Democracy Now!

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MoveOn

bulletThink Progress
bulletMedia Transparency
bulletThinkExist - a good place to find quotes
bulletForbes analysis - IQ vs. Politics
bulletOperation Clambake
bulletAmway Sucks  --  There is a hell for Republicans, it's called Amway.
bulletMy opinion on religion

 

bulletMy personal philosophy on life can also be described in much more humorous terms.  Click here to view this page.  Pretty funny stuff.
 

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