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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:23 am 
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"What has allowed so many [psychopathic personalities] to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they cannot care what happens next. Simply can't. Do this! Do that! Mobilize the reserves! Privatize the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody's telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! F--- habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!"

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May he rest in peace!

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Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules -- and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress."

- Sirens of Titan
See, there IS a purpose to life- we're just too sophistcated with supernatural anthropomorphism to pay attention to reality!

Took Vonnegut in High school. Loved his style and wanted to copy it somehow. Years passed and other idea's came and went. With his passing, it brought back the joy I had reading his stuff- better than Shakespeare-
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"I think William Shakespeare was the wisest human being I ever heard of. To be perfectly frank, though, that's not saying much. We are impossibly conceited animals, and actually dumb as heck. Ask any teacher. You don't even have to ask a teacher. Ask anybody. Dogs and cats are smarter than we are."

- Hocus Pocus
Tell Cats and I something we don't already know!

What he may have thought about our planet-
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Bergeron's epitaph for the planet, I remember, which he said should be carved in big letters in a wall of the Grand Canyon for the flying-saucer people to find, was this:


WE COULD HAVE SAVED IT
BUT WE WERE TOO DOGGONE CHEAP

Only he didn't say 'doggone.'"

- Hocus Pocus

Perhaps Justonemorething might find solace in his words-
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Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous."

- Slapstick
Love Catherine's god/bush quote- Think I'll use it on some rightwingnut sites, like Little green roadapples! :lol: :lol:

Ice Nine Publishing company- anyone know who used that as their publishing company logo?




I'll give you a hint- they were dead and they were grateful.

Cat's Cradle- Ice Nine was in Cats Cradle- what was the purpose of Ice Nine?

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Fantastic quotes! Now here was a preson worth listening to...he will be missed.

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And we learned that he (Cheney) would need yet another operation on his heart. A search and rescue mission, no doubt.

Arianna Huffington


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Eisenhower's Military Industrial Complex Speech

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In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.


The entire speech is thoughtful, if only we had listened more carefully. It is good to keep it in mind...

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“Shallow draughts intoxicate the brain.”

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"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking”
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This world will survive when we learn how to coexist.

Okay, we disagree. You like to eat this way, and I like to eat that way. You like to dance that way. I like to dance this way. You think of this word meaning such and such. I use the same word, but I'm thinking of something different. But if we learn the lesson of the rainbow, we will be here a hundred years from now.

Quote from Pete Seeger on Democracy Now!

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"While in our private life nobody except a mad person would remain passive in view of a threat to our total existence, those who are in charge of public affairs do practically nothing, and those who have entrusted their fate to them let them continue to do nothing.

"How is it possible that the strongest of all instincts, that for survival, seems to have ceased to motivate us? One of the most obvious explanations is that the leaders undertake many actions that make it possible for them to pretend they are doing something effective to avoid a catastrophe: endless conferences, resolutions, disarmament talks, all give the impression that the problems are recognized and something is being done to resolve them. Yet nothing of real importance happens; but both the leaders and the led anesthetize their consciences and their wish for survival by giving the appearance of knowing the road and marching in the right direction."

Erich Fromm. (1976). To Have or To Be?

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"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

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Love that quote and the idea itself, CE.

Thank you.

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"Henceforth, every nation's foreign policy must be judged at every point by one consideration: does it lead us to a world of law and order or does it lead us back to anarchy and death?"


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When God created the World, he decided to concede 2 virtues to each person so that they can thrive. He make the Swiss person ordered and respectful one of the law, the English person obstinate and phlegmatic, the Japanese person hard-working and patient. As for the American persons, he says: "The Americans will be intelligent, honest and republican". When the World was completed, the angel which had been in charge of the distribution of the virtues required to God:"Lord, you said that you granted each person 2 virtues and the Americans had 3 of it. Is this so that they are placed at the top of the others?" "In truth, I say it to you, each person has 2 virtues, including the Americans because each one of them will be able to have only 2 of them at the same time." "And how is that, Lord?" "If an American is republican and honest, he will not be intelligent, if he's intelligent and honest, he will not be republican and if he's republican and intelligent, he will not be honest."

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(In the case of GWB, he has only 1 virtue.)

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