Each man must for himself alone...

"Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may."

-- Mark Twain

Gotta love Librarians

Smile!

Run AWAY!!!

The price of aggression...

"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

-- Ronald Reagan

Central America was 'never ours to lose'

"The United States has to realize it does not own Central America or any other part of the world, and that people have a right to shape their own destiny, to choose the type of government they want. We don't lose Cuba, we don't lose Nicaragua, because they were never ours to lose."

-- Sister Ita Ford, one of four U.S. churchwomen slain by Salvadoran soldiers in 1980

How often we fail to realize...

"How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy."

-- Paul Sweeney

The origin of myths...

"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."

-- Bertrand Russell

William Blum on Conspiracy

"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." 

-- William Blum, Rogue State

To accept opinions...

To accept opinions is to gain the good solid feeling of being correct without having to think.

-- C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

The media serve

"The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly."

-- Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic

The BBC and the state of Journalism

Somehow, that old-fashioned thoroughness and commitment have disappeared. I suppose no one has the time for it any more.

--Terry Wogan, longtime BBC broadcaster, stating that the BBC has lost its standing as the world's foremost broadcaster. Aug. 12, 2008

War educates the senses...

"War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, d. 1882

The legitimacy of institutions

"There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past."

-- Noam Chomsky
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