Few Giraffes Left

I don't think it's gonna work out.

In Defense of Schools

Sean Y.

NYC, New York

The problem is

"The problem is not that a computer network [Internet] offers an alternative to the information aristocracy. The true crisis is that neither the news media nor the government has enough credibility to be accepted as either truthful or impartial on their own."

-- William M. Arkin, military writer

Universal innate desire

"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
-- Samuel Butler

The wrong way to think...

"In the United States, alone among the great nations of history, there is a right way to think and a wrong way to think in everything...in the most trivial matters of everyday life."

-- H.L. Mencken

Everything's different

"Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed."

-- Irene Porter

The Rulebreakers

"Hear me, people: We have now to deal with another race--small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule."

-- Chief Sitting Bull, speaking at the Powder River Conference in 1877

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

"Intellectual passion drives out sensuality."

-- Leonardo Da Vinci

Keynes on the privileged

"The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses."

-- John Maynard Keynes

Scientifically designed to prevent over-education

"Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening...The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role."

-- William Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889

The disposessed, courage in war

" . . . he now understood why the army was organized as it was. It was indeed quite necessary. No rational form of organization would serve the purpose. He simply had not understood that the purpose was to enable men with machine guns to kill unarmed men and women easily and in great quantities when told to do so. Only he still could not see where courage, or manliness, or fitness entered in."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Disposessed, pg. 305

Every ten years or so...

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

-- Michael Ledeen, neoconservative

Murder Inc.

"...we had been operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Carribean."

-- LBJ, speaking to Leo Janos of the Atlantic Monthly about the JFK assassination and why he thinks there was a conspiracy
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