Classy R2-D2

Civilization

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Let's Play Monopoly

Kara Remembers (on floppy drives)

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Gary Webb on Investigative Journalism

"If we had met five years ago, you wouldn't have found a more staunch defender of the newspaper industry than me ... I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests. So how could I possibly agree with people like Noam Chomsky and Ben Bagdikian, who were claiming the system didn't work, that it was steered by powerful special interests and corporations, and existed to protect the power elite? And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job ... The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress..."

-- Gary Webb

In revolutions everything is forgotten...

"In revolutions everything is forgotten.... Gratitude, friendship, parentage; every tie vanishes, and all that is sought is self-interest."

-- Napolean Bonaparte, quoted in Barry E. O'Meara, Napolean in Exile, 1822

Chomsky on our intellectual culture

"An important fact about our intellectual culture is that people can read and write about our long-term policies of defending market democracy from the Communist threat without laughing. That takes no little talent. It is real tribute to the educational institutions and the information system."

-- Noam Chomsky

Featured Quote

"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

-- Bertrand Russell

Truth and Lies

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

-- H. L. Mencken

The mass of men...

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Economy in Walden, 1854

Objectivity, concerning foreign nations

"The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard--every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve. Indeed, if one examines the relationship between nations, as well as between individuals, one comes to the conclusion that objectivity is the exception, and a greater or lesser degree of narcissistic distortion is the rule."

-- Erich Fromm

The real meaning of Peace...

"You know the real meaning of PEACE only if you have been through the war."

-- Kosovar

It is the flag...

"It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations."

-- Henry Cabot Lodge

He loves his country...

"He loves his country best who strives to make it best."

-- Robert G. Ingersoll
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