Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature...

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of soulless conditions, it is the opium of the people."

-- Karl Marx

Classy R2-D2

Civilization

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Let's Play Monopoly

Kara Remembers (on floppy drives)

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The strong do as they please...

"The strong do as they please; the weak accept what they must."

-- Thucydides, Greek historian, The Meilan Dialogues

The dominance of ideas

"The dominance of these ideas is not the product of a conspiratorial group that has devilishly plotted to implant on society a particular point of view. Nor is it an accident, an innocent result of people thinking freely. There is a process of natural (or, rather unnatural) selection, in which certain orthodox ideas are encouraged, financed, and pushed foward by the most powerful mechanisms of our culture. These ideas are preferred because they are safe; they don't threaten established wealth or power.

    For instance:

     "Be realistic; this is the way things are; there's no point thinking about how things should be.

    "People who teach or write or report the news should be objective; they should not try to advance their own opinions.

    "There are unjust wars, but also just wars.

    "If you disobey the law, even for a good cause, you should accept your punishment.

    "If you work hard enough, you'll make a good living. If your are poor, you only have yourself to blame.

    "Freedom of speech is desirable, but not when it threatens national security.

    "Racial equality is desirable, but we've gone far enough in that direction."

    "Our Constitution is our greatest guarantee of liberty and justice.

    "The United States must intervene from time to time in various parts of the world with military power to stop communism and promote democracy.

    "If you want to get things changed, the only way is through proper channels.

    "We need nuclear weapons to prevent war.

    "There is much injustice in the world but there is nothing that ordinary people, without wealth or power, can do about it."

-- Howard Zinn, Declarations of Independence

H. Dubya on Athiests

“No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.”

-- George H. W. Bush

The tree of liberty...

“The tree of liberty must be watered periodically with the blood of tyrants and patriots alike. It is its natural manure.”

-- Thomas Jefferson

There is an old arabic saying...

"Trust in Allah, but keep your camel tied."

-- old arabic saying, OSS

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

The greatest good...

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."

-- John Maynard Keynes

The architects of power...

"The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate."

-- Samuel Huntington

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The litany against fear is an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, and its sequels, in order to focus their minds in times of peril.

If you want the truth...

"If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease."

-- Sent-ts'an, c. 700 C.E.
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