Quotes with Wisdom
If by some miracle the USDA should turn out to be correct when it claims that genome-edited plants are indistinguishable from naturally bred plants, then the whole genome-editing commercial venture is over. That’s because the driving force behind all genetic engineering of plants, including genome editing, is patents. And to get a patent on a genome-edited plant you have to show that it is a man-made invention that is completely different from anything that you might find in nature.
Claire Robinson, Publisher, gmwatch.org
Colonialism is a framework that we think of as forever. It has many names: Pax Romana, the British Empire, Ancien Régime, Manifest Destiny, “Corporations are people, my friend”, hegemony, oligarchy and white supremacy. These are forces of near absolute power (or so they may seem at the time) that have been with us for much of human history.
Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.
— Edward Snowden
Amazon’s CEO is the richest person in the world and makes $230,000 a minute — roughly four times what the average American worker makes in a year. Meanwhile, thousands of Amazon employees rely on public assistance to make ends meet. How absurd is that?
Today is an important anniversary for former intelligence chief James Clapper. No it is not his marriage anniversary or conventional milestone. Clapper can celebrate the running out of the statute of limitations on his alleged perjury before Congress — five years and Clapper is now beyond the reach of the law.
The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use to first shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.
Change the way you see things and the things you see will change.
Why is it easier to imagine the total destruction of mankind, from nuclear war to a climate catastrophe, than to work on changing the system of relations spawned by capitalism?
If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking systems, there would be a revolution before morning
A man is usually more careful of his money, than he is of his principles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why do they want to get rid of cash? They want to drive everybody into an incarcerated penitentiary that is surrounded by mobile payments, credit cards, credit scores, credit ratings, debit cards, constant debt, invasion of privacy, and the ability to assess penalties, charges and unwanted purchases because they control people’s money.
The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people, it controls them.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
If Ajit Pai succeeds in killing Net Neutrality rules, it will completely change the Internet as we know it, giving already powerful telecom companies even more power to overcharge citizens while controlling what we see and do online.
And in the end
The love you take
To the love you make
It is also known that elites foment controversy to keep the people fighting with each other as a form of divide and rule. By recycling controversies in different forms again and again elites create as many divisions as possible that prevent people uniting as one, and, more importantly, uniting against them.
Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
This two-party ownership of the most important events of the election [the Presidential Debates] is, as the League of Women Voters said decades ago, a fraud perpetrated on the American people.
Gov. Gary Johnson
My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Moneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin — with > 50000% return.
— Julian Assange ???? (@JulianAssange) October 14, 2017
I have come to know that it [death] is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial 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.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Money in politics violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.
Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.
So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.
Former President Jimmy Carter
We will prosper in the pursuit of life, or we will perish in the pursuit of money. The choice is ours.
The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money.
Josiah Stamp, Former Director of the Bank of England
As preposterous as it sounds, we have over 2 million people in prisons run by private corporations that trade their stock on Wall Street based upon how many people they have in jail.
Gary Z McGee
Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled.
Anthon St Maarten
It is a fundamental paradox of our time that in the name of market competition we have created a system that unifies corporations while dividing people and forcing them into global competition for corporate favor.
We’re “your” trustworthy news source, even though we’re all owned by six corporations or billionaires with political agendas.
Charles Hugh Smith
Saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is the same as saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
Contemporary society has no place for young spiritually evolving men and women. We see examples of lip service and pretense, but true inward observation is discouraged. To a society that seeks to control its subjects, inward observation is a disaster because it leads to a very revolutionary kind of freedom, outward reformation.
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