Quotes with Wisdom
“Which side are you on?” In a war setting, any information, however true, that is inconsistent with our side’s narrative must be rejected as rendering aid and comfort to the enemy. When both sides do that, the result is a binary choice that shuts out any alternative that may lie outside either pole and even outside the spectrum of opinion that the two poles define.
If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. Then give them money to earn, count and spend and they will be too busy to notice the slavery they are in.
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing tactics, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
Imagine how wealth inequality in the United States might have improved dramatically if the Fed had made zero-interest rate loans available to distressed homeowners instead of funneling $16.1 trillion to the banks.
If you had a retirement fund and woke up one day in 2009 to see you’d lost 30 percent of your life savings, you were the mark. Ordinary Americans had their remaining cash in houses and retirement plans, and the subprime scheme was designed to suck the value out of both places, into the coffers of a few giant banks.
Why do we have a perfectly secure system in place for using a credit/debt card to buy a $2 slushy at 7-11, but somehow secure and trustworthy voting remains a mysteriously-unachievable outcome for a nation as advanced as the US?
Mainstream American liberals think they’re clear-eyed because they can see the propaganda strings being pulled by Fox and Donald Trump, and mainstream American conservatives think they’re clear-eyed because they can see the propaganda strings being pulled by MSNBC and the Democrats, but the propaganda strings on both trace back to the same puppet master.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper that we may record our emptiness.
Breaking elite control over the media narrative is a serious threat to their power because information is power.
Dr. Margaret Flowers
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize
There is a voice that doesn’t use words.
The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
In an alternate universe where the Obama administration prosecuted the CIA’s Bush-era war crimes, she could be in prison. Instead she’s [ Gina Haspel ] going to be the head of the CIA—unless the Senate acts.
Without cash, people become purely dependent on big banks. What happens when the banks fail? During times of crisis, banks could shut their doors and prevent depositors from accessing their money. The lack of genuine cash shifts the power from the individual to corporations and government authorities.
Nearly EVERY major bank in the world, from JP Morgan to Barclays, Citigroup, UBS, Bank of America, etc. has been found at some point or another over the last several years of grossly violating the public’s trust. Yet we consumers still willingly let these criminals hold our money.
I live in the city of Alexandria where, as a Republican your vote doesn’t count, just as a Democrat in Kansas, your vote doesn’t count, and [ranked-choice voting] then would turn it around and make sure that everybody’s voice is heard.
Congressman Don Beyer
Our world is not governed by democratically elected governments. It is ruled by global financial institutions in the service of financial speculators who exchange trillions of dollars daily in search of instant unearned profits to increase the fortunes — and the power— of the richest people on the planet.
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside.
Donald Trump, 2013
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?
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