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The love of possessions is a disease with them (Americans).
They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule.
They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbours away.
If America had been twice the size it is, there still would not have been enough.
( Sitting Bull )
I could see that the white man did not care for each other the way our people did.
They would take everything from each other if they could.
Some had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all.
This could not be better than the old ways of our people.
( Black Elk )
When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory.
But if they lose, it is called a massacre.
American Holocaust ..
One hundred million Native Americans were killed.
I again recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party.
Let individuals contribute as they desire.
But let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly.
( Theodore Roosevelt )
Republicans Have Never Approved Of Democracy ..
Every Republican administration since 1952 has let the military-industrial complex loot the treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency.
Richard Nixon comes quickly to mind, along with Ronald Reagan and his ridiculous ‘trickle-down’ theory of US economic policy.
If the rich get richer, the theory goes, before long their pots will overflow and somehow ‘trickle-down’ to the poor, who would rather eat scraps off the Bush family plates than eat nothing at all.
Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will.
It goes back to pre-industrial America, when only white male property owners could vote.
( Hunter S. Thompson )
The world is not divided between East and West.
You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk and we understand each other perfectly.
The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me.
And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you.
And our governments are very much the same.
( Marjane Satrapi )
The common enemy of humanity is man.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill.
All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome.
The real enemy then, is humanity itself.
( Club of Rome )
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
( Martin Luther King, Jr. )
All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.
( President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905 )
Homosexuality is not normal.
On the contrary, it is a challenge to the norm.
Nature exists whether academics like it or not.
And in Nature, procreation is the single relentless rule.
That is the norm.
Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction.
No one is born gay.
The idea is ridiculous.
Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.
( Camille Paglia )
Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they are in trouble again.
Many people are still alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
When I was an MP, I raised the issue of boys in the Kincora home being abused by leading figures in Northern Ireland, including judges.
Each time I raised the issue I was shouted down by Tory MPs and Thatcher’s government refused to investigate.
Now the head of the National Crime Agency says it won’t be possible to charge all the 50,000 online pedophiles as we don’t have enough police to handle it.
( Ken Livingstone, 24.10.2014 )
I love the moments in life that absolutely dwarf you.
That show you where you fit and how small you are.
That remind you that we are specks of dust caught up in a tornado..
And we never even know we are spinning.
( Tyler Knott Gregson )
Everything that is happening is not being done to us.
It is being done by us.
Social justice, human rights, the environment, cruelty to animals, are being exploited by industries that are being driven by unchecked, unethical, anything-to-make-money commerce.
Our purchasing habits, what we buy and what we choose not to buy, drive that system.
An oppressor, whether a government, an industry, or an individual, has no power if we don’t give it to them.
Normal is just an illusion.
What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
( Morticia Addams )
The trouble with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
( Humphrey Bogart )
Never define yourself by your relationship status, your income or your looks.
It’s your generosity, kindness and compassion that counts.
( Brigitte Nicole )
David Cameron has had to hand back £28,000 which was donated to the Tories’ election fund by a company linked to the Russian banker Andrei Borodin.
The Electoral Commission that keeps tabs on party donors is rightly worried about Borodin.
He was granted asylum by Cameron’s Government having fled Russia after being investigated for a £220million tax fraud.
It’s a bit rich for the Tories to complain that British trade unions fund the Labour Party when more and more of their money is coming from dodgy foreigners on the run.
( Ken Livingstone, 24.10.2014 )
A private Christian school was reprimanded because it had not been ‘inclusive’ enough.
Rules supposedly devised to curb Islamic ‘extremism’ were used to warn this school that it would be downgraded for failing to bring a Muslim iman to preach to its pupils.
Could there be anything more ludicrous?
( Peter Hitchens, 26.10.2014 )
A Struggle That Will Last For Years ..
David Cameron says the fight against the Islamic State is a struggle that will last years, not months.
He has committed Britain to a leading role in Iraq and has suggested our forces will expand their operations into Syria.
But our forces have been savaged by ill-judged and excessive defence costs.
Even our limited role in Libya for just a few months in 2011 left us severely over-stretched, according to RAF and Navy chiefs.
And that was before huge new cuts to both services, as well as the Army.
Cameron has ruled out boots on the ground in the fight against Islamic State.
Such public statements are grossly irresponsible and serve only to encourage the enemy by signalling our weakness.
Nor does this policy make military sense.
How can we depend totally on local forces that have repeatedly proven their inability to halt the Islamic State’s advance?
We must be ready to attack with our own ground forces, if it is necessary.
The forces we commit must be able to sustain an operation over many years.
Yet following repeated cuts our ability to do so is in doubt.
These must be reversed and the plan to rely so heavily on part-time soldiers abandoned.
Cameron says he has learnt lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.
But has he learnt one of the most crucial ones that fighting a war with too few troops is ineffective and costs British soldiers’ lives?
( Col. Richard Kemp, Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, 27.09.2014 )
A code system is always the result of a mental process (it requires an intelligent origin or inventor).
It should be emphasised that matter as such is unable to generate any code.
All experiences indicate that a thinking being voluntarily exercising his own free will, cognition, and creativity, is required.
There is no known law of nature, no known process, and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in matter.
( Dr. Werner Gitt )
When your friends dress like your enemy and your enemy is dressed like your friends, how do you know who to kill?
Defeats are easy to understand.
Victories can take decades to reveal their meaning.
The triumph over Soviet Communism in 1989 faded pretty quickly.
The Kremlin menace – easily resisted by resolve and deterrence – was gone.
But in its place were subtler threats from Berlin and Brussels, the unwanted revolution of mass immigration from the old Soviet Empire, the sinister rise of China and the deep, menacing clouds of Islamic militancy.
( Peter Hitchens, 21.09.2014 )
Police Are No Longer Interested In Lost Property ..
The front counter of the local police station has always been the first port of call for an honest citizen who finds somebody else’s property dropped in the street.
But now police across the country are refusing to handle lost items – telling members of the public they must track down the rightful owners themselves.
Some forces even tell people to put up signs in shops with details of the found items, and to throw away unidentified keys, because they no longer have the time or staff to deal with the paperwork.
Until recently, front-counter staff would take in anything found in the street and log the details.
( Martin Beckford, 05.10.2014 )
The glory comes from the actions that prevent war.
And the heroes are the ones who implement those actions.
I don’t think there’s ever been a better actor or actress on screen than Meryl Streep.
She’s entirely unfair.
The rest of us come in to do garage-band music, and Mozart shows up.
( Sean Penn )
When The Simplest Things Break Down ..
When the simplest things that we take for granted break down – roads to drive on, phones to babble through – we squeak angrily on message boards, tweet in outrage, toss our phones across the room, stamp our feet, slam car doors and behave like a spoiled bratty nation.
It’s too easy to forget we’re incredibly lucky to have those wobbly roads and mobile services to connect us, and the opportunity to vent our dissatisfaction in mainstream media.
( Vicky Carroll, Deputy Editor of The Big Issue, July, 2012 )
There’s far more money to be made in treating a disease than curing it.
Why cure someone of cancer in a day, when you can treat them for a lifetime and bill them every step of the way?
Britain’s Slave Trade ..
Far from being consigned to the history books, slavery is alive and well worldwide.
Domestic servants as young as six in Bangladesh working 18-hour days, women trafficked from Eastern Europe into sex work in the UK, bonded labourers working in quarries and brick kilns in India.
All of these people are working long hours for little or no pay in conditions that would contravene every letter of the European Human Rights Act, section 4.
And isn’t it uplifting to know that the UK is contributing to this exploitation through programmes like Workfare!
Shame on us.
( Julietta Schoenmann, July 2012 )
So many gods, so many creeds.
So many paths that wind and wind.
While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
( Ella Wheeler Wilcox )
No, I Am Gutted ..
I am not ‘not’ cheesed-off with the venal, filthy, self-seeking grasps for bonuses, or the memory of an MP’s duck house, or the sight of people losing their jobs while others put on enormous financial weight.
No, I am gutted.
( John Bird, the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Big Issue, July, 2012 )
There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.
Unfortunately, the origin of the cell remains a question that is actually the murkiest aspect of the whole theory of evolution.
( Alexander Oparin, 1894-1980 )
Not like sleepy tired.
Just tired of all the bull-shit.
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modification, my theory would absolutely break down.
( Charles Darwin, 1809-1882 )
We Have To Recognise That We Are Spiritual Beings ..
If the mind is the brain, this would mean either that one part of the brain activates another part, which then activates another part, etc., or that a particular region of the brain is activated spontaneously, without any cause, and it is hard to see how either alternative would provide a basis for free will.
We have to recognise that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world.
( John Eccles, Neurophysiologist, 1903-1997 )
The beginning of the universe seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural.
( Sir Arthur Eddington, 1882-1944 )
As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency, or, rather Agency, must be involved.
Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being?
Was it God who stepped in and so providently crafted the cosmos for our benefit?
( George S. Greenstein )
Can matter organise itself?
Today there is no circumstance known under which one could affirm that microscopic beings have come into the world without parents resembling themselves.
( Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895 )
Before You Preach To Me ..
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people.
Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me how much you love all His children.
Before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbours.
In the end, I am not interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.
( Cory Booker )
One of the strongest arguments for hanging heinous murderers is that it is more humane than locking them up till they die.
Anyone who has seen inside a prison would much prefer a quick death to wearing out his days in such a place.
I know that some people actively argue that notorious convicted killers should live in fear of attacks and perhaps a violent death at the hands of their fellow inmates.
I pity anyone with such a shrivelled conscience.
( Peter Hitchens, 21.09.2014 )