Quotes

Notably Quotable: “No business which depends for existence on…”

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. ***** “I don’t want to be the America of 10 years back or 20 years back or 30 years back. I want to build a better America and I think this is our moment to do that.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren ***** “Last year, Americans spent more than $80 billion playing state lotteries. That’s around $250 for each citizen, more than what was spent on concerts, sporting events and movie tickets combined….

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Notably Quotable: Wake Up And…

“Wake up & smell the covfefe!!!” — Protest sign at anti-Trump London protest. ***** “You said that your investigation’s work ‘speaks for itself.’ It doesn’t.” — Robert De Niro, “Robert De Niro’s Open Letter To Robert Mueller: ‘Leave Your Comfort Zone’ And Testify” ***** “Snit Hits The Fan” — New York Daily News headline over latest Trump breakdown. ***** “The entire foreign policy is based on a single unstable individual’s reaction to perceptions of slights or flattery. If someone says something nice about him, they are our friend; if they say something unkind, if they don’t kiss the ring, they…


Notably Quotable: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people…”

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” — George Carlin ***** “Democrats who are reluctant to impeach might want to take note of the reaction from voters in Republican Justin Amash’s district.” — John Nichols, “Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.” — Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City ***** “The crusade for the unborn fires up Christian zealots and anti-abortion fanatics with righteous indignation that can lead to violence. It…


Notably Quotable: “I don’t know why…”

  “I don’t know why. They ‘trust me’. Dumb fucks.” — Mark Zuckerberg replying to a friend in the early days of Facebook on why people were signing up in droves. Business Insider (5/13/10) ***** “Ignore the religious rhetoric and moral posturing about abortion. This debate is not about the sanctity of life. It is about corporate capitalists who desperately need more bodies and intend to coerce women to produce them.” — Chris Hedges, “The Abortion Debate Is Not About The Sanctity Of Life — It’s About Corporate Capitalism” (5/20/19) ***** “There is always more misery among the lower classes than…


Notably Quotable: “When plunder becomes a way of life…”

  “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” — Frederic Bastait ***** “We cannot, we simply cannot, have a presidency that is run as if it were a king or dictator.” — House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) ***** “Of course, to stay, you must be seen as on his team, so you make further compromises. You use his language, praise his leadership, tout his commitment to values. And then…


Notably Quotable: “Hell is empty…”

“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2 ***** “Real power is — I don’t even want to use the word — fear.” — Donald J. Trump, – Bob Woodward’s, Fear: Trump In The White House ***** “If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate. They won’t even be voted on. So think of me as the grim reaper.” — Sen. Mitch McConnell on a 2020 progressive legislative agenda . ***** “When the history of Trump’s presidency…


Notably Quotable: “If we had confidence…”

  “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” — From the Mueller Report: Here are 11 key lines from the Mueller report. ***** “Mueller’s quote of Trump, when first learning a special counsel had been appointed – “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked” – has already become a national tagline. Why, Americans wonder, would Trump be “fucked” if he hadn’t done something so awful as to cause its revelation to “fuck” him?” —…


Notably Quotable: “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends…”

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” — John Lennon ***** “Since 2001, every American taxpayer has spent almost $24,000 on the wars — equal to the average down payment on a house, a new Honda Accord, or a year at a public university.” — Mind Unleashed, We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001, (3/25/19) ***** “So long as the fundamental structures of the economy remain unchanged, state action will disproportionately benefit capitalist interests at the expense of everything else.” —   “The ABCs of Socialism”…


Notably Quotable: “Stop trying to navigate systems of power…”

“Stop trying to navigate systems of power and start building your own party.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ***** “A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.” – Noam Chomsky ***** “This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ***** “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.” — George Orwell, “Looking Back on the Spanish War” ***** “In these…


Manufacturing Consent: Generating Apathy To Preserve The Status Quo

  “Advertisers don’t like the public sphere, where audiences are relatively small, upsetting controversy takes place, and the settings are not ideal for selling goods. Their preference for entertainment underlies the gradual erosion of the public sphere under systems of commercial media, well exemplified in the history of broadcasting in the United States over the past seventy-five years. But entertainment has the merit not only of being better suited to helping sell goods; it is an effective vehicle for hidden ideological messages. Furthermore, in a system of high and growing inequality, entertainment is the contemporary equivalent of the Roman “games…


Notably Quotable: “The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth.”

  “The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” ― Wendell Berry ***** “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” ― Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time ***** “In October 1964 in the state of Mississippi, the civil rights movement suffered fifteen killings, four woundings, thirty-seven churches bombed or burned, and…


Aldo Leopold On The Penalty Of The ‘Ecological Education’

“One of the penalities of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community and believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac” (1949).


Thursday Jan.26, 2017

“Welcome To The United States Of Embarrassment.” – Women’s March Protest Sign in Madison, WI.


Thursday Jan 26, 2017

“Welcome To The United States Of Embarrassment.” – Women’s March Protest Sign in Madison, WI.


Sunday February 26, 2017

“The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.”  – Will Durant


Monday February 27, 20117

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”  – Native American teaching