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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 2018 Quotations (57)

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."
~~ children's TV host Fred Rogers [1928-2003]

"Old age is a privilege. There are 14 teenagers and three teachers in Parkland, Florida who do not get to go there."
~~ G.E. Nordell

“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
~~ Roy T. Bennett

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
~~ Peter F. Drucker [1909-2005]

"The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy."
~~ Plato [427-347 BCE]

"There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."
~~ Montesquieu [1689-1755]

"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant."
~~ Maximilien Robespierre [1758-94]

"Change requires more than righteous anger. It requires a program, and it requires organizing."
~~ Barack Obama, on 7 May 2016

"If you correct the mind, the rest of your life will fall into place."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~~ St. Francis of Assisi [1181?-1226]

"With guns you can kill terrorists. With education, you can kill terrorism."
~~ Malala Yousafzai

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
~~ Dale Carnegie [1888-1965]

"If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp [that] it was written on."
~~ ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna [1946-2000]

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking [that] you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not – you’re the product. Its customers are the advertisers.”
~~ Bruce Schneier, quoted in TIME Magazine 11/2010

"Google Users - You're The Product, Not The Customer"
~~ article in Forbes Magazine 12/2013

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
~~ Nobel-laureate André Gide [1869-1951]

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"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
~~ Chief Seattle [c. 1786-1866]

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"It does not require many words to speak the truth."
~~ Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe [1840-1904]

"All that zoos actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement,
compared to which a visit to a penetentiary, or even to a state legislature in session, is informing, stimulating, and ennobling."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
~~ Stephen King

"Hope is the ability to hear the melody of the future. Faith is the willingness and the courage to dance to it today."
~~ Pastor Peter Kuzmic of Croatia

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”
~~ Brasilian author Paulo Coelho

"If we really think children are our future, shouldn’t the people who mold their minds make more than the night manager at GameStop?"
~~ TV host Bill Maher

"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82], essay "Self-Reliance" [1841]

"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."
~~ Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

"Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life . . . touch your heart and nourish your soul."
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

"Hate mail is far more entertaining than valentines."
~~ columnist Gustavo Arellano

"The use of force is proof of the absence of Reason."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Our chief want (lack) in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Decide who you're not before you decide who you are."
~~ musician Questlove

"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt."
~~ Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

"Families are about love overcoming emotional torture."
~~ cartoonist Matt Groening

"All love is doomed, seen in the light of death."
~~ novelist Anita Shreve [1946-2018]

"You need someone who believes in this country, again, to begin to change it."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country."
~~ journalist & columnist Molly Ivins [1944-2007]

hoist on his own petard, as it were: “Anyone being investigated by the F.B.I. is not qualified to be the president of the United States.”
~~ tweeted by @realDonaldTrump on 8/3/2016, 9/7/2016, 10/15/2016, 10/20/2016, 10/21/2016, 10/25/2016, 10/30/2016

"Let the world know why you're here, and do it with passion."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"I guess if someone is going to threaten to shoot liberals I’m glad it’s Ted Nugent, he hasn’t had a hit in years."
~~ Jean Little, on Twitter

"While the Lord will sometimes provide, He may be busy looking after somebody else when you need Him most."
~~ anonymous article writer in the August 1965 The Atlantic Magazine

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
~~ Kahlil Gibran [1883-1931]

“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.”
~~ Thomas Moore [1779-1852]

“If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.”
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissastifaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
~~ American choreographer Martha Graham [1894-1991]

“Making judgments under severe stress is the most difficult thing there is. The more preparation you have prior to the conflict, the more you can do in a clinical situation, the better off you will be.”
~~ Bill Walsh [1931-2007], coached the San Francisco 49ers

“Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.”
~~ motivational speaker Leslie C. 'Les' Brown

“The older I get, the more I realize that arguing on the basis of facts and logic only gets you labeled as someone who is out of step with the times, if not lacking in compassion."
~~ Thomas Sowell

"Insulting people is one of the few things for which Trump possesses a genuine talent."
~~ John Cassidy, columnist in The New Yorker Magazine

"Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wide enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy."
~~ motivational speaker Dr. Steve Maraboli

"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in[to] the world that was not there before."
~~ Edwin Elliot

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

News Factoids for First Quarter 2018

== ECONOMICS ===

Global debt surpassed $230 trillion last year. (Global G.D.P. was $79.28 trillion.)

Last year, the economic losses from natural and man-made disasters reached $306 billion, almost double the previous year’s cost.
~~~ according to Swiss Re

Announced late January 2018: The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter. The mark was underwhelming after 3.2 percent {Obama carryover} growth in the third quarter raised expectations. Overall, American G.D.P. grew by 2.3 percent in 2017. Troublingly, consumer spending has risen faster than disposable income, and individual saving is at a near-record low.
~~~ per Washington Post and New York Times

As of 2017, almost 64 percent of all foreign exchange reserves were American currency. The euro was in second place at a mere 20 percent. The Japanese yen was way back in third, with less than 5 percent. China's renminbi was just 1.1 percent.


== POLITICS ===

F.B.I. officials James B. Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert S. Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, and Christopher Wray are all (or were until recently) life-long registered Republicans – the right-wing fantasy about a 'liberal F.B.I. conspiracy' has no basis in fact.

Vladimir Putin received 77% of the votes in the presidential election in March – some say that that result was due to Russian meddling in the election process.

March for Our Lives organizers say that 800,000 marchers showed up in Washington, DC on March 24th – a bigger crowd than Trump's inauguration.

Greyhound Bus Lines around the USA are allowing armed I.C.E. Border Patrol agents to use racial profiling to harass passengers without a warrant.

73 Teens Shot To Death In The 37 Days Since The Parkland Massacre
(per Yahoo News)


== OTHER STUFF ===

Cape Town, South Africa reduced consumption enough so that the 'Zero Day' when they run out of water is pushed back to 2019.

Already over-worked nurses in America have to stand and administer some medicines very slowly by syringe because there are no more IV bags in the U.S A.: the only manufacturer was in Puerto Rico and the factory has not been repaired – six months after Hurricane Maria.

In January 2018, Hasbro announced the release of a new 'Cheaters Edition' of the Monopoly™ board game that cheerfully caters to 'sordid reality'; release is planned for Fall 2018 and in addition to the community chest and chance cards, this version includes 15 cheat cards. Other rules changes include rotating the banker function as each player takes his/her turn, making it easier to cheat.

Netflix is producing 700 original series episodes and movies in 2018.

Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 2018 Quotations (56)

"How did we become a species made up of psychopaths?"
~~ G.E. Nordell

"When your children act like leaders and your leaders act like children, you know change is coming."
~~ musician Mikel Jollett

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Life beats down and imprisons the soul, and art reminds you that you have one."
~~ Stella Adler [1901-92]

"The fact is, climate disruption is real and the consequences in New Mexico and across the country are tremendous. We're seeing more extreme drought conditions, larger wildfires, shrinking forests, and increased flooding. This is the reality happening right now. The longer we wait to act, the more difficult and expensive the solutions become."
~~ Sen. Martin Heinrich [Dem-NM], in December 2017

"The world is beautiful, but has a disease called 'man'."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Interesting time to be living in, where 'stop shooting our kids' is seen as a 'liberal talking point' by the 'pro-life' crowd."
~~ Herb Neu, on Facebook

"Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs."
~~ Barack Obama, via Twitter on 22 February 2018

“This is your life and it is ending one moment at a time.”
~~ journalist Chuck Palahniuk

“Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.”
~~ Natalie Babbitt [1932-2016]

"A pat on the back is a good thing, provided [that] it is low enough and hard enough."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

“Gold is money, everything else is credit”
~~ J.P. Morgan [1837-1913], in testimony before Congress shortly before his death

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
~~ Anaïs Nin [1903-77]

"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation.
~~ Simon Sinek ( after James Freeman Clarke [1810-88] )

"Accept the things to which fate binds you, love the people with whom fate brings you together - but do this with all your heart !"
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
~~ Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
~~ scientist & TV host Carl Sagan [1934-96]

"Integrity is the essence of everything successful."
~~ visionary R. Buckminster Fuller

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
~~ Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh [1853-90]

“One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.“
~~ May Sarton 1912-95]

"To find inner peace, search deep inside yourself. Is there a donut there? If not, take corrective action."
~~ Hurts Donut Company, USA [est. 2014]

"The truth is that men are tired of liberty."
~~ Benito Mussolini [1883-1945]

"Never offend an enemy in a small way."
~~ Gore Vidal [1925-2012]

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
~~ Gen. Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"One of the things [that] citizenship teaches us, over the long stretch, is that there is no perfectibility in human affairs."
~~ Zadie Smith

"Normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it."
~~ Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh [1853-90]

"America's sense of reality is dictated by what it is trying to avoid."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
~~ John Adams [1735-1826]

"The constant happiness is curiosity."
~~ Alice Munro

"Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about."
~~ Marshall McLuhan [1911-80]

"Be confident, not certain."
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

"Ah, but in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty"
~~ folk singer Phil Ochs [1940-76], in the liner notes for album "Pleasures of The Harbor" [1967]

"Authenticity is the journey of figuring out who you are through what you make."
~~ actor Donald Glover

"Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"The will alone is always a whore."
~~ Martin Luther [1483-1546]

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
~~ radio host Bernard Meltzer [1916-98]

"One can't prove that God doesn't exist. But science makes God unnecessary.”
~~ Stephen W. Hawking [1942-2018]

"Oh, November 6th, hasten the day. There is blue tsunami coming."
~~ The Pen at Peace Team activism website

"No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude."
~~ Alfred North Whitehead, OM FRS [1861-1947]

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.”
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.“
~~ Xian Bible, Matthew 12:25
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
~~ Abraham Lincoln, June 1858 speech
~~ Lyndon B. Johnson, February 1964 speech {quoting Lincoln}

"If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people."
~~ Leonardo DiCaprio

"Plans are useless, but planning is everything."
~~ Gen. Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

“I am not young enough to know everything.”
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

“Words are all we have.”
~~ Irish playwright Samuel Beckett [1906-89]

"The only source of knowledge is experience."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"We say a person is a person through other persons. You can’t be human in isolation. You are human only in relationships."
~~ Bishop Desmond Tutu

“There may be ultimate answers but . . . I would be sorry if we were to find them . . . I would like very much to find them, but their discovery would leave nothing for those coming after me to seek. Each generation builds on the advances of the previous generation, and this is as it should be. As human beings, we need the quest."
~~ Stephen W. Hawking [1942-2018]

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."
~~ Douglas Adams [1952-2001]

“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.”
~~ Roy T. Bennett

"I have committed the worst sin of all that a man can commit. I have not been Happy."
~~ Jorge Luis Borges [1899-1986]

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

“There are no obstacles, only conditions of the game.”
~~ Steve Zaffron, founder of Vanto Group [est. 1992]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

local March For Our Lives (New Mexico)

March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24

Old Town Plaza - Albuquerque, NM at 10:00 AM
https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/8803/signup/

Haynes Park - Rio Rancho, NM at 10:00 AM
2006 Grande Blvd. SE
https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/9091/signup/

Roundhouse Legislature - Santa Fe, NM at 12 Noon
https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/9294/signup/

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Predicting The October Collapse

Hard to nail down details on the matter, but several economic news emails that visited my Inbox tell portions of the collective dire expectations for October 2018. (The federal fiscal year 2019 begins October 1st.) The silver lining in any collapse in October is that it will be just a few weeks before the 2018 U.S. national elections in November, and thus help Democrats. Silver lining notwithstanding, any such collapse will hurt everyone - worldwide - and likely last a really long time.

The gist of the matter is that the government bond markets are all bubbles (the junk bond market is also a bubble, but the problem is smaller and thus a side issue). There are roughly a TRILLION dollars worth of U.S. ten-year Treasury bonds coming due for repayment on October 15th. Congress is ignoring the matter, and Emperor Trump is busy tweeting inanities. A default in these promissory notes will 'wreak havoc' across the Stock Market Casino, this time much worse than the G.O.P. Economic Meltdown of 2008 – and without the team of Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke at the helm to prevent disaster.

But that is not quite the half of it. Also in October, E.C.U. treasury bonds of a further TRILLION dollars will come due. In China, there are another TRILLION dollars of local government and corporate 5- and 10-year bonds coming due in 2018-19 - starting in October.

Web financial analysts are using terms like 'tsunami' and 'Armageddon' for any bond selloff or bond default cycle.

And the situation will be made even worse if the artificially-inflated cryptocurrency market collapses first.
Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 2018 Quotations (64)

"The crux of the matter: The battle around the treasonous actions of the Trump Team - and for the Constitution - is being fought between propagandists who lie and public servants who are vilified for telling the truth."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The ballooning costs of health-care act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy."
~~ Warren Buffett, chairman & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

“A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
~~ fantasy author Madeleine L'Engle [1918-2007]

"Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650]

"Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

“Imperfections we all have, but we also have compensations.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

“Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.”
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it."
~~ Haruki Murakami

"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

“Life is for the living / Death is for the dead / Let life be like music / And death a note unsaid.”
~~ Langston Hughes [1902-67]

"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"Republicans in Congress . . . want us to trust the Russians and question the FBI – it’s anti-American."
~~ Sen. Martin Heinrich [Dem-NM]

"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"Religion is for primitives."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"This [Trump] administration poses one of the greatest threats to civil rights and liberties [that] the A.C.L.U. has faced in our nearly 100 years."
~~ Anthony D. Romero, A.C.L.U. Executive Director

"You can't fix stupid. But you can stop voting for it."
~~ Young Americans for Liberty [est. 2008]

"The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters."
~~ Italian neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci [1891-1937]

"Fascism is itself less ‘ideological’, in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed."
~~ German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]

“I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”
~~ Judge Learned Hand [1872-1961]

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~~ Augustine of Hippo [354-430 C.E.]

"There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything."
~~ George Washington Carver [1864-1943]

"The same people who think [that] Obama is a Muslim think [that Trump] is a Christian."
~~ new internet meme

"If the Dow Joans ever falls more than 1,000 'points' in a Single Day the sitting president should be loaded into a very big cannon and Shot into the sun at TREMENDOUS SPEED! No Excuses!" {sic}
~~ tweet from {hash} realDonaldTrump on 29 February 2015

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto, or "I am human, and I think nothing [that] is human is alien to me."
~~ Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer [185? – 159? B.C.E.] known as Terence

"Do your utmost and let Providence do the rest."
~~ Henry Miller [1891-1980]

"Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull."
~~ W. Somerset Maugham [1874-1965]

“Whatever gets [kids] excited about reading is good! If you want them to read my books don't tell them so. Maybe just leave around a paperback with a new cover and say, 'I'm not sure you're ready for that'."
~~ Judy Blume

"They invented hugs to let people know [that] you love them without saying anything."
~~ cartoonist Bil Keane [1922-2011]

"We know ourselves only insofar as we have been tested.”
~~ Polish Nobel-laureate Wislawa Symborska [1923-2012]

"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
~~ biologist Richard Dawkins

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"Everything can be taken from a man but . . . the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances."
~~ Viktor Frankl [1905-97]

“Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.”
~~ poet Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950]

"Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom."
~~ Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace."
~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt [1882-1945]

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that."
~~ serial entrepreneur Elon Musk

"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
~~ physicist Niels Bohr [1885-1962]

"Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break."
~~ columnist Earl Wilson [1907-87]

"Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science – in all of biology."
~~ Bill Nye, The Science Guy

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
~~ educator John Dewey [1859-1952]

"The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
~~ Arnold H. Glasow [1905-98]

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"I'm not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living."
~~ George Lucas

"The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler."
~~ physicist Edward Teller [1908-2003]

"I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men."
~~ Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80]

"Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers."
~~ Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

"You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.
~~ educator Sir Ken Robinson, PhD of Los Angeles, California

"Art is 'I'; science is 'we'."
~~ Claude Bernard [1813-78]

"From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go."
~~ astronaut Jim Lovell

"Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts."
~~ philosopher Baruch Spinoza [1632-77]

"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."
~~ anthropologist Ashley Montagu [1905-99]

"When I die, I'm gonna leave my body to science fiction."
~~ comedian Steven Wright

"Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences."
~~ Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Reason, observation, and experience [are] the holy trinity of science."
~~ Robert Green Ingersoll [1833-99]

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics."
~~ Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
~~ Adam Smith [1723-90]

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
~~ Louis Pasteur [1822-95]

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”
~~ Nobel-laureate Marie Curie [1867-1934]

"The rich are the scum of the earth in every country."
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"Times change quicker than people do.”
~~ book review in The Library Journal

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Bad News Friday on February 2

After the Monday & Tuesday Dow Jones Industrial Average Index two-day, 540-point (2.04%) selloff, on Friday the Dow closed at $25,520.96, down 665.75 points (2.54%), the S&P 500 Index fell 2.12 percent, and the NASDAQ Composite Index registered a 5-day loss of 3.53% – making this the worst week for market measures in two years.

THEN

The House Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Republican Cong. Devin Nunes, released a four-page 'spin' memo alleging surveillance abuses by the F.B.I.
{ full text of the Nunes 'spin' memofull text with N.P.R. fact-checking }

Friday, February 02, 2018

The Crux of The Matter

"The battle around the treasonous actions of the Trump Team - and for the Constitution - is being fought between propagandists who lie and public servants who are vilified for telling the truth."  —  G.E. Nordell

Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 2018 Quotations (58)

"truth is seldom a lens, truth is a kaleidoscope"
~~ author Christopher J. Yates

"The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
~~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt [1882-1945], on 8 July 1938

“If the Republican Party had anything of value to offer the American voter, they would not need to lie and cheat and steal to win elections.”
~~ G.E. Nordell

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
~~ Ferris Bueller character, in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" [1986]

"The fear that the human race might not survive has been replaced by the fear that it will endure."
~~ author William H. Gass [1924-2017]

"If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them."
~~ mystery author Sue Grafton [1940-2017]

"It’s December 27th . . . Do you know what you’re getting your Valentine?"
~~ Heather Mills, on Facebook

“A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.”
~~ Gertrude Stein [1874-1946]

“I am silent in the club I am silent in the pub, I am silent on a bally peak in Darien / For I stuff away for life Shoving peas in with a knife / Because I am at heart a Vegetarian. / No more the milk of cows Shall pollute my private house / Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian / I will stick to port and sherry, For they are so very, very / So very, very, very Vegetarian.“
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"It only gradually occurred to me that our wounds are far less unique than our cures."
~~ well-known author Jim Harrison

"René Descartes [1596-1650] was correct in noticing that an individual's thinking creates the world that he/she lives in – up to a point. Where Descartes and the anti-thinking Republican Party got it wrong, however, is that the power of any thinking derives entirely from the degree to which that thinking is consistent with objective reality."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books."
~~ British author Julian Barnes

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

"Beautiful things don't ask for attention."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961]

"Doubt is the origin of wisdom."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650]

“She had no tolerance for scenes which were not of her own making.”
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"You cannot be lonely if you like the person [that] you're alone with."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?"
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

"If Jesus or anyone else is coming, they'd better step on it, because the way [that] things are going there may not be anyone here to meet them."
~~ 'Funky Winkerbean' comic strip, as drawn by Tom Batiuk

“In the general course of human nature, a power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.”
~~ Alexander Hamilton [1757-1804] - in 'Federalist Paper #79'

"No doubt, emotional intelligence is more rare than book smarts, but my experience says it is actually more important in the making of a leader."
~~ Jack Welch

"Being an atheist gives me an edge in every deal. Christians are too moral for business."
~~ Donald Trump, in "The Art of The Deal" [1988]

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
~~ Groucho Marx [1890-1977]

"Our nation was born into genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race ... Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68], in 1963

"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."
~~ fantasy author Madeleine L'Engle [1918-2007]

"The President of the United States is a white supremacist. He is not just a defender or apologist for bigots and hatemongers. [Donald Trump] is one of them."
~~ civil rights activist Alan Jenkins

"Here in America we are descended in blood and spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare dissent from accepted doctrine. May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."
~~ Gen. Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."
~~ C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]

“I can say with almost certainty that [cryptocurrencies] will come to a bad ending."
~~ Warren Buffett, in January 2018 as reported by C.N.B.C.

"When a hooker blows a politician it puts a lobbyist out of work."
~~ Bill Maher, February 2017

"The archetypal hero is the person whose eyes are open, and whose speech is true, and who faces the chaos of the unknown and the tyranny of the known and balances them – that's the meta-solution to the meta-problem (of Life)."
~~ Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

“Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.“
~~ primatologist Dame Jane Goodall

"Confident and unafraid, we labor on – not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63], in 1963

"Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

"Apparently Trump supporters think [that] God meant for marriage to be between a man, his third wife, and several porn stars."
~~ Occupy Democrats

"Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you."
~~ Ovid [43 B.C.E. – 17 or 18 C.E.]

"You must have long range goals to keep from being frustrated by short range failures."
~~ Gen. Charles C. Noble [1916-2003]

"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."
~~ Zora Neale Hurston [1891-1960]

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool [that] we all have."
~~ Oprah Winfrey

"F*ck political correctness. Let's make THE WORLD great (again)!"
~~ Straight-Line Business School Intl. [est. 2010] in Holland

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until we become enslaved by it."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"News is what the powerful want to keep hidden."
~~ former TV news anchor Dan Rather

"It is enough that the people know [that] there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
~~ Joseph Stalin [1878-1953]

"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
~~ Chairman Mao Tse-tung [1893-1976]

"There is only one way [that] you can fail, and that is to quit."
~~ Brian Hays

"Government is instituted for the common good: for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men."
~~ Founding Father John Adams [1735-1826]

"1984: if libs say Reaganomics will destroy the middle class, call'em commies. 2014: if the middle class has been destroyed, blame the libs."
~~ John Fugelsang

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."
~~ civil rights activist Rosa Parks [1913-2005]

"Pursue some path. however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62], 18 October 1855 'Journal' entry

"Failure is not fun. It can be awful. But living so cautiously that you never fail is worse."
~~ J.K. Rowling

"One more drink and I'd have been under the host."
~~ Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]

"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."
~~ W. Somerset Maugham [1874-1965]

"My tongue will tell the anger of mine heart. Or else my heart, concealing it, will break."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"Imagine what our children could do tomorrow, if they discover their greatness today."
~~ motivational speaker Darren August

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."
~~ Sun Tzu [544-496 B.C.E.]

"Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Somebody's Gotta Say It

Anyone who supports Donald Trump and his fascist administration cannot claim that they are living a transformed life: they either never heard of or have stopped practicing the transformational technologies taught by Landmark Education courses. The Landmark Education organizations around the world stand for "a world that works for everyone, with no one and nothing left out". Emperor Trump and all the many Trumpkins intend that nothing works and that We The People live in fear.

(I do not represent Landmark Worldwide in any way: this is entirely and completely my personal stand in the matter.)
Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Post #400: There is not one word of truth in this documentary

Our New President docufilm by Maxim Pozdorovkin  "Our New President"
'A film composed almost completely of clips from the modern Russian propaganda machine – it is terrifying' • Maxim Pozdorovkin, the film’s Russian-American director, said "My idea was to make a movie based entirely on actual footage without a single true statement in it."
Co-produced by Joe Bender & Laura Poitras; co-produced, written & directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin; featuring Donald Trump & Vladimir Putin
12-minute short version [Sundance Festival Jan 2017]
credits at IMDbwatch 4/2017 short version [12:04] online at YouTube
77-minute feature-length version [Third Party/Field of Vision 2018?]
credits at IMDb

Friday, January 19, 2018

Emperor Trump and The Little King

I had the notion that maybe Emperor Trump's childhood role model was the daily cartoon "The Little King" and that that might explain a few things about his first year in the White House. But a little research proved me wrong: The Little King is silent.

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 Year-End Website Statistics

Total page count on my various domains is now 1,573 (up 69), total coded Amazon-link book, DVD, et cetera covers now 27,860 (up 2,011); now 668 connections on LinkedIn (up 75); now 231 friends on two Facebook accounts (up 32); and 37 postings this year to my Dateline Chamesa weblog [est. 2005] {all-time total now 396}.

Part of this task is adding the details on a webstats page: anyone who wants to know the details can go to http://www.genordell.com/webstats.htm.

That's it, gotta get back to work updating all this stuff . . .

Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Sunday, December 31, 2017

News Factoids for Fourth Quarter 2017

There are 670,000 pieces of space junk orbiting Earth.

87% of Alphabet's revenues come from Google's ad business.

Americans have acquired the highest-ever outstanding credit card debt, back up to $1.021 trillion, beating the previous record of $1.02 trillion of April 2008.
~~~ per U.S. Federal Reserve, in June 2017

The word 'scientist' was coined in 1834, and the word 'ecology' in 1866.


EXTRACTED from a long email (from sender unknown)
Societies had years to adapt to change driven by the steam engine, electricity, and the computer. Today, change is instant and ubiquitous. It arrives digitally across the globe all at once. The fourth industrial revolution is already here. . . Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots 'man' the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, wiping out millions of managerial, as well as industrial, jobs . . . The result is a new bipolar world based on technology rather than nuclear arsenals. Today’s superpowers are tech giants: the United States and China.

Chocolate is a good substitute for cough medicine. Ran out of Walgreens liquid cough medicine during a rare and recent cold/sore throat episode; eating a tablespoon of chocolate chips (slowly) alternated with honey-eucalyptus cough drops did a real good job on my throat until I was able to get to the store. (Eating 6 to 8 vitamin C pills of 1000mg each per day, per Linus Pauling, broke the cold portion of the problem in just two days.)


TRUMPLAND

A delicatessen in Brooklyn is now offering the Trump Sandwich: made with white bread, lots of baloney, Russian dressing, and a small pickle!

The Telegraph (U.K.) reported that the average price for a weekend at a Trump hotel dropped 36 percent in the last year.

"In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims"
Donald Trump's recent 30-minute New York Times interview is rife with falsities, as annotated by this article in the Washington Post. (Many were previously fact-checked, but Trump pays no attention to the facts in any subject that he blathers about.) click here

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December 2017 Quotations (61)

"From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known: our Constitution works. And during the WaterGate years it was interpreted again so as to reaffirm that no one – absolutely no one – is above the law."
~~ Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski [1905-82]

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. And if you don't have integrity, nothing else matters."
~~ Robert Mueller

"The cold never bothered me anyway."
~~ Queen Elsa of Arendelle character in the Disney movie "Frozen"

“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.”
~~ Henry Ward Beecher [1813-87]

"You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"Stupidity [is] a fellow traveler of catastrophe."
~~ New Mexico blogger V.B. Price

"It is known that personal identity resides in memory, and the annulment of that faculty is known to result in idiocy."
~~ Jorge Luis Borges [1899-1986] , in "History of Eternity" [1936]

"American democracy is stone cold dead."
~~ Adrian Ward, on Facebook

"One martini is all right, two are too many, and three are not enough."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961]

“To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

"In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"All you need for a movie is a gun and a cat."
~~ Jean-Luc Godard

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941] from her 1928 novel, Orlando: A Biography

"Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there, it's about thinking how that world might be – a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they're going to change the world [that] we live in, they – and all of us – have to be able to think about a world that works differently."
~~ Samuel R. 'Chip' Delany

"When my wife’s Aunt Caroline was in her nineties, she lived with us, and she once remarked: ‘Remembrance is sufficient of the beauty we have seen’. I cherish the remembrance of the beauty I have seen. I cherish the grave, compulsive word."
~~ author E.B. White [1899-1985]

"When confronted by small men doing big and stupid things, we need to resist with all the creativity and wit [that] we can muster, and if we can do so without losing the civility that makes life enjoyable, then so much the better."
~~ Bill McKibben, epilogue to new "Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance"

"Anybody who’s denying climate change is really in the dark."
~~ Debra Haaland, 2018 candidate for Congress in New Mexico

"What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?"
~~ novelist Mikhail Bulgakhov [1891-1940]

"Wonderment is the first passion of all. Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant."
~~ French philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]

"If the law is on your side, pound on the law. If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If neither are on your side, pound on the table."
~~ poet Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]

"No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it."
~~ Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa [1888-1935]

"My teachers could easily have ridden with Jesse James for all the time [that] they stole from me."
~~ Richard Brautigan [1935-84]

"If you give money, spend yourself with it."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterward."
~~ Tina Fey

"After I drink coffee I like to show my empty mug to the I.T. guy to tell him that I have successfully installed Java. He hates me."
~~ Mike Anderson

“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.”
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016], Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968

“The one who comes to question himself cares for mankind.”
~~ Kenneth Patchen [1911-72]

"The Sweet Baby Jesus gave his life on the Cross so that Retailers Worldwide could end the fiscal year with strong 4th quarter earnings and consumers could start the New Year in Debt up to their eyeballs, thus guaranteeing perpetual Slavery for all of us and Prosperity for the top 1%."
~~ Ernesto Martinez, on Facebook

"The road to success is always under construction.”
~~ Lily Tomlin

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~~ Florida billionaire Wayne Huizenga

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
~~ Florence Nightingale [1820-1910]

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
~~ tennis pro Arthur Ashe [1943-93]

“The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.”
~~ Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller [1945-2010]

“You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”
~~ Michael Dell

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
~~ Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthwile dream or goal"
~~ Earl Nightingale [1921-89]

"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."
~~ cosmetics tycoon Estée Lauder [1908-2004]

"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs"
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world [that] they’ve been given than to explore the power [that] they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"The best we can do in our life is to employ it in something more lasting than life itself."
~~ William James [1842-1910]

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
~~ Albert Schweitzer [1875-1965]

"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
~~ Eckhart Tolle

"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat."
~~ Richard 'Dick' Marcinko

"Everything [that] you own, you rent until you die."
~~ Tasso Lakas

"My own definition of success is when it's standing room only at your funeral."
~~ Richard Hayter

"I never fail. I either win or learn."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

“Speak less than you know; have more than you show.”
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
~~ Joshua J. Marine

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful, than a life spent doing nothing."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"The responsibility of a creative life is both a curse and a blessing. It's the thing that gives you life and is killing you at the same time."
~~ actor Daniel Day-Lewis

"Sometimes you can only find heaven by slowly backing away from hell."
~~ actress & author Carrie Fisher [1956-2016]

"We have many men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon On The Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
~~ Gen. Omar Bradley [1893-1981]

"Some will not look on suffering because [to do so] creates responsibility."
~~ Bishop Fulton J. Sheen [1895-1979]

"Language is not just a creation of humanity. It is humanity."
~~ biologist E. (Edward) O. Wilson

"We construct borders, literally and figuratively, to fortify our sense of who we are."
~~ British historian Frances Stonor Saunders

"There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a free press."
~~ Samuel Adams [1722-1803]

"You think [that] your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, and then you read."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

"There is no crime, absolutely none, that cannot be condoned when 'our side' commits it."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"The happy ending still beckons, and it is in great hope of grasping it that we go on."
~~ Annie Proulx

"A society is moving toward dangerous ground when loyalty to the truth is seen as disloyalty to some supposedly higher interest."
~~ novelist Marilynne Robinson

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Monday, December 25, 2017

Funny Fake News: 'Alabama Joe' Stalin

The reason that officials in Virginia and Alabama were willing to tear down statues of 'heroes' of the Confederacy is so that they could replace them with statues of dictator Joseph Stalin and dictator-emperor Donald Trump.

"It is enough that the people know [that] there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
~~ Joseph Stalin [1878-1953]

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Friday, December 15, 2017

Don't Call The Republican Party Fascists?

your friends of the Republican Congress recently passed legislation ending Meals On Wheels and the CHIP Program for child healthcare – zero funding

when your friends the Republicans reduce YOUR Medicare/Medicaid -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans reduce YOUR Social Security -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans shut down the E.P.A. and your grandchildren get lead poisoning (as in Flint, Michigan) -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans shut down the F.D.A. and allow poisoned food & drugs in the stores -- it will be too late
when your friends the Republicans cancel funding for women’s health care (at Planned Parenthood), unwanted births will increase and people will die
when your friends the Republicans further cancel funding for sex education, the current S.T.D. epidemic will get worse
when your friends the Republicans further cancel funding for public education, your grandchildren’s generation will be unable to read or to earn a living

NOT calling them fascists doesn’t change a thing
Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, December 07, 2017

National Rifle Association Film Festival

Two of these film titles are real, the rest are imaginary:

"A Fistful of Bitcoin"
"All The President's Storm Troopers"
"Once Upon A Time On The News"
"Winchester '73"
"How Green Was My Camo"
"Mr. Blandings Builds A Firing Range"
"Apocalypse Next Door"
"Springfield Rifle"
"The Stranger Wore A Concealed Handgun"
"Paintball Fight At The O.K. Corral"
and "Honey, I Shot The Kids"

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 2017 Quotations (52)

“There is no such thing as the future. Instead, there are before us a multitude of alternative futures, of possible futures, of plausible futures.”
~~ futurist Jim Dator

"Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was demonstrated with WaterGate, we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious, contemptuous even, of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news."
~~ British author John le Carré

"You may not be able to control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"Always remember your focus determines your reality."
~~ George Lucas

“It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit & keep moving forward.”
~~ character Rocky Balboa

"The slow-rising central horror of 'WaterGate' is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it."
~~ gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"I believe that the only true religion consists of having a good heart."
~~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

"Always we must bear in mind that law has to be substituted for power, that care must be taken to serve the interests of law."
~~ Danish politician Fredrik Bajer [1837-1922]

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
~~ Nido Qubein

"Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in, can hope to escape."
~~ beat poet Wm. S. Burroughs [1914-97]

"World domination is within our grasp!
Okay, maybe not. But we've got a lot of locations."
~~ official slogan on website of mall food chain Wetzel's Pretzels [est. 1994]

"If I experience any frustration, its the frustration of being misunderstood. But that's what stardom is – a glamourous misunderstanding."
~~ singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, in 1979 interview

'found' t-shirt text: 'may not be combined with any other offer'

"The loser moron can’t comprehend the danger. Putin is praising the moron into giving up this country's strongest asset. Democracy."
~~ Lucia Failla Smith, on Facebook

"When the going gets tough, the tough relax.”
~~ Fast Company Magazine co-founder Alan Webber

"Having respect for animals makes us better humans."
~~ Jane Goodall

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
~~ Tony Robbins

“Your only entitlement in life is the opportunity to make a declarative statement and live consistent with it. Don’t waste it.”
~~ Dusan Djukich

"Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate."
~~ Jon Bon Jovi

"Commitment is staying true to what you said you would do."
~~ motivational speaker Inky Johnson

"With one exception, [President Trump] doesn’t suffer fools lightly."
~~ Carol Pogash

"My work simply reflects the world, which seems to have been created by an absolute moron."
~~ French artist Vincent Sardon

“The sun shines upon good and bad alike.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

"The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets."
~~ Haruki Murakami

"No one can argue any longer about the rights of women. It's like arguing about earthquakes."
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

"[Robert] Bresson is to French cinema what Mozart is to German music and Dostoyevsky is to Russian literature."
~~ Jean-Luc Godard

“Democracy will not come Today, this year / Nor ever Through compromise and fear.”
~~ Langston Hughes [1902-67]

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
~~ British author Virginia Woolf [1882-1941] — From "The Moment and Other Essays" (1947)

the goodbye makes the journey harder still
~~ Cat Stevens song lyric

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."
~~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"A woman who is unfaithful deserves to be shot."
~~ Francisco 'Pancho' Villa [1878-1923] of Mexico

"Put your staff first, your customers second, and your shareholders third."
~~ Richard Branson

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
~~ writer Sylvia Plath [1932-63]

"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
~~ Franz Kafka [1883-1924]

"Better to fight for something than live for nothing."
~~ Gen. George Smith Patton, Jr. [1885-1945]

"Get to a point in life where the only direction is forward, your only focus is progress, and the only outcome is victory."
~~ Meiyoko Taylor

"There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself."
~~ Miyamoto Musashi [1584?-1645]

"Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."
~~ sign at Farm Equipment Assn. of MN & SD

"The most dangerous person is one who listens, thinks, and observes."
~~ Bruce Lee [1940-73]

"The worst pain [that] a man can suffer is to have insight into much and power over nothing."
~~ Herodotus [484-425 BCE]

"We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity. Our movement is Christian."
~~ Adolph Hitler [1889-1945], on 27 October 1928

"The lack of understanding of something is not evidence for God. It is evidence of a lack of understanding."
~~ physicist Laurence M. Krauss

"There are no shortcuts. Everything is reps, reps, reps."
~~ movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger

"How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?"
~~ poet Robert Frost [1874-1963]

"Don't believe everything [that] you hear . . . Real eyes realize real lies."
~~ Tupac Shakur [1971-96]

"Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining."
~~ Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

"Well done is better than well said."
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations."
~~ philosopher-economist Adam Smith [1723-90]

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."
~~ Suzuki Shunryu Daiosho [1904-71]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 2017 Quotations (57)

"Somehow, I don’t feel like I’m being made great again."
~~ Adam Stuart, on Facebook 10/2017

"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind . . . every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder."
~~ astronaut-politician John Glenn [1921-2016]

"We all need reminding at times that the World Wide Web is only 27 years old."
~~ Simon Chan

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned."
~~ physicist Richard P. Feynman [1918-88]

"AB HONESTO VIRUM BONUM NIHIL DETERRET:
Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid [that] you will succeed."
~~ Ray Goforth

"¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues!"
~~ Senator Catherine Cortez Masto [Dem-NV]

"Ertznay to ouyay"
~~ intertitle on 1938 Disney "Silly Symphony" cartoon short

"Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men."
~~ W.E.B. DuBois [1868-1963]

"We must face up to the unfaceuptoable."
~~ line on "The Simpsons" TV show

"The G.O.P. tax plan is ridiculous."
~~ Catherine Rampell, Washington Post columnist, 9/2017

"America is conservative in fundamental principles . . . but the principles conserved are liberal and some, indeed, are radical."
~~ economist Gunnar Myrdal [1898-1987]

"No Viet Cong ever called me 'n*gger'."
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."
~~ John Robert Colombo, in “A Said Poem”, 1970

"History never repeats itself, but the kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910], in 1874 edition of “The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-Day”

"Incompetence is a powerful tool."
~~ Kai Wright

"No one's wealth should come at the price of another's hunger, nakedness, or homelessness. Once that line is crossed, property becomes theft, and the practitioners become thieves."
~~ John Raby of New Hampshire, letter to The Nation Magazine, August 2017

“Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.”
~~ Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends."
~~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Start building the future through a conversation for possibility.”
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”
~~ writer & cartoonist Frank A. Clark [1911-91]

"There are seven days in a week. 'Someday' isn't one of them."
~~ popular Pinterest & t-shirt meme

“Holders of power, always and everywhere, are indifferent to the good or evil of those who have no power, except in so far as they are restrained by fear.”
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"There is a 1970 book by visionary R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983] with the title 'I Seem To Be A Verb", but I have recently decided that I seem to be a dangling participle."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance."
~~ Nathan Rutstein [1921-2006]

“Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”
~~ Carlos Castañeda [1925-98]

"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."
~~ French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]

"It is an unwavering rule for those in power that, when it comes to heads, it is best to cut them off before they start thinking."
~~ novelist José Saramago [1922-2010]

"Silence is the ultimate weapon of power."
~~ Charles de Gaulle [1890-1970]

"If you say what's on your mind in the language that comes to you from your parents and your street and friends, you'll probably say something beautiful."
~~ Grace Paley [1922-2007]

"Living in the past is for cowards."
~~ football coach Mike Ditka

"To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is dong its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight."
~~ American poet E.E. Cummings [1894-1962]

"I don't like to be out of my comfort zone, which is about a half-inch wide."
~~ TV personality Larry David

“Unless we remember we cannot understand.”
~~ British author E.M. Forster [1879-1970]

“It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”
~~ Anne Sexton [1928-74]

"Don't argue with an idiot, they will just bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910] and oft quoted by George Carlin [1937-2008]

“It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel, or what you think, and certainly it has no interest in what you want and don’t want. Take a look at life as it is lived and see for yourself that the world only moves for you when you act."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard

"Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible."
~~ Gen. Colin Powell

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
~~ Robert F. Kennedy [1925-68]

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."
~~ Oprah Winfrey

"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
~~ Andrew Carnegie [1835-1919]

"History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn."
~~ Edmund Burke [1729-97]

"The recent meme 'Jews will not replace us (Nazis)' is easily countered. Replacing white supremicists with dog t*rds is an upgrade."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Trump’s incompetence will not save us from his malevolence."
~~ Greg Sargent, Washington Post columnist

"History is just one damned thing after another."
~~ falsely credited to historian Arnold J. Toynbee [1889-1975]
original saying is "Life is just one damned thing after another."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life.”
~~ visionary R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root cause of sin."
~~ Abraham Joshua Heschel [1907-72]

"The end of a picture is always an end of a life."
~~ director Sam Peckinpah [1925-84]

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~~ Charles W. Eliot [1834-1926]

"That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility."
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
~~ writer Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]

"There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
~~ physicist Marie Curie [1867-1934]

"Don't wonder at those who are good without god. Pity those who need god to be good."
~~ meme on atheist websites

"You can't just say [that] there is a god because the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children."
~~ Stephen Fry

"Forewarned, forarmed; to be prepared is half the victory."
~~ Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes [1547-1616]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Friday, October 06, 2017

Republicans to wreak havoc with civil liberties

Republican Party state legislators held a mock Constitutional convention over September 12-15 in Phoenix, Arizona; the practice topic was balancing the budget, but a real convention could add or delete any number of anti-worker, pro-fascist, anti-human rights, pro-discrimination changes to the U.S. Constitution.

Republicans control 32 of the country's state legislatures, two more would give them the leverage needed to call for such a convention, under Article V of the Constitution – and wreak havoc with American liberties.

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Sunday, October 01, 2017

News Factoids for Third Quarter 2017

Facebook hit 2 billion users in June 2017 – their traffic has doubled since they hit 1 billion users in October 2012.

This year’s Social Security report projects that in 2017 Social Security will run an annual surplus of roughly $58.6 billion, bringing the accumulated surplus to about $2.9 trillion by the end of the year.

Dust isn’t the only thing your Roomba is sucking up. It’s also gathering maps of your house.

"The Great Recession never fully ended."
– Ryan Cooper, in The Week Magazine, July 2017
http://www.theweek.com/articles/714423/great-recession-never-ended

The Republican Party of Nevada is so intolerant of democracy that in August 2017 they launched three recall campaigns against three female members of the Nevada state legislature. Their first target is Nevada Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse; the second is Democrat-leaning Independent Patricia Farley; the third is new Nevada Democratic Senator Nicole Cannizzaro. The recall petitions do not specify any cause, the citizen signers did so on the simplistic basis that Democrats are not fascist Republicans.

According to a study by nearly 500 scientists from over 60 countries, 2016 was the warmest year in 137 years of record keeping. It replaced 2015 as the warmest year on record.

Coffee consumption in China tripled from 2012 to 2016. Starbucks Coffee already has 600 stores in Shanghai plus they are opening over 500 stores per year around China.

Nine billion tons of plastic has been produced since the 1930s - 7 billion tons were thrown away: 9% is recycled, 12% incinerated, leaving 79% in landfills, litter, and floating in the oceans. Europe recycles 30% of plastics, China recycles 25%, the U.S.A only 9%.

Hollywood had the worst summer box office results in 25 years: revenue fell 16%, attendance hit a 25-year low – analysts blamed the many 'really bad' sequels.

Copyright 2017 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved