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Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 2018 Quotations (54)

"A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless."
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

“Competing truths . . . are no longer the primary threat to American culture. Competing lies are.”
~~ Megan Garber, staff writer at The Atlantic Magazine

"That seems to me the great American danger we're all in, that we'll bargain away the experience of being alive for the appearance of it."
~~ Mike Nichols [1931-2014]

“Better to be strong than pretty and useless.”
~~ author Lilith Saintcrow

"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

Collingridge Dilemma: “When change is easy, the need for it cannot be foreseen; when the need for change is apparent, change has become expensive, difficult, and time consuming.”
~~ David Collingbridge [1945-2005] of U.K. - in 1980

"We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal."
~~ Samuel Hopkins Adams [1871-1958]

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”
~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero [106-43 B.C.E.]

“Since childhood is a time when kids prepare to be grownups, I think it makes a lot of sense to completely traumatize your children. Gets ‘em ready for the real world.”
~~ comedian George Carlin [1937-2008]

“The term 'working mother' is redundant.”
~~ columnist Erma Bombeck [1927-96]

"The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer."
~~ sci-fi author Harlan Ellison [1934-2018]

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.”
~~ E.W. Howe [1853-1937]

“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”
~~ musical legend George Harrison 1943-2001]

“Forgiveness means that you do not hold others responsible for your experiences.”
~~ Gary Zukav

“Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
~~ Coco Chanel [1883-1971]

“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits”
~~ Anaïs Nin [1903-77]

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
~~ theologian Louis B. Smedes [1921-2001]

"May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Everyone wants to be on a championship team but no one wants to come to practice."
~~ Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry [1924-2000]

"It is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else."
~~ E.F. Benson [1867-1940]

"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well."
~~ Sir William Osler [1849-1919]

“May we all remember [that] our lives are not measured by the number of years and days [that] we exist, but by what we
accomplish while we do live, and the good [that] we may render to our fellow man.”
~~ Henry Wells [1805-78], in a speech at Yale

"As a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"The secret to a long life is knowing when to pull the rip cord."
~~ 'Non Sequitur' newspaper cartoon by Wiley

"There's nothing worse than a hillbilly with a hit record."
~~ one of the backup musicians for Johnny Paycheck [1938-2003]

"Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face."
~~ author John Updike [1932-2009]

"People really don't have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you."
~~ musical legend Aretha Franklin [1942-2018]

"Be excellent to each other."
~~ 'Bill and Ted', comic movie characters

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
~~ James Baldwin [1924-87]

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
~~ Brasilian author Paulo Coelho

“We're all fools, all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day."
~~ Ray Bradbury [1920-2012], in "The Illustrated Man" [1951]

“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin

"Substantive fiscal policy work is essential, but all the good policy thinking in the world won’t matter unless the politics works. Without good politics, the policies won’t be implemented."
~~ Robert E. Rubin, a co-chairman emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, was U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1995 to 1999.

“I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine."
~~ Sen. John McCain [1936-2018]

“Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible.”
~~ author Janet E. Morris

“There are two rules for success . . . 1: Never reveal everything [that] you know.”
~~ Ylond Miles-Davis

“Death is lighter than a feather. Duty, heavier than a mountain.”
~~ Robert Jordan [1948-2007], in "The Eye of the World" [1990 novel]

“If the ending is not happy, the story is not finished.”
~~ fantasy author J.P. Leck, in "The Strangely Undying" [2014 novel]

“They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.”
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

”I'm back . . . and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'.”
~~ former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher [1925-2013]

"Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a furure threat, no longer a threat at all. It's our reality."
~~ eco-activist Bill McKibben

"To pursue science is not to disparage things of the spirit."
~~ engineer Vannevar Bush [1890-1974] Page

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
~~ Carl Sagan [1934-96]

“Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.”
~~ rocket scientist Wernher von Braun [1912-77]

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62] — in "Walden and Other Writings", 1854

"The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650]

"We have spent the last 35-plus years deregulating so many parts of our economy that one would swear Republicans take Jesus’ statement that 'The poor will always be with you' as a commandment."
~~ Brian Wade Bough

“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.”
~~ Sen. John McCain [1936-2018]

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
~~ Nobel-laureate André Gide [1869-1951]

“When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.”
~~ eco-activist Edward Abbey [1927-89]

"We should be draining the swamp and protecting public lands, not the other way around."
~~ Martin Heinrich — U.S. Senator for New Mexico

"There's no Republican Party anymore, there's only Trump and Fox News."
~~ Berkeley economist Robert B. Reich

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

July 2018 Quotations (59)

"I have long believed [that] the 2018 elections will almost certainly be the most consequential midterms of my lifetime."
~~ Dan Rather on twitter (@DanRather)

“If you are afraid to speak against tyranny, then you are already a slave.”
~~ John Bryant [1943-2009]

“The response to tyranny . . . must always be this: Dismantle it.”
~~ Barry Lopez

“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. … It’s the process of what it takes to be successful.”
~~ Nick Saban, football coach at University of Alabama

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
~~ John C. Maxwell

"No right worth fighting for is ever earned without a fight. Selma, Stonewall, Seneca Falls - channel the struggle and spirit of those who came before you. Understand that this is your time now. And make it count for them, for those around you, for those whose lives are yet to come."
~~ actor George Takei on twitter

"I believe that, come summer, ice cream is considered one of the major food groups."
~~ outdoor writer John Clary Davies

"Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised."
~~ motivational speaker Denis Waitley

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
~~ George Washington [1732-99]

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity."
~~ sci-fi author Harlan Ellison [1934-2018]

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”
~~ writer-director Stephen Chbosky

“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.”
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

"The only reason I would take up jogging is so I could hear the sound of heavy breathing again."
~~ Erma Bombeck [1927-96]

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
~~ philosopher and psychologist William James [1842-1910]

"If you do not have a good father, you should procure one."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"You can laugh about anything, but not with anyone."
~~ French comedian Pierre Desproges [1939-88]

"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is one of the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

"The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him."
~~ actress-singer Cher

"Stop calling it ‘meddling’. It’s actually information warfare."
~~ Dr. Brian Klaas of London, U.K.

"Most people associate reading with laying on the beach. They don't see that [reading is] crucial for democracy."
~~ author David Baldacci

“I’d like to have kids. I get those maternal feelings. Like when I’m laying on the couch and I can’t reach the remote control.”
~~ comedian Kathleen Madigan

“Once you have children, it forever changes the way you bore other people.”
~~ cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan {BEK}

"The universe is not complicated. There's just a lot of it."
~~ physicist Richard P. Feynman [1918-88]

"You can never go wrong by voting for a bill that fails, or against a bill that passes."
~~ politician Bob Dole

"To be born is to be wrecked on an island."
~~ British playwright J.M. Barrie [1860-1937]

"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable."
~~ John Kenneth Galbraith [1908-2006]

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."
~~ cartoonist Bill Watterson

"I drink to make other people more interesting."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"Life itself is the proper binge."
~~ Julia Child [1912-2004]

"All men and women stand equal under the sky."
~~ Georgia O'Keeffe [1887-1986]

"Reading all the books that must be read is like going to the beach and drinking up the ocean."
~~ reporter Murali Krishnan

"To myself, I am the only child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me."
~~ Sir Isaac Newton [1643-1727]

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
~~ Sen. John McCain of Arizona

"Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword."
~~ visionary R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people."
~~ Steve Jobs [1955-2011]

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
~~ Voltaire [1694-1778]

"Illegal immigrants caught voting should be stripped of their citizenship."
~~ idiot Ben Carson, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of."
~~ Bruce Lee [1940-73]

"America's problems have nothing to do with what happens in bedrooms, or whether women are allowed to end their pregnancies. Our problems have to do with what occurs in boardrooms, and whether corporations and wealthy individuals are allowed to undermine our democracy."
~~ Robert B. Reich

"It's not hoarding if it's books."
~~ The Great American Read on PBS

"When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Sometimes the fastest way to start doing what works for you is to stop doing what doesn't work."
~~ Jeffrey Allen

"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
~~ Socrates [469-399 B.C.E.]

"Nothing external to me can have any power over me."
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"The best political, social, and spiritual work [that] we can do is to withdraw the projection of our own shadow onto others."
~~ Carl Gustav Jung [1875-1961]

"A boss has the title, a leader has the people."
~~ motivational speaker Simon Sinek

"Some people see things as they are and ask 'why?'. Some people dream of things that never were and ask 'why not?'. Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that."
~~ George Carlin [1937-2008]

"The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun."
~~ P.G. Wodehouse [1881-1975]

"Learn to Value yourself, which means: Fight for your happiness."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"A mind that's afraid to toy with the ridiculous will never come up with the brilliantly original."
~~ sci-fi author David Brin

"What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams."
~~ Nikos Kazantzakis [1883-1957]

"They always say [that] time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
~~ artist Andy Warhol [1928-87]

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face."
~~ boxer Mike Tyson

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2018

Carbon dioxide levels have surged to the highest point in 800,000 years due to human-caused pollution and a strong El Nino The key greenhouse gas' concentrations reached an average of 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 parts per million the year before, and the increase was 50 percent greater than the average over the last 10 years.
~~ The World Meteorological Organization, in October 2017

Emperor Trump is using motor-mouth lawyer Rudy Giuliani to contaminate the New York and D.C. juror pools in advance of any indictments. The lawyers can battle on this issue for years. Whether he wins or he loses, he wins: moving trial to another jurisdiction is a simple delay, and if the jury pool is declared not contaminated, then he will have a nicely-contaminated juror pool. Then the lawyers can fight a different artificial legal battle.

Emperor Trump complains that giant retailer Amazon is not paying its 'fair share of taxes', and too little for using the Post Office, but Trump’s own retail website only pays sales taxes in three states, while Amazon pays sales taxes in 45 states.

From 2010 to 2017, films earning more than $100 million have grown from 48 percent to 64 percent of the domestic box office.

Today there are 40 million slaves around the world. ~~ per Raj Patel

Since 2016, half of all coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died.

U.S. banks have logged $643 billion in profits since the 2008 financial crisis.

In 13 states, plus Washington DC, voter registration is now automatic: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State, and West Virginia.

Facebook says that posts on my account have 200 'likes'. (5/2018)

Electronic debit card payments exceeded cash payments in the U.K. for the first time in 2017.

People killed by handguns last year: Japan 10, Sweden 41, Switzerland 47, U.K. 50, Israel 105, Canada 611, United States 38,658.

The Golden State Fence Company was hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall and were fined $5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 2018 Quotations (58)

"The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

"The enemy is fear. We think [that] it is hate, but it is fear."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
~~ Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black [1886-1971]

Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – "When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"If you’re really going to be free you’re going to have to overcome the love of wealth and the fear of death."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Luxury is the opposite of mediocrity."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"Everything is hard before it is easy."
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."
~~ John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir [1875-1940] of Scotland

"Take away the right to say 'f***' and you take away the right to say 'f*** the government'."
~~ Lenny Bruce [1925-66]

"Le seul moyen de guérir, c'est de se considérer comme guéri. {The only way to heal is to consider yourself cured.}"
~~ Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]

"Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail."
~~ Benito Mussolini [1883-1945]

"You wake up in the morning and you say, 'There are dragons to slay and giants to fight'."
~~ Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

"Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"I'm back with my own kind of people here now, the bums and drinkers and no goods and it is a fine thing."
~~ John Steinbeck [1902-68]

"Science does not know its debt to imagination."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness."
~~ Aleister Crowley [1875-1947]

"Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions."
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"It was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live."
~~ Haruki Murakami

"You'll see it when you believe it."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it."
~~ Thomas Dekker [1572-1632]

"If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable."
~~ Sir Thomas More [1478-1535]

"I don't do drugs. I am drugs . . . There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction."
~~ Salvador Dali [1904-89]

"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest."
~~ Buddhist leader Acharya Pema Chödrön

"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one."
~~ John C. Maxwell

"The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary."
~~ Vince Lombardi [1913-70]

"Elect a clown, expect a circus."
~~ Mikel Jollett, on Twitter

"At the risk of sounding sexist, I'm looking forward to Ivanka Trump's excellent perp walk photos."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"[President Trump] is morally oblivious. He is, by an order of magnitude, the most amoral creature to ever occupy the White House."
~~ TV pundit Lawrence O'Donnell

"We are not 'his' people, we are Americans."
~~ David Zasloff

"Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it."
~~ Joseph Goebbels [1897-1945], Nazi Propaganda Minister, 1933-45

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."
~~ former First Lady Laura Bush

"Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission."
~~ engineer Vannevar Bush [1890-1974]

"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Has anybody studied whether alcohol is a gateway drug to cocaine and heroin?"
~~ G.E. Nordell

"I don't hate Trump. I pray for him."
~~ Tyler Merritt

"One child kidnapped is an Amber Alert. 2,000 children kidnapped is Republican policy."
~~ Emelie Rose Barg, on Facebook

another 'found' slogan for t-shirts: Prize inside!

"The people who sheltered Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were obeying the law."
~~ Gershon Baskin of Israel, on Facebook

"Just because you don’t see a judge doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving due process."
~~ White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Our decision to move some of our operations [off-shore] is 100% based on President Trumps tariffs. Mr. Trump knows nothing about economics and even less about trade. The man is a moron."
~~ Harley Davidson CEO Matthew S. Levatich

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse."
~~ character Calvin in the "Calvin & Hobbes" daily cartoon [1985-95] as drawn by cartoonist Bill Watterson

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
~~ Albert Schweitzer [1875-1965]

"Democracy is a device that ensures [that] we shall be governed no better than we deserve."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"The Fake news for today is that the Fake President used Fake Diplomacy to prevent a Fake War. So maybe he deserves a Fake Nobel Peace Prize?"
~~ G.E. Nordell

"We are fools whether we dance or not. So we might as well dance."
~~ Japanese proverb

"I have already lost touch with a couple of people [that] I used to be."
~~ Joan Didion

"We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy."
~~ Bill Gates

"The trouble is, you think [that] you have time."
~~ Gautama Buddha [5th Century BCE]

"I've seen several tweets comparing [Trump's concentration camps] to Nazis and the Holocaust and saying things like 'this is how it begins'. I teach holocaust literature so let me be clear: this isn't how it began. This is already several stages along the way."
~~ Aviva Dautch of London, U.K.

"The best path in life should aim for the goal of wholeness."
~~ Deepak Chopra

"Anybody who comes out for peace is not for peace. Peace is the time it takes to reload your rifle."
~~ Bob Dylan, June 1986 Rolling Stone Magazine interview

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 2018 Quotations (59)

"To Roseanne: Racism is not a known side effect of our drug (Ambien)."
~~ manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis USA

"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."
~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. [1841-1935]

"One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers."
~~ Eugene O'Neill [1888-1953]

"Laughter is America's most important export."
~~ Walt Disney [1901-66]

"I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government."
~~ Woody Allen

"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"One word / Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: / That word is love."
~~ Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles [496-406 B.C.E]

"Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world."
~~ actor Jack Nicholson

“After all is said and done, a helluva lot more is said than done!”
~~ corollary to Murphy's Law, source unknown

"I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value."
~~ Hermann Hesse [1877-1962]

"On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use."
~~ Epictetus [55?–135? C.E.]

"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke."
~~ Benjamin Disraeli [1804-81]

“If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.”
~~ Lev Grossman

“That's the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don't expect them or want them.”
~~ Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern

"Comey will not be prosecuted."
~~ The Pen at Peace Team activism website, April 2018

"Time to hold Trump to the same standard we’re holding Bill Cosby."
~~ Kanisha J. Jackson, on Twitter

"Now I lay me down to sleep . . . for all the fun stuff . . . thanks a heap!"
~~ bedtime prayer by Dennis the Menace in a syndicated daily cartoon panel

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”
~~ Dolores Huerta

“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”
~~ Steve Maraboli

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others."
~~ Dr. Gerald Jampolsky

"Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation."
~~ Coretta Scott King [1927-2006]

“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?”
~~ playwright Edward Albee [1928-2016]

“If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.”
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"I reject the false choice that you can either have a strong economy or a strong environment. We can do both."
~~ U.S. Senator Kamala Harris [Dem-CA]

"By your early forties, the best part about going to bed is imagining the coffee [that] you’re going to drink in the morning."
~~ composer Jason Hayes

"Trump isn’t the cause of what’s happened to America. He’s the consequence – the product of years of stagnant wages and big money’s corruption of our democracy."
~~ economist Robert B. Reich

"Remember: Life is short. Dream big or go home."
~~ motto of Lost Hiker Brewing Company in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

"There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard."
~~ Arundhati Roy

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

“If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.”
~~ Stephen W. Hawking [1942-2018]

"Divorce the story of your limitation and marry your unlimited capacity."
~~ Tana Ray

“To make profound changes in your life, you need either inspiration or desperation.”
~~ Anthony 'Tony' Robbins

"The only thing new in the world is the history [that] you don't know."
~~ Harry S. Truman [1884-1972]

"From fake news to Stormygate, [this country's] spinning out of control like a clown car without a designated driver."
~~ comedian Lewis Black, in an email for the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.)

“Life is not an easy matter…. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.”
~~ Leon Trotsky [1879-1940]

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"If it's Tuesday, it's Election Day."
~~ new motto (2018) of the U.S. Democratic Party [est. 1848]

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

“Life is a sh*t blizzard.”
~~ Florida author Carl Hiaasen

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
~~ President Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower [1890-1969]

“Every moment is the paradox of now or never.”
~~ writer Simon Van Booy

"It is time to revive anti-trust [enforcement]."
~~ economist Robert B. Reich

"Things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome."
~~ cartoonist Lincoln Peirce

“Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.”
~~ journalist Martha Gellhorn [1908-98]

"'Just be yourself' is the worst advice [that] you can give some people."
~~ syndicated comedian Argus Hamilton

"Sociology is the outhouse in the grove of academe."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Truth is relative. They [Robert Mueller's team] may have a different version of the truth than we do."
~~ lawyer & politician Rudolph 'Rudy' Giuliani

"Smart people learn from everything and everyone. Average people [learn] from their experiences. Stupid people already have all the answers."
~~ Socrates [469-399 B.C.E.]

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."
~~ Thomas Sowell

"On Mother's Day I can think of no mother more deserving than a mother who had to give one back."
~~ Erma Bombeck [1927-96]

"Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard

"The law must be clear that anti-discrimination laws exist to protect people, not beliefs."
~~ Terry Sanderson

"Don't just teach your children to read . . . Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything."
~~ George Carlin [1937-2008]

"We have a single mission: to protect and hand [off] the planet to the next generation."
~~ François Hollande, President of France

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Donald Trump Has A Strategy

Emperor Trump is using motor-mouth lawyer Rudy Giuliani to contaminate the New York and D.C. juror pools in advance of any indictments. The lawyers can battle on this issue for years. Whether he wins or he loses, he wins: moving trial to another jurisdiction is a simple delay, and if the jury pool is declared not contaminated, then he will have a nicely-contaminated juror pool. Then the lawyers can fight a different artificial legal battle.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

my letter published in today's Albuquerque Journal newspaper

wind & solar power is good for New Mexico

The Rio Grande Foundation claims to be non-partisan, but they are not: a good portion of their funding is from the State Policy Network, which is partly funded by the Koch Brothers and other polluters.

The Rio Grande Foundation's recent letter/op-ed in the Journal (May 12th) is filled with propaganda that is intended to prevent progress in renewable energy in New Mexico.

One point that is easily rebutted is Rio Grande Foundation's claim that the production tax credit of $24 per megawatt is 'an enormous sum'. The 1992 federal law that pertains here mandates a 1.5 cent tax credit per kilowatt. Such production tax credits are payable for ten fiscal years, while typical solar panels are warranted for 25 years.

The tax credit has been increased for inflation; the current 2.4 cent per kilowatt production tax credit is still much lower than the charge on my P.N.M. bill of 8.3 cents per kilowatt. This incentive has P.N.M. building hundreds of acres of solar and wind farms around New Mexico.

Production of electricity by solar and wind and other renewables is a very good deal for New Mexico. Just not so good for the Rio Grande Foundation and the fossil-fuel companies who fund them.

G.E. NORDELL
Rio Communities, New Mexico

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Margot Kidder Story

None of the stories today about the death of actress Margot Kidder mention the Western TV series that she starred in back in 1971-72 with James Garner. It was called "Nichols" and ran for 24 episodes and was about the dying of the Old West. They painted the dirt streets of the Western Town backlot sets to look like asphalt, put up some telephone poles, brought in old cars and a motorcycle for Garner, and called it 1914.

I was then a computer programmer at Warner Brothers in Burbank and one of the privileges was walking around the backlot during lunch hour and other times. We got to watch grips and actors working there or on the sound stages, a real education in film making.

Margot came off as a bit wild. Actor David Carradine was filming a different TV series at Warners, the one where the old Oriental called him 'Grasshopper'. He drove around in a baby blue 1950s Packard convertible. He and Margot became pals; I think the thing that they most had in common was that they both loved running around barefoot. You'd see them from time to time playing among the various backlot sets, acting like children. (It was the Seventies, so 'weed' may have been involved. Who knows?)

One day, they came back to Margot's dressing room - just as I was passing by - and discovered that she had locked herself out. What followed was a crackup. Both were in costume; Margot - wearing the big skirts of a Western barmaid - was helped thru the window of her dressing room by Carradine, with whooping and laughter. The event was like a Laurel & Hardy or Buster Keaton skit, or maybe something with Carol Burnett.

Memories are wispy things, as are the lives of individuals. The news stories today mentioned "Superman" and the many tragic events in Margot's life. But what I remember is that she was a great laugher.
Copyright 2018 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

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]

'found' slogans for back of T-shirts:
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         BACK - by popular demand

"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}