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Sunday, November 29, 2009

News Factoids for November 2009

The Christian-fascist right has shown their true colors, now selling bumper stickers and t-shirts calling for President Obama's assassi- nation and citing Psalm 109:8 as their justifying sacred text (also check verse 9).

The feature film "Fair Game", based on the book by Valerie Plame Wilson is scheduled for release in 2010, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts (click for latest info at IMDb).

As-of 2007, 300,000 acres of Colorado aspen trees were dead or damaged, per government aerial surveys, with more in adjacent states.
~~ per Smithsonian Magazine

42 percent of American adults are single nowadays.

When I moved into my new house in New Mexico, one of the toilets had a really bad leak, you could see the water moving. So I emptied the tank and dried it out and put nearly a full tube of sealer in the bottom, and that got 90% of the leak. Then recently, the tiny leak looked like it was growing, so I devised a plan. I went to AutoZone and bought a container of Bar's Leak Radiator Stop Leak, which said 'safe with plastic, rubber, aluminum & metal'. Didn't say porcelain, but I figured that the risk was small. So I poured half the bottle of Bar's Leak into the tank and let it set (using the other bathroom for a few days) and sure enough, the toilet leak seems to be gone. I also poured the second half into the tank a couple weeks later, just to be sure, and again waited a couple days. The leak appears to be totally fixed!

Jobless rate reaches 9.8 percent in September, the highest since June 1983.
~~ internet news headline

"Poverty rates rose in 31 states and the District of Columbia to a national high of 13.2 percent (the worst in 11 years) and the number of Americans receiving food stamps rose by 13 percent.
~~ Time Magazine, Sept 2009

"Since March, the dollar has lost about 15 percent of its value against other currencies."
~~ Justin Cox, Time Magazine, November 2009

"There are fewers jobs available today than in 2000, [and] about 12 million additional workers have entered the job market since then."
~~ Jim Hightower

"According to U.S. Conference of Mayors reports, no one in the U.S. can afford a one-bedroom apartment at the current federal minimum wage."
~~ Richard R. Troxell, National Coalition For The Homeless, 2009

"In 1946, one in 17 thousand Americans declared bankruptcy; [in 2008], one in three hundred did."
~~ Jill Lepore, in New Yorker Magazine

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 2009 Quotations

"The problem isn't left versus right, it's up versus down."
~~ Michael Chute of the Second Maine Militia, 2009

"All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation."
~~ President John Adams [1735-1826]

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
~~ Frederic Bastiat [1801-50]

"This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations."
~~ President Rutherford B. Hayes [1822-93]

"Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. It doesn't work."
~~ Allan H. Meltzer

"The balance of power has shifted in recent years from territorially bound governments to companies that can roam the world."
~~ Richard Barnet and John Cavanagh, in the book "Global Dreams" (1994)

"The Federal Reserve [Banks] are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this Nation is run by the International Bankers."
~~ Rep. Louis Thomas McFadden [1876-1936], circa 1933

"History shows that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain control over governments by controlling the money and the issuance of it."
~~ President James A. Madison [1751-1836]

"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes the laws."
~~ Mayer Amschel Rothschild [1744-1812]

"Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to."
~~ Benjamine A. Rooge

"The few who can understand the [Federal Reserve] system will be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class; while on the other hand, the great body of the people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests."
~~ Rothschild Brothers of London

"He who has learned to die has unlearned how to be a slave."
~~ Montaigne [1533-92]

"Experience is just another word for losing hope."
~~ Scott Adams (in "Dilbert" Sunday strip, 2009)

"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
~~ Thomas Mann [1875-1955]

"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, sh*t detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"The possible ranks higher than the actual."
~~ Martin Heidegger [1889-1976]

"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
~~ Frederic Bastiat [1801-50]

“It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.”
~~ John Kenneth Galbraith [1908-2006]

"It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961]

"Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears."
~~ Robert W. Sarnoff [1919-97]

"The stock broker services his clients in the same way that Bonnie & Clyde serviced banks."
~~ William Bernstein

"What is robbing a bank compared to the founding of a bank?"
~~ Bertolt Brecht 1898-1956]

"With an evening coat and a white tie, even a stockbroker can gain a reputation for being civilized."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"I spent my youth worrying about corporate power. Now I worry about corporate incompetence."
~~ John Kenneth Galbraith [1908-2006]

"The best way to rob a bank is to own one."
~~ William Crawford

"What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor."
~~ Gore Vidal

"Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father's store or farm."
~~ C. Wright Mills [1916-62]

"Finance is the art or science of managing revebnues or resources for the best advantage of the manager."
~~ Ambrose Bierce [1842–1914?]

"The business of government is to keep government out of business – that is, unless business needs government aid."
~~ Will Rogers [1879-1935]

"It's a good thing that aliens have not abducted Limp Rushbaugh or Sean Vannity or Karl Rove or Glenn Beck. If they ever do, they will find sufficient justification to incinerate Planet Earth."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"A photograph doesn't have to be pretty to be true. But if it's true, it's beautiful."
~~ photographer Roy DeCarava [1919-2009]

"We should be worrying about Wall Street-run health care."
~~ Wendell Potter

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