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Quotation of the moment

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."

Bertrand Russell

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R.I.P. - Felice Osband

I just learned today that you died a month ago, Felice. Even though I live in a different part of the country now and haven't seen you in close to 30 years, I'll miss you. Earth is just a little less bright because of your absence. You defined the phrase "free spirit."

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R. I. P. - Trust

Trust is dead.

To compensate, we have tried regulating the behavior of commerce, finance and nearly every aspect of life. Some on the religious right want to force married people to keep their vows and some on the secular left want to write enough laws that trust isn’t necessary because it is replaced by government control.

This might be one of the best commentaries on "what's wrong with the United States (and perhaps the rest of the so-called civilized world) today" that I've run across.


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Latest reply: Dec 18, 2007

Success redefined

According to the president of the United States, speaking about the US lead invasion of Iraq, "...success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives. And that's what we're trying to achieve."

Once people are used to a certain level of violence, success has been acheived?

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Latest reply: Dec 12, 2007

Things that are frightening

Members of violent street gangs getting weapons and training from the United States Military...

"Gangs claim their turf in Iraq"

"The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and Vice Lords were born decades ago in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods. Now, their gang graffiti is showing up 6,400 miles away in one of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods -- Iraq."

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Latest reply: Jul 8, 2006

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