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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 2 Aug, 2012 08:15 pm
@edgarblythe,
Is that that shitty actor who is saying this? The one in those vacuous Men in Black movies.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 05:12 am
“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.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 05:52 am
@edgarblythe,
I'm presently reading the neuroscience heavy science fiction novel, Blindsight by Peter Watts and rediscovered the following quote:
Quote:
If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.

Emerson M. Pugh
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eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 02:32 pm
Two short sharp quotes from H.G. Wells today.

- Cynicism is humor in ill health.

- Advertising is legalized lying.
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spendius
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 03:19 pm
@edgarblythe,
Quote:
“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.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower


It seems true but is it? If weapons are used to take land off people not exploiting it efficiently then there's the possibility of it being used to feed millions. "Feed the world" was never a slogan of those who had no guns, warships or rockets.

No wonder Ike couldn't see the the Suez operation in its proper light.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 06:47 pm
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
~Abraham Lincoln
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 07:03 pm
@edgarblythe,
Quote:
“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.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower


It seems that evolution has bestowed upon many Americans a hypocrisy gene. It's too bad for the world's poor and disenfranchised that it's a very dominant gene.

I'll just quote a small portion of two sources because I know how dedicated folks like Lash, Finn, Gob1, Setanta, Merry, ... are to help set things right, to bring these criminals to justice.

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Guatemala 1953-1954 - While the world watched

excerpted from the book

Killing Hope

by William Blum

To whom does a poor banana republic turn when a CIA army is advancing upon its territory and CIA planes are overhead bombing the country?

The leaders of Guatemala tried everyone-the United Nations, the Organization of American States, other countries individually, the world press, even the United States itself, in the desperate hope that it was all a big misunderstanding, that in the end, reason would prevail.

Nothing helped. Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles had decided that the legally-elected government of Jacobo Arbenz was "communist", therefore must go and go it did, in June 1954.

In the midst of the American preparation to overthrow the government, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Guillermo Toriello, lamented that the United States was categorizing "as 'communism' every manifestation of nationalism or economic independence any desire for social progress, any intellectual curiosity, and any interest in progressive liberal reforms."

...

United Fruit functioned in Guatemala as a state within a state. It owned the country's telephone and telegraph facilities, administered its only important Atlantic harbor, and monopolized its banana exports. A subsidiary of the company owned nearly every mile of railroad track in the country. The fruit company's influence amongst Washington's power elite was equally impressive. On a business and/or personal level, it had close ties to the Dulles brothers, various State Department officials, congressmen, the American Ambassador to the United Nations, and others. Anne Whitman, the wife of the company's public relations director, was President Eisenhower's personal secretary. Under-secretary of State (and formerly Director of the CIA) Walter Bedell Smith was seeking an executive position with United Fruit at the same time he was helping to plan the coup. He was later named to the company's board of directors.

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/Guatemala_KH.html



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A "killing field" in the Americas:
US policy in Guatemala



The reality of Guatemala

Guatemala, with 10 million people, is the most populous country in Central America. It is run by an oligarchy of wealthy landowners and big business interests that reap the country's agricultural and commercial rewards at the expense of the rest of the population. The country has been headed by military dictators and figurehead-presidents. Ultimate control belongs to the Army.

Guatemala is a country without social or economic justice, especially for the 6 million indigenous Mayan Indians who make up the majority of the population. There is a marked disparity in income distribution, and poverty is pervasive. On coffee plantations, peasants, descendants of the ancient Maya, live in concentration camp-like conditions, as de facto slaves. 40% of the indigenous people have no access to health care, and 60% have no access to safe drinking water. Education in rural areas is non-existent, with the result that 50% of the people are illiterate. Half of the country's children suffer from malnutrition. Every day in Guatemala, a country in which everything grows, people go hungry.

The real power in Guatemala is in the hands of the Army, and that power has been used to violently control the people, resulting in the worst human rights record in the hemisphere. During more than 30 years of civil war, over 150,000 Guatemalans have been killed or disappeared, tens-of-thousands have been forced to flee to Mexico, 1 million have been displaced inside the country, and more than 440 Indian villages have been destroyed. 75,000 widows and 250,000 orphans have been produced out of the carnage. And, for more than four decades, the United States government has consistently supported the Guatemalan Army and the ruling class in their policies of repression.

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/US_ThirdWorld/US_Guat.html
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2012 07:53 am
“I believe that there should be a very much heavier progressive tax on very large incomes, a tax which should increase in a very marked fashion for the gigantic incomes.”
~Theodore Roosevelt
eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2012 09:20 am
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
— George Bernard Shaw
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2012 11:30 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

“I believe that there should be a very much heavier progressive tax on very large incomes, a tax which should increase in a very marked fashion for the gigantic incomes.”
~Theodore Roosevelt


And yet there are those who sneer at the thought that Republican war-hawk Teddy Roosevelt was a dyed-in-the-wool Socialist! Laughing
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Letty
 
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Reply Sat 4 Aug, 2012 11:41 am
Going to be taxes; going to have to pay them.
Harry Truman
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:33 am
If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.
— Curtis LeMay
eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:44 am
@edgarblythe,
What a nice man.
spendius
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:46 am
@eurocelticyankee,
It would be silly promoting nice men to General.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:48 am
I knew that quote would be noticed.
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eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:49 am
I was too heavy to be a jockey and too honest to be a producer, so I became a writer.
Leon Uris
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 08:54 am
@spendius,
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It would be silly promoting nice men to General.


Certainly not nice men, but why self described war criminals?

That's too obvious. The higher ups, right up to the president of the US, want a man who will perpetrate those war crimes with no questions asked.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 5 Aug, 2012 04:33 pm
“Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience and some of our black audience began whispering "who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?" After they laughed at me a few times they began requesting the hillbilly stuff and enjoyed dancing to it.”
Chuck Berry

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2012 05:26 am
“If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.”
Jimmy Carter

eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2012 09:22 am
But if the young are never tired of erring in conduct, neither are the older in erring of judgment.
Fanny Burney
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