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  • George Orwell

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    Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

    But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

    Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

    In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

    All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

    At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

    Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

    John Stuart Mill

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

    The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

    Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

    A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    Mark Twain

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    All generalizations are false, including this one.

    A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

    Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

    Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Winston Churchill

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

    Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

    Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

    However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

    Otto Von Bismarck

    When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

    I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

    Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.


    A witty saying proves nothing.

    If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

    When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

    The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

    Karl Marx

    Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

    The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

    Sunday, May 23, 2004

    5/23 Tom Hayden writes about aristocracy, the CIA, and the election.

    By Nick

    Go to full article: When Bonesmen Fight

    Hayden provides a pragmatic reason to vote for Kerry:

    "The differences between Bush and Kerry over Supreme Court appointments, religious fundamentalism, civil rights, the environment, John Ashcroft and the future of Iraq are fundamental, dividing the two parties at the constituency level. Bush genuflects to the Christian Right while Kerry sings Kumbaya. The Bush people are scary and destabilizing, which is why the CIA types seem to prefer Kerry (covertly, of course). For the record, this November I am voting with the CIA. They represent the lesser evil in the choices before us."

    Some examples of Intellgience Community warnings about Bush's policy:
    MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
    Decoding the Presidential Daily Briefing

    President Bush never really cared for such "filters", however. As M. STEVEN KENNISTON wrote:
    "In the months preceding war our President flatly refused to grant an audience to any anti-war organization, including Veterans for Common Sense, Veterans for Peace, and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Many of the men and women in these groups have experienced the horror of war first-hand and have commanded troops and served their country with dedication and valor. Yet when they sought to voice their concerns that the terrible costs of this war and its potentially disastrous consequences were not justified, they were rebuffed. Our President chose instead to listen to the counsel of a group of reactionary ideologues recruited from neo-conservative think tanks, such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century."

    On a political note, conservatives impeached Clinton for a hummer. Ironic, huh.

    posted by Nick at 5/23/2004 06:58:00 PM |

    your only reader is a crazy republican (me) ^_^ you should cross over to the dark-side. Conservative Blogs get waaaaay more feed-back. My first day of ever owning a blog I got 18 comments! And now a very popular blog medium has me listed and reads my stuff...maybe your boring...rant some you know, be funny. Even though I dance on the graves of opponents I like to help out occasionaly...that or I'm bored. I just do't like to see someone with an empty blog...I know what thats like. But hey maybe thats what your going for. ^_^
    I also notice you have had only 9 visitors since May 22nd! So sad ='(. Perhaps you should incorporate meta tags in your description, I know a ton of LIbEraSs that would love to read your ....things....things that are of no use to me ^-^ But once again I encourage you to be a right blogger. I got 86 page views since May 20th when I officaly started...its the answer my friend. =) the answer.

    Mainly because you can go anywhere in the media and see liberals rant but A conservative rant is a rare and dear thing. One of my readers was a red-wool communist...my polar opposite. Both parties tend to like Right or moderate blogs. You catch more donkeys with honey. Maybe you can tone down the articles, attract more ppl to your thinking not scare the hell outta them =) much love

    Appreciate the good intent. Don't worry, at this point I have no delusions about getting readers; I'm basically testing the water right now. Also, I can't really cross over to the dark side (although I am aware of its power). Being on the anarcho-left side of the political spectrum doesn't really sit well with most conservative.

    Keep the faith,
    Don't listen to the succubus's lies! I'm a loyal reader! Heck, it only took about 3 minutes before "Net Politik" found its way to my favorites
    They aren't lies, as much as misinterpretations of the medium. The Internet's history can be summed up as trying to do old things in a new world. The .com bust was really about the fact that no one wants to read a high tech mail order catalogue. Similarlly, many bloggers are tempted to reflect the political discourse that they see on TV and in the newspapers. Yet, those are all meant for mediums which send the message of one to many; where as the internet is the first many to many medium. It thrives off of decentralized hierarchies of information. The Name of this blog is actually a name for a new type of diplomacy and power which is being created by think tanks. The confrense that coined the name concluded:
    Here is an excerpt from the Conclusion:
    "The Internet and other information technologies are no longer a peripheral force in the conduct of world affairs but a powerful engine for change. Global electronic networking is not only remaking economies, but transforming people’s values, identities, and social practices. Moreover, these changes are not just occurring within the boundaries of nationstates but in all sorts of unpredictable transnational communications.

    These changes are enabling all sorts of newcomers to enter the fray of international politics. NGOs, diasporic communities, critics of land mines and human rights abuses, antiglobalization protesters, journalists, indigenous peoples, and others are finding their own voices on a global public stage. More ominously, the very technology that is empowering civil society and businesses is enabling political extremists to build global terrorist networks and pioneer alarming new forms of warfare.

    The new transnational flows of information are transforming some fundamental terms of power in international affairs. New types of soft power involving moral legitimacy and respect, credibility as an information source, and cultural values are coming to the fore. Military and financial powers that traditionally have belonged to the dominant nations are now constrained in new ways by soft power and the politics of credibility. A tighter skein of global interdependence may mean that unilateralism by any single nation, especially the United States, could be a more problematic policy approach.

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