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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.

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    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.

    Thursday, July 01, 2004

    A Genocide in Sudan: Conditions are getting worse in Sudan, Powell stops short of taking action, and the UN is in a stalemate

    By Nick

    Everyone! Link to the this Blog: Passion Of the Present
    This blog which is fully dedicated to raising awareness of the Sudanese Genocide. Whoever has been writing it has been so selfless as to not mentioning their name. Please: read it, spread what it is says, and link to it. Help spread the news about the Genocide in Sudan. Time is running out.From BBC Sudan:Screams of Sudan's starving refugees

    The 15-month long conflict in Sudan's western province of Darfur has produced what the United Nations is calling "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
    A pro-government Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed, is accused of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the black African population there. Hilary Andersson has been to one of the Darfur refugee camps

    Hilary Andersson
    A BBC Africa correspondent reports on the Genocide in Sudan:

    It makes you want to scream to see it

    I have seen a family's one bowl of rotting food crawling with insects. Seen a starving child being washed in water dirtied with his own blood. Seen stick-thin infants covered in excrement and throwing up their food because they are too weak to eat it.

    Starvation is a horror. It is a slow and painful way of dying.

    Mothers have to watch their children suffering terribly in the process.

    It makes you want to scream to see it.

    Except you cannot because it is not your trauma, it is someone else's and they do the screaming.

    It happens at night.

    I say that because we kept hearing it. We stayed in a camp called Mornei for three nights, right next to a small tent.

    The tent served as a clinic for the worst cases of children with severe malnutrition.

    Some of the children who came into that tent daily looked barely alive.

    Strangely, if you looked at any one of them for long enough they would look back with large, penetrating, angry eyes. It was haunting.

    The tent stank. The temperature was over 40C (104F).

    When the sun went down there came a slight relief.

    But it was the minute drop of heat in the evenings that was killing the weakened children - their bodies too traumatised to cope with any change at all.

    And so, after going to bed, at two or three in morning the darkness and silence would be abruptly cut through with the sound of an awful scream of anguish as a mother mourned her child's passing away.

    That, at this awfully lonely hour, would start it all off. The donkeys would let rip tortured moans, the famished dogs would begin to howl.

    And if ever there was a reason or place for the imagination to start working, it was this.

    Terrifying thought process

    One night when the wailing began, the stories from the day began circling in my head and I realised that these must be the same screams heard in the villages at the moment of attack by the Janjaweed - these were after all the same noises of catastrophe from the same people.

    I began to imagine the gut-wrenching fear that the mothers must have felt when - having heard for months of villages nearby being burned - their turn came.

    They are refugees, but they have found no safe refuge

    All the houses on fire, their neighbours screaming and running, their children scattering in the chaos, running past dead bodies on their way out of the village, not knowing if their husbands were alive or dead.

    Sleeping perhaps under a tree. Walking the next morning with no shelter, no family in the middle of a desert.

    Then ending up in the nearest town, only to find everyone else there half-starved.

    It is a terrifying thought process - made all the more real because, not a few hundred metres from where we slept, where the refugees sleep nightly, are the Janjaweed.

    The very men who are tormenting the civilians by driving them from their villages are right in the middle of the camps, patrolling them by day, terrorising the women by night.

    If the women try to go out of the camps to get food they face the real prospect of being killed, beaten or raped.

    No-one has documented it precisely but probably thousands of women have been raped so far.

    Can you imagine how frightened these people are? They are refugees, but they have found no safe refuge.
    There is a lot more to said about Darfur. But one of the most galling thoughts is this.

    These people do not have to be starving. There is not a major drought, there is a war.

    This situation has been brought about by men.

    The men involved are the Janjaweed militia and the Sudanese government which has admitted to backing the militia in parts of this war - though the government also says it cannot control them.

    It is not a war as we know it; it is the mass punishment of the people

    Either way, the destruction of Darfur is a massive reprisal against a black Darfur rebel group - the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) - which is fighting for greater representation for the region.

    Fair enough, fight the rebel group - you might say. Governments cannot just ignore rebellions on their territory, and militias will be militias.

    For the sake of argument, let us be generous to the armies here - that is war.

    But why take it out on the mothers, the children, the old men, the civilians?

    That is the evil of what is happening in Darfur.

    These are the facts: children are starving to death because of a fight between a group of powerful, well-armed, dirty fighting men - who are grown-ups.

    And many more will die before this is over.
    Passion of The Present Reports:On the diplomatic level there seems to be a stalemate. The Sudanese government denies its guilt. Both the US and the UN talk tough but ultimately dance around the genocide issue in hopes of getting the Sudanese government to help its own people.

    The US is circulating a draft UN Security Council resolution placing sanctions on the Arab militias, and mandating review of the situation in 30 days if the "atrocities" are not stopped. Unfortunately, the proposed UN draft does not call the situation "genocide," does not address the complicity of the Sudanese government, and does not call for a UN peacekeeping force to protect the victims.

    30 days is too late, I do not exaggerate when I say that every second we waste, the closer we get to the largest humanitarian disaster in history. While we've been busying ourselves with Powells visit, this is what is happening in the rest of sudan:
    I deeply appreciate the following blogs for helping spread the story of the Sudanese Genocide. I humbly ask them to link to passion of the present, and continue in helping spread this story. This list is very short... and I can't force anyone to do anything. However, I'm willing to promote any site in anyway if it will someone to cover this story with us. All I ask is quick blirb or link, the world seems unaware, or in denial about this genocide. If our governments do not take direct action soon, a million innocent people will die at the hands of murders. There is so little time left, we bloggers can at least raise public awareness of the story. Again, my deepest thanks to the blogs below, if I forgot someone who has linked to me, let me know I will add you your blog.

    Thank you:
    No Fear of Freedom
    In Search of Utopia
    James Moore
    Hot Abercrombie Chick

    One million innocent lives can still be saved from genocide.

    posted by Nick at 7/01/2004 04:45:00 AM |

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