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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

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    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.

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    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.

    Voltaire

    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.

    Saturday, November 13, 2004

    Death concentrates the mind

    By Mary Desmond

    Bismillah rahman rahim, and my thanks to Nick for the guest blogger, he instills me with courage, the beach landings, there are greeks dying out there, do you want to live forever, or just simply, what the fuck lets do it. First to honour the incarnation life death and the hoped for resurrection of the palestinian people, and their avatar Yasser Arafat (peace be upon him). I have heard americans mock and joke, but only cowards mock dying majesty. Today we rest in Ramallah, but tomorrow in Jerusalem.

    The Jews lost any historical claim to Jerusalem in AD70. The right they have to any land as the Americans now demonstrate in Iraq is because they have the bigger guns, the better technology of war. Motorcycle diaries a film for americans using spanish the language of war the second language of the States and yet a film about youth and passion and how dangerous one honest man can be. But only for men who would think.

    So Putin the Butcher of Grozny, is he now the inspiration of western democracies, is the plan really to demolish all the cities, turn them into burnt out ruins and let the insurgents run around like latter day scorpion kings. I think that refers to the prehistoric era of Eygpt, before even hieroglyphs. Do i condemn our troops. Do i fuck.

    They have always been lions led by donkeys. They don't expect more. Some join up as economic conscripts, some for the glory, none decided to wage war against iraq. That choice was made by a monster who rules america. Whether the elections were fair or foul, your nation was and is divided. In Britain conventions matter a lot more. By convention you can't wage war, ask your citizens to sacrifice their children, unless you have a consensus that this sacrifice is necessary, there is no other way to defend our land or for fuck sake we are no longer prepared to stand by while some bastard is torturing, raping and murdering other people and laughing at us. World War II was different for America. Even Vietnam in the beginning. And when Reagan made you feel good about yourselves as a proud warlike people he picked on tiny countries that couldn't defend themselves.

    Bush has no right to wage war when the nation is so divided. If it was legitimate for Jefferson and the founding fathers to take action against tyranny by whatever means necessary then it has become so again. I do not believe that his policy of genocide in Fallujah will work. Its lose lose. Either you will kill every man woman and child, in Grozny they went back later for the young widows they had fucked over because the media started calling them black widows, and their troops were told to finish the job. Or you will let some live and no i don't think they will forgive us.

    Certainly i condemn the usurping of the right to kill. We are all under a death sentence. But if you stupid motherfuckers really can't understand what motivates another human being to become a suicide bomber, then it is purely a lack of empathic ability, low intelligence general ignorance possibly exacerbated by in-breeding and food with an unnecessarily high fat content, you call them rednecks, we call them royalty and aristocracy.

    But ideology doesn't really make me angry, well actually it can break my heart but i am strange that way, what has really made us angry here in britain this emerald isle , after the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, they will not grow old as we grow old age will not weary them, with flailing hands they pass the torch on and if we break faith with them they shall not rest though poppies grow and we wear the fucking poppies knowing we have broken faith with them. What really fucks us off, is quite selfish. That 600 working class scots with insufficient armoured support can do the job of 5,000 american marines, of course they think they are better trained and more professional and all that bollocks. But when they give sweets and crayons to children it wasn't immediately after blitzkrieg and the killing of their parents and siblings. You stupid fucking american cunts. Does it really impress the fucking american voter to see how loving fucking soldiers are. Fuck you all.

    So to whom am i supposed to make my fucking appeal. You have a whore as an attorney general, Judges who uphold the law are now fucking unamerican is that it. Stop pretending you have or want a democracy you cowardly frightened freaks. Death can set you free. Where is its sting. We will all die motherfuckers. Some of us may live first. Under European law any one who has committed a war crime anywhere in the world can be arrested in Europe and there is no guaranteed immunity from prosecution regardless of their passport. But as i started. Does it matter that in the real world as Ernesto put it a few hundred psychopathic sadistic spanish terrorist replaced macchu picchu with what, with lima, that it's about mindless violence and men who are prepared to wield it. Or does the noumenal matter the city of God, the Dar al Islam, or is that pie in the sky, as the stupid fucking loser the armadillo dancing inside has it, that a right must exist independently of its exercise. If he comes to london will I try to get a warrant issued at a county court. Will i fuck.



    posted by Mary Desmond at 11/13/2004 03:55:00 AM |

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