Sunday, May 13, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Personal violence is for the amateur in dominance. Structural violence is the tool of the professional. The amateur who wants to dominate uses guns; the professional uses social structure. The legal criminality of the social system and its institutions, of government…is tacit violence. Structural violence is a structure of exploitation and social injustice."
Johan Galtung

“There is a reason that the young are sent as cannon fodder to die in the wars of the politicians, bankers, and corporations. They are less likely to challenge the orders they are given; orders meant to be obeyed regardless of the immoral nature of those demands, and regardless of the horrible consequences they will most certainly face. Those who ‘serve’ do not serve the people who falsely praise them; they only serve one master, and that master is the nation state and its benefactors. It is not ‘we the people.’"
Gary D. Barnett

“History has shown us the creative and liberating powers to be found in minds that are free to think, speculate, and communicate with one another without any forceful restraints as to methods or content. We are living in the final days of a dying civilization, a death brought about by an abundance of repression designed by and for the benefit of those who presume to rule others. Perhaps we can rediscover from the origins of our now-terminal culture those conditions in which the minds and bodies of individuals were free to be create the substance of that civilization. If so, an even more wondrous, life-enhancing civilization may arise from the ashes.”
Butler Shaffer

“Many people who sound the bombastic call of patriotism presuppose that we're all born with a certain obligation to society... to a piece of dirt that was here long before human beings walked the earth, and will be here long after we've vanquished ourselves from the planet.
This is total bunk. Human beings are born free. No one comes into this world owing anybody anything, especially by some complete accident of birth.”
Simon Black

“Throughout history, very real organizations of people with specific and directed beliefs have sought to guide the course of our cultural progression according to their personal values, sometimes using coordinated and underhanded means. The New World Order is no different in this regard. Its uniqueness lay only in the insidious nature of its methods and the complexity of its structure. In fact, I would have to question the sanity of anyone who DOESN’T believe that conspiracies are a constant and concrete reality. Secretive groups of men have always sought power over others and have always cloaked their thirst in the auspices of patriotism and rationalism.”
Brandon Smith

“Whether people believe the theories espoused by Krugman or Bernanke is besides the point. Whether the theories espoused by Krugman or Bernanke are even correct is besides the point! The market does not care if Bernanke or Krugman are right or wrong. The market will not change the governing laws of its behavior to suit an academic theory. The market will do what it always does, and in the end, the market always wins.
Michael Suede

“The desire to have liberty in one’s own life drives that individual to advocate that all other individuals also have liberty. The adherence to nonviolent resistance–even at the cost of ones own life– is premised on the idea that there is some greater cause that exists out there other than one’s own life and happiness. This is the exact idea that Statism is premised on. That there is a “greater good” out there, and the individual may have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of this concept. I, the individual, reject this type of thinking, and I believe it is up to the individualists in this movement to defeat this type of altruistic, collectivistic thinking wherever it pops up–even within our own ranks.”
Chris Dates

“Clever those politicians: they create the illusion of authority created out of thin air by some poll that is passed along to them for ‘safekeeping.’ In actuality, the group is more like a ventriloquist’s dummy because the erstwhile human members of the group seem to turn off their brains in the interim leaving the spokesman free to masquerade his brain as the surrogate brain for the group.”
Al Lowi

“We use our egos as a sort of windshield. The trouble is, it keeps us from fully experiencing the true reality. Imagine there was no windshield….and you also were spirit and not material. Those bugs would pass right through and not get killed nor block your vision when they hit.
Which is exactly what happens. Your reality, what you see and perceive in life, becomes the crap stuck on your windshield with very little of the true picture getting through to you.
It’s the same with consciousness. When you wake up you realize you have nothing to defend, nothing to fear, nothing to strive for. You find out you’re already complete and connected to everything. No one can take your freedom because you are freedom. You realize this whole game of life that’s been meticulously laid out for us is built upon perceived wants based on a false sense of security, and a need to strive to get what you are told you need.”
Zen Gardner

From the Darkness:
“Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939, but I think civilized people don’t buy gold; they invest in productive businesses.”
Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger

“Over the next several years, a rotational force of up to 2,500 U.S. Marines will train alongside Australian troops, and live on Australian bases out of the Northern Territory. The first 200 Marines arrived last month.
We will also develop closer cooperation between the U.S. and Australian air forces – initiatives that will bring our militaries, already working together around the world, even closer.
And, I’m happy to announce today, that our partnership is growing deeper and stronger in the homeland security arena as well, with the adoption of numerous agreements between our two nations.
In fact, part of the reason for my visit this week is to sign new agreements that will express our intent to: improve information sharing between the United States and Australia; continue to work together to secure the global supply chain; further cooperate to fight terrorism, transnational crime, and violent extremism; and facilitate travel for our citizens.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [When militaries of different countries “cooperate and share,” nothing good ever happens.]

"At this time of great challenge and evolving threats, our nation is fortunate to have Secretary Napolitano at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director

"Local communities and organizations are an important part of our efforts to counter violent extremism and keep communities safe. Nonprofit organizations, such as the ADL, help in this effort by providing invaluable training to thousands of law enforcement officers on how to identify early signs of violent extremism."
Janet Napolitano [“Identify,” meaning smearing and demonizing those who don’t submit and follow the Party line.]

“IB (Information Board) are uncomfortable with the use of the term Whitelist. I am sure we can appreciate the sensitivity around the use of such terminology today so please ensure it is no longer used.”
From an email, written by Scotland Yard Security services chief Brian Douglas, announcing that the computer term "whitelist" — used to denote a list of acceptable contacts — has also been outlawed as "racist"

“The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security. Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”
Leon Panetta, looking for more jobs to keep his hired killers busy

“My job is to get America back on track to have a balanced budget. Now I'm not going to cut $1 trillion in the first year. The reason is taking a trillion dollars out of a $15 trillion economy would cause our economy to shrink [and] would put a lot of people out of work."
Mitt Romney

"Terrorists in Pakistan have killed more than 30,000 Pakistanis. We need stronger, more concerted efforts against the scourge of terrorism.”
Queen Hillary [Hilarious! The world’s leading terrorist is calling for an end to terrorism.]

“We commend India for the steps steps it is taking to reduce imports [of oil] from Iran. We are working with India on alternative sources of supply."
Queen Hillary, thanking the Indian regime for helping starve Iranians

“We've seen over the last several days, particularly with regard to the IED that was recently recovered, that terrorism is and should be and continues to be our No. 1 priority and the No. 1 priority of a number of our intelligence agencies. The amendments [in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)]that are up for passage again — reenactment — at the end of this year [are] absolutely essential in our efforts to address this threat.”
FBI Director Robert Mueller

“This law [FISA] gives the intelligence community the tools it needs to determine who terrorists communicate with, what they say and what they may be planning. FISA strikes a balance as it allows the FBI to acquire intelligence information about foreign terrorists abroad, while preserving and protecting the civil liberties of American citizens no matter where they are.”
Rep. Lamar Smith [Out of over 32,000 FISA applications between 1979 and 2011, exactly 11 have been rejected]

"I understand that frustration. I understand the frustration at inequity. We’ve become a little more inequitable, and I don’t think that’s a good long-term thing for society.”
Jaime Dimon, head gangster at JP Morgan Chase, feeling your pain

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