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1001

"The point is that despite the very real continuing abuses born of antisemitism, born of racism and sexism and homophobia, there are elected officials and other leaders who are female, Jewish, black or gay. There are none who are poor. There never have been, and there never will be. Every decade since society's inception has been witness to a holocaust of paupers, so enormous and perpetual that it has become wallpaper, unnoticed, unreported."


Alan Moore Economy, Capitalism
1006

"He was a man of many ideals and no principals."

-- An Historian's description of Woodrow Wilson.


Unknown Hubris, Politics, America
1020

"In the modern economy, most money takes the form of bank deposits. But how those bank deposits are created is often misunderstood: the principal way [money is created] is through commercial banks making loans. Whenever a bank makes a loan, it simultaneously creates a matching deposit in the borrower's bank account, thereby creating new money."


— Bank of England ("Money creation in the modern economy")


Unknown Economy, Politics
1033

"Many pundits argue that there is a substantive difference between the Republican and Democrat Parties. There is but one difference that I can see. They are both trying to sell you dog shit. The Democrats claim that it is really organic chocolate truffle frozen yogurt which will provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you will need on a daily basis, provide an IQ boost of 50 points to your offspring and burn up to 10 lbs. of belly fat each day.


The Republicans just tell you to eat it or starve.


Either way you still end up with a belly full of shit."


BT Politics, Advice
1048

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”


Lewis Carrol Advice
1049

"The trend of looking back to the '60s has gotten us nowhere. You've got generations now that don't have anything of their own. They seem to long for identity. Teens are so consumed with the '60s, peace signs and psychedelia. Their own generation is full of young Republicans, and rock 'n' roll is guys in rubber pants and hair spray." (1990)


Tom Petty Culture
1054

"...Arrowood decided to call Veterans Affairs and see if he could get some help from them. He wasn't suicidal or anything, but he wanted to know what they could do to help him out, because he was lower than he’d ever been, felt more alone than he knew was possible, and the furthest into the future he could imagine was reaching for the door handle that led outside.


It was kind of interesting speaking with the Department of Veterans Affairs, because Arwood learned that the U.S. government considers eligibility for psychological counseling to be a reward for not really needing it. By excluding veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, they were excluding those who had acted the worst in a war - probably for psychological reasons - and, rather than assisting, set them loose instead on the general population, resulting in pretty predictable violence, wife-beating, alcoholism, criminality, family disintegration, long-term unemployment, welfare,emergency medical costs, unpaid medical bills, loan defaults, drug use, federal and state drug-enforcement costs, state legal fees for prosecuting criminals, prison costs, and appeal processes, not to mention all the traumatized children they beat the crap out of. But Atwood was told that he wasn’t necessarily excluded. His was an in between case - being other than honorable - that may or may not have been disqualifying, based on the standards set under Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations <C.P.R.> §3.12.


Now, as it was explained to Arwood one afternoon by phone in 1991, as he wiped potato chip crumbs from his AC/DC T-shirt, he still might retain eligibility for VA health-care benefits for service-incurred or service-aggravated disabilities, unless he was subject to one of the statutory bars to benefits set forth in Title 38 United States Code §5303(a), Authority: Section 2 of Public Law 95-126 (Get. 8, 1977).


“Uh-huh,” he’d said.


He might be eligible for pending verification status. “You have to put in a request for an administrative decision regarding the character of service for VA health-care purposes, and that must be made to the local VA regional office or VARO. Do you know where your VARO is?”


“Um . .


“This request may be submitted using a VA Form 7131, Exchange of Beneficiary Information and Request for Administrative and Adjudicative Action. In making determinations of health-care eligibility, the same criteria will be used as are now applicable to determinations of service connection when there is no character-of-discharge bar.


"Sir! Are you there?"


-- "The Girl in the Green Dress"


Derek B. Miller America, Culture
1055

"These guys aren’t choosing between a job in auto mechanics and beheading infidels. Yeah, they're discontented, and maybe they’ve got a good reason, too. Fair enough. The thing is, there are a lot ofhard-luck cases in the world, and a lot of places on the losing side of history. But not all those places celebrate mass murder because they’re angry. See, little ]ohnny Hardluck might feel bad one day and say to his mommy, ‘Mommy, I feel so bad I'm going to cut somebody’s head off’ That could happen in Pittsburgh. We have`psychos, too. But how Mommy responds is kind of what makes one place different from another. So if his mommy says, ‘That’s a good idea, Johnny, you slice them up real good, and if you die, we’ll be extra proud of you' then we know what kind of people

we’re dealing with. Around here, you kill a hundred children with an exploding ice cream truck and your family gets a pension and its own website.


That doesn’t happen in Pittsburgh. That is not a minor distinction. When we act badly, we at least feel really bad about it, and try to find ways to avoid it later. These people do exactly the opposite. That’s why we’re better than them. Got it?”


“They are being manipulated by the elites,” Jamal says.


Atwood gently bangs the back of his head against the concrete cell. This is not the first time he’s had this conversation. But usually when he does have these conversations, he’s trying to get laid. At least this time he can speak his mind.


“Jamal, you can only manipulate ideas that make sense to people already. If an imam gets on his soapbox and tells all the Sunnis to go out and kill all the New York Yankee fans, they wouldn’t make much headway. Because it wouldn’t make any kind of sense. Go kill the Shiites? That makes sense. Unfortunately, everything happening down the mountain, and even up here, makes sense to people, whether they like it or not. And these assholes? In there? They aren’t gonna stop. You see, it's all explained by Loggins’s Law. You know Loggins and Messina? No? Doesn’t matter. It's like this, Jamal: we will never get along with anyone - not now, not later, not

ever - if their mamas don’t dance and their daddies don`t rock and roll. Because it`s mind over matter, my friend. And you cannot change people's minds about what matters.”


-- "The Girl in the Green Dress"


Derek B. Miller War, Politics

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