You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it...– Abbie Hoffman (via mollyoftheworld)
No Mind, All Thought.: 2011 Review: The Year In... →
thenewenlightenmentage: 15:00 30 December 2011 by Maggie McKee and Celeste Biever Read more: “Smart Guide 2012: 10 ideas you’ll want to understand” No year in recent memory has had as much jaw-dropping physics news as 2011. From neutrinos that might move faster than…
Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems...– Lao Tzu (via thewestostlicherdivan) THE REVOLUTION STARTS AT HOME (via vladislava) Self-awareness sometimes breeds complacency - make sure you don’t absolve yourself of power. (via bdtmhouse)
If there is one thing we’ve learned in the past few years, it is that the very...– Frederik Pohl (via azspot) Yup. (via atchka)
Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you, the 2012...
Michelle Bachmann: "Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)
Ron Paul: "The rate of AIDS infection is on the increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite sensible. First, these men don't really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners... because sex is the center of their lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes with being sick." (1995 in a newsletter)
Rick Perry: "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. " (2011 in a campaign ad)
Mitt Romney: "I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.)
Newt Gingrich: "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." (1994, about his first wife)
Rick Santorum: "Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?" (2008)
Michelle Bachmann: "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." (2009 during a debate)
Mitt Romney: "PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car)
In sum: the President can kill whomever he wants anywhere in the world...– Glenn Greenwald (via cultureofresistance)
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely...– Douglas Adams (via politicalprof)
Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for... →
In the space of three years, the administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of other adversaries. The apparatus involves dozens of secret facilities, including two operational hubs on the East Coast, virtual Air Force cockpits in the Southwest and clandestine bases in at least six countries on...
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no...– Alan Watts (via untilasinglesolitonsurvives)
The test of a good religion is whether or not it can laugh at itself.– G.K. Chesterton (via azspot)
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Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers... →
Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House more than doubled, according to the analysis of financial disclosures, from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home equity. Over the same period, the wealth of an American family has declined slightly, with the comparable median figure sliding from $20,600 to $20,500, according to the...
The mature follower of Jesus will probably look more like a holy fool than a...– Richard Rohr, Christmas 2011 (via miketodd07)
From the time of the earliest cave paintings, human ideals of beauty have been...– Richard Heinberg’s Museletter #234 “What We’re For” (via cultureofresistance)
Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift, and the refusal to provide such...– Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological...– Peter Singer. (via nefffy) I freaking love Peter Singer (via tolernation)
A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and...– Carl Sagan (via katiekashmir)
The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces....– Rumi (via azspot)