04 April 2005


What wrath of gods, or wicked influence
Of tears, conspiring wretched men t' afflict,
Hath pour'd on earth this noyous pestilence
That mortal minds doth inwardly infect
With love of blindness and of ignorance?

Edmund Spenser, Tears of the Muses

Political language is designed to make
lies sound truthful and murder respectable,
and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Demagogue: One who preaches doctrines
he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots

H.L. Mencken

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"And in self-justification men inverted the usual verbal evaluations of actions. Irrational recklessness was now considered courageous commitment, hesitation while looking to the future was high-styled cowardice, moderation was a cover for lack of manhood, and circumspection meant inaction, while senseless anger now helped to define a true man, and deliberation for security was a specious excuse for dereliction. The man of violent temper was always credible, anyone opposing him was suspect." The Peloponnesian War,3.82, Pericles' Funeral Oration, Thucydides

take up, or leave off, the white man's burden ? !; other empires, and the seeds of the weeds that choke them
hearts & minds: so frail *, so full of fantasies, so very easily fooled; anti-semantic? pro-socialist? pro-war? pussywhipt?
a way out of, or into, the maze ? or, is our personal completion [not]the only resolution of our rude beast?
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