“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
– Josef Stalin
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin[b] (born Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili, Georgian: იოსებ ბესარიონის ძე ჯუღაშვილი;[a] 18 December [O.S. 6 December] 1878 – 5 March 1953) was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who ruled the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. He served as the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–1952) and premier of the Soviet Union (1941–1953). Despite initially governing the Soviet Union as part of a collective leadership, he eventually consolidated power to become the country's de facto dictator by the 1930s. A communist ideologically committed to the Leninist interpretation of Marxism, Stalin formalised these ideas as Marxism–Leninism, while his own policies are known as Stalinism
"Never burn bridges. Today's junior jerk, tomorrow's senior partner."
-- Sigourney Weaver
Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (/sɪˈɡɔːrni/; born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. Weaver is considered to be a pioneer of action heroines in science fiction films. She is known for her role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, which earned her an Academy Award nomination in 1986 and is often regarded as one of the most significant female protagonists in cinema history.
A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for her work in the films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person to win two acting Golden Globes in the same year. She also received Academy Award nominations for both films. For her role in the film The Ice Storm (1997), she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her work in the 1984 Broadway play Hurlyburly.
Her other film roles include Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Galaxy Quest (1999), Holes (2003), WALL-E (2008), Avatar (2009), Prayers for Bobby (2009), Paul (2011), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and A Monster Calls (2016); and the television miniseries Political Animals (2012) and The Defenders (2017).
metmike: We've been hearing this one with regards to the lock downs/shut ins because of COVID!
"The remedy is worse than the disease"
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban,[a] Kt PC QC (/ˈbeɪkən/; 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), also known as Lord Verulam, was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution.
Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued science could be achieved by use of a sceptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves. Although his most specific proposals about such a method, the Baconian method, did not have a long-lasting influence, the general idea of the importance and possibility of a sceptical methodology makes Bacon the father of the scientific method. This method was a new rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, the practical details of which are still central in debates about science and methodology.
November 12, 2020
Appreciation Quote of The Day
"Being appreciative, expressing appreciation, and receiving appreciation have got to be among the most obvious skills one would seek to learn. Why? Because everyone loves to feel appreciated - it brings out the best in people and makes them act nicer, perform better, and feel better about themselves." Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson (May 16, 1961 – December 13, 2006) was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker. His book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff... and it’s all Small Stuff (1997), was USA Today's bestselling book for two consecutive years. and spent over 101 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was published in 135 countries and translated into Latvian, Polish, Icelandic, Serbian and 26 other languages. Carlson went on to write 20 books
November 13, 2020
metmike: "It's called "The Scientific Method"............you objectively and seriously evaluate many reasons for why you might be wrong(give them as much weight as reasons for why your work shows that you are right)
Then, only after they don't show that you are wrong............can you have high confidence that you are right.
And even then, the science in a realm like this (climate) is NEVER completely settled.
The minute you decide that it's settled and that you know everything that there is to know............is the minute you stop learning new things."
William Cowper (/ˈkuːpər/ KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800[a]) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th-century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak.
After being institutionalised for insanity, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity. He continued to suffer doubt and, after a dream in 1773, believed that he was doomed to eternal damnation. He recovered and wrote more religious hymns.
His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace") led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered, and to the series of Olney Hymns. His poem "Light Shining out of Darkness" gave English the phrase: "God moves in a mysterious way/ His wonders to perform."
He also wrote a number of anti-slavery poems and his friendship with Newton, who was an avid anti-slavery campaigner, resulted in Cowper being asked to write in support of the Abolitionist campaign. Cowper wrote a poem called "The Negro's Complaint" (1788) which rapidly became very famous, and was often quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. during the 20th-century civil rights movement. He also wrote several other less well known poems on slavery in the 1780s, many of which attacked the idea that slavery was economically viable.
November 16, 2020
"An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception."
~ Harold Lokes
Isn't it time you took control of your happiness and changed the way you feel from minute to minute, hour to hour, and day to day?
Your Action Potential - .Jonathan Yalowchuk
joj came up with a wonderful one!
Quote of the Day
Started by joj - Nov. 20, 2020, 6:49 a.m.
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just lacing up its sneakers".
Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), commonly known as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
“They’re seeing death every day. They’re seeing people die, and, you know, in the past we had one patient dying a week, two patients dying a week. And now, we have four to five dying every day.”
-Dr. Mauoun Tawk of Mercy Hospital describing the draining effect from COVID-19 on hospital staff [The Oklahoman]
|While science and technology play critical roles in sustaining modern civilization, they are not part of our culture in the sense that they are not commonly studied or well comprehended. Neither the potential nor the limitations of science are understood so that what can be achieved and what is beyond reach are not comprehended. The line between science and magic becomes blurred so that public judgments on technical issues can be erratic or badly flawed. It frequently appears that some people will believe almost anything. Thus judgments can be manipulated or warped by unscrupulous groups. Distortions or outright falsehoods can come to be accepted as fact.|
|~ Henry Way Kendall|
metmike: Sounds like the application of climate change with one side telling us they can predict the weather and climate for the next 100 years and can control it with a Climate Accord and Green New Deal.......like magic!
Henry Way Kendall (December 9, 1926 – February 15, 1999) was an American particle physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 jointly with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. Taylor "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics."
"Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become WHO YOU ARE".
|The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.|
|~ George Mason ~|
metmike: How sad that years later, in our age this has been blatantly abused as objective professional journalism has been replaced by political activism with many news reporting sources focused on converting people to believe in their personal belief system.
Deciding that they know whats best for us, this country and the world and using their influence/power to have an impact, rather than to tell stories with 2 sides and let their viewers/readers determine how to interpret the information.
George Mason IV (December 11, 1725 [O.S. November 30, 1725] – October 7, 1792) was an American planter, politician and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774, the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776, and his Objections to this Constitution of Government (1787) opposing ratification, have exercised a significant influence on American political thought and events. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which Mason principally authored, served as a basis for the United States Bill of Rights, a document of which he has been deemed a father.
December 17, 2020
Never regret your past............embrace it and use it to learn!
All great thinkers are initially ridiculed but eventually become revered!
Wearing N95 masks, not cloth masks saves lives!!!
"Once you convince somebody of something, even if its completely bogus, it can take 20 times more information about the truth to get them to see the truth and very frequently, no amount of information will be enough for them to overcome their overpowering cognitive bias."
Recent example of this on the forum from a really smart guy:
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?" – Bob Hope
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was a British-American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, and author. With a career that spanned nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films with Hope as star, including a series of seven "Road" musical comedy movies with Bing Crosby as Hope's top-billed partner.
In addition to hosting the Academy Awards show 19 times, more than any other host, he appeared in many stage productions and television roles and wrote 14 books. The song "Thanks for the Memory" was his signature tune. Hope was born in the Eltham district of southeast London, arrived in the United States with his family at the age of four, and grew up near Cleveland, Ohio.
After a brief career as a boxer in the late 1910s, he began his career in show business in the early 1920s, initially as a comedian and dancer on the vaudeville circuit, before acting on Broadway. Hope began appearing on radio and in films starting in 1934. He was praised for his comedic timing, specializing in one-liners and rapid-fire delivery of jokes that were often self-deprecating. He helped establish modern American stand-up comedy.
Between 1941 and 1991, Hope made 57 tours for the United Service Organizations, entertaining active duty American military personnel around the world. In 1997, the United States Congress passed a bill that made Hope an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. He also appeared in numerous television specials for NBC during his career and was one of the first users of cue cards.
Hope retired from public life in 1997 and died in 2003 at the age of 100 in his Toluca Lake home.
"Then, it takes on a life of its own. Enough people believe that there was significant fraud for a long enough time that it becomes an entrenched assumption in their heads.
The side claiming fraud doesn't even have to prove it anymore. Their side KNOWS there was fraud and nothing will ever change that because the side claiming fraud will NEVER, EVER have the position of "OK, it's been X amount of months and we had a reasonable amount of time to show the amount of fraud and we didn't"
Trumps side contending that he lost because of fraud will still have this position in 2 years.
They pretend to be for the truth and think that they are for the truth but they refuse to listen to reasonable evidence of the truth. They only want to believe that their guy lost because of fraud in the election.
There was plenty of fraud going on with Mueller and the impeachment and on MSM story narratives for 4 years but don't confuse that with the election results. The legal votes elected Joe Biden.
The Biden side is shocked that people can be so brainwashed as to believe that Trump won, despite all the evidence showing otherwise.
Funny, because they all believe that we are having a climate crisis, despite all the authentic scientific evidence showing indisputably that we are having a climate OPTIMUM for life on this greening planet.
No smiley face on that last comment.
In the age of information, that is several orders of magnitude more powerful than that of a few decades ago...........that could be used to enlighten and educate us, it's being use to "steal our intelligence".....my term for brainwashing.
We all think that we are getting smarter and we are about most things because information about everything is at our fingertips but we are completely oblivious to massive movements which use this technology to capture our brains............while we receive it as being educated.
Educated............as being indoctrinated into cult like thinking(that is incapable of critical thinking) to have the belief system of the educators!"
Ex-KGB on Ideological Subversion: How the UN/IPCC hijacked science/brainwashed the world. Previously warmer. Polar bear hoax. Sept. 2019
NEW: Optimal CO2 for life more than double current level. See the proof with thousands of studies. Showing Scientific American to be wrong about plants and the affects from Climate Change. December 2020
NEW: +Sea Level Rise: What the fake climate crisis is really about. Exposing the bogus Climate Accord. Educating with real science. December 2020 https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/62460/
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-- Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou (/ˈændʒəloʊ/ (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
She became a poet and writer after a string of odd jobs during her young adulthood. These included fry cook, sex worker, nightclub performer, Porgy and Bess cast member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference coordinator, and correspondent in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was also an actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made approximately 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
|An ancient Chinese curse runs, "May you live in interesting times." Since the fall of the Roman Empire, there has rarely been more interesting times than these. Whenever history becomes unstable and destinies hang in the balance, then magicians and messiahs appear everywhere. Our own civilization has moved into an epoch of permanent crisis and upheaval, and we are beset with a plague of wizards. They serve an historic purpose, for whenever a society undergoes radical change, alternative spiritualities proliferate, and from among these a culture will select a new world view.|
|~ Peter J. Carroll ~|
Culture change is as inevitable as climate change.
You ain't seen nothin yet!
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.John F. Kennedy
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. ~ Horace Mann
Horace Mann (1796-1859)
Horace Mann, often called the Father of the Common School, began his career as a lawyer and legislator. When he was elected to act as Secretary of the newly-created Massachusetts Board of Education in 1837, he used his position to enact major educational reform. He spearheaded the Common School Movement, ensuring that every child could receive a basic education funded by local taxes. His influence soon spread beyond Massachusetts as more states took up the idea of universal schooling.
quote of today
Started by GunterK - Jan. 13, 2021, 8:09 p.m.
"Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness,"
Mike Pompeo, Sec of State