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 The Final Frontier?20 comments
picture13 Jun 2006 @ 23:54

"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."
---Stephen Hawking, June 13, 2006, University of Cambridge


I don't know about that one, shouldn't it be the other way around?  More >

 The Age of disinformation23 comments
picture4 Mar 2006 @ 07:17
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 Political Fiction---or is it?15 comments
picture20 Feb 2006 @ 08:21

Of the people, by the people, and for the people.


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 "Family Values"4 comments
picture10 Nov 2004 @ 03:22
Photo: Laura Bush (Republican Convention, 2004). "Even as her husband courted social conservatives, Laura Bush lulled moderate voters into believing that the White House is not really in the clutches of the extreme right. The First Lady, as well as the women appointed to the inner circle of the President's Cabinet and sub-Cabinet, provide an alternative facade. They are cast as harmless, moderate, irrelevant or benign, and their well-spun image taps into familiar stereotypes."

Right wing political ideologies, including some of the most extreme or unfamous ones, like Mussolini's Italy or Franco’s Spain, have all always been keen on including "family values," (the gentle face of fascism) in their political programs.  More >

 One Nation Under God16 comments
picture18 Oct 2004 @ 21:58

Theocracy is the name given to political regimes that claim to represent the Divine on earth. Most governments throughout history and across cultures have claimed to be following their gods' designs or to be legitimated by a divine mandate.
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 The Planet is Fine...12 comments
picture23 Aug 2004 @ 01:24
"If plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn't know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, 'Why are we here?' Plastic...asshole."

---George Carlin, The Planet is Fine
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 54%17 comments
picture27 Apr 2004 @ 15:23
Photo: Mark-13, Hardware (1990)

This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get. This is what you want, this is what you get.
This is what you want, this is what you get.

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 The Schmürz21 comments
picture24 Apr 2004 @ 14:32

In Shakespeare, it’s the fools who tell the truth, though in jokes and riddles—somersaulting on some wall that’s neither in the garden nor in the palace.
—Stephen Leigh Morris


City Garage presents:
THE EMPIRE BUILDERS


In Vian's brilliant 1959 dark comedy, a respectable middle class family is prompted by an indefinable terror (a strange, unknown and terrifying Noise) to flee upward from apartment to apartment, into ever more substandard and constricting circumstances while maintaining a semblance of calm and denial. While they feel temporarily safe, confident they are building their own personal empire on earth, they are constantly on the run and their world is forever narrowing. Their only release seems to come when they beat on a mysterious, dark-skinned, bandaged man (the Schmürz,) a pitiably denatured person, who appears in the corner everywhere they go and whom they continually flog and maltreat, yet whose existence they refuse to collectively recognize. But the Schmürz always awaits them and the Schmürz never dies.  More >

 Does the end justify the means?44 comments
picture5 Apr 2004 @ 16:54

"Sometimes people invent [or distort] facts because they believe that the conclusion that it would lead people to is true, so they convince themselves that, in some deep way, they're not really lying or they're not really being dishonest because the message they're conveying is one that's true."

—Lee Ross, Stanford University (Social Psychologist)
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 The American Way35 comments
picture20 Sep 2003 @ 15:42

"When I was in the military, I took an oath to support and uphold the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution is a constitution about freedom and liberty. It doesn't say that it's okay to mislead people, it doesn't say the end justified the means."

Wesley K. Clark, 7-11-2003, Fox News
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 Where is Away?5 comments
category picture18 Sep 2002 @ 12:52
Since I was a barefoot child, I wondered, but was too shy to ask, "When you throw something away, where is away?"

Little by little I am learning the location of Away.

Today, in the news from Yahoo and AP News, is the announcement of a cleanup of nuclear waste we began creating in 1943 in Washington state.

What a dreadful mess!

But connected to that annoucement is a link to some hope: ...  More >

 Does Anyone Know You Are Going This Way?12 comments
picture4 Aug 2002 @ 22:08
Hello, you are there, other worlds.
You are there past the little lighted room at the top of the stairs.
You are there at the other end of the silver string, beyond the wardrobe, through the hole in the sky.

And I want to carve you strongly.  More >