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blue sky like this in Amsterdam?

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Some favorite quotes...

A favorite for some 15 years...

"Nothing would be what it is, Because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise -what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice in Wonderland

"The news is not the truth...and the truth is not the news." -Russian proverb

"Something bad is happening, I'm sure you do agree. People care for nothing, no respect for human rights. Evil times are coming, we are in for darker nights!" - Abba

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine

"The average man doesn't want to be free. He wants to be safe." -H.L. Mencken

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." - George Orwell

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so." -Internet Urban Legend fabrication falsely attributed to Caesar but still true nonetheless

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." -George W. Bush, 12/18/00

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -Theodore Roosevelt

"Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on Earth." -Voltarine De Cleyre

"There are too many people spending money they don't have, to buy things they don't need, to impress people they don't like." -Will Rogers

"How well we know what a profitable superstition this fable of Christ has been for us". -Pope Leo X (1513-1521)

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who is supposed to look after the people who are looking after us?" -Unknown

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Attributed to .... Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering

"It is a manís own judgments which disturb him." -Epictetus

Definition of: tot homines, quot sententiae tot homines, quot sententiae: So many men, so many minds." -Unknown

"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." --J. Edgar Hoover

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." --- US Constitution, First Amendment

"Peace is the only battle worth waging." --- Albert Camus

"War is a sociological safety valve that cleverly diverts popular hatred for the ruling classes into a happy occasion to mutilate or kill foreign enemies." -- Ernest Becker

"The run-up to our invasion of Iraq featured the president and members of his cabinet invoking every frightening image they could conjure, from mushroom clouds, to buried caches of germ warfare, to drones poised to deliver germ-laden death in our major cities. We were treated to a heavy dose of overstatement concerning Saddam Hussein's direct threat to our freedoms. The tactic was guaranteed to provoke a sure reaction from a nation still suffering from a combination of post-traumatic stress and justifiable anger after the attacks of 9/11. It was the exploitation of fear. It was a placebo for the anger." -Democratic Senator from West Virginia, Robert C Byrd

"You can't change the politicians until you change the people."

-F.A. Hayek