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male, age 60
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Joined Oct 28, 2005
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"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
~Richard Dawkins ~ ________________________
(November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)
"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?" Instead they say, "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way." A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths."
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*** Part of the design featured below (the face) taken from that great 1969 KING CRIMSON album release "In the Court of the Crimson King" ***
If you like the above design, feel free to use it--or any of the others featured in the section below (scroll down), or my photo section--for a "do-it-yourself" bumper sticker. That's one way of literally "taking the message to the streets."
Don't be CONNED anew!
SPREAD THE WORD...VOTE!!
The greater the numbers showing up at the polls, the better. It's one of the only ways of beating the combination of rigged elections, and this seemingly insurmountable, obscene union between corporations, christian religion and government. It is vitally important that we all become engage in civics, get involved...help save our country, protect the Constitution/Bill of Rights, take our democracy BACK (and help save our planet) from the murderous, destructive, greed-ridden, MISANTHROPIC, corporatist, christo-fascist zombies!
(*ahem*...Ah, do ya get the impression I feel strongly about this? lol)
in the upcoming elections!
The right-wing minions, and their keepers, count on low voter turn-out! Mr. Rove, Mr. Cheney and their corporatist-criminal ilk pray to their god that we do not show up at the polls in great numbers. They'll do EVERYTHING THEY CAN to prevent, inhibit, disenfranchise, or otherwise stop you from carrying out your civic right! Why? Because they make out!
I'm talking about "election fraud." Not the fake GOP generated issue of "voter fraud" (a phrase the Republicans like to use in order to steer the argument), but "election fraud!" If we don't have a vote; then what do we have in the US? We have Nothing!
Paul M.Weyrich. Remember Paul Weyrich? ...co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, the Free Congress Foundation, and one of the primary founders of the right-wing Christian Fundamentalist fascist movement... The Republican strategist...The man who credits himself for getting Reagan into office...who worked on Bush Sr.'s first campaign and Bush jr.'s campaign. Do you remember what he was caught saying (on tape, no less!) while speaking in private, at a church, to Republican activists?:
“How many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome? Good government! They want everybody to vote! I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as voting populace goes down.” ...uh-huh. Yep.
The Republican Party has turned Democratic Party voter suppression and disenfranchisement into a well practiced art and science, so...
IN EVERY ELECTION!
Or run the risk of loosing that right!
Does the following testimony/account strike a chord?
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN
"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed..."
"...What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
"This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter...
"To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.
Excerpts from Milton Mayer's interviews found in the book "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45" (published by the University of Chicago Press. ©1955), where Mayer basically asked; "how could you, as 'good Germans,' allow such a thing to happen in your own country?"
Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation—oh, pity the people who
allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.
If you would snatch fame from the flames, where is your burning bow, where are your arrows of desire, where your wit on fire?
The master class starts wars. The lower classes fight it. Governments lie. The voice of the government is often not the voice of the people.
Speak up, act out! Silence is complicity. Be the gadfly of the state and also its firefly. And if you have two loaves of bread, do as the Greeks did: sell one with the coin of the realm, and with the coin of the realm buy sunflowers.
Wake up! The world’s on fire!
~LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI from "Poetry as Insurgent Art"~
My body? Ah, if I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some fading flowers grow
Perhaps some fading flowers then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my last and final will.
Good luck to you.
~Joe Hill~Written on the eve of his execution
(slightly modified)by John Gray
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal
fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal
fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some extreme left-wing liberal union workers
fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal
fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal
fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal
fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal
fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members
fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal
didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal
wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal
decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal
fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.
The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal
stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinkin', cheese-eatin' liberal
made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad
and conservatives are good.
He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit
Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have," he thinks to himself, as he listen to Rush Limbaugh, blaring from his car speakers, viciously spouting; “...Roosevelt is dead, his policies live on, but we’re doing something about that as well...”(...that last bit is an actual quote from the drug-addled, right-wing gas bag Limbaugh himself, by the way!)From Thom Hartmann's site
There Is No God
A "This I Believe" commentary
by Penn Jillet"I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows, and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough… It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more.November 21, 2005
I believe that there is no God. I'm beyond atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy -- you can't prove a negative, so there's no work to do. You can't prove that there isn't an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word "elephant" includes mystery, order, goodness, love and a spare tire?
So, anyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power. All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The atheism part is easy. But, this "This I Believe" thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life's big picture, some rules to live by. So, I'm saying, "This I believe: I believe there is no God."
Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I'm raising now is enough that I don't need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day.
Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.
Believing there's no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I'm wrong. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. I don't travel in circles where people say, "I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith." That's just a long-winded religious way to say, "shut up," or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, "How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do." So, believing there is no God lets me be proven wrong and that's always fun. It means I'm learning something.
Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future.
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
Hope you got the letter,
And I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer,
But all the people that you made in your image,
See them starving on their feet,
'cause they don't get enough to eat...
From god,I can't believe in you.
Sorry to disturb you,
But I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears,
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street,
'cause they cant make opinions meet,
I can't believe in you.
Did you make disease, and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
...And the devil too?
Don't know if you noticed,
But your name is on a lot of quotes in this book.
Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look,
And all the people that you made in your image,
Still believing that junk is true.
Well I know it ain't and so do you,
I can't believe in...
I don't believe in...
I won't believe in heaven and hell.
No saints, no sinners,
No devil as well.
No pearly gates, no thorny crown.
You're always letting us humans down.
The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
Those lost at sea and never found,
And its the same the whole world round.
The hurt I see helps to compound,
That the father, son and holy ghost,
Is just somebody's unholy hoax,
And if you're up there you'll perceive,
That my hearts here upon my sleeve.
If there's one thing I don't believe in...
It's you...Dear godxTc
Mystery Science Theater 3000
INCOGNITO - -
a funk/dance band in which I'm the bassist...
More of Barbara (my love)
And our love, ERIC...
For archives of shows, and links to Rhodes, Malloy, and other progressive voices piercing the massive right-wing media darkness, doing the job the media is suppose to be doing ( which should be to "Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." so said Finley Peter Dunne ) go to...
THE WHITE ROSE SOCIETY
PLEASE VISIT Camp Democracy.org
Of course, the image featured in the above bumper sticker (ape-like creature to modern human), depicts the popular, but somewhat misleading, linear dimensional viewpoint of the evolutionary process. I only used it for its quick, recognizable familiarity. After all it's gonna be on a bumper!
The image below, however, is more representative...
A variation on one already out there on the road...
Gee...I hope they don't mind?
...and since the news came out that Dubya likes to entertain new White House aides by flagrantly flaunting his flippant flatulent flair...
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||Camden, NJ - (now living in Rochester, MN)
Sept 05, 1955
||A husband, a father. A professional musician (bassist - both contrabass [upright], and electric bass. Guitarist. Percussionist). An amateur writer...VERY amateur! A sketch artist, a budding amateur graphic artist. A lover of science. An ardent practitioner, enthusiast and follower of critical thinking and rational thought, while also trying not to take myself too seriously. Firm believer and participant in the concept of "live, and let live." I sing, but cannot dance. I am a professional musician though, and I know rhythm very well, so don't sell me short on the 'dancing thing.' I'm passionate about most, ALWAYS compassionate, lover of humor, and yes (I admit it) I'm neurotic at times, and I can be an incredibly dumb idiot at times, as well. I make mistakes. In short; I try my best.
(Okay...Get ready for a rant! Well, to be more precise, it's a combination rant and a "This I Believe" commentary. For those of you unfamiliar with "This I Believe," it was a five minute CBS radio program, featuring the recorded thoughts of the celebrated, and regular folks alike, hosted by the great intellectual and journalist Edward R. Murrow. The original broadcast took place from 1951 through 1955, but it has recently been resurrected as a series on NPR.)
I am what some right-wing people might describe as an "extreme atheistic/humanist left-wing hippie nut case." As a rabid activist, and an unapologetic progressive liberal, I have some core beliefs. They include;
...a belief in an openly, free-thinking, secular society (in the way the US founders intended, and expressly articulated through the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights).
I strongly support social justice and equal rights for every (and I do mean every) woman, man, child, be they black, brown, red, yellow, white, gay, bi, transsexual, straight, immigrant (undocumented, or otherwise), resident citizen, Atheist, Pagan, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, etc...with the emphasis on "et cetera!!" Let's see; did I leave anyone out? Because this country sure has...unless of course, we're talking about white/male/christian!
I also STRONGLY support women's reproductive rights (I am rock-solid PRO-CHOICE, and will NOT accept ANY twisted neocon/religious right-wing hate-based argument in opposition to it!).
My core beliefs also include respect, mindful awareness, and contemplative compassionate stewardship concerning the environment and the planet's delicate eco-system through scientific understanding (that includes complete consideration of what we do as humans, and how our actions [or inactions] may effect everything...from the lowliest blade of wild grass and the soil in which its roots stretch, to the fragile atmospheric bubble that envelopes this small, insignificant rock on which we cling, and that [as Carl Sagan so poetically stated, when referring to the earth and our perceived importance in this vast universe] "floats like a mote of dust in the morning sky."
Along that train of thought; I support the active scientific applications, further research, and implementations of what is termed as "alternative energies/alternative fuel sources," I'm referring to those well known and long-time understood scientific facts about legitimate sources of alternative energy, which the US oil industry and the corporations and banks they fuel--through their control of our imperialistic government, and the neoconservative, mostly Republican, cronies they've placed in the highest seats of power, all the way up to and including the Saudi's best friend King George Dubya Bush, and the Bush crime family--have actively tried to suppress the flourishing of EVERY alternative fuel source implementation!! So I shout "BRAVO" for countries like Brazil for breaking the greasy, oil-drenched and blood-soaked strangle hold! They, and other countries like them, are beckons for the rest of us.
I support a fully-funded public educational system (one of the greatest uses of tax dollars I can think of), which includes a vigorous emphasis on science and math programs. And when I refer to science education, I mean that there should be an unflinching, unfettered and uninhibited teaching of ALL science (in ALL that it has to offer, and in all of its beauty) absolutely free from dogmatic religious rhetoric, free from right-wing philosophical, political intervention...and yes, that most definitely includes a strong emphasis on the unabated teaching of the proven facts of evolutionary biology!
I believe in universal health care and/or "single-payer" health care.
I believe in strong unions and subsequent STIFF regulations on corporations and industry.
I firmly believe in FAIR trade, and not the corporate/governmental/IMF-pushed, greed-ridden myth of FREE trade!
I am a passionate anti-war pacifist who is violently anti-violent!
I believe in the power of reason hatched and articulated by the ever-evolving human mind. We may suck at a lot of stuff, but we sure are good at figuring things out...So, to put it all more succinctly; I believe in humankind!
...Now, the previous diatribe and list of points and run-on sentences is by no means meant to be conclusive, but I think you'll get the picture. So, you may ask; why am I liberal? Because, in short, I believe I live in a community of humankind, and we are ALL in this together. My wife has a bumpersticker on her car which I think sums it up nicely. It reads "Better a bleeding heart than no heart at all."
Now for the negative...
Broadly speaking; I am also distressed over the crimes and atrocities this corporate-controlled government of ours has committed since coming into power. My distress is not only over the dastardly deeds done to its own people since the beginning (minorities, Native Americans, slaves, workers etc.), but more specifically, I'm upset over the crimes and atrocities perpetrated (in our name) all over the planet since this country became a imperialistic power in the last century, as it tries to assert its global dominance.You name the place, and we've been there, using any means necessary (economic sanctions, US military, covert CIA special forces, torture, etc.)...in South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Indonesia...you name it!
Now presently, I believe, under the Bush Crime Family, who assumed power by way of a judicial coup d'Ã©Â·tat on December 12, 2000,(and as put so well on WORLD CAN'T WAIT.org)... OUR CORPORATIST GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights. OUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it. OUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night. OUR GOVERNMENT is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of white male-dominated Christian fundamentalism will rule. OUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price. OUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion. OUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance...and is perpetrating all of this through calculated propaganda delivered by a monopolized and controlled American television/radio broadcast media, specifically designed to keep us "in our place" as dumb and frightened, ill-informed, half-asleep and dissconnected consumers. It's designed to distract, and confuse ("pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!")...to keep us hate-filled, bigoted, and unwarrantedly mistrustful of anyone or thing that attempts to interrupt the flow of bullsh*t, thereby posing a threat to the greed-motivated balance... *whew!* ...I'll take a breath now.
||Introduce yourself to Michael
|Wild Fact About Me
||I like knowing that other men somewhere, enjoy wearing women's underwear...I don't wear them myself...wouldn't be caught dead in them. But I like knowing other men do.
||Occam's razor...I know that a tree falling in the forest certainly DOES make a sound, even if no one is there to hear it!...Why, sure it does. Sound is a waveform that travels through matter. Although it is commonly associated in air, sound will readily travel through many materials such as water and steel. Some insulating materials absorb much of the sound waves, preventing the waves from penetrating the material. But whenever an object in air vibrates, it causes compression waves in the air. These waves move away from the object as sound. Our ears are receptors...The event of a tree falling most definitely produces a sound. Compression waves move through the air, etc. It's just that the curious and philosophically-inclined inquisitor's natural audio receptors aren't there to receive the waves. Simple, no?
...*ahem* but seriously folks... Otherwise, there are lots of tenets to my philosophy of life and reality, or at least, to what I perceive as reality. It's a difficult task to sum them up on a 3x5 index card. ...For instance; I agree with the subtle meaning to the Shakespearean statement; "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." But I come back with the question/answer; "Yes, but are they unknowable?" I believe in the power of knowledge and in the capability of the ever-evolving human brain to detect and discover new complexities, and [through science] to figure things out. I believe that through the hard core factual evidence, evolution and science present a far more complex, an entirely more wonderful, and vastly more beautiful picture of the universe, in which we and all things have come to be and are contained therein, than any religious contrivance could ever hope to describe. And the most beautiful thing about scientific reasoning is that it is not static [as is religion]. It is open...it presents an ever-changing, always unfolding story which continually adds to the beauty! I don't know about you, but I'm sticking around for as long as I can to see how it all pans out!...There's more, but we'll leave the rest for later.
|What Gives Me Hope
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||...by sacking (as in "firing") the whole lot of 'em!(kidding)
|What/who changed my life and why
||This list will appear long with seemingly trivial or small, unimportant items, but you must consider my ripe old age, and the fact that so many moments of clarity and so many epiphanies (both big and small) have happened during the course of my loooonng sinful, wretched life that...well...you understand where I'm going with this...They all hold some sort of significance and were influences in my life (whether big or small)...JEEZE. This explanation will be longer than the list, if I keep going! Follow me now 'cause I'm going to jump around here from person to person, book to book, movie to movie etc.
Eric Carlucci (my beautiful son), Barbara Carlucci (my love), Martin Baker (best friend), Mom and Dad, my brother Lenny, my sister Joan, Donna Paratore, Mr. Bowman (my 5th grade science teacher), Animal Farm, 1984, George Orwell, Connections 1-3, James Burke, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Dragons of Eden, Demon-Haunted World; Science as a Candle in the Dark, Salvador Dali, M. C. Esher, Michio Kaku, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond, Why We Fight, Robert Fripp, In the Court of the Crimson King, Frank Zappa, We're Only in it for the Money, Firesign Theater, Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Plyers, I Think We're All Bozos on this Bus, Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings Of Don Juan, Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants, Language and Politics, 9-11, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, Stephen Hawking, Stephen Hawking's Universe, A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me, The Soupy Sales Show, more to come...
|What Bugs Me
Ignorance and intolerance
the sun coming up,
|What Scares Me
So Many! Where do I start?,
Edward R. Murrow,
Martin Baker (my closest friend),
Stephen Jay Gould,
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
~Richard Dawkins ~
"I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars."
"We have heard the rationales offered by the nuclear superpowers. We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for the human species? Who speaks for Earth?"
"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers."
"In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the cosmos and our place within it. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky."
"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. The journey for each of us begins here. We are going to explore the cosmos in a ship of the imagination, unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies. It can take us anywhere in space and time. Perfect as a snowflake, organic as a dandelion seed, it will carry us to worlds of dreams, and worlds of facts. Come with me..."
~Dr. Carl Sagan~
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilisation should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
"I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war."
""Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God."
A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable."
To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."
A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line."
~Ambrose Bierce - text excerpts from "The Devil's Dictionary" (1911)
"I just finished my first book...Now I'm gonna read anudda one."
"Ah, the ultimate trust in the world would be two cannibals having oral sex"
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, of course, it's too dark to read."
"I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."
"Ah, he's no fun, he fell right over."
"Fall not in love, therefor...It will stick to your face,"
~ excerpt from "Deteriorata" - From National Lampoon's "Radio Dinner."~
Books - Author,
A People's History of the United States,
Lies My Teacher Told Me,
America's Quest for Global Dominance,
Hegemony or Survival,
Language and Politics,
What Uncle Sam Really Wants,
Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize.,
The Universe in a Nutshell,
A Brief History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Johann Sebastian Bach,
The Crazy World of Arthur Brow
Duck Soup - Marx Brothers,
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,
You Can't Take It With You,
The Big Sleep,
"M" w/Peter Lorre,
Life is Beautiful,
The Hairdressers Husband,
The 400 Blows,
I mostly prefer a blank screen---but...,
Real Time with Bill Maher,
Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Countdown with Keith Olbermann,
Monty Python's Flying Circus,
Connections with James Burke,
Ethnic - Italian,
ALL MANNER OF COOKING HOT AND SPICY!
Rochester Public Library,
New York City
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