The federal debt stands around 21 trillion dollars, not including state and local debt, nor does it include agency debt…or about 65,000 per person…
“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”-- Aesop
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We live in a dark age, we see our freedoms being diminished daily. Curbing free speech by not allowing any criticism or any alternative view is the death of a democracy. Contrary to what some will have us believe free thought and a civil debate of ideas is the way to solve problems. We study history so that we may learn about our past and learn of all of the mistakes that have been made so that we may make better choices for the future- we are at the point of no return- how will this story end? - SFG
“What are the final lessons learned? I came to the conclusion that the most powerful human motive by far is the striving for attachment to loved ones in perpetuity. Humans will do anything for this, including blowing themselves (and others) to pieces. I learned that tribalism is universal. It may start with the attachment to another (typically, the mother and disinterest in those who are not her), and it may be furthered by the division of in-group as those we recognize and out-group as the rest, but our capacity for symbolism established in- and outgroups in us all, and we view their actions completely differently. We need, if we are to survive, a sense both of humanity as a tribe and of humanity’s potential for radical violence. If we delude ourselves that we are the civilized entity we appear to be on the surface, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, only with more powerful and devastating weapons.” ― Donald G. Dutton, The Psychology of Genocide, Massacres, and Extreme Violence: Why Normal People Come to Commit Atrocities
We have all taken notice as to how the lexicon seems to change almost daily; many of the new words added to the dictionary have to do with social media…here are a few that have been added recently……Adorbs- cute I guess cute has become passé.Awesomesauce- it means awesome but I guess with more emphasis.Bestie-best friendFrenemy-adversary you keep tabs on.Selfie-no explanation necessary.Slay-greatly impress. Rap – Sesame Street…for the illiterate.
Words matter, but what matters more is that we be allowed to say them. Oh but words are cruel and we shouldn’t be allowed to say things that hurt others. Be careful what you wish for because soon we won’t have the freedom to say anything except the ridiculous words they keep adding to the dictionary. Let’s not get lost in our awesomesauceness!! - SFG
Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
“The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience.” ― Henry Steele Commager
The Wharf-Sapir hypothesis states that certain thoughts of individuals in one language may not necessarily be interpreted the same way by people with a different language. The way we think is affected by out native language or the structure of language can strongly influence our world view.
“As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.” ― Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading