(noun) The practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguments because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs. This practice is most commonly found in the political or religious ideologies of "conservative" Americans. Many times it is practiced due to laziness--people not wanting … Continue reading Willful Ignorance
"Given this overwhelming tendency to stupidity and selfishness in myself and among our species, it is somewhat surprising to find the light of reason penetrating at all. The brilliant Schiller was wrong in his "Joan of Arc" when he said that "against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain." It is actually by means of … Continue reading Missing The Hitch
"The battle for the survival of man as a responsible being in the Communications Era is not to be won where the communication originates, but where it arrives." -Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality, Towards a Semiological Guerrilla Warfare But seriously. If/when the communication arrives at the #Americant in the comfort of his credit card, never-paid-for … Continue reading Battle of Communications
Monk 2: I want happiness. Monk 1: Take out the ‘I’ and then take out ‘want’. Then you have... -Source unknown or anonymous. -Rant on. T
Risk being a victim of injustice rather then being complicit in it. -Bruce Fein Source: https://ralphnaderradiohour.com/poor-peoples-campaign-brett-kavanaugh/ And so. I'm just trying to understand how my beloved & missed #Americant got to where it is right now. And boy is it f'n scary. Good luck suckers. -Rant on T
"These were the saddest sights of that woful day; and no man clasped the hands of these two passing figures of the present-past; but, hating, they went to their long home, and, hating, their children’s children live today." -WEB Dubois -Rant on -T
"Thus did the United States government definitely assume charge of the emancipated Negro as the ward of the nation. It was a tremendous undertaking. Here at a stroke of the pen was erected a government of millions of men,—and not ordinary men either, but black men emasculated by a peculiarly complete system of slavery, centuries … Continue reading Ward Of A Nation
“May all members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle,” he prayed. “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by … Continue reading Stuck In The K-Car Platform Of Life, Liberty And The Freedom To Be Stupid
“I think it’s probably more of a privilege. Do you consider food a right? Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have the right to freedom. Past that point, everything else is a limited resource that … Continue reading Skewed To The Best Of Your Ability
"It is a recurrent joke among writers of farces that wives rejoice in being beaten by their husbands. It reflects, however, an eternal truth--that there is a great comfort in knowing that those who love you love you enough to take the responsibility for marking out the permissible. Husbands often er--but in both directions. Caesar … Continue reading Life Of Nothingness Trumps Your #Trump Unless, Of Course, You’re A Step Atop Caesar’s Goo Salad Dressing
Let us at least say of religion that it means that every part of the body is infused with mind, not that the mind is overwhelmed and drowned in body. For the principal attribute of the Gods, without or within us, is mind. -Caeser's Journal XLII-B, aka Thornton Wilder, The Ides of March Rant on. … Continue reading The Caesar Equation?
Even if we assume the existence of a God who, as Homer says, pours out from his urns his good and evil gifts, I am amazed at the pious who insult their God by failing to see that as this world is run there is a field of circumstance that is not commensurate with God's … Continue reading As The God’s Of Your Mind Play Fiddle Diddle Widdle
Ok. Obviously there are better things to be done on a Friday night before flying to my beloved homeland Sunday morning. The only question that remains is: what the hell to do Saturday night? In the mean time, here another fabulous quote as I re-read a book. "When individuals are finally emasculated and alone, bereft … Continue reading Another Night Of Not Finding You-Know-Who Or How I Beat It Before Turning Sixty One Last Time
But I used to have great confidence in understanding. Now take a phrase like "father forgive them; they know not what they do." This may be interpreted as a promise that in time we would be delivered from blindness and understand. On the other hand, it may also mean that with time we will understand … Continue reading A Quest For Understanding That I Know I’m Losing, Have Lost, Now Just Let Go And Watch The Cliff Pass Before Us
"At ten man is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, at forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal." -A quote hung on Henry Miller's workroom wall. Source of quote unknown. Source: German version of Playboy Press 1972 "My Life And Times" Henry Miller.
"For example (and thanks to Doug Korty for this point), the total deficits of the federal government from 1950 to 2009 were $6.6 trillion. During those years, three Republican presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush) accounted for the vast majority of those deficits. All the other presidents (Harry Truman, Dwight … Continue reading The Looking Mirror Avoided
By Christopher Hitchens Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or their color. Do not ever even think of using people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child. Do not condemn people … Continue reading New & Improved Ten Commandments
For a man like Cornell West to say that he's never seen this kind of hate in his life says a lot about #americant, the lost American way, about being played. Indeed. If you still support #Trump or anything GOP you have been played to the hilt. Congratulations sucker. "So, in that sense, you know, … Continue reading Time To Lose Your Holy Ghost
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. -Matthew 13:12 KJ Just gettin' my kicks this morn, dear worst-reader. Woke up to the rain shimmering across the Flensborg Fjord and dabbled in what is known … Continue reading The Parable Of The Haths And The Hath Mores
"But what of the freedom-to? Not just the freedom-from. Not all compulsion comes from without. You pretend you do not see this. What of freedom-to. How for the person to freely choose? How to choose any but a child's greedy choices if there is no loving-filled father to guide, inform, teach the person how to choose? … Continue reading Some DFW Genius: The Answer Is In Quebec Or In Stars Above USA’s Blue
Speculators at megabanks or investment firms such as Goldman Sachs are not, in a strict sense, capitalists. They do not make money from the means of production. Rather, they ignore or rewrite the law—ostensibly put in place to protect the vulnerable from the powerful—to steal from everyone, including their shareholders. They are parasites. They feed … Continue reading Speculators Be Hanged?
"Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he's devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves." -David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest
"Much as warlords seized land in the Norman Conquest and levied rent on subject populations (starting with the Domesday Book, the great land census of England and Wales ordered by William the Conqueror), so today's financialized mode of warfare uses debt leverage and foreclosure to prey away land, natural resources and economic infrastructure. The commons … Continue reading Neofeudalism Defined For The Little Man? I Mean The Little Mind?
"But it transcends the mechanics. I'm not a machine. I feel and believe. I have opinions. Some of them are interesting. I could, if you'd let me, talk and talk. Let's talk about anything. I believe the influence of Kierkegaard on Camus is underestimated. I believe Dennis Gabor may very well have been the Antichrist. … Continue reading Some DFW Genius
"College educated elites carried out the neoliberal assault on the working poor and now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity embodied in politicians like The Clintons and Barrack Obama succeeded for decades. These elites, many from east coast ivy league schools, spoke the language of value, civility, inclusivity, a condemnation of overt racism … Continue reading May “Deplorables” Haunt Her Forever