Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Borachio, Feb 6, 2014.
^Wait... 'Merica is only pretending to be in favor of democracy?
I am shocked :\
MORGAN FREEMAN: It has been estimated that human beings only use 100% of their brains.
LUC BESSON: CUT! Mister Freeman, it says 10%.
FREEMAN: But... that's ridiculous. Nobody still believes that.
BESSON: The script says 10%.
FREEMAN: I'm not sure I can sell that line. I rather doubt anyone can sell that line. Perhaps 90%, but ten?
BESSON: How's this? Your pay goes up by 10% for every 10% below 100% you're able to sell me.
BESSON: I'm serious.
FREEMAN: It has been estimated, and subsequently proven through rigorous experimentation, that human beings use NEGATIVE ONE THOUSAND PERCENT of their brains...
- Behind the scenes of LUCY
"you're basically sitting next to an air-raid siren that's been remixed with the screams of a dying loved one"
-on the neuroscience behind a baby's cry, C. Coville, 4 Everyday Things That Make Us Way Angrier Than They Should
"Homosexuality is not 'normal.' On the contrary, it is a challenge to the norm; therein rests its eternally revolutionary character Queer theorists - that wizened crew of flimflamming free-loaders - have tried to take the post structuralist tack of claiming that there is no norm, since everything is relative and contingent. This is the kind of silly bind that word-obsessed people get into when they are deaf, dumb, and blind to the outside world. Nature exists, whether academics like it or not. And in nature, procreation is the single, relentless rule. That is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction. Penis fits vagina; no fancy linguistic game-playing can change that biologic fact." Camille Paglia
My new hobby is taking quotes like that and substituting 'creationism' for 'homosexuality'.
'I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of AIPAC. '
"A sexual act is deemed proper when the couples use the organs intended for sexual intercourse and nothing else [...] Homosexuality, whether it is between men or between women, is not improper in itself. What is improper is the use of organs already defined as inappropriate for sexual contact."
- HH The 14th Dalai Lama
"People who in the past would have avoided society because of shame of their sexual perversion, people whom we call kathoeys, express themselves openly to have society accept them [...] None of these people knew that they were building up the sin virus to boil them alive. Until finally one day in this very decade an extremely severe disease arose to destroy the lives of those degraded, mentally perverted people. This disease is AIDS."
- Phra Thattajiwo
"People often ask me what I think about homosexuality. They wonder, is it right, is it wrong? The answer is, it is neither right nor wrong. It is just something that people do. If people are not harming each other, their private lives are their own business; we should be tolerant of them and not reject them."
- Hsing Yun
"The studies of Buddhist meaning of the term sexual misconduct certainly does not include homosexual activities. And its fascinating that the Buddha was certainly aware about homosexuality in his time. There were many cases mentioned in old scriptures, especially the Vinaya, of homosexual acts and those who were that way inclined and he certainly never included it under the 5 precepts. [...] Many of you notice how inclusive and embracing the Buddha was. He would embrace into the followers of the Sangha, prostitutes and criminals simply because he has a very non-judgmental and encouraging teaching to give to everybody"
- Ajahn Brahmavamso
"Therein lies the frightful danger of an enslavement of the world by big business. Today its tool is the League of Nations, ostensibly a system of nations that have "self-government" on the English model, but in reality a system of provinces and protectorates whose populations are being exploited by a business oligarchy with the aid of bribed parliaments and purchased laws, just as the Roman world was exploited by the bribery of senators, proconsuls, and popular tribunes. Marx saw through this nascent system, and it became the target of his caustic social criticism. He wished to depose the English idea of omnipotent private property, but once again he was able to formulate only a negation: expropriation of the expropriators, robbery of the robbers."
"For us citizens of the Western world, religion is finished. In our urban souls what was once true religiosity has long since been intellectualized to "problematics." The Church reached its fulfillment at the Council of Trent. Puritanism has turned into capitalism, and Pietism is now socialism. The Anglo-American sects represent merely the nervous businessmans need for theological pastimes. There is no more repulsive spectacle than the attempted of certain Protestant groups to revivify the cadaver of religion by smearing it with bolshevist offal. The same thing has been tried with occultism and theosophy. And nothing is more deceptive than the hope that the future religion of Russian can stimulate a revival of religion in the West. There should no longer be any misunderstanding: with its hatred of state, science, and art, Russian nihilism is also directed against Rome and Wittenberg, whose spirit is present in all forms of Western culture and thus an integral part of what this nihilism aims to destroy."
"My fervent hope is that no one will remain hidden who was born with the ability to command, and that no one is given the responsibility for commanding who lacks the inborn talent for doing so. Socialism means ability, not desire. Not the quality of intentions but the quality of accomplishments is decisive. I turn to our youth. I call upon all who have marrow in their bones and blood in their veins. Train yourselves! Become men!"
To be fair, it is one destructive two-year old.
"A vaccine for Ebola is probably relatively easy to develop. Ebola is not a human disease. It comes from an animal reservoir. Ebola, if hit with a vaccine in human populations, can’t evolve resistance to that vaccine (or other treatment). Humans have little or no history of immune response to Ebola, and a very long (in essence, multi million year long) history of immune response to Malaria and its cousins. Developing an Ebola vaccine would be like putting up a childproof gate in your house, where the 2 year old is Ebola and the childproof gate is the Vaccine. Developing a vaccine for Malaria is like trying to stop a squadron of Navy Seals from penetrating a drive-in theater at a date and time of their choosing. "
-Greg Laden, Ebola Perspective: Risks of spread to the US and elsewhere
"History is the most dangerous product ever concocted by the chemistry of the intellect. Its properties are well known. It causes dreams, inebriates the nations, saddles them with false memories, exaggerates their reflexes, keeps their old sores running, torments them when they are at rest, and induces in them megalomania and the mania of persecution. It makes them bitter, arrogant, unbearable, and full of vanity." - Paul Valéry
He wasn't a fan of holding back his opinion, was he?
"The church must be where there is need, and homosexuals have suffered innumerable discriminations. If the church doesn't free people from oppression, what purpose does it serve?"
~ Dr. Jacques Gaillot, Titular Bishop of Parthenia
That is indeed a good quote.
"Communism is a monopolistic system, economically and politically. The system suppresses individual initiative, and the 21st century is all about individualism and freedom. The development of technology supported these directions." - Lech Walesa
"Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy." - Mao Tse-tung
"Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both." - John F. Kennedy
Where is this country that has not been disrupted by war or corruption?
“A dog is always glad to see you. It can be a miserable day, but you come home, your dog wags her tail, jumps up and down, they lick your hand, they love you. They don’t care what station in life you hold, they don’t care what size your bank account is, or whether you don’t have a nickel. They don’t care how you smell, they don’t care how you’re dressed, they’re just happy to see you. They ask very little in return. All they want is a pat on the head, a hug, something to eat, a dry place to sleep. They give you everything. They give you something called unconditional love. And that’s sometimes hard to find among humans."
-Kenny Salwey, the last "River Rat"
"What's that, you voted for Solidarnosc on a social-democratic platform? You only wanted slight political and economic reform, not total ransacking of society? Oh well, tough luck, we're in power now, so here, have some shock therapy while we torpedo the economy and sell off the government holdings to our buddies!" - Lech Walesa in 1990.
"I can't eat cod, that's a working-class fish" - an anonymous customer, quoted in Overheard in a Waitrose
"Built for direct combat, modern militaries are isolated from local populations by their technology and thus are 'starved' of the information that would enable counterinsurgents to use their power selectively. As a result, these militaries often inadvertently swell insurgent ranks while dissuading potential collaborators through the indiscriminate application of coercive and non-coercive power."
-Lyall and Wilson, 2009, "Rage Against the Machines: The Determinants of Success in Counterinsurgency", International Organization
In fairness, I don't think many people on Twitter are in the market for a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. You need a friend to fly it with and it's sort of useless without strategic munitions, which are priced out of the range of most consumers.
Additionally, the B-2 is incapable of carrying a public brand image. A high-end piece of clothing or an expensive vehicle are high-visibility items, they say "This is the lifestyle I can afford." Nobody will be impressed with your B-2 because they cannot detect it with their radar systems. They won't even know you're flying it.
On the plus side, it does have aerial refueling capability, which improves fuel efficiency and mission range, and the radio-absorbing paint gives it a sleek, dark look that's appropriate for formal occasions. These are very popular concerns among modern shoppers.
Bottom line, Northrop Grumman has an excellent product on their hands, but I don't see it really finding a space in today's fast-moving economy. They should work on their marketing plan and consider re-launching with a new brand during a different time of year, when shoppers are thinking less about catching the last rays of summer and more about strategic ground attack missions before the fall fashion lines hit stores.
"One who lived well, lived unnoticed"
"The grave is still the best shelter against the storms of destiny"
-Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
"If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you are going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat.
They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the murder like another man will put off a good cigar.
So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word."
-Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
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