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David Lynch On Fishing For Ideas

26/04/2016

David Lynch on deep downthis is an idea I’ve touched on a couple of times myself

 

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Bill Hicks On Pornography

31/03/2016

Bill Hicks on pornography

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Thinkage

30/03/2016

“For millions of white Americans who weren’t attuned to growing diversity and cosmopolitanism…Obama was a shock, a figure who appeared out of nowhere to dominate the country’s political life. And with the talk of an “emerging Democratic majority,” he presaged a time when their votes — which had elected George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan — would no longer matter… When coupled with the broad decline in incomes and living standards caused by the Great Recession, it seemed to signal the end of a hierarchy that had always place white Americans at the top, delivering status even when it couldn’t give material benefits.” — Jamelle Bouie, “How Trump Happened” 

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Jim Wright On What It Means To Be A Human Being

16/03/2016

“She came to me, that cat, as a castaway. Literally, cast away by some cowardly waste of humanity.

“I found her at my back door on a -20F Alaskan winter morning, a tiny ball of fluff damned near frozen to death.  Crying piteously, hungry, cold, and terrified.

“Now, the very last thing I needed at that point was another damned cat.

“I suppose the prudent thing, the safe thing, the conservative thing, to do would have been to shoo this unwanted immigrant away from the house with curses and kicks, send her back out into the Alaskan winter to find her own way in the world. Honestly, what did I owe this needy creature? I had my own problems, my own pets, my own cats already.

“I’ve spent my entire life in war zones around the world, one more life – and an animal at that – what difference could it make to me?

“As it turns out, I’m not the kind of guy who would leave a kitten to freeze to death – make of that what you will.

“I spent some time and effort looking for her people, but it became obvious fairly quickly that she’d been tossed out of a car and abandoned to her own devices in the midst of the Alaskan winter.

“And so, because there was no one else, she became my responsibility.”

And so, because there was no one else, she became my responsibility.

And so, because there was no one else, she became my responsibility.

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And so, because there was no one else, she became my responsibility.

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And so, because there was no one else, she became my responsibility.

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15/03/2016

“What creates the mob in any society, therefore, is not just the problems that make people unhappy. The root cause is a deeper poison in the soul of man. It is the pride that prohibits the person from saying they are sorry. It’s the pride that makes them blame someone else for what is wrong. It’s the pride that refuses to admit that they are part of the problem, and even if they are not, that they are responsible for doing something about it.” — Fr. Longenecker, Trump and the Mob: A Theological Observation

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12/03/2016

“If I hate a person because I’m mean, well, then that’s just mean. But if I hate a person because ‘Jesus told me to hate him,’ this is not just mean, this is satanically mean.

“This is why the lack of love – especially the lack of love from people who claim to follow Jesus – is the worst heresy in all.

“When we hate and hurt and kill ‘in Jesus name’ – we are the greatest arch-heretics the world has ever seen.

“Which is worse: to teach others that Jesus was not God, or to burn such a person ‘in the name of Jesus’ for not believing that Jesus is God?

“While the first person might be wrong about the nature of Jesus, the second person is completely wrong about everything related to Jesus, for if they think that Jesus wants them to burn people who don’t understand Him, they haven’t understood the first thing about Him, and should incinerate themselves first.” – Jeremy Myers, “The Biggest Heresy of All Time (Are You Guilty of It?)

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23/02/2016

“You say you want someone who’s politically incorrect. You’re so desperate for political incorrectness — a supremely ridiculous reason to vote a guy into the Oval Office, but never mind — that your esteem for him only grows when he belittles the disabled, mocks American prisoners of war, calls women dogs, calls his opponents p*ssies, calls for the assassination of women and children, says he’d like to have sex with his daughter, brags about his adultery, etc.

“You’re excited by the most vile statements and most cretinous behavior imaginable — not remotely deterred by any of it, no matter how many times he gloats over infidelity, curses his opponents, and publicly ogles his own children — because, you say, it’s politically incorrect. That is how unfathomably desperate you are for someone to come along and just say what’s on their mind, you claim. You’re so fed up with political correctness that you celebrate political incorrectness without distinguishing between the healthy sort and the ‘LOL I slept with married women and I’m not sorry’ sort. It doesn’t matter if you don’t personally agree, you say, you just respect the hell out of someone who’s willing to shoot straight, even when ‘shooting straight’ means comparing Ben Carson to a child molester, calling the entire electorate of Iowa stupid, and referring to women as ‘pieces of ass.’

“Trump won South Carolina on the support of Evangelical Christians who were so impressed with his alleged straight talk that they overlooked the fact that he’s a crass, cruel, unrepentant philanderer who says he does not need God’s forgiveness, and who praises Planned Parenthood as ‘wonderful’ and his radically pro-abortion sister as a ‘phenomenal’ candidate for the Supreme Court. That’s how much you pretend to admire bluntness in a man. So much that it overrides literally everything else.” — Matt Walsh, Dear Trump Fan, So You Want Someone To ‘Tell It Like It Is’? OK, Here You Go.

We are living in strange motherfucking times when Matt Walsh and Glenn Beck represent the sane and principled element of the conservative movement.

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19/02/2016

“…here’s the truth about coddling.

“It was WE who were being coddled.

“White people, men, cis people, straight people, able bodied people. It was we who were coddled.

“They were always there. They were always telling us that we were being racist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic, classist, and more. They were always telling us that their words hurt them–not just hurt them but reinforced their dehumanization. That made treating them badly, not hiring them, not promoting them, brutalizing them…even killing them just a little bit easier since we viewed them not as fully human like the rest of us. They were always pointing out how people with privilege got empathy, benefit of the doubt, intellectual rigor, and second chances. They were always standing up and speaking out. They were writing books. They were speaking at venues. They were telling us in every way possible that what we were doing was not okay.

“But we could silence them.” — Chris Brecheen, Those Coddled Minorities

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1/02/2016

“A gun doesn’t make you a citizen. 

“A citizen is one who is part of civilization, not outside it. A citizen is one who works to hold society together instead of working to burn it down, who learns from the past in order to build a better future for all. And in hard-won, hard-learned American tradition, a citizen is one who believes that the benefits of civilization are the birthright of all – not just a select few. Not just those brutal enough, ruthless enough, to take it at the muzzle of gun.   

“Citizenship is an ideal, an obligation, a duty. 

“Citizenship is not an excuse to act like a lout or a thug. 

“Citizenship is an acknowledgement that we are stronger together, despite our differences or maybe because of them, than we ever were alone. 

“And if civilization does not protect the weak from the ruthless, then what damned good is it?

“Those squatting in Malheur are not patriots. They are not soldiers. They are not citizens. They are an armed rabble of selfish malcontents. 

“They are nothing but bums with guns.” — the always insightful Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station, “Refuge Of Scoundrels”

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23/01/2016

“The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It belittles those who do not exhibit the warrior’s ‘manly’ virtues. It places a premium on obedience and loyalty. It punishes those who engage in independent thought and demands total conformity. It elevates cruelty and killing to a virtue. This culture, once it infects wider society, destroys all that makes the heights of human civilization and democracy possible. The capacity for empathy, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding, the tolerance and respect for difference and even love are ruthlessly crushed. The innate barbarity that war and violence breed is justified by a saccharine sentimentality about the nation, the flag and a perverted Christianity that blesses its armed crusaders. This sentimentality, as Baldwin wrote, masks a terrifying numbness. It fosters an unchecked narcissism. Facts and historical truths, when they do not fit into the mythic vision of the nation and the tribe, are discarded. Dissent becomes treason. All opponents are godless and subhuman.” — Chris Hedges, “Killing Ragheads For Jesus

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