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"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that ‘violence never solves anything,’ I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."

Reblogged from shrike-of-hyperion

Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlen

You’re confusing efficiency with solution. There’s no doubt that violence is very effective. It’s a cheap and fast way of making things happen. And that’s the problem. It’s just not very good at creating long-term positive outcomes, it’s directly antipathetic to thoughtfulness and often creates messes that take decades or sometimes centuries to clean up. In other words, it doesn’t actually solve anything.

I’m going to do you a favour and assume you don’t need examples - just pick a country at random.

(Source: thegramlich)

"Of the crimes of colonialism there is none worse than the attempt to make us believe we had no indigenous culture of our own; or that what we did have was worthless."

Reblogged from abitofluff-deactivated20130923

Julius K. Nyerere, first president of Tanzania. 

That is true. The good news is that once you have democracy and a free press, no one can “make” you believe anything ever again. Democracy plus a free press pretty much evaporates that whole colonial problem.

They have a pretty open democracy in Tanzania right now, which has, as sometimes happens, resulted in one party taking over the state. The free press needs a little work.

Also, for some reason, they’re obsessed with albinos. 

(Source: fiftyshadesofmacygray)

questionall:

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People say they’re not interested in politics, but what they mean is that they have no interest in the self-serving bullshit that politicians spew all over the media. 
Well, uninterested-in-politics-people, no one cares about that. That’s right! Your principled stand against politics is held by everyone. Well done.
But if you’ve ever complained, even to yourself, about taxes, or access to resources, or public services, or any of the myriad ways in which the country is run, then you have an interest in politics and you might as well stop lying to yourself. 
There’s nothing to be proud about publicly admitting that you have no interest in the decisions that directly affect how you live. 

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questionall:

http://goo.gl/0lBiX

People say they’re not interested in politics, but what they mean is that they have no interest in the self-serving bullshit that politicians spew all over the media. 

Well, uninterested-in-politics-people, no one cares about that. That’s right! Your principled stand against politics is held by everyone. Well done.

But if you’ve ever complained, even to yourself, about taxes, or access to resources, or public services, or any of the myriad ways in which the country is run, then you have an interest in politics and you might as well stop lying to yourself. 

There’s nothing to be proud about publicly admitting that you have no interest in the decisions that directly affect how you live. 

mediamattersforamerica:

Well, this is awkward… Bill O’Reilly said: Planned Parenthood should “be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood’s mission.” Take a look at the organization Catholic Charities’ financial documents, and you’ll find that in 2010 62% of their total income was government revenue — $2.9 billion that year.

Yes, we should do that will all government expenditure! So the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should only be funded by those who believe in the mission. And the billions of dollars a year that gets squirreled away to states with terrible human rights records (e.g. about three billion dollars a year goes to Israel). And the corporate subsidies. And the tax breaks for rich people. Etc. 

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mediamattersforamerica:

Well, this is awkward… 

Bill O’Reilly said: Planned Parenthood should “be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood’s mission.” 

Take a look at the organization Catholic Charities’ financial documents, and you’ll find that in 2010 62% of their total income was government revenue — $2.9 billion that year.

Yes, we should do that will all government expenditure! So the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should only be funded by those who believe in the mission. And the billions of dollars a year that gets squirreled away to states with terrible human rights records (e.g. about three billion dollars a year goes to Israel). And the corporate subsidies. And the tax breaks for rich people. Etc. 

This is great stuff. Even the Democratic Party, who are supposed to be the “good guys”, at least in the eyes of reasonable people, lose their minds when they are faced with the fact that there are other cities in Israel apart from Jerusalem. 

This is a screenshot of the teleprompter facing the stage during the vote: 

This indicates at the very least that they were expecting a Yes vote, to the point of failing to prepare for anything else. The mood on the floor was very much divided though. 

A full explanation from CounterPunch.

War With Iran Could Cost Israel $42 Billion

Reblogged from randomactsofchaos

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pushes to attack Iran are going to come at an enormous cost, and its not even just the cost of their huge military and the elaborate weapons used in the initial strike.

New estimates from Business Data Israel are claiming a cost of 167 billion NIS, or about $42 billion just in damage to the economy as the result of a war with Iran, predicting some $10 billion in lost hours, $2 billion in military costs and another $30 billion in lost trade.

I think you’ll find this should read:

War With Iran Could Cost US $42 Billion

Or have you just not been paying attention?

(Source: jayaprada)

"Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn’t believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live."

Reblogged from sinsecretosestaves

Paul Ryan: Murderer of Opportunity, Political Coward, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, by Charlie Pierce, in his Esquire politics blog.

Well, of course. That’s the point. 

I was amused by the tidal wave of horror and revulsion from otherwise sensible and reasonable commentators when Paul Ryan was confirmed as Romney’s choice for VP. What the hell were you people expecting? He’s picked this guy because he’s all these terrible things. You think pointing out how terrible he is will turn voters away from him? It will attract their target voters. 

So I’m left with the awful conclusion that all these articles are just mutual dick-sucking masquerading as educating people who didn’t know that Paul Ryan is a fiscal idiot. 

Seriously: What the hell were you people expecting?

"I like the libertarian point of view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live."

Reblogged from thechickinthemiddle

Clint Eastwood

Well, that’s fine as long as you don’t want to live in a society with other people, and gain the benefits of the shared risks of that society. Because if you do, then you’ll have to pay the price of taking those shared risks. The idea of every man being completely self-sufficient is very attractive, but if you’re driving on roads, taking any kind of medication, receiving mail, etc. it’s ridiculous to pretend otherwise.

If you want to do everything on your own, then what’s the point in the concept of a society at all?

That’s something I still don’t get. All these people who are concerned about the over-reach of presidential power, who are worried that Obama is going to ruin America, and so on - where THE FUCK where those people when Bush was in charge?

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That’s something I still don’t get. All these people who are concerned about the over-reach of presidential power, who are worried that Obama is going to ruin America, and so on - where THE FUCK where those people when Bush was in charge?

Reblogged from harperisafairy

And this is how you can tell when decisions are being made for reasons of religion and not economics.

Separation of Church and State. Habeeb it.

(Source: sandandglass)