Watching the slow-motion train wreck of an economic system collapse unfold

Watching the slow-motion train wreck of an economic system collapse unfold
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eric arthur blair  

Posted by howard in nyc


he wrote a bunch of good stuff. here are some quotes from him, under the pen name george orwell

  • " Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

  • " If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."




  • " To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
  • " In times of universal deceit, speaking the truth becomes a revolutionary act. "

  • " Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings. "
  • " Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me."
  • " All war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from the people who are not fighting."
  • "Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words: it is war minus the shooting. "
  • " The great enemy of clear language is insincerity "
  • " To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle. "
  • " For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity. "
  • " Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. "
  • " All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. "
  • " The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. "
  • " An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. "
  • " Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. "
  • " Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. "
  • " At age 50, every man has the face he deserves. "
  • " On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time. "
  • " Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. "
  • " Liberal: a power worshipper without power. "
  • " Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. "
  • " Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. "
  • " If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. "
  • " We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "
  • " Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. "
  • " War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. "
  • july tickets  

    Posted by howard in nyc

    economy continues to suck really bad. few are aware or are willing to admit just how bad. over the next few weeks there may be some big stock market drops. if not, they will come in september/october.

    first series vs astros over the fourth weekend are gone.

    Monday 7/6 vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm
    SOLD
    Tuesday 7/7 vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm SOLD
    Wednesday 7/8 Florida Marlins 12:45pm SOLD

    Thursday 7/9 San Diego Padres 7:15pm
    SOLD
    Friday 7/10 San Diego Padres 7:15pm SOLD
    Saturday 7/11 San Diego Padres 6:05pm SOLD
    Sunday 7/12 San Diego Padres 1:05pm SOLD

    Monday 7/27 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:15pm
    Tuesday 7/28 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:15pm
    Wednesday 7/29 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 12:45pm

    Thursday 7/30 vs Philadelphia Phillies 7:15pm
    Friday 7/31 vs Philadelphia Phillies 7:15pm
    Saturday 8/1 vs Philadelphia Phillies 6:05pm
    Sunday 8/2 vs Philadelphia Phillies 1:05pm

    some good things to keep in mind  

    Posted by howard in nyc


    courtesy of the drug-addled mind of dr. hunter stockton thompson, journalis doctor

    In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely.

    First, there's a huge difference between being arrested and being guilty. Second, see, the law changes and I don't. How I stand vis-à-vis the law at any given moment depends on the law. The law can change from state to state, from nation to nation, from city to city. I guess I have to go by a higher law. How's that? Yeah, I consider myself a road man for the lords of karma.

    Freedom is something that dies unless it's used

    A word to the wise is infuriating.


    What the hell is going on here? How could this once-proud nation have changed so much, so drastically, in only a little more than two years. In what seems like the blink of an eye, this George Bush has brought us from a prosperous nation at peace to a broke nation at war.

    I had a soft spot in my heart for Ronald Reagan, if only because he was a sportswriter in his youth, and also because his wife gave the best head in Hollywood.

    I went to the Democratic Convention as a journalist, and returned a cold-blooded revolutionary.

    We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear — fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer.

    America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

    Buy the ticket, take the ride.

    Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

    For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.

    Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.

    I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

    I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

    I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.

    I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.

    If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

    If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.

    In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

    It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

    No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

    Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race.

    Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

    That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer - he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.

    The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

    The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

    The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.

    The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President.

    The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

    There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

    You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands.

    You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.

    Football seasons over. No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt.