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Friday, September 29, 2017

Barack Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street Seamlessly


And just get a look at this typical mainstream media treatment of the story from Bloomberg (you know, that one Wall Street guy's news site):

Bloomberg Businessweek reports:


"Hillary Clinton says she made a mistake when she gave speeches on Wall Street after leaving government. Taking money from banks, she writes in her new memoir, created the impression she was in their pocket."

Well- yeah.

But not just that she gave speeches. It was what she said in those speeches:


"In private paid speeches to financial firms and interest groups before she declared her candidacy, the Democratic presidential nominee comes off as a knowing insider, willing to cut backroom deals, embrace open trade and grant Wall Street a central role in crafting financial regulations, according to excerpts obtained last week through hacked campaign emails provided to WikiLeaks."

She said things like:

Everything Voluntary.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My 8 Minute Ab Workout Video



Get in touch with your snake nature through my 8 minute ab workout! Filmed this in Dec 2016 as a test to see how interested I would be in starting an exercise YouTube channel, which has been a dream of mine.

What do you think?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Weiner Guy" Gets 21 Months in Jail!




The headlines write themselves:

"A Long, Hard Sentence for Weiner..."
"Anthony Weiner Gets a Stiff Sentence..."
"PEEEEENNIIIISSSS!"

You get the idea.

Here's my penetrating analysis of the whole thing:

It is incredibly weird that a guy who has become famous for having absolutely no ability whatsoever to stop himself from tweeting and texting pictures of his weiner is actually named Weiner.

It's like, What are the odds of that??

You got to admit that's a pretty nice bod for a man his age.

To me it's another wink from the gods (the Illuminati, the Reptilian overlords, the Jews... whoever it is at the bottom of all this... or the top... or where ever they are....) that somewhere in the last few decades since the advent of mass television culture in the 1950s, what we thought was our actual, televised reality actually became mostly scripted reality television.

And this season the writers have been in their absolute best form!

No doubt about that.

And the cheeky bastards have been dropping us subtle hints (either that, or they just can't help themselves having some fun toying with us) that what we think of as our reality is all a scripted, made-for-television comedy/drama.

They're inserting the old TV and movie trope of a character with a punned name into their extended reality TV drama that we think is real life. (Think Han Solo, who's kind of a loner, or Luke Skywalker, who flies space ships in the sky, or Darth Vader, the dark father, or... I'm not going to comment on Princess Leia's name...)

So you've got Bernie Madoff, who made off with a massive amount of other people's money. Seriously what are the odds of that? How on earth could it be that the man most famous for the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, who made off with millions of dollars of other people's money he stole, was actually named Madoff? That's just too much. I don't buy that it's a coincidence.

And then you've got Trump. The person who trumped the inevitable ascendancy of Hillary Clinton into the role everyone knew for a fact that she was going to play, the First Female POTUS in history! He was the one and only possible trump card, ironically by being the only person on earth who would actually not treat her differently because she was a woman, and just brutally attack her with as much gusto as he would have attacked any man. Believe it or no 2016 set women forward a decade at least.

But yeah, Trump.

Trump trumped her. Wtf?


And you know the writers were having a great time in the conference room brainstorming Barack Obama. To flaunt their power over us, they made us elect a guy whose last name rhymes with the name of America's worst enemy in recent history, and whose middle name was the exact same as the second worst villain in recent United States history. Good job, guys. Jesus, I don't care what anybody says, I acknowledge thy mighty power with fear and trembling and pray to thee for good crops.

On top of all this, they're making fun of us by giving these TV characters Star Wars names. Senator Barack Obama. That's a Star Wars name! "Princess- Senator Barack Obama, of Corelia, is here to speak with you." That flows like music. How about former CIA Director, General Petraeus? "Admiral Piett, Grand Moff Tarkin, and General Petraeus..." All of these are just like the others. And- oh shit-- General Petraeus was the guy who had to resign from head of CIA for mishandling classified information! General Betray Us. Motherfuckers. What about RNC Chair Reince Preibus. That's a fucking Star Wars name if I've ever heard one!

I'm telling you they are making all this stuff up and daring us to doubt it. I think they've gotten bored and are seeing how far they can push our limits of credulity.

Here you go:

Tell me this guy's name isn't Reince Preibus.


And finally you've got Anthony Weiner, the weiner guy. It's too much. I'm telling you, I can't handle it. This is too much. They may not have pushed you over the edge yet, but keep watching and you'll catch up with me sooner than you think. We are being winked hard at. And laughed at.

Remember the Weiner scandal first started happening back in 2011, when Donald Trump made his first foray into presidential politics, dipping his toe in the waters by going to the first Republican presidential primary debate. It was so early, only five candidates, including Trump showed up. They even let Gary Johnson on the stage.

One of Weiner's early sexting partners had a stereotypical porn name, Sydney Leathers, and looked like a stereotypical porn star, and after her role in the Weiner dick pic sexting scandal, she actually starred in porn. I am not making this up. What more do you want from me? This shit is being scripted.


And you probably all forgot, but I remember everything...

Anthony Weiner got 21 months in jail for sending porn to a 15 year old girl and for viewing her naked body over a Skype chat twice. Which I think the judge should opt for some kind of Islamic punishment or something where the girl's male relatives just get to beat Weiner up pretty badly and call it the closest thing to justice we could get short of rewinding time and Weiner's parents changing their name to Shapiro or some shit before he was born, and I don't know man, hugging him more.

We would have paramedics on the scene so virtually no chance he could die from it. And we'd have cops standing by to stop the ass kicking if it gets out of hand. Like a broken bone or anything, they call a K.O. and pull the family members off him. We could charge for tickets and this is how we could fund the government with voluntarily contributed revenue instead of mandatory taxation on income and shit.

Anyway, you all probably forgot...


But Anthony Weiner got 21 months for sending the young teen links to porn and getting a live nude cam show from her... and Mary Kay Letourneau (remember her?) actually fucked a 12 year old, got three months in jail, and didn't have to register as a sex offender. I am not making this shit up. She only got sentenced to seven years and had to register after she got out of jail for the first one and did it again. After serving her sentence, she and the young man got married, and the media paid for the entire wedding so they could get exclusive press access.

Here's Barbara Walters just fucking chillin with them:


We live in an absurd world.

Monday, September 25, 2017

America, It's Time to Admit That Washington Cannot Be Trusted to Help Us with Our Health Care

That's exactly what libertarians want.

And look for disruptive Silicon Valley entrepreneurship-- and private charity-- to make health care amazingly more affordable instead...

While taking better care of us than ever.


But before looking at how this can happen in our lifetimes and why it probably will...

Let's start with why it's time to admit Washington cannot be trusted to help us with our health care.

(If it's not already obvious by now.)




Politicizing Health Care and Health Insurance

Something seems wrong to many people about treating health care as a product and charging for it.

That's because the people who want or need health care are basically in some kind of trouble.

Many consumer products solve small problems like inconveniences or mild discomforts.

But health care products and services often address very serious problems and major tragedies.

To many people "commoditizing" health care by treating it like a product and seeking profits for solving these major problems people have... seems evil.

But it's not evil if it actually makes health care more affordable, more available, and better all the time.

If we really care about people, then we will have this discussion in terms of the real, actual consequences of policies.

Not uninformed moralizing.

And the consequences of politicizing health care by making it into something Congress and the White House are responsible for have been a disaster.



Two facts to remember here:

1) Health care and insurance have been firmly in the hands of Washington politicians and regulators for half a century now.

So what we have today is not the result of commoditizing health care or insurance, but the result of politicizing it.


2) And what we have today is:

Staggeringly high costs for health care and health insurance, and restricted access to health care products and services.

And astoundingly high levels of dissatisfaction with the health care industry...

In an August 2016 Gallup survey of American views toward various business sectors, Americans generally had the most negative overall view of the federal government, followed by the pharmaceutical industry, and the health care industry.


So it's easy to see why Washington cannot be trusted any longer to help Americans with our health care.

The federal government has had the health care and insurance industry firmly in hand for half a century, and has been heavily involved in shaping the sector into what it is today for a century now.

And the result is health care prices have spiraled out of control and Americans have the most negative overall view of this sector out of any major sector in America, other than the United States government itself!



Just the last decade of Washington managing our health care and insurance industry should be enough to know that we cannot and should not count on the United States to help Americans with our health care.

ObamaCare was officially titled:

"The Affordable Care Act"

And in a short amount of time it has made health care much less affordable. Ironic, isn't it?

Under the "Affordable" Care Act:

-Health care prices have gone up dramatically.

-Health insurance premiums are getting ridiculous.

-Deductibles are absolutely insane.

Ballooning health care costs are also a big reason why American workers can't seem to get a raise these days.



And people who are getting their costs subsidized to help with the price have no sense of security at all about the future of their health care as the Republican controlled Congress and White House push for their own health care reform legislation.

That's the unavoidable danger our health care needs are in as long as health care is politicized, especially as partisan fighting becomes more polarized and extreme.

Even the most ideal situation for any given person is never safe from being changed as soon as Congress or the White House flips back to the other party and they start fooling around with health care some more.


Washington's partisan politics are too unstable and too distorted by perverse incentives for something as vital as our health care to be entrusted to the management of politicians and federal regulators.

The United States government cannot be trusted to either want to or be able to make sure Americans have the most affordable and best health care possible.



A libertarian health care plan


But if you're still wondering what a libertarian health care plan would look like and still worrying that it would commoditize health care...

Let me suggest that politicizing health care also commoditizes it (even more than free markets).

Do you think under federal control, the health care and insurance sector aren't hoarding massive profits from all these sky high prices and limited supply?



Any good or service that people value is a commodity...

The question is do we want this one to be a political commodity or a market commodity?

At this point what more do we need to see to know that as a political commodity, the supply of health care will be restricted and the prices will keep getting higher?

Under Washington's management, the health care industry is a federally protected monopoly.



Washington keeps the supply of doctors and health services legally restricted so the industry can make unfair profits on the artificial scarcity of these highly valued and much needed services.

Now that's evil.

It's like the diamond sector artificially keeping the supply of diamonds low so they can charge unfair prices for diamonds and make enormous profits.

Except diamonds are a luxury that look pretty and health care is something many people are desperate for when they need it.


The United States federal government has an uncanny record of saying it must intervene to make something more available to society and then making it less available and more expensive.

When it got involved in "making housing more available" through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it drove up housing prices and created the housing bubble that crashed the economy in 2007.

A lot of people lost their homes and a lot of people lost their jobs. Meanwhile Wall Street and major insurance companies scooped up lifetime fortunes as prices rose, and when they came crashing down, Congress made sure their losses "trickled down" to the rest of us.


Interestingly both presidential candidates at the time (Obama and McCain) were U.S. senators and both voted for the Wall Street bailout.

The stalled economy was hard-hitting for college graduates at the time, another group of hapless victims of Washington's uncanny ability to drive up prices.

In their case, the federal government undertook policies for decades to make a college education more available, and sure enough, drove up the prices of a college education and created soaring tuitions that made it impossible for many to go to college without racking up massive amounts of debt.

Many of these universities have made record profits raking in tens of thousands of dollars per student, and sending graduates off to work in coffee shops.


The federal government has an uncanny record of making political commodities more expensive.

But Silicon Valley companies have an uncanny ability to make market commodities much less expensive, while vastly improving them at the same time!

In 2009 one blogger tallied up the cost of 23 different devices and several pounds worth of gear that had been replaced by a single iPhone:

"I started thinking about what a converged device the iPhone is and compiled this impressive list of devices I used to carry that are now replaced by my iPhone. This is an unprecedented level of convergence if you ask me. A quick informal tally shows that the iPhone is replacing $2700.00 dollars worth of equipment and several pounds worth of gear."

There are plenty of people around today who remember when computers used to be so expensive that only big corporations and universities had them, so inefficient that they filled up an entire large room, and so weak that they couldn't match the power of a high schooler's $80 graphing calculator today.

But in an astonishingly short amount of time, computers have become a million times cheaper, smaller, and more powerful, so that now just about everyone in America gets a new incredibly powerful smart phone every couple years.


Just imagine what could happen if Silicon Valley brought its disruptive powers to bear on health care products and services. Imagine health care prices going down as much as the price of digital computation has gone down from the 1950s to the present!

Even more exciting: imagine health care that is more powerful and capable than today's health care on the same order of magnitude that today's iPhone's are an improvement over 1950s computers!

We are already seeing the beginnings of this seismic shift as medical technology becomes an information technology, grafting its rate of advancement right onto the wave of exponential advancement happening in digital computation.


Because the rate of advancement in digital computation is exponential, it will take much less time than it did to go from IBM mainframes to the iPhone for it to go from the iPhone to a device that is a million times smaller again, and a million times more powerful, and a million times more affordable.

Think about that for a moment. The implications of this are absolutely cosmic in scope. An average human red blood cell is 8 ┬Ám (micrometers) wide, which is 0.0008 centimeters. So something a million times smaller than an iPhone (13.8 cm in height) would be 0.0000138 cm wide, much smaller than a red blood cell.

And with a million times more power! We're talking about devices that will be able to replace your red blood cells and deliver oxygen better and more reliably, that will be able to replace your immune cells and fight cancer and disease with godlike results.


I can hear some of you thinking:

No way. Isn't there a hard limit to miniaturization that we'll bump into way before then?

Google's Chief of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, a veritable Isaac Newton of our age, says "Nope."

You'll see.

The kind of changes that will result from this "technological singularity" are so cosmic in scale that you can think of it as a rupture in the very fabric of human civilization and the universe as we know it, tantamount to the creation of a new universe altogether.


So this discussion has gotten a lot bigger than health care, although the absolute perfection of health care to the point of ending disease and achieving human immortality is no small implication of the blinding pace of technological advancements happening.

But between now and that point (which Kurzweil estimates to be just a couple decades from now) tech entrepreneurship will drastically bring down the price of health care while improving its quality by solving problems at an amazing pace and spilling like an ocean over every barrier and through every crack of the Washington regulatory regime to give the market what it demands at a competitive price.


Take the case of Uber, which is relevant in more than one way to this discussion. The taxi industry in many major U.S. cities was a protected monopoly just like the health care industry has been, and thus taxi services were overpriced and consumers were under serviced.

The industry was heavily regulated by cities, which would give out a limited number of expensive licenses (in New York City for instance they're called "medallions") to provide taxi services to the public.

The result was not enough taxi cabs to supply consumer needs, really high prices, and a stagnant industry that didn't have any sense of urgency for catering to consumers and improving their service.

Along came Uber with the Silicon Valley mindset of innovation and creative problem solving using all the new tools that are available to us in the 21st century, and disrupted the stagnant taxi industry by offering a better service at a more competitive price.

Their technological platform made it easy to work for them or hire one of their workers. With a tap on the phone, consumers could hail a ride from anywhere. It was simple. It was brilliant. It was beautiful.


The stagnant, government-regulated and protected taxi monopoly just sat there and watched Uber disrupt and destroy its monopoly completely with a better service, despite the taxi cartel's legal protections.

The media and the taxi lobby complained that Uber was "breaking the rules."

And consumers just kept pulling out their phones and giving Uber their money by the billions of dollars, voting with their wallets for less regulation, lower costs, more availability, and better service.

It was a revolution without blood, anger, fighting, or even intentional political agitation.

Technology just made it possible for someone to provide a better taxi service, and the government's monopolistic regulatory barriers couldn't stop it.

Some things are too beautiful for words.


Well expect to see it happen to the stagnant, government-regulated health care monopoly in the United States as well, just one bloodless coup after another, as technological advancements and brilliant entrepreneurs start providing quality services people need, at a reasonable price, outside the federal regulatory paradigm, and within the paradigm of the digital marketplace. It's going to be sweet.

Uber itself is one example of how this is going to go down. People are hailing an Uber instead of calling an ambulance to take them to the emergency room in increasing numbers because it's so much more affordable and even likely to get them to the emergency room faster than the ambulance.

It's a very short step from here to Uber providing an "Uber White" service. People can see how near one is to them, get an estimate in advance of what their cost would be, and hail an "Uber White" car with an Uber employee who has completed First Aid and CPR training and keeps their certifications up to date to drive for Uber White. The requirements would be simple and make sense. They would be written by a savvy tech company, for its paying customers, not by lobbyists for an entrenched industry cartel.

I'm not advocating for this kind of smooth revolution in health care services in America, although I do welcome it. I'm just saying this is what's going to happen next among other things. Expect it.

But if you do want to help get it here faster, please spread the idea by sharing this post.

The more interest and buzz the hive mind shows in this, the more startups and established tech companies will be encouraged by the possibilities to start helping us out here. Because God knows Washington won't.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

What (Really) Happened (in memes)


Is Anyone Else Getting Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russia and Trump?




It's time to acknowledge the insidious evil of a century of Western socialists deliberately ignoring or even brazenly defending the communist atrocities of the 20th century.


And that's just one. The U.S. has either openly or covertly interfered in many other democratic elections overseas.


As many as she could have gotten away with.


A giant douche or a crap sandwich. Every four to eight years. Without fail. And the winner always breaks their promises.




The delusional revelry of Democratic commentators declaring Hillary's victory the day after the first debate made my head spin. Were they watching it with their eyes?


These people go into their jobs every day, not because it's something they are deeply passionate about, but to keep the lights on and keep you happy, healthy, clean, comfortable, and safe.



100 Great Anti-War Quotes




The following is a list of 100 Anti-War quotes.

Many of them come from America's venerated Founding Fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams.

Many also, come from conservative voices like Pat Buchanan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, and even George W. Bush (before he became president and went back on his campaign promises to keep America out of open-ended wars and nation-building).

So if your family, friends, or co-workers question your patriotism for opposing war, refer them to this list so they can see how the American Founding Fathers felt about war.

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1. "As far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral." -U.S. WWII General Omar Bradley


2. "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." -James Madison


3. "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison


4. "No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. " -James Madison

5. "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other." -James Madison

6. "The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war." -James Madison



7. "It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad." -James Madison


8. "Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson


9. "The most successful war seldom pays for its losses." -Thomas Jefferson


10. "The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force." -Thomas Jefferson


11. "Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other." -Thomas Jefferson


12. "I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind." -Thomas Jefferson


13. "Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it." -Thomas Jefferson


14. "If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest." -Thomas Jefferson


15. "Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government." -Thomas Jefferson


16. "War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses." -Thomas Jefferson


17. "A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit." -Thomas Jefferson


18. "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." -Thomas Jefferson

19. "War...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer." -Thomas Jefferson


20. "I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." -Thomas Jefferson


21. "Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." -George Washington


22. "The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure." -George Washington


23. "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." -George Washington


24. "It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington

25. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force... Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -George Washington


26. "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." -George Washington


27. "My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth." -George Washington


28. "Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later." -Benjamin Franklin


29. "A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang." -Benjamin Franklin


30. "I hope....that mankind will at length, as they call themselves responsible creatures, have the reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats..." -Benjamin Franklin


31. "When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?" -Benjamin Franklin


32. "All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones." -Benjamin Franklin


33. "There never was a good war or a bad peace." -Benjamin Franklin


34. "Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

35. "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." -John Adams

36. "Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak..." -John Adams

37. "A people free to choose will always choose peace." -Ronald Reagan

38. "The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor." -Ronald Reagan

39. "History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." -Ronald Reagan

40. "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan

41. "...no mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology." -Ronald Reagan

42. "People do not make wars; governments do." -Ronald Reagan

43. "We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." -Ronald Reagan

44. "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

45. "How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?" -Dwight D. Eisenhower

46. "We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

47. "We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

48. "Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

49. "You can't have this kind of war. There just aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

50. "War settles nothing." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

51. "There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

52. "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

53. "Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

54. "When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

55. "This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

56. "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

57. "Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing." -Ayn Rand

58. "Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives." -Ayn Rand

59. "No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country." -Alexis de Tocqueville

60. "All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it." -Alexis de Tocqueville

61. "If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road." -George W. Bush, before becoming president and doing exactly what he promised not to.

62. "Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." -George W. Bush (I wish he had governed according to the principles in this quotation.)

63. "War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." -George Orwell

64. "Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." -George Orwell

65. "The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor." -George Orwell

66. "Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable." -George Orwell

67. "War is a way of shattering to pieces...materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent." -George Orwell

68. "All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." -George Orwell

69. "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." -George Orwell

70. "What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood." -Aldous Huxley

71. "A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny." -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

72. "The next war ... may well bury Western civilization forever." -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

73. "In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."
-Leo Tolstoy


74. "A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over...is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen." -G.K. Chesterton

75. "War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it." -Martin Luther

76. "How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business." -Albert Einstein

77. "It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." -Albert Einstein

78. "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." -The Mahatma Gandhi

79. "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" -The Mahatma Gandhi

80. "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." -The Mahatma Gandhi

81. "Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood." -The Mahatma Gandhi

82. "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." -The Mahatma Gandhi

83. "If we don't stop behaving like the British Empire, we will end up like the British Empire." -Pat Buchanan

84. "All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons." -The Dalai Lama

85. "The best defense is no offense." -Dr. Ivan Eland

86. "It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

87. "The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

88. "We have guided missiles and misguided men." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

89. "The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

90. "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

91. "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

92. "'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded." -F.A. Hayek

93. "The essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it takes from others. It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and income." -Ludwig von Mises

94. "Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business." -Ludwig von Mises

95. "The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace." -Ludwig von Mises

96. "History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets." -Ludwig von Mises

97. "War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings." -Ludwig von Mises

98. "War...is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror." -Ludwig von Mises

99. "Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things." -Ludwig von Mises

100. "Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly." -Ludwig von Mises