Speaking both as an American and as an Arab I must ask my reader not to
underestimate the kind of simplified view of the world that a relative
handful of Pentagon civilian elites have formulated for US policy in the
entire Arab and Islamic worlds, a view in which terror, pre-emptive war,
and unilateral regime--backed up by a media that assigns itself the role
of producing so-called "experts" who validate the government's general
line.  Reflection, debate, rational argument, moral principle based on a
secular notion that human beings must create their own history have been
replaced by abstract ideas that celebrate American or Western
exceptionalism, denigrate the relevance of context, and regard other
cultures with contempt.
    --Edward Said, from the 2003 Preface to "Orientalism"
    ** Added 20050609 **
The solution is not, as some seem to believe, to abolish copyright. It
is instead to abolish the insanely inefficient part. Yet it is the
character of our time: to argue against inefficiency is to mark
yourself as a "communist." 
    --Lawrence Lessig
    ** Added 20050621 **
There is no such thing as a war crime.  War is the crime.
    --A veteran of Dien Bien Phu
    ** Added 20050321 **
I was in direct violation of The First Law of Social Apathy, which
holds a popular culture should exist divorced from any of the moral
facts of its current political condition.
    --Steve Almond, author of "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the
      Chocolate Underbelly of America."
    ** Added 20050217 **
I can understand that if you are the sort of person who spends a lot
of time thinking about government and commerce, then by reading Snow
Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle through
that lens, and by squinting, holding the books at funny angles, and
jiggling them around, you might be able to perceive some sort of
common theme.  But it is a stretch.
    --Neal Stephenson in an interview with reason.com
    ** Added 20050214 **
Microsoft has had competitors in the past.  It's a good thing we have
museums to document this stuff. 
    --Bill Gates, in a talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain
      View, CA
    ** Added 20050211 **
Sundance Kid: Well, I think I'll get saddled up and go looking for a
Butch Cassidy: Good hunting.
Sundance Kid: Shouldn't take more than a couple of days. I'm not
              picky. As long as she's smart, pretty, and sweet, and
              gentle, and tender, and refined, and lovely, and
    --From "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
    ** Addd 20050110 **
Put the monster in the title. "'Boa vs. Python' does better than
'Terminal Invasion'," says [Chris] Regina [of the Sci-Fi Channel].
This is because 'Boa vs. Python' makes an unmistakable commitment to
giant snakes, while 'Terminal Invasion' doesn't indicate that people
will be murdered by aliens while snowed in at an airport.
    --Gary Wolf from his Wired article "We've Created A Monster"
    ** Added 20041220 **
The choice facing fans is not how many songs to buy from iTunes and
Rhapsody, but how many songs to buy rather than download for free from
Kazaa and other peer-to-peer networks.  Intuitively, consumers know
that free music is not really free: Aside from any legal risks, it's a
time-consuming hassle to build a collection that way.  Labeling is
inconsistent, quality varies, and an estimated 30 percent of tracks
are defective in one way or another.  As Steve Jobs put it at the
iTunes Music Store launch, you may save a little money downloading
from Kazaa, but "you're working for under minimum wage."
    --Chris Anderson, from his Wired article "The Long Tail"
    ** Added 20041220 **
"It's all bullshit," he said.  "A bunch of pathetic excuses.  I
personally have more than half a billion dollars invested in
content. And I'm a lot less worried about piracy than I am about
technological communism.  I don't want Orrin Hatch's 'help.'  I want
technology unconstrained.  Because if technology wins, content
companies will benefit dramatically, like they always have.
    --Mark Cuban, Broadcast.com co-founder, HD-Net and Dallas
      Mavericks owner
    ** Added 20041219 **
  This I have now published; not for the public good [which I do not
think my poor abilities can promote], but to gratify my brother the
Stationer.  The benefits of that trade do chiefly consist in the
printing of copies; and the vanity of this age is more taken with
matters of curiosity, than those of solid benefit.  Such a pamphlet as
this, may be salable, when a more substantial and useful discourse is
    --John Wilkins
      as quoted in Neal Stephenson's "A System Of The World"
    ** Added 20041127 **
Incidentally, any of these records makes excellent music for 
counting money by.
    --Sample from "More Dance Music" by Kid Koala
    ** Added 20040812 **
Their choice of pleasures, and their mode of expending their 
income, after satisfying their legal and moral obligations to
the State and to individuals, are their own concern, and must
rest with their own judgment.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty" on the right of 
      persons to spend their money on and use drugs, 
      alcohol and other forms of "pleasure"  upon the 
      condition that they have met their "legal and moral 
    ** Added 20040808 **
It is one of the undisputed functions of government to take 
precautions against crime before it has been committed, as 
well as to detect and punish it afterwards.  The preventive 
function of government, however, is far more liable to be 
abused, to the prejudice of liberty, than the punitory 
function; for there is hardly any part of the legitimate 
freedom of action of a human being which would not admit of 
being represented, and fairly too, as increasing the 
facilities for some form or other delinquency.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
The maxims are, first, that the individual is not accountable
to society for his actions, in so far as these concern the 
interests of no person but himself.  Advice, instruction, 
persuasion, and avoidance by other people if thought 
necessary by them for their own good, are the only measures 
by which society can justifiably express its dislike or 
disapprobation of his conduct.  Secondly, that for such 
actions as are prejudicial to the interests of others, the 
individual is accountable, and may be subjected either to 
social or to legal punishments, if society is of opinion that
the one or the other is requisite for its protection.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
"Decorum injuriae Diis curae."
The gods are capable of redressing wrongs done to them
...neither one person, nor any number of persons, is 
warranted in saying to another human creature of ripe years 
that he shall not do with his life for his own benefit what 
he chooses to do with it.  He is the person most interested 
in his own well-being: the interest which any other person, 
except in cases of strong personal attachment, can have in 
it, is trifling, compared with that which he himself has; the
interest which society has in him individually (except as to 
his conduct to others) is fractional, and altogether 
indirect: while, with respect to his own feelings and 
circumstances, the most ordinary man or woman has means of 
knowledge immeasurably surpassing those that can be possessed
by anyone else.  The interference of society to overrule his 
judgment and purposes in what only regards himself, must be 
grounded on general presumptions; which may be altogether 
wrong, and even if right, are as likely as not to be 
misapplied to individual cases, by persons no better 
acquainted with the circumstances of such cases than those 
are who look at them merely from without.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
People think genius is a fine thing if it enables a man to 
write an exciting poem, or paint a picture.  But in its true 
sense, that of originality in thought and action, though no 
one says that it is not a thing  to be admired, nearly all, 
at heart, think that they can do very well without it.  
Unhappily this is too natural to be wondered at.  Originality
is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use 
of.  They cannot see what it is to do for them: how should 
they?  If they could see what it would do for them, it would 
not be originality.  The first service which originality has 
to render them, is that of opening their eyes: which being 
once fully done, they would have a chance of themselves being
original.  Meanwhile, recollecting that nothing was ever yet 
done which someone was not the first to do, and all good 
things which exist are the fruits of originality, let them be
modest enough to believe that there is something still left 
for it to accomplish, and assure themselves that they are 
more in need of originality, the less they are conscious of 
the want.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
...whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever 
name it may be called, and whether it professes to be 
enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
According to [Calvinist theory], the one great offense of man
is Self-will.  All the good of which humanity is capable, is 
comprised in Obedience.  You have no choice; thus you must 
do, and no otherwise: "whatever is not a duty, is a sin."  
Human nature being radically corrupt, there is no redemption 
for anyone until human nature is killed within him.  To one 
holding this theory of life, crushing out any of the human 
faculties, capacities, and susceptibilities, is no evil: man 
needs no capacity, but that of surrendering himself to the 
will of God: and if he uses any of his faculties for any 
other purpose but to do that supposed will more effectually, 
he is better without them.  That is the theory of Calvinism; 
and it is held, in a mitigated form, by many who do not 
consider themselves Calvinists; the mitigation consisting in 
giving a less ascetic interpretation to the alleged will of 
God; asserting it to be his will that mankind should gratify 
some of their inclinations; of course not in the manner they 
themselves prefer, but in the way of obedience, that is, in a
way prescribed to them by authority; and, therefore, by the 
necessary conditions of the case, the same for all. 
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
A person whose desires and impulses are his own--are the 
expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and 
modified by his own culture--is said to have character.  One 
whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character,
no more than a steam-engine has a character.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill;
it is because their consciences are weak
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
...it would be absurd to pretend that people ought to live as
if nothing whatever had been known in the world before they 
came into it; as if experience had as yet done nothing 
towards showing that one mode of existence, or of conduct, is
preferable to another.  Nobody denies that people should be 
taught and trained in youth, as to know and benefit by the 
ascertained results of human experience.  But it is the 
privilege and proper condition of a human being, arrived at 
the maturity of his faculties, to use and interpret 
experience in his own way.  It is for him to find out what 
part of recorded experience is properly applicable to his own
circumstances and character.  The traditions and customs of 
other people are, to a certain extent, evidence of what their
experience has taught THEM; presumptive evidence, and as 
such, have a claim to this deference: but, in the first 
place, their experience may be too narrow; or they may not 
have interpreted it rightly.  Secondly, their interpretation 
of experience may be correct, but unsuitable to him.  Customs
are made for customary circumstances, and customary 
characters: and his circumstances or his character may be 
uncustomary.  Thirdly, though the customs be both good as 
customs, and suitable to him, yet to conform to custom, 
merely AS custom, does not educate or develop in him any of 
the qualities which are the distinctive endowment of a human 
being.  The human faculties of perception, judgment, 
discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral 
preference, are exercised only in making a choice.  He who 
does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.  He 
gains no practice either in discerning or in desiring what is 
best.  The mental and moral, like the muscular powers, are 
improved only by being used.  The faculties are called into 
no exercise by doing a thing merely because others do it, no 
more than by believing a thing only because others believe 
it.  If the grounds of an opinion are not conclusive to the 
person's own reason, his reason cannot be strengthened, but 
is likely to be weakened by his adopting it: and if the 
inducements to an act are not such as are 
consentaneous [suited] to his own feelings and character 
(where affection, or the rights of others are not concerned) 
it is so much done towards rendering his feelings and 
character inert and torpid, instead of active and energetic. 
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
If the teachers of mankind are to be cognizant of all that 
they ought to know, everything must be free to be written and
published without restraint.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
Where there is a tacit convention that principles are not to 
be disputed; where the discussion of the greatest questions 
which can occupy humanity is considered to be closed, we 
cannot hope to find that generally high scale of mental 
activity which has made some periods of history so 
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
No reasonable person can doubt that Christianity might have 
been extirpated in the Roman Empire.  It spread, and became 
predominant, because the persecutions were only occasional, 
lasting but a short time, and separated by long intervals of 
almost undisturbed propagandism.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as 
truth, has any inherent power denied to error, of prevailing 
against the dungeon and the stake.  Men are not more zealous 
for truth than they are for error, and a sufficient 
application of legal or even of social penalties will 
generally succeed in stopping the propagation of either.  The
real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when 
an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or 
many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be
found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its 
reappearances falls on a time when from favourable 
circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such 
head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one 
person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more
justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had 
the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
...there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing 
and discussing, as a matter of ethical conviction, any 
doctrine, however immoral it may be considered.  It would, 
therefore, be irrelevant and out of place to examine here, 
whether the doctrine of Tyrannicide deserves that title.  I 
shall content myself with saying, that the subject has been 
at all times one of the open questions of morals; that the 
act of a private citizen in striking down a criminal, who, by
raising himself above the law, has placed himself beyond the
reach of legal punishment or control, has been accounted by 
whole nations, and by some of the best and wisest men, not a 
crime, but an act of exalted virtue; and that, right or 
wrong, it is not the nature of assassination, but of civil 
war.  As such, I hold that the instigation to it, in a 
specific case, may be a proper subject of punishment, but 
only if an overt act has followed, and at least a probable 
connection can be established between the act and the 
instigation.  Even then, it is not a foreign government, but 
the very government assailed, which alone, in the exercise of
self-defense, can legitimately punish attacks directed 
against its own existence.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live 
as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to 
live as seems good to the rest.
    --John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
    ** Added 20040808 **
...the cowboys he drew are an updated form of a comic 
we've always planned to do called Sand.  It has a 
ridiculously elaborate backstory, as all post-apocalyptic 
westerns should.
    --Tycho from www.penny-arcade.com about some sketches 
      Gabe drew.
    ** Added 20040802 **
It's a big deal to have confidential information leave an
organization's building, and it's been a big deal since long 
before computers.  In the end, you have to trust your 
employees.  If they want to steal information, or if they 
make mistakes, they'll do it regardless of your precautions.  
You can change the mechanisms of those actions, but don't 
confuse changing mechanisms with making things safer.
    --Bruce Schneier, from CryptoGram 0407
    ** Added 20040715 **
Ironically, our lying only diminishes us.  Bernice Reagon of
the Smithsonian Institution has pointed out that other 
countries are impressed when we send spokespeople abroad 
who, like herself, are willing to criticize the United 
States.  Surely this is part of what democracy is about.  
Surely in a democracy a historian's duty is to tell the 
truth.  Surely in a democracy students need to develop 
informed reasons to criticize as well as take pride in their
country.  Maybe somewhere along the line we gave up on 
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
In a society marked by inequality, people who have endured 
less-than-equal opportunities may become restive.  Members 
of favored groups may become ashamed of the unfairness, 
unable to defend it to the oppressed or even to themselves.  
To maintain a stratified system, it is terribly important to
control how people "think" about that system.  Marx advanced
this analysis under the rubric "false consciousness."  How 
people think about the past is an important part of their 
consciousness.  If members of the elite come to think that 
their privilege was historically justified and earned, it 
will be hard to persuade them to yield opportunity to 
others.  If members of deprived groups come to think that 
their deprivation is their own fault, then there will be no 
need to use force or violence to keep them in their places.
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
In 1860 a clean-shaven Lincoln won the presidency; in 1864, 
with a beard, he was reelected.  Could that happen nowadays?
Today many institutions, from investment banking firms to 
Brigham Young University, are closed to white males with 
facial hair.  No white presidential or Supreme Court 
candidate has ventures even a mustache since Tom Dewey in 
1948.  Beards may not themselves be signs of progress, 
although mine has subtly improved my thinking, but we have 
reached an arresting state of intolerance when the huge 
Disney corporation, founded by a man with a mustache, will 
not allow any employee to wear one.  On a more profound 
note, consider that Lincoln was also the last American 
president who was not a member of a Christian denomination 
when taking office.  Americans may not becoming more 
tolerant; we may only think we are.  Thus the ideology of 
progress amounts to a chronological from of ethnocentrism.
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
It is becoming increasingly apparent that we shall not have 
the benefits of this world for much longer.  The imminent 
and expected destruction of the life cycle of world ecology 
can only be prevented by a radical shift in outlook from our
present naive conception of this world as a testing ground 
to a more mature view of the universe as a comprehensive 
matrix of life forms.  Making this shift in viewpoint is 
entirely religious, not economic or political.
    --Vine Deloria, Jr.
      quoted in James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told 
      Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got 
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
By downplaying covert and illegal acts by the government, 
textbook authors narcotize students from thinking about such
issues as the increasing dominance of the executive branch. 
By taking the government's side, textbooks encourage 
students to conclude that criticism is incompatible with 
citizenship.  And by presenting government actions in a 
vacuum, rather than as responses to such institutions as 
multinational corporations and civil rights organizations, 
textbooks mystify the creative tension between people and 
their leaders.  All this encourages students to throw up 
their hands in the belief that the government determines 
everything anyway, so why bother, especially if its actions 
are usually so benign.  Thus our American history textbooks 
minimize the potential power of the people and, despite 
their best patriotic efforts, take a stance that is overtly 
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 
1914.  I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for 
National City Bank boys to collect revenue in.  I helped 
purity Nicaragua for the international banking house of 
Brown Brothers....  I brought light to the Dominican 
Republic for American sugar interests in 1916.  I helped make
Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903.  
Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few 
    --Former Marine Corps. Gen Smedley D. Butler in a 1931 
      statement, quoted in James W. Loewen from "Lies My 
      Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History 
      Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
As head of the Policy Planning Staff of the State 
Department, [George] Kennan wrote in a now famous memorandum
[in 1948]:
    We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of
    its population.  In this situation, we cannot fail to be
    the object of envy and resentment.  Our real test in the
    coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships 
    which will permit us to maintain this position of 
    disparity.  We need not deceive ourselves that we can 
    afford today the luxury of altruism and world 
    benefaction--unreal objectives such as human rights, the
    raising of living standards, and democratization.

    --from James W. Loewen, "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
In the end, the absence of social-class analysis in American
history courses amounts to one more way that education in 
America is rigged against the working class.
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
Echoing the results of Helen Keller's study of blindness, 
research has determined that poor health is not distributed 
randomly about the social structure but is concentrated in 
the lower class.  Social Security then becomes a huge 
transfer system, using monies contributed by all Americans 
to pay benefits disproportionately to longer-lived affluent 
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
"If you are the child of low-income parents, the chances are
good that you will receive limited and often careless 
attention from adults in your high school," in the words of 
Theodore Sizer's best-selling study of American high 
schools, "Horace's Compromise."  "If you are the child of 
upper-middle-income parents, the chances are good that you 
will receive substantial and careful attention."
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about the 
social and political equality of the white and black races 
[applause]--that I am not nor ever have been in favor of 
making voters or jurors of Negroes.
    --Abraham Lincoln, from the Lincoln-Douglas debates
      quoted in James W. Loewen "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
From 1815 on, instead of spreading democracy, we exported 
the ideology of white supremacy.  Gradually we sought 
American hegemony over Mexico, the Philippines, much of the 
Caribbean basin, and, indirectly, over other nations.  
Although European nations professed to be shocked by our 
actions on the western frontier, before long they were 
emulating us.  Britain exterminated the Tasmanian 
aborigines; Germany pursued total war against the Herrero of
Namibia.  Most western nations have to face this history.  
We also have to admit that Adolf Hitler displayed more 
knowledge of how we treated Native Americans than American 
high schoolers who rely on their textbooks.  Hitler admired 
our concentration camps for Indians in the west "and often 
praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America's 
extermination--by starvation and uneven combat" as the model
for his extermination of Jews and Gypsies.
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
  Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary
whole.  "The American Way" describes Native American 
religion in these words:
    These Native Americans [in the Southeast] believed that 
    nature was filled with spirits.  Each form of life, such
    as plants and animals, had a spirit.  Earth and air held
    spirits too.  People were never alone.  They shared their
    lives with the spirits of nature.
"Way" is trying to show respect for Native American 
religion, but it doesn't work.  Stated flatly like this, the
beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated 
theology of a higher civilization.  Let us try a similarly 
succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today.
    These Americans believed that one great male god ruled 
    the world.  Sometimes they divided him into three parts,
    which they called father, son, and holy ghost.  They ate
    crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they 
    were eating the son's body and drinking his blood.  If 
    they believed strongly enough, they would live on 
    forever after they died.
Textbooks NEVER describe Christianity this way.  It's 
offensive.  Believers would immediately argue that such 
depiction fails to convey the symbolic meaning or the 
spiritual satisfaction of communion.
  Textbooks could present American Indian religions from a 
perspective that takes them seriously as attractive and 
persuasive belief systems.  The anthropologist Fredrick 
Turner has pointed out that when whites remark upon the fact
that Indians perceive a spirit in every animal or rock, they
are simultaneously admitting their own loss of a deep 
spiritual relationship with the earth.  Native Americans are
"part of the total living universe," wrote Turner; 
"spiritual health is to be had only by accepting this 
condition and by attempting to live in accordance with it." 
Turner contends that this life-view is healthier than the 
European alternatives: "Ours is a shockingly dead view of 
creation.  We ourselves are the only things in the universe 
to which we grant an authentic vitality, and because of this
we are not fully alive."  Thus Turner shows that taking 
Native American religions seriously might require 
re-examination of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  No 
textbook would suggest such a controversial idea.
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
"People do not like to think.  If one thinks, one must reach
conclusions," Hellen Keller pointed out.  "Conclusions are 
not always pleasant."
    --James W. Loewen from "Lies My Teacher Told Me: 
      Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
Die Brokers have a specific, quantifiable goal: more money. 
That's almost automatic when you leave one job for another. 
Go to a new company and you're coming in from outside the 
existing budget.  Talk up your skills and abilities and 
triumphs in a job interview ... and your future boss sees 
you doing the same for her and the company.  You are 
unlimited potential and the answer to all her prayers.  You 
are the embodiment of her hopes and dreams for the 
position.  She wants to take you from where you are and 
bring you on board.  To do that, she must give you more 
money than you're already making.  And that was the goal in 
the first place.
    --Stephen M. Pollan from "Die Broke"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
When a Die Broker looks for a new job, he isn't looking for 
a new identity or for an affirmation of his personal worth, 
he's looking for more money.  And a Die Broker doesn't wait 
for signs of danger to start looking for a new job.  He 
knows his job is always in danger and so he's always looking
for the next job. 
    --Stephen M. Pollan from "Die Broke"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
Once your child starts going to school, give her an 
allowance.  Present it at the same time on the same day 
every week, and let her decide what "little luxuries" to 
spend it on.  Don't link the allowance to chores: Those are 
part of being a family member.  Don't link it to grades 
either: Doing your best at school should be expected.  
Finally, don't link it to behavior either.  Anger, love, 
family responsibilities, and schoolwork should all have 
nothing to do with money.  
    --Stephen M. Pollan from "Die Broke"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
Don't pay attention to company politics.  Who gets credit 
doesn't matter.  The rising star and the brownnoser are 
going to be on the unemployment line alongside the quiet 
performer and the loner.  Any time spent talking and not 
doing is time you could have spent on your personal life, 
or finding another job.
    --Stephen M. Pollan from "Die Broke"
    ** Added 2004-07-06 **
  A standard joke in insurance circles goes something like 
this: A company goes to an insurance company, trying to get 
some bizarre risk insured.  The insurance company asks a 
series of questions:
  "How big is the potential loss?"
  "We don't know."
  "How likely is a loss to occur?"
  "We don't know."
  "How much is your company worth?"
  "This much."
  "That's the premium; send it in."

    --Bruce Schneier, from "Secrets and Lies"
    ** Added 20040610 **
  Computer security products, like software in general, have 
an odd product quality model.  It's unlike an automobile, a 
skyscraper, or a box of fried chicken.  If you buy a physical 
product, and get harmed because of a manufacturer's defect, 
you can sue . . .  and you'll win.  Car makers can't get away 
with building cars that explode on impact; lunch counters 
can't get away with selling strawberry tarts with the odd rat 
mixed in.  It just wouldn't do for building contractors to 
say things like: "Whoops.  There goes another one.  But wait 
for Skyscraper 1.1; it'll be 100 percent collapse-free."  
These companies are liable for their actions.
  Software is different.  It is sold without any liability 
whatsoever.  For example, here's the language in the Windows 
98 licensing agreement: "In no event shall Manufacturer or 
its suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever--arising 
out of the the use or of inability to use this product, even 
if Manufacturer has been advised of the possibility of such 
  Your accounts receivable database could crash, taking your 
company down with it, and you have no claim against the 
software company.  Your word processor could corrupt your 
entire book manuscript (something I spend way too much time 
worrying about while writing), wasting years of work, and you 
have no recourse.  Your firewall could turn out to be 
completely ineffectual, hardly better than having nothing 
. . . and it's your fault.  Microsoft could field Hotmail 
with a bug that allowed anyone to read the accounts of 40 or 
so million subscribers, password or no password, and not even 
bother to apologize.
  Software manufacturers don't have to produce quality 
product because they face no consequences if they don't.  
(Actually, product liability does exist, but it is limited to 
replacing a physically defective diskette or CR-ROM.)  And 
the effect of this for security products is that 
manufacturers don't have to produce products that are 
actually secure, because no one can sue them if they make a 
bunch of false claims of security.
  The upshot of this is that the marketplace does not reward 
real security.  Real security is harder, slower, and more 
expensive to design and implement.  The buying public has no 
way to differentiate real security from bad security.  The 
way to win in this market place is to design software as 
insecure as you can possibly get away with.
  Smart software companies know this, and that reliable 
software is not cost-effective.  According to studies, 90 to 
95 percent of all bugs are harmless; they're never found by 
users and they don't affect performance.  It's much cheaper 
for a company to release buggy software and fix the 5 to 10 
percent of bugs after people complain.
  They also know that real security is not cost-effective.  
They get whacked with a new security vulnerability several 
times a week.  They fix the ones they can and write deceptive 
press releases about the ones they can't; then wait for the 
press furor to die down (which is always does).  Then they 
issue a new version of their software with new features that 
add all sorts of new insecurities, because users prefer cool 
features to security.
  And users always will.  Until Companies have some legal 
incentive to produce secure products, they won't bother.
    --Bruce Schneier, from "Secrets and Lies"
    ** Added 20040610 **
Welcome to a world where a buffer overflow in Tekken 3 can 
compromise your financial security.
    --Bruce Schneier, about the future where e-shopping can 
      be done from your gaming console, from "Secrets and 
    ** Added 20040610 **
Mediocre security now is better than perfect security never.
    --Anonymous saying quoted in Bruce Schneier's "Secrets 
      and Lies"
    ** Added 20040610 **
  Threat modeling is a lot like this, and the only way to 
learn it is to do it.  So let's start by stealing some 
  Our goal is to eat without paying, at the local restaurant.
And we've got a lot of options.  We can eat and run.  We can 
pay with a fake credit card, a fake check, or counterfeit 
cash.  We can persuade another patron to leave the 
restaurant without eating and eat his food.  We can 
impersonate (or actually become) a cook, a waiter, a manager, 
or the restaurant owner (who might be someone that few 
workers have ever met).  We could snatch a plate off 
someone's table before he eats it, or from under the heat 
lamps before the waiters can get to it.  We can wait at the 
Dumpster [sic] for the busboy to throw away the leftovers.  
We can pull the fire alarm and sneak in after everyone 
evacuates.  We can try to persuade the manager that we're some 
kind of celebrity who deserves a free breakfast, or maybe we 
can find a gullible patron and talk her into paying for our 
food.  We could mug someone nowhere near the restaurant, and 
buy the pancakes.  We can forge a coupon for free pancakes.  
And there's always the time-honored tradition of pulling a 
gun and shouting, "Give me all your pancakes."
    --Bruce Schneier, from "Secrets and Lies"
    ** Added 20040610 **
...beware the doctor who says, "I invented and 
patented this totally new treatment that consists of 
pulverized pretzels.  It has never been tried before, 
but I'm sure it is much better."
    --Bruce Schneier, from "Secrets and Lies"
    ** Added 20040610 **
Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than
water can be made not wet.
	--Bruce Schneier, from Crypto-gram 0105
	** Added 20040516 **
There's a distinct lack of "my right hand is a miniature 
girl and she has a crush on me" shows over here in The 
    --Zach Stroum from www.shaw-island.com
    ** Added 20040503 **
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
    --Ben Franklin
    ** Added 20040403 **
Sheep are slow and tasty, and therefore must 
remain constantly alert.
    --Bruce Schneier, from "Beyond Fear"
    ** Added 20040403 **
Finally there is testing, one of the hardest things 
in security.  On one hand, it's impossible to test 
security.  On the other, it is essential to test 
    --Bruce Schneier, from "Beyond Fear"
    ** Added 20040403 **
You're providing a service, like garbage men, 
but in reverse.
    --Rob Corgan talking to a "high volume email 
      deployer" *cough*spammer*cough* 
      (scottrichter422@yahoo.com (they even put 
      his email address on the bottom of the screen 
      just after he told them not to)) on the Daily 
      Show 2004-03-30
    ** Added 20040330 **
You can eat all the Jews you want!
    --Lewis Black making fun of PETA's reaction to the 
      "The Passion of the Christ" movie.
    ** Added 20040305 **
So apparently I'm required to sit around and act 
interested while he describes the various problems 
his cat has while shitting in their new robotic 
litter box. However, when I create a human life 
I'm supposed to keep it to myself.
    --Gabe from www.penny-arcade.com
    ** Added 20040317 **
The government uses research funding as a carrot to 
induce people to refrain from speech they would 
otherwise engage in.  If it were a command, it would 
be unconstitutional.
	--Kathleen Sullivan, Dean of Stanford Law School. "
	** Added 20040131 **
A visitor is a pedestrian whose feet hurt, who is 
tired and preoccupied, and who is on his or her way to 
somewhere.  An exhibit must stop this person, hold him 
or her, and give improvement while giving pleasure.  
An exhibit that does not do this is not a successful 
    --G. Ellis Burcaw, from "Introduction to Museum 
    ** Added 20041014 **
Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind 
them...there is nothing.
    --J. P. Sartre
    ** Added 20040112 **
   You are eight years old.  It is Sunday evening.  You 
have been granted an extra hour before bed.
   The family is playing Monopoly.  You have been told 
you are big enough to join them.
   You lose.  You are losing continuously.  Your 
stomach cramps with fear.  Nearly all your possessions 
are gone.  The money pile in front of you is almost 
gone.  Your brothers are snatching all the houses from 
your streets.  The last street is being sold.  You have 
to give in.  You have lost.
   And suddenly you know that it is only a game.  You 
jump up with joy and you knock the big lamp over.  It 
falls to the floor and drags the teapot with it.  The 
others are angry with you, but you laugh when you go 
   You know you are nothing and know you have nothing.  
And you know that not-to-be and not-to-have give an 
immeasurable freedom.
    --Janwillem Van De Wetering from "A Glimpse of 
    ** Added 20040112 **
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
    --Bertolt Brecht
    ** Added 20040112 **
Day after day Ma-tsu sat in meditation, until his 
Master finally questioned him about it.  Ma-tsu 
explained that he was hoping to attain Buddahood.  The 
Master picked up a piece of tile and began to rub it 
with a stone.  When Ma-tsu asked him what he was doing, 
he replied that he was polishing the tile to make it a 
mirror. "How can you polish a tile into a mirror?" 
Ma-tsu asked. "How can one become a budda by sitting in 
meditation?" the Master shot back.
    --Zen Koan
    ** Added 20040112 **
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
    --Chinese Proverb
    ** Added 20040112 **
   One day Chuang-tzu and a friend were walking along 
a riverbank.
   "How delightfully the fishes are enjoying 
themselves in the water!" Chuang-tzu exclaimed.
   "You are not a fish," his friend said.  "How do you 
know whether or not the fishes are enjoying 
   "You are not me," Chuang-tzu said.  "How do you 
know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying 
    --from "The Way of Chuang-tzu" translated by 
      Thomas Merton.
    ** Added 20040112 **
Propose to an Englishman any principle, or any instrument, 
however admirable, and you will observe that the whole 
effort of the English mind is directed to find a 
difficulty, defect, or an impossibility in it.  If you 
speak to him of a machine for peeling a potato, he will 
pronounce it impossible: if you peel a potato with it 
before his eyes, he will declare it useless, because it 
will not slice a pineapple.  Impart the same principle or 
show the same machine to an American, or to one of our 
colonists, and you will observe that the whole effort of 
his mind is to find some new application of the principle, 
some new use for the instrument.
    --Charles Babbage, 1852 as quoted in Doron Swade's "The 
      Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to 
      Build the First Computer"
    ** Added 20031227 **
There is one subject ancillary to Babbage on which far too 
MUCH has been written, and that is the contributions of Ada 
Lovelace.  It would be only a slight exaggeration to say 
that Babbage wrote 'Notes' to Menabrea's paper, but for 
reasons of his own encouraged the illusion in the minds of 
Ada and the public that they were authored by her.  It is no 
exaggeration to say that she was a manic depressive with the 
most amazing delusions about her own talents, and a rather 
shallow understanding of both Charles Babbage and the 
Analytical Engine . . . To me, this familiar material [Ada's 
correspondence with Babbage] seems to make obvious once 
again that Ada was as mad as a hatter, and contributed 
little more to 'Notes' than trouble . . . I will retain an 
open mind on whether Ada was crazy because of her substance 
abuse . . . or despite it.  I hope nobody feels compelled 
to write another book on the subject.  But, then I guess 
SOMEONE has to be the most overrated figure in the history 
of computing.
    --Bruce Collier, computing historian, as quoted in Doron 
      Swade's "The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and 
      the Quest to Build the First Computer"
    ** Added 20031227 **
If you want to convince people that something is made 
accurately, it helps to make it shiny.
    --Doron Swade, from "The Difference Engine: Charles 
      Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer"
    ** Added 20031227 **
Tyrants love an unarmed peasantry.
	** Added 20031021 **
  Unfortunately, today's action demonstrates that U.S. 
unilateralism in foreign policy has consequences.
  According to diplomatic sources, the Bush Administration's 
recent withdrawal from the Kyoto Treaty and its willingness 
to shatter the international arms control framework in pursuit 
of unproven missile defenses influenced the vote by other 
nations against our nomination to the Commission. This means 
our government will no longer have a voice on the principal 
international body that evaluates human rights in countries 
like China, Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan. This is very 
  I hope the Bush Administration shifts course, and learns 
that our government must work cooperatively with our allies 
and other nations when possible to have influence abroad. 
When we must go our own way, we should at least consult with 
them in advance.
  This Administration's failure to follow these basic 
diplomatic precepts on critical global matters has undermined 
our government's ability to sustain its leadership role in the 
human rights arena.
    --Sen. Dick Gephardt on U.S. Being Voted off the 
      U.N. Human Rights Commission
    ** Added 20031013 **
Pat Robertson: I read your book. When you get through, you 
               say (to yourself): 'If I could just get a 
               nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom (the State 
               Department's main building), I think that's the 
               answer' and you say: 'We've got to blow that 
               thing up.' I mean, is it as bad as you say?
Joel Mowbray: It is.
    --Pat Robertson, interviewing Joel Mowbray, author of a new 
      book titled "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department 
      Endangers America's Security."
    ** Added 20031010 **
  His remarks only go to prove that he is just an old man 
politically illiterate as he can not measure up the present 
reality when all the countries are promoting peaceful 
co-existence, reconciliation and cooperation irrespective of 
ideologies and beliefs.
  It is not likely at all that he would speak truth as he is 
obsessed with wantonly harassing peace and security in different
parts of the world and igniting wars. His outbursts, therefore, 
can not be construed otherwise than a desperate shrill cry of a 
psychopath on his death bed.
  Rumsfeld whose political faith is to establish the U.S. style 
world order by strength is known to be a typical stupid man for 
professing "neo-conservatism" censured and mocked at worldwide. 
He is, therefore, not a guy who the DPRK can deal with.
  Rumsfeld asserted with acrimony that one who does not follow 
the U.S. view on value can never coexist with it but must die. 
One can easily assess the political line of the Bush 
administration which includes such a dangerous international 
dictator as that guy
  It is only the U.S.which has the right to judge the 
international justice, its sovereignty remains supreme and that 
of those countries challenging the U.S. view on value must be 
overthrown. This is what Rumsfeld, a principal proponent of the 
U.S. theory of neo-conservatism, advocates. He is cursed and 
hated worldwide for this.
  The policy pursued by the U.S. neo-conservatives to hold 
hegemony over the world and steadily increase their unchallenged 
control over the international issues is rejected in different 
parts of the world for its reactionary and anachronistic nature. 
It is considered to be trash of history.
  This is clearly proved by the U.S. Iraq policy which has gone 
totally bankrupt.
	--Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People's 
	  Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to Donald Rumsfeld
	** Added 20030928 **
Esse is percipi.
To be is to be perceived.
	--George Berkeley, philosopher
	** Added 20030911 **
The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you've gotten the fish, you can
forget the trap.  The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit; once you've 
gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare.  Words exist because of meaning; 
once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words.  Where can I find a 
man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?
	--Chuang Tzu, as translated by Burton Watson from Section 26, 
	  "External Things" of the "Chuang Tzu"
	** Added 20030720 **  
  Once, when Chuang Tzu was fishing in the P'u River, the king of Ch'u sent 
two officials to go and announce to him: "I would like to trouble you with the
administration of my realm."
  Chuang Tzu held on to the fishing pole and, without turning his head, said, 
"I have heard that there is a sacred tortoise in Ch'u that has been dead for 
three thousand years.  The king keeps it wrapped in cloth and boxed, and 
stores it in the ancestral temple.  Now would this tortoise rather be dead and
have its bones left behind and honored?  Or would it rather be alive and 
dragging its tail in the mud?"
  "It would rather be alive and dragging its tail in the mud," said the two 
  Chuang Tzu said, "Go away! I'll drag my tail in the mud!"
	--from Section 17, "Autumn Floods" of the "Chuang Tzu", as translated 
	  by Burton Watson
	** Added 20030720 **  
  Prince Mou leaned on his armrest and gave a great sigh, and then he looked 
up at the sky and laughed, saying, "Haven't you ever heard about the frog in 
the caved-in well?  He said to the great turtle of the Eastern Sea, 'What fun 
I have!  I come out and hop around the railing of the well, or I go back in 
and take a rest in the wall where a tile has fallen out.  When I dive into the
water, I let it hold me up under the armpits and support my chin, and when I 
slip about in the mud, I bury my feet in it and let it come up over my ankles.
I look around at the mosquito larvae and the crabs and polliwogs and I see 
that none of them can match me.  To have complete command of the water of one 
whole valley and to monopolize all the joys of a caved-in well--this is the 
best there is! Why don't you come some time and see for yourself?'
  "But before the great turtle of the Eastern Sea had even gotten his left 
foot in the well his right knee was already wedged fast.  He backed out and 
withdrew a little, and then began to describe the sea.  'A distance of a 
thousand li cannot indicate its greatness; a depth of a thousand fathoms 
cannot express how deep it is.  In the time of Yi there were floods for nine
years out of ten, and yet its waters never rose.  In the time of T'ang there 
were droughts for seven years out of eight, and yet its shores never receded.
Never to alter or shift, whether for an instant or an eternity; never to 
advance or recede, whether the quantity of water flowing in is great or 
small--this is the great delight of the Eastern Sea!'
  "When the frog in the caved-in well heard this, he was dumbfounded with 
surprise, crestfallen, and completely at a loss.  Now your knowledge cannot 
even define the borders of right and wrong, and still you try to see through 
the words of Chuang Tzu--this is like trying to make a mosquito carry a 
mountain on its back or a pill bug race across the Yellow River.  You will 
never be up to the task!
  He whose understanding cannot grasp these minute and subtle words, but is 
only fit to win some temporary gain--is he not like the frog in the caved-in 
well?  Chuang Tzu, now--at this very moment he is treading the Yellow Springs 
or leaping up to the vast blue.  To him there is no north or south--in utter 
freedom he dissolves himself in the four directions and drowns himself in the 
unfathomable.  To him there is no east or west--he begins in the Dark 
Obscurity and returns to the Great Thoroughfare.  Now you come niggling along 
and try to spy him out or fix some name to him, but this is like using a tube 
to scan the sky or an awl to measure the depth of the earth--the instrument is
too small, is it not?  You'd better be on your way!  Or perhaps you've never 
heard about the young boy of Shou-ling who went to learn the Han-tan Walk.  He
hadn't mastered what the Han-tan people had to teach him when he forgot his 
old way of walking, so that he had to crawl all the way back home.  Now if you
don't get on your way, you're likely to forget what you knew before and be out
of a job!"
	--from Section 17, "Autumn Floods" of the "Chuang Tzu", as translated 
	  by Burton Watson
	** Added 20030720 **  
Now do you say that you are going to make Right your master and do away with 
Wrong, or make Order your master and do away with Disorder?  If you do, then 
you have not understood the principle of heaven and earth or the nature of the
ten thousand things.  This is like saying that you are going to make Heaven 
your master and do away with Earth, or make Yin your master and do away with 
Yang.  Obviously it is impossible.  If men persist in talking this way without
stop, they must be either fools or deceivers!
	--Chuang Tzu, as translated by Burton Watson from Section 17, "Autumn 
	  Floods" of the "Chuang Tzu"
	** Added 20030720 **  
...to serve your own mind so that sadness or joy do not sway it move it; to 
understand what you can do nothing about and be content with it as with 
fate--this is the perfection of virtue.
	--Chuang Tzu, as translated by Burton Watson from Section 4, "In The 
	  World Of Men" of the "Chuang Tzu"
	** Added 20030720 **  
...when the eminent ans wise rule over the stupid and humble, then there will 
be order; but when the stupid and humble rule over the eminent and wise, there
will be chaos.  Therefore we know that honoring the worthy is the foundation 
of government.
	--Mo Tzu, as translated by Burton Watson from Section 9 of the "Mo Tzu"
	** Added 20030720 ** 
...the sage kings of ancient times ranked the virtuous high and honored the 
worthy, and although a man might be a farmer or an artisan from the shops, if 
he had ability they promoted him.  Such men were honored with titles, treated 
to generous stipends, entrusted with important matters, and empowered to see 
that their orders were carried out.  For it was said that if their stipends 
were not generous, the people would have no confidence in them; and if their 
orders were not carried out, the people would not stand in awe of them.  These
benefits were bestowed upon the worthy not because the ruler wished to reward 
them for their worth but because he hoped thereby to bring about success in 
the affairs of government.  Therefore at that time ranks were assigned 
according to virtue, duties allotted according to the office held, and rewards
given according to the effort expended; achievements were weighed and stipends
distributed accordingly.  Thus no official was necessarily assured of an 
exalted position for life, nor was any member of the common people ***???***
 condemned to remain forever humble.  Those with ability were 
promoted, those without it were demoted.  This is what it means to promote 
public righteousness and do away with private likes and dislikes.
	--Mo Tzu, as translated by Burton Watson from Section 8 of the "Mo Tzu"
	** Added 20030720 ** 
'This is like the SUV of air beds'
	--A guy in an 'Aero' inflatable mattress commercial
	** Added 20030715 **
It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
	--Tom Stoppard, 1972
	** Added 20030713 **
Dry dog food is far better than canned! It is more economical, takes up less 
space, and is generally better tasting.  With reconstituted dried milk (and 
sugar if you like) most dry food tastes not too different from dry breakfast 
cereal.  A hundred pound sack of dry dog food contains as many calories as a 
ton of fresh potatoes.  The dog food also contains protein, vitamins, etc., 
that the potatoes do not.
	--Robert B. DePugh, in "Can You Survive?"
	** Added 20030710 **
You can't make what you can't measure because you don't know when you've got 
it made.
	--Dr. Irving Gardner
	** Added 20030707 **
German, it's basically like English.  English, you know, spoken by a monster, 
underwater, into a walkie-talkie.
	--Tycho from www.penny-arcade.com
	** Added 20030626 **
Having sex and having a baby is no more a miracle than eating food and having 
shit come out of your ass.
	--Bill Hicks, a satirist
	** Added 20030624 **
Address by Jimmy Carter on Law Day: University of Georgia, Athens GA 
MAY 4,1974

Senator Kennedy, distinguished fellow Georgians, friends of the Law School of 
Georgia and personal friends of mine: 
  Sometimes even a distinguished jurist on the Supreme Court doesn't know all 
of the background on acceptances of invitations.  As a matter of fact, my wife
was influential in this particular acceptance, but my son was even more 
influential.  This was really an acceptance to repair my ego.  There was 
established in 1969 the L.Q.C. Lamar Society.  I was involved in the 
establishment of it, and I think a lot of it.  As Governor of Georgia I was 
invited this year, along with two distinguished Americans, to make a speech at 
the annual meeting which is going on now.
  I found out when the program was prepared that Senator Kennedy was to speak 
last night they charged $10 to attend the occasion.  Senator William Brock 
from Tennessee is speaking to the Lamar Society at noon today.  I found out 
that they charged $7.50 for this occasion.  I spoke yesterday at noon, and I 
asked the Lamar Society officials, at the last moment, how much they were 
charging to come to the luncheon yesterday.  They said they weren't charging 
anything.  I said, "You mean they don't even have to pay for the lunch?"  They
said, "No, we're providing the lunch free." 
  So, when my son Jack came and said, "Daddy, I think more of you than you 
thought I did; I'm paying $7.00 for two tickets to the luncheon," I figured 
that a $3.50 lunch ticket would salvage part of my ego and that's really why 
I'm here today. 
  I'm not qualified to talk to you about law, because in addition to being a 
peanut farmer, I'm an engineer and a nuclear physicist, not a lawyer.  I was 
planning, really, to talk to you more today about politics and the 
interrelationship of political affairs and law, than about what I'm actually 
going to speak on.  But after Senator Kennedy's delightful and very fine 
response to political questions during his speech, and after his analysis of 
the Watergate problems, I stopped at a room on the way, while he had his press
conference, and I changed my speech notes. 
  My own interest in the criminal justice system is very deep and heart-felt.  
Not having studied law, I've had to learn the hard way.  I read a lot and 
listen a lot.  One of the sources for my understanding about the proper 
application of criminal justice and the system of equity is from reading 
Reinhold Niebuhr, one of his books that Bill Gunter gave me quite a number of 
years ago.  The other source of my understanding about what's right and wrong 
in this society is from a friend of mine, a poet named Bob Dylan.  After 
listening to his records about "The Ballad of Hattie Carol" and "Like a 
Rolling Stone" and "The Times, They Are a Changing," I've learned to 
appreciate the dynamism of change in a modem society. 
  I grew up as a landowner's son.  But, I don't think I ever realized the 
proper interrelationship between the landowner and those who worked on a farm 
until I heard Dylan's record, "I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More."  
So I come here speaking to you today about your subject with a base for my 
information founded on Reinhold Niebuhr and Bob Dylan. 
  One of the things that Niebuhr says is that the sad duty of the political 
system is to establish justice in a sinful world.  He goes on to say that 
there's no way to establish or maintain justice without law; that the laws are 
constantly changing to stabilize the social equilibrium of the forces and 
counterforces of a dynamic society, and that the law in its totality is an 
expression of the structure of government. 
  Well, as a farmer who has now been in office for three years, I've seen 
firsthand the inadequacy of my own comprehension of what government ought to 
do for its people.  I've had a constant learning process, sometimes from 
lawyers, sometimes from practical experience, sometimes from failures and 
mistakes that have been pointed out to me after they were made. 
  I had lunch this week with the members of the Judicial Selection Committee, 
and they were talking about a consent search warrant.  I said I didn't know 
what a consent search warrant was.  They said, "Well, that's when two 
policemen go to a house.  One of them goes to the front door and knocks on it, 
and the other one runs around to the back door and yells 'come in'."  I have 
to admit that as Governor, quite often I search for ways to bring about my own 
hopes; not quite so stringently testing the law as that, but with a similar 
  I would like to talk to you for a few moments about some of the practical 
aspects of being a governor who is still deeply concerned about the 
inadequacies of a system of which it is obvious that you're so patently proud. 
  I have refrained completely from making any judicial appointments on the 
basis of political support or other factors, and have chosen, in every 
instance, Superior Court judges, quite often State judges, Appellate Court 
judges, on the basis of merit analysis by a highly competent, open, qualified 
group of distinguished Georgians.  I'm proud of this. 
  We've now established in the Georgia Constitution a qualifications 
commission, which for the first time can hear complaints from average citizens 
about the performance in office of judges and can investigate those complaints 
and with the status and the force of the Georgia Constitution behind them can 
remove a judge from office or take other corrective steps. 
  We've now passed a Constitutional amendment, which is waiting for the 
citizenry to approve, that establishes a uniform Criminal Justice Court System 
in this state so that the affairs of the judiciary can be more orderly 
structured, so that work loads can be balanced and so that over a period of 
time there might be an additional factor of equity, which quite often does not 
exist now because of the wide disparity among the different courts of Georgia. 
  We passed this year a judge sentencing bill for noncapital cases with a 
review procedure.  I've had presented to me, by members of the Pardons and 
Paroles Board, an analysis of some of the sentences given to people by the 
Superior Court judges of this state, which grieved me deeply and shocked me as 
a layman.  I believe that over a period of time, the fact that a group of 
other judges can review and comment on the sentences meted out in the 
different portions of Georgia will bring some more equity to the system. 
  We have finally eliminated the unsworn statement law in Georgia--the last 
state to do it. 
  This year, we analyzed in depth the structure of the drug penalties in this 
state.  I believe in the future there will be a clear understanding of the 
seriousness of different crimes relating to drugs.  We've finally been able to 
get through the legislature a law that removes alcoholism or drunkenness as a 
criminal offense.  When this law goes into effect next year, I think it will 
create a new sense of compassion and concern and justice for the roughly 
150,000 alcoholics in Georgia, many of whom escape the consequences of what 
has been a crime because of some social or economic prominence, and will 
remove a very heavy load from the criminal justice system. 
  In our prisons, which in the past have been a disgrace to Georgia, we've 
tried to make substantive changes in the quality of those who administer them 
and to put a new realm of understanding and hope and compassion into the 
administration of that portion of the system of justice.  Ninety-five percent 
of those who are presently incarcerated in prisons will be returned to be our 
neighbors.  And now the thrust of the entire program, as initiated under Ellis 
MacDougall and now continued under Dr. Ault, is to try to discern in the soul 
of each convicted and sentenced person redeeming features that can be be 
enhanced.  We plan a career for that person to be pursued while he is in 
prison.  I believe that the early data that we have on recidivism rates 
indicates the efficacy of what we've done. 
  The GBI, which was formerly a matter of great concern to all those who were 
interested in law enforcement, has now been substantially changed--for the 
better.  I would put it up now in quality against the FBI, the Secret Service 
or any other crime control organization in this Nation. 
  Well, does that mean that everything is all right?
  It doesn't to me. 
  I don't know exactly how to say this, but I was thinking just a few moments 
ago about some of the things that are of deep concern to me as Governor.  As a 
scientist, I was working constantly, along with almost everyone who professes 
that dedication of life, to probe, probe every day of my life for constant 
change for the better.  It's completely anachronistic in the makeup of a 
nuclear physicist or an engineer or scientist to be satisfied with what we've 
got, or to rest on the laurels of past accomplishments.  It's the nature of 
the profession. 
  As a farmer, the same motivation persists.  Every farmer that I know of, who 
is worth his salt or who's just average, is ahead of the experiment stations 
and the research agronomist in finding better ways, changing ways to plant, 
cultivate, utilize herbicides, gather, cure, sell farm products.  The 
competition for innovation is tremendous, equivalent to the realm of nuclear 
physics even. 
  In my opinion, it's different in the case of lawyers.  And maybe this is a 
circumstance that is so inherently true that it can't be changed. 
  I'm a Sunday School teacher, and I've always known that the structure of law 
is founded on the Christian ethic that you shall love the Lord your God and 
your neighbor as yourself--a very high and perfect standard.  We all know the 
fallibility of man, and the contentions in society, as described by Reinhold 
Niebuhr and many others, don't permit us to achieve perfection.  We do strive 
for equality, but not with a fervent and daily commitment.  In general, the 
powerful and the influential in our society shape the laws and have a great 
influence on the legislature or the Congress.  This creates a reluctance to 
change because the powerful and the influential have carved out for themselves 
or have inherited a privileged position in society, of wealth or social 
prominence or higher education or opportunity for the future.  Quite often, 
those circumstances are circumvented at a very early age because college 
students, particularly undergraduates, don't have any commitment to the 
preservation of the way things are.  But later, as their interrelationship 
with the present circumstances grows, they also become committed to 
approaching change very, very slowly and very, very cautiously, and there's a 
commitment to the status quo. 
  I remember when I was a child, I lived on a farm about three miles from 
Plains, and we didn't have electricity or running water.  We lived on the 
railroad--Seaboard Coastline railroad.  Like all farm boys I had a flip, a 
sling shot.  They had stabilized the railroad bed with little white round 
rocks, which I used for ammunition.  I would go out frequently to the railroad 
and gather the most perfectly shaped rocks of proper size.  I always had a few 
in my pockets, and I had others cached away around the farm, so that they 
would be convenient if I ran out of my pocket supply. 
  One day I was leaving the railroad track with my pockets full of rocks and 
hands full of rocks, and my mother came out on the front porch--this is not a 
very interesting story but it illustrates a point--and she had in her hands a 
plate full of cookies that she had just baked for me.  She called me, I am 
sure with love in her heart, and said, "Jimmy, I've baked some cookies for 
you."  I remember very distinctly walking up to her and standing there for 15 
or 20 seconds, in honest doubt about whether I should drop those rocks which 
were worthless and take the cookies that my mother had prepared for me, which 
between her and me were very valuable. 
  Quite often, we have the same inclination in our everyday lives.  We don't 
recognize that change can sometimes be very beneficial, although we fear it.  
Anyone who lives in the South looks back on the last 15 to 20 years with some 
degree of embarrassment, including myself.  To think about going back to a 
county unit system, which deliberately cheated for generations certain white 
voters of this state, is almost inconceivable.  To revert back or to forgo the 
one man, one vote principle, we would now consider to be a horrible violation 
of the basic principles of justice and equality and fairness and equity. 
  The first speech I ever made in the Georgia Senate, representing the most 
conservative district in Georgia, was concerning the abolition of 30 questions 
that we had so proudly evolved as a subterfuge to keep black citizens from 
voting and which we used with a great deal of smirking and pride for decades 
or generations ever since the War between the States--questions that nobody 
could answer in this room, but which were applied to every black citizen that 
came to the Sumter County Courthouse or Webster County Courthouse and said, "I 
want to vote." I spoke in that chamber, fearful of the news media reporting it 
back home, but overwhelmed with a commitment to the abolition of that 
artificial barrier to the rights of an American citizen.  I remember the thing 
that I used in my speech, that a black pencil salesman on the outer door of 
the Sumter County Courthouse could make a better judgment about who ought to 
be sheriff than two highly educated professors at Georgia Southwestern College. 
  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was perhaps despised by many in this room 
because he shook up our social structure that benefited us, and demanded 
simply that black citizens be treated the same as white citizens, wasn't 
greeted with approbation and accolades by the Georgia Bar Association or the 
Alabama Bar Association.  He was greeted with horror.  Still, once that change 
was made, a very simple but difficult change, no one in his right mind would 
want to go back to circumstances prior to that juncture in the development of 
our Nation's society. 
  I don't want to go on and on, I'm part of it.  But, the point I want to make 
to you is that we still have a long way to go.  In every age or every year, we 
have a tendency to believe that we've come so far now, that there's no way to 
improve the present system.  I'm sure when the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty 
Hawk, they felt that was the ultimate in transportation.  When the first 
atomic bomb was exploded, that was the ultimate development in nuclear 
physics, and so forth. 
  Well, we haven't reached the ultimate.  But who's going to search the heart 
and the soul of an organization like yours or a law school or state or nation 
and say, "What can we still do to restore equity and justice or to preserve it 
or to enhance it in this society?" 
  You know, I'm not afraid to make the change.  I don't have anything to lose.  
But, as a farmer I'm not qualified to assess the characteristics of the 91 
hundred inmates in the Georgia prisons, 50% of whom ought not to be there.  
They ought to be on probation or under some other supervision and, assess what 
the results of previous court rulings might bring to bear on their lives. 
  I was in the Governor's Mansion for two years, enjoying the services of a 
very fine cook, who was a prisoner--a woman.  One day she came to me, after 
she got over her two years of timidity, and said, "Governor, I would like to 
borrow $250.00 from you." 
  I said, "I'm not sure that a lawyer would be worth that much." 
  She said, "I don't want to hire a lawyer, I want to pay the judge." 
  I thought it was a ridiculous statement for her; I felt that she was 
ignorant.  But I found out she wasn't.  She had been sentenced by a Superior 
Court judge in the state, who still serves, to seven years or $750.  She had 
raised, early in her prison career, $500.  I didn't lend her the money, but I 
had Bill Harper, my legal aide, look into it.  He found the circumstances were 
true.  She was quickly released under a recent court ruling that had come down 
in the last few years. 
  I was down on the coast this weekend.  I was approached by a woman who asked 
me to come by her home.  I went by, and she showed me documents that indicated 
that her illiterate mother, who had a son in jail, had gone to the County 
Surveyor in that region and had borrowed $225 to get her son out of jail.  She 
had a letter from the Justice of the Peace that showed that her mother had 
made a mark on the blank sheet of paper.  They paid off the $225, and she has 
the receipts to show it.  Then they started a 5-year program trying to get 
back the paper she signed, without success.  They went to court.  The lawyer 
that had originally advised her to sign the paper showed up as the attorney 
for the surveyor.  She had put up 50 acres of land near the county seat as 
security.  When she got to court she found that instead of signing a security 
deed, that she had signed a warranty deed.  That case has already been 
appealed to the Supreme Court, and she lost. 
  Well, I know that the technicalities of the law that would permit that are 
probably justifiable.  She didn't have a good lawyer.  My heart feels and 
cries out that something ought to be analyzed, not just about the structure of 
government, judicial qualification councils and judicial appointment 
committees and eliminating the unsworn statement--those things are important.  
But they don't reach the crux of the point--that now we assign punishment to 
fit the criminal and not the crime. 
  You can go in the prisons of Georgia, and I don't know, it may be that poor 
people are the only ones who commit crimes, but I do know they are the only 
ones who serve prison sentences.  When Ellis MacDougall first went to 
Reidsville, he found people that had been in solitary confinement for ten 
years.  We now have 500 misdemeanants in the Georgia prison system. 
  Well, I don't know the theory of law, but there is one other point I want to 
make, just for your own consideration.  I think we've made great progress in 
the Pardons and Paroles Board since I've been in office and since we've 
reorganized the government.  We have five very enlightened people there now.  
And on occasion they go out to the prison system to interview the inmates, to 
decide whether or not they are worthy to be released after they serve 
one-third of their sentence.  I think most jurors and most judges feel that, 
when they give the sentence, they know that after a third of the sentence has 
gone by, they will be eligible for careful consideration.  Just think for a 
moment about your own son or your own father or your own daughter being in 
prison, having served seven years of a lifetime term and being considered for 
a release.  Don't you think that they ought to be examined and that the 
Pardons and Paroles Board ought to look them in the eye and ask them a 
question and, if they are turned down, ought to give them some substantive 
reason why they are not released and what they can do to correct their defect? 
  I do.
  I think it's just as important at their time for consideration of early 
release as it is even when they are sentenced.  But, I don't know how to bring 
about that change. 
  We had an ethics bill in the State Legislature this year.  Half of it 
passed--to require an accounting for contributions during a campaign--but the 
part that applied to people after the campaign failed.  We couldn't get 
through a requirement for revelation of payments or gifts to officeholders 
after they are in office. 
  The largest force against that ethics bill was the lawyers. 
  Some of you here tried to help get a consumer protection package passed 
without success. 
  The regulatory agencies in Washington are made up, not of people to regulate 
industries, but of representatives of the industries that are regulated.  Is 
that fair and right and equitable?  I don't think so. 
  I'm only going to serve four years as governor, as you know.  I think that's 
enough.  I enjoy it, but I think I've done all I can in the Governor's office.  
I see the lobbyists in the State Capitol filling the halls on occasions.  Good 
people, competent people, the most pleasant, personable, extroverted citizens 
of Georgia.  Those are the characteristics that are required for a lobbyist.  
They represent good folks.  But I tell you that when a lobbyist goes to 
represent the Peanut Warehousemen's Association of the Southeast, which I 
belong to, which I helped to organize, they go there to represent the peanut 
warehouseman.  They don't go there to represent the customers of the peanut 
  When the State Chamber of Commerce lobbyists go there, they go there to 
represent the businessman of Georgia.  They don't go there to represent the 
customers of the businessman of Georgia. 
  When your own organization is interested in some legislation there in the 
Capitol, they're interested in the welfare or prerogatives or authority of the 
lawyers.  They are not there to represent in any sort of exclusive way the 
client of the lawyers. 
  The American Medical Association and its Georgia equivalent--they represent 
the doctors, who are fine people.  But they certainly don't represent the 
patients of a doctor. 
  As an elected governor, I feel that responsibility; but I also know that my 
qualifications are slight compared to the doctors or the lawyers or the 
teachers, to determine what's best for the client or the patient or the school 
  This bothers me; and I know that if there was a commitment on the part of 
the cumulative group of attorneys in this State, to search with a degree of 
commitment and fervency to eliminate many of the inequities that I've just 
described that I thought of this morning, our state could be transformed in 
the attitude of its people toward the government. 
  Senator Kennedy described the malaise that exists in this Nation, and it 
  In closing, I'd like to just illustrate the point by something that came to 
mind this morning when I was talking to Senator Kennedy about his trip to 
  When I was about 12 years old, I liked to read, and I had a school 
principal, named Miss Julia Coleman, Judge Marshall knows her.  She forced me 
pretty much to read, read, read, classical books.  She would give me a gold 
star when I read ten and a silver star when I read five. 
  One day, she called me in and she said, "Jimmy, I think it's time for you to 
read War and Peace."  I was completely relieved because I thought it was a 
book about cowboys and Indians. 
  Well, I went to the library and checked it out, and it was 1,415 pages 
thick, I think, written by Tolstoy, as you know, about Napoleon's entry into 
Russia in the 1812-1815 era.  He had never been defeated and he was sure he 
could win, but he underestimated the severity of the Russian winter and the 
peasants' love for their land. 
  To make a long story short, the next spring he retreated in defeat.  The 
course of history was changed; it probably affected our own lives. 
  The point of the book is, and what Tolstoy points out in the epilogue is, 
that he didn't write the book about Napoleon or the Czar of Russia or even the 
generals, except in a rare occasion.  He wrote it about the students and the 
housewives and the barbers and the farmers and the privates in the Army.  And 
the point of the book is that the course of human events, even the greatest 
historical events, are not determined by the leaders of a nation or a state, 
like presidents or governors or senators.  They are controlled by the combined 
wisdom and courage and commitment and discernment and unselfishness and 
compassion and love and idealism of the common ordinary people.  If that was 
true in the case of Russia where they had a czar or France where they had an 
emperor, how much more true is it in our own case where the Constitution 
charges us with a direct responsibility for determining what our government is 
and ought to be? 
  Well, I've read parts of the embarrassing transcripts, and I've seen the 
proud statement of a former attorney general, who protected his boss, and now 
brags on the fact that he tiptoed through a mine field and came out "clean."  
I can't imagine somebody like Thomas Jefferson tiptoeing through a mine field 
on the technicalities of the law, and then bragging about being clean 
  I think our people demand more than that.  I believe that everyone in this 
room who is in a position of responsibility as a preserver of the law in its 
purest form ought to remember the oath that Thomas Jefferson and others took 
when they practically signed their own death warrant, writing the Declaration 
of Independence--to preserve justice and equity and freedom and fairness, they 
pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. 
  Thank you very much. 
	** Added 20030620 **
There are lots of hackers in the world -- kids, mostly -- who like to play at 
politics and dress their own antics in the trappings of terrorism.  They hack 
computers belonging to some other country (generally not government computers)
and display a political message.  We've often seen this kind of thing when two
countries squabble: China vs. Taiwan, India vs. Pakistan, England vs. Ireland, 
U.S. vs. China (during the 2001 crisis over the U.S. spy plane that crashed in
Chinese territory), the U.S. and Israel vs. various Arab countries.  It's the 
equivalent of soccer hooligans taking out national frustrations on another 
country's fans at a game.  It's base and despicable, and it causes real 
damage, but it's cyberhooliganism, not cyberterrorism.
	--Bruce Schneier, from Crypto-Gram June 15, 2003 
	** Added 20030616 **
  Between Venice and Rome, I've seen about nine different varieties of Monks, 
Priests, and Nuns.  What do these differences represent, I wonder--is it for 
intramural sports?
  At the very least, I'd imagine that each type has different skills and bonus 
	--Tycho, of www.penny-arcade.com
	** Added 20030611 **
Guys keep hitting on my wife, which I can understand, so it doesn't bother me.
She looks pretty good, all's fair.  But please, don't tell me I'm So Lucky or 
that I'm A Lucky Man.  Brenna could not understand why this would make me 
angry when them kissing her arm or whatever would not.  I let her in on a 
little man secret.  When you tell a guy that he is a Lucky Man, you aren't 
saying it because she seems like a really nice person.  What you are telling 
him is that you would so fuck that.  You would fuck that to pieces.
	--Tycho, of www.penny-arcade.com
	** Added 20030611 **
I have never been able to repress my affection for Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 
whose verbosity is matched only by his ability to use a lot of words.
	--Tycho, of www.penny-arcade.com
	** Added 20030611 **
Jon Stewart: Will it be in Dolby?
Guy Pearce: No, it'll be in French.
	--Jon Stewart and Guy Pearce on 'The Daily Show' June 9th, 2003, 
	  talking about a French film Guy recently finished filming.
	** Added 20030610 **
Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of 
things.  But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things.
	--Donald E. Knuth
	** Added 20030609 **
I like to eat breakfast alone, and almost never before noon; anybody with a 
terminally jangled lifestyle needs at least one psychic anchor every 24 hours,
and mine is breakfast.  In Hong Kong, Dallas or at home--and regardless of 
whether or not I have been to bed--breakfast is a personal ritual that can 
only be properly observed alone, and in a spirit of genuine excess.  The food 
factor should always be massive: four Bloody Marys, two grapefruits, a pot of 
coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon or corned beef 
hash with diced chilies, a Spanish omelette or eggs Benedict, a quart of milk,
a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of key lime 
pie, two margaritas and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert....  Right, 
and there should also be two or three newspapers, all mail and messages, a 
telephone, a notebook for planning the next 24 hours, and at least one source 
of good music....  All of which should be dealt with outside, in the warmth of
a hot sun, and preferably stone naked.
	--Hunter S. Thomson, from "Jimmy Carter and the Great Leap of Faith"
	** Added 20030608 **
"We call it 'the bus'--the wayward bus, getting hit by the bus," she said. 
"You know, those 'D' things--death, dismemberment, dementia, disappearance, 
whatever they all are.  All those 'D' things."  As it turned out, though, it 
wasn't a bus.  "It was something else," she said, quickly adding, "But I'm 
alive. There's the big difference."
	--Martha Stewart, about her company and the "insider trading" scandal,
	  from an interview conducted by Jeffrey Toobin for "The New Yorker"
	** Added 20030608 **
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
	--George Orwell
	** Added 20030527 **
When democracy granted democratic methods to us in times of opposition, this 
was bound to happen in a democratic system.  However, we National Socialists 
never asserted that we represented a democratic point of view, but we have 
declared openly that we used the democratic methods only in order to gain 
power and that, after assuming the power, we would deny to our adversaries 
without any consideration the means which were granted to us in times of our 
	--Josef Goebbels
	** Added 20030527 **
Reflecting on the meaning of the last presidential election, I have decided at
this point in time that Mr. Nixon's landslide victory and my overwhelming 
defeat will probably prove to be of greater value to the nation than would the
victory my supporters and I worked so hard to achieve.  I think history may 
demonstrate that it was not only important that Mr. Nixon win and that I lose,
but that the margin should be of stunning proportions....  The shattering 
Nixon landslide, and the even more shattering exposure of the corruption that
surrounded him, have done more than I could have done in victory to awaken the
nation....  This is not a comfortable conclusion for a self-confident--some 
would say self-righteous--politician to reach....
	--George McGovern in the Washington Post, August 12, 1973
	** Added 20030527 **
Richard Nixon represents the dark side of the American Spirit.
	--Robert Kennedy, in a speech at Vanderbilt University in the spring 
	  of 1968, shortly before he was murdered.
	** Added 20030527 **
When it comes to evaluating algorithms and choosing one for personal use, 
people have several alternatives:
 - They can choose a published algorithm, based on the belief that a published
   algorithm has been scrutinized by many cryptographers.  If none of them has
   broken the algorithm yet, it must be pretty good.
 - They can trust the manufacturer, based on the belief that a well-known 
   manufacturer has a reputation to uphold and is unlikely to risk that 
   reputation by selling equipment with inferior algorithms.
 - They can trust a private consultant, based on the belief that an impartial 
   consultant is best-equipped to make a reliable evaluation of different 
   algorithms on the market.
 - They can trust the government, based on the belief that the government is 
   trustworthy and wouldn't steer its citizens wrong.
 - They can write their own algorithm, based on the belief that their 
   cryptographic knowledge is second-to-none, and that they should trust 
	--From "Applied Cryptography" by Bruce Schneier
	** Added 20030506 **
The Committee never did find out who is in charge of an aircraft when an armed
[Aircraft Protection Officer] is on board. We presume that the pilot is. But 
nobody told us for sure.
	--From "The Myth of Security at Canada's Airports" a report of the 
	  Canadian Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense,
	  available online at: http://tinyurl.com/9c46
	** Added 20030420 **
...The current status of airport security is not very good. I could take 
anyone in this room and in two minutes train that person on how to put a bomb 
on an airplane for any city in the world. If you are willing to pay the 
first-duty shipping fee, we can guarantee what flight you will be on--it is 
that wide open....
	--Chuck Wilmink, Former Corporate Security, Manager, Canadian 
	  Airlines, Nov. 4, 2002
	  From "The Myth of Security at Canada's Airports" a report of the 
	  Canadian Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense,
	  available online at: http://tinyurl.com/9c46
	** Added 20030420 **
William Elliott, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security Group,
Transport Canada, Dec. 2, 2002. :  ...I do not think there is a system for 
	the comprehensive screening of mail.

	(LATER) I think that certainly mail is an area of concern. There is 
	one distinguishing characteristic of mail as opposed to passengers, 
	and that is, generally, if I mail something, I do not know what 
	airplane it is going to be on.

Senator Kenny: This Committee has received testimony that it is possible, 
	simply by the timing of taking a parcel to the airport, to ensure that
	it will be on a certain flight.

Mr. Elliott: We have requirements in place that should prevent that.

Senator Forrestall: I have the sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant, task 
	of shipping lobsters, and I want someone at the airport to meet that 
	flight. So far, I have not had any problems. How did I do that?

Mr. Elliott: I would be happy to look into that, senator.

	--From "The Myth of Security at Canada's Airports" a report of the 
	  Canadian Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense,
	  available online at: http://tinyurl.com/9c46
	** Added 20030420 **
I wanted to make feature length twilight zones.
	--M. Night Shyamalan, writer/director
	** Added 20030217 **
Philip K. meant his dark visions as warnings, not as bureaucratic charters for
George W.  Unfortunately, Bush doesn't know Dick.
	--Hendrik Hertzberg, from his article 'Too much information' The New 
	  Yorker 2002-12-09
	** Added 20030131 **
It was not enough to produce satisfactory soap, it was also necessary to induce
people to wash.
	--Joseph Schumpeter, economist, 1939
	** Added 20030130 **
Your enemy is not surrounding your country -- your enemy is ruling your 
country.  And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the 
day of your liberation. 
	--George W. Bush as part of the State of the Union Address 2003.
	  Note: This statement was directed to the people of Iraq, but that 
	  doesn't make it less true for the US.
	** Added 20030130 **
These delicious olives are imported from Spain, contain no pits and are
stuffed with sweet minced pimientos.


        --an actual olive jar had this printed on its label
        ** Added 20021223 **
Of ... duties I suggest, without claiming completeness or finality for it,
the following division.
  (1) Some duties rest on previous acts of my own.  These duties seem to
include two kinds, (a) those resting on a promise or what may fairly be
called an implicit promise, such as the implicit undertaking not to tell
lies which seems to be implied in the act of entering into conversation
(at any rate by civilized men), or of writing books that purport to be
history and not fiction.  These may be called the duties of fidelity.
(b) Those resting on a previous wrongful act.  These may be called the
duties of reparation.
  (2) Some rest on previous acts of other men, i.e. services done by them
to me.  These may be loosely described as the duties of gratitude.
  (3) Some rest on the fact or possibility of a distribution of pleasure
or happiness (or of the means thereto) which is not in accordance with the
merit of the persons concerned; in such cases there arises a duty to upset
or prevent such a distribution.  These are the duties of justice.
  (4) Some rest on the mere fact that there are other beings in the world
whose condition we can make better in respect of virtue, or of
intelligence, or of pleasure.  These are the duties of beneficence.
  (5) Some rest on the fact that we can improve our own condition in
respect of virtue or of intelligence.  These are the duties of
  (6) I think that we should distinguish from (4) the duties that may be
summed up under the title of 'not injuring others.'  No doubt to injure
others is incidentally to fail to do them good; but it seems to me clear
that non-maleficence is apprehended as a duty distinct from that of
beneficence, and as a duty of a more stringent character.  It will be
noticed that this alone among the types of duty has been stated in a
negative way.  An attempt might no doubt be made to state this duty, like
the others, in a positive way.  It might be said that it is really the duty
to prevent ourselves from acting either from an inclination to harm others
or from an inclination to seek our own pleasure, in doing which we should
incidentally harm them.  But on reflection it seems clear that the primary
duty here is the duty not to harm others, this being a duty whether or not
we have an inclination that if followed would lead to our harming them; and
that when we have such an inclination the primary duty not to harm others
gives rise to a consequential duty to resist the inclination.  The
recognition of this duty of non-maleficence is the first step on the way to
the recognition of the duty of beneficence; and that accounts for the
prominence of the commands 'thou shalt not kill,' 'thou shalt not commit
adultery,' 'thou shalt not steal,' 'thou shalt not bear false witness,' in
so early a code as the Decalogue.  But even when we have come to recognize
the duty of beneficence, it appears to me that the duty of non-maleficence
is recognized as a distinct one, and as prima facie more binding.  We
should not in general consider it justifiable to kill one person in order
to keep another alive, or to steal from one in order to give alms to
        --W.D. Ross
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Men of the same profession never meet together except to defraud the
general public.
        --Adam Smith, Capitalist
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Just because you aren't paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to
get you.
        --Dennis Jarog
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        ** Chronicler's Note:  I have heard this phase many times, but
           never with any byline, so I never added it to my list.  Now
           I have a name, some name, and have added it. **
Records can be destroyed if they do not suit the prejudices of ruling
cliques, lost if they become incomprehensible, distorted if a copyist
wishes to impose a new meaning upon them, misunderstood if we lack the
information to interpret them.  The past is like a huge library, mostly
        --Henry Ford
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In capitalism, man exploits man.  In socialism, it's exactly the opposite.
        --Ben Tucker, famous Vaudeville comedian
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Las Vegas is a three-ring circus with a hangover.
        --Robert A. Heinlein
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A religion is sometimes a source of happiness and I would not deprive
anyone of happiness.  But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak,
not for the strong....  The great trouble with religion--any
religion--is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions
by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence.
One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak
uncertainty of reason--but one cannot have both.
        --Robert A. Heinlein
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When I call a morality bad, I cannot prove that mine is better; but
when I here call any morality bad, I think you will agree with me
that it is bad; and that is all I need.
        --Jonathan Bennett
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What is distinctive of a practice is in part the way in which
conceptions of the relevant goods and ends which the technical skills
serve ... are transformed and enriched by [the] extensions of human
powers and by that regard for its own internal good which are
partially definitive of each particular practice or type of practice.
        --Alasdair MacIntyre
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... his habit-smiles were for people who asked habit-questions--
fan-magazine bullshit and pulp philosophy:  How do you like America?
(It is truly wonderful.  I would like to see it all in a Camaro.)
How did it feel to win three gold medals in the Olympics?  (It felt
truly wonderful.  I plan to have them mounted on the dashboard of my
        --Hunter S. Thompson about 1968 Olympic Skier and Chevrolet
          spokesperson Jean-Claude Killy
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... Why bother with newspapers, if this is all they offer?  Agnew
was right.  The press is a gang of cruel faggots.  Journalism is
not a profession or a trade.  It is a cheap catch all for fuckoffs
and misfits--a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy
piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but
just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and
masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.
        --From Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
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Att'y:  ...Hello.
Waitress:  May I help you?
Att'y:  Yeah, you have tacos here?  Are they Mexican tacos or just
        regular tacos?  I mean, do you have chili in them and things
        like that?
Waitress:  We have cheese and lettuce, and we have sauce, you know,
           to put on them.
Att'y:  I mean do you guarantee that they are authentic Mexican
Waitress:  ...I don't know.  Hey Lou, do we have authentic Mexican
Woman's voice from kitchen:  What?
Waitress:  Authentic Mexican tacos.
Lou:  We have tacos.  I don't know how Mexican they are.
        --From Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
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You will not be able to see his eyes because of Tea-Shades, but his
knuckles will be white from inner tension and his pants will be
crusted with semen from constantly jacking off when he can't find a
rape victim.  He will stagger and babble when questioned.  He will
not respect your badge.  The Dope Fiend fears nothing.  He will
attack, for no reason, with every weapon at his command--including
yours.  BEWARE.  Any officer apprehending a suspected marijuana
addict should use all necessary force immediately.  One stitch in
time (on him) will usually save nine on you.  Good luck.
                                                The Chief
        --From Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
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Now off the escalator and into the casino, big crowds still tight
around the crap tables.  Who are these people?  These faces!  Where
do they come from?  They all look like caricatures of used-car
dealers from Dallas.  But they're real.  And, sweet Jesus, there
are a hell of a lot of them--still screaming around these
desert-city crap tables at four-thirty on a Sunday morning.  Still
humping the American Dream, that vision of the Big Winner somehow
emerging from the last-minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.
        --From Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
        ** Added 20021105 **
... on all the upstairs balconies, the customers are being hustled by
every conceivable kind of bizarre shuck.  All kinds of funhouse-type
booths.  Shoot the pasties of the nipples of a ten-foot bull-dyke and
win a cotton-candy goat.  Stand in front of this fantastic machine,
my friend, and for just 99 cents your likeness will appear, two
hundred feet tall, on a screen above downtown Las Vegas.  Ninety-nine
cents more for a voice message.  "Say whatever you want, fella.
They'll hear you, don't worry about that.  Remember you'll be two
hundred feet tall."
        --From Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
        ** Added 20021105 **
In a world where the supply is effectively infinite, the result can
still be an inbox full of penis enlargement offers.
        --Wired Magazine, about spam blocking software.
        ** Added 20021104 **
As to luck, there is the old miner's proverb:
"Gold is where you find it."
Intuition, like a flash of lightning, last only for a second.  It
generally comes when one is tormented by a difficult decipherment and
when one reviews in his mind the fruitless experiments already tried.
Suddenly the light breaks through and one finds after a few minutes
what previous days of labor were unable to reveal.
        --William Friedman
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The fact that the scientific investigator works 50 percent of his time
by nonrational means is, it seems, quite insufficiently recognized.
        --William Friedman
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
  My experience with these situations(including Friday) is that the cops
will often do things like this. This is AshKKKroft's AmeriKKKa, and your
legal rights mean NOTHING to the cops when the shit hits the fan-they
could care less about judgements later.
  Therefore, avoiding arrest is a military rather than a legal matter.
No soldier on any battlefield allows any enemy to surround him on three
sides, much less box him in on all four. NEVER take your eye off the
enemy! If you are in a mobile action, KEEP it moving and do NOT stop
without good reason as it allows the enemy to catch up. In a static
action, keep an eye on what the cops are doing, sending people who look
innocuous out several blocks to spy on the cops.
  If they get on two sides of you, avoid the point of the V and focus on
their flanks if you want to advance. If they are on three sides, withdraw
and try to re-engage from behind. If they are on all four sides, they can
still be broken through. Last year, when the S29/01 ACC march was hemmed
in, a 30 person armored affinity group smashed through and escaped. This
made a hole that the whole crowd could have followed. Expecting this, the
cops had reserve units behind the primary lines on Friday, but those
would have lacked the density to stop a serious charge spearheaded by
armored groups.
  We had too few people to engage in a static battle, so we should never
have assembled in one place. We had inadequate equipment for a heavy
armored slugging match, as the People's Strike was not meant to involve
seige warfare. This was supposed to be a day of hit and RUN guerilla
strategy, where no riot unit would have the time and speed to deploy in
time. Seeing this, when the Bike Strike was done and we were all in
Pershing Park, I did not like the configuration of cops I saw, so I
simply rode diagonally out of the park and escaped before the police
could even set up in the rear-after advising a friend on a bike to do the
same and get his friends to do so as well. This way, I preserved myself,
my bike, and all my equipment for Saturday.
  On Saturday, I saw the cops setting up to box up Farragut Square and
advised that it was time to get ALL direct action people out BEFORE the
cops closed it up, leaving only the permit rally behind. This advice
appears to have been taken, and the affinity groups got out and deployed.
While there were not enough of them, that was another problem and was
caused, I suspect, by inadequate logistics on our part.
  When in action, the only rights you have are those you seize with your
eyes (to observe), your feet (to force or refuse battle), and your hands
(to fight when all else fails).  Ramsey has said point blank that he will
not respect ANY rules on engagement,meaning that the rules in things like
Friday are those of war.
  In other words, get in, do your action, and get out! Ever since
Seattle, we have focussed too much on fighting set piece battles and
thrown away the advantages of the guerilla. We got enough of it back for
the People's Strike to win the day before the cops could retaliate, but
we forgot those things when we assembled in one place. In a guerilla war,
it's sure death to put all your eggs in one basket.
          a protester in Washington DC During the last weekend of
          September 2002.
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The message coming out of the police is: If you go to a demonstration,
permitted or not, peaceful or not, whether or not you are planning a
non-violent direct action or even if you are just walking by, you have
no rights if the cops decide you don't.
        --Shawna Bader, a DC businesswoman arrested and inhumanely
          detained for walking near "Freedom Plaza" on Friday,
          September 27th 2002
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
And there you have the importance of the intelligent comedian. At its
best, the comic's job isn't just to make us laugh, but to drive away
the darkness a little, to expand our borders of thinking - to shake
loose the cobwebs in our souls and amid the ambivalence in our hearts.

And it's to take part in the democratic process - which means arguing
things out in public, and not marching in lockstep with the crowd.
Even when it means going against the very things that frighten us the
        --Michael Olesker, Baltimore Sun, January 8, 2002.
          'Normality returns in the sound of laughter"
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Of course, I tend to not put a whole lot of stock in what I read
online . . . if I did I'd be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of hot
teen bitches who want to get naked for me right now, and I'd be
rolling in Nigerian money.
        --Wil Wheaton
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
Radioactive waste never makes animals nicer or smaller.
        --The Filthy Critic
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
I can't understand why some parents beat their children; psychological
damage is so much more permanent.
        --Tom Rhodes, comedian
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year at college.
        --Lewis Black referencing the dumbest thing he ever heard before
          Dan Quayle's term as Vice President.  It was said by a girl
          behind him at the International House of Pancakes while he was
          drinking boysenberry syrup to take the edge off from drinking
          a whole pot of coffee with his pancakes.
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
He surrounds himself with smart people in much the same way that a hole
surrounds itself with a donut.
        --Dennis Miller on "Politically Incorrect" 020619 about George
          W. Bush
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The 70 virgins thing is overrated.  'Cuz after four or five, you're
lookin' for a pro.
        --Dennis Miller on "Politically Incorrect" 020619 responding to
          a suggested reward for Osama Bin Laden's head
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
Magic is really just another word for lying.
        --Penn of "Penn and Teller"
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
People the world over recognize me as a spiritual leader.
        --Steven Seagal
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
"The video game Grand Theft Auto may feature unnecessary violence against
innocent people, but these characterizations are unfair unless one also
faces the fact that it teaches an important lesson and helps people learn
helpful skills."
        --paraphrased from an English paper on the Internet about violence
          in video games
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Love endures by a bond which men, being scoundrels, may break whenever it
serves their advantage to do so; but fear is supported by the dread of
pain, which is ever present.
        --Niccolo Machiavelli, Chapter XVII, The Prince
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
The way men live is so far removed from the way they ought to live that
anyone who abandons what is for what should be pursues his downfall rather
than his preservation; for a man who strives after goodness in all his
acts is sure to come to ruin, since there are so many men who are not
        --Niccolo Machiavelli, Chapter XV, The Prince
        ** Added Long Long Ago in the Before Time **
You know, they didn't have any tail-lights.
        --A Florida motorist on encountering a herd of wandering buffalo
          on the turnpike.
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You cannot sustain adult, probing, meaningful drama when the proceedings
are interrupted every twelve minutes by a dozen dancing rabbits with
toilet paper.
        --Rod Serling
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