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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Togs's Quotes for Sunday June 1 08


"The left is back, and it's the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us...Socialism builds and capitalism destroys."
Hugo Chavez

"So rather than meeting in the middle between California and the Congo, the ANC [African National Congress] adopted policies that exploded both inequality and crime to such a degree that South Africa is now closer to Beverly Hills and Baghdad."
Naomi Kline, page 198, The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."
Joseph Heller (1923-1999) page 55, Catch 22

"I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours."
Kurt Vonnegut US novelist (1922 -2007)

"Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty."
Angela Davis

"I do what I do, and write what I write, without calculating what is worth what and so on. Fortunately, I am not a banker or an accountant. I feel that there is a time when a political statement needs to be made and I make it."
Arundhati Roy

"Until recently, the British were unaware that their government was one of the world's most consistent abusers of human rights and backers of state terrorism. Few Britons knew that the Muslim Brotherhood, the forerunner of al-Qaeda, was sponsored by British intelligence as a means of systematically destroying secular Arab nationalism, or that MI6 recruited young British Muslims in the 1980s as part of a $4bn Anglo-American-backed jihad against the Soviet Union known as "Operation Cyclone". In 2001, few Britons knew that 3,000 innocent Afghan civilians were bombed to death as revenge for the attacks of 11 September. No Afghans brought down the twin towers. Thanks to Bush and Blair, awareness in Britain and all over the world has risen as never before. When home-grown terrorists struck London in July 2005, few doubted that the attack on Iraq had provoked the atrocity and that the bombs which killed 52 Londoners were, in effect, Blair's bombs."
John Pilger, Iran May Be The Greatest Crisis Of Modern Times, article for New Statesman
"The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history."
George Orwell 1903-1950

Quotes compiled by John/Togs Tognolini for Togs’s Place.Com

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