gaeln9796: (icon anger) friends list has been pretty quiet about the election but here's the thing, I don't intend to be. So, if you are pro-Trump, you may want to unfriend me and if you simply don't want to deal with politics, you may want to unfriend me because I have a desire to rant & rage. Not often, but often enough.

Hence this quote.

You must protest / It is your diamond duty / Ah but in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty.
Phil Ochs, folksinger_1940-1976

My clarion call,
my strongly expressed demand or request for action,
         to do my art with more purpose, beauty wedded with protest.
And to not be quiet as a charleton is normalized as respectable.

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noun: Government by the least qualified or worst persons.
From Greek kakistos (worst), superlative of kakos (bad) + -cracy (rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate), which also gave us poppycock, cacophony, cacology,  and, cacography. Earliest documented use: 1829.

All of which goes along quite nicely with this quote from one of my favorite writers

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
          -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer_1920-1992

Thank you for listening.
Hillary is now up 1.5 million in the popular vote with more to come. In as much as the Dems have won the popular vote but lost the election TWICE already this century, maybe it is time to do away with the Electorial College.

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Rotation of musical note     I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
          John Cage, Composer_5 Sep 1912 to 12 Aug 1992

If you don't know much about him, here's a little bit from KQED's American Masters series. Personally, I think I enjoy Cage's philosophy about music more than the music itself, his new of sixty years ago still being maybe a little too new for me today. Still, his impact, through his own compositions and through his collaborations with all manner of artists, painters, other composers, and choreographers, is a long-lasting and definite game-changer.


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Quote of the day from Wordsmith

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking
          Jerry Seinfeld, comedian_Born 29 Apr 1954

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303_red heart with black iconomicon A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun
          -Christina Rossetti, poet (1830-1894)

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From, as per usual,
To be nobody but myself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
        -E.E. Cummings, poet_1894-1962

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All the hardest, coldest people you meet, were once as soft as water.
And that’s the tragedy of living.
--Iain S. Thomas, author of Intentional Dissonance

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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you
      -Maya Angelou, poet


Via tumblr

Mar. 1st, 2014 06:26 pm
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If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily.
         — Stephen Fry

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There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
          -Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

snagged from

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A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular
          -Adlai Stevenson, governor, ambassador (1900-1965)

As usual, snagged from

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Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
   Kurt Vonnegut, Jr via ohwittlephamnator

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Snagged from a book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall, that I'm reading,
'We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping, laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages, the history of the gradual elaboration of poetical description and construction, from the treeman to Browning, from the caveman to Keats. What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read? I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.'
     -Vladimir Nabokov_Pale Fire
and for everyone, but most especially for [ profile] spike7451

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If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all
              -Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter, architect, and poet (1475-1564)

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What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset
          -Crowfoot, Native American warrior and orator (1821-1890)

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A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity
          -Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)

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The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
          -Alden Nowlan, poet, novelist, and playwright (1933-1983)
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All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop
     -Kabir, reformer, poet


I believe!

Apr. 21st, 2011 12:04 pm
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'Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.  The enemy is resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.'

     -Steven Pressfield, author, 'Do the Work' a book about getting the project done
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'The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.'
          -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996


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