Interesting Quotes

ChimneyFish

Believe it or not, it's just meeee
"I'm not a real Halloween kind of guy, because Halloween is every day." - Al Jourgensen
 

ChimneyFish

Believe it or not, it's just meeee
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. And that Jews are filthy liars." - Henry Ford
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"I’ve made up my mind — don’t confuse me with the facts."

— Harry Anslinger, the grandfather of the War on Drugs
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"Thanks to the financial crisis, I’ve been paying more attention to the business press than usual. The business press, of course, is trying to sell to businessmen and businesswomen. Thus, it tends to reflect the general presumptions and outlook of businessfolk. And I think it’s noteworthy that the business class, as a set, has a curious and somewhat incoherent view of capitalism and why it’s a good thing. Indeed, it’s in most respects a backwards view that strongly contrasts with the economic or political science take on why markets work.

The basic business outlook is very focused on the key role of the
executive. Good, profitable, growing firms are run by brilliant executives. And the ability of the firm to grow and be profitable is evidence of its executives’ brilliance. And profit ultimately stems from executive brilliance. This is part of the reason that CEO salaries need to keep escalating — recruiting the best is integral to success. The leaders of large firms become revered figures. Not only important because, in practice their decisions are significant. But they become celebrities and dispensers of advice and wisdom. Their success stems from overall brilliance, and thus they must have enlightening things to say on a variety of subjects.

The thing about this is that if this were generally true — if the CEOs of the Fortune 500 were brilliant economic seers — then it would really make a lot of sense to implement socialism. Real socialism. Not progressive taxation to finance a mildly redistributive welfare state. But “let’s let Vikram Pandit and Jeff Immelt centrally plan the economy — after all, they’re really brilliant!”

But in the real world, the point of markets isn’t that executives are clever and bureaucrats are dimwitted. The point is that
nobody is all that brilliant."

— Matthew Yglesias, "Two Views of Capitalism" (Novenber 22, 2008)
 

ChimneyFish

Believe it or not, it's just meeee
"When you're taught to love everyone, to love your enemies, then what value does that place on love?" - Marilyn Manson
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
"Thanks to the financial crisis, I’ve been paying more attention to the business press than usual. The business press, of course, is trying to sell to businessmen and businesswomen. Thus, it tends to reflect the general presumptions and outlook of businessfolk. And I think it’s noteworthy that the business class, as a set, has a curious and somewhat incoherent view of capitalism and why it’s a good thing. Indeed, it’s in most respects a backwards view that strongly contrasts with the economic or political science take on why markets work.

The basic business outlook is very focused on the key role of the
executive. Good, profitable, growing firms are run by brilliant executives. And the ability of the firm to grow and be profitable is evidence of its executives’ brilliance. And profit ultimately stems from executive brilliance. This is part of the reason that CEO salaries need to keep escalating — recruiting the best is integral to success. The leaders of large firms become revered figures. Not only important because, in practice their decisions are significant. But they become celebrities and dispensers of advice and wisdom. Their success stems from overall brilliance, and thus they must have enlightening things to say on a variety of subjects.

The thing about this is that if this were generally true — if the CEOs of the Fortune 500 were brilliant economic seers — then it would really make a lot of sense to implement socialism. Real socialism. Not progressive taxation to finance a mildly redistributive welfare state. But “let’s let Vikram Pandit and Jeff Immelt centrally plan the economy — after all, they’re really brilliant!”

But in the real world, the point of markets isn’t that executives are clever and bureaucrats are dimwitted. The point is that
nobody is all that brilliant."

— Matthew Yglesias, "Two Views of Capitalism" (Novenber 22, 2008)
Matthew Yglesias... the mega super genius who, in 2013, predicted...

Obamacare's Going to Be Great

I've got a new column up about the White House's plans for the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges and I wanted to once again take the opportunity to lay down a marker and say once again that Obamacare implementation is going to be a huge political success.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/07/17/obamacare_s_going_to_be_great.html
Clearly he's a man who knows his shit.


 

Lord Zero

Registered User
Matthew Yglesias... the mega super genius who, in 2013, predicted...



Clearly he's a man who knows his shit.
I quoted one thing he's right about. That doesn't put a stamp of approval on his other work, which I'm unfamiliar with (and, by the sound of things, wouldn't like).
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"Even if you believed that you could make men wise and good by depriving them of liberty of action, you have no right to do so. Who has given you a commission to decide what your brother-man shall or shall not do? Who has given you charge of his life and his faculties and his happiness as well as of your own? Perhaps you think yourself wiser and better-fitted to judge than he is; but so did all those of old days — Kings, Emperors, and Heads of dominant Churches — who possessed power, and never scrupled to compress and shape their fellow-men as they themselves thought best, by means of that power. You can see as you read the story of the past, and even as you look on the world at present, what a mess the holders of power have made of it, whenever they undertook to judge for others, whenever they undertook to guide and control the lives and faculties of others; and why should you think that you are going to succeed where they failed? On what reasonable ground should you think so?"

— Auberon Herbert
 

Foggy

I'm wasting my life here
Donator
A child laughs when it feels joy and cries when it feels pain. Both things, laughing and crying, it does with its whole heart. We have all become so tall and so clever. We know so much and we have read so much. But one thing we have forgot: to laugh and cry like the children do.

- Taylor Swift
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn't stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals). I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day."

— Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA (an organization that murders animals) and a certifiable sociopath
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
"I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn't stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals). I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day."

— Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA (an organization that murders animals) and a certifiable sociopath
You got me looking into this kook, I Am no fan of "rescues" after being part of one for about 6 years, I hate peta and the humane society of the United States, I think all of these people are nuts, dangerous nuts, no to mention annoying and misguided, but, I found this nut
http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8765
Who is just as bad.
 

Chip Spackler

Well-Known Member
Donator
You got me looking into this kook, I Am no fan of "rescues" after being part of one for about 6 years, I hate peta and the humane society of the United States, I think all of these people are nuts, dangerous nuts, no to mention annoying and misguided, but, I found this nut
http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8765
Who is just as bad.
I've volunteered at independently operated non-profit non-kill shelters here in at Atlanta. The people were normal retirees that ran a thrift store and every weekend they take the dogs up to PetSmart for an adoption.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
I've volunteered at independently operated non-profit non-kill shelters here in at Atlanta. The people were normal retirees that ran a thrift store and every weekend they take the dogs up to PetSmart for an adoption.
My wife got involved with Weimaraner rescue, we were constantly driving around picking up dogs from liars, and dealing with kooks in shelters or "Weimaraner rail road" it was a fucking nightmare
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"You don't face your fears. Not at all. You think it's me? Or the Joker? Naah. We're what you love. What you fear, what you really fear is the light. You bring darkness, Batman. You conjure it. Me? I just hold up the mirror."

— Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka "the Scarecrow" - Batman: The Dark Knight, Volume 2: Cycle of Violence (2014)
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
"Libertarianism is a direct attack upon the mystique of the state. It recognizes that the state is only an abstraction and reduces it to the actions of individuals. It applies the same standard of morality to the state as it would to a next-door neighbor. If it is not proper for a neighbor to tax or pass laws regulating your private life, then it cannot be proper for the state to do so. Only by elevating itself above the standards of personal morality can the state make these claims on your life."

— Wendy McElroy, "Demystifying the State" (May 21, 2008)
 

TomC

uppity neobarb
Jimspiration

I say whats on my mind because I mind what I say
 
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