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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Memorable Quotes - Part 6

A follow on from:

- As a society, we subliminally hold ancient prejudices. The woman must be at least complicit in any rape and even the instigator, by dressing or acting provocatively, by not being sufficiently wary, by incautiously walking down a deserted street in the night or the day, by getting drunk, by leaving a party with a guy, by accepting an invitation, being too nave, trusting, sexy. Merely by being women, we're alluring, and worse: we're temptresses. With this course of reasoning, the burka seems a reasonable solution.

In societies like ours that accept rape myths - acquaintance rape happens because of "mixed signals", rapists can't control sexual urges, women lie about being raped, women invite rape by their actions or their dress - men are more likely to commit rape because these beliefs make it seem almost acceptable.

At my trial, the serial rapist's attorney read his deposition. In it he said he'd have a few beers, then break into women's houses and "cause a little mischief". I've no doubt that is exactly how he thought of his crime. I've no doubt many rapists think the same of their crimes: "Na, na, na, na, na." Stop whining; what's the big deal? The rapist was asked if he had anything he wanted to add to his deposition, and he ran on for an hour. Among other woe-is-me statements, this is the most memorable: "These women are ruining the good name of my family."

How dare we cause all this trouble?

How dare we not?
- The ultimate problem is bigger than that. As we discovered during the financial crisis, whenever there is a serious difficulty, and these globalised experiments go wrong, the burden of averting anarchy falls back on the nation state and its taxpayers. It will be exactly the same if the internet ever freezes in some unforeseeable manner, or transcontinental energy infrastructure is blown up by the next generation of terrorists. In a crisis, when globalisation fails, we will turn to our nation's government and expect it, with our hard-earned money, to help.

That certainly should not mean bigger government. But small-government conservatives have traditionally never believed in the idea of no government. The need instead is for a stronger, more effective, truly independent-minded state.

I fear the status quo involves just accepting the numerous downsides of globalisation, and seeing it as like the weather, a force it is impossible to restrain even a little. This means stumping up for ever larger repair bills after the next storm.

In a different context, David Howell's host in 1961 argued against defeatism and despair by saying that we do have considerable scope to influence the direction of events, if only we have the guts. Which politicians will be big enough to really stand up to the corporate giants and to tame them? As JFK put it: "Things do not happen; they are made to happen."
- "In modern times, because war is all the time on television, people see this and can't take it. There are limits. There is a price you pay," then-deputy prime minister Dan Meridor said in 2011, remarks echoed recently by Israeli officials and officers.
- Times will change, people will change, values and morals will change in the digital world.

Those issues included ''21st-century laws'' on online privacy, freedom of information and government transparency. ''Many people see Iceland as a kind of laboratory for democracy,'' she said. ''We have to live up to this reputation.''
- In light of the continuing sequestration fight, the minutes of one National Security Council meeting in 1960, the last year of Eisenhower's administration, give an idea of what he might have thought of the current morass:

"He believed it was the duty of military officers to get along with less if at all possible. He realized it was also the duty of military officers to ensure the military safety of the U.S., but he believed that no absolute assurance on this point could ever be given."

What Eisenhower shows us today is that while we cannot completely assure safety given any amount of spending, we can definitively show what that spending could otherwise accomplish. And that is valuable.
- "The parasite wants to survive in the host without killing it, so it needs to know how many [parasites] there are and when the best time is to leave the host," he said.
- "It's not just the skills that they bring; it is also the attitude that they bring."
- ''What I fear, if you can call it that, is that we, as a species, take the safe road and don't try to exceed our limits.''

Mr Tamits is similarly philosophical. ''I'd rather die looking upon Earth from outer space than to be on my deathbed thinking I could have had my chance.''
- Talk is anything but cheap. Mr. Obama and his administration would do well to remember that at a time when the world has enough existing problems to deal with, when we need statesmen to be magnificent negotiators and diplomats, and when snubs are antagonistic and destructive.
- France's president may be a 'child of 68,' a man whose ideals are rooted in another era but times have changed and he has to play the card he has been dealt.

Or else, he'll be history, just like the protagonists of that fateful day 200 years ago -- just without the glory.
- "The idea that we can influence the trajectory of the politics is foolish," Cook said. "But to have not been consistent in emphasizing our own values in this situation is a mistake. We should stick to the principles of democracy and recognition for the rule of law."
- But this, in Westminster, is something new: a group of parliamentarians, some of them, like John Redwood, Peter Lilley, Andrew Tyrie and Graham Stringer, senior and experienced, prepared to abandon all caution and declare an all-out war on the evidence. Listening to the debate on Tuesday, I had the sense that they were undergoing an initiation test, like Mara gang members acquiring a facial tattoo. To show you are a true believer, you must disfigure your political record by reciting a ream of nonsense in parliament. So, with a heavy heart, I find myself going in again.
- Beware the FALSE PROPHETS and TROLLS that look to draw you in to fruitless conversation....One will lead you from the true path and the other is always hungry!!! :)
Never approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the back, or an Idiot from any direction
- "One of the big things that differentiates Formula 1 from almost all other sports, with perhaps the exception of the Americas Cup, is that combination of man and machine," he argued.

"You can have a great car with an average driver and you won't win, a great driver with an average car you won't win. It's about both.
- Christmas is a time for love. As a Christian, I believe it begins with the redeeming love of God, but if you don't share my faith you will still probably agree that Christmas without love is not Christmas at all.

I have no intention of spoiling Christmas for one of my children, nor any of my nieces and nephews, by giving them a present they're not going to enjoy. It's all about the love, Senator, not the politics.
- I'm also guessing you don't literally believe, as the Bible states, we should put people to death for being magicians, saying God doesn't exist, adultery, homosexuality, working on the Sabbath and worshipping graven images.

Why? Because I think, deep in your heart, you know the Bible is not the literal word of God but a series of texts compiled over many centuries by a huge, disparate group of clever men.

And I'd suggest you also recognise even the Bible has to move with the times and, what may have been laudable 2000 years ago - like selling your daughter into sexual slavery (Exodus 21:7-11) - is not so cool in Australia in 2013.

So let's be clear: this has nothing to do with the word of God and the Bible - it's merely how you're interpreting it, and your interpretation on this issue, I suspect, is based on one thing alone.
- "They cry during the national anthem, they cry at the end of extra-time, they cry before and after the penalties," said technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira.
- Commander William Adama: There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.
- "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles"
- Richard Feynman once said, "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."[48] According to Steven Weinberg, "There is now in my opinion no entirely satisfactory interpretation of quantum mechanics."[49]
- "In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means. With what means can they be stopped? These have to be evaluated. To stop the unjust aggressor is licit," Francis said about airstrikes, according to a transcript by America magazine.
- "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Andre Gide
"By changing nothing, nothing changes." -Tony Robbins
- "There's nothing wrong with the car, except that it's on fire."
Murray Walker
- Anyone who dreams of a better world knows that a civil society runs on trust. We need to be able to assume that our fellow citizens appreciate the value of mutual respect and those qualities of kindness, compassion, care and concern that distinguish the much-vaunted ''civil societies'' from the rest.

But trust is more than a personal, private matter: it starts at the top. We need to feel confidence in the integrity of our institutions, whether political, legal, religious, commercial or cultural. We need to be able to trust our leaders, above all. In spite of our cynicism, and regardless of how often we might have been disappointed, we (and our children) still look hopefully to them as examples of probity, charity, loyalty, integrity and decency.
- Capitalism is a process of creative destruction, as the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter famously put it. Lumbering, seemingly unassailable corporate giants eventually wither, elbowed aside by fresher, hungrier start-ups; modern technologies disrupt long-established industries; and, perhaps most terrifyingly of all, once-useful skills become redundant, replaced by new roles, jobs and opportunities.

It's scary but it works. Change has been with us since the Industrial Revolution ended centuries of debilitating human stagnation. It is painful in the short-term but rewarding for society over the long-term, fuelling rising living standards.

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