20
Jul
14

What Political Lean Will Today’s Kids Have?

I am the oldest kid in my family. On my mom’s side I am the oldest cousin too. On the “big two” subjects that will surely ruffle feathers, religion and politics, I have been all over the board and never fit neatly into any one group. Furthermore, I’ve openly discussed these things despite my mother’s advice to keep those subjects off the radar. With that said to some people they know that I am political, or at least politically-minded. I have been surprised to hear so many people discuss their political beliefs with me that I felt were right-leaning. Or more specifically, Libertarian-leaning. Maybe the next generation’s political beliefs are swinging back towards Conservatism. More interesting is what these kids use to judge their beliefs – how big of a role do their parents, demographic groups, or media play in making those decisions?

The conclusion of the article to me is interesting to me. It states, “What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?” I find this interesting because I’ve long since said that the GOP needs to ditch its religious cloak. Religious affiliation is the number one complaint I hear for people who I think are clearly Republicans but vote Democrat.

Could the next generation of Republicans already be here? by Kyle Smith.

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

But in contrast with our image of decadent, self-centered, pleasure-craving youth, in many ways today’s youngsters are throwbacks — spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road.

A July 12 Economist piece reviewed some surprising data, finding that (contrary to popular belief) teen drinking and binge drinking have fallen sharply in recent years. The percentage of high-school seniors who have ever taken alcohol, for instance, fell from 80% to 71% from 2000 to 2010. In 1980, that figure was 93%. Asked whether they’d had a drink in the last 30 days, only 41% said yes in 2010. In 2000, it was 50% and in 1980, 72%. Similarly, the teen pregnancy rate is slightly more than half what it was in the mid-1990s, and teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did then.

Violent-crime arrests for people from 10 to 24 are half what they were in 1995 (for males) and down 40% for females. Juvenile incarceration is at its lowest rate since 1975. Teen smoking peaked around 1997 and is now, at an all-time low of 17%, less than half of what it was then. (Pot use is an exception to the trend: 23% of high-school seniors regularly get high. But weed is still less widely used than it was in the 1970s, or even in 1999, when 26.7% reported regular use.)

What’s behind all these surprising numbers? I can’t say, but it’s hard not to notice that a decline in destructive behavior associated with peer pressure has happened at the same moment that the US became a fully wired nation.

Now that broadband access is nearly universal — 78% of homes, and that’s not counting all the schools and library and Wi-Fi hotspot connections available to most kids with minimal effort — restless youth don’t have to go along with whatever the local knuckleheads are up to.

They can find their community of likeminded souls online, and an unintended consequence of their tinkering with YouTube videos or playing “Call of Duty” with a buddy in Mexico City, they’re staying in. As a frustrated barman in England, where pubs have been closing in huge numbers, put it to The Economist, “Kids these days just want to live in their f- – – ing own little worlds in their bedrooms watching Netflix and becoming obese.” That sounds right, but at least no one ever got pregnant from eating Cheetos.

How are young people turning out politically? They’re liberal Democrats . . . who sometimes sound an awful lot like conservative Republicans.

According to a Pew survey, the “next-generation left” has a huge, generational disagreement with older, traditional left-liberals. Among the older liberals, for instance, 83% identify “circumstances” as the cause of poverty. Nexties are almost evenly split on this, with 47% blaming circumstances and 42% blaming “lack of effort.”

Fifty-six percent of the older Democrats think Wall Street does more harm than good, whereas 56% of the younger ones think the reverse. When asked whether blacks are primarily responsible for their condition or victims of discrimination, 80% of the older liberals said discrimination. Sixty-eight percent of the nexties said blacks are mostly responsible for their status, with only 19% blaming discrimination.

Less surprisingly, next-generation liberals tilt hugely left on social issues, and this, they say, is the reason they vote Democrat, in many cases against their stated economic beliefs. A commenter on a New York Times piece on the Pew survey ticked off a list of economic beliefs that placed him to the right of center, then concluded, “The Democrats hold onto us only because of the Republic[an] obsession with religion, sexual repression and environmental denial.”

Another way to spin that idea is that the Democrats hold onto young voters because of the media’s successful bid to paint Republicans as obsessed with these things. (Or was 2001-2009 America a Puritan theocracy?)

Libertarians (most notable among them the ever-hopeful crew over at Reason magazine) are forever claiming that their moment is about to arrive. They’ve never been right before, but their case is starting to look more compelling.

The gay-marriage debate is winding down and may be over by 2016. Some Republicans are outflanking the Hobby Lobby decision, and making a huge step in a libertarian direction, by calling for over-the-counter birth control. What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?

04
Jul
14

Declaration of Independence

It is important to remember that today isn’t about fireworks, BBQ, and drinking beer – it is about the birth of a nation that wanted to be free. Below is a copy of the text which declared our freedom  - how many complaints of the colonies do you feel are true today in 2014?

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

18
Apr
14

DJ Mag Top 100 – 2013

In reverse order…
100: Ran-D

99: Ummet Ozcan

98: Solarstone

97: Umek

96: Matt Darey

95: DJs From Mars

94: Diego Miranda

93: Mat Zo

92: Paul Oakenfold

91: DJ Bl3nd

90: Stafford Brothers

89: Benny Benassi

88: Bob Sinclar

87: Tenashar

86: Da Tweekaz

85: DJ Skazi

84: Tiddey

83: Pontuz & Jon

82: John O’Callaghan

81: Heatbeat

80: Cosmic Gate

79: Myon & Shane 54

78: Felguk

77: Martin Solveig

76: Richie Hawtin

75: DJ Adaro

74: Dannic

73: Dillon Francis

72: D-Block & S-TE-FAN

71: Blasterjaxx

70: Project 46

69: Quentin Mosimann

68: Antoine

67: Mike Candys

66: Noisecontrollers

65: Tenishia

64: Diplo

63: Gunz For Hire

62: DJ Feel

61: Brennan Heart

60: Vicetone

59: Madeon

58: R3hab

57: Arty

56: Wildstylez

55: Tommy Trash

54:Eric Prydz

53: Infected Mushroom

52: Bingo Players

51: Gareth Emery

50. Zatox

49. Orjan Nielsen

48. Omnia

47. Bobina

46. Carl Cox

45. Coone

44. Krewella

43. Chuckie

42. Ferry Corsten

41. Porter Robinson

40. Martin Garrix

39. Sander Van Doorn

38. Steve Angello

37. Frontliner

36. Kaskade

35. Dada Life

34. Angerfist

33. ATB

32. Paul Van Dyk

31. Laidback Luke

30. Dyro

29. Fedde Le Grand

28. Andrew Rayel

27. Showtek

26. Swedish House Mafia

25. Knife Party

24. Zedd

23. Headhunterz

22. Daft Punk

21. Markus Schulz

20. Aly & Fila

19. Axwell

18. Sebastian Ingrosso

17. Above & Beyond

16. Nervo

15. Calvin Harris

14. W&W

13. Alesso

12. Deadmau5

11. Skrillex

10. Dash Berlin

09. Afrojack

08. Steve Aoki

07. Nicky Romero

06. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

05. David Guetta

04. Tiesto

03. Avicii

02. Armin van Buuren

01. Hardwell

08
Apr
14

Do we give enough credit to the individual worker?

Do we give enough credit to individual workers? Original article seen below is found here

In 1993, Robert Henderson became responsible for opening a factory to build the most powerful commercial jet engine in history: the GE90. It was the first commercial engine that GE had designed from scratch in more than two decades. Developing it took four years and cost more than $1.5 billion.

Henderson and a small group of his managers decided to build the engine at an empty GE plant in Durham, North Carolina. And, while Henderson isn’t one to throw around the word “radical,” he decided to have the assembly work done in the most radical fashion possible. So radical was it, in fact, that some things made even Henderson uncomfortable. “My outlook was ‘Let’s push the envelope as far as we can at the start, because it’s the only chance we’ll get to do that,’” says Henderson, now 56, who had started a factory from scratch once before for GE. “What you establish is what gets perpetuated. Starting a culture is so much easier than changing a culture.”

Six years after opening, the GE/Durham aircraft-engine plant is a totally self-managing facility. Workers manage everything from process-improvement and work schedules to overtime budgets. How did such a place come to be? How did Henderson and his colleagues shatter the command-and-control system that has governed factory work for more than a century?

Those involved with GE/Durham agree that after Henderson’s vision, the most important factor was the absence of an existing plant. “Durham was a ‘green-field’ site, a fresh start,” says Paula Sims, who managed the plant from 1995 until this past summer. “Because it was green-field, the business practices could be very different.”

Before opening GE/Durham, Henderson’s team visited other factories, looking for ideas and techniques that involved giving people on the factory floor authority and independence. Frank Woolard, now 56, a manager of technical-support operations, suggested an unusual idea — requiring every GE/Durham technician to have an FAA mechanic’s license. “He said, ‘Let’s put that down as a starting point,’ ” says Henderson. “That would mean we’d start with a better caliber of employee, and we wouldn’t have to spend time in fundamental training.” Jack Fish, 42, the plant’s founding manager, says that Henderson “didn’t want to see supervisors, he didn’t want to see forklifts running all over the place, he didn’t even want it to look traditional. There’s clutter in most plants, racks of parts and so on. He didn’t want that.”

Beyond a highly skilled workforce, a minimum of bureaucracy, and self-managing teams, the other principles for GE/Durham fell into place quickly. Each engine would be built by a single group of people, and that group would “own” the engine — from initial assembly to the moment it’s put on the truck. Today, GE/Durham team members take such pride in the engines they make that they routinely take brooms in hand to sweep out the beds of the 18-wheelers that transport those engines — just to make sure that no damage occurs in transit.

The assembly process eliminated or outsourced all nonessential tasks. Parts arrive in Durham in kits that are ready-made for building specific modules, or else they are packaged into kits by contract workers at the plant. Equipment maintenance and the cleaning of areas like bathrooms are contracted out; team members keep their own areas clean. “We didn’t want people doing anything that wasn’t involved with the skills they had,” says Henderson.

The result, says Henderson, who is still a senior manager for GE Aircraft Engines, is a workplace that astonishes even him. “I was just constantly amazed by what was accomplished there,” he says. “I had a vision, but I never imagined that all the details would be filled in as they have been. I used to tell Paula [Sims], ‘You’ve taken this to a point beyond where anybody could be as good as you are.’ “

The system at GE/Durham — where there are 170-plus employees, all reporting to a single plant manager — can’t apply to all settings. Jack Fish, who now manages a 4,000-person facility for GE’s locomotive- manufacturing division, says, “Durham is truly special. What they’re doing there works only with a certain size of business. You couldn’t do that with a 2,000-person facility. You’d run out of runway with that kind of structure.”

Henderson says that the central lesson of GE/Durham has nothing to do with people not having a boss, or with people setting their own overtime hours: “We tend not to ask enough of people. People can do more than we give them credit for. We insist on maintaining tight control, and we don’t need to.”

06
Mar
14

Hasn’t Ron Paul been calling for this for DECADES!?

#CPAC Ted Cruz channels The Princess Bride, demands abolition of #IRS http://tiny.iavian.net/20t7

Didn’t Ron Paul run on this and everyone called him batshit crazy?

I hate when politicians take on issues when they are politically favorable, not when they need to be addressed.

19
Feb
14

Credit score: 650 vs 800

As someone that takes pride in being fiscally responsible I found this graphic to be interesting.

Credit score_650 vs 800

07
Jan
14

Goodbye, BCS Football

florida_state_champions_wallpaper_by_ronan_ncy-d71c2hqThe Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football is over for college football. It went out in style last night as the Florida State Seminoles beat out the Auburn Tigers, which is probably in the top five championship games played during the BCS era (Ohio state over Miami in 2002, Texas over USC in 2005 are my favorites).

Already the pundits are already talking about what the 2014-2015 preseason rankings are going to be as well as who is going to make it to the 2014-2015 championship game, which I find to be a pity. For the most part we don’t even know who will be playing on each team due to some players still holding out on whether to commit to the draft and the second contingency of what will happen on the NCAA Signing Day for new recruits. I personally have a problem with preseason rankings because I think they hold entirely too much weight on the entire season. Take Alabama for example – they are a good team but they were ranked #1 all season despite showing “talent points” and close wins against teams that they should have smashed only to lose their last two games against Auburn and then Oklahoma (for granted, Alabama was a victim in the Auburn Miracle experiment). In my opinion if Alabama was judged the same the way the rest of the fleet then they wouldn’t have been the reigning #1 for most of the season.

The Bowl Series was on par with how it always has been in college ball – crazy, unexpected, and full of upsets. Alabama fell to Oklahoma, Stanford lost to Michigan State, Baylor lost to UCF, Arizona State got smashed by Texas Tech, NIU dropped the ball against Utah, and Ball State lost to Arkansas. To me all this simply shows how fickle and biased rankings can be – how can the big bad Alabama lose to Oklahoma? This is why NCAA football is so much better than the NFL to me – anyone can win any game. It just depends on who wants it more paired with field conditions, home-field advantage, injuries, depth of roster, and coaching. You generally don’t get that with the NFL as all players are top notch as are their backups.

I’d like to share with you the results of the Bowl games. First off how the Big Ten (B1G) faired.

27DEC13: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Syracuse Orange (ACC)… (17-21)
28DEC13: Michigan Wolverines vs Kansas State Wildcats (Big-12)… (14-31)
01JAN14: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Georgia Bulldogs (SEC)… (24-19)
01JAN14: Iowa Hawkeyes vs LSU Tigers (SEC)… (14-21)
01JAN14: Wisconsin Badgers vs South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC)… (24-34)
01JAN14: Michigan State Spartans vs Stanford Cardinals (PAC-12)… (24-20)
03JAN14: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers (ACC)… (35-40)

B1G vs SEC (3): 1-2
B1G vs ACC (2): 0-2
B1G vs Big-12 (1): 0-1
B1G vs PAC-12 (1): 1-0
FINAL B1G OVERALL: 2-5

The gripe all season from many was that Ohio State was not deserving of its ranking. The main complaint was that the conference play in the B1G was weak. And to that, I largely agree. To go 2-5 in postseason and claim that you are still a power conference is a tough sell to voters and pundits. However, I don’t think the B1G is dead. Every team has up and down years as do conferences – this is possibly no more true than in NCAA football. Go back a few decades and the B1G was the conference to beat – Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State were consistently some of the toughest teams to beat. With all this said I’m sad that the B1G didn’t fare too well this year and I hope that we come back next year and earn our respect back.

Here is how other conferences came out of the post-season.

OVERALL BY CONFERENCE:
2-0, 1.000: SUN BELT (2)
7-3, 0.700: SEC (10)
6-3, 0.667: PAC-12 (9)
2-1, 0.667: FBS INDEPENDENTS (3)
3-3, 0.500: BIG12 (6)
3-3, 0.500: MW (6)
3-3, 0.500: C-USA (6)
5-6, 0.455: ACC (11)
2-3, 0.400: AAC (5)
2-5, 0.286: B1G (7)
0-5. 0.000: MAC (5)

Even with a BCS Championship the ACC didn’t fare well either which gives some sort of creedance to the fact that even if a team has a weak conference they can still be a good team… or the Champions. I was actually one of those detractors saying that FSU may not be as good as their undefeated record shows because of their conference but in the end they pulled out a Champinship victory. I give props to the SEC and the PAC-12 in their victories as there is no doubt that these are conferences that have a lot going for them. To the B1G, my beloved B1G, all I have to say is that it is time to step up their game. Specifically I’d like to say congratuations to the Michigan Spartans on their win – they deserve their B1G Title and their Rose Bowl win!

ohio_state_potty_training_by_buckeyekes-d4rmb5cSo what will 2014 bring by Buckeyes? On our offensive line we will be losing Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsey, and Marcus Hall. Also on offense we will be losing Carlos Hyde, Jordan Hall, Corey Philly-Brown, and Kenny Guiton. On defense we will be losing Corey Brown, C.J. Barnett, Bradley Roby (draft), and Ryan Shazier (draft). So as it seems our high-powered offense will be under full renovation and much of our defense will be left to work out their kinks. In the world of recruits Ohio State has been ranked second – we are expected to see Raekwon McMillan (ILB), Johnnie Dixon (WR), Kyle Trout (OT), Stephen Collier (QB), Sean Nuernberger (K), Marshon Lattimore (CB), Damon Webb (CB), Dante Booker (OLB), Curtis Samuel (ATH), Jamarco Jones (OT), Jalyn Holmes (WDE), Demetrius Knox (OG), Parris Campbell (WR), Erick Smith (S), Kyle Berger (OLB), Noah Brown (ATH), Sam Hubbard (ATH), Terry McLaurin (WR), Marcelys Jones (OG), Malik Hooker (ATH), and Dylan Thompson (SDE) all come into the mix.

I’m most excited to see what Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore do to our pass defense as Ohio State’s pass defense was dismal this year – not to mention I didn’t think that Roby was all that he was cracked up to be. Roby seemed more interested in using Ohio State as a stopgap measure before he went into the NFL draft than someone that was a proud Buckeye through-and-through. I’m super sad to see Carlos Hyde and Ryan Shazier leave but at the same time excited to see how far Joey Bosa comes as he did a great job as a freshman.

I will also be looking forward to beating the Michigan Wolverines again.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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