Friday, May 29, 2020

Bad Science, Stupid Liberals and Haircuts...

"I am Theophrastus, and greater than those to whom you liken me; I am Theophrastus, and in addition I am monarcha medicorum and I can prove to you what you cannot prove...I need not don a coat of mail or buckler against you, for you are not learned or experienced enough to refute even a word of mine...As for you, you can defend your kingdom with belly-crawling and flattery. How long do you think this will last?  Let me tell you this: every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes, and my shoe buckles are more learned than your Galen and Avicenna, and my beard has more experience than all your colleges." -- Paracelsus, "Selected Writings"

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Enough is Enough...

"Is ours a government of the people, for the people and by the people, or a kakistocracy, rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?" -- Thomas Love Peacock

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Idiot Cascade....

"All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride." -- Socrates, "Antigone"

Monday, May 18, 2020

A Majority of One (Notes from The Dungeon Edition)

"There is a good deal to be said for internment. It keeps you out of the saloon and helps you to keep up with your reading. The chief trouble is that it means you are away from home for a long time. When I join my wife I had better take along a letter of introduction to be on the safe side." -- P.G. Wodehouse, remarks on his internment by the Nazis.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Impeachment Cost Lives...

"Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it..." -- Hannah Arendt, "The Origins of Totalitarianism"