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« Reply #390 on: June 06, 2010, 10:54:31 AM »
"Blaming the free market for recessions is like blaming gravity for plane crashes." --Anyone know who said this? I've heard it for many years, but never knew where it originated from.

I've heard that quote used in hundreds of different forms defending everything from the free market, to self interest, to socialism.  I think the original use came from Thomas Sowell when he was discussing people blaming greed as a cause of recession, though I don't know which article.
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« Reply #391 on: June 06, 2010, 12:18:06 PM »
"'Circumcision' is this nice-sounding, sterile, harmless word, and 'mutilation' has all these negative connotations. In both cases, I think we should call it what it is: amputation. In males, you're amputating the foreskin, and in females the clitoris and possibly the labia minora. It's AMPUTATION. And it should NEVER be done without a damn good reason."--Shane Killian in this video's highest rated comments section.
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« Reply #392 on: June 07, 2010, 02:54:04 AM »
"Did you know that the hole's only natural enemy is the pile?"
"Dead Poets Society has destroyed a generation of educators."
  --The Simpsons, "Special Edna"

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Re: Fav quotes
« Reply #393 on: June 07, 2010, 07:10:26 PM »
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."--attributed to Jack Handey
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

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« Reply #394 on: June 08, 2010, 11:19:01 AM »
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

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« Reply #395 on: June 11, 2010, 01:32:20 AM »
A friend showed me this quote which is from the video game Ceasar 4.
"This house needs religion to evolve."

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« Reply #396 on: June 11, 2010, 03:23:18 PM »
A friend showed me this quote which is from the video game Ceasar 4.
"This house needs religion to evolve."

There should be a "FACEPALM!" thread for quotes like that...

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« Reply #397 on: June 11, 2010, 04:24:30 PM »
There should be a "FACEPALM!" thread for quotes like that...
Why do you think I started that "fail quotes" thread? :P
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« Reply #398 on: June 11, 2010, 04:45:19 PM »
My apologies if I've already posted this, but this was just too good to NOT put into the light.
It's a bit long, so I will link to it instead.
Shane, this one's for you:
What you must believe to be a Democrat/Republican by Darian Worden
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-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

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« Reply #399 on: June 11, 2010, 04:47:21 PM »
Lord T Hawkeye, I know that you like Stefan Molyneux's work.
So here's a little piece I'm sure you'll love.
I don't know if you've read it or not, but I've read it twice, and think he hit the nail on the head.
The Gun in the Room by Stefan Molyneux
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Re: Fav quotes
« Reply #400 on: June 11, 2010, 04:52:10 PM »
Another one from Mike's journals (last one for now, I promise!):
As it says--DON'T READ AHEAD UNTIL YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICE!
Who Would You Vote For? by Mike
« Last Edit: June 11, 2010, 04:59:29 PM by surhotchaperchlorome »
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« Reply #401 on: June 12, 2010, 07:36:13 PM »
I don't consider this a favorite quote, just funny considering when it was written (1989, in the second edition). I recently finished The Selfish Gene and found this endnote on computer viruses:

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What is less easy is to know how to combat them. Unfortunately some very expert programmers have had to waste their valuable time writing virus-detector programs, immunization programs and so on (the analogy with medical vaccination, by the way, is astonishingly close, even down to the injection of a 'weakened strain' of the virus). The danger is that an arms race will develop, with each advance in virus-prevention being matched by counter-advances in new virus programs. So far, most anti-virus programs are written by altruists and supplied free of charge as a service. But I foresee the growth of a whole new profession—splitting into lucrative specialisms just like any other profession—of 'software doctors', on call with black bags full of diagnostic and curative floppy discs. I use the name 'doctors', but real doctors are solving natural problems that are not deliberately engineered by human malice. My software doctors, on the other hand, will be, like lawyers, solving man-made problems that should never have existed in the first place. In so far as virus-makers have any discernible motive, they presumably feel vaguely anarchistic. I appeal to them: do you really want to pave the way for a new fat-cat profession? If not, stop playing at silly memes, and put your modest programming talents to better use.

What's funny, is that it's exactly how he predicted it, but worse. It's not only the constant arms race between virus/anti-virus, but false positives: anti-virus programs (which are themselves viruses) which infect your computer and subsequently offer to remove the virus for a price! I can't tell you how common that shit is getting and how desperate it's making people to pay to make it go away, only to have it come back. I literally chuckled when I read the "software doctors" part.
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Re: Fav quotes
« Reply #402 on: June 14, 2010, 12:55:05 AM »


And the mouse over text: "Also, if you read his speech at Rice, all his arguments for going to the moon work equally well as arguments for blowing up the moon, sending cloned dinosaurs into space, or constructing a towering penis-shaped obelisk on Mars."
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
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« Reply #403 on: June 14, 2010, 04:57:02 AM »
, or constructing a towering penis-shaped obelisk on Mars."

Well, he wasn't JFK for nothing.

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« Reply #404 on: June 15, 2010, 02:59:42 PM »
"If you vote, you can't complain."--Dale Everett
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537