- Dentro de la revolución, todo; contra la revolución, nada. - Fidel Castro, 1961. After the Communists took power, citizens were required to believe and act by this maxim, for fear of reprisal or death.
- Extra ecclesiam nulla salus (Outside the [Catholic] Church, there is no salvation) - a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, pronounced as early as the 6th century AD by Saint Gregory the Great [sic] and reinforced about once per century since the 13th century in papal bulls and encyclicals.
- If you're not with us, you're against us. - George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld (who since resigned in disgrace), 2003. Post 9/11, this statement came from the following brilliant logic: Bin Laden and Al-Qaida have challenged the US. Bin Laden and Al-Qaida are terrorists. Ergo, anyone who challenges the US is a terrorist. This wedge has been used to slowly erode basic civil liberties by casting the Iraq war in "armageddon" terms that appeal to the religious fundamentalists who got this administration elected. (In 2003, there was an 80% approval rating for going to war among white evangelical Protestants - ironically, the same ones who aren't going to be saved due to extra ecclesiam nulla salus.)
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." - George Bernard Shaw
Imagine a world without religion; that is, imagine a world in which the Twin Towers were still standing, where the "troubles" of Northern Ireland would have to confront their true roots, where the Inquisitors of Spain, the "missionaries" who "evangelized" the New World natives, and so many others besides, no longer had the putative authority of a deity behind which to hide while committing despicable deeds.
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." - Seneca the Younger
"Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
"Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." - Bertrand Russell...yeah, I'm kind of on a roll today...
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Dear Dr. Fox: It's come to our attention that your published document, The Music Director's Survival Guide and Cheat Sheet, makes references to the chord "G11(+5)" and to the melodic device of "passing tones". That chord and that melodic device appear in a number of copyrighted works. You must withdraw your work to avoid infringing on that copyright.It's stuff like this that makes me hope people will steal as much music as possible. Does the RIAA not realize that it is betting the warped, antiquated vision of its leadership and the abiltiies of its lawyers against a succession of generations of tens of millions of people who are not only consumers of entertainment, but producers of it as well? If Emma Goldman were alive today, she'd be preaching anarchy against the RIAA. And if I ever have an opportunity to criticize the RIAA in public, or contribute even a tiny bit toward its permanent demise and the public flagellation of those who are steadfastly standing in the way of cultural progress in the name of scraping extra pennies from the artists while they hold them down and rape them with curare-tipped barbed wire, I will embrace it eagerly. Disgusting.