The legitimacy of a government holds only as long as people will tolerate it.


Capitalistic feudalism, n.: see American democracy.

Career, n.: A term used by corporations as a euphemism for lifelong servitude.

Spirit, adj.: Institutional adoration; most often used in conjunction with school, work, and team.


Lierre Keith
Political change happens because it is forced upon the powerful.

Joe Bageant
Hope is political pabulum for an infantilized nation.

Chris Hedges
Mark Andrejevic, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa at Iowa City, writes that reality shows like Big Brother and Survivor glamorize the intrusiveness of the surveillance state, presenting it as "one of the hip attributes of the contemporary world," "an entrée into the world of wealth and celebrity," and even moral good. In his book Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, he quotes veterans of The Real World, Road Rules, and Temptation Island who speak about their on-air personal growth and the therapeutic value of being constantly watched. As Josh on Big Brother explains, "Everyone should have an audience." Big Brother, in which ten cohabiting strangers willingly submit to round-the-clock video monitoring, is a celebration of the surveillance state. More than twice as many young people apply to MTV's Real World show than to Harvard, for a chance to live under constant surveillance. But the use of hidden cameras - part of professional wrestling's attraction as well as a staple on reality television - reinforces celebrity culture's frightening assumption that it is normal, indeed enviable, to be constantly watched. For corporations and a government that seeks to make surveillance routine, whether to study our buying habits or read our e-mails or make sure we do not organize social protest, these shows normalize what was once considered a flagrant violation of our Constitutional right to privacy.

John Kenneth Galbraith
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

Stanley Milgram
When an individual wishes to stand in opposition to authority, he does best to find support for his position from others in his group. The mutual support provided by men for each other is the strongest bulwark we have against the excesses of authority.

William P. O’Connor
Footnote: Appallingly, the death count is never accurate because lives are affected that will not show up in the statistics. Case in point: while visiting a Veterans Hospital this Memorial Day, I was admitted to the room of a young man who has been back from the desert of Iraq for three years. He tried unsuccessfully to blow his brains out, and is now a virtual vegetable. His 86 year old mother takes a three hour bus ride every other day to his bedside in the hope her boy might recognize her. As of yet, her prayers have not been answered, but she has never missed a visit.

Author’s Note: I was reluctant to relegate this tragic story to a footnote, but then realized of course that all of the dead will end up here -- in footnotes. It is fitting that this boy’s story should be buried among his brothers’.

Malcolm Forbes
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Paul Craig Roberts
The total lack of rationality and competence in the White House and the inability of half of the US population to acquire and understand information are far larger threats to Americans than terrorism.

Peter Alexander Ustinov
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

Walter Lippmann
We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated.

Richard Cardinal Cushing
Let America realize that self-scrutiny is not treason. Self-examination is not disloyalty.

Ami Ayalon
Those who want victory against terror without addressing underlying grievances want an unending war.


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Slick Southpaw

Report | 02/12/2019 6:41 am

Slick Southpaw

Yeah, even though I have some regrets (like not being able to spend time with my mom in her final years despite our horrible relationship) overall I really am glad that I made the move!
Slick Southpaw

Report | 02/11/2019 12:29 pm

Slick Southpaw

Oh god, I know. gonk Messy was an understatement at best. I'm really hoping things will fall into place now, they have sorta been for awhile.....
Slick Southpaw

Report | 02/11/2019 12:15 pm

Slick Southpaw


I plan on staying in Erie for at least a year to get some experience before moving back to AZ to try and work for the Indian Health Services Bureau where I can get some serious loan forgiveness (hopefully).
Slick Southpaw

Report | 02/11/2019 11:28 am

Slick Southpaw

Finishing up my last semester of nursing school, working, and trying to stay sane. gonk I just came back from working out so that helps too. Glad to hear you're alright tho
Slick Southpaw

Report | 02/10/2019 12:47 pm

Slick Southpaw


Report | 04/26/2018 3:57 pm


Holy crap! I had no idea you were back on Gaia.
I just went to the GoAF to clean up some old posts and it said you were online. I was pleasantly shocked.
Are you still in Ontario?

A Joyful Noise IV

Report | 06/17/2017 8:34 pm

A Joyful Noise IV

Awesome Avi!

Report | 04/11/2017 2:18 am


Yes, horror books. Or dark(er) fantasy books are good, too. 4laugh
Harleyy Quiinn

Report | 04/01/2017 9:49 pm

Harleyy Quiinn

heart Check my store plz heart

Report | 03/04/2017 7:48 pm


I can't imagine eyes grace those poor stickies often at all. sweatdrop That's awesome to know though, definitely motivates me - thanks! If it's not too much work it might be worth it for the sake of a neglected forum. I'm sorry to hear life has been chaotic for you - may things improve, I know what's it like to have life get in the way. I'm personally back on Gaia in the hopes I can help restore some life while simultaneously attempting to rebuild some kind of social environment to thrive in. gonk I've been lacking that - misadventures for all, I guess.


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