2 years ago in Zitate
Wie könnte man da von einem Schicksal erwarten, dass es einer gerechten Sache den Sieg gebe, da sich kaum einer findet, der sich ungeteilt einer gerechten Sache opfert. – Ich muss hier an eine Geschichte des Alten Testamentes denken, wo Mose Tag und Nacht, zu jeder Stunde, seine Arme zum Gebet erhob, um von Gott den Sieg zu erbitten. Und sobald er einmal seine Arme senkte, wandte sich die Gunst von seinem kämpfenden Volke ab. Ob er wohl auch heute noch Menschen gibt, die nicht müde werden, ihr ganzes Denken und Wollen auf eines ungeteilt zu richten?
22. Mai 1940
 2 years ago in Zitate
Der Mensch soll ja nicht, weil alle Dinge zwiespältig sind, deshalb auch zwiespältig sein. Diese Meinung trifft man aber immer und überall. Weil wir hineingestellt sind in diese zwiespältige Welt, deshalb müssen wir ihr gehorchen. Und seltsamerweise findet man diese ganz und gar unchristliche Anschauung gerade bei den so genannten Christen.
22. Mai 1940
 2 years ago in Quotes
Hold the people around you accountable. It's not your Democracy, it's all of ours. We all have to want change, or change will never come. It's frustrating, and there are countless minority groups who can attest to that. But it's the only legitimate way forward in a Democracy. Anything else is no more than a mob, or worst, terrorist.
 2 years ago in Stuff
 2 years ago in Stuff
 2 years ago in Quotes
If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.
 2 years ago in Quotes
Facebook is designed for, and in fact is designed to prey on, the computer illiterate.
 2 years ago in Quotes
The idea that a majority of gun owners are going to rise up and then support human rights is a fantasy of right-wing Americans who currently don't support human rights.

Functioning democracies are not propped up by guns. They are propped up by institutions heavily supported by the public. Institutions such as independent government agencies, independent courts, and free media outlets.
 2 years ago in Quotes
It’s about quality. It’s about sound. It’s about museum quality. It’s about the real thing. The facts. The real sound. What happened when you opened your mouth and sang? What went into the air? That’s what we’re not getting with the new technology.

The older technology used to give you a reflection of it so that you could still feel it. Today, it’s reconstituted. It’s poorly sampled. It’s garbage that has less bits to save people memory, which is not even relevant anymore. We have so much memory we’ve got it coming out of our ears. Yet we’re still saving memory, saving quality, so we can store more crap. It’s just we’ve gone down this bad street, and we’re way down.
 2 years ago in Quotes
Q: I’m looking at the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple gave me a review unit. They said, “Look at all of the artists who use this thing with GarageBand to start.” But you’re saying that shouldn’t be where the recording starts?

A: It’s a piece of crap. Are you kidding? That’s Fisher-Price quality. That’s like Captain Kangaroo, your new engineer. A MacBook Pro? What are you talking about? You can’t get anything out of that thing. The only way you can get it out is if you put it in. And if you put it in, you can’t get it out because the DAC is no good in the MacBook Pro. So you have to use an external DAC and do a bunch of stuff to make up for the problems that the MacBook Pro has because they’re not aimed at quality. They’re aimed at consumerism.
 2 years ago in Zeug

Vita Activa

by Erich Fromm
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We just need to grow up and stop blaming the geeks for the utter manure shoveled at us by ignorant jocks on golf courses determined to exclude anyone with actual understanding, insight and knowledge. And the manure shoveled by the actual geeks with a massive risk appetite and zero care for externalities beyond their startup making cash.
 2 years ago in Quotes
There's a time and a place to dig in your heels and say NO to something. It usually comes when someone else has been reckless. If you do it for everything, then either you're the problem, or you're surrounded by recklessness. I think you can figure out what to do then.
 2 years ago in Quotes
If enough of us had worked like Noam to try to force American leaders to stop killing and exploiting the innocent these past 40 years, after all, countless people would have been saved, and America and the world would not only be far richer, more peaceful and more just. It would not be presently heading toward the collapse of civilization as we know it from climate change. Noam believes the major responsibility for this lies with a short-term driven corporate system that regards climate change as an "externality," i.e., a problem for someone else to worry about. But it is also clear that the fact that not enough of the rest of us, certainly including myself, respond appropriately to civilization's looming death is a major part of the problem as well.

And, I thus finally realized, the important question was not why Noam responds the way he does to the suffering of the innocent around the planet.

It was why so many of the rest of us do not.