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Anonymous Aphorisms: Science

Science is the ascertainment of facts and the refusal to regard facts as permanent.

To err is human; to try to prevent recurrence of error is science.

Science is forever rewriting itself.

Every science thinks it is the science.

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Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States; “a city of Southern efficiency and Northern Charm” John F Kennedy.

Washington is no place to a civilized man to spend the summer.  –President James Buchanan.

There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone has been too long away from home.  –President Dwight D Eisenhower.
Washington, D.C. was named for the only President who didn't have to live there.

Facts: 

War is mankind’s oldest weakness.  No civilization yet created has been able to abolish it. In this Century alone the United States has been involved in four major wars—World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam—plus various military confrontations. In that same period, the world has tried to abolish war through non-aggression compacts, United Nations sessions, disarmament and arms limitation agreements, peaceful sanctions against aggressors, etc. But military preparedness continues to be reflected around the world in mounting armament sales and the increasing sophistication of equipment. The war against war is being waged at great cost.

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Economics

 

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is after all, a specialized discipline and one     that most people consider to be a “dismal science.” But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.              —Murray Rothbard

                Economic ignorance comes in different forms, and some types of economic ignorance are          less excusable than others.  But the most important implication of Rothbard’s point is that the worst sort of economic ignorance is ignorance about your economic ignorance.—Steven Horwitz. Read more at FEE.org/Horwitz  

                Aphorisms:

                Education has moved from three R’s to six: remedial reading, remedial ‘riting, and   remedial ‘rithmetic.

                The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

                It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks and easy to teach a new dog old tricks.

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CHURCHILL ON ISLAM

  He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."           

Winston Churchill, 1899.

(Check Wikipedia - The River War). The above was checked as true by http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/churchillislam.asp

 

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Rights are abstract and not amenable to reason by evidence

 

Do not use “rights” in arguments or disputes. Though they feel like a trump card, rights are abstract and not amenable to reason by evidence. – Joshua Greene

Democracy is all very well as a political device. It must not intrude into the spiritual, or even the aesthetic world. – C. S. Lewis  

The rebellious slogan “All for Love” is really love’s death warrant (with the date of execution, for the moment left blank _________.) – C. S. Lewis  

 

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