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33 minutes ago, laffite said:

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum -- even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." ---Noam Chomsky

That's very much like the idea of a parent giving a child two choices in footwear that is to be purchased, which convinces the little tyke that he/she really is making a decision, while the adult knows they are really totally in charge. Now in the case of dictators and their wives, like Evita Peron, you don't even give the people a choice of two shoes, you just confiscate all their money through government procedures and then go out in the streets and hand them some lousy footwear and the dumb ones will thank you as they did Evita, for being so good to them. Great topic, Laffite!

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On 12/7/2017 at 11:58 AM, LawrenceA said:

So what does that quote mean to you, laffite? Do you think such limitation is currently occurring, and if so, where and how? What "presuppositions of the system" are being reinforced?

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"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." -J.D. Salinger

I am more likely to feel that way about well-drawn characters in a book or well-acted characters in a movie---laffite

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"Fish and guests stink after three days."

---Chinese proverb

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Interesting coming from the Chinese, so many people, so many big families,

easy to see perhaps that guests are not necessary and perhaps regarded as aliens, so to speak.

On the other hand, stink is prevalent everywhere. ---laffite

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29 minutes ago, laffite said:

A dangerous quote. Since it is only an opinion it may say more of the speaker than the multitude.

LOL. It's intentionally out of context for humorous effect. He was essentially saying the opposite. 

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3 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

LOL. It's intentionally out of context for humorous effect. He was essentially saying the opposite. 

Ah! I doan ev'n know the guy ...

Does the creature in yer avatar box have a name? I doan know 'er either.

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3 minutes ago, laffite said:

Ah! I doan ev'n know the guy ...

Does the creature in yer avatar box have a name? I doan know 'er either.

Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks

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On 8/13/2018 at 7:46 PM, laffite said:

"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." -Alfred Hitchcock

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The most anticipated bang in the Hitch filmography appears, no doubt, in NbNW.

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Nope--Doris Day's, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

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1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

Nope--Doris Day's, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Not sure what that is in the movie you mention ... I won't discount it but to make sure you are aware of my reference, i.e., the little boy who was caught on camera with hands over ears in anticipation of the gunshot to come that fells Cary?

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The final sentence of Middlemarch, which refers to the protagonist, Dorothea, who may not be famous ...

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."

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"Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness." -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)

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In the age of today all it takes is a little observation.

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