#252

‘I turned down the OBE because it’s not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who’ve got it. Its all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest.’   –Ken Loach

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#250

‘Alienation’ –I know it is there whenever I sing a love song, or recite a poem, whenever I handle a banknote or enter a shop, whenever I glance at a poster or read a newspaper. At the very moment the human is defined as ‘having possessions,’ I know it is there, dispossessing the human’  -Henri Lefebvre

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#248

‘I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing, even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.’ -Thelonious Monk

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#242

Ché Guevara: 14th June 1928 -9th October 1967 
‘The powerful of the earth should take heed: deep inside the T-shirt where we have trapped him, the eyes of Ché Guevara are still burning with impatience’  -Ariel Dorfman

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#237

‘I was so moved and so disturbed that when I left the theatre and attempted to put on my hat, I couldn’t find my head!’?? -Jean-François Lesueur after an early performance of Beethoven’s fifth symphony.

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#234

‘Here’s to Britain’s young. You were ridiculed. Patronised. Demonised even. 
And you may have changed history…’  -Owen Jones, writer, post election, 8th June 2017

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#229

‘While there are still minds to be moved, imaginations to be stirred, a true song/film may yet perform it’s explosive life -enhancing function. We may yet be avenged’ -after Lindsay Anderson

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#227

‘I don’t know how radical you are, or how radical I am. I am certainly not radical enough. 
One can never be radical enough; that is, one must always try to be as radical as reality itself’.  -Vladimir Lenin 1870 -1924

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#223

‘Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.’  -Terence McKenna
psychedelicsociety.org.uk

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#216

Stoned immaculate…

‘Benny Shanon’s controversial theory that Moses was under the influence of hallucinogens when he received the law. His paper, ‘Biblical Entheogen’s’ details parallels between the effects induced by the psychedelic brew Ayahuasca, and the Bible’s account of the life of Moses.’

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/mar/05/religion.israelandthepalestinians
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Shanon

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#214

But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence,… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. – Ludwig Feuerbach

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#213

This is not a joke. If the Beatles had been black, what would they have been called? Niggers.

(It’s suggesting that because the Beatles were white (like Elvis) they -particularly in America- were able to transcend prejudice of the essentially black music styles they’d appropriated.
If they’d been black no matter how successful they were they still would have been called ‘niggers’.)

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#205

‘I asked the producer what the budget was, the producer said: ‘I’ll tell you what the cocaine budget was $750 00’. 
I thought for a second and said: ‘Well, its all up there on the screen’   -Michael Caine 1984

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#203

Louise Michel, ‘the grande dame of Anarchism’ was born on this day 1830.
‘Since it seems that every heart that beats for freedom has no right to anything but a little slug of lead, I demand my share. If you let me live, I shall never cease to cry for vengeance.’
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Michel

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#201

‘Pizza is the staff of life. Without pizza and other fine Italian foods, there is no happiness, okay?’  -John Goodman from ‘Fallen’ 1998

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#199

‘Your dark sunglasses, won’t make you Lou Reed,
Your dark sunglasses just make it hard to see…

Your dark sunglasses won’t make you look like…
John Cale,

Sterling Morrison, 

or even…

Doug Yule…’

-Bill Baird mp3

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#196

‘Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately, try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone. One question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what is: Does this path have heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through bush, or into bush. In my life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.’  

-From ‘The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge’ by Carlos Castaneda

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#195

On artist Leonora Carrington: ‘Those respectable people, who for a dozen years, had invited her to dine in a prestigious restaurant have still not recovered from the embarrassment when they noticed that, while continuing to take part in the conversation, she had taken off her shoes and meticulously covered her feet in mustard’ -Alejandro Jodorowsky

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#194

Kill Hope!
‘How hard it is to kill hope! Time after time, one thinks one has trodden it down, stamped it to death. Time after time, like a noxious insect, it begins to stir again, it shivers back again into a faint tremulous life. Once more it worms its way into one’s heart, to instill its poison, to gnaw away the solid hard foundations of life and leave in their place the hollow phantom of illusion.’ -Dorothy Strachey

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#192

‘you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land…’

from ‘HOME’ by Warsan Shire http://seekershub.org/blog/2015/09/home-warsan-shire/

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#182

As Tony Benn was fond of saying about grassroots social change: ‘First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.’

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#179

Tony Wilson (Factory Records) asked Sid Vicious if he wrote for the man in the street. He replied ‘I’ve met the man in the street and he’s a cunt.’

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#178

‘A kind of tartar builds up over your consciousness, and you think this is the world. This isn’t the world; this is just tartar, a wall, a buildup of scum and shit. People come along who have the great power and knock a hole in that. 
And through that hole comes this blinding bolt of light, and you see it and you remember, Oh, I FORGOT about that.’ -Ken Kesey

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#170

To stop the age of extinction, nature needs a new pronoun
https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/robin-wall-kimmerer/to-stop-age-of-extinction-nature-needs-new-pronoun

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#161

‘When I was fifteen I suffered from unrequited love,? and I wanted to commit suicide in a romantic way . . .?but at 16 I decided on a more exalted death. I wanted to dance myself to death.’
-Emma Goldman, 1933 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Goldman

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#160

At the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp, survivor Roman Kent calls for a 11th commandment: ‘Thou shall not be a bystander’ 

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#158

‘It’s actually the souls of the trees we’re seeing in the winter. In summer everything is green and idyllic but in the winter, the branches and the trunks all stand out. Just look at how crooked they all are. The branches have to carry all the leaves to the sunlight. That’s one long struggle for survival.’
-Joe (Charlotte Gainsborg) Nymphomaniac

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