random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Naturally the common people don't want war. Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

tagged: war, propaganda
  —Hermann Goering (Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and, as H), quote database

Oddly enough, this is NOT an urban legend. It was recently the subject of much, MUCH discussion on STUMPERS, the reference librarians' listserv of last resort. Dennis Lien, the *exceptional* librarian from University of Minnesota who tracked it to its source, expected it was [an urban legend]: 'I'd have bet a few bucks that this was another modern invention. But I would have been wrong. G. M. Gilbert (Gustave Mark Gilbert, 1911- , per LC) interviewed Nazis on trial at Nuremberg and published his memoirs as NUREMBERG DIARY in 1947 (Farrar, Straus), and the quote from Goering appears on pages 278/9 of that edition, dated April 18, 1946 as said by Goering in his cell to Gilbert in reply to Gilbert's view that "I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction."' There were minor details of translation -- let me know if you want the quote as given in the DIARY -- but yep, it's real. 'Out of the mouths of brutes,' as Dennis said ... .

resurrecting my old abortion rights button

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

“I’m pro-choice and I shoot back.” It’s not strictly true since I don’t own a gun. I love how Bill O’Reilly freely tosses around incendiary rhetoric (arguably, “inciting violence”) but is so incapable of taking responsibility or acknowledging his own words. Why is he a frickin’ pundit talking head if he thinks his words are […]

egg rights: South Dakota’s latest ventures into unintended consequences

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

South Dakota is at it again, with a new egg rights bill that defines “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens” as a person under the South Dakota Constitution. Man it’s hard to keep up with all the really poorly thought out legislation from that state! Broadsheet has the simplest quickest coverage, and links […]

bad ideas like bad pennies keep turning up

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

A Louisiana state Representative is considering a plan to pay poor women to have their tubes tied, to stave off additional reproduction by undesirables. One wonders just how bad history classes have to be in Louisiana for John LaBruzzo to have actually failed to learn about the many, many times governments have tried programs like […]

alabama – imprisoning pregnant women like it’s 2020 in Gilead

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

How did I miss this Alabama story? Greg L. Gambril, a DA in south Alabama (Covington County), is prosecuting women for endangering their fetuses under a chemical endangerment law intended to protect children from meth labs — “chemical endangerment of child”. “When drugs are introduced in the womb, the child-to-be is endangered. It is what […]

federally funded censorship about abortion

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Jenna Freedman posted an outrageous story about a medical database: Popline has made the word “abortion” a stopword, meaning you can’t search on the term; the database ignores the word as it ignores words like “the”. Why? Popline responded that “We recently made all abortion terms stop words. As a federally funded project, we decided […]

mostly information law news round-up

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

* Judge White withdrew his order requiring the shutdown of wikileaks.org. See also 3/1 bits blog. (NYT 3/1) * The music industry has yet to pay artists any of the money it has received in settlements and lawsuits; the artists are pissed. NY Post 2/27) * The owners of the game scrabble are pissed off […]

of penumbral emanations and scholarly trends

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Speaking of penumbra yet again (1, 2) , I had previously blogged about a Circuit split on laws banning sex toys — it was Valentine’s Day, and I was feeling a bit whimsical, so I wished for a “penumbra” that would strike down stupid laws. LawPundit “ha[s] an opinion” on my wish for a penumbra […]

technological mandates

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

I’ve written before about the ways in which criminalizing specific medical procedures — e.g., the “partial birth abortion act” — is a technological mandate. As a technological mandate, bans on specific abortion procedures are subject to all the same flaws, overreaches, underreaches, definitional problems, and obsolescence problems that mandates involving technological protection measures for copyrighted […]

new & fabulous uses for business method patents

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

patent your tax strategies! No, I’m not kidding. Go read the article. 52 patents for tax strategies have been issued since the first was issued in 2003, and 84 more are pending. If this annoys you and causes you to mutter grumpily about State Street Bank and the Federal Circuit*, put a smile on your […]

atheist outreach and hypocrite hilarity

Monday, April 30th, 2007

check out this awesome overpass/sidewalk art at yonkis.com — you have to scroll all the way to the right, and it’s not a flip photo so do it slowly enough to notice the homo sapiens-like creatures … at the shortest point of the wall, at about the 75% mark (L-to-R). The pointer came from pharyngula, […]

contraception, vaccines, alarming men

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Two quickies: (1) badgerbag posted this photo of Walgreen’s “Emergency Contraception Encounter Form” — probably from California, but perhaps implemented elsewhere. Nine states (including California) allow women to get EC directly from a pharmacist. Apparently, this is what women have to do to get EC. Holy Griswold, Batgirl. (2) The FCC has finally broken thru […]

some notes

Monday, June 5th, 2006

(1) Today’s NYT article on “tough questions” for gubernatorial candidates on abortion: all the gubernatorial candidates quoted are men. [NYT 6/5] (2) Mercury Rising discusses what happened to Wen Ho Lee after the racist government debacle a few years back. [sideshow 6/4] (3) I don’t believe I’ve plugged Ann Bartow’s “Fair Use and the Fairer […]

music and rants in honor of south dakota

Friday, March 10th, 2006

i’ve been too angry to post about south dakota — and really, too unsurprised and cynical to have anything particularly interesting to say — but some music has been particularly resonant to me the last few weeks watching the South Dakota legislators presume to regulate the personal lives and medical decisions of women. so here’s […]

potential evidence for intelligent design

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

questionable authority reviews a pro-’intelligent design theory’ entry that describes a future history of the fabulous medical and scientific breakthroughs generated by ‘intelligent design theory’ and the abandonment of ‘Darwinism’. While the whole post is highly recommended, it was one of the commentors who really tickled my fancy. Responding to the future history’s assertion that […]


Thursday, September 1st, 2005

yet more depressing news: iraq: where people keep dying. A friend recently met with her family who lives in Baghdad, who reported a) her elderly aunties regularly have laser sightings trained on them by US soldiers; b) her cousin’s cousin was recently shot & killed by US soldiers; c) they still don’t have power & […]

tech mandates and reproductive care

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I never cease to be astonished by how smarmy politicans can be: today, leaders in the Smarm Community, the anti-choice people (‘pro-lifers’). The latest RU-486 story in the NYT, sensationalistically titled “2 More Women Die After Abortion Pills”, covers two recent RU-486 deaths (two, for a total of five; four of which were probably infection-related). […]

excellent reading

Friday, May 20th, 2005

others speak so i don’t have to: Liberals vs. Radicals, copyright version – Seth Finkelstein weighs in on Derek Slater’s plea for copyright critics to unify. on ratzinger’s past & present: jeanne of bodyandsoul explains what’s so troubling about Ratzinger and other things i’ve read recently: Nyarlathotep’s Miscellany – discussing what choice means for minors […]

Excellent question

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

“Why can’t I make my own decision?” A 13-year-old girl in Florida who has been making her own decisions about sex thinks she should also be able to make her own decisions about whether she ought to carry a pregnancy to term. The girl, in DCF custody, notes that “It would make no sense to […]

republicans & abortion

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

carpetbagger report cites to an editorial in the Miami Herald, from Glen Harold Stassen and Gary Krane, on abortion — looking at statistics that show that abortion rates, which had been declining, have increased since George W. Bush took office with his anti-choice rhetoric, lack of sex ed, and Mexico City policy.

recent reading

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

Recently read: “Miscarriage of Justice” by Robert J. Howe, Salon.com, 2004-03-24 (fiction)

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