Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris etc...

All warfare is based on deception.

…when able to attack we must seem unable,
when using our forces we must seem inactive,
when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far…,
when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

Sun Tzu

If life is a room of open doors leading to other open doors,
do what you and/or others do or don’t determine what doors stay open,
or lock you in or out?

The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change…
…so, in a month's time,
a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen,
or maybe one that wasn't going to happen does.

Ian Stewart
The Mathematics of Chaos

"Japan's sustainable society in the Edo period (1603-1867)"

War is cruelty.

The crueler it is the sooner it's over.

General William Tecumseh Sherman
Employed "scorched earth" tactics against the Confederacy

What do you do in a battle 
in which you die if you don’t fight or lose?

Whoever has his foe at his mercy and does not kill him is his own enemy.

Shaikh Sa’di Shirazi

Should strategy be merciless
if a pawn can become a queen, weakness can become and overcome strength, 
and defense is offense?

I don't care if I follow your rules, if you can cheat, so can I.

I won't let you beat me unfairly, I'll beat you unfairly first.

Ender Wiggin
Fictional Military Strategist

Would you rather live in the ascendancy of a civilization, 
or in its decline?

If goods do not cross borders
armies will

Frederic Bastiat

What do you do
if you’re placed in the middle of a desert with someone just like you
with one bottle of water equally distant
and the all powerful entity that put you there  
says whomever drinks the bottle of water lives and who doesn't dies
and if the water is split or poured out you both die?

Nations are not ruined by one act of violence
but quite often, gradually, and almost imperceptibly
by the depreciation of their currency through excessive quantity

Nicolas Copernicus
Discovered Earth was not the center of the Universe

"Economic Underpinnings of the U.S. Revolutionary War"

I don't have a clue of what weapons
will be used in World War III
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones

Albert Einstein

Can non-random events cause random effects?

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly,
is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer
Coined the phrase “Survival of the fittest”

If nothing doesn’t change, 
you can’t start over.

If your attack is going too well, you have walked into an ambush.

Infantry Journal

If the worst player’s identity is unknown,
could it be you?

People do not like to think.

If one thinks, one must reach conclusions.

Conclusions are not always pleasant.

Helen Keller

Should you do to others what you would want them to do to you,
unless you need not to?

To demand sense is the hallmark of nonsense.

Nature doesn’t make sense.

Nothing makes sense.

Ayn Rand

"Nat Turner's slave rebellion"

There can only be peace
when they will start to love their children more than they hate us

Golda Meir

American Indian Wars; Fort Mims massacre and Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits for the region.

Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad.

Moderates throughout the region would take heart,
and our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
would be enhanced.

Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002

Are there times when compromise isn't appropriate?

Have most revolts been instigated by some with less who want more
against those with more?

I think I would answer that by telling you I don't think we're losing.

Gen. Peter Schoomaker
Army chief of staff
when asked whether we're winning in Iraq, July 14, 2006

Have the powerless created symbols for the powerful to destroy
to create dissent by turning apathy into oppression?

I’ll tell you what war is all about

 You’ve got to kill people
 and when you’ve killed enough
 they stop fighting

General Curtis LeMay 

If technological civilization has advanced more
in the last 10,000 years than the previous 1,000,000
the last 1,000 than the previous 10,000
the last 100 than the previous 1,000
including industrialization and exponential population expansion
and the last 10 compared to the last 100
now what?

"Assad is starving Palestinians to death in a Syrian camp, and nobody cares"
Feels like the bad guys are trying to incite violence between Europe's immigrant and refugee populations and the indigenous population.

The more friction the better, I would think they are thinking.

Oil prices falling, may go up a little.

The Russian plane going down in Egypt...

An economic hit to Europe tourism.

More hate.


More social instability.

More right wing hate towards Islam/immigrants