“A ‘teacher’ told my child in class that dolphins were mammals and not fish! And the same thing about whales! We need TRADITIONAL VALUES in all areas of education. If it swims in the water, it is a FISH. Period! End of Story.”—
Comment left on the new website set up by the national Republican Party to help develop the party’s agenda for the 2010 elections. (via peterfeld) (via ayse)
“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.”—Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, U.S. Naval officer, and an early computer programmer; developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language; term “debugging” inventor.
“One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.”—The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968, p. 420
“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”—Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Baron von Homboldt in 1813
“Between 1980 and 2003, the amount Americans spent on prescription drugs quietly rose from $12 billion to $197 billion, a seventeenfold increase. But what all this spending has done for us is not entirely clear. A World Health Organization report released a few years ago put American longevity at 77.3 years, Canada’s at 79.8, and Japan’s at 81.9. Meanwhile, we spend substantially more on health care - and far more on drugs - than these and other longer-living nations. As Melody Petersen points out in “Our Daily Meds,” a sobering, scrupulously researched polemic, medicines not only cost a bundle, they save far fewer lives than we think - in fact, it is estimated that one American dies every five minutes from a prescribed treatment.”—
The Chronic Disease Industry in America is designed at it’s core to bleed us dry of our hard earned money. Pills and scalpels do not cure chronically unhealthy behavior. I hope the American public quickly realizes that spending $13,000 a year on Sick Insurance isn’t the wisest investment. We should be spending $13,000 a year on Health-Optimizing Services that prevent our need for the Sickness Industry.
The most affordable, wisest investment in your health is small micro-decisions on a daily basis to eat well, exercise, and have amazing relationships with your friends and family. That’s much cheaper than $13,000 a year.
“Of all races in an advanced stage of civilization, the American is the least accessible to long views… Always and everywhere in a hurry to get rich, he does not give a thought to remote consequences; he sees only present advantages… He does not remember, he does not feel, he lives in a materialist dream.”—ascribed to Moiseide Ostrogorski (1902, 302-303)