Thursday, September 10, 2009


 "Most Mongolians will tell you that in their opinion the Russians were quite smart because first, they brought vodka, then they brought communism. They will tell you after vodka anything would have seemed like a good idea."
--- Sean Armstrong, researcher on alcohol abuse in Mongolia, on NPR this morning 
“Did it go to my head? Of course it went to my head. I was a teenager.”
    --- Lebron James in the book "Shooting Stars" about smoking marijuana as a youth
"These discoveries are really significant. The world is getting an awful lot smaller and it is getting very hard to find places that are so far off the beaten track."
---Steve Backshall, a climber and naturalist, about the discovery by a team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea who found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometer deep crater at Mount Bosavi, a volcano that last erupted 200,000 years ago. The biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.
"We are often told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best amongst the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, discontented, disobedient, and rebellious. They are quite right to be so."
                --- "The Soul of Man under Socialism" by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
(editor's note: the preceding was compiled by Wilson in St. Louis)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Banjo, as usual people like Armstrong have it backwards:
With communism, vodka is the best and only recourse.