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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-24

"One lesson America needs to understand is that the Holocaust did not begin with killing or gassing, but rather with words.

"In my work as a scholar of American Jewish history, I examine the Jewish experience in the United States and consider whether the near-obliteration of European Jewry could have been avoided through the adoption of different policies by countries throughout the world in the 1930s. For example, the experience of the infamous SS St. Louis teaches us the important power of executive orders, the words they use, and the messages they send -- not only to those immigrants who clamor to come to the United States but also to the larger world.

"The SS St. Louis left Hamburg in May 1939, carrying 937 German Jews -- many of whom had been imprisoned in concentration camps -- seeking to flee Nazi Germany. They all had valid visas for entry in the coming years but had to leave Germany immediately for their safety. Denied entry to the United States out of the preposterous popular misconception of their being German spies, the 937 Jews were sent back to Europe to await the calling up of their visa numbers. These passengers resettled in Europe, but many fell back into Nazi hands. As a result, over a quarter of these US visa-holding Jews perished in the Holocaust."

-- Rebecca Kobrin, 2017-04-23

"'[Spencer] said that America belongs to white people. His statement that white people face a choice of 'conquer or die' closely echoes Adolf Hitler's view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival,' the museum said. Then it offered a history lesson to anyone who has forgotten: 'The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words.'

"Those words eventually led the Nazi party, which came into power legitimately in Germany, to kill 6 million Jews and millions more Communists, Gypsies, Poles, gay people and people with disabilities."

-- Julie Zauzmer (quoting from a statement from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum), 2016-11-22

[You can find plenty of hits for reminders that the Holocaust began with words. That remains a really important reminder, but also look at the other reminders different authors attach to that one.]

Today is:
Gregorian: 2017 April 24
Julian: 2017 April 11
Hebrew: 5777 Nisan 28 -- Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day (started last night)
Islamic: 1438 Rajab 27
Persian: 1396 Ordibehesht 04
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.7.5
Indian: 1939 Vaisakha 04
Coptic: 1733 Paremoude 16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-23

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-18:

"If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that's endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn't inherent in the place but in your state of mind. The warrior longs to communicate that all of us have access to our basic goodness and that genuine freedom comes from going beyond labels and projections, beyond bias and prejudice, and taking care of each other." -- Pema Chodron

[ http://quotes.justdharma.com/unfettered-mind/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-22

"In a perfect socialist society, only the people who really deserved it would catch tuberculosis. But alas, there is no ethical consumption under capitalism." -- Michael Yosef Miller [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-21

"Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-20

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882-01-30, d. 1945-04-12; President of the United States 1933-03-04 to 1945-04-12), Second Inaugural Address, 1937-01-20

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-19

"There are a lot of things to remember that the Trump presidency has surfaced, one of which is that there is always money, but rarely will. The cost of security for the Trump family and Cabinet alone could fund the arts and public education at record levels. Money is there. When it comes to black people, to poor people, to any marginalized group, the response is often, 'there's no money.' But it's a lie. Electoral politics is important if not only because our representatives determine how tax dollars get spent. We need to be those people. We could equitably fund public education, arts, healthcare, etc. It's not a matter of money. It is, and has always been, a matter of will.' -- DeRay Mckesson, multiple tweets, 2017-04-08 (emphasis added)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-18

"I do find it (darkly) funny that George Soros is portrayed everywhere in the world as a force of Wall Street and American capitalism, except in his home country, where he's instead believed to be plotting a communist takeover." -- CP, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:56am on 2017-04-17

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-08-30:

"It's become clear that we'll have to undo a lot of what was done in the last seventy years. Like the Russians emerging from the Soviet system, we are beginning to emerge from the era of the dominance of the automobile. We've got ingrained patterns and ways of thinking (and not thinking) to deal with, just like they do." -- David Byrne, musician, from his book Bicycle Diaries.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-16

[Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ is risen! A most joyous Easter to all my Christian relatives and friends!]

"Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about." -- Rt. Rev. N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (2008)

[I disagree with Bishop Wright on some important points, but this passage, along with some others by him that I've read, speaks to me.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-15

"So here's the bottom line, kids. The United States is probably going to go broke during your lifetimes. Actually, it's already broke, but getting deeper into debt allows it to keep running on thin air, like the Road Runner. My advice? Learn Chinese. Start savings accounts. Don't buy what you can't afford. Any politician who tries to win votes by promising to cut taxes is digging our country's grave." -- Roger Ebert, reviewing I.O.U.S.A., 2008-08-21

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-14

"I guess this is how we are writing up the victims of crimes now. [...] In accordance with this new house style I am writing up an incident whose anniversary some people are celebrating this week.

"The gentleman arrested Thursday and tried before Pontius Pilate had a troubled background.

"Born (possibly out of wedlock?) in a stable, this jobless thirty-something of Middle Eastern origin had had previous run-ins with local authorities for disturbing the peace, and had become increasingly associated with the members of a fringe religious group. He spent the majority of his time in the company of sex workers and criminals.

"He had had prior run-ins with local authorities -- most notably, an incident of vandalism in a community center when he wrecked the tables of several licensed money-lenders and bird-sellers. [...]"

-- Alexandra Petri, "Crucified man had prior run-in with authorities", 2017-04-12

[To my friends and kin marking our faith's solemn holiday today and Sunday's joyous one: a blessed Good Friday to you according to whichever ways you observe the day. I chose today's QotD not to make light of the holiday, but to remind us there are better paths than propping up the powerful or rationalizing their excesses. In the essay I quoted from I see topical snark, aye, but more important matters the snark is meant to point to, as well.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-13

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1785-08-19

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-12

"The main force in man -- is the power of the spirit." -- Yuri Gagarin (b. 1934-03-09, d. 1968-03-27, first human in space 1961-04-12)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-11

"The point at which a civil society refuses to care for its elderly - it ceases to be a civil society." -- @RemittanceGirl [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-10

"I've noticed that sometimes when I speak in people's homes there are pictures of Hasidim dancing. 'I'm curious,' I say to them. 'Do you think Hasidim in Brooklyn or Israel have photos of you standing around your Volvo in Scarsdale?'

"I think it's great to have pictures of people connecting spiritually in their own way, as long as you have pictures of you doing that, too. I suggest to people that as a personal practice they put these kinds of photos on the wall -- along with a mirror. It doesn't matter whether those pictures are of lamas in Tibet, shamans in Mexico, or Hasidim in Israel. What's important is that you can see yourself as a spiritual master in the making, ready to be on the wall alongside those other images.

"If a mirror on the wall next to the photos is too public, get one of those small mirrors like the ones we used in the yeshiva, and look into your own eyes and ask yourself one simple question before you go to bed at night or when you wake in the morning. In what ways was I the person I most longed to be today? What helped me to get there? In what ways did I fall short? What do I need in my life in order to do better?"

-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right (Finding Faith Without Fanaticism), (2007, Three Rivers Press, New York; ISBN: 968-0-307-38928-6; LC: BL624.H53 2007; DD: 201'.5-dc22)

[To my friends starting Passover celebrations tonight, Chag Sameach!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-09

"No one gets rich by working really hard. They get rich by convincing others to work really hard for them. That's why the rich tell us that to get rich you need to work really hard." -- Tumblr user just-shower-thoughts, 2017-03-06

[A blessed Palm Sunday to my fellow Christians observing it today!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-08

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-07:

"My novel-a love story between Lenny, an aging son of a Russian immigrant and the last book reader on earth, and Eunice, a younger, fully digital Korean-American woman-proved prescient all too quickly. New York City parks occupied by protesting ninety-nine-per-centers, transparent women's clothing, and a general giddy sense that privacy is kind of stupid-all became reality right after "Super Sad"'s publication, making me feel like a very limited Nostradamus, the Nostradamus of two weeks from now."

-- Gary Shteyngart, on the predictions made in his novel Super Sad True Love Story.

[ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/08/05/130805fa_fact_shteyngart?currentPage=all]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-07

"Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
 Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
 But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
 Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day"

  -- Hamish Henderson (b. 1919-11-11, d. 2002-03-09), "Freedom Come Aa Ye" (1960)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-06

"When something is morally wrong, it does more harm than good to put a spiritually positive spin on it. Whitewashing in the name of God doesn't improve the world -- it discredits religion as yet another source of delusion. If I weren't angry about the lies so brazenly told by the President and his surrogates, I'd fear that I was as feckless and reckless as they are." -- Parker J. Palmer, 2017-03-29 [thanks to [info] - personal twistedchick for linking to this]

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Tomorrow -- Friday, 7 April -- at 8pm! The Homespun Ceilidh Band at the Greenbelt Arts Center, in Greenbelt, MD! (Yes, I know this is late notice again. I'll post about relevant computer woes later.)

In addition to the lively Celtic music y'all already love us for, we'll be mixing in a few Civil War tunes from Our New CD (*cough* which I need to bug a bandmate about mentioning on our own web site real soon now *cough*).

Spread the word (especially if you can post in places where I can't) -- and come out to hear us play!

$22 ($20 seniors & students). Call the arts center at 301-441-8770 or use their web site to reserve tickets in advance, or buy at the door tomorrow night. And yes, we'll have copies of the new CD, Battle Cry of Freedom: Music from the time of the Civil War, to sell you. :-)

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