Monday, June 25, 2018


If you're waiting for a sign, this is it
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's human nature, (while navigating the big, tricky world) to oversimplify the mental users' guide of interacting with others  . . . 
Elevator Sign specifies weight in alternative occupancies.  Hobgoblin
The difference between stupid and intelligent people - and this is true whether or not they are well-educated - is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. - Neal Stephenson
then justify the oversimplification . . .
Vintage road sign. Motorist attention! You are on your honor. Fresno County has no speed cops drive so they will not be needed.
There's an oversimplification in everything and a terror of flexibility. - Doris Lessing
and make a bonanza of rules to impose the oversimplifications.
Pug on a keep off sign
But it's also human nature to resent the oversimplification . . .  
Sign. Wait here for further instructions. Hobgoblin
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

then search for complete reality
Skateboarder jumping Pedestrians watch your step sign.
Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. - Carl Sagan
and break the rules accordingly. 
Road sign. It will end in tears

A few political slogans representing more of the hobgoblins of human nature and less of the functional:  
"All power to the Soviets!" - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Hobgoblin
All power to the Soviets! - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
War's First Casualty poster. America First National Committee. Founded September 4, 1940. December 10, 1941.
America First National Committee. 
(Founded September 4, 1940 
Disbanded December 10, 1941)
"One people. One empire. One leader" - Adolf Hitler. Hobgoblin
One people. One empire. One leader - Adolf Hitler
- Believe! Obey! Fight! - Fascist Italy Graffiti. WWII  Hobgoblin
Believe! Obey! Fight! - Benito Mussolini
"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!" - George C. Wallace Hobgoblin
Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever! - George C. Wallace

- Dare to think, dare to act – Mao Zedong. Hobgoblin
Dare to think, dare to act! – Mao Zedong
- "Enemies will certainly be defeated!" Hobgoblin
Welfare, property, Equality so that people can enjoy themselves. - Vietnamese Communist Party
The Anlong Veng memorial marking the site where Khmer Rouge “Brother No. 1” Pol Pot was cremated after his death in April 2000
He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse. - Khmer Rouge

"Vote yes, if you are afraid of majority rule." - National Party of So America Hobgoblin
Vote yes, if you are afraid of majority rule. - National Party of South Africa 
Read my lips. No new taxes. George and Barbara Bush. Hobgoblin
Read my lips. No new taxes. - George and Barbara Bush. 
Fight 'em over there . . .  - Geroge W Bush 

"Remaining and expanding" - ISIS Hobgoblin
We all will become Taliban - Taliban

 North Korea has both an abundance and an odd selection of sayings.
- "Let's crush the US nuclear military program with the power of our national unity." No Korea propaganda. Hobgoblin
Let the wives of officers become dependable assistants to their husbands! - No Korea
- "Let's deter the American Occupier" No Korea propaganda. Hobgoblin
More stylish school uniforms - No Korea

- "The whole region of the USA is now within range of our missiles" No Korea propaganda. Hobgoblin copy
Let us turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland by the joint operation of the army and people! - No Korea
Donald Trump Lock her Up. Now we don't care

Trump supporter flexes his muscles with the words "Build The Wall" written on his biceps
So the next time a simplified slogan is shoved at you, it may be worth some examination. 
Japanese Internment Camps "I AM AN AMERICAN"  Owned Grocery Store, Oakland California, March 1942
Japanese owned grocery store forced to sell
Oakland, California, March 1942
Intelligence is a moral category. - Theodor Adorno 
By failing to be aware of at every moment of what threatened and what has happened, one also contributes to it. - Theodor Adorno

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Update 6/25/2018

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