The Misfortune Teller
You Can't Do A Wrong Thing The Right Way


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Read, Reflect, and Remember

"Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

"... as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, ... but he who destroys a good Book, kills reason itself, ... Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

"And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licencing and prohibiting to doubt her strength. Let her and Falshood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"

-- Areopagitica, by John Milton. A speech to the Parliament of England concerning the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing (1644)

Charles Darwin

Mary Shelley

Books, Articles, Quotations, Authors and relevant subject matter

Helen Keller:


Neil Postman:

James Alexander:

Daniel Zimmerman:

John Dewey:

John J. Robinson:

Bernard de Clairvaux:

George Orwell:

Randolph Bourne:

John Milton:

Sir James George Frazer:

Joseph Campbell:

Edith Hamilton:

Thomas Bullfinch:

Niccolo Machiavelli:

Charles Sanders Peirce:

Arthur Schopenhauer:

Mark Twain:

Camillo Mac Bica:

Jan Barry:

Robert Jay Lifton:

Bernard Fall:

Jonathan Schell:

Chalmers Johnson:

Sheldon Wolin:

Alfred Korzybski:

Alan Rickman:

Christopher Spaide:

Dana Gioia:

Mary Oliver

John Hollander:

Film Special Features / Documentaries / Interviews:

U.S. Imperial Quagmires:

Kevin Phillips:

S. I. Hayakawa:

Al Gore:

Admiral Gene Laroque:

Chas W. Freeman:

Joe Lauria:

Daniel Ellsberg:

Thomas Frank:

James Howard Kunstler:

Glenn Diesen:

Hannah Arendt:

Bryce Greene:

Big Serge:

Michael Brenner:


Jaques Baud:

Patrick Armstrong - Russia Observer:

Patrick Lawrence:

Naomi Klein:

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos:

Doug Henwood:

Ryan McMaken:

Michael Hudson:

Don McCullin:

Ron Suskind:

Russell “Texas” Bentley:

Eric Zuesse:

David Haggith:

Bradley Blankenship:

Andrew O'Hehir:

David Chibo

Finian Cunningham

Pepe Escobar

Ray McGovern

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D.

Tony Kevin:

Mike Lofgren:

Daniel Larison:

Jacob Bacharach:

Donald Monaco:

Jacob Siegel:

Chris Floyd:

Scott Ritter:

Jake Tapper:

Ted Galen Carpenter:

Juan Cole:

Brian Berletic, The New Atlas:

Real Politic with Mark Sleboda:

Douglas Macgregor:

Jessica Corbett:

Peter Van Buren:

David Ignatius -- the best example of bad opinion writing:

Aaron Maté:

Matt Taibbi:

Michael Tracey:

Caitlin Johnstone (Freelance Australian Artist/Journalist):

Fred Reed (expatriate curmudgeon):

C. J. Hopkins (expatriate playwright and satirist):

John Mearsheimer

Robert Parry

Alastaire Crooke

Larry Johnson

Dmitry Orlov

David Stockman

Gilbert Doctorow

Andrew Cockburn

Daniel Davis

Andrew Bacevich

Glenn Greenwald

Vladimir Golstein

Lawrence Wilkerson

Alexander Mercouris

Chris Hedges

Mike Whitney

Gareth Porter

William I. Robinson

Assorted Internet Articles


Transcripts of Internet Interviews, Videos, and Podcasts:



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