Saturday 13 June 2020



"Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion?"
Benjamin Franklin in 1751

“Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people [slaves] shall be free, nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live under the same government.”
President Thomas Jefferson in a draft of his autobiography, 1821. The first half of the sentence (only) was inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, when it was built at the suggestion of President Franklin Roosevelt.


  1. As regards Roumania, the Allies are bound by the pledge given by Russia, under which Bukowina and the Roumanian portion of Transsylvania were to be assigned to Roumania.

    Paget-Tyrell Memorandum
    August 7, 1916.

  2. "He who believes in nothing still needs a girl to believe in him."

    Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

    Adventurers, entrepreneurs, religious zealots of every stripe – all made their way to the New World intent upon turning it into the Eden of their dreams. Five hundred years later, America is what they made of it – both a paradise, and a complete mess.

    But if Americans have a special gift, it is a talent for ignoring irony and ambiguity and going on with their special mission: getting rich.

    Most Americans look at the country as if it were an Enron financial statement. Sure, many of the assets are fictitious and the liabilities are understated. But like Merrill Lynch, we are all bullish on America.

    The Hollowing Out of American Liberty
    By Bill Bonner

    “With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers.”

    Nassim Taleb

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    1. “Remember that you are a Black Swan.”