# User:Epicgenius/user page

This page is inactive. It is now mostly a sandbox for me.

# Userpage

Epicgenius
Sun Wukong, who I probably am
Born February 25, 1992 (age 26)
Residence current: New York City
former: Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, London
Education Harvard University
Occupation WIkipedia editor, etc.
Years active 2007-present
Family Single

Hey there, I go by the name Epicgenius on Wikipedia. I currently live in New York City, though I have also lived in China and the UK. I make minor edits all over Wikipedia, mostly on any transportation- and technology- related pages (especially on the New York City Subway, but sometimes also on pages regarding celebrities, places, and/or music, as well as other assorted topics. If you have any questions or if you want to discuss anything, please leave a message on my talk page.

I like to patrol new pages and recent changes, and I try to help edit Wikipedia in any way I can whenever I stumble across a Wikipedia page. If you have a message for me, leave it here. Note that my current local time is 07:34 PM (reload), and if it is at 3:00 AM, I am near-certain that I won't be responding immediately.

F***ingers: – Hey, that's not f***ing funny! Stop stealing the f***ing F***ing signs RIGHT NOW!
 Welcome to my page! Hey there! For other stuff about me, see this page. ↑    Post a message on my talk page    ↑ ↑    Search options (press left button to go to a page and right button to search)    ↑ ↑    DO NOT TYPE ANYTHING IN!!!    ↑ Edit this page using the "Edit" tab instead.

## Userbox

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 …in. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something that this user is okay with.
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 their there they're This user thinks that there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
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Humo[u]r
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 DGAF This user does not give a fuck, mmmkay?
 DGAF This user will probably not give a fuck about anything.
 This user has read and understood the BIG HUGE FREAKING PURPLE BOX. Have you?
 For those obsessed with humour and parody, Epicgenius also has a User Page on Uncyclopedia.
 Fact: There are no steroids in baseball. Only players Chuck Norris has breathed on.
 Fact: Chuck Norris was born in a log cabin he built with his own two hands.
I am good at math, so... math-related
 ${\displaystyle {\sqrt {2}}}$ This user knows how to prove that the square root of two is irrational.
 ${\displaystyle \int \!\,}$ This user knows that ${\displaystyle \sum _{n=1}^{\infty }n=-{\frac {1}{12}}}$ reference

 ${\displaystyle \int \limits _{a}^{b}\,}$ This user knows the difference between an integral and an antiderivative; and so should you! ${\displaystyle \int \,}$
Personal
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 This user is American ...and unabashedly proud of it!
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 呢個用戶係廣東人。 This user is Cantonese.
 This user has ancestral roots in Hong Kong.
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Shows I like to watch
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 d'oh! This user thinks The Simpsons is simply...excellent.
 Good news, everyone! This user is a fan of Futurama!
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Where I go
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 This user lives in, or hails from, New York City.
 This user is a railfan.
 NYCS This user takes the New York City Subway.
 This user is addicted to travelling.
Wikipedia
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 This user prefers using userboxes to fill up his user page instead of actually writing something useful.
 This user is not a Wikipedia administrator, but might like to be one someday.
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 This user watches over Wikipedia with the help of Twinkle!
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 This user has a zero tolerance policy on vandalism.
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 This user uses Huggle to revert vandalism.
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 This user resists the POV pushing of lunatic charlatans.
 This user is in position #12 on the leaderboard of the STiki anti-vandalism tool.
 This user has classified 37096 edits using the STiki anti-vandalism tool.
 This user is a WikiDragon: making massive, bold edits everywhere.
 This user is one of the 33,444,807 most active English Wikipedians of all time.
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 This user would like to see everyone using inline citations. Please...
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 This user does not understand mean people. Please be nice.
 This user has been on Wikipedia for 5 years, 5 months and 15 days.
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 This user is a member on the English Wikipedia. (verify)
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 This user supports the right of anonymous users to edit Wikipedia.
 This user has more edits than 99.99% of registered users on the English Wikipedia.
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 User:Epicgenius is also a user on Wikimedia Commons
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 This user has written or expanded more than a dozen articles featured in the Did You Know section on the Main Page.

Last but not least...

 This user has been to the end of Wikipedia. Have you?
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 76th Street This user believes in the existence of 76th Street
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 This user believes that the T train should be created immediately
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1. ^ Technically, maybe.
2. ^ No, not really.
3. ^ Have you?
4. ^ Unknown to approximately 109.87506126339 people in the world. Only two people actually know, I think.
5. ^ Just to spite those who said the Second Avenue Subway shouldn't exist, as well as those that actually made it not exist for a very long time. Yeah John Hylan, we're looking at you. Shame on you and your vendetta against private subways!
6. ^ Yeah. WP:ANTHWY really exists. Please join! We are currently writing articles about penguin highways and rush hour in Antarctica.
7. ^ YAY! ALMOST ONE FULL EDIT! THAT's ALMOST 1.0 FULL EDITS!!!
8. ^ Hooray for the end of userboxes!
Wikipedia:Babel
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 es-4 El nivel de este usuario corresponde al de un hablante casi nativo del español.
 fr-3 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français.
 ko-2 이 사용자는 한국어를 어느 정도 말할 수 있습니다.
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 la-1 Hic usor simplici latinitate contribuere potest.
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## Quotes by others

Witty quotes by other Wikipedians
Those witty quotes have all been copied from talk pages.
• So, Jclemens, the pathetic little pussy who probably thinks being a janitor is a step up in life, gets to cast lies against me and get away with it? Then I can't even tell him he's a fucking asshole? Well, how fair is that? OrangeMarlin Talk • Contributions 10:55, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
• Someone to call bullshit is always a good thing. Someone to actually *say* bullshit (or cunt) is even better. Errant (chat!) 00:10, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
• Some administrators are people who are vile and despicable individuals, who back stab you, who vary their policy to suit their ends, whose arguments are pathetic self-justifications aimed at serving their own personal needs. Some administrators routinely and habitually break social norms of courtesy in order to abuse other users. Fifelfoo (talk) 01:26, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
• Unfortunately a kick in the bollocks is an occupational hazard of speaking truth to power. Particularly when it's in the hands, or rather boots, of the infantile. Adminfants are the curse of WP. Writegeist (talk) 18:10, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
• [...] the Civility pillar of Wikipedia [...] is poorly and chaotically defined. The problem is Wikipedia is unprincipled: there are far more editors willing to jump in an ANI or talk page kerfuffle to talk about a specific incident than discuss underlying principles on the WP:Civility talk page and actually come to a consensus. It's choosing drama over hard work. Gerardw (talk) 00:23, 26 November 2011 (UTC)
• There is a clear and evident danger that the present civility policy can be and has been used to stifle dissent, not to prevent disruption. There is also clear evidence that some administrators focus on the perceived incivility of those they are hostile to while ignoring it in their friends and colleagues [...]. Malleus Fatuorum
• The blocking policy, or more precisely what has become the practice for blocking, treats non-admin editors like naughty children. Which is quite simply insulting, and in itself a violation of the civility policy. Malleus Fatuorum 01:09, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
• The fundamental problem here is that AN/I is dominated by the irresponsible, the responsible generally won't go anywhere near it, and non-admins most clearly don't have the same rights there to speak as admins do. Admins can come in and lob charges at regular editors with narry a diff, but if a non-admin challenges them, they are ignored or chastized. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:28, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
• The truth is that I would be embarrassed to be held to the same standard that administrators are held to, which is basically no standard at all. Malleus Fatuorum 03:14, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
• Terms like "disruption" and "battlefield mentality" can be tossed around and used by some with as much pretense at fairness as in civility cases. Wehwalt (talk) 12:40, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
• How have we come to this place, where most of the civility police are constitutionally incapable of distinguishing between polite cruelty and genuine civility, and between bullying and frankness? Anthonyhcole (talk) 03:44, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
• In what way is "sycophantic" or "wikilawyer", the use of both of which resulted in blocks, "foul language"? [...] What's going on here has absolutely nothing to do with "foul language". It's an opportunity for revenge, pure and simple. Malleus Fatuorum 17:00, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
• So long as it pretends to be a rational, process-driven, consensus-based system it will attract editors who expect that kind of a system, and all sorts of crap will happen as they each in turn learn the hard way that it isn't. It is just creating endless headaches out of misguided loyalty to ideals it doesn't practice. Ludwigs2 05:04, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
• "Personal attack" is simply a euphemism for anything that someone with more guns than you have takes exception to. Malleus Fatuorum 02:38, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
• I loathe ANI and avoid it [at] all costs, only coming here [AN] if I find it necessary, and even then I feel like my time is wasted. I cannot ever remember leaving a thread in which something productive came of it. Most often, if I have a problem and I come here, it's likely I'll be blamed for whatever problem I have by editors who have no idea what they're talking about. Very serious problems get sidetracked by pointless banter, engaged by chronic posters whose time is spent primarily here. It frustrates people who come here looking for help. Moni3 (talk) 02:18, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
• I'm tired of reading thousands of posts about incivility written by people who don't seem to grasp a basic truth obvious even to an intuitive 5-year-old: incivility springs from frustration. There's no interest in understanding why constructive editors routinely end up so frustrated that they snap (the answer is obvious to anyone who's edited in the trenches, but such experience is increasingly rare these days). Incivility is viewed as a personal failing, rather than a symptom of serious underlying systemic problems. So there's an obsessive interest in "enforcing" civility as an end unto itself, by penalizing individual acts of incivility with blocks. That's a superficial and counterproductive approach, yet everyone seems baffled that the more we do to "enforce" civility, the more toxic this site's atmosphere becomes. MastCell Talk 19:24, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
• [Re WP:ANI] Nothing good ever comes from that place. Malleus Fatuorum 22:41, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
• I was thinking yesterday, in all my life, I have never been so harassed, wantonly smeared, blatantly lied about or otherwise trashed as I've been on this website. Not even nearly. Gwen Gale (talk) 00:58, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
• [...] "disruptive", which seems to have become a synonym for "anything I don't like". Malleus Fatuorum 03:33, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
• Why is it that so many administrators lace their admonitions with threats? Because they can? Malleus Fatuorum 03:49, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
• Delivering petty threats on talk pages while threatening further action if I respond is OK on Wikipedia. Fabricating accusations of name-calling against me without producing any diffs is OK on Wikipedia. Excruciatingly lame incivility in an edit summary after I call you out for breaking a guideline is OK on Wikipedia. Bretonbanquet (talk) 20:58, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
• A-holes are ten a penny around here. Bretonbanquet (talk) 21:57, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
• Name six ways we're better than chickens. See? No one can do it. You know why? Because chickens are decent people. You don't see chickens hanging around in drug gangs, do you? No. You don't see chickens strappin' someone to a chair and hookin' up their nuts to a car battery. And when's the last time you heard about a chicken who came home from work and beat the shit out of his hen? Huh? It doesn't happen. You know why? Because chickens are decent people. —George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty
• Persons who faint when they hear disagreement can host tea parties in Stockholm. Some discussions and debates take time to resolve, and free discussion is better than more authoritarianism. Wikipedia has enough apparently authoritarian personalities clamoring for topic bans and blocks whenever there is conflict, and they should be repudiated. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 13:37, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
• When an aggressive Randy-style editor insists on his version, editors are in peril should they contest it. Those messes should be left to stand as monuments to the stupidity of this dysfunctional administrative system. --Epipelagic (talk) 20:09, 14 June 2012 (UTC)
• I took the article from its inception in 2001 and studied as many of the 8,000+ edits as possible. The conclusion was that the overwhelming majority of the edits were complete nonsense. What kept the article on course was a very small group of determined users who fought back any kind of reversion. I interviewed these users, who turned out to be subject-matter experts, without exception, and they confirmed that it was dispiriting keeping this up against a tidal wave of nonsense. One of them has pretty much left, anyway. So, what prevents articles from degrading is a small core of users or 'caretakers'. When they leave, the article rots away. I have a number of examples of this. Quisquiliae (talk) 17:42, 9 June 2012 (UTC)
• Mistakes by non admins result in blocks. Mistakes by admins result in so much hypocritical bollocks it would be hard to know where to start. Malleus Fatuorum, 25 June 2010
• Constructive ways of sanctioning conduct in experienced and productive editors are rarely used because Wikipedia gives the right to jerk around and block experienced and productive editors to hundreds of people who are not experienced and productive editors, and have no background or qualification whatsoever that might equip them to handle such matters in an aware manner. This is the root inanity of Wikipedia, that powers the fraught environment we have here for editors who want to actually write Wikipedia. --Epipelagic (talk) 01:35, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
• Aren't we more the remainder of all human knowledge divided by the lowest uncommon denominator? Fifelfoo (talk) 03:07, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
• Please remember that the universe is 15 billion years old and our sun will expand and irradiate the earth in 1 billion years (perhaps making a moon or two of an outer planet comfy). You don't need to feel responsible for everything, even on Wikipedia. Take it easy! Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:52, 27 December 2012 (UTC)
• Blocking is as violent and hostile an action as can well be performed on this site. Bishonen | talk 00:59, 30 December 2012 (UTC).
• I'll not be joining in another debate about the use of "incivil" rude words, when I've yet again been accused of all manner of bullshit. ANI is blind to such things. Parrot of Doom 20:20, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
• If someone can feel free to blatantly poke a hornet's nest until they get stung, and be vindicated merely because they didn't use cusswords, then I really have no further business to be conducted here. Badger Drink 22:14, December 4, 2011 (UTC)
• The unfortunate fact of the matter is that some of us are not in this for smug self-satisfaction at "being the better person", and would rather not feel demeaned by "playing along" with the game. Badger Drink (talk) 18:27, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
• What was, was. What is, is. What's gonna be ... is gonna be. —Archie Bunker
• The abuse itself is not a surprise. Power leads to power trips. The problem is that Wikipedia, systemically, doesn't care. It has principles to protect against popularity contests and admin abuse, but the principles are enforced by.... popularity contests and admins. Mindbunny (talk) 03:30, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
• I have this problem where I don't really care about Wikipedia editors (myself included, of course), just about article content, and don't like to waste my time with internal squabbling, even if it involves myself. All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 06:38, 27 July 2012 (UTC)
The Art of Life

Know you? Are you kiddin'? I've been looking all over town trying to find you. I saw your car piled into that tree down there, and I thought maybe... Hey, your mouth's bleeding; are you sure you're all right? What did... My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleed... Zuzu's petals! Zuzu's... they're... they're here, Bert! What do you know about that? Merry Christmas! Mary! Mary! Hello, Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter! Happy New Year to you – in jail! Go on home – they're waiting for you!

• Though your soul may set in darkness, it will rise in the most perfect light, for you have loved heaven too fondly to be fearful of that night.
• Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth . . . but trust me on the sunscreen.
• The most valuable commodity I know of is information. . . It's not a question of enough. It's a zero sum game, sport. Somebody wins and somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another. Like magic.

That painting cost $60,000 10 years ago. I could sell it today for$600,000. The illusion has become real. And the more real it becomes, the more desperately they want it. Capitalism at its finest. . . The richest one percent of this country owns half the country's wealth: 5 trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds of it comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulation to widows and idiot sons and what I do -- stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. Ninety percent of the American people have little or no net worth. I create nothing; I own. We make the rules, the news, war, peace, famine, upheaval; the cost of a paper clip. We pull the rabbit out of the hat while everybody else sits around their whole life wondering how we did it, you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy are you? It's the free market. You're one of us now...take advantage of it. You got the killer instinct. Don't count on Graham and Dodd to make you a fortune, everybody in the market knows the theory, ever wonder why fund managers can't beat the S&P 500? 'Cause they're sheep -- and the sheep get slaughtered. I been in the business since '69. Most of these high paid MBAs from Harvard never make it. You need a system, discipline, good people, no deal junkies, no toreadores, the deal flow burns most people out by 35. Give me PSHs -- poor, smart and hungry. And no feelings. You don't win 'em all, you don't love 'em all, you keep on fighting, and if you need a friend, get a dog, it's trench warfare out there sport and in here too. I got twenty other brokers out there, analyzing Charts. I don't need another one.

• Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s say you have no idea and leave it at that, okay? No idea. Zip. None. If you had an idea of what we do, we would not be good at what we do, now would we? Hey ahole, he can’t help you! I know what you are, okay? I know what you are and I know what you are not. I’m the best friend you have on the face of this earth, and I’m gonna help you understand something, you punk.
• Fake! I tell you, the guy's a phony. As a \$3 bill. Says who? Says me, Amy Archer! Why is he an ldea Man? Because Hudsucker says so? What are his ideas? Why can't anyone interview him? Look at the mug on this guy. The jutting eyebrows, the simian forehead, the idiotic grin. He has a face only a mother could love, on payday. The only story here is how this guy made a monkey out of you, Al ooh ooh . . . eww, I filed it yesterday! Nice tie, Earl . . . He's the bunk. . . I'll stake my Pulitzer on it!
• I got gas, Benny. Tell me about it. No kidding, Benny. I got gas. You get the special? Far from it. Enter the dame. There's one in every story. Ten bucks says she's looking for a handout. Twenty bucks says not here, she don't find one. She's looking for her mark. She finds him. She sits down and orders...a light lunch. How will she pay for this lunch? She looks through her purse. No money. The mark notices. He's not noticing, Benny. Maybe he's wise. He don't look wise. Plan two. Here come the waterworks. -Yellowstone. -Old Faithful. Hello, Niagara. He notices. She's distressed. He's concerned. She explains her predicament. And.... Enter the light lunch. She's got other problems, of course. There's illness in the family. Her mother needs an operation. Urgently. Adenoids. No, Benny. Luuumbaaggoooo. Aw that gag's got whiskers on it. He ain't biting, Benny -She's losing him, Lou. -Maybe he's wise. He don't look wise. -How does she pull this out? -He's getting away. She better think fast. She isn't. She is! She's good, Benny. She's damn good, Lou. Can I get you boys anything else? Bromo.

Bromo.

You mean like you loved Mom? Forget about me and Mom -- are you going to marry him? Probably. Don't get carried away. Uh oh -- Susan, you're a hell of a woman. You've got a great career, you're beautiful -- And I'm your daughter and no man will ever be good enough for me. Well, I wasn't going to say that -- What were you going to say? Listen, I'm crazy about the guy -- He's smart, he's aggressive, he could carry Parrish Communications into the 21st century and me along with it.

So what's wrong with that? That's for me. I'm talking about you. It's not so much what you say about Drew, it's what you don't say. You're not listening -- Oh yes, I am. Not an ounce of excitement, not a whisper of a thrill, this relationship has all the passion of a pair of titmice. Don't get dirty, Dad -- Well, it worries me. I want you to get swept away. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish. That's all? Be deliriously happy. Or at least leave yourself open to be. 'Be deliriously happy'. I'm going to do my upmost -- I know it's a cornball thing but love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? I say fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love -- well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived. Bravo. Aw, you're tough. I'm sorry. But give it to me again. The short version. Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.

Forgive the lecture -- I won't. And when I tell Drew about it, he won't either. You won't tell him, and even if you did, he'd clock it and punch it into his laptop in order to pull out some key phrases when he gives the Commencement Speech at Wharton. You're terrible. I know. But I'm the only father you've got.

Let me talk to this guy. Please! Let me talk to him a minute. You a Communist? How'd you like it? They tell you all the time what to do, what to think, what to feel. Do you want to be like a sheep? Like all those other people? You wanna work 14 fucking hours? You own nothing, you got nothing! Do you want a chivato on every corner watching everything you do? Everything you say, man? You know I eat octopus three times a day? I got fucking octopus coming out of my ears. I got fucking Russian shoes my feet's coming through. How'd you like that? You want me to stay there and do nothing? I'm no fucking criminal, man. I'm no puta or thief. I'm Tony Montana, a political prisoner from Cuba and I want my fucking human rights, now! Just like President Yimmy Carter says. Okay? You know something? You can send me anywhere. Here, there, this, that. It don't matter. There's nothing you can do to me that Castro has not already done."

• He knew we were close. You said it yourself. Where is the political pressure coming from? Why are you being protected? It's Keaton making sure you tell us what you're supposed to. Immunity is your reward. BUT WHY ME? WHY NOT HOCKNEY OR FENSTER OR McMANUS? I'm a cripple. I'm stupid. Why me? Because you're a cripple, Verbal. Because you're stupid. Because you were weaker than them. Because you couldn't see far enough into him to know the truth.
• George Orwell famously said in the 1930s that the more he hears people screaming freedom, freedom, freedom, the more he hears their chains rattling. I think that about sums it up. Today we have people who think that they are wild and free and crazy because they are engaging in risky, insane, round-the-clock sex, using drugs, defying everything decent in society. But that’s not freedom, is it? That’s not even anarchy. What it is, is simple conformity. That’s all it really is.
• The victorious Romans were confronted by women in black robes who stood at their wagons & slew the fleeing warriors, their husbands, brothers, fathers & then strangled their own children & cast them beneath the wheels of their own wagons before cutting their own throats . . . Armies on the verge of collapse have been rallied by their women pleading with their men, thrusting forward their bare breasts, and making them realize the imminent prospect of enslavement. Tacitus
• All truth passes throu 3 stages, it is 1st ridiculed, then violently opposed and finally accepted as being self evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
• "A free people, their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." -Thomas Jefferson.
• Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it "treason." - John Harrington
• Miltiades-With you it rests! Either to bring us to slavery, or, by securing our freedom, to be remembered by all future generations.
• Some people say a man is made outta mud, a poor man's made outta muscle and blood, muscle and blood and skin and bones, a mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong you load 16 tons, what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store. I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine, I loaded 16 tons of #9 coal and the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul". You load 16 tons, what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store.

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain fightin' and trouble are my middle name, I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion, cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line, you load 16 tons, what do you get Another day older and deeper in debt St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store. If you see me comin', better step aside a lotta men didn't, a lotta men died, 1 fist of iron, the other of steel, if the right one don't a-get you then the left one will. You load 16 tons, what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store.

• There's a red moon rising, On the Cuyahoga River, Rolling into Cleveland to the lake, There's a red moon rising, On the Cuyahoga River, Rolling into Cleveland to the lake, There's an oil barge winding, Down the Cuyahoga River, Rolling into Cleveland to the lake, There's an oil barge winding, Down the Cuyahoga River, Rolling into Cleveland to the lake. Cleveland, city of light, city of magic, Cleveland, city of light, you're calling me, Cleveland, even now I can remember, 'Cause the Cuyahoga River goes smokin' through my dreams Burn on, big river, burn on, Burn on, big river, burn on, Now the Lord can make you tumble, Lord can make you turn, The Lord can make you overflow, But the Lord can't make you burn, Burn on, big river, burn on, Burn on, big river, burn on.
• well that's the history of the world, Lieutenant, some people die before their time so that others can live. It's the cornerstone of civilization: war, religion, democracy. A hundred die so that a thousand may live. Well General I take them one at a time.
• Big John Big John Every mornning at the mine, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6, weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John. Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John Nobody seemed to know where John called home He just drifted into town and stayed all alone. He didn't say much, kind of quiet and shy And if you spoke at all, you'd just said hi to Big John. Somebody said he came from New Orleans, Where he got into a fight over a Cajun Queen. And a crash and a blow from a huge right hand, sent a Lousiana fella to the promise land. Big John Big John Big bad John Big John Then came the day at the bottom of the mine, when a timber cracked and men started crying. Miners were praying, and hearts beat fast and everybody thought they had breathed thier last cept' John. Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell, walked a giant of a man that the minors knew well. Grabbed a sagging timber and gave out with a groan, and like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, Big John, Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John And with all of his strength, he gave a mighty shove. Then a minor yelled out, 'theres a light up above!'. And 20 men scrambled from a 'would be' grave now theres only one left down there to save, Big John. With jacks and timbers, they started back down, then came that rumble way down in the ground. And as smoke and gas smelched out of that mine, everybody knew it was the end of the line, for Big John. Big John, Big John, Big Bad John, Big John, Now they never re-opend that wortheless pit, they just placed a marble stand in front of it. These few words are written on that stand, 'At the bottom of this mine, lies one Hell of a man, Big John' Big John Big John Big Bad John, Big John.

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