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Old 01-16-2013, 12:09 AM   #1981
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:48 AM   #1982
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US Torpedoes were very erratic during the early days of WWII. During an attack on a German Cargo ship protected by 4 E-Boats, (no discussion on how to properly spell please ) PT 206 ( Lt. DuBose) and PT 216 (Lt. (jg.) Sanders) fired two torpedoes each. PT 212 (Sinclair) was lining up for a shot when when a torpedo fired by PT 206, running wild, porpoised along side PT 212. Sinclair swung his boat hard right as the torpedo passed, and then returned to a firing course.
Lt. DuBose, PT Division Commander, impatiently asked Sinclair by radio, "How many have you fired?"
"None yet," Sinclair replied. "I'm to damned busy dodging yours."
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #1983
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The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else.

--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #1984
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The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else.

--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
One of my top few favorite short stories the last few years. Excellent, excellent stuff!
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:18 PM   #1985
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #1986
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Another literary figure who was not so sympathetic to our aims was the theologian and novelist C. S. Lewis. Although several of his best books are about space flight, he was very much opposed to the idea and attacked rocket societies because they would spread the crimes of mankind to other planets. This annoyed me, and we arranged a confrontation in a famous Oxford pub. My second was Val Cleaver, later head of the Rolls-Royce Rocket Division, and Dr Lewis was supported by Professor J. R. R. Tolkien, since famous for The Lord of the Rings. We had a splendid time arguing about the merits of space travel, and as we parted Dr Lewis said, ‘I am sure you are very wicked people, but how dull it would be if everybody was good.’
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:22 PM   #1987
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I don't remember it it's in the novel but this quote from Fight Club always spoke to me-

''Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables – slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy **** we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.''
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:54 PM   #1988
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:01 AM   #1989
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The Martians are coming? What didn't someone tell me?

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They were here on Dec 21 2012 and after taking a quick look round they rocketed back to Mars where it was safe.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:17 AM   #1990
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No, but I heard they need women!

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Nah, they're just a bunch of kids.
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