What's the purpose of nato? Well actually we have an official answer. It isn't publicized much, but a couple of years ago, the secretary-general of nato made a formal statement explaining the purpose of nato in the post-cold war world is to control global energy systems, pipelines, and sea lanes. That means it's a global system and of course he didn't say it, it's an intervention force under us command, as we've seen in case after case. So that's nato.
I hate being awake at three in the morning. it is the godforsaken heart of darkness when the body runs slow, and the brain runs slower, and all you want to do is sleep. but i had promises to keep, and miles to go before i could sleep. or at least a couple of miracles to perform before i could go to bed.
The basic idea that the purpose of life is to be happy or is to experience the most favorable ratio of pleasure to suffering or productivity to work or gratification to sacrifice or any of that stuff, which, you know, a couple generations ago, to say that kind of stuff would have made you, you know, a freak - a freak and an epicurean - and now seems to be so much - simply an unquestioned assumption of the culture that we don't really even talk about it anymore.
We are such docile creatures, normally, that it takes a virus to jolt us out of life's routine. A couple of days in a fever bed are, in a sense, health-giving; the change in body temperature, the change in pulse , and the change of scene have a restorative effect on the system equal to the hell they raise.
Tonight i walked around the pond scaring frogs; a couple of them jumped off, going, in effect, eek, and most grunted, and the pond was still. But one big frog, bright green like a poster-paint frog, didn't jump, so i waved my arm and stamped to scare it, and it jumped suddenly, and i jumped, and then everything in the pond jumped, and i laughed and laughed.
There are a lot of little things about our bodies that we all know, but we never talk about. that's what interests me. these are practically universal experiences; nobody mentions them! some of them are disgusting. some of them are appallingly revolting and degrading even to the most degenerate mind. so let's get started with a couple of them.
At least, you two have decent manners," says effie as we're finishing the main course. "the pair last year ate everything with their hands like a couple of savages. it completely upset my digestion." ... my mother taught prim and me to eat properly, so yes, i can handle a fork and knife. but i hate effie trinket's comment so much i make a point of eating the rest of my meal with my fingers. then i wipe my hands on the tablecloth. this makes her purse her lips tightly together.
Being a successful couple was learning what you were willing to compromise on, and what you weren't; learning when to stand your ground, and when to give it up; what was truly important enough to fight over, and what was just you being pissy. you learned each other's hot buttons, the places that hurt, or angered, when you pressed them. love makes you learn where all the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them, or how to set them off.
You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa i will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.
He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs--pairs of opposites...he relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. but do not let us be fooled. we have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. we have no other concern than that with either of them.
The state exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. a husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden-that is what the state is there for. and unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.
So often we talk about saving the planet, but what we really mean is to save the planet the way it is, so we can live here. So that is can sustain us. Because the planet doesn't need to be saved. It doesn't care if all the squirrels, elephants, and trees die and there's just a couple of amoebas floating around at the poles.
How many demons and people are enslaved here? (jericho) define slavery. (asmodeus) kept against their will. (jericho) good definition. counting me? (asmodeus) why not? (jericho) probably a couple of million…you know it’s really hard to count to a million, plus they’re always dying and new ones are coming in. i tried to count once, but it got really depressing so i stopped. the constant adding and subtracting. not my forte, really. (asmodeus)
Sydney: "you can be jet if you want, but we are not posing as a couple again" adrian: "are you sure? because i've got a lot more terms of endearment to use. honey pie. sugarplum. bread pudding." sydney: "why are they all high-calorie foods? and bread pudding isn't really that romantic." adrian: "do you want me to call you celery stick instead? it just doesn't inspire the same warm and fuzzy feelings." - the indigo spell
In fact, it was stated early in the first bush [presidency], bush i, in one of their documents they pointed out in the future, us wars are going to be against much weaker enemies. And they have to be won quickly and decisively before a popular reaction develops. And iif you take a look, that's what's done. Look at panama, for instance, over a couple of days; and kosovo, no american troops.