January 17: “Ronald the Crankster” by Day Williams

RONALD THE CRANKSTER

 

The needle slips inside the vein,

The tubing tight around

The arm, and Ronald feels a rush

That lifts him off the ground

 

Of the men’s bathroom stall at the hall

Where bowlers knock down pins.

The needle and the tubing go

Back in the pack. He grins

 

And springs out to the Reno street

To dumpster-dive and score

Once more in a parking lot

Near a casino floor.

 

“This is my change of lifestyle, cop,

I slam the speed and go

Outside to root in garbage, not

Like cranksters at the windows,

 

Listening to walls. I used to be

An alcoholic. . . . Why,

With all the tweakers round, stop me,

A long-time Reno guy?”

~Day Williams

January 16: Goals

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January 16
Goals

43.
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)

44.
My experience indicates that most people who’ve accumulated a great deal of wealth haven’t had that as their goal at all. Wealth is only a by-product, not the original motivation.
~Michael Robert Milken (born 1946), American business magnate, financier, and philanthropist noted for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds.

45.
I teach something called The Law of Probabilities, which says the more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. The more books you read, the more likely one of them will have an answer to a question that could solve the major problems of your life: make you wealthier, solve a health problem, whatever it might be.
~Jack Canfield (born 1944), American motivational speaker and author best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series

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January 16: Goals

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
January 16
Goals

43.

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)

 

44.

My experience indicates that most people who’ve accumulated a great deal of wealth haven’t had that as their goal at all. Wealth is only a by-product, not the original motivation.

~Michael Robert Milken (born 1946), American business magnate, financier, and philanthropist noted for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds.

 

45.

I teach something called The Law of Probabilities, which says the more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. The more books you read, the more likely one of them will have an answer to a question that could solve the major problems of your life: make you wealthier, solve a health problem, whatever it might be.

~Jack Canfield (born 1944), American motivational speaker and author best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series

January 16: War and Peace

January 16
War and Peace

43.
The weapons were conceived and created by a small band of physicists and chemists; they remain a cataclysmic threat to the whole of human society and the natural environment.
~Barry Commoner

44.
In an incredible perversion of justice, former soldiers who sprayed festeringly poisonous chemicals on Vietnam, and now find today that they themselves have been damaged by them, appeal to the people for sympathy and charity. The effects of the defoliant “Agent Orange” are discussed at length, but not one single newspaper article or hearing that we are aware of has even mentioned the effects of the people who still live in those regions of Vietnam. It’s as outlandish as if Nazis who gassed Jews were now to come forward and whine that the poisons they utilized had finally made them sick. The staggering monstrousness goes unlaughed at and even unnoticed, as in a Kafka novel.
~Fred Woodworth, The Match, No. 79

45.
The unformulated message of an assembly of news items from every quarter of the globe is that the world today is one city. All war is civil war. All suffering is our own.
~Marshall McLuhan, “Key Quotations from the Writings of Marshall McLuhan“, assembled by William Kuhns, from Essential McLuhan (1995), edited by Eric McLuhan and Frank Zingrone

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January 16: Legal Maxims

January 16
Legal Maxims

 

43.

Duo non possunt in solido unam rem possidere.

Two cannot possess one thing each in entirety.

 

44.

That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed.

~Algernon Sydney

 

45.

              Necessitas non habet legem.

Necessity has no law.

~Anonymous Latin proverb which arose in the middle ages, leading to many variant expressions and extensions in many cultures.

 

Variants:

 

              Quia enim necessitas non habet legem, set ipsa sibi facit legume.

Necessity knows no law but makes law.

~Gratian, in Decretum Gratiani

 

Necessity knows no laws.

~Spanish proverb, as quoted in The International Thesaurus of Quotations (1970), edited by Rhoda Thomas Tripp, p. 429