July 2: Picasso, Guernica

July 2: From the Movies

July 2
From the Movies

Money isn’t everything, Mortimer.
~Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy), Trading Places (1983)

Once you start to really think about money you realize this stuff gets handled a lot. Who had it before you and what did they do with it? It gets put in places you may not want to know about.
~Bridget Cardigan, Mad Money (2008)

I’m gonna teach you to hate spending money. I’m gonna make you so sick of spending money that the mere sight of it will make you wanna throw up.
~Rupert Horn, Brewster’s Millions (1985)

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July 2: Science Fiction Writers

July 2
Science Fiction Writers

Hasn’t all this taught you anything?” Annette asked Gabriel Baines as they waited for the simulacrum’s return and report.
“Like what?”
“That there is no perfect defense. There is no protection. Being alive means being exposed; it’s the nature of life to be hazardous—it’s the stuff of living.”
~Philip K. Dick, Clans of the Alphane Moon, Chapter 13 (p. 226) (1964)

Once they notice you, Jason realized, they never completely close the file. You can never get back your anonymity. It is vital not to be noticed in the first place.
~Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Chapter 6 (p. 75) (1974)

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“But what are you supposed to do in a society that’s corrupt? Are you supposed to obey corrupt laws? Is it a crime to break a law that’s a rotten law, or an oath that’s rotten?
“It’s a crime,” Cartwright admitted slowly. “But it may be the right thing to do.”
“In a society of criminals,” Shaeffer offered, “the innocent man goes to jail.”
“Who decides when the society is made up of criminals? Benteley demanded. “How do you know when your society has gone wrong? How do you know when it’s right to stop obeying the laws?”
“You just know,” Rita O’Neill said fiercely.
~Philip K. Dick, Solar Lottery, Chapter 14 (pp. 156-157) (1955)

July 2: First Amendment (Law and Lawyers)

July 2

First Amendment  



The First Amendment provides the only kind of security system that can preserve a free government—one that leaves the way wide open for people to favor, discuss, advocate, or incite causes and doctrines however obnoxious and antagonistic such views may be to the rest of us.

~Justice Hugo L. Black, concurrence, Yates v. United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957)




[T]here are some people who wish us to enact laws which would seriously damage the right of free speech and which could be used not only against subversive groups but against other groups engaged in political or other activities which were not generally popular. Such measures would not only infringe on the Bill of Rights and the basic liberties of our people; they would also undermine the very internal security they seek to protect.

Laws forbidding dissent do not prevent subversive activities; they merely drive them into more secret and more dangerous channels. Police states are not secure; their history is marked by successive purges, and growing concentration camps, as their governments strike out blindly in fear of violent revolt. Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

~President Harry S Truman, from President Truman’s Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, delivered on August 8, 1950, in which he spoke out against the laws that curb expressions of dissent as a means of combating subversion

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The proposition that the several States have no greater power to restrain the individual freedoms protected by the First Amendment than does Congress is firmly embedded in constitutional jurisprudence. The First Amendment was adopted to curtail Congress’ power to interfere with the individual’s freedom to believe, to worship, and to express himself in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience, and the Fourteenth Amendment imposed the same substantive limitations on the States’ power to legislate. The individual’s freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority. Moreover, the individual freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all.

~Justice John Paul Stevens, Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985)