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The Oscars are supposed to reward the best films and performances of the year. But there are many examples where film buffs look back and think: "Really?" One of the biggest travesties occurred in 1959 when Gigi, a sub-My Fair Lady musical, won nine Oscars. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, went home with nothing. —Film Critics Ian Youngs & Will Dahlgreen
Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don't understand, and what they don't understand is almost everything....[t]o many of them, knowledge is not a useful tool but a cunning barrier elites have created to keep power from the average man and woman. —David Rothkopf
It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.—Donald Trump
... without nuclear warheads, Iran’s missiles do not represent a grave threat and Iran is prevented by the JCPOA from acquiring a nuclear warhead capability for at least 15 years.—18 U.S. National Security Leaders
I am the least racist person that you have ever met; I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life.—Donald Trump
We ask that you launch an investigation into any and all lobbying activities of Iranian-American groups,...We also ask that you launch an inquiry into the Voice of America’s Persian service, ....There have been numerous instances of editorials by the VOA’s Persian service that have been lenient or favorable to Iran’s clerical despots. We consider this to be totally unacceptable and demoralizing for pro-democracy Iranians who watch these broadcasts.—Iranian Dissidents Call for Congressional Investigation into VOA-Persi
War is the continuation of politics by other means. —Carl von Clausewitz
Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.—Decimus Iūnius Iuvenālis
How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!—Pope Francis
They want to have [intercontinental ballistic missiles] that can reach your country. That’s what they’re working on right now. Remember, you’re the Great Satan [to them]... They believe that they’re destined to govern the world. Anybody that doesn’t agree with them, they’ll be able to subjugate or kill, and they’re working on the means to achieve that.—Benjamin Netanyahu
This president of the US is for entertainment purposes only—I, me, and myself...
We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade; we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’ And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning.—Donald Trump
Innumerable suns exist, innumerable earths revolve around these. Living beings inhabit these worlds.—Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) - Burnt at the stake for heresy
Our country’s immigration policy must reflect values of human decency, and be true to the promises America makes to the world: acceptance of the tired, hungry, huddled masses, those escaping political persecution, migrant workers on whose back the American economy is built, and the heartbreak of our generation — refugees from war torn Syria and Yemen.—Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United4Iran Director
Trump rewards those who toe his line, especially on fact-free statements like claims of widespread voter fraud.—A White House insider Staff member
They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.—A Mexican Proverb
One thing is for sure... President Trump has tweeterized the US policy forever... or something like that...—Me, myself...
Millions ....are challenging President Trump's executive order around Muslim ban, yet too many keep silent about the Islamic Republic of Iran banning all women if they say no to forced hijab.—Masih Alinejad
America is under the rule of law, not under the law of the ruler.—Anonymous
I understand things. I comprehend things very well, I think better than anybody.—Donald Trump

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Death Belongs to Others, Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco, March 5, 2017