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#Cyberpeacefare #New Year's Resolution 2017

The promises/opportunities&dangers/pitfalls of the New Year are before us.  We are culpable for what we do/fail to do for: ourselves, humanity, common good, common home, planet sustainability. The nuclear cloud threatens us all ! We must not be indifferent.  As Abe Lincoln advised us: "You can't escape responsibility of tomorrow by avoiding it today." Let us all pledge to realize/utilize our Personal Cyber Power for World Peace and Planet Survival in 2017.    CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on December 29, 2016 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacefare #Individual Responsibiity #BF Skinner

"We are all controlled by the world in which we live, and part of that world has been and will be constructed by men. The question is this: are we to be controlled by accidents, by tyrants, or by ourselves, in effective cultural design ? "  BF Skinner

Christmas is a good time to give a free goodwill gift to the world by using the PersonalCyberPower (PCB) at our fingertips to make a little…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on December 15, 2016 at 6:13pm — 5 Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Peace #Adlai E. Stevenson

"Peace is not the work of a single day, nor will it be the consequence of a single act. Yet every constructive act contributes to its growth; every omission impedes it. Peace will come, in the end, if it comes at all, as a child grows to maturity - slowly, imperceptibly, until we realize one day in incredulous surprise that the child is almost grown." Adlai E. Stevenson

(The hope for world peace, in a cyber connected social…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on December 6, 2016 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacefare #Ethics #Omar Bradley

"The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." General Omar Bradley

Added by Al LeBlanc on November 21, 2016 at 2:52pm — No Comments

#Cybepeacefare #Democracy #Abe Lincoln

"A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people." Abraham Lincoln

(This is especially true when the popular vote favors the sentiments of the majority of the people versus the electoral college, which in my opinion, favors a "rigged democratic system" ?  Any comments ?).

Added by Al LeBlanc on November 12, 2016 at 5:56pm — No Comments

#Democracy #Winston Churchill #Responsibility #John F Kennedy

"Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."   Winston Churchill

"Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibility." John F. Kennedy

(Americans voters have a serious Presidential choice to make.  No doubt in my mind who has the more experienced track record, including ethics, world peace and planet survival…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on November 4, 2016 at 7:16pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Evil #George Eliot

"There is no sort of wrong deed of which a man can bear the punishment alone; you can't isolate yourself and say that the evil that is in you shall not spread.  Men's lives are as thoroughly blended with each other as the air they breathe; evil spreads as necessarily as disease."  George Eliot

Evil: 1. Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant. 2. causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful:the evil effects of a poor diet. 3.…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on October 21, 2016 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Conscience #George Washigton

"Labor to keep alive that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience." George Washington

conscience: 1a. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong; Let your conscience be your guide. b. A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement...........2. The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on October 16, 2016 at 9:05pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Apathy #Helen Keller

"Science may have found a cure for evil; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings."  Helen Keller

apathy: lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference; lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness. American Heritage Dictionary

(We have the personal cyber power (PCP) to…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on October 13, 2016 at 4:47pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Peace #TR

"Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness; but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation, as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another's keeping." Theodore Roosevelt

(Seems to me a good rule for "righteousness" is the "golden rule" which should bind us all/nations).

CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on October 7, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Democracy #JFK

"We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve." John F. Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage".

(I hope "We, the people" use wise judgment in selecting POTUS and Members of the  Senate and House this November -  that we NEED and DESERVE.  CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on October 3, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Tyranny #George Santayana

"There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny.  It is all permeating, all thwarting; it blasts every building, novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity.  Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon."  George Santayana

(It is incumbent on us all to recognize and oppose "anonymous tyranny", especially in a Presidential Election Year.  …

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Added by Al LeBlanc on September 23, 2016 at 3:51pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Principles #Henry Ford

"We have always found that, if our principles were right, the area over which they were applied did not matter.  Size is only a matter of the multiplication table."  Henry Ford

(Reminds me of "systems engineering management principles" which are applicable to large complex defense and space systems, as well as to simple home hi-fi audio systems. CyberPeaceGadfly).

Added by Al LeBlanc on September 3, 2016 at 11:06am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Enemies #Benjamin Franklin

"Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults."    Benjamin Franklin

(Especially the corruption of "power" so ubiquitous in the world  everyday !  CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 24, 2016 at 4:35pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Hate #Albert Einstein

"It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the state."  Albert Einstein

(Wonder what Einstein would say about Radical Islam/Islamism/ISIS ?  CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 17, 2016 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacfare #Responsibility #Albert Ellis

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny." Albert Ellis

(Seems to me we can extend Ellis's observation to general responsibility problem of usall; we must - Individually - take responsibility for our common good, common home and concern for future generations? CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 7, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Conscience Quotes

1. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead

2. "Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings." Helen Keller

3. "The framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny." Hugo L.…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 26, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Winston Churchill

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat............. You ask, what is our aim ? I can answer in one word victory. It is victory. Victory at all costs - victory in spite of all terrors -victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

(Victory over radical Islamic terrorism is ideological as well as kinetic; need to "win hearts and minds" through…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Dwight Eisenhower Quote

"The peace we seek is nothing less than the fulfillment of our whole faith among ourselves and in our dealings with others.  This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war. More than an escape from death, it is a way of life.  More than a haven for the weary,it is the hope for the brave." 

(Need faith in what unites us all: love and respect - common aspirations - pursuit of happiness - common good…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 14, 2016 at 12:21pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Elie Wiesel Quotes #RIP

1. "The Opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference."

2. "We must take sides.................................................

3. "If I survived, it must be for some reason.  I must do something with my life"

(A prime example of the power of a "single human singularity". Well deserved Nobel Peace Prize. RIP CyberPeaceGadfly).

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 4, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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