Al LeBlanc's Blog – January 2016 Archive (2)

#Cyberpeacefare #Despotism #John Quincy Adams

"Despotism or unlimited sovereignty is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junta, and a single emperor."  John Quincy Adams

despotism: 1. Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority 2.the actions of a despot; tyranny. American Heritage Dictionary

(Rings familiar in today's 21st century chaotic world ? )

Added by Al LeBlanc on January 25, 2016 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacefare #Laboratories # Louis Pasteur

"Take interest, I implore you, in those sacred dwellings which are designated by the expression term, laboratories.  Demand that they be multiplied and advanced.  These are the temples of the future, temples of well being and happiness......where humanity grows greater, stronger and better."

(Seems to me humanity needs laboratories for experimenting with social media driven Individual Collective Personal Cyberpower for "world…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on January 13, 2016 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

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