Photographs, Victoria, BC, May 11, 2013

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J.S. Larochelle

July 29, 2014

C.A. L’Hirondelle

"Artificial scarcity is created when common wealth is plundered and put into a few private hands."

A Tale of Two Memes Part II: 
Turning Abundance into Scarcity


Bill Forsyth 

Alexis de Tocqueville

Susan Blackmore

Ludwig Wittgenstein ”The world is all that is the case.”


Ansel Adams “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”


Rachel Carson ”It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist: the threat is rather to life itself.”


Paul Gauguin “However depressed I may be I am not in the habit of giving up a project without having tried everything, even the ‘impossible’, to gain my end.” 

He died on May 8, 1903 in Atuona


George Orwell, Vincente Minnelli and Irving Stone were born in 1903.


In 1956 I was 5.

Lust for Life (1956)


Albin Krebs “Although biographical novels were his specialty, Mr. Stone also produced two biographies, ‘Clarence Darrow for the Defense’ in 1941, and ‘Earl Warren’ in 1948. ‘They Also Ran,’ a lively study of unsuccessful Presidential candidates, was published in 1943.”


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Edward O. Wilson

Leelee Sobieski

Saul Bellow

Gustave Courbet

Frankie Faison

Hattie McDaniel

Randall Adams

Brooke Adams

Peter Ackroyd

John Belushi

Jeff Bridges

Jim Broadbent

Ann Druyan

Shelley Duvall

Richard Elfman

is that despite the fact that censoring works of art, entertain  is axiomatically government interference in our economic freedom to create, sell and buy despite the fact that we have a natural right to own marijuana as private property, we elect politicians who are either philosophically illiterate or who lie to us on purpose to get us to vote for them.

We can have either demand the constitutional right to free speech and to own things such as Alice Munro books as our private property or we can demand that politicians oppose free speech and arrest people who ideas offending us and arrest people for growing growing but then we cannot call ourselves capitalists.

Instead of elected economists so that they can write laws in defence of the equal economic freedom of all citizens, white, Christian men have electing white Christian men to write laws justifying colonialism, slavery and discrimination against women based on the Bible, which, paradoxically, is what Darwinism predicts white, Christian men would do given that that they want to be rich and powerful and the opposite of how they behave if they had been designed by a Supreme Being to be intelligent enough to understand that colonizing other people is not only the pinnacle of evil but it give other people the moral right to colonize us.   


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May 14, 2014 


Helen Mirren was born born 26 July 1945 in London, England.

David Livingstone

All comparisons are odious and lists are by nature comparisons.

Earlier this year, Random House announced that it would release a list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. 

One of the many paradoxes of literature is that because of capitalism, a staggering number of writers are working on the    

Virginia Woolf, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright


"It is strange to reflect how different those legends might have been had her life reached the ordinary human span." 

Charlotte Brontë 

Mia Wasikowska

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England

Michelle Fairley

Roma Downey

Daryl Hannah

Julianne Moore

Tilda Swinton

Sean Penn

Benjamin Wiker

Benjamin Wiker is a Roman Catholic ethicist.

David Hume

"This is a list of books published as the "Famous Scots Series" by the Edinburgh publishers, Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, from 1896 to 1905.”


Henry Calderwood FRSE (10 May 1830, Peebles – 19 November 1897, Edinburgh), Scottish minister and philosopher.

"Charles Darwin counted Hume as a central influence, as did “Darwin’s bulldog,” Thomas Henry Huxley."

Karen Gillan was born November 281987 in Inverness, Scotland

Derek Jacobi was born October 221938 in Leytonstone, London, England

Matilda Joslyn Gage was born March 24, 1826, Cicero, New York


Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane was born May 27, 1862, Edinburgh, Scotland 


Bertrand Russell was born May 18, 1872, Trellech, Wales

His archives are at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario 


He was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Bertrand Russell  ”Like most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying: ‘Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.’ Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told, and acquired a conscience which has kept me working hard down to the present moment.”

Illustrated Quotes for a Livable World 

created by C.A. L’Hirondelle,


For Turing, the problem is a practical one: if you design a bridge using a system that contains a contradiction, “the bridge may fall down.” For Wittgenstein, the problem was about the social context in which human beings can be said to “follow the rules” of a mathematical system. W

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Revised on July 22, 2014

Alex Trebek was born July 22, 1940 

Gregor Mendel

S. E. Hinton

Marcel Proust “Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.” 

He was born July 10, 1871 and he died on November 18, 1922, Paris, France

Swan’s Way was published in 1913, which was the year Albert Camus was born. 


Nikola TeslaJohn Wyndham, Joe Shuster, Alice Munro and

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa


"Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous" 

- Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness, 1932

Illustrated Quotes for a Livable World created by C.A. L’Hirondelle, July 2012


Bertrand Russell “Sceptical Essays” http://is.gd/ltOZJJ

Roger Fry (1866-1934) was as artist and art critic.


Russell Books ”The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell”


Ray Monk has published biographies of both Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell.



Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “Making my films is not difficult, funding them is, how they are perceived is another matter, I get so tired of conventional film.” (Kicking the Pricks)


Michael Gough (1916-2011) played Bertrand Russell in Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993)


Bertrand Russell “Why won’t you just admit there’s no rhinoceros in this room?”

Karl Johnson was born March 1, 1948 in Wales. He played Wittgenstein.


Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Because, Professor Russell, the world is made up of facts, not things.”

Tilda Swinton was born November 5, 1960 in London, England


She played Lady Ottoline Morrell in Wittgenstein.


Wittgenstein in Cambridge: Letters and Documents 1911-1951


Henry Walter (‘H. Walter’) Barnett sepia platinum print, 1902


Ludwig Wittgenstein  ”What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent.”


George Orwell ”To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” 


Bertrand Russell ”This condition of unintelligent respect on the part of the general public is exactly what the financier needs in order to remain unfettered by the democracy” 


Frank Daniels III ”Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950.”


George Orwell ”The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.” (In Front of Your Nose)


Margaret Atwood ”I grew up with George Orwell. I was born in 1939, and Animal Farm was published in 1945. Thus, I was able to read it at the age of nine. It was lying around the house, and I mistook it for a book about talking animals, sort of like Wind in the Willows.” (Orwell and Me), 2003


George Orwell died in 1950 the year Bertrand Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. 


Ludwig Feuerbach “Man is what he eats.”

Feuerbach & Samuel Morse (the Morse Code) died in 1872 the year Bertrand Russell was born.

Russell died in 1970, the same year as E. M. Forster, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Sharpe (Darby O’Gill and the Little People), Erich Maria Remarque and Janis Joplin.

Jennifer Connelly, Minnie Driver, Queen Latifah, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Uma Thurman and Rachel Weisz were born in 1970, the year Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, Pierre Berton’s The National Dream and Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business were published.

Benicio Del Toro presenting Jennifer Connelly the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Beautiful Mind


Ron Howard‘s acclaimed biopic of John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant mathematician, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, and schizophrenic. As the devoted wife of this complex man (played by Russell Crowe), Jennifer earned a wealth of critical accolades, including Golden Globe and American Film Institute Awards and a an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.”


John Nash “My beginning as a legally recognized individual occurred on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, in the Bluefield Sanitarium, a hospital that no longer exists.” 


Nicholas Humphrey ”Bertrand Russell’s idea, put forward 80 years ago, is about as dangerous as they come. I don’t think I can better it: ‘I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.’ (The opening lines of his Sceptical essays).”


Bertrand Russell wrote an introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus 


National Review “57. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein” (“The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books Of The Century.” 1999)


Ray Monk “This is the only book Wittgenstein published in his lifetime, and is universally acknowledged to be a masterpiece.”


Daniel Dennett ”In 1939, Wittgenstein’s Cambridge seminar on the foundations of mathematics included a brilliant young mathematician, Alan Turing, who was giving his own course that term on the same topic.”


Roger Penrose ”This century has witnessed several revolutions in scientific thought and in technology. Relativity, quantum mechanics, antibiotics, genetics, aeroplanes, and television are some obvious examples. As the century draws to its close, however, it is another revolution that is now beginning to make the most profound mark on almost every aspect of our lives. This is the general-purpose computer.”



Andrew Hodges ”Alan Mathison Turing was born on 23 June 1912, the second and last child (after his brother John) of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing.”


Bryan Magee “Iris Murdoch, when you’re writing a novel on the one hand and philosophy on the other, are you actually conscious that you’re engaged in two radically different  kinds of writing?”

Iris Murdoch ”Oh, very much so, yes. These two branches of thought have such different aims and  such different styles.”


 Transcript http://digital.films.com/FalshCC/7316.xml

Economically speaking, George Orwell’s 1984 is private property, which means that censorship is a philosophical paradox in that although it is impossible to write a law telling us what ideas it is illegal for us to express or own as private property, censorship has been a common problem faced by artists and entertains through all of history.

Time STAFF “It’s both ironic and fitting that 1984 would join the American Library Association’s list of commonly challenged books given its bleak warning of totalitarian censorship. ”


Judy Blume on the Web: Is Harry Potter Evil?

"The real danger is not in the books, but in laughing off those who would ban them."

Julia Scheeres ”Kidspeak teaches kids about censorship and fighting for freedom of expression, using the fictional boy wizard as a case study.”


Sarah Polley “It is the job of artists to provoke and challenge. Part of the responsibility of being an artist in society is to create work that will inspire dialogue, suggest that people examine their long-held positions and, yes, occasionally offend in order to do so. I believe it is vital that some artists push the envelope, be provocative and, at times, make us feel a little uncomfortable. These moments of questioning our long held beliefs and moral codes are part of how we sort through the experience of being human. It is the fundamental job of the artist.”


Melissa Leong"When Sarah Polley was 18 years old, the first film that she wanted to make was an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s historical novel, Alias Grace.”




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July 20, 2014

Suanne Kelman “For most of the 20th century, Canadian school children learned early that literature, like life, was elsewhere, nestling among Wordsworth’s daffodils or in Tennyson’s Camelot. Anne of Green Gables was the first Canadian book most of us read, and it made our own country magical. The poignancy of Anne’s loneliness and eventual triumph has a universal appeal—witness the book’s hold on the Japanese imagination—but for Canadians, its added fillip is its assurance that one of our own pious, smug, puritanical communities can yield such rich stories, such varied eccentricity.”

Margaret Atwood 

"All comparisons are odious and lists are by nature comparisons."


J.S. Larochelle

Revised for July 19, 2014

1997 movies TitanicBoogie Nights  

Atom Egoyan was born July 19, 1960 Cairo, Egypt

Russell Banks was born in 1940 in Newton, Massachusetts

Alice Munro