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Old 12-30-2016, 09:59   #49
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Originally Posted by Billy L-bach View Post
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I am awestruck! I hadn't put the pieces together and was completely missing the big picture. You've forced me to check my prejudices. I've obviously become trapped in complacency; all my perceptions shaped by Normalcy and Confirmation biases. Now I have to scrub everything and start over from a clean slate - questioning everything I thought was already settled fact.

Dammit! My world was so comfortable until you opened my eyes. I'm not going to get a decent night's sleep for months.
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)
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