There are many extraordinary people worth studying. Here are some of the more interesting related to our Verboten content. Special shout out for The Intellectual Dark Web.
Learning the lessons of the past is profitable. Great masters of their crafts in their time are a wonderful source of information. It allows you to follow through past adventures as you recall their stories looking for the possibility of new knowledge. What did they explore and what did they discover? Any dead ends? Perhaps a forgotten thread waiting for someone else to pick up and follow to its natural conclusion… new wealth.
Booker T. Washington
built a school and clay factory to help former slaves become self-sufficient. He was a former slave himself who made a deal with his "owner" to work his way out of slavery by over-producing for a period of time.
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
was a legendary word smith and comedian well known for innovating politically edgy comedy and pushing the boundaries of free speech. He changed laws and lives; he died June 22, 2008. Rest In Peace.
Here are his 7 dirty words you can’t say on television: “Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.”
is a gifted actor and director. As an actor, he is known for his role as Dr. Dennis Hancock on Chicago Hope and the Economically Unviable man in the 1993 sleeper hit, Falling Down. He makes this list because sometimes a little moment can change everything.
“I’m going away now, everybody. Don’t forget me.”
General George S. Patton
commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II. The hero of D-Day. He was later killed by a drunk driver on December 21, 1945. Some have suggested the “accident” wasn’t an accident.
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
was the first North American woman to conquer Mount Everest. A true inspiration. Born in Halifax, raised in Vancouver. In 1977 Sharon Wood climbed Canada’s highest mountain, Mt. Logan. She climbed in Alaska, Argentina, Peru, and then Nepal. On May 20, 1986 she reached the summit of Mount Everest.
“The first time I tied into a rope, I was twelve years old and there was no looking back. I just really identified with the scent of the forest, the alpine, and the beautiful surrounding mountains. That is when I first fell in love with the mountains, or recognized home I would say.”
Peter Mark Robinson
is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and host of Uncommon Knowledge. A steady voice that elevates the discussion. He is a former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. In many ways Peter is a conservative version of Charlie Rose and they both use a similar format.
“The only difference was, you could play the music again and again; a life plays only once.”
General Douglas MacArthur
was an American five-star general and war hero. After more than two years fighting in the Pacific, he officially accepted Japan’s surrender in WW2 on 2 September 1945.
“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
was a true comedy legend responsible for changing TV not once, but twice in two different decades. First the Garry Shandling Show in 1986 and then the Larry Sanders Show in 1992. While discussing comedy in the Green Room, Garry Shandling got introspective. He showed he was aware he is self-obsessed, the ultimate comedic achievement. It’s final proof the great master reached the highest level before he was gone. Garry Shandling was one of those rare comedians that didn’t seem to find other people funny, but instead could sense the essence of the comedy itself. Distilled from personality, Garry Shandling would write and innovate not one but two landscape changing comedy vehicles in his prime and set the stage well into the future for others. A true comedian’s comedian.
“If I was Kanye I wouldn’t wait for the GOP convention, I’d go make a deal with Mitt right now.”
Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt
was a French heiress, socialite and businesswoman. Largest principal shareholder of L’Oréal and according to Forbes, she was the richest woman in the world. At US$ 40.9 billion she was a top ten richest alive and it all started in 1922. Being quite elderly, in 2015, Liliane was the victim of a fraud attempt when a conspiracy of nurses and attendants tried to steal her fortune. She has since passed.
“Man is fond of formulas…work is invincible.”
Marilyn vos Savant
known for having the highest recorded IQ according to the Guinness Book of Records. An American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright. She likes to answer hard questions for fun in her writing and is a most interesting person.
“Intelligence would be what I call ones overall parameter of abilities.”
is from Maillardville, British Columbia, Canada. He has won Grand Prix World Champion of Magic twice and performed on Penn And Teller’s Fool Us where he successfully fooled them. Twice! He’s also performed on Ellen to a delighted crowd.
“No Braille… No UV … Just ordinary magic.”
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
is the author of the holy trinity of business books from the early 20th century, Dollars and Sense (1906), Brass Tacks (1910), and Poise-Efficiency-Peace (1914). A true old school capitalist who spoke from direct experience and with a genuine desire to see others succeed.
“Be pleasant every morning until ten o’clock. The rest of the day will take care of itself.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
is an astrophysicist well known for being the spiritual successor to the late great cosmologist, Carl Sagan. Neil shares the Verboten opinion that AI is no great threat and laughs lovingly at those who think it is. Neil can be most regularly accessed from his podcast, Star Talk Radio.
“If Pizza sizes were given in area not diameter, you’d see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie.”
is an internationally renowned musician, artist and activist. A passionate advocate of Canadian Indian rights. Was born to Cree parents at Piapot Reserve near Regina, Saskatchewan. She founded the Native North American Women’s Association, a scholarship fund for Native American law students, and teaching music and art at the Saskatchewan Federated Indian College.
“Sixteen million colours in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down.”
was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. Instead of being sent to school he was taught by governesses and tutors, and thus acquired a perfect knowledge of French and German.
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
is a founder of the American Capitalist Party. Though he does not identify as a libertarian, he does admit it’s close to his beliefs. He describes himself as an Objectivist. He’s also a pretty decent singer and plays Lucifer in the long running hit television series Supernatural.
“I’m not saying this is universal, but I’ve found many college students to be very closed minded and intolerant of views that are not what they’re used to hearing in the classroom.”
is first Indo-Canadian broadcaster. The first Canadian women to be granted a radio license from the CRTC. Shushma Datt emigrated to Canada in 1972 and settled in Vancouver. Founder, president and CEO of i.t. Productions Ltd. In September 2014, Datt rebranded her radio station, RJ1200 as Spice Radio.
“It was the BBC who set me on my path as a journalist and broadcaster. They saw some talent in me and encouraged me to write and produce programs, and they provided me with the opportunity to showcase them.”
was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Famously started the skeptic movement in America where he immigrated as an adult in the mid 60’s to pursue his career as a stage magician and escapist. Credited by most contemporary atheists for bringing the anti-theist movement into the mainstream and generally for popularizing the debunking of supernatural claims such as speaking to spirits and psychic powers. James came out as gay at 81 in June, 2011 and married his companion Deyvi Orangel Peña Arteaga in 2013.
“If [psychics, mediums, telepathy, ghosts, etc] are real, then why hasn’t anyone won the James Randi 1 million dollar prize?”
was the first female pilot to lead the famous aerobatic Snowbirds out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Lt.-Col. Carmichael has accumulated more than 3200 hours of jet flying time.
“We went and saw the air show there [in Moose Jaw], and I remember seeing the Snowbirds out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. They were probably in just their first five years of existence at the time, but I distinctly remember seeing the nine red and white jets in the sky. That’s how it all started.”
is one of the most important black icons in history. A professor and prolific author. He’s currently the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.
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“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
is a Canadian renaissance woman. A professional dancer, choreographer and law professor. Natasha generally takes the mainstream liberal perspective that wearing a niqab isn’t anti-women. This view is not shared by all feminists.
“Feminists are people who care about others. Canada has always been known as a compassionate country.”
is a world renowned judge and lawyer who became the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2004. Previously a member of the Supreme Court of Canada. She was Chief Prosecutor during The International Criminal Tribunals.
“Having worked in the human-rights field internationally, I now find it incredible how the West seems to be absolutely incapable of hearing what it sounds like to the rest of the world.”
had been tailed by the FBI in 1999 from the moment he'd climbed onto the police car in which Jack Weinberg was detained. He was followed for more than a decade because he had emerged as the nation’s most prominent student leader. Also known as “Operation of the Machine,” this speech is possibly Savio’s most known work. Speaking on the steps of Sproul Hall, on December 2, 1964.
“ We were told the following: If President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the regents in his telephone conversation, why didn’t he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received, from a well-meaning liberal, was the following: He said, ‘Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?’ That’s the answer!
Well, I ask you to consider: If this is a firm, and if the board of regents are the board of directors; and if President Kerr in fact is the manager; then I’ll tell you something. The faculty are a bunch of employees, and we’re the raw material! But we’re a bunch of raw materials that don’t mean to be…have any process upon us. Don’t mean to be made into any product. Don’t mean… Don’t mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We’re human beings!
There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
He died of heart failure on November 2, 1996.
“If this [school] is a firm, and if the board of regents are the board of directors; and if President Kerr in fact is the manager; then I’ll tell you something. The faculty are a bunch of employees, and we’re the raw material!”
became the first Canadian woman in space when she flew on Discovery in January 1992. She’s a woman of varied talents, including a medical doctor and earning a doctorate in neurobiology. She spent 8 days in space.
“It was after the Challenger accident. Nonetheless, you know you have to be focused. You can’t be thinking about nerves.”
is a Canadian author, educator at New York University, and advocate of a “reformist” interpretation of Islam. Founder of the Moral Courage Project. There have been several credible threats to her life as an apostate starting 2004 when she begin speaking out to wider audiences.
“The word for virgin has been mistranslated, martyrs would get raisins in heaven, not virgins.”
was a Nobel prize winning economist and free market capitalist known for his honest appeal. Very few did more in the 20th century to package the extremely complicated details of free market capitalism into manageable bits; through a series of engaging lectures and QA sessions in the old academic tradition. He died November 16, 2006 at the age of 94.
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
was a provocative and brilliant member of the early western progressive movement who made a career of advocating a certain type of homosexual culture. This author and playwright became a favourite foil of William F. Buckley, Jr. and the 21st Century neoconservative movement generally. He sadly died on July 31, 2012.
“Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.”
was Canada’s first female Prime Minister in 1993 and Canada’s 19th. Love’s helicopter rides. Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women.
“Women need to feel like they can accomplish something, and I think they can.”
Dr. Michael Shermer
is Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, and columnist for Scientific American. He has been a fixture on late night political broadcasts since before the internet.
“I’m not endorsing Donald Trump.”
was the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 30 books, games, including five collections of essays, on a range of subjects, including politics, literature, and religion. An author, columnist, essayist, writer, orator, religious and literary critic, social critic and journalist. A noted critic of religion and an antitheist, Hitchens viewed the concept of a god or a supreme being as a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom. His wife confirmed that he did NOT experience a deathbed conversion on December 15, 2011.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
is one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism,” alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens. An American author, philosopher and neuroscientist. He advocates separation of church and state and scientific skepticism, and is a critic of religion and a proponent of the liberty to criticize it.
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“Only the atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving God while this same God drowned infants in their cribs.”
is father of robotics and the modern electrical grid. A Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He literally brought light to the world and is often considered a mad scientist in popular media. He is most famous for lighting the entire Worlds Fair in 1893. Rumour has it that later in life he also creating an atmospheric death ray technology allegedly broken into pieces with each given to a difference major world power. The aim being to force them to cooperate should they ever want the technology to work.
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
Henry Mayo Bateman
was an English Caricaturist, famous for his mastery of the craft and his many contributions to publications around the world. He was especially noted for his The Man Who… series of cartoons, featuring comically exaggerated reactions to minor and usually upper-class social gaffes, such as The Man Who Lit His Cigar Before the Royal Toast, The Man Who Threw a Snowball at St. Moritz and The Boy Who Breathed on the Glass at the British Museum.
“Draw as much of Life as you possibly can, especially at the beginning.”
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