On “Bread & Circuses”

Today’s world events brought a certain phrase  to mind:
“Romans said that the way to keep people happy was to give them bread & circuses.”

Had no idea, who said this, or why.
So, I gave into my curiosity and here’s a sampling of what I found:

“The actual phrase is ‘Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt’. Coined by the Roman poet Juvenal in the first Century in his Satires lamenting the continuing slide of his former Roman Republic into dictatorship.

The term refers to entertainment or offerings intended to foil discontent or distract attention from a situation. In ancient Rome, bread and circuses were used to keep the underprivileged poor people quiet.
Source: IZZYLEE   http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_said_Give_them_bread_and_circuses

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“Bread and circuses” refers to the pacification of a populace by food and entertainment, which is related to the term “fat and happy”. As coined by the Roman poet Juvenal (c. 100-200 AD) in his Satires, panem et circenses was an apparent policy in the Roman Empire. The rulers believed that if the people were entertained and their bellies full, they would not get restless or try to overthrow the government. So they tried to make sure that there was always entertainment, notably in the Colosseum, and that there was always bread available to be purchased. In this way, the Roman masses were distracted from the problems of the Empire. 
Source:   Don Dfoofnik   http://www.answers.com/Q/What_does_the_phrase_bread_and_circuses_mean

Hauntingly uncanny
how the above
can be applied
in this modern day and age,
no?

 

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So, you STILL say “feminist” as if it were something bad?

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What version of ‘mercy’ did you get from the bible?

Joe Kennedy III calls out Paul Ryan:
“What version of ‘mercy’ did you get from the bible?”

“There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. GOP repeal bill is not act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”

 

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Ernestine Sheperd BodyBuilder at 80

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Chelsea Handler on Doing the Right Thing

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Chelsea Handler on Jealousy

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A Closer Look at Song “America”, wriitten by …shhhh!…a lesbian named Katharine Lee Bates

Hmmm, read the original lyrics yourselves and notice which have been changed.
Also have a look at who first penned the poem.

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What coud have been in her head as she drafted the original poem?
And how did the ones who edited it get away with slipping “gold & success” into the lyrics to replace the text about “selfish gain”? And then there’s a contrast wherein  “whiter jubilee” was replaced with “brotherhood”? Hmmmm?
Throught-provoking, no?

America. A Poem for July 4.

Original poem (1893)[6] 1904 version[citation needed] 1911 version[7]
O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife,
When once or twice, for man’s avail, Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain,
The banner of the free!
O beautiful for glorious tale
Of liberating strife,
When valiantly for man’s avail
Men lavish precious life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
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When song becomes controversy, it makes for sad music.

 

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When Apprentice Trump takes on Terminator Schwarzenegger…

President Trump of the USA takes a shot at Terminator Schwarzenegger,
who promptly raises a challenge.
Will Trump pick up the gauntlet?

We all know the answer to that one!

 

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YES! French customers will be seeing new label warnings on Small Business’ US-made products.

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