Cynical Soup: Not For The Easily Offended, Or The Ridiculously Naive. [NOOK Book]


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

Over 1000 observations through the ages and around the world from deep thinkers like Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, with many paintings and photographs. Also included are the thoughts of Old Man and a young woman about wise and foolish humans, and the nature of Reality.


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The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

Over 1000 observations through the ages and around the world from deep thinkers like Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, with many paintings and photographs. Also included are the thoughts of Old Man and a young woman about wise and foolish humans, and the nature of Reality.

Old Man lived a full life, and has tried hard to be honest and open-minded. Sometimes he succeeded. He’s not much for political correctness, or the warm, self-righteous comfort of a Noble Cause. Too many Noble Lies.

The young woman is a super-smart, foul-mouthed brat, a student at UC Berkeley, and good friend of the old man. She says what she thinks and couldn’t care less if that bothers you.

Government is essential, and there is a positive correlation between the power and size of government and the freedom of the individual and prosperity---up to a point. But then government continues to grow under its own momentum, irrespective of need, and the correlation reverses.
Old Man
Lawyers don’t produce anything. All they do is guide you through the labyrinth of the legal system that they create. And they keep changing it just in case you start to catch on.
Merle Kessler
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind the suffocation of a new bureaucracy.
Frantz Kafka
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Steven Wright
When you read descriptions like “associated with”, “largely”, “consistent with”, “may”, “supports”, “could”, “might”, “implies”, “suggests”, “nearly”, “tends to”, “trending”, “as many as”, “virtually”, “essentially”, “up to”, “to a great extent”, “linked to”, “surges”, “self evident”, in a report that purports to be scientific, be very sure it is not science. You are reading propaganda.
Old Man
When you believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.
Alfred North Whitehead
Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.
Milton R. Wolf
I wonder what the politically correct name for little people is these days. People of slight stature seems a bit long. How about LP for little people, which I hope does not offend anyone tall or short. Oops, I mean of diminutive size. To hell with it, dwarf is my choice.
If that offends you, tough shit! Get over your self-righteous, victim-loving, hyper-sensitivity.
Or maybe you’re one of those shrill, bullying, grievance grifters, pumping fear, guilt and anger to make a nice living and give meaning to your sorry life.
Young Woman
Old Man
The battles between the two political parties are elaborate games, played by the rich. Sometimes they stage good theater, but mostly they just steal your money.
War is delightful to those who have no experience of it. Most men who send others to war are too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
Patrick Henry
Always and forever more the main job of a government agency is to justify its continued existence and need for more money.
Old Man
Ad Homs are the best red meat to toss to an audience of meatheads.
Old Man

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033255511
  • Publisher: Ernest Kinnie
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,153,446
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

INTERVIEW WITH DR. ERNEST KINNIE (Broadcast on PBC, September 18, 2014. All rights reserved) James: Our very special guest today is Dr. Ernest Kinnie. Dr. Kinnie is a retired psychologist with many years experience as a professor, therapist, and author. His recent books bring together the best ways he’s found over a lifetime to help you expand what you can think, feel and become. And he is also the publisher of The Alice Trilogy, the story of a highly intelligent, over-sexed, foul-mouthed brat. Thank you for coming. You know, Dr. Kinnie, there are a number of people who believe that you wrote The Alice Trilogy, not Janis Hoffman. Did you or didn’t you? Dr. Kinnie: (laughs) You don’t waste time do you. Janis holds a high level position in government and wishes to remain anonymous. We are good friends and I agreed to publish her book, The Alice Trilogy, using the name Janis Hoffman. James: Yes, yes, I know. That’s the cover story. Her career will be hurt if people find out she wrote that book about a wild, over-sexed brat. Is Janis Hoffman real or not? Dr. Kinnie: Both. James: Both? Both? What do you mean both! You’re playing a game with me. Dr. Kinnie: Aren‘t you playing a game with me? James: Of course I’m playing a game with you. I want you to admit you’re a dirty old man, writing porn and hiding behind a woman’s skirt. And that picture on your author page isn’t you. It’s John Muir. Dr. Kinnie: Ok, I might be a dirty old man who writes pornography. But you’re for sure a porn pusher. James: What do you mean by that? Dr. Kinnie: You’re a jump and pump, gotcha man, who loves to play with people’s heads to up your ratings and show everybody what a great interviewer you are. James: (Laughs) True enough. You gotta admit though, the main ideas in Alice and your self-help psychology books are very similar. Dr. Kinnie: Ok, Mr. Gotcha man. Let me jump and pump you. What main ideas? James: Well, here’s a couple. Primary Reality is a Self that remains the same in the midst of all of the shifting realities. And, we are far more than just one person, short-lived and stuck in a particular space-time. Dr. Kinnie: Damn! I thought I’d catch you for sure. Yes, you have read the books and those are two of the main ideas in The Alice Trilogy. They are also found in 60 Psychological Adventures, Psychological Maps, and Cynical Soup. All easily available wherever eBooks are sold. Best to get in a little self-promotion while I can. Oh! Janis knows I’m doing this interview and asked me to let people know that she is a high level official in the Department of Education in Washington. She wants to have a little fun watching her coworkers try to figure out who Janis Hoffman might be. James: (laughs) Yeah. That would be a lot of fun playing with people’s heads. Who is that beautiful woman on the cover of The Alice Trilogy? Great cover. Dr. Kinnie: That is a late 19th century painting of Suzanne Valadon. She’s one of Alice’s Alts and in the center of all that sniffing, snorting, drinking, fornicating, and wild creativity in old Montmartre, a village on a bluff high above Paris. James: I am genuinely sorry but we are out of time, and I have so much more to ask. Thank you for coming, and I hope you will come again soon when we have more time. You have been as intelligent and entertaining as I expected. Dr. Kinnie: Thank you for having me. Always fun to fence with a worthy opponent. James: And thank you all for watching this lively interview with Dr. Ernest Kinnie. He is a retired psychologist and author. His books are available at major eBook outlets like Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble. He slipped in the titles of his most recent books, but let me repeat them to help ensure he returns for another interview. They are 60 Psychological Adventures and Psychological Maps, two self-help psychology books to explore and create your life, and Cynical Soup, a book of over 800 wise and foolish observations. And for sure, don’t forget The Alice Trilogy, the story of a wild and crazy young girl, he may or may not have written.

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