Friday, February 16, 2018

no. 521

"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness”

Terry Pritchett in “Men at Arms”

no. 520

"Both mass shooters and gun defenders agree that violence with guns is the best possible solution for the problems they perceive in the world, and themselves the most appropriate possible instrument to deliver it.

They disagree only on the appropriateness of target."

Julius Goat, on Twitter after the latest school shooting.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

no. 519

“There is no anchor any more. At the core of the administration of the most powerful country on earth, there is, instead, madness.”

~ Andrew Sullivan

For future reference, this is about the Trump administration.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

no. 518

"One of my teachers at Columbia was Joseph Brodsky...and he said 'look,' he said, 'you Americans, you are so na├»ve. You think evil is going to come into your houses wearing big black boots. It doesn’t come like that. Look at the language. It begins in the language.'" 
Marie Howe (h/t Joseph Fasano)

Language activates an idea and a circuitry in your brain. And the result of that is every time a circuit is activated, its synapses get stronger. So the more you hear certain things, even if you just hear and understand them, the circuitry gets stronger.

From a FB Post by George Lakoff

Monday, January 22, 2018

no. 517

When the media is owned by those who believe they have the right to choose leaders, and who also believe that only the rich have the right to make decisions, the media ceases to be an objective reporting tool, and becomes an instrument of criminal conspiracy.

From the book “Hire A Hero”, by Timothy Ellis

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

no. 516

“As you've seen, the relentless return of U.S. conservatism to hatefully anti-science error always turns out to have been bought and paid for by cynical oligarchs. Manipulators who are never brought into account for the countless lives their delaying tactics wrecked.”

David Brin, ostensibly discussing the Tobacco Industry, but also so much more. 

no. 515

“Being a dissident is rooted in the belief that if everyone knew, the tide would turn against injustice. Dissidents don’t want you to be comfortable. They feel compelled to act and they want you to care as much as they do.”

Garry Kasparov

Friday, January 12, 2018

no. 514

"I was born with a reading list I will never finish." 

Maud Casey

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

no. 513

"The fact that homosexuality exists in 1,500 species and homophobia exists in one is proof that love is something human beings need more of."

Lacey Roop

Saturday, January 6, 2018

no. 512

"It's true that the early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten."


Sunday, December 31, 2017

no. 511

"Taking all criticism of a group you're a part of personally and being unable to handle it is the hot new look for 2018"

Gin and Tacos, on Facebook, Dec, 31, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

no. 510

Retweeted AltHomelandSecurity­čç║­čçŞ (@AltHomelandSec):

The American people should not be using politics to determine their morals, but using their morals to determine their politics.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

no. 509

“The death of our political process is going to be a bunch of technocrats and DLC-style Liberals wonking themselves into a frenzy while the right steals or destroys everything that isn't nailed down. And they'll smile and say, sure, go do some more research and get some CBO scores or whatever, and while they're distracted the handful of interests that are returning us to the era of Robber Baron capitalism will empty the last of the till into their briefcases and laugh their asses off on the way to their offshore havens.”

Gin & Tacos

Monday, November 27, 2017

no. 508

“Someday, you may be at peace with your enemies. Make sure you can look them in the face, and not down on them.”

From the book “The Bad Company”, by Craig Martelle and Michael Anderle.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

no. 507

"I'm too lazy to distinguish between an imperfect candidate and a fascist toddler. Haven't you seen South Park?"

Nick Bernard's sarcastic response to some still complaining, over a year later, about the "lousy" choice between Trump and Clinton.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

no. 506

"No one goes there any more, it's too crowded"

Yogi Berra

Friday, November 17, 2017

no. 505

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, November 13, 2017

no. 504

“I don’t think there’s any need to have essays advocating selfishness among human beings; I don’t know what your impression has been, but some things require no further reinforcement.”

Christopher Hitchens, discussing Ayn Rand. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

no. 503

“I don't know how to feel about Donald Trump," Noah said. "There is terror and there is joy. You know what it feels like? There's a giant asteroid headed towards the Earth, but it's shaped like a penis."

Trevor Noah

Sunday, November 5, 2017

no. 502

"Tits may be life, but ass is hometown."

Terrence Smith