Saturday, October 21, 2017

no. 496

"TED talks are the k-cups of thinking"

Unknown (by me, at least)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

no. 495

"There is no group in the United States less attached to its own ideals or more eager for its own exploitation than religious conservatives."

Michael Gerson

Saturday, October 7, 2017

no. 494

"I always wanted to know why Hermione didn't just use the Time Turner to also take more naps so she wasn't so strung out."

from a site about Harry Potter plot holes.

Friday, October 6, 2017

no. 493

Pence: "We need more non-abortion alternatives for women"
World: "Like contraceptives, affordable healthcare, daycare, family leave?"
Pence: "lol fuck no, I meant like, ultrasounds and calling them whores."

Gin and Tacos

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

no. 492

"We created a whole new huge Department of Homeland Security with a $70b budget after 14 lunatics killed 3300 people in 2001. Yet we witness the daily slaughter by guns in our country and do nothing but pass more laws to give citizens more guns. What are we doing?"

- Melinda Carroll

Friday, September 29, 2017

no. 491

“We are still so far from considering illness as anything beyond a private misfortune against which each individual and each family should protect itself, as best it may, that Germany’s heroic method of attacking it as a national evil through government machinery seems to us to belong almost to another planet.” 

- Henry Seager (1917)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

No. 490

“The other problem you’re facing,” Von explained gently, “is that these people walk around thinking they already know everything about everything. If you look at improving policies to help the masses, they call you a socialist. If you talk about not killing and not going to war for the sake of it, they say that you’re unrealistic. They take no time to consider what you’re actually talking about because they bring all their filters and pre-formed ideas to the table.” She shook her head, her eyes showing how hard this had been for all the years she’d been trying to make a difference with her work. “It just makes them unwilling -and in a lot of cases unable -to even hear what you’re suggesting. They just filter it out and decide what you mean based on their sound bites and prejudices.”

From "Cloaked: Age of Expansion" by Ell Leigh Clarke and Michael Anderle

Thursday, September 21, 2017

no. 489

"Almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. Only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement." 

From the movie  "Joe Versus The Volcano"

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

no. 488

"Don't hiss at me like a raptor, I'm your mom."

My wife, to my 16-year old daughter; not words I ever expected to hear.

Monday, June 12, 2017

no. 487

"A good friend posted this to his site today.
This has to be the one of the most reasoned explanations I've read on this massacre.

What to say after Pulse

June 14, 2016
This is what I have to say post the Pulse massacre.

The problem is not that this man was a demon, an outsider, some sort of outlier on the continuum of human American experience. This man was a citizen of this country. He was what is held up as the norm: young, religious, husband, father.

The problems are the systems that surrounded this man, that taught him that the normal reaction to seeing people different from himself was disgust.

The systems that taught him that his disgust was normal.
The systems that taught him to rationalize his disgust as an expression of faith. The systems that cloaked that rationalization in a rhetoric of nobility.
The economic systems that allowed him to weaponize that disgust, to turn that disgust into bullets and mutilation. At every step he made decisions that he is responsible for, but at every step those decisions were made easier by hundreds of other people whose words and actions told him : Yes, you are right to be disgusted, and the righteous way to deal with your disgust is to deal death to people you don’t know and to crow about it. Here is a gun that lets you do that, here is a system that will laud you for doing that.

When politicians pray after these things, pray after killing bill after bill that would break these systems, pray after taking money from people whose incomes come from making it easy for these men to spray death, I can only think that they are praying that people don’t connect the dots, that people don’t try to say to them, you continue to teach people that their disgust is normal, that their violence is normal and right and good, that their deadly actions are normal.
They are praying that people don’t wake up to the fact that you have said to all of those families and lovers of the people who died at Pulse that you would rather have your gun today than to have any of those victims still alive.

The killer was merely the agent of your contempt. When you put your righteousness above those lives, when you put your gun above those lives, you make a sham of the Constitution and the country and the god you claim to serve and revere.

The problem is not that the killer is beyond the pale: The problem is that the killer was an apt pupil for all the teaching that you left for him and which you are still maintaining today." 

Bric 1101 commenting at The Rant

Sunday, January 22, 2017

no. 486

as Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization:

"…the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.” 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

no. 485

"I hate my job!"
"There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY. We meet at the bar."

From the Drew Carey Show.

Friday, January 20, 2017

no. 484

"As for the election, it's sometimes about winning, and sometimes it's about losing as little as possible."

Kaleberg commenting at ginandtacos

Thursday, January 19, 2017

no. 483

"He who wants a rose must respect the thorn."

Persian Proverb

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

no. 482

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.

Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

G. B. Shaw 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

no. 481

"Boy, if I didn't want to regret, I wouldn't volunteer to be in charge of kids."

Daven in Something Positive

Monday, January 16, 2017

no. 480

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

Pretty sure I've posted this before, but it's a good one, so...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

no. 479

"Every conviction of error is a violence done to the mind, inasmuch as the forcible eradication of a prejudice must be attended with a painful sensation. The blind man is happy in his blindness, and the ignorant content with his ignorance. The wisest of men has somewhere told us that the increase of wisdom is the increase of sorrow."

- Francis Hopkinson

Saturday, January 14, 2017

no. 478

"Today is the sort of day where the Sun only comes up to humiliate you."

- Chuck Palahniuk

Friday, January 13, 2017

no. 477


Rule. 1
Never create superficial work.
Pour your blood into the ink.

Rule. 2
Never chase after popularity, which is transcient as a flower.
Dig deep in the earth and pull down the roots.

Rule. 3
No matter how much status you attain, you must never have regrets.
If the choice is between peace and the storm, choose the storm.

Rule. 4
If you should fail, never cry.
Study your failure and let it give birth to succcess.

Rule. 5
Even if you obey the previous rules, never think you alone are right.
Learn from everything and everyone around you.

A well known shonen author, the reference can be found in Bakuman manga chapter 5 page 16-17