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“Steve Jobs” quote

One quote stood out for me in the latest “Steve Jobs” movie, one that I think many at the top could be well served to listen to (or at least, the average person would be well served if they listened to it):

“it’s not binary: you can be decent and gifted at the same time”

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#refugeeswelcome – an open letter to Muslims

From the NYT:

The president’s order, enacted with the stroke of a pen at 4:42 on Friday afternoon, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, […]

Animals with a computer strapped on…

“Where most people get it wrong is they believe we are computers with an animal strapped on, whereas in truth we are animals with a computer strapped on. In the end that wonderfully powerful computer is mostly used to justify what the animal has already decided.”

– Me

“trickle down”, Bugle style…

In regards to “trickle down economics”:

“What is trickling down and what is it trickling down? That is one trowser leg you don’t want to be at the bottom of.”

– Andy Zaltzman, The Bugle

Worse than every war before?

Matt Lauer on NBC to Hillary Clinton:

“It seems, Secretary Clinton, that information is so vital when it comes to combatting terrorism, and that is why perhaps—perhaps—you hear some people say when you get a key suspect like the one who was taken into custody in Brussels last Friday, maybe you should use some enhanced […]

Welcome to Hell…

“We are on the brink of a disaster and this is the government of political suiciders. So welcome to hell.”

– Acting Ukrainian President, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, via The Bugle Podcast (also see BBC)

An understatement…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

– Bertrand Russell

Luxuries to the few…

“I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few, and leave millions of God’s children smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society.”

– Martin Luther King

In Britain, Labor finally gets its head out of its ass…

Will the Democrats finally do so too?

For the Conservatives, the deficit is just an excuse to railroad through the same old Tory Republican agenda: driving down wages, cutting taxes for the wealthiest, allowing house prices to spiral out of reach, selling off our national assets and attacking trade unions. You can’t cut your way […]

Journalism

Perfect description:

“Whatever a patron desires to get published is advertising; whatever he wants to keep out of the paper is news.”

– L. E. Edwardson, day city editor of the Chicago Herald and Examiner, 1918

More modernly ala Glenn Greenwald, we would call it “stenography”, but same point.