Monday, October 9, 2017

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"Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this our battle cry may have reached some receptive ear and another hand may be extended to wield our weapons."

- Ernesto "Che" Guevara, revolutionary, from his self-penned epitaph. Guevara was executed on October 9, 1967 after having been captured by Bolivian soldiers.

[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jan/19/che-guevara-obituary-guardian-archive]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Oct. 9, 2017

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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"...one of humanity's tragic flaws is to take for granted the gargantuan effort needed to create and maintain even little temporary pockets of order. Again and again, people imagine that, if their local pocket of order isn't working how they want, then they should smash it to pieces, since while admittedly that _might_ make things even worse, there's also at least 50/50 odds that they'll magically improve. In reasoning thus, people fail to appreciate just how exponentially more numerous are the paths downhill, into barbarism and chaos, than are the few paths further up. So thrashing about randomly, with no knowledge or understanding, is _statistically_certain_ to make things worse: on this point thermodynamics, common sense, and human history are all in total agreement. The implications of these musings for the present would be left as exercises for the reader."

- Scott Aaronson, quantum computing theorist, 2017-01-01

[http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=3075]

Submitted by: D. Glenn Arthur Jr.
Sep. 23, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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"I don't think Trump won because of the Kremlin," says Ilya Yashin, a prominent figure in the occasional street protests here against Mr. Putin. "There was Russian influence, but Trump won because he ran a better campaign."

- Ilya Yashin, quoted by journalist Mark MacKinnon.

[https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/trump-russia-kremlin/article35826284/]

Submitted by: Lynn Kisilenko
Jul. 30, 2017

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

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WelI our faces aren't the same
and I can tell by your last name
this country means more to me than it does to you
We need to get back to that space
Where people knew their place
And when we're done with that let's go and build a wall


Build a wall go on build that wall mistreat people with brown skin but most of all:
you can ignore what Jesus said
you know the poor are better off dead.
come on now USA let's build that wall

- Joe Nosek, from his song "Build That Wall", recorded by his band, The Cash Box Kings.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSAa09lNccs]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Jul. 27, 2017

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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"For it's not enough to walk the moon, send robots off to Mars
Nor send a lucky handful out to catch a glimpse of stars
We're gonna live and work and space. We're gonna go to stay
And the ones who'll make it happen,
the ones who make it happen,
yes the ones who'll make it happen
are the ones who make it pay"

- Jordin Kare, scientist and musician (b. 1956-10-24, d. 2017-07-19), from his song "Bloody Bastards".

[http://www.songlyrics.com/jordin-kare/bloody-bastards-lyrics/]

Submitted by: Glenn Arthur Jr.
Jul. 22, 2017

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Friday, July 21, 2017

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"I find these days that a wistful form of time travel has become a persistent political theme, both on the right and on the left. On November 10 The New York Times reported that nearly seven in ten Republicans prefer America as it was in the 1950s, a nostalgia of course entirely unavailable to a person like me, for in that period I could not vote, marry my husband, have my children, work in the university I work in, or live in my neighborhood."

- Zadie Smith, from a talk given on receiving the 2016 Welt Literature Prize.

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Jul. 19, 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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"I'm so fucking tired of black women always being described by their skin tones! Honey-colored this! Dark-chocolate that! My paternal grandmother was mocha-tinged, cafe-au-lait, graham-fucking-cracker brown! How come they never describe the white characters in relation to foodstuffs and hot liquids? Why aren't there any yogurt-colored, egg-shell-toned, string-cheese-skinned, low-fat-milk white protagonists in these racist, no-third-act-having books? That's why black literature sucks!"

- Paul Beatty, from his novel The Sellout.

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Jul. 19, 2017

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

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"I was asked to do other cartoons because of Mr Benn, including Rupert the Bear, which was the worst thing I've ever done.

"I used to have a couple of pints before recording it, to numb my brain for his terrible rhymes."

- Ray Brooks, actor, on preparing to record the narration for the Rupert the Bear television series.

[http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/rupert-narrator-couldnt-bear-stupid-9983999]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Jun. 30, 2017

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Friday, June 16, 2017

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"Sewers caused all our troubles. The masses in this country are not like your Americans, nor even like the British. They are slave stock. They are good for nothing but slaves and only when they are used as slaves are they happy. But we, the decent people, made the mistake of giving them modern housing in the cities where we have our factories. We put sewers in these cities, sewers which extend right down to the workers' quarters. Not content with the work of God, we thus interfere with His Will. The result is that the slave stock increases. Had we no sewers in Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao, all these Red leaders would have died in their infancy instead of exciting the rabble and causing good Spanish blood to flow. When the war is over, we should destroy the sewers. The perfect birth control for Spain is the birth control God intended us to have. Sewers are a luxury to be reserved for those who deserve them, the leaders of Spain, not the slave stock."

- Gonzalo de Aguilera y Munro, landowner and former army officer, offers his take on the cause of the Spanish Civil War.

[http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2711/1/The%20answer%20lies%20in%20the%20sewers(lsero).pdf]





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Jun. 15, 2017

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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"The most potent form of gatekeeping is religion. When certain beliefs are deemed sacred, they are put beyond questioning. To challenge such beliefs is to commit blasphemy.

"The accusation of cultural appropriation is a secular version of the charge of blasphemy."

- Kenan Malik

[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/opinion/in-defense-of-cultural-appropriation.html]

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Jun. 14, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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"We made faults on our side and I must say the Labour Party did some pretty clever moves as well, particularly getting lots of young voters who don't normally vote to come out to the polls."

- Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield, explaining why his party lost their majority in the 2017 British election. Fabricant was being interviewed by Carol Off.

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Jun. 13, 2017

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

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"We need to recognize that the fallibility of human beings is written into the algorithms that humans write."

- Sue Halpern, on data mining.

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Jun. 9, 2017

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

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"If an intelligence service cannot insert its own agent within a highly sensitive target, the alternative is to recruit somebody who is already there. You might find someone who is inside but is not quite at the right spot for access to the information you need. Or you might find someone just beginning a career which will eventually lead to his employment in the target. But the main thing is that he is a qualified and 'cleared' insider. He is, as we say, 'in place.'"

- Allen Dulles, spymaster, in "The Craft of Intelligence".

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May 31, 2017

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

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"An actual review of a pop-up that sold out months ago strikes me as spectacularly useless. It would be as helpful as reviewing a wedding."

- Pete Wells, "Why I'm Not Reviewing Noma Mexico" from the New York Times, May 23, 2017.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/dining/noma-tulum-pete-wells-mexico-rene-redzepi.html]

Submitted by: Kelly Groves
May 24, 2017

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Friday, June 2, 2017

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"Europe is like a couple that wasn't sure they wanted to get married, so instead they decided to just open a joint checking account and see how things went."

- Kenneth Rogoff, economist

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Jun. 1, 2017

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Digital witnesses, what's the point of even sleeping?
If I can't show it, if you can't see me
What's the point of doing anything?
What's the point of even sleeping?
So I stopped sleeping, yeah I stopped sleeping

- St. Vincent, from her song Digital Witness.

Submitted by: Terry Labach
May 24, 2017

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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"Had 3rd swim today in dulcet water. On emerging one quarter of upper stumps & appertaining Rialto fell to the sands. Makes speech and mastication night [for nigh] to impossible. But drink and silence unimpaired."

- Samuel Beckett, in a letter recounting the loss of his dentures while on vacation in Tunisia.

[http://standpointmag.co.uk/books-november-2016-david-womersley-samuel-beckett-letters]

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May 16, 2017

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