Saturday, April 15, 2017

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"Mr. President, please tell the world that while we're closed to terror, we're open for business."

- Roger Dow, chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association, in a March 2017 statement.

[https://skift.com/2017/03/27/u-s-travel-leaders-fear-trump-actions-could-lead-to-another-lost-decade/]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Apr. 15, 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

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"Our ability to convince ourselves that *every* war we enter is for humanitarian reasons is remarkable."

- Christopher Hayes, MSNBC television host.

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Apr. 7, 2017

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

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"So - we'd better get cooking the meth,' I said to the Poet, sitting to one side and slightly behind me. The Poet with an effort got his face to work and responded properly. 'This time we quit while the going's good.' The doctor and nurse were blank. When we got home the Poet said he supposed they didn't watch much US TV drama. It was only later that I thought that maybe, ever since Breaking Bad's first broadcast, oncologists and their nurses all over the Western world have been subjected to the meth-cooking joke each time they have applied their latest, assiduously rehearsed, non-brutal techniques for telling a patient as gently but honestly as possible, having first sized up their inner resilience with a few apparently innocent questions ('Tell me what you have been expecting from this appointment'), that they have inoperable cancer. Perhaps they failed to laugh at my - doubtless evasive - bid to lighten the mood, not because they didn't get the reference, but because they had said to each other too often after such an appointment: 'If I hear one more patient say they should start cooking meth, I'm going to wrestle them to the ground and bellow death into their faces - "Pay attention, I'm fucking telling you something important!"' I was mortified at the thought that before I'd properly started out on the cancer road, I'd committed my first platitude. I was already a predictable cancer patient."

- Jenny Diski, recalling receiving her diagnosis of inoperable cancer, described in her London Review of Books column and retold in her memoir In Gratitude.

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Mar. 28, 2017

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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"Once your faith, sir, persuades you to believe what your intelligence declares to be absurd, beware lest you likewise sacrifice your reason in the conduct of your life. In days gone by, there were people who said to us: "You believe in incomprehensible, contradictory and impossible things because we have commanded you to; now then, commit unjust acts because we likewise order you to do so." Nothing could be more convincing. Certainly any one who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."

- Voltaire, Questions sur les miracles (1765).

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Mar. 28, 2017

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

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"I grew up in New Orleans, where no one did anything. It's an endlessly charming and delightful place, but the idea that your worth was connected to things you did in the world was an alien idea."

- Michael Lewis, author of the bestsellers Moneyball and The Big Short, in praise of laziness.

[http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/why-being-lazy-makes-you-successful-according-to-the-bestselling-author-of-money.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Mar. 25, 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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"He's a poor person's idea of a rich person. They see him. They think, 'If I were rich, I'd have a fabulous tie like that. Why are my ties not made of 400 acres of polyester?' All that stuff he shows you in his house--the gold faucets--if you won the lottery, that's what you'd buy."

- Fran Lebowitz, on U.S. President Donald Trump.

[http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/10/fran-lebowitz-trump-clinton-election]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Mar. 23, 2017

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

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"Environmental Protection Agency: We absolutely do not need this. Clean rivers and breathable air are making us SOFT and letting the Chinese and the Russians get the jump on us. We must go back to the America that was great, when the air was full of coal and danger and the way you could tell if the air was breathable was by carrying a canary around with you at all times, perched on your leathery, coal-dust-covered finger. Furthermore, we will cut funding to Superfund cleanup in the EPA because the only thing manlier than clean water is DIRTY water."

- Alexandra Petri, in her satirical article, "Trump's budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why."

[https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/03/16/trumps-budget-makes-perfect-sense-and-will-fix-america-and-i-will-tell-you-why/?utm_term=.0b2563ed1ebe]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Mar. 17, 2017

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Friday, March 17, 2017

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"Innovation was the driving force behind [the] new era, sometimes personified by Wall Street, on other occasions by Silicon Valley. The place where the magic happened was "the ideopolis": the postindustrial city, where highly credentialed professionals advised clients, taught college students, wrote software, cracked mortgage-backed securities--and were served in turn by an army of retail greeters and latte foamers who were proud to share their betters' values."

- Thomas Frank, from his book, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

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Mar. 16, 2017

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

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"All babies look like Winston Churchill."

- W.H. Auden

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Sep. 12, 2016

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Friday, March 10, 2017

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"...we never let a work exist for more than two weeks. If you don't see it, you don't see it. We will never make another floating pier, never place another curtain across a canyon - and we will never wrap another parliament."

- Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff)

[https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/feb/07/how-we-made-the-wrapped-reichstag-berlin-christo-and-jeanne-claude-interview]

Submitted by: Jean Rogers
Feb. 8, 2017

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

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"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."

- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)

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Feb. 7, 2017

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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"I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. But, whatever I may have seen as their limitations of character or intellect, neither was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English."

- Philip Roth, novelist

[http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/philip-roth-e-mails-on-trump]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Mar. 8, 2017

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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"Of these things perhaps we might learn, he said. Neoliberalism vulgarized time, he said, but, he said, vulgarity is a geared wheel itself so against it do we deploy a slow watermill or acid guano or a stone wedge?"

- China Mieville, from his short story The Dusty Hat, printed in his collection, Three Moments of an Explosion.

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Feb. 21, 2017

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

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"Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way. In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an "us and them" mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of "them" and inflict fear in the people of their own countries.

"This is not just limited to the United States; in my country hardliners are the same. For years on both sides of the ocean, groups of hardliners have tried to present to their people unrealistic and fearful images of various nations and cultures in order to turn their differences into disagreements, their disagreements into enmities and their enmities into fears. Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals."

- Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director, from a letter discussing his not attending the Oscar award ceremonies this year.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/movies/trump-immigration-oscars-iranian-director-asghar-farhadi.html?_r=0]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Feb. 3, 2017

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

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"Shut up, you fools! You lie like the Devil! You're all as dumb as stones!...I know what lying means. The weakling --and whoever is a parasite to his own weakness--they both need lies. But the man who is free, who is strong-he needs no lies. Truth is the religion of the free man..."

- Maxim Gorky, from The Lower Depths.

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Jan. 13, 2017

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Monday, January 30, 2017

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"To have an equipment change midseason, I think, is crazy, especially in the goaltending position. It's like five, 10 years ago, when it was the True Religion jeans, really baggy. It's like going from those to skinny jeans. You can't bend over. I tried it one time, and it felt like it was really restrictive."

- Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes goalie, on the NHL's plan to make goaltenders wear snugger pants during games.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/sports/hockey/nhl-all-star-weekend-goalie-equipment.html?_r=0]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Jan. 30, 2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

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"It will take some time before the number of people watching on TV is revealed, but some viewers must have had that eerie feeling that a perverse revival of Dynasty was under way. The incoming president gave a speech livid with populist fury, an indictment of "the establishment" and yet, in his person, demeanour and in reality, he confirms that the establishment, the force of true power remains anchored in old white men with a comb-over and decades-younger wife."

- John Doyle, television critic, on the Trump inauguration.

[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-inauguration-tv-a-divided-nation-severed-by-a-very-divided-media/article33690171/]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Jan. 21, 2017

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