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]

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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.

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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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"He uses commas grammatically. I deploy them musically."

- Toni Morrison, writer, on her disputes over the use of commas with her editor Robert Gottlieb.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/books/robert-gottlieb-avid-reader-reluctant-writer.html]

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May 16, 2017

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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"One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we're idling in front of our computer screens. What if instead of tabbing over to the web browser in search of some nugget of gossip or news, or opening up a mindless game such as Angry Birds, we could instead scratch the itch by engaging in a meaningful activity, such as learning a foreign language?

"If five million people can be convinced to log into Zynga's Facebook game Farmville each day to water a virtual garden and literally watch the grass grow on their computer screens, surely, Ed [Cooke] believes, there must be a way to co-opt those same neural circuits that reward mindless gaming to make learning more addictive and enjoyable. That's the great ambition of Memrise, and it points towards a future where we're constantly learning in tiny chunks of our downtime."

- Joshua Foer, on British memory champion Ed Cooke's online learning company, Memrise.

[https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/nov/09/learn-language-in-three-months]

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May 9, 2017

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Monday, May 1, 2017

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"When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is a slavery."

- Maxim Gorky

[Happy May Day!]

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May 1, 2017

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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/]

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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.

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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]

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Mar. 25, 2017

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