Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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"West calls his struggle the right to be a "free thinker," and he is, indeed, championing a kind of freedom--a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to profit off a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom of John C. Calhoun, not the freedom of Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom of Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror's freedom, freedom of the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom of rape buttons, pussy grabbers, and fuck you anyway, bitch; freedom of oil and invisible wars, the freedom of suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom of Calabasas."

- Ta-Nehisi Coates, in his essay "I'm Not Black, I'm Kanye."

[https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/05/im-not-black-im-kanye/559763/]

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
May 8, 2018

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

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"The bourgeoisie has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous 'cash payment'. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation."

- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, perhaps predicting Facebook. Marx was born 200 years ago, on May 5, 1818.

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May 5, 2018

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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My Will is easy to decide,

For there is nothing To divide

My kin don't need to fuss and moan--

"Moss does not cling to a rolling stone"

My body?--Oh!--If I could choose

I would want to ashes it reduce,

And let The merry breezes blow

My dust to where some flowers grow



Perhaps some fading flower then

Would come to life and bloom again



This is my Last and Final Will.--

Good Luck to All of you,

- Joe Hill, labour activist. He wrote this will on November 18, 1915, the day before being executed for a murder he had been framed for. Happy May Day!

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May 1, 2018

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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"I had a great longing to move, to hear another language, eat new food, to be in a great country with a long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible."

- Sybille Bedford, from A Visit to Don Otavio, her memoir of travelling in Mexico.

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Apr. 18, 2018

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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"We ain't goin' let nobody turn us around."

- Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, in 1965, after the march from Selma to Montgomery. King was assassinated April 4, 1968.

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Apr. 4, 2018

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Friday, March 23, 2018

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"You played hockey to make a living. I couldn't get a job in Vernon because I was Chinese. There was a lot of discrimination in those days against Chinese people, Greek people, Ukrainian people."

- Larry Kwong, recalling life in British Columbia in the 1940s. Kwong, who died recently at age 94, was the first hockey player of Asian descent to appear in an NHL game, in 1948.

[https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/larry-kwong-was-the-nhls-first-player-of-asian-descent/article38312927/]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Mar. 22, 2018

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Friday, March 9, 2018

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"We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all."

- Kazuo Ishiguro, from his novel Never Let Me Go.

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Mar. 8, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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"I look at things in a very probabilistic way. You're not going to be guaranteed anything, but if you can go from a 70% chance to a 73% chance, I'll probably take that. If I can get up to 73%, maybe there's something that can get me to a 75% chance. You're working the margins. If you ever took Econ, the margins are where everything happens."

- Daniel Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, in a GQ interview.

[https://www.gq.com/story/the-secret-to-being-a-productive-human-take-more-breaks-and-naps]

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Feb. 15, 2018

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

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"The cryptocurrency stuff doesn't make any sense to me. I've been wrong before, but why does it make sense to pay a huge amount of money for a random set of bits that is one security compromise away from being worth nothing?"

- David Cheriton, Stanford University computer science professor and early Google investor, in a 2018 Globe and Mail interview.

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Jan. 31, 2018

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Friday, February 2, 2018

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"Hence you see why "liberal studies" are so called; it is because they are studies worthy of a free-born gentleman. But there is only one really liberal study, - that which gives a man his liberty. It is the study of wisdom, and that is lofty, brave, and great-souled. All other studies are puny and puerile."

- Seneca, Moral letters to Lucilius, from Letter 88.

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Feb. 1, 2018

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

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When you land in Paris and they wave you right through
Though your passport picture, doesn't look much like you
They don't look at your luggage, they don't look at your face
'Cause you pose no danger and you're such a disgrace

- James McMurtry, from his song Paris.

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Jan. 31, 2018

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

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"Can we live there one day?" I ask my boyfriend, and he says yes. He always agrees when I ask him things like this--he'll say of course or okay and I won't say any more about it, but he knows I don't really want to live with him in a big fancy house, that the only way we pull it off at all is by surrounding ourselves with disabled people and drunks, attaching our lives to the sad, impermanent lives of others."

- Mary Miller, from her short story Dirty.

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Jan. 24, 2018

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Friday, January 26, 2018

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"We spend most of our adulthoods trying to grasp the meanings of our parents' lives; and how we shape and answer these questions largely turns us into who we are."

- Phillip Lopate, writer and biographer.

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Jan. 24, 2018

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

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"Two talents have been key to Emin's success: the first is that she can draw like an angel, albeit one with a bad hangover, and the second is that she is smart enough to know how to parody herself."

- Richard Dorment, art critic, on artist Tracey Emin.

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Jan. 24, 2018

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