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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-30

I feel like the quotes I've chosen for today need some context.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have complicated feelings about Memorial Day. Not its origin or intent, which make sense to me ... but all too often in US culture, sentiments around giving soldiers their due (living or dead -- I see this around Veterans Day as well), and honouring those who died in (military) service to our country, get morphed into jingoistic mythologizing that bothers me. Some of those we memorialize today died ensuring my freedom, or Europe's, or someplace else's, but others died protecting some capitalist's investments or selling newspapers or reducing other people's freedom on behalf of economic interests at home -- most often unknowingly, I think. (Everyone's already read Major Smedley Butler's most famous writing, right?) I agree that these people died serving our country or trying to, but too much of what I see around military-oriented holidays feels like it extends that honour to those who sent our soldiers to die, and that every life sacrificed was a worthwhile sacrifice rather than the waste of a good, young, American life. Some were. Some weren't. Some of our heroes were simultaneously victims. Let us honour those who died in service, but at the same time let us not assume that having heroes means that our great nation is not merely great but also perfect and infallible. Do not let our acknowledgement of heroes great and small lead us to think that war is good because it lets people become dead heroes. Thank the dead, and pledge to create fewer of them going forward.

And now I can step off my soapbox and present today's quotations:

"The moment we stop pretending soldiers died defending our freedom will be the moment we stop killing our soldiers" -- @JC_Christian, 2016-05-28

"We take oath to defend Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Iraq never threatened Constitution that I know of." -- @BeeTraven, 2016-05-28

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-29

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-20:

"Contrast the "maximize shareholder value" idea with John F. Kennedy's famous 1961 call to "put a man on the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade." Simple? Yes. Unexpected? Yes. Concrete? Amazingly so. Credible? The goal seemed like science fiction but the source was credible. Emotional? Yes. Story? In miniature.

"Had John F. Kennedy been a CEO, he would have said, "Our mission is to become the international leader in the space industry through maximum team-centered innovation and strategically targeted aerospace initiatives." Fortunately, JFK was more intuitive than a modern-day CEO; he knew that opaque, abstract missions don't captivate and inspire people. The moon mission was a classic case of a communicator's dodging the Curse of Knowledge. It was a brilliant and beautiful idea -- a single idea that motivated the actions of millions of people for a decade."

-- Chip and Dan Heath, from their book Made to Stick.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-28

"The lesson to be learned today is that any difficulty can be overcome by the proper application of hordes of intelligent robots." -- Sam Starfall, in Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2016-05-27 (currently on the strip's home page; permanent URL not active yet, but come Monday it'll pobably be here)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-27

"So let me be very clear: I don't care if this gets undone next year, next month, next week. I know it's clickbait disguised as storytelling. I am not angry because omg how dare you ruin Steve Rogers forever.

"I am angry because how dare you use eleven million deaths as clickbait.

"I am angry because Steve Rogers's Jewish creators literally fought in a war against the organization Marvel has made him a part of to grab headlines.

"I am angry because the very real pain of the Jewish community has been dismissed since this news leaked on Tuesday night as 'Twitter outrage.'"

-- Jessica Plummer, 2016-05-26 [emphasis in original]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-26

"Humility isn't putting yourself down; it's putting yourself aside." -- R' Yisroel Altein [thanks to Monica Cellio for quoting this earlier

[Wishing a good Lag B'Omer to everyone celebrating it!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-25

"They profess to think that the strong are more ennobled than tempted by their strength, and the weak more instructed than crippled by their weakness. Everybody in the universe knows that's bullshit. -- Michael Kempster, Facebook, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-24

"MSM don't give ppl 'what they want.' They give ppl very narrow choices, ppl then 'choose' among those, & it becomes 'what the ppl want.'" -- David Rankin (@davidrankin) 2016-05-20

And the non-Twitter-size version would be this quote I grabbed several years ago and hadn't gotten around to til now:

Bill Moyers:   Glenn, what stories are you covering that you think are being ignored by mainstream press?
 
Glenn Greenwald:   Well, let's start with the fact that there is a very widespread perception, one that's growing with more and more revelations, by the day. That what the United States did over the last eight years, in terms of how we detained people, how we interrogated people, how we tortured people and kidnapped them, and shipped them off to black sites, where they were completely disappeared is something that is not only disgraceful, and a fundamental violation of what we claim our political values to be but are crimes. Very serious war crimes. If you look at political discussions that take place on most major television no shows, about that. What you'll find is this implied consensus that Americans don't want their political leaders spending time on investigations and looking to the past. And that's absolutely false. It's a case where public opinion is distorted. Polls show that large numbers of Americans, even 50 percent believe that there should be investigations into whether or not crimes were committed. Because if we don't investigate when our political leaders break the law, it means that there's no rule of law. Look at our policy toward Israel, and this continuous blind support for whatever the Israeli government does. Something that's about to get even more harmful to our interests now that there's a very right wing extremist party with racist factions within the government in Israel. Polls show that if you ask Americans do you think the U.S. Government should be on the side of Israel, on the side of the Palestinians, or should be even-handed? Seventy percent, seven out of ten, will say that the government should be even-handed in that conflict. And yet, that is an opinion that is virtually never heard. Debates about our policy toward Israel is something that is essentially frozen out. You can go across those issues, and find the same dynamic.

-- from the PBS television program Bill Moyers Journal, 2009-04-03

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-23

"Do...do people think trans people have been dealing with a multi-decade UTI, and only just started peeing this year?
The only time you should care about how someone else pees is if they're peeing on you, your floor, or your shoes."
-- Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire), two tweets, 2016-05-19

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-22

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-03:

"Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective." -- Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton, from his CV of Failures.

[ http://www.princeton.edu/haushofer/Johannes_Haushofer_CV_of_Failures.pdf]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:41am on 2016-05-21

"A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." -- John Wing

[I know, I know: also less fear of refugees, a reputation for politeness, a huge export market in comedians and actors, ... <<innocent look>> What, did I leave out something important about history and identity or something? ;-) ]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-20

"They say women only use 10% of their anger" -- @macchiatonumb, 2016-01-13

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-19

"Sit, be still, and listen,
 because you're drunk
 and we're at the edge of the roof."

-- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-18

This comment thread on the Skin Horse strip from 2016-05-14 entertained me a great deal, and I couldn't decide on one piece of it to grab:

"Paul Bunyan was really an ordinary-sized mad lumberjack in a giant robot lumberjack suit." -- evilmidnightlurker

"The giant blue ox, though, that was real." -- BrokenEye, the True False Prophet

"Genetically engineered! How else was it blue?" -- DetektheBard

"What other color would it be, if not blue? An ox that big can’t possibly be getting proper oxygen flow to its extremities. Square/cube law can be a bitch like that." -- BrokenEye, the True False Prophet

counter- and counter-counter-arguments continue... )
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-17

"Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn't magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning." -- Carrie Jones

[It doesn't go away, but it does get easier to bear, stings acutely less often ... still, there have not stopped being times when I think, "Oh, Dad would find this really interesting!" or, "I should ask Dad, he'd know..." or perhaps the biggest of all, "Hey, I wish I could introduce you to my dad," and then for a while it is fresh again. Thinking today about Donald Glen Arthur Sr., b. 1931-11-04, d. 1999-05-17.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-16

"I want you to let this sink in: Target has better non discriminations policies than most churches. Where is Jesus in that?" -- @anarchistrev, 2016-05-14

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-15

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-01:

"I don't wake up every morning, as some people here in Washington do and say, "You know, I really have to be president of the United States. I was born to be president of the United States." What I do wake up every morning feeling is that this country faces more serious problems than at any time since the Great Depression, and there is a horrendous lack of serious political discourse or ideas out there that can address these crises, and that somebody has got to represent the working-class and the middle-class of this country in standing up to the big-money interests who have so much power over the economic and political life of this country." -- Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator and Presidential hopeful, in an interview with The Nation.

[ http://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-i-am-prepared-run-president-united-states-updated-march-19/]

(Submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-14

"I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-13

"Humans have been great friends to some species of plant! Heck, without us, the avocado would be on the road to extinction. Guacamole makes saving a species taste good!" -- merleblue, 2016-05-05

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-12

"Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom." -- John F. Kennedy

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-11

"You give them confidence, curiosity, a deep distrust of the vacuum cleaner ... And hope it's enough." -- Baba Mouse, on kittens growing up and leaving home, in Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn, 2016-05-05 [you might want to start two strips earlier, but the quoted strip probably makes sense enough on its own.]

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