"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
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.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"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? ;-) ]
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 canât 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... )
"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.]
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.
(Submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"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
"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.]
"This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them - indeed, to protect all of us. And it's about the founding ideals that have led this country - haltingly but inexorably - in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.
"This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation. We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. We saw it in fierce and widespread resistance to Brown v. Board of Education. And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry. That right, of course, is now recognized as a guarantee embedded in our Constitution, and in the wake of that historic triumph, we have seen bill after bill in state after state taking aim at the LGBT community. Some of these responses reflect a recognizably human fear of the unknown, and a discomfort with the uncertainty of change. But this is not a time to act out of fear. This is a time to summon our national virtues of inclusivity, diversity, compassion and open-mindedness. What we must not do - what we must never do - is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans, for something they cannot control, and deny what makes them human. This is why none of us can stand by when a state enters the business of legislating identity and insists that a person pretend to be something they are not, or invents a problem that doesn't exist as a pretext for discrimination and harassment."
-- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 2016-05-09, announcing complaint against the State of North Carolina to stop discrimination against transgender individuals
"[...] However, I will now simply accompany my kids into the main restroom when we're at Target because IF they ever came across a man in the women's restroom, they would be confused. And let's be honest, they might be a little scared. Because they aren't used to seeing a man in the women's restroom. [...]
"[...] But what if they did see a transgendered person in the restroom? Would the world really end? No. Because I would then have the opportunity to explain to my children, who don't have any choice but to grow up in this messy world, that there are some people who feel like they are different and like they don't belong anywhere. We could talk about what Jesus would do and how He would expect us to love them and how we would feel if we didn't belong anywhere."
-- Jaci Lambert, a straight, conservative preacher's wife, "Target Bathrooms and the Straight, Conservative Preacher's Wife", 201-04-26
[There are some places in this piece where I find her phrasing unfortunate (like with pronouns, to start with ... *sigh*) and I'm not sure how accurately she'd wind up explaining trans people to her kids, but it sounds like her heart is in the right place; she just doesn't have "out" trans people around her for most of this to have come up in conversations with people who know the subject well yet.]
"But do you really think this boycott is going to grow your church next Sunday. Do you think this display of 'Jesus' is going to make the lost think 'Oh yes, I want what they have. They are such a loving bunch.' I don't think so. Maybe continuing to shop at Target isn't about laying down to the left but about responding differently to those who are different. Instead of a boycott couldn't they know us by our love? Wouldn't that be a different, BETTER way to handle this situation, an unexpected response? [...] Jesus specifically said in John 13 that 'they' would know we were His by our love for each other. You don't really think He intended that we exclude 'them' from that love, do you? He never said they would know us by our boycotts, by your stubborn stance for policy and procedure. Somehow that sounds a whole lot like the Pharisees He fought against, not the messy people with whom he purposely spent His time." -- ibid.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-06:
"The software is functioning as intended," said Amber.
"Wait," I asked, "so it's supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?"
"Yes," she replied.
-- James Pinkstone, recounting a conversation with an Apple rep after Apple Music deleted 122 GB of music files from his laptop.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
[T]hrough the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users' computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn't recognize -- which came up often, since I'm a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself -- it would then download it to Apple's database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted." -- James Pinkstone, "Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.", Vellum Atlanta
[Happy Mother's Day to anyone in the ... 84? ... countries celebrating that today who are, or still have, mothers! (Wikipedia lists 31 dates for Mother's Day in different countries and on four different calendars. The second Sunday in May looks like the most common date, with Greece, Turkey, Canada, Cyprus and the US all celebrating it today. (Fourth Sunday in Lent for the UK, so a couple months ago.)]
Gregorian: 2016 May 08
Julian: 2016 April 25
Hebrew: 5776 Nisan 30
Islamic: 1437 Rajab 30
Persian 1395 Ordibehesht 19
Indian: 1938 Vaisakha 18