"I never practice my guitar ... from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat." -- Wes Montgomery
"We'd call it murder if a kidnapping victim died of fright during the job. Of course it's not legally the same thing, but a woman dying of depression during an illegal detention should be the same kind of crime. It's especially true given our long and sordid history of overpolicing misdemeanors." -- Matt Taibbi, 2015-07-24
"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break." -- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Gregorian: 22015 July 26
Julian: 2015 July 13
Hebrew: 5775 Av 10 (fast of Tisha B'Av because the 9th was on the sabbath this year)
Islamic: 1436 Shawwal 09
Persian: 1394 Mordad 04
Indian: 1937 Sravana 04
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-23:
"One reason the Internet fosters conspiracy theories is that its system of branching, crossing tunnels is shaped like paranoid easoning itself, and once inside the shadow maze you find yourself tracking elusive glimmers of light that recede as fast as you can follow them." -- Walter Kirn, in Blood Will Out.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"I don't know about you, but the idea that every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected because we harvest the blood of a forgettable sea creature with a hidden chemical superpower makes me feel a little bit crazy. This scenario is not even sci-fi, it's postmodern technology." -- Alexis C. Madrigal, regarding horseshoe crab blood, 2014-02-26
[Happy birthday to Lisa Dickson and Ruth Ellen Schoonover!]
"I lived in Spain during a period of ETA violence. ETA was to Spain as Sinn Fein to Northern Ireland and Great Britain. I don't know how to describe the feeling of knowing a bomb went off in a TWA office yesterday taking out also the cafe in which you'd eaten lunch the day before that. Of having your flight delayed because another airline office got blown up. Of never knowing when you might end up dead due to another attack, yet you go on living your life, for there is nothing else to do, aside from trying to remain reasonably vigilant.
"I'm pretty sure that's a feeling too many black people, and especially black men, live with every day. I expect a good number of women, regardless [of] skin tone know that feeling. As a white man, i've never felt that feeling here in the US. But i see how others would, and do, feel that here."
-- Seain Gutridge, during a conversation about what makes some violence terrorism, after the shootings in Chattanooga, July 2015 (non-public comment)
"The story goes that there are so many Cypriots scattered around the world, that if they all returned to Cyprus and stood side by side, they would never fit on the island. One thing Roussou's research has proved, is that there are indeed many Greek Cypriots living abroad, with Britain housing the largest communities at around 300,000 Greek Cypriots just in London." -- Alexia Evripidou, 2015-01-18
[For scale, the population of Cyprus was 1.14 million in 2013 according to World Bank]
Happy birthday to my mother!
"When pockets were first added to women's clothing in 1913, a Paris reporter wrote, 'It's all over with men's superiority over women.' Pockets are indeed indispensable, and they come in two types: patch and set-in" -- Claire B. Shaeffer, Sew Any Set-in Pocket (via Goodreads)
"The Defense Department's current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they're able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines - real, patriotic Americans - who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that's contrary to our value of service and individual merit." -- Ash Carter, United States Secretary of Defense, 2015-07-13
"Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-08:
"I had looked forward to offering a fuller account in my trial than I had given previously to any journalist - any Glenn Greenwald or Brian Williams of my time - as to the considerations that led me to copy and distribute thousands of pages of top-secret documents. I had saved many details until I could present them on the stand, under oath, just as a young John Kerry had delivered his strongest lines in sworn testimony.
"But when I finally heard my lawyer ask the prearranged question in direct examination - Why did you copy the Pentagon Papers? - I was silenced before I could begin to answer. The government prosecutor objected - irrelevant - and the judge sustained. My lawyer, exasperated, said he "had never heard of a case where a defendant was not permitted to tell the jury why he did what he did." The judge responded: well, you're hearing one now.
"And so it has been with every subsequent whistleblower under indictment, and so it would be if Edward Snowden was on trial in an American courtroom now."
-- Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, on why NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could not receive a fair trial in the U.S.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children." -- Barbara Ehrenreich