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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-01

"We know that you're gone
 But your dream it lives on
 Through the hearts of the ones
 Who were there all along
 
 
[...]
 
 When you're just 16 minutes from home
 Know with us you are never alone
 We will always remember the ones
 Lost just 16 minutes from home"

  -- from "16 Minutes From Home" by Kyle Breese, 2013

[2003-02-01: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry. Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon]

A blessed Imbolc to those celebrating it today! Or tomorrow.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-31

"Last year NASA's total budget was less than the cost of air-conditioning for troops in Iraq." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-30

"But if the spirit of America were killed, even though the Nation's body and mind, constricted in an alien world, lived on, the America we know would have perished.

"The destiny of America was proclaimed in words of prophecy spoken by our first President in his first inaugural in 1789 -- words almost directed, it would seem, to this year of 1941: 'The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply, ... finally, staked on the experiment intrusted to the hands of the American people.'

"If we lose that sacred fire -- if we let it be smothered with doubt and fear --€” then we shall reject the destiny which Washington strove so valiantly and so triumphantly to establish."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882-01-30, d. 1945-04-12; President of the United States 1933-03-04 to 1945-04-12), Third Inaugural Address, 1941-01-20

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-29

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-13:

"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers." -- Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, when announcing that Tesla was open-sourcing all its patents.

(submitted to the mailing list by Steve Sidner)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-28

"Together the five orbiters Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour have flown a total of 133 successful missions, an unequaled accomplishment of engineering, management, and political savvy. But it's the two disasters that people remember, that most shape the shuttle's story. The lovely dream of spaceflight I grew up with is marred by the images of Challenger and Columbia breaking apart in the sky, the lost astronauts smiling on hopefully in their portraits, oblivious. Some people took the disasters to mean the entire space program had been a lie, that the dream itself was tainted with our fallibility. But even as a child, I knew it was more complex than that. If we want to see people take risks, we have to be prepared to sometimes see them fail. The story of American spaceflight is a story with many endings, a story of how we have weighed our achievements against our failures." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

[1986-01-28: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after launch. Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-27

"A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?" -- Carl Sagan (b. 1934-11-09, 1996-12-20), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1994

"If we are to send people, it must be for a very good reason - and with a realistic understanding that almost certainly we will lose lives. Astronauts and Cosmonauts have always understood this. Nevertheless, there has been and will be no shortage of volunteers." -- ibid.

[1967-01-27: Apollo I fire kills Grissom, White, and Chaffe]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-26

"This was why she enjoyed baking. A good dessert could make her feel like she'd created joy at the tips of her fingers. Suddenly, the people around the table were no longer strangers. They were friends and confidantes, and she was sharing with them her magic." -- Marissa Meyer, Heartless [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-25

"What force or guile could not subdue
 Thro' many warlike ages
 Is wrought now by cowards few
 For hireling traitor's wages"

  -- Robert Burns (b. 1759-01-25, d/ 1796-07-21) "Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation", 1791

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-24

"I remember reading something saying that much of modern conservatism is rooted in this idea that life is somehow graded on a curve - that not only is being better off than someone else more important than simply being well off, but how much better off you are is even more important than that. It's not wanting inner-city schools to improve since it means that the private school you send your kids to won't be as dramatically better. It's the belief that even if you have a good job and own your own house, car, and business, the fact that the Pakistani-American engineer who lives three houses down drives a better car than you somehow invalidates your success." -- Blaise Camacho, Facebook, comments (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-23

"Despise the glare of wealth. That people who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved; they plainly show that wealth, however it may be acquired, is, in their esteem, to be preferred to virtue." -- John Hancock (b. 1737-01-23[*], d. 1793-10-08), 1774-03-05

[*] Recorded as 12 January 1736 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 23 Jan. 1737, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-22

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-04-09:

"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-21
Anesu Mutwa:   And what's it like growing up in space?
Devyat   Just like Earth, I imagine. I cried and pooped a lot, and then eventually I started reading fantasy novels.

-- from Spacetrawler by Christopher Baldwin, 2016-12-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-20

Two ways of looking at today's center-of-attention:

"Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such," -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]

"Remember, [...] we are not crowning a king, or bowing down to a dictator. Tomorrow our new employee starts his temp job. We're the boss." -- Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc), 2016-01-19

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-19

"Cynical thought: Democrats and Republicans both want what's best for people. The problem isn't that they don't agree on what's best. It's that they don't agree on who counts as people." -- Rob Wynne, 2017-01-13

"Perhaps rephrased as "Republicans include fewer people in the set of 'people.'"" -- Blind Lemming Chiffon, comment

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-18

"I've been known to say: 'Having a brain that can see multiple points of view is an asset, but having a brain that INSISTS on seeing multiple points of view when you just want to drink your coffee in peace is troublesome.'" -- [info] - personal firecat, 2017-01-14

[Happby birthday to [info] merde!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-17

"[...] I think all the heretics I have known have been virtuous men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic." -- Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706-01-17[*], d. 1790-04-17), letter to Benjamin Voughan[**], 1788-10-24

[*] Recorded as 6 January 1705 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 17 January 1706, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.

[**] The Presidentship he mentions having served in at the start of the letter refers to the President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, the office Franklin held from 1785 to 1788. After 1790 that office was done away with and Pennsylvania started having a Governor instead.

[When I went looking for a Franklin quotation to use today, I found there are a metric %$^#ton of misattributed, faked, and even anachonistic quotes incorrectly bearing his name. That happens with most of the Founding Fathers, as well as Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln (who famously said, "The problem with Internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -- or so Google tells me) ... but I think Franklin's large actual output of aphorisms and epigrams makes his an especially tempting name to attach to any unsourced, obscure, or just-made-up proverb that sounds kind of like his style.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-16

Three quotations from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04) that speak to me especially loudly today:

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-15

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-01-12:

"Our party was founded on the abolition of slavery, it has fought for civil rights, it helped create the National Parks system under Teddy Roosevelt, we created NASA under Eisenhower, and under Nixon we created the EPA. Donald Trump won on banning and registering Muslims, racist statements about Mexicans, expanding the role of government, denying climate change, ignoring the First amendment, and destroying the civil rights for countless millions. How can we as a party, as Americans, simply say nothing?" -- Larry West, Republican Committee Person, 22nd Ward, Philadelphia, PA.

[ http://larrywestproductions.com/open_letter/open-letter-gop.php]

(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-14

"Schadenfreude is chocolate for the soul. That's why ours are full of cavities." -- Davan MacIntire, in Something Positive by R.K. Mllholland, 2007-02-09

[Happy birthday to [info] maugorn!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-13

"So if we're going to be serious about race going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination -- in hiring, and in housing, and in education, and in the criminal justice system. That's what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won't be enough. Hearts must change. [...]

"For native-born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said, almost word for word, about the Irish, and Italians, and Poles -- who it was said were going to destroy the fundamental character of America. And as it turned out, America wasn't weakened by the presence of these newcomers; these newcomers embraced this nation's creed, and this nation was strengthened."

-- President Barack Obama, Farewell Address, 2017-01-10

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