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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-06

"A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing." -- Alan J. Perlis

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

"Larry Irving noted that Trump and Ryan decided to have a celebratory drink at the White House. It recalled to me this verse.

"The King's order was, by command of the King, sent forth by speedy messengers, and so the matter was known in Shushan; the king and Haman sat down to drink together, while in the city of Shushan was great consternation." -- Esther 3:14.

(Facebook post by Harold Feld, 2017-05-04 Just in case any of my friends are unfamiliar with this part of the Bible: Haman is not the good-guy in this story.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-04

"There are 4,140 institutions of higher education in the United States and more than 17 million students enrolled in classes at the college level. Bitter disputes over Halloween costumes and cultural appropriation at Yale or arguments over cafeteria sushi at Oberlin are rare and extreme aberrations that actually contradict the reality of the typical day at any university. They are far from emblematic of any larger reality. To evaluate the status of speech on campus according to observations made at a protest transformed into a riot at the University of California, Berkeley is the equivalent of predicting the life expectancy of young Americans by examining the dangers facing soldiers in combat." -- David Masciotra, 2017-04-23

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-03

"As a result of rules intended to protect the privileged from ideas they found distasteful, creators who wanted to present nuanced portrayals of marginalized people were blocked and stymied, so most appearances of marginalized characters were caricatures. These stereotypes protected viewers from having to consider the complex humanity of groups outside themselves, which allowed the audience to feel safe and reinforced in their beliefs. Many tropes -- including the buffoonish black person, the desexualized Asian man, the oversexualized young woman of color, the strident bitchy single woman, the campy gay man, and the doomed lesbian -- stem from this protective oversimplification. The stereotypes function to reassure the privileged that they are inherently superior and have no need to respect characters who don't look or act or believe like them." -- Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, "Easily-Triggered Privileged People Have Turned Society Into Their Own Giant Safe Space", 2017-01-30

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

"[...] it's extremely important, especially right now the United States, that the choices we make are predicated on the notion of some kind of moral choice, a conscious decision of what is right and wrong, and that we not cede our moral authority to the state. Whenever a country has taken this unfortunate turn down a dark road it has happened because individual citizens have yielded to the state their own moral authority. You know, the current president of the United States is not a Nazi. Not remotely. He's not even necessarily a Republican or a Democrat. If anything he's an oligarch. But he has definitely taken a page out of the authoritarian playbook and he's done so very adroitly."

[Interviewer asks, "How so?"]

"Well, you know, this is the steps by which one acquires and consolidates and exercises power are very well known. You know, you appeal to people's anxieties and fears, indeed you stoke those anxieties and those fears and us versus them, you demonize your opponents, you select and create exacerbate scapegoats. These are often racial or religious minorities, very frequently these are immigrant groups. And you promise your followers that you are the only one who can save them, can protect them. The appeals are to nativist and racist impulse. And that's exactly what Donald Trump has done and he's been very very successful."

-- Robert Schenkkan, author of the play, Building the Wall, interviewed on the CBC radio program The Current, 2017-04-21

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

Michael Hiltzik wrote in "Wall Street's grousing about American Airlines' worker raises shows what's wrong with Wall Street", 2017-04-28:

"This is frustrating," Kevin Crissey, an airlines analyst for Citigroup, bellyached to clients after the announcement. "Labor is being paid first again. Shareholders get leftovers."

One doesn't know what to say to this, except: Is he kidding? From 2014 through 2016, American Airlines authorized $9 billion in share buybacks, money that went directly into shareholders' pockets. The company also paid out 40 cents per share in shareholder dividends in both years. By contrast, the pay raises will cost American $1 billion over three years. Pilots will get 8% and flight attendants 5% through the end of the current contract.

BitterOldPunk (@BitterOldPunk) summarized this:

Parasite Wishes Host Would Eat Better

[Happy Labour Day to most of the world -- or in the US, Law Day or the extra creepy sounding Loyalty Day (creepy in that way that so many red-scare things from the 1950s are (yes, it's a red-scare thing; no, "recognition of the heritage of American freedom" isn't inherently creepy on its face; but its name and context -- "oh no, we must make sure nobody here is celebrating that scary Communist Labour Day!" -- are plenty creepy)). On a much more cheerful note, a blessed Beltane to all who celebrate it! Today is also Israel's Memorial Day, and tonight starts Israel's Independence Day.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-30

"We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds, so that we cannot completely prescribe its properties a priori." -- Carl Friedrich Gauss (b. 1777-04-30, d. 1855-02-23). letter to Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, 1830

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-29

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-05:

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-28

"But I'm so over defending my own humanity. I'm so over providing a power-point presentation about the fact that I exist. And I'm completely done with engaging with anyone who has a clever theory explaining why they actually understand my soul better than I do.

"To be blunt: if your crazy-ass theory of the world doesn't ease the suffering of people whom you do not understand, maybe what you actually need is a new theory."

-- Jennifer Boylan, 2017-02-18, "I'm all done explaining my humanity"

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-27

"There is one area in which I think Paglia and I would agree that politically correct feminism has produced a noticeable inequity. Nowadays, when a woman behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, 'Poor dear, it's probably PMS.' Whereas, if a man behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, 'What an asshole.' Let me leap to correct this unfairness by saying of Paglia, Sheesh, what an asshole." -- 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 2017-04-26

"They keep the radio on up front here all day long. The news snippets come from FOX, on the hour. If you're just a casual listener they make it sound as if Trump is achieving all these things he says. Tax reform? I just heard it will be done on Wednesday. I bet there are tens of millions of people who believe he is doing or has done this stuff he boasts about. It's really remarkable. His bullshit is working. He pretends he has accomplishments and it sounds like he does." -- Kay, Balloon Juice, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-25

"As an opener, I'd like to state that elves are certainly NOT cliché. It doesn't matter if they all have pointy ears, or they all live a long time, or even if they all like forests. It doesn't matter if they're short or tall or both. It doesn't matter if they're related to forest spirits or even angels. Regardless of how many elves are like one another or how many elves appear in how many books, elves are NOT cliché.

"Why?

"Well, for one, an elf is a creature. How can a creature be a cliché? Is a human clichcliché? They certainly do appear in a lot of books! How about dragons? Now there's a popular subject! Are dragons clichcliché as well? Well what about vampires too? Or werewolves? Or bats? Or rabbits? Or mice? Or owls? Or crows? Cats??"

-- Robert Fanney [via goodreads]

[Happy birthday to [info] wayward-va!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-24

"One lesson America needs to understand is that the Holocaust did not begin with killing or gassing, but rather with words.

"In my work as a scholar of American Jewish history, I examine the Jewish experience in the United States and consider whether the near-obliteration of European Jewry could have been avoided through the adoption of different policies by countries throughout the world in the 1930s. For example, the experience of the infamous SS St. Louis teaches us the important power of executive orders, the words they use, and the messages they send -- not only to those immigrants who clamor to come to the United States but also to the larger world.

"The SS St. Louis left Hamburg in May 1939, carrying 937 German Jews -- many of whom had been imprisoned in concentration camps -- seeking to flee Nazi Germany. They all had valid visas for entry in the coming years but had to leave Germany immediately for their safety. Denied entry to the United States out of the preposterous popular misconception of their being German spies, the 937 Jews were sent back to Europe to await the calling up of their visa numbers. These passengers resettled in Europe, but many fell back into Nazi hands. As a result, over a quarter of these US visa-holding Jews perished in the Holocaust."

-- Rebecca Kobrin, 2017-04-23

"'[Spencer] said that America belongs to white people. His statement that white people face a choice of 'conquer or die' closely echoes Adolf Hitler's view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival,' the museum said. Then it offered a history lesson to anyone who has forgotten: 'The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words.'

"Those words eventually led the Nazi party, which came into power legitimately in Germany, to kill 6 million Jews and millions more Communists, Gypsies, Poles, gay people and people with disabilities."

-- Julie Zauzmer (quoting from a statement from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum), 2016-11-22

[You can find plenty of hits for reminders that the Holocaust began with words. That remains a really important reminder, but also look at the other reminders different authors attach to that one.]

Today is:
Gregorian: 2017 April 24
Julian: 2017 April 11
Hebrew: 5777 Nisan 28 -- Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day (started last night)
Islamic: 1438 Rajab 27
Persian: 1396 Ordibehesht 04
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.7.5
Indian: 1939 Vaisakha 04
Coptic: 1733 Paremoude 16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-23

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-18:

"If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that's endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn't inherent in the place but in your state of mind. The warrior longs to communicate that all of us have access to our basic goodness and that genuine freedom comes from going beyond labels and projections, beyond bias and prejudice, and taking care of each other." -- Pema Chodron

[ http://quotes.justdharma.com/unfettered-mind/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-22

"In a perfect socialist society, only the people who really deserved it would catch tuberculosis. But alas, there is no ethical consumption under capitalism." -- Michael Yosef Miller [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-21

"Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-20

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882-01-30, d. 1945-04-12; President of the United States 1933-03-04 to 1945-04-12), Second Inaugural Address, 1937-01-20

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-19

"There are a lot of things to remember that the Trump presidency has surfaced, one of which is that there is always money, but rarely will. The cost of security for the Trump family and Cabinet alone could fund the arts and public education at record levels. Money is there. When it comes to black people, to poor people, to any marginalized group, the response is often, 'there's no money.' But it's a lie. Electoral politics is important if not only because our representatives determine how tax dollars get spent. We need to be those people. We could equitably fund public education, arts, healthcare, etc. It's not a matter of money. It is, and has always been, a matter of will.' -- DeRay Mckesson, multiple tweets, 2017-04-08 (emphasis added)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-18

"I do find it (darkly) funny that George Soros is portrayed everywhere in the world as a force of Wall Street and American capitalism, except in his home country, where he's instead believed to be plotting a communist takeover." -- CP, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:56am on 2017-04-17

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-08-30:

"It's become clear that we'll have to undo a lot of what was done in the last seventy years. Like the Russians emerging from the Soviet system, we are beginning to emerge from the era of the dominance of the automobile. We've got ingrained patterns and ways of thinking (and not thinking) to deal with, just like they do." -- David Byrne, musician, from his book Bicycle Diaries.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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