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

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-01-20:

"I was so poor that a guy who'd stolen my credit card went online to complain that I was so broke he couldn't even pay for a dinner with my credit card." -- Mike Tyson, boxer, from his memoir Undisputed Truth.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-04

"The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure." -- Albert Einstein (b. 1879-03-14, d. 1955-04-18), letter to the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, 1954 (I have not been able to track down an online copy of the letter, but if I ever find out which of several letters he wrote to them that year it is, the web will tell us which box it's in, in whose collection.)

[1789-03-04: Constitution of the US goes into effect.]

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

"Necessity is the mother of moral relativism." -- Momo, in Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, #3170, 2016

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-02

"I'm so fucking exhausted with these assholes either voting for the Trumps of the world or failing to vote against them, safe and secure (they think) in the knowledge that 'someone will stop it.' 'Someone' means Democrats. There's nobody else left -- the last thirty years have seen to that. If you keep piling all the responsibilities for that sort of thing on Democrats while simultaneously continuing to hobble them, you're going to wake up one day and discover that the magic fairy that picked up your room, washed your clothes, put your food on the table, and paid for this house is no longer there to help you." -- Chris, Balloon Juice, comments (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-01

"I am descended from people who fled religious persecution, and from people who murdered and oppressed others for land and power. I don't get to choose who I'm descended from, but I do get to choose whose memories to honor by my actions. I stand with the oppressed." -- Howard Tayler, 2017-01-27

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-28

"Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him." -- Pope Francis

[Yesterday was the start of Great Lent in the Orthodox churches, and tomorrow starts Lent in Western churches. To all my family and friends who are celebrating Lent either way, may you have a moving and spiritually productive Lenten season as the calendar marches toward Easter!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-27

"It is alarming that in a series of catastrophic executive policy decisions -- the president's Muslim travel ban, his selection of Steve Bannon as his main political adviser, his short-lived appointment of Michael Flynn as national security adviser, his proposal to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem -- there seems to be a single common element: the stigmatization and provocation of Muslims. In rhetoric and action, the Trump administration has aggrandized 'radical Islamic terror' thus making what Madison called a 'favorable emergency' more likely." -- Timothy Snyder, 2017-02-26, "The Reichstag Warning"

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-26

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-01-21:

"It will take some time before the number of people watching on TV is revealed, but some viewers must have had that eerie feeling that a perverse revival of Dynasty was under way. The incoming president gave a speech livid with populist fury, an indictment of "the establishment" and yet, in his person, demeanour and in reality, he confirms that the establishment, the force of true power remains anchored in old white men with a comb-over and decades-younger wife." -- John Doyle, television critic, on the Trump inauguration.

[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-inauguration-tv-a-divided-nation-severed-by-a-very-divided-media/article33690171/]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:11am on 2017-02-25
Anesu Mutwa:   Well, the thing every modest parent needs most is an effusive daughter.
Devyat   And therapy. Anyone who's a parent and thinks they don't need therapy is crazy.

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

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

"Myth: Racism declines as time passes
 Reality: Racism fluidly adjusts to prevailing political and economic interests"

  -- Khaled Beydoun, 2017-02-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-23

"He said he had all the best words, he didn't say he knew how to use them. Maybe, when he bought them, they didn't come with instructions." -- Brautigan, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-22

"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent & respectable Stranger, but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & previleges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment." -- George Washington (b. 1732-02-22[*], d. 1799-12-14; President of the US 1789-1797), 1783-12-02, letter to Joshua Holmes, often cited as "Letter To the Members of the volunteer Associations & other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland who have lately arrived in the City of New York."

[*] Recorded as 11 Feb. 1731-32 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 22 Feb. 1732, 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 2017-02-21

"For me, the end of childhood came when the number of candles on my birthday cake no longer reflected my age, around 19 or 20. From then on, each candle came to represent an entire decade." -- Yotam Ottolenghi

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-20

"One day I want to read a headline that says 'Disabled person overcomes society's crap!' instead of all this overcoming disability nonsense!" -- Gregg Beratan, 2017-02-17

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-19

"It didn't matter, back then, that most of us were US citizens and had never even been to Japan. We were presumed guilty, and held without charge for four years, simply because we happened to look like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor. For that crime, we lost our homes, our livelihoods and our freedoms.

[...]

"I cannot help but hear in [talk of a Muslim registry today] terrible echoes from the past. The internment happened because of three things: fear, prejudice and a failure of political leadership. When the administration targets groups today, whether for exclusion from travel here on the basis of religion and national origin, or for deportation based on their undocumented status, I know from personal experience that these are not done, as they claim, truly in the name of national security.

"No, instead they are intended to strike fear into communities, to show the muscle and 'toughness' of a new president, and to divide the citizenry against itself. These are the acts of a despot, not an elected leader.

"I have dedicated my life to standing against our nation's impulse toward demagoguery and tyranny by the whipped-up masses. The answer lies not just in education, but in empathy. The false narrative -- that there are those who belong here and those who do not -- is designed precisely to divorce us from the truth that we are all here and in this together."

-- George Takei (b. 1937-04-20) "On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past", 2017-02-18 [bold emphasis added]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-18

"I've found that all it usually takes to draw out an engineer is to ask a couple of technical questions and then remain calm while listening to the answers. Most people tend to take on a blank, frightened look as soon as they realize that a technical explanation is under way; if you can resist giving this reaction and simply listen, your engineer will open up and tell you everything you ever wanted to know." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

[Not just engineers. In general, you poke a geek the right way, and knowledge falls out. Knitting, weaving, beadmaking, math, astrophysics, music -- find someone who loves the subject you want an intro to, ask a 'how' or 'why' question, and keep looking interested until your brain is full.]


Happy birthday to [info] - personal silmaril!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-17

"the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-16

"Americans have this idea that comes from Jefferson and the American Revolution that you have to rebel every so often. And they sometimes don't make the distinction between a rebellion against injustice and the extinction of the whole political system, which is what Bannon says that he is after. The American Revolution actually preserved ideas from Britain: the rule of law being the most important. The whole justification of the American Revolution was that the British were not living up to their own principles, were not including Americans in their own system. In a broad way that that was also the argument of the civil rights movement: the system fails itself when it does not extend equal rights to all citizens. So there can be resistance and even revolution which is about meeting standards rather than about simple destruction. What Bannon says correctly about the Bolsheviks was that they aimed to completely destroy an old regime. We can slip from one to the other very easily, from rebelliousness to a complete negation of the system. Most Americans had a rule of law state for most of their lives, African Americans are an exception, and so most Americans think this will be there forever. They don't get that a 'disruption' can actually destroy much of what they take for granted. They have no notion what it means to destroy the state and how their lives would look like if the rule of law would no longer exist. I find it frightening that people who talk about the destruction of the American state are now in charge of the American state." -- Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder, in a 2017-02-07 interview by Matthias Kolb

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-15

"The worst thing about getting older is watching knowledge die." -- Charlie Gibbs, alt.folklore.computers, 2017-01-13 (Message-ID: <o598ga12b98@news7.newsguy.com> Subject: Re: {wtf} Tymshare SuperBasic Source Code)

context, if you want it ... )

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On a more cheerful note (if perhaps a somewhat stinging one, depending upon one's historical accuracy in celebrating): happy Lupercalia!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-14

"Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart." -- Washington Irving (b. 1783-04-03, d. 1859-11-28)

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