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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-19 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2008-01-11 (five quarters ago):

"Will housing sector problems push the economy into recession? It is too early to tell right now, but what we can do is to examine the current situation closely and try to learn from it. Perhaps 'relearn' is a better word, because the mistakes that brought us to this point have been made before. There are no new lessons here." -- William Poole, President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, in a speech delivered January 9, 2008.

[The submitter adds: it is refreshing, for a change, not to hear someone saying, "it's different this time!"]

http://stlouisfed.org/news/speeches/2008/01_09_08.html]

(submitted to the mailing list by Duffy O'Craven)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-17 under , ,
Tavis Smiley: 

"How much of what happened with Bear Sterns, Lehman, AIG, all the stuff we're reading about and experiencing as a country every day -- on the part of Wall Street, how much of this had to do with mistakes, honest or otherwise, but mistakes versus greed -- just outright greed?"

 
William Cohan: 

"I don't think they were mistakes, honestly. I think the compensation system on Wall Street provided huge rewards for firms to create financial innovation -- take a financial innovation like securitizing mortgages and selling them all over the world -- this is the creation of these so-called mortgage-backed securities.

"That was a financial innovation at one point, started by Lou Ranieri at Salomon Brothers. That was a very interesting financial innovation, and a very effective one. But Wall Street has no carburetor, it has no ability to stop when it discovers a financial innovation. It pushes it to the limit because that's what the incentives are on Wall Street.

"You get rewarded for doing more, more, more and more. More revenue equals bigger bonus. So they discovered this great thing called mortgage-backed securities and they sold it hard and strong for as long as they possibly could, until the bubble inflated and then burst and exploded all over the place.

"Same thing with Internet IPOs, and it has to do with the way Wall Street is compensated. So a little less financial innovation, or if you're going to have financial innovation, then be a lot more careful about what you're rewarding people to do.

"And I think to some extent, the market on Wall Street is taking care of that, but again, the short-term memory is a big problem, and I think we need to watch it very carefully."

[Emphasis added by me -- DGA]

-- from the PBS television program Tavis Smiley, 2009-03-31 (link includes audio and transcript)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-16 under ,
Dani Reese:
(played by Sarah Shahi)
"Grown men in wigs and makeup ... pretending to be other grown men in wigs and makeup."
 
Charlie Crews:
(played by Damian Lewis)
"The Buddha said we live our lives pretending to be someone else."
 
Dani Reese:   "Oh, he said that, did he?"
 
Charlie Crews:   "Who did the Buddha pretend to be? He was the Buddha."
 
Dani Reese:   [looks at Crews]
 
Charlie Crews:   "Okay, I know you're pretty sure you're not pretending to be someone else, but maybe, Reese, maybe you're pretending to be yourself."
 
Dani Reese:   "How could I pretend to be myself?"
 
Charlie Crews:   "Maybe the Buddha was pretending to be the Buddha. That makes sense."
 

-- from the NBC police procedural, Life, episode "Mirror Ball" (originally broadcast 2009-02-11), written by Rand Ravich and directed by Frederick King Keller

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-15 under

"You know, this is a big security flaw in your society. You're all so busy earning a living, you don't have time to keep an eye on the folks who need watching." -- Sam Starfall, in the comic strip Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2009-04-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-14 under ,

"[...] it's not how fast, it's how deep. Albert King and Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix will tell you that. People who play really fast, it's like bullets that don't penetrate paper. But when you go slow and deep, man, people say you touched me in a place I never been touched before.

"And they start crying and you go, 'I wish I knew what that is.' Because I have no idea -- you're just channeling it."

-- Carlos Santana (b. 1947-07-20), interviewed by Tavis Smiley on the PBS television program Tavis Smiley, 2009-04-02

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-13 under , ,

"The Great Depression, we said, 'Hey, we have to learn the facts. What caused this disaster, so that we can take steps, like pass the Glass-Steagall law, that will prevent future disasters?' Where's our investigation?

"What would happen if after a plane crashes, we said, 'Oh, we don't want to look in the past. We want to be forward looking.' Many people might have been, you know, 'we don't want to pass blame.' No. We have a nonpartisan, skilled inquiry. We spend lots of money on, get really bright people. And we find out, to the best of our ability, what caused every single major plane crash in America. And because of that, aviation has an extraordinarily good safety record. We ought to follow the same policies in the financial sphere. We have to find out what caused the disasters, or we will keep reliving them."

-- William K. Black, on the PBS television program Bill Moyers Journal, 2009-04-03

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-12 under , ,

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." -- Henry Knox Sherrill

To my brothers and sisters in Faith: Χριστος Ανεστη! Happy Easter!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-11 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2008-08-18:

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." -- Anne Lamott, writer.

(submitted to the mailing list by Reddy, Michael)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-10 under

"[...] and you have to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight."-- from "Lovers in a Dangerous Time", by Bruce Cockburn [Thanks to [info] jmax315 and [info] minoanmiss for the corrected attribution; I had mistakenly attributed it to [info] matociquala, in whose entry I ran across the line (and which in turn I found by way of [info] synecdochic's link to it)]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-09 under ,

"The Republicans are like an arsonist who complains that the fire department is wasting water." -- Paul Begala, 2009-03-25 [ thanks to [info] realinterrobang for re-re-quoting it where I would see it to re-re-re-quote here ... this'n seems to be popular]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-08 under

"For me, never again is not just never again for Jews, which means since we had the Holocaust, we'll never have any Holocaust for Jews, none whatsoever. So let's have the thickest walls around us and the deepest shelter around us, and whatever it is, never again for Jews.

"For me, never again means never again to anybody who needs me. I, who was the victim, the eternal victim of history, I must do my utmost to prevent any victimization of anybody wherever he or she are. And that's my vision. This is what it means to me to be a modern Jew. I am responsible or one of those who are responsible for the suffering of others. Something happens in Darfur, it is my responsibility because I was a victim. Something wrong is happening in the inner city somewhere, it is my responsibility to be a better human being."

-- Avram Burg (b. 1955-01-19), interviewed by Charlie Rose on the PBS television program, Charlie Rose, 2009-04-01 (link includes video and transcript)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-07 under , ,

"As a woman, it makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside to hear that men like Congressman Issa want to protect the female ideal. And by warm and fuzzy, I mean like if I drank bleach." -- Jezebel.com commenter BrutallyHonestBabes, 2009-03-27, regarding Rep. Issa's proposed legislation to "protect the historic role of the first lady"

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-06 under

"The system is designed with simply one outcome in mind: keep the poor with high recidivism rates and minimal social resources in jail-- a sort of half-way house for the disenfranchised-- until you can't possibly justify it any longer, and then give them a quick trial, accept the guilty plea ('what guilty plea?') and sentence them to time served and probation-- where you can add further controls.

[...]

"I know you think I am exaggerrating. I'll bet you're not poor."

-- The Last Psychiatrist, 2007-06-10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-05 under

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2008-01-07:

"After clicking around on the various photoset still samples and seeing more actual fish, tentacle, eel and worm (!) porn than we'd ever hoped to NEVER see in our lives, we realized that we weren't as sex-positive as we'd thought and that it was totally okay to be so judgmental about other people's public sexual experimentation, and even more okay to wish that they'd stop it forever." -- Violet Blue, in a posting on Fleshbot, 22 Dec 2006. [Warning: site contains nudity]

http://fleshbot.com/sex/extreme/genki-genki-223770.php]

(submitted to the mailing list by Chris Doherty)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-04 under

"This is what happens when the colourblind try to use purple prose." -- [info] kamino_neko, regarding a bit of comic-book narration, 2009-03-02

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-03 under

"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising." -- Lord Northcliffe (Alfred Charles William Harmsworth), late XIXth/early XXth Century newspaper magnate

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-02 under ,

"Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple - that's creativity." -- Charles Mingus (b. 1922-04-22, d. 1979-01-05)


[Demonstrating that a great many quotation providers and users on the web either copy from each other without looking very closely or have all copied from the same offline sources, Google finds a whole lot of copies of this quote with "play" typoed as "plan", which didn't sound right. It took me a little more digging to find two pages that used "play" in that spot. (I copy from various quote collections, obviously, but I hope I haven't let something like this, or too many misattributions with well-known debunkings, slip by.)]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-01 under

"Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish" -- Mark Twain

[Not sure whether this also applies to paper fish ... Probably.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-27 under ,

"I'm wondering what would it be like to have a cultural space that was to gender as atheism is to religion." -- Jennifer Moore in Gender and Belief

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-26 under

"If you guard your toothbrushes and diamonds with equal zeal, you'll probably lose fewer toothbrushes and more diamonds." -- Former U.S. National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy

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