“In a statement to Politico, Cheney seemed to be trying to provide talking points for opponents of the Obama administration who — incredibly — would exploit the Christmas Day terrorist attack for political gain. Cheney’s broadside opens with a big lie, which he then repeats throughout. It is as if he believes that saying something over and over again, in a loud enough voice, magically makes it so.”—
What is it to be “brave”? To me, bravery requires risk, going against the status quo, being willing to do or say what few others have done. Bravery is not a one time act but a consistent practice. Most importantly, bravery is not about self interest; bravery involves the individual acting for the community. It is both the step forward andthe hand that is extended
- Inspiring post outlining “brave” thinkers in independent film from producer Ted Hope!
“People are good and trustworthy and generally just concerned with getting through the day,” Newmark says. If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging.”—
“To the savvy, the center is a holy place: political grace resides there. The profane is the ideological extremes. The adults converse in the pragmatic middle ground where insiders cut their deals. On the wings are the playgrounds for children. But to argue directly for these propositions is out of the question: political reporters don’t conduct arguments, they tell us what’s happening! Instead an argument is made by positioning the players a certain way while reporting the news and doing “analysis.” Obama is getting things done; critics are scoring ideological points (big government!) or standing on principle. Peter Baker isn’t an Obama supporter. But he welcomes presidents to his church.”—Jay Rosen on "The Church of The Savvy" and his "fix" for the Sunday Morning Shows.
Quote an excerpt, link to the rest, add your commentary.
Don’t copy and paste the entire fucking article to your blog and then have the balls to serve Google ads alongside it.
Even though I linked the article as I do all my linked articles by clicking on the title, I’ll continue to post the entire thing wholesale as I see fit. Even if you have to scroll for ages to get it off your dashboard. Get fucked.
I’m sure they are really excited you linked to the article you already copy and pasted word for word, making the link to the actual article completely redundant.
If you think my issue with your theft is the length of the article you’ve stolen, well then you’re even dumber than I originally thought.
“Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmann’s recently deceased father-in-law and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in 2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and corn. Both dairy and corn are heavily subsidized—or “socialized”—businesses in America (in 2005 alone, Washington spent $4.8 billion propping up corn prices) and are subject to strict government price controls. These subsidies are at the heart of America’s bizarre planned agricultural economy and as far away from Michele Bachmann’s free-market dream world as Cuba’s free medical system. If American farms such as hers were forced to compete in the global free market, they would collapse”—Yasha Levine, Michelle Bachmann: Welfare Queen
“I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion. I have never imputed to Nature a purpose or a goal, or anything that could be understood as anthropomorphic. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism. The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive.”—Albert Einstein (via i like this)
“In many photographs and videos in June, when the regime first cracked down, many of the people on the streets were wearing face-masks or bandanas to hide their identities for fear of the consequences.
Today, it was the baseej who were wearing the masks and bandanas.
“A lot of people believe that the only way for a country to get rich, stay rich, and get richer is to burn more carbon fuel. If that’s factually accurate, some people think, then even if global warming is a problem, we won’t address it before there’s a calamity because people are not going to agree to make themselves poorer. It’s easy for me to say that. If you cut my income 10 percent I’d still be in great shape, and my daughter would be all right, and everything would be fine. But you can’t ask people who can’t pay their grocery bills to, in effect, [take a] pay cut to solve this problem.”—
“They always throw around this term ‘the liberal elite.’ And I kept thinking to myself about the Christian right. What’s more elite than believing that only you will go to heaven?”—Jon Stewart (via Banality Check)