“The point, it seemed to me, was that politics isn’t all there is to life, there is something slightly off about those who think it is, and that political ideology has come to define us culturally and personally far too much. So this wasn’t an angry rally for the alienated Democratic left; or even a joyous rally like last fall’s March for Equality; or a desperate and frustrated rally like the Tea Partiers. No one was demanding their country back; they were just demanding, well asking, for a little less polarization, and a little more mutual understanding. It was an Obama rally that didn’t want to be an Obama rally. And it was only an Obama rally sotto voce because he seems currently the only adult in Washington with any interest in compromising with anyone.”—Sullivan on the Stewart/Colbert rally (via aatombomb)
"If these people were all put in a room on penalty of death to come up with how much they could cut, they couldn’t come up with $50 billion, when the problem is $1.3 trillion," fumes Stockman. "So to stand before the public and rub raw this anti-tax sentiment, the Republican Party, as much as it pains me to say this, they should be ashamed of themselves," he tells Stahl.
Stockman says the Democrats have also embraced this religion to a degree, with President Obama recently advocating a permanent tax cut for the middle class. “We have now got both parties essentially telling a big lie with a capital ‘B’ and a capital ‘L’ to the public,” says Stockman. “And that is that we can have all this government, 24 percent of GDP, this huge entitlement program, all of the bailouts and yet, we don’t have to tax ourselves and pay our bills,” Stockman tells Stahl. “That’s delusional.”
"What exactly was this?" Mr. Stewart asks. "This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith. Or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies."
"Not being able to be able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers, or real bigots and Juan Williams or Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves, who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate."
"The press is our immune system," Mr. Stewart says. "If it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker. And perhaps eczema. And yet, with that being said, I feel good. Strangely, calmly good."
In the news media, Mr. Stewart says, we hear of the fragility of our country, how we’re on the brink of catastrophe, how it’s a shame we can’t work together. “The truth is,” he says, “we do.”
Mr. Stewart invokes the metaphor of a traffic merger at the Lincoln Tunnel, “You go, then I’ll go.” “Sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk who zips up the shoulder and cuts in at the last minute. But that individual is rare and he is scorned, and he is not hired as an analyst.”
“Microsoft released their Q1 2011 earnings today. The results were very good except for one very big blemish: the Online Division. Last quarter, the division lost $560 million for Microsoft. That’s better than the previous quarter when it lost a staggering $696 million, but it’s much worse than a year ago, when it lost $477 million. In the past year, Microsoft has lost well over $2 billion from the division.”—
“So there’s something I find compelling about the idea that everything is basically failure. It calls into question the conventional wisdom that says we need only a financial metric to evaluate success, which should come as a relief when you consider that — the way Denton has it — most of the people reading this right now are relatively less “successful” than Daisy de la Hoya from VH1’s Rock of Love 2 (and Daisy of Love). We are also less successful than the Koch brothers who use their billions to stoke middle-class ire (an ingenious case of the have-everythings pitting the have-a-little-mores against the have-nothings), less successful than Joe Francis (of Girls Gone Wild), whose wealth came from the persistent coercion and sexual humiliation of severely intoxicated, possibly underage women, and less successful than Fred Phelps, who heads up an entire church of like-minded bigots who picket the funerals of gay soldiers, letting their families know how much God hates their dead children. It’s strange, because you could use those inverted terms, noble failure v. ignoble success, and for Denton the emphasis seems to land squarely on “failure” or “success” and this is really, literally it. You could drop “noble” or “ignoble” entirely. There’s no room for your moral judgment because if you attach a price tag to good/bad and effectively replace “morally good” with “is profitable,” it’s an easy analysis, one that has displaced any kind of “moral” framework.”—
Karp revealed that he met Zuckerberg for the first time a few days ago and sought his counsel on how to grow his social blogging service into a medium-sized company without sacrificing its innovative.
“He said, ‘Don’t give up on being clever,’” Karp recalled. “I’ve been thinking about that all week.”
Karp said he will be doubling the size of Tumblr’s staff, from 12 to 24 people, in the next few months, and is trying to understand what is is that allows certain companies, like Facebook and Apple, to think like start-ups even after they get huge. “”They have people, lots of people,” he said. “But at their heart, they have a lot of people trying to be as clever as they can to do things that are seen as impossible.”
1. Read EVERY Tweet. If you let even one Tweet slip through cracks, you could be miss the secret of the whole universe.
2. Keep track of everyone you retweet because they owe you a favor now.
3. Check to see if your email address book contacts are on Twitter. If they’re not, harass them unmercifully until they sign up and follow you.
4. Submit ALL of your tweets to Digg/Reddit/StumbleUpon.
5. If you get Tweeter’s block, just provide a literal answer to Twitter’s persistent “What’s Happening?” question, even if your whole stream just becomes an endless series of “Trying to think of something to Tweet” tweets. Nothing is worse than NOT Tweeting.
6. If you really want to succeed at Twitter, you should be a famous person. If you can’t manage that, just act like one.
7. If you just make shit up on Twitter, it’s not lying. It’s a sitcom.
8. For every 99 Tweets about how cool you are, throw in one Tweet with a self-deprecating joke about how you’re actually a total dork, but in a way that also makes you seem cool.
9. Not very many people seem to Livetweet embarrassing diarrhea situations. Could be an opportunity there.
10. But don’t over-do it. You shouldn’t make EVERY Tweet about pooping your pants.
11. Make sure your Tweets plug into your Facebook plug into your Tumblr plug into your Foursquare plug into your other social nets, like a neverending Human Centipede of Social Media Coolness.
12. Don’t forget to keep the Twitter conversation going in real life. People’s ears perk up when they hear any sentence that begins, “So I saw this thing on Twitter…”
13. You only get 276 DM’s in your whole life, so use them wisely.
14. Pick a great username when you create a Twitter account, because if you don’t, you’ll automatically be assigned the name “Rodney” followed by a series of numbers.
15. Only follow people with more followers than you (unless they’re exceptionally hot).
16. Only retweet people with more followers than you (unless they’re exceptionally hot).
17. Only @-reply people with more followers than you (unless they’re exceptionally hot).
18. If someone unfollows you on Twitter, find them and burn their fucking house to the ground in front of everyone.
19. “Twitter is powerful tool for acting like a powerful tool.” - Einstein
20. To succeed on Twitter, you have to either be funny, clever, informative or Ashton Kutcher.
“The couple said that they fear for their lives in the U.S., and Evi claimed that nine close friends of her husband have recently been murdered, including actors David Carradine, Heath Ledger and Chris Penn. Carradine was found hanging by a rope in a hotel room in Thailand last year, Ledger died of an overdose of a mix of prescription medications in 2008 and Penn died of heart disease in 2006.”—