The tale of my interrupted trial will spread through the Galaxy. Frustration of my plans to lighten the disaster will convince people that the future holds no promise to them. Already they recall the lives of their grandfathers with envy. They will see that political revolutions and trade stagnations will increase. The feeling will pervade the Galaxy that only what a man can grasp for himself at that moment will be of any account. Ambitious men will not wait and unscrupulous men will not hang back. By their every action they will hasten the decay of the worlds. Have me killed and Trantor will fall not within three centuries but within fifty years and you, yourself, within a single year." [Isaac Asimov, Foundation, emphasis added.] @ Liberty's Torch
Had they NOT applied for tax-exempt/charity status, this wouldn’t have happened to them. And had they been true to their principles, they would not have applied to join the same club they insist they want to burn down. - - Five Feet of Fury
Culture trumps politics — which is why, once the question's been settled culturally, conservatives are reduced to playing catch-up, twisting themselves into pretzels to explain (including in the pages of this magazine) why gay marriage is really conservative after all, or why 30 million unskilled immigrants with a majority of births out of wedlock are "natural allies" of the Republican party. - - Mark SteynOnline
I wonder how many of them actually pay tax? Or if they manage to get around all of that by some wicked web that has been woven. One thing tells me that if they are officially worth that much, then one they might not have that in the bank at their disposal. Secondly, they might well have double that amount. People never declare what they have or own down to the last dime, do they? - - Zero Hedge
An atmosphere has been created in which to admit that one finds the spectacle distasteful is to be guilty of a hate crime, an accusation that nowadays can be hurled at almost anyone who wants to preserve public taste and decorum. The spectacle itself seems to me designed to allow one the illicit pleasure of the freak show while enjoying self-congratulation at one’s own generosity of spirit. I prefer less ostentatious, less orchestrated demonstrations of human decency. - - A Freak Show Called Generosity
and just teach some abstract nonsense about queer history and democratic values, people will come up with new things all the time! There's a stupid idea out there that the innovation rate is not enough (tell that to Mesopotamians which decorated their houses the same way for 3000 years), so we need to come up with even more new stuff, but people just can’t keep up. Why could that be? Real Answer: people just aren’t that smart. Mainstream answer: "Kids get bored at school with drilling, so we need to stop drilling and they’ll become super creative!" Human culture in a nutshell | Bloody shovel
and they read and absorb it without thinking all that much about it because they trust you as a source. And after all, most of your friends, and all the smart people you know and hear, agree. neo-neocon-- How it works when you're Pravda
The very first lawns were grassy fields that surrounded English and French castles. Castle grounds had to be kept clear of trees so that the soldiers protecting them had a clear view of their surroundings. It wouldn’t do for enemies to be able to sneak up on the castle through the forest. Without trees, grasses sprouted naturally just like they do in fields and clearings today. -- Today I
where you buy a case of champagne and you take all the bottles out, and you take all the cardboard out, and you put a garbage bag inside of it, then you put all the bottles back in and then you cover it with ice, and then you wrap it up and you close it. And that will keep it all cold for a weekend and you can drink every single bottle. And the way I like to drink it in a big pint glass with ice. I fill it with ice and I pour the champagne in it, because champagne can never be too cold. And the problem people have with champagne is they drink it and they crash with it, because the sugar content is so high and you get really dehydrated. But if you can get the ice in it, you can drink it supremely cold and at the same time you're getting the melting ice, so it's like a hydration level, and you can stay at this great level for a whole weekend. You don't want to crash. You want to keep that buzz, that bling, that smile. -- Dazed
is one of the most glorious instruments ever made, a genuinely new window on the universe.
Even so, when it first began to send back images of the cosmos in the mid-1990s, Nature was plagued with content-free submissions reporting the first ‘Hubble image’ of this or that astrophysical object. Authors were often affronted to hear that the journal wanted, not the latest pretty picture, but some insight into the process it was depicting. -– Philip Ball – Aeon
AN ARGUMENT on the internet has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The conclusion of the dispute, which began in October 1998 on a message board abandoned by everyone else in 2002, has given hope to the rest of the internet. - - Daily Mash
The Post-American culture is a narrow elitist slice of stinky cheese at the top and a garbage can at the bottom. The elites get politically correct movies that no one else watches and the rest of the country gets movies that emphasize special effects over dialogue so that they can play just as well in Beijing or Moscow as in Kansas. - - Greenfield @ Truth Revolt
Yes, the organs balloon out as if they're instantly inflating, like when Han Solo cuts open the Tauntaun. But then comes a lot of work. Ten minutes into gutting, I'm “ringing the ass,” running a four-inch German hunting knife around a pelvic canal while Uncle Cy, an experienced hunter, hisses useful advice in my ear, like “Don't ruin my fucking knife.” And “You just ruined my fucking knife.” -- G Q Magazine
In fact, it's actually keeping them down because it's increasing the housing supply. "The simple truth is that if you want home prices to drop, or even just level off, the only way to do this is to build more housing," says Worldchanging's founder Alex Steffen in this story on density in cities. "Desirable cities in growing regions either add housing rapidly or become unaffordable to most and socially inequitable. It's that simple. Limiting housing supply is what drives out the poor."
the director of the prestigious entity announced today that Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused of invading Ukraine - suspiciously un-peaceful action - has been nominated for the Peace Prize. Putin joins NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai as a nominee for the award to be announced in October. - - | Zero Hedge
I had the 1981 Mini-Wave model, the boxy, yellow microwave style, which was, in my 7-year-old mind, the only kind of Easy-Bake there was. One day, my 4-year-old brother had a brilliant idea—to “cook” a green plastic steak from our 1972 Mattel Tuff Stuff Play Food set. Collectors Weekly
He received meals of mush, meat, and potatoes through a slot in one wall; sun through a small skylight called the “dead eye”; and exercise in his own little walled yard. In an era when the White House lacked running water, Prisoner #1 had a toilet and a tap. —Vol. 2, No. 1—The Appendix
She's the two time gold medal champion on the show "Challenge" and the owner of Studio Cake, a custom-order bakery in Menlo Park, California. The Stanford alum and former NASA engineer uses her her masters in engineering and work experience from NASA, to construct incredible works of edible art. - - My Modern Metropolis
as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image.... Approval of Obama among Democrats stands at 71 percent, near its 69 percent record low (September 2013). For independents, 28 percent approve, which is also near the 25 percent all-time low among this group (July 2013). And approval of Obama among Republicans hits a new low of five percent.
It was spent and squandered by those both who felt it was immoral to be so rich and while simultaneously convinced these riches were inexhaustible.
It happened because too many worked tirelessly to take America down a peg or two, out of spite; and from a sense of unassailable superiority. People who thought it was OK to blow the stash; open the borders; downsize the armed forces. Guys who believed you could churn out paper dollars and issue empty threats ad infinitum. Because like Paul Krugman once said: we can invent an alien invasion from outer space if we need to. Belmont Club ｻ Ivan Ilyin
transcended itself and entered into a we-are-stardust-we-are-golden happy place, where (in Europe, at least) nobody wants war, because everyone is loving peace. - - The Anchoress
The longbow is the purest, oldest form of archery. No gizmos, no gimmicks and long hours of practice required. Not many people use them these days, but there’s certainly growth in this niche of the bow market. It’s reflective, he says, of this interest in simpler things that’s “been echoing throughout our lives.” - Modern Farmer
They come for the war. They will not stay to rebuild because few really care, and fewer still can do good work. They will help wreck Syria and kill its people in their apocalyptic playground, and Syrians who at first welcomed them will grow to hate them and finally kill them. Michael Yon, Syria not-a-crosswalk
It ain’t happenin’. Yes, America scores badly for a Western country, but when you adjust for race, white kids are doing pretty well. The beauty of a free market solution, however, is you don’t have to get into all that. If you do well, you pass. If you do badly, drop out and go learn a trade. - - Gavin McInnes
I went to a party there that was pretty wild and virtually everyone was smoking reefer, myself included. We all did in those days, especially we wannabe screenwriters. Jerry was the California secretary of State at the time, which gave all the cannabis toking an extra je ne sais quoi. As I recall, Jerry wasn’t even there for most of the event, though I could be mistaken. I was a little ripped. Roger L. Simon - - Legal Weed? Governor Moonbeam Grows Up
those who have the best ones can find out the most.
Galileo knew this — he kept up a cordial correspondence with his fellow astronomer Johannes Kepler in Prague, but when Kepler requested the loan of a telescope, the Italian found excuses. Galileo saw that, with one of these devices, Kepler would become a more serious rival. Instruments, he understood, confer authority. Science / a cult of hi-tech instruments