“…the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. He gave him Jim Crow, and when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. And he ate Jim Crow. And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, their last outpost of psychological oblivion.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. via Balloon Juice
“The two big news stories this week have been:
A) A young couple being exalted and celebrated and treated as more worthy & special than all the rest of us, for no reason but the family they were born into, or are marrying into.
B) A man who started from nothing, yet pulled himself up to the highest of heights and became an inspiration to millions..who through a lifetime commitment to hard work, scholarship and integrity has achieved things that 200 years of history had judged impossible..but who still, after all that, is being treated as less worthy than the rest of us, as less than a man, less than a citizen, simply because of the family/race/skin he was born into. You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for the royal wedding.”—
“But beyond that, it is impossible to miss the racism at work here. This is not Vince Foster. This is not Swiftboating. This is the dude who passed health care reform as ”the biggest Affirmative Action in history.” This is the whitey tape. This is you are an “Indonesian welfare thug.” This is the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” questioning the intellect of the past editor of the Harvard Law Review. This is the scion of inherited money as populist, and the scion of a teen single-mother as elitist. This is, if you were white, you and the black dude who came before wouldn’t be here. This is we don’t believe you. ”—Ta-Nehisi Coates http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/your-lying-eyes/237991/
“Yesterday, about half of all Republicans thought Obama was foreign born, and therefore an illegal occupant of the White House. How many Republicans will think the same thing one week from now? My guess is: about half. We’ve reached that stage on just about everything. It’s probably been true of human beings throughout time, but is more obviously significant in politics now, that generally people don’t act like scientific investigators, or judges in moot-court competitions, when parsing the logic and evidence behind competing arguments to come up with political views. They go on loyalty, and tradition, and hope, and fear, and self-interest, and generosity, and all the rest—”—James Fallows http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/04/on-the-birth-certificate-idiocracy/237941/
“OK, it’s a sign of defeat to resort to profanity. My exasperation is a sign of how I feel about this line of slurs. First, whatever is wrong with Obama, no sane person thinks he’s stupid. Second, I wonder how many people think Donald Trump is in a position to judge Obama’s smarts. Third, there is no avoiding the racist connotation of saying that a successful black person got there — wink wink — through special treatment. “Of course the black guy ended up as editor of the Law Review. What do you expect?” So I should just have said that rather than “crock of shit.” On the other hand, a crock of shit is what this is.”—James Fallows http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/04/on-the-birth-certificate-idiocracy/237941/
“…jam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli vendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circences.”—…already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have shed their worries; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses — Juvenal
Time Travel is increasingly regarded as a menace. History is being polluted.
One rationalization of the problem of how Time Travel was actually invented states that time travel was simultaneously discovered at all periods throughout history, but this is clearly bunk. The trouble is that a lot of history is now quite clearly bunk as well.
Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe, and Everything
I think it’s hilarious that the Chinese government is totally channeling Slartibartfast and the Campaign for Real Time. http://techland.time.com/2011/04/13/china-decides-to-ban-time-travel/ — I wonder if they’re going crazy censoring everything about Skynet going online right now.
One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of accidentally becoming your own father or mother. There is no problem involved in becoming your own father or mother that a broad-minded and well-adjusted family can’t cope with. There is no problem about changing the course of history - the course of history does not change because it all fits together like a jigsaw. All the important changes have happened before the things they were supposed to change and it all sorts itself out in the end.
The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveller’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you for instance how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations whilst you are actually travelling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own father or mother.
Most readers get as far as the Future Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up: and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs.
”—Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
“The problem with HIV is its transmission, in blood and sex and breast milk. It targets the subjects we least like to discuss – the interactions least open to honest discussion or change. HIV grows best in imbalances of power; it has erupted and spread out from the most marginalized groups in human societies, from sex workers and drug users and gay men and migrants. And so we have been correspondingly slow to respond”—Dr. W
“Remember when teachers, public service employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and then paid nothing in taxes? Yeah, me neither.”—R. Fernandez’s FB status
“Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seed of rapacious licence and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kin.”—from A Tale of Two Cities