random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  But the rich man ... is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him; and it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it. It puts to rest many questions which he would otherwise be taxed to answer; while the only new question which it puts is the hard but superfluous one, how to spend it. Thus his moral ground is taken from under his feet.

tagged: money corrupts
  —Henry David Thoreau, p. 21 "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience".

Archive for August, 2008

right-wing oil fantasies

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Peter Dizikes writes about a number of right-wing myths about oil in today’s Salon.com. Unbelievably enough, there are people who believe: # There’s more oil in Alaska than in the Middle East # The Chinese are about to start drilling — or are already drilling — off the coast of Florida (the Cuba/China menace — […]

cut-and-paste weather

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

It’s like they just cut and paste the weather forecast — every goddamn day. WEATHER FORECAST This Afternoon…Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early…then partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may produce frequent lightning and small hail…then some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds…frequent lightning and small hail. Highs […]

faith-based damages

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

So this flight attendant is suing a televangelist who assaulted her, and in addition to emotional damages and hemorrhoids, the flight attendant is claiming she is owed damages for loss of faith. Broadsheet, Salon.com, 8/8. Obviously the First Amendment is going to pose real problems for the plaintiff — American courts establishing a monetary value […]

now bats

Friday, August 1st, 2008

This article (“Dark Night for Bats”, Kirsten Weir, Salon.com) compares the current wave of bat deaths with bees’ colony collapse disorder. I’d add the precipitous decline in frogs, as well.


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