Nota Bene #103: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

“To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker—that’s like an aberration. I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity because of some ‘actor’ who’s been created.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “The director of a leading missing children org is raking in a hefty salary, nicely north of $1 million” … “The America’s Cup will be shown live and for free over the Internet” … “Bill Gates said that tax increases are needed to balance the federal budget” … “Bill Gates announced that his foundation will commit 10 billion dollars to deliver vaccines to the world’s poorest countries” … “Their pathetic attempt to make any deal to get 60 votes convinced even Massachusetts voters that government under the Democrats was corrupt and oppressive, not just inept, but immoral” … “The US teen pregnancy rate rose in 2006 for the first time in 16 years” … “The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have worked to keep that number secret and to conceal who was on the winning end” … “The incoherence of the opposition to Obama reveals the irrationality of the hate” … “You mention the name of Bhutto and you will have no shortage of people who hate her and of people who love her” … “Yesterday Oregon voters delivered a huge victory for progressives” … “Washington has suddenly noticed public rage over economic policies that bailed out big banks but failed to create jobs” … “Clandestine efforts by some countries to create alternative versions of the Internet for political ends could put the Web at risk” … “Three forces have conspired to prevent President Obama from running the country effectively” … “But for his work, we would be in a very different position today” … “I will still write an occasional op-ed piece when the bastards in Washington blast across the line into moron territory” … “I sort of looked into my soul and sort of decided that I really didn’t want to do that” … “The researchers for the first time delivered a megajoule of energy to a target by focusing 192 laser beams at the same time at a temperature of 111 million Celsius” … “That will free up as many as a million new positions in businesses that have already shed jobs” … “Her nickname among a lot of her friends is ‘Doctor T‘” … “The important question is this: if Obama now intends to be a populist battler, how hard will he fight?” … “People living in societies where wealth has concentrated at the top of the economic ladder live significantly shorter, less healthy lives than people who live in societies that spread their wealth more evenly” … “If the president asks one to take a job of that importance, I’d have to accept it” … “At a moment when millions are out of work and millions more struggling to get by, the party’s governing board will plot its comeback on the island of Oahu” … “It is generally conceded that Lee Archer was the first and only black ace pilot” … “Flanagan, the son of one of the U.S. Attorneys who feels that warrantless wiretapping was constitutional, had the role of advising Fallin’s staff on matters of national security” … “Tony Blair said he had no regrets about removing Saddam Hussein” … “President Obama vowed to save US middle classes from an ‘assault‘ from falling incomes and rising insecurity” … “A closer examination reveals that many of Breitbart’s ‘scoops’ have been based on speculation, gross distortions, and outright falsehoods” … “A growing number of science students on British campuses are challenging the theory of evolution and arguing that Darwin was wrong” … “He gives himself a pass for the forceable removal of cats from his garage by way of shotgun and countless infidelities during his first marriage” … “Hundreds of geometric shapes once hidden by forest hint at a previously unknown ancient society that flourished in the Amazon” … “The first to serve up ice-cold beer, the Whopper Bar has been in the works for several months” … “Apparently all you have to do is cover one of their albums in its entirety at one of your own shows, and then they ask you to open for them” … “The intriguing picture shows two, large, bright, star spots” … “It all happened because Letterman had an idea he thought would be truly funny” … “It’s very difficult not to be obsessed with your own passing, your own demise” … “Several of the world’s leading astrophysicists bel
ieve ther
e was no Big Bang” … “The good folks at Cartoon Network decided that they liked me” … “Despite all the stories I’d written about death in Africa, I’d simply failed to notice the calamity unfolding under my own roof” … This issue’s quote was from Samuel L. Jackson … And finally, “See, the thing is, I honestly cannot control the bilious hatred and filth that oozes out of my mouth.” ∞

5 comments on “Nota Bene #103: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

  1. My heart bleeds for Samuel L. Jackson. Nothing like a very successful member of a non-essential profession whining about the competition.

  2. Nice set of linkage. Re: the “corrupt and oppressive” item – I wish I had a sense that somebody, ANYBODY, was listening more closely to Lakoff. The GOP ascendancy hasn’t been because of their ideas, but DESPITE their ideas. Instead, it’s been because of their mastery of linguistics.

    Stuart Hall, a scholar that almost nobody has heard of, made a great point some years ago about what he called the “battle of signification.” In a nutshell, he argued that whoever wins the battle to dictate the vocabulary will win the war.

    Gee, can anybody think of any examples of that?

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