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Nota Bene #101: Your Pal, Mike S.

“The guys who are shooting films now are technically brilliant, but there’s no content in their films. I marvel at what I see and wish I could have done a shot like that. But shots are secondary for my films, and with some of these films, it’s all about the shots. What’s the point? I’m not sure people know what points to make.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “Russians can go nutty when it comes to dogs” … “This is a policy designed to benefit elites at the expense of the broader public” … “Most of what the public learns is still overwhelmingly driven by traditional media—particularly newspapers” … “I had to wonder was it worth the risk: sitting in the back of a Warrior, rolling a dice with the IEDs and their fondness for ripping off people’s legs” … “A BMW pulled up outside the factory, a man got out, shot one of the Africans living there, and drove off” … “The chef has to take into account many factors when drawing up menus for astronauts floating nearly 250 miles above the earth” … “One day after teaching an English class for Buddhist novices at a monastery a young monk came over and pulled back the folds of his robe to reveal a Smith & Wesson” … “The group’s report card gave the White House an ‘A’ on its lobbying/revolving door rules” … “Police say that being recorded without their consent is a violation of privacy rights and the law” … “They really did perform well above their years” … “Having the car connected with the exterior world is a necessity” … “The Senate, as it now operates, really has become unconstitutional” … “Illegal loggers protected by armed gunman have continued to extract timber” … “Consumers can always add salt to food, but they can’t take it out” … “Apparently those kind of things don’t rise to the level of ‘troubling racial schisms‘” … “They don’t want the public seeing how their breeding dogs live” … “That’s why a growing number of Democrats in the Senate are running from this approach just as fast as they can” … “To us it’s not a grave concern to have to prove our bees are disease-free” … “Perhaps the most stimulative thing they can do right now is take a two-year recess or something” … “Their actions seem to indicate the contrary intention” … “The best tool we have for fighting ignorance is to get citizens involved in science” … “The myth of the slaves building pyramids is only the stuff of tabloids and Hollywood” … “An Ohio firm has turned to Craigslist to recruit U.S. embassy guards” … “A former chief United Nations weapons inspector is accused of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room” … “I mean, really, when are these poor countries going to get their acts together?” … “A discovery that highlights the risks of a dangerous climate tipping point” … “Is all the President’s tough talk just empty rhetoric to Wall Street?” … “Moore averages 12,000 texts per month, entering up to 3.5 characters per second” … “Especially in these tough economic times, we will go after every dollar that is owed to taxpayers” … “The leading edge of white-supremacist agitation has focused on immigrant bashing” … “Police rescued a woman who was trapped for eight days in a lift” … “He even showed off the old slave chains” … “Experts believe Pashtuns could be one of the ten ‘Lost Tribes of Israel‘” … “I don’t know how they sleep at night, looking at all their fame, let alone the money they took by faking everybody out and lying” … “I think it’s going to be pretty rough for him to get in the Hall of Fame, I really do” … “The military-industrial complex is ruining the economy” … “Americans lean more toward giving up some of their liberty in exchange for more safety” … “Cabinda, the sliver of territory that sits between Africa’s two Congos, has made it into the headlines” … “We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station” … “Mexico could face an assault on unionism” … “Is an ap
ology tha
t’s not said out loud really an apology?” … “It could hardly be called a face-to-face encounter, and conversation must have been a little difficult” … “Slowly but surely, longer-term unemployment seems to be becoming the norm” … “Critics claims the story of a white US Marine who saves an alien race perpetuates the ‘white Messiah fable‘” … “We need to take out the CIA” … “Morales is known to regularly chew on coca leaves, even when he appears at international conferences around the world” … “O’Reilly said ‘in jest‘ that Islamic women cover themselves because ‘the most unattractive women in the world are probably in the Muslim countries'” … “Your pal, John K.” … “In his case, I’d pull the switch on him myself” … “If this is how security against terrorism is guaranteed, whose hands are we in?” … “If we do nothing then I think you can kiss your country goodbye” … “A few hundred years from now when Islam becomes the official American state religion, Osama will be its mythical, shadowy messiah” … This issue’s quote was from Terry Gilliam … And finally, “It’s really simple: the people don’t like what we’re doing.” ∞

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