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Nota Bene #114: Big Star

“The radio makes hideous sounds.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “The economic model that is driving such decision making is guided by the same culture of greed that has driven the world economy to its knees in recent times” … “We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species” … “Dying is very expensive” … “Blue-eyed blonde Nmachi, whose name means ‘Beauty of God,’ has baffled genetics experts” … “In retrospect, the attraction may have been too avant-garde for its own good” … “There’s just something about these magnificent machines that make us stop and admire them” … “It’s sadly ironic that we are discovering new species nearly as fast as we are losing them” … “The movie buff happened to be browsing an antiques shop when he found the reel hidden inside a chest” … “I wasn’t going to let this illness stop me” … “I recognized that there was more than a little ham in the man” … “If I had a machine gun I’d shoot every one of them white sons of bitches” … “She was colonized by all sorts of misfits” … “This is a system of the elite, by the elite and for the elite” … “He is the least sexist person ever” … “An Iraqi man weeps over the body of his young daughter” … “Scientists lobbed a bombshell into the world of sub-atomic theory” … “It’s time to regain our sanity” … “Conditions suitable for life may once have existed all over Mars” … “The place looks like a UFO” … “It might seem strange to hear a top government official parroting talking points from Monsanto—until you read his résumé” … “We no longer rise to the great challenges before us” … “We were trying to find that perfect balance of power to weight, and handling” … “I don’t like the word ‘control,’ because I myself am pretty libertarian in my outlook on these things” … “I thought this shot would really punch the audience hard and leave the viewer feeling dirty” … “He rarely made a mistake” … “It has been 368 days since my company of 10 years laid me off” … “Astronomers have discovered the most massive stars known, including one at more than 300 times the mass of our sun” … “Unmonitored capitalism inevitably devolves into a kind of piracy that can devastate the national economy” … “The problem is that kids don’t learn if they don’t do the work” … “I’m more optimistic than creeped out by the growing robot population” … “Young journalists who once dreamed of trotting the globe in pursuit of a story are instead shackled to their computers, where they try to eke out a fresh thought or be first to report even the smallest nugget of news—anything that will impress Google algorithms and draw readers their way” … “The Lady, Matt Taibbi, doth protest too much, methinks” … “We simply do not know what life is down there” … “That’s pretty sick, you have to admit” … “This is over six hours of pure, unadulterated emotion” … “They’e probably figured out it’s no longer worth the trip” … This issue’s quote was from Bob Dylan … And finally, “We need to teach people to think.” ∞

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