Nota Bene #117: Wake Up!

“Hollywood is so crooked that Mafia gangsters are entirely outclassed and don’t stand a chance. People in Hollywood are smarter. They have more sophisticated knowledge of money and deals and how to steal legally rather than illegally.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “The oddest thing about Michael Muhammad Knight is that his transubstantiated dream of a Muslim punk-rock scene may be one of the least interesting things about him” … “It’s a remarkable achievement” … “Nothing can make up for what I went through” … “Humor is what gets you through everything, and it got him through everything“/”If you want to live, get up and keep going” … “Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats” … “I’ve always had the demanding job of playing myself” … “Under current laws, the government has little or no information about the health risks posed by most of the 80,000 chemicals on the U.S. market today” … “That was Herbert Hoover’s line and it doomed him” … “One must really digest the very magnitude of this decline and its possible implications” … “He drank a bottle a day for four years, which led to cancer of the jaw and an excruciatingly painful death” … “Rick and his husband Terrance hold hands after their wedding ceremony in Washington, D.C.” … “The deal marks the beginning of the end of the Internet as you know it” … “The bug is already causing over $500 million in damages on an annual basis” … “Those are jobs for which Hallmark will come under all kinds of justified legal fire” … “This is insane!” … “They have been dead for eighteen centuries, but they are human beings who are seen in their agony” … “What we all do is art, you know?” … “Let me give you a little fucking lesson (a lesson I happen to know because my fucking uncle was in the sit-down strike that founded the fucking UAW)” … Batmobile by George Barris“I was, at that very moment, objectifying myself” … “Archaeologists live on other people’s misfortunes” … “Poor Alexei Sayle, a few years ago he was on the telly and now look at him homeless and drunk at 11:30 in the morning” … “This begs the question: how much are people willing to be for their open brutal sci-fi murder?” … “Wow, that’s unusual—there’s a conversation occurring in which they’re making point and counterpoint and challenging each other” … “Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for NES?” … “You just have to accept that part of having wolves is having to kill wolves” … “He hugged children, and one small boy playfully put his fist next to the chin of the former champion” … “It’s great to see him come out of retirement to sell solar panels” … “Not everyone reacted with alarm” … “After too many years of bad science writing, sci-fi movies, and New Age concepts, it’s an idea that stuck firmly in our minds, but it’s absolutely wrong” … “Those CEOs’ combined compensation totaled $598 million, while at the same time, their companies eliminated 531,363 jobs despite reporting a 44 percent average profit increase” … “Seniors who are happily going off to college with all their designer clothes and Ramen noodles and Trapper Keepers and illegal drugs are missing one thing: knowledge” … “We will, however, attempt to rise above this hardship and continue somehow” … “I’ve protested the government’s policies and spoken out and tried to educate people in my community”/”The FBI even managed to secretly search the anti-war members’ personal trash” … “The rationale is contradictory and ignorant of key facts, producing an outcome that lacks basic intellectual credibility” … “Hossein’s case is tragic, puzzling and mind-boggling” … “It’s a pity that the modern Republican Party offers the American people an irrelevant platform of recycled Keynesianism when the old approach is needed more than ever“/”The fact that it was David Stockman scooping me was sort of doubly hard to take” … “The set includes cars built by George Barris, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Dean Jeffries, and Carl Casper, among others” … “K
trina didn’t do this“/”I stood next to a man who was desperately trying to lie to himself simply because the alternative was too painful“/”Locals call him ‘Mr. Go‘”/”He’ll get a better night’s sleep back on his home planet” … “Wake up!” … “I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write” … “These laws are dangerous, both for citizens of countries like China and citizens of Western democracies” … “If you read that little description and you’re thinking, ‘That sounds like the worst film in history,’ then I’m just letting you know we could never be good friends in real life” … “It’s brought more people together on this planet than all the politicians put together” … “We are thrilled to be working with NASA to offer such a rich archive” … “We just took a little break, but now we’re back“/”I can appreciate what they do and I think that I’ve been okay myself at what I do” … “Now naked power rules, and shows itself in gross class war and cooked-up news shows, court rulings, and police actions that make clear who will be okay tomorrow, and who will not” … “This was hilarious to me because in real life, Eugene can’t stand people mispronouncing his name” … “It was a lot of fun to hang out with him“/”We’re all richer for having had him there all those years to point out the stars and bring the skies to everyone” … “I know an older man who eight years ago this month was committed to committing suicide” … “For literary procrastinators or flakes, this is nothing short of the apocalypse” … “You smoke so much and drink so much and work so much that one day you’re gonna open your mouth and dust is going to come out” … This issue’s quote was from Mario Puzo … And finally, “John would have laughed at that, wouldn’t he?” ∞

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