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Nota Bene #119: Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet

“My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “He was a famous figure in Georgian times and he hasn’t been forgotten today, people still lay flowers on his grave” … “By today’s standards that last figure would cash out to about $15 billion” … “It started really well at the beginning—and then I just lost it” … “This week’s tournament will be played through the slums” … “The first film and ‘Empire’ were about story and character, but I could see that George’s priorities were changing” … “Do you not understand what you are doing?!” … “These trees have led some long and fascinating lives” … “The rot set in when the US legal system began recognizing corporations as de facto people” … “To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?” … “The most powerful driver in our industry is the relentless reduction of cost” … “I didn’t think this stuff was cool till six or seven years ago, so I understand it takes time for people to catch up” … “These studies help to explain why America seems more and more unable to deal with reality” … “There is no belt-tightening on the other side of the tracks” … “The melting of Arctic glaciers and ice caps is projected to help raise global sea levels by 35 to 63 inches by 2100″ … “The capacity to think is the only bulwark against any centralized authority that seeks to impose mindless obedience” … “My little girl, although she is only 12 years old, is one of the most skillful players in Europe” … “It was the bad judgment of the elite, not the greediness of the common man, that caused America’s deficit” … “Could it be that Trump is the greatest political mole/troll we’ve ever seen?” … “Our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn’t an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn’t rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser” … “There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power” … “Until someone finds a pile of 160-year-old bones and explorer supplies, though, the tale remains a mystery” … “Nothing good on TV anymore” … “Head of Stone ‘was not a New York or Los Angeles, but it was definitely a Denver or Atlanta‘” … “All of a sudden, this dark cloud appears and he blocks the sun” … “The vital ingredient for revolutionary change is highly educated, unemployable young people whose future depends on regime change for their survival” … “The challenge is that no human can fit inside these channels so the only way to do this exploration is with robots” … “It’s a phenomenon that’s sweeping the world” … “This one on the Moon is extraordinary” … “One can choose between a hotel and a tent of skins” … “I’m Captain Astronomy, here to save the world from its misuses and abuse” … “We are hoping that life may in fact exist on Mars and that it may in fact be related to us” … “It is extremely risky for journalists to report about the country’s military establishment against its will” … “He’s a five-tool insider who can lie, cheat, steal, play golf, change his mind on command and do anything else his lobbyist buddies and campaign contributors require of him to get the job done” … “Advanced civilisations may live safely inside the black hole without being visible from the outside” … “People who are rich have trouble recognising the emotions of others” … “In order to get away with the things that are the most egregiously profitable and destructive, you really have to subordinate the public’s will“/”It’s the classic combination that every visionary leader in America’s history has warned us against” … “If you take yourself seriously, there are other people in the world who are going to take you very seriously” … “Stop being stupid“/”There is nothing illegitimate, nothing wrong, nothing un-American, nothing foreign, nothing mean-spirited, in asserting your rights and power“/”Global capitalism isn’t working for the American middle class” … “Deep in the world’s largest rainforest lies the abandoned remnants of a factory town built by Henry Ford in the 1920s” … “Corporate corruption is out of control for two main reasons” … “Iguanas look like stupid dicks” … “Of all the costs imposed on our society by the top 1 percent, perhaps the greatest is this: the erosion of our sense of identity” … “That’s actually a good question, and one that we didn’t have a reasonable answer to until 1979″ … “What kind of person is so lacking in morals and ethics that he would ruin a person’s life with lies and distortions?” … “Then along came Reagan” … “Often, the most provocative ideas arise after swigs of whiskey” … “Jake has turned the sleepless nights to his advantage—debunking the big bang theory” … “Many of the big banks have turned themselves into immense trading houses whose fortunes depend on their ability to exploit day-to-day movements in the markets” … “After years of research, I have come to a colorful and what could seem, to some, uncomfortable conclusion that God had a wife” … “The songwriting, the lyrics, the dual guitar and unbelievably cool drumming, it’s just magic” … “Whatever happens, science will move on” … “This is a beautiful world” … “I worship the void” … This issue’s quote was from Jacob Cohen, better known as Rodney Dangerfield … And finally, “It could take a whole generation to cancel out the effects of this.” ∞

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  1. If I’m not mistaken, we recognize corporations as DE JURE people, not DE FACTO. Which is worse.

    Damn, what a list. Still working my way through it. The Uhura story is fascinating – I hadn’t heard about it before.

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