So long as you've got orders, you don't care what you do to people
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
“We Buddhists think that truth is ineffable—but not very ineffable.”
Einstein is often blamed or praised or credited with these miserable bombs. It is not in my opinion true. The special theory of relativity might not have been beautiful without Einstein; but it would have been a tool for physicists, and by 1932 the experimental evidence for the inter-convertibility of matter and energy which he had predicted was overwhelming. The feasibility of doing anything with this in such a massive way was not clear until seven years later, and then almost by accident. This was not what Einstein really was after. His part was that of creating an intellectual revolution, and discovering more than any scientist of our time how profound were the errors made by men before then. He did write a letter to Roosevelt about atomic energy. I think this was in part his agony at the evil of the Nazis, in part not wanting to harm any one in any way; but I ought to report that that letter had very little effect, and that Einstein himself is really not answerable for all that came later. I believe he so understood it himself.
[T]he State Ethics Commission determined that in a “general and largely hypothetical context,” sexual encounters between legislators and registered lobbyists do not have to be reported as expenditures.
A dark and wonderful bit from the Looney Tunes folks.
The dunk contest was LaVine’s birthday, bar mitzvah, World Series, Super Bowl, All-Valley Karate Tournament, and Wimbledon rolled into one. (link)
Q: Do you still feel that harshly about the critics, that they don’t really…I’ve forgotten the phrase you used now, but it’s a very strong one, almost to suggest that you think that, well, the general newspaper critics are pretty useless, and that the academic critics, the very best ones, are interesting because they themselves have imaginations, and the rest are people who just write rather bad books...?
If you read anything, you were always conscious of the fact that you were always reading about some place other than the place you were. And when I was a boy I read a very great deal, and I read both American books and English books about boys, and what boys did... Always you were reading about someplace else and another way of life. You were reading about English schoolboys who went to boarding school, and were taught solely by men, whereas I went to a school where we were taught almost exclusively by women. And it was all very puzzling - you didn't seem to be like anybody that you ever read about.
A record of ordinary American dentist, Dr. Gay Hitler.
"[I]n some hypothetical universe in which Congress was interested in working constructively on real problems, this is what they would be thinking about."
(Reuters) - A Belarusian delegate at a United Nations disarmament forum warned fellow diplomats about an unusual type of weapon: jars of mayonnaise being thrown by topless women during discussions about war and peace.
I noticed this image while riffling through an excellent report about the Mars Attacks trading cards of 1962:
[A]ny good ranking of quarterbacks should also give credit for performance in the playoffs, and Brady’s trump card over Manning has always been the postseason. But here’s where the twist comes in: After crediting playoff passing value over average (according to the same formula described above) with weight given to each game according to how much it changes a team’s probability of winning the Super Bowl relative to the average regular season game — a form of leverage index for the importance of football games — Brady passes Manning but is surpassed by two others: Joe Montana and our old friend Kurt Warner...
David Wong on the scoreboard of violence, driving war and horror: if you look at the score, you've lost.
They do what they do, because they know we're too weak to resist striking back.
Our knee-jerk, bomb-dropping reflex is our weakness.
This is like the highlight reel from Ragnarök...
Education situation resolved via Sugar Daddies. Sound the all-clear.