The Big Think

December 16, 2013

How Much Does A Wonderful Life Cost?

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:45 pm

How Much Does A Wonderful Life Cost?:

“Distrust among people is a starvation that begins with the silencing of our innermost thoughts and beliefs. That’s exactly what ‘political correctness’ aims to do. When a person fears their opinions will make them a pariah, they find it more and more difficult to strike up heart to heart talks with anyone new. Hence there is less exchange of ideas, and a dwindling of folks with whom people can entrust their private concerns. Political correctness serves to disintegrate social bonds – always, of course, in the name of promoting them.”

Amazon Sells Everything

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 7:30 pm

On my wish list, along with monocle wax.


Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 5:05 pm

Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional:

“A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the information had helped to head off terrorist attacks.

Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting so-called metadata pertaining to the Verizon accounts of Klayman and one of his clients. However, the judge stayed the order to allow for an appeal.”

This is a subject that both the Left and the Right have been agreeing and acting on lately. Strange bedfellows indeed.


Filed under: Current Reading,Quoth — jasony @ 3:44 pm

“It wasn’t just hand-made, it was custom-made, especially for the Princess. Probably a gift from my grandfather. Imagine the fellow, not just a worker but an artist, selecting the leather, piecing and stitching and carving. I picture him hand-rubbing in the oil, thinkin of his work used by his Countess, envied and admired by her friends, being pert of this- this whole work of art that was her life.” His finger traced the leaves around the initial.
Her guess of its value kept ratcheting up in time to his words. “For heaven’s sake get it appraised first!”
“Why? To loan to a museum? To sell to some collector to hoard like money? Let him hoard money, that’s all that sort wants anyway. The only collector who’d be worthy of it would be someone who was personally obsessed with the Princess-and-Countess, one of those men who fall hopelessly in love across time. No. I owe to the its maker to put it to its proper use, the use he intended.”

Miles Vorkosigan, A Civil Campaign

Man of 100 Styles

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 1:21 pm

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Cartoonist draws himself and his cat in the style of 100 different artists. As someone who can barely draw a convincing smiley face or stick figure, this sort of thing is astounding to me.

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