Monday, January 23, 2017

Alt Right Alt Facts Alt Reality

A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.

-- @MerriamWebster on Twitter, noting "Lookups for 'fact' spiked after Kellyanne Conway used the phrase 'alternative facts.'" 11:32 AM 22 January 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017


From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.  ... The time for empty talk is over.  Now arrives the hour of action.

-- Donald J Trump, 45th President of the United States, in his inaugural address, 20 January 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I am confident that my vote represents the view of the vast majority of my constituents.  In that respect, the decision was easy.  Unfortunately, I have learned that what is popular with constituents does not always align with what is popular in Springfield.

-- Illinois Representative Scott Drury (D-Highwood), on voting "Present" on Michael Madigan's reelection as House Speaker, 11 January 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Change Them Yourself

They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

-- Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor, and major figure in the Pop Art movement, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975) Ch. 7: Time

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Time Is Always Right

The time is always right to do what’s right.

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), American Baptist minister, doctor, civil rights activist, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1964, Speech delivered in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College (22 October 1964), as reported in "When MLK came to Oberlin" by Cindy Leise (The Chronicle-Telegram, 21 January 2008)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Essential Step

The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents.  But it is vital to remember that information -- in the sense of raw data -- is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight.  But information is the first essential step to all of these.

-- Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008), British author, inventor, and futurist, as quoted in "Humanity will survive information deluge -- Sir Arthur C Clarke" in OneWorld South Asia (5 December 2003)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Not You

Not you.  Your organization is terrible. ...  I'm not going to give you a question.  You are fake news.

-- President-elect Donald Trump, to CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a press conference, 11 January 2017