Tuesday, September 26, 2023

As A Thing

If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists in treating another human being as a thing.

-- John Brunner (1934 - 1995), science fiction author, The Shockwave Rider (1975), Book 3, Ch. "Like They Say, It's Bounce Or Break"

Monday, September 25, 2023


We've got a busy week ahead of us.

-- Dante Lauretta, planetary scientist at the University of Arizona and leader of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, after the successful recovery of samples taken from asteroid Bennu in a mission that launched in 2016, 24 September 2023

Friday, September 22, 2023

Gun Violence Prevention

I'm proud to announce the creation of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. ...

Today, guns -- I never thought I'd even remotely say this in my whole career -- guns are the number one killer of children in America.  Guns are the number one killer of children in America -- the United States of America.  More than car accidents, more than cancer, more than other diseases.

In 2023 so far, our country has experienced more than 500 mass shootings and well over 30,000 deaths due to gun violence.  That's just totally unacceptable.  It's not who we are.  And we have to act, and we have to act now. ...

We all want our kids to have the freedom to learn how to read and write in school instead of duck and cover, for God's sake.  And it matters. ...

May God bless you all.  May God protect our troops.  And may God protect our children.  Thank you so very much.

-- President Joe Biden, Remarks on Gun Safety, 22 September 2023

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Out Of The Mist

Memory, out of the mist, in a long slow ripple
Breaks, blindly, against the shore.

-- Alfred Noyes (16 September 1880 – 28 June 1958) was an English poet, short-story writer and playwright, Songs of Shadow-of-a-leaf and other poems (1924), "Seagulls on the Serpentine"

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Our Job

Our job is not to take orders from the President, from Congress, or from anyone else, about who or what to criminally investigate.  As the President himself has said, and I reaffirm here today: I am not the President's lawyer.  I will also add that I am not Congress's prosecutor.  The Justice Department works for the American people.

-- U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, in his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee, 20 September 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

A Crazy Three Weeks

It's incredible to be here.  Normally I'm a bit out there watching these two guys stand up on the podium and, yeah, like I told them earlier on the bus, for me being with these two, with Primoz (Roglic) for the Giro and Jonas (Vingegaard) for the Tour, I feel so proud and honored to to be standing with them here in La Vuelta and it's been a crazy three weeks.

-- Sepp Kuss, support rider for cycling team Jumbo-Visma, on his overall victory at the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a Espana), as he shared the podium with his teammates Primoz Roglic, winner of this year's Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia), and Jonas Vingegaard, winner of this year's Tour de France, speaking at the finish in Madrid, 17 September 2023

Monday, September 18, 2023


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist cited in: Stanley Marcus (1979) Quest for the Best. p. 97

Friday, September 15, 2023

An Excuse

[M]ost propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

-- Michael Rivero (1952 -), American film worker, from his IMDB bio

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Survival Rate

On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everybody drops to zero.

-- Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (1962 -), American satirical novelist and freelance journalist, Fight Club (1996)

Wednesday, September 13, 2023


A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.

-- Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 - 1990), Swiss author and dramatist, Portrait of a Planet (1971)

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Pay Our Debts

We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.

-- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875 - 1940), Scottish novelist, poet, and politician, Address to the people of Canada on the coronation of George VI (12 May 1937)

Monday, September 11, 2023


Remembrance wakes with all her busy train,
Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.

-- Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774), Irish novelist, playwright, poet, and physician, The Deserted Village, 1770, l. 81

Friday, September 08, 2023

Living Well

Living well is the best revenge.

-- George Herbert (1593 - 1633), English poet, Jacula Prudentum (1651) Full title: Jacula Prudentum; or Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, &c. Selected by Mr. George Herbert, Proverb 520; from The Complete Works in verse and prose of George Herbert: Volume III, Prose (1874)

Thursday, September 07, 2023

Each Of Us

Americans have a strong interest in supporting democratic movements and respect for human rights around the world because free societies elsewhere contribute to our own security and prosperity here at home.  But that interest is undermined when others see our own house in disarray.  The world will not wait for us to address our problems, so we must both continue to strive toward a more perfect union and help those abroad looking for U.S. leadership.

Each of us has a role to play and responsibilities to uphold.  Our elected officials must lead by example and govern effectively in ways that deliver for the American people.  This, in turn, will help to restore trust in public service.  The rest of us must engage in civil dialogue; respect democratic institutions and rights; uphold safe, secure, and accessible elections; and contribute to local, state, or national improvement.

-- A statement from 13 presidential centers, signed by Obama Foundation, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Clinton Foundation, George & Barbara Bush Foundation, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, The Carter Center, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Richard Nixon Foundation, LBJ Foundation, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Truman Library Institute, Roosevelt Institute, Hoover Presidential Foundation (7 September 2023)

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

I'm Looking

The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away.  Puzzling.

-- Robert M. Pirsig (6 September 1928 - 24 April 2017), American philosopher and novelist, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) Ch. 1

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Totally Screwed Up

Guns, knives, and martial arts skills do not ward off danger.  They help you deal with it more effectively and only in select circumstances.  Never forget that self-defense is really about not being there, using awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation to eliminate the need to fight.  Fighting is what you do when you've totally screwed up your self-defense.  

-- Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder, The Little Black Book Of Violence (What Every Young Man Needs To Know About Fighting), Section 3, Aftermath Of Violence, Handling Blows To Your Self Esteem, p 249 (2009)

Monday, September 04, 2023


The most important word in the language of the working class is solidarity.

-- Harry Bridges (1901 - 1990), Australian-born American union leader, first with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), quoted in Glass, Fred (2016). From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement

Friday, September 01, 2023

Experience And History

What experience and history teach is this -- that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

-- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831), German philosopher, Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832) Volume 1, Introduction, as translated by H. B. Nisbet (1975)

Thursday, August 31, 2023

RIP Volition

The Volition team has proudly created world-class entertainment for fans around the globe for 30 years.  We've been driven by a passion for our community and always worked to deliver joy, surprise, and delight.

This past June, Embracer Group announced a restructuring program to strengthen Embracer and maintain its position as a leader in the video game industry.  As part of that program, they evaluated strategic and operational goals and made the difficult decision to close Volition effective immediately.

To help our team, we are working to provide job assistance and help smooth the transition for our Volition family members.  We thank our customers and fans around the world for all the love and support over the years.  You will always be in our hearts.

 -- Volition Games, in a message posted to Volition's official LinkedIn page, GEMATSU.com, Volition Shuts Down After 30 Years, 31 August 2023

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Criticize & Praise

Criticize by category -- praise by name.

-- Warren Buffett (1930 -), American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, "CNBC's Becky Quick interviews Warren Buffett", CNBC Television (25 February 2019), YouTube (quote at 48:00 of 2:00:00)

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Last Link

An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thought.

-- Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 - 1916), Moravian writer, Aphorisms (1890), p. 19

Monday, August 28, 2023

Speed Up That Day

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last.  Free at last.  Thank God almighty, we are free at last.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), African American clergyman, civil rights activist, and Nobel laureate, final paragraph of his "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington, 28 August 1963

Friday, August 25, 2023


India is now on the moon.  India has reached the south pole of the moon -- no other country has achieved that.  We are witnessing history.

-- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in comments on the success of India's Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission, launched July 14th.  The mission cost just $75,000,000, and today successfully deployed a lunar rover, 25 August 2023

Thursday, August 24, 2023


The most basic principles of a strong democracy are accountability and respect for the Constitution and rule of law.  You either have it, or you don't.

-- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, commenting on the indictment of former president Donald Trump, The New Republic, 15 August 2023

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Least Disappointing

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.

-- Bernard Baruch (1870 - 1965), American financier, stock market speculator, statesman, and presidential advisor, as quoted in Meyer Berger’s New York (1960)

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Not A Fool Today

We think, I'm not a fool today.  I've learned my lesson.  I was a fool yesterday but not this morning.  Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too.  I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly.

-- Ray Douglas Bradbury (22 August 1920 - 5 June 2012), American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer, The Illustrated Man (1951) No Particular Night or Morning

Monday, August 21, 2023

No Education

There is no education like adversity.

-- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804 - 1881), British politician, novelist, and essayist, twice UK Prime Minister, Endymion (1880) Ch. 61

Friday, August 18, 2023

Not Be Attached

Most people find attachment being to something that they love.  But you can also attach yourself to something that you hate.  And I think we need to learn to let go of the thing, to find a process to let that go, and not be attached. 

-- Ken Gullette of Internal Fighting Arts, on the Kung Fu Conversations podcast, Episode #41 (18 August 2023)

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Tardy Pace

Justice, though moving with tardy pace, has seldom failed to overtake the wicked in their flight.

-- Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC - 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, leading lyric poet in Latin, Carmina, III. 2. 31

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

One Great Advantage

The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense -- he is always satisfied with himself.

-- Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), French military general who became the ruler of France, Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916), Ch. II : Psychology and Morals

Tuesday, August 15, 2023


That Trump will be tried for his coup attempt is not a violation of his rights.  It is a fulfillment of his rights.  It is the grace of the American republic.  In other systems, when your coup attempt fails, what follows is not a trial.

-- Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder (18 August 1969 -), posting on Twitter as @TimothyDSnyder, 3 August 2023 (h/t Josh Paley)

Monday, August 14, 2023

Clean And Healthful

Today, for the first time in US history, a court ruled on the merits of a case that the government violated the constitutional rights of children through laws and actions that promote fossil fuels, ignore climate change, and disproportionately imperil young people.  This is a huge win for Montana, for youth, for democracy, and for our climate.  More rulings like this will certainly come.

-- Julia Olson, chief legal counsel and executive director of Our Children’s Trust, which brought the case, after District Court Judge Kathy Seeley ruled that a provision in the Montana Environmental Policy Act has harmed the state’s environment and the young plaintiffs by preventing Montana from considering the climate impacts of energy projects, violating a clause in the state constitution that guarantees citizens the right to a "clean and healthful environment", CNN.com

Friday, August 11, 2023

Traffic Theory

The person who invented the stop sign, the pedestrian crosswalk, the traffic circle, the one-way street, the taxi stand, and the pedestrian safety islands, William Phelps Eno, never learned to drive.

-- Summary of the life of William Phelps Eno (1858 - 1945) by Midnight Fact on Facebook [Fact-checked for accuracy]

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Avoidable Misery

Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship.  We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle -- the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.

-- Sir Karl Popper (1902 - 1994), Austrian-British philosopher, academic and social commentator, As quoted in 1,001 Pearls of Wisdom (2006) by David Ross

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Such Character

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.

-- Jean de La Bruyère (1645 - 1696), French essayist and moralist, Les Caractères (1688) Du mérite personnel, Aphorism 21

Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Without Undue Haste

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honours too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.

-- Jean de La Bruyère (1645 - 1696), French essayist and moralist, Les Caractères (1688) Des jugements, aphorism 108

Monday, August 07, 2023

Deep Springs Of Life

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

-- Samuel Ullman (1840 - 1924), American businessman, poet, and humanitarian, Youth (1918)

Saturday, August 05, 2023


Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Roman philosopher, politician, and political theorist, De Amicitia - On Friendship (44 B.C.)

Friday, August 04, 2023

A Fair Trial

I can guarantee everybody that there will be a fair process and a fair trial in this case.

-- Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya, speaking to the court during the arraignment of Donald Trump, 3 August 2023

Thursday, August 03, 2023

A Good Question

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to.  Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today?  But not my mother.  "Izzy," she would say, "did you ask a good question today?"  That difference -- asking good questions -- made me become a scientist.

-- Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898 - 1988), American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944 for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance, which is used in magnetic resonance imaging, as quoted in "Great Minds Start With Questions" in Parents Magazine (September 1993)

Wednesday, August 02, 2023

This Time

The Defendant, DONALD J. TRUMP, was the forty-fifth President of the United States and a candidate for re-election in 2020. The Defendant lost the 2020 presidential election.

Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to remain in power. So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election and that he had actually won. These claims were false, and the Defendant knew that they were false. But the Defendant repeated and widely disseminated them anyway -- to make his knowingly false claims appear legitimate, create an intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the election.

-- Introduction to the most-recent Federal indictment of Donald Trump, this time for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, 1 August 2023

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Once In A Lifetime

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), American poet and one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets, Hyperion (1839), Book II, Chapter X

Friday, July 28, 2023

It Worked

It worked!

-- Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904 - 1967), American physicist and scientific director of the Manhattan Project, exclamation after the Trinity atomic bomb test (16 July 1945), according to his brother Frank Oppenheimer in the documentary The Day After Trinity

Thursday, July 27, 2023


We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

-- Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983), American writer on social and political philosophy, The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955) Section 70

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

A Fair Question

Who am I to talk?  That's a fair question, and one which deserves a better answer than I can give you.

-- Grace Allen (1895 [year uncertain] - 1964), American comedian, actress, singer, dancer; and the comedic partner and wife of George Burns, How to Become President (1940) Ch. 1 : Government jobs pay big money

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Emmett Till And Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, hereby proclaim, set apart, and reserve as the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument (monument), the objects identified above and all lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States within the boundaries described on the accompanying maps entitled "Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument Boundary," which are attached to and form a part of this proclamation, for the purpose of protecting those objects.   The reserved Federal lands and interests in lands within the monument's boundaries encompass approximately 5.7 acres, which is the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.

-- Proclamation on Establishment of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument, enacted on what would have been Emmett Till's 82nd birthday, 25 July 2023

Monday, July 24, 2023

I'm Happy

Tadej Pogacar is the best rider in the world.  He can do everything: the classics, the one-week races, the Grand Tours.  Not me.  On the Tour de France, I'm happy to have been the best for the past two years.

-- Jonas Vingegaard (10 December 1996 -), Danish professional cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo-Visma, after winning the Tour de France for the second year in a row, referring to Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar, who came second both years after winning in 2020 and 2021, 23 July 2023

Friday, July 21, 2023

You Can't Always

You can't always explain everything you do to everybody, you know.

-- Robert Fulghum (4 June 1937 -), American author, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (1986)

Thursday, July 20, 2023


The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.

-- Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971), American Protestant theologian most famous for his efforts to relate the Christian faith to the realities of politics and diplomacy. as quoted in his obituary in The New York Times (2 June 1971)

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Education Is

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

-- Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904 - 1990), American behaviorist, and social philosopher, "New methods and new aims in teaching", in New Scientist, 22(392) (21 May 1964), pp.483-4