1764) [T]he only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it.
Daniel C. Dennett Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995) quoted by Tim Beardsley in "Dennett's Dangerous Idea" in Scientific American (2/1996)
1765) The eccentric of today is the normal person of tomorrow.
Ralph Nader quoted by Michael Lewis in "The Normal Person of Tomorrow" in The New Republic (5/20/1996)
1766) The wonderful charm of New York is that when the [zoning] regulations are old-fashioned or don't make sense, you just charge ahead. [...] The city had one idea of how we were all supposed to live and function and it turned out to be a mismatch. [...] Being practical, we didn't obey.
Michael Kwartler architect and urban designer quoted by Kirk Johnson in "Where A Zoning Law Failed, Seeds of a New York Revival" in Sunday New York Times (4/21/1996)
1767) The simulation of sincerity has always been hard to distinguish from the real thing, and in Hollywood, the trick became even harder.
Jackson Lears "Screw Ambiguity" in The New Republic (4/22/1996) [review of John Wayne: American by Randy Roberts and James S. Olsen]
[Note: "If you can fake sincerity, you've got it made," and many other variations on that thought.]
1768)RULES FOR NEUROSURGEONS
You ain't never the same when the air hits your brain.
The only minor operation is the one that someone else is doing.
If the patient isn't dead, you can always make him worse if you try hard enough.
One look at a patient is better than a thousand phone calls from a nurse.
Operating on the wrong patient or doing the wrong side of the body makes for a very bad day.
Frank T. Verstiock Jr. When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery (1996) quoted in the "Sunday" column in New York Times Magazine (3/24/1996)
1769) You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.
Super Chicken to his trusty sidekick, Fred "Super Chicken" on George of the Jungle (animated TV series, 1967-1970) created by Jay Ward voiced by Bill Scott
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 447 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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