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Tuesday 9th of August 2022 Available without prescription™ © 2015
9/11 Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately. They should have, as to the maniacs that did that horrible thing, to our city, to our country, to the world. So nobody's really been there. But I can tell you that there are a lot of  really great people that are out here today. And we’re going to have a lot of fun and we’re going to celebrate. Donald Trump, July 28, 2022, defending hosting the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tournament at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey © 2022
Artificial intelligence The really important thing to remember is that this is just math —  it doesn't have to be scary!  Meredith Broussard, a professor whose research focuses on artificial intelligence in journalism © 2022
Books [S]tudies have shown that because memory is spatial, with readers recalling where information is located in a book, we retain less information when reading on-screen. Financial Times, April 13, 2022 © 2022
Bullshitters say A friend of mine recently said that I was the most persecuted person in the history of our country. Me. The most persecuted. I never thought of it that way. I never had time. I was always fighting these people that were trying to persecute me. [silence]  I didn't have time to think about being per-  secuted because I was fighting persecution.  When I thought about it, though, I sat back.  He's a very smart guy, succesful. I thought,  sit back. You know, he may very well be right. Certainly, there's been no politician or president treated like I've been treated. [silence] Donald Trump, July 23, 2022, to Turning Point USA Student Action Summit © 2022
Cocks of the walk say I am invulnerable. I am immortal. Adolf Hitler, after surviving a 1944 assasination attempt © 2022
Employment I'm sad to give up the best job in the world. But them's the breaks. Boris Johnson, July 7, 2022, announcing he's resigning as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his government was discredited by a series of scandals © 2022
Family [My mother] was a very strong-minded, brilliant woman, but she was Cronus-like: she gave birth to us in the morning and ate us at night, every day. Jamaica Kincaid © 2022
Fascism The engine of fascism does not have a reverse gear. Mr Putin cannot turn back to a reality-based brand of authoritarianism. Expansion is in its nature. It will seek to expand both geographically and into people's private lives. The Economist, July 28, 2022 © 2022
Food We must stop feeding food crops to animals and engines. Sayed Azam-Ali, Financial Times, July 18, 2022 © 2022
Innovation One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions. Werner von Braun  © 2022
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Making money the old-fashioned way Being a movie rental clerk © 2022
Money All of those golfers that remain "loyal" to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big "thank you" from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year. If you don't take the money now, you will get nothing after the merger takes place, and only say how smart the original signees were. Donald Trump, July 19, 2022 [Trump says he and Saudis backing LIV Golf "have been friends … for a long time." The PGA moved a scheduled tournament from his club in Bedminister, NJ, to one in Oklahoma after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.] © 2022
Post-2020 Senate shituation 15 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2020 population: 40,085,414 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,336,180 people 1 state (California) 2020 population: 39,368,075 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,684,037 people 19,684,037 / 1,336,180 = 14.7, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth nearly 15 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth less than 7% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2020 population = 582,328, therefore: 1 Senator per 291,164 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 68 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.5% of a Wyomian's  © 2021
Reading Mirrors are ultimately isolating; young readers also need windows, even if the view is unfamiliar, even if it’s disturbing. The ability to enter a world that's far away in time or place; to grapple with characters whose stories might initially seem to have nothing to do with your life; to gradually sense that their emotions, troubles, revelations are also yours — this connection through language to universal human experience and thought is the reward of great literature, a source of empathy and wisdom. George Packer, Atlantic Monthly, March 10, 2022 © 2022
Tribalism People don't work out what they think and then join the corresponding tribe. They join a tribe and infer from it what they think. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, July 21, 2022 © 2022
Trumpists say [Geert] Wilders [the Dutch Islamophobe] understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. Steve King, 1:40 PM – Mar 12, 2017 © 2022
< Trumpists say The Godless left is relentlessly attacking me for my Christian faith. I am a proud Christian  and a proud American. That's why I am a proud  Christian Nationalist. Claim your Proud Christian Nationalist shirt now and share your love for our great country. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jul 29, 2022, 11:03  © 2022
Trumpists say Since we don't control the air, our good air decided to float over to China's bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then, now, we got to clean that back up while they’re messing ours up. Herschel Walker, July 9, 2022 © 2022
Trumpists say PPS — "alternative" votes is probably a better term than "fake" votes. Also it sounds like Kelli Ward and the rest of the electors would be very much into the idea. Kelli's thought it to try to keep it under wraps until Congress counts the vote Jan 6th (so we can "surprise" the Dems and media with it) — I tend to agree with her. Jack Wilenchik, Phoenix-based lawyer who helped organize the pro-Trump fake electors in Arizona, in a December 8, 2020, email at 6:59 PM © 2022
Trumpists say We would just be sending in ‘fake’ electoral votes to Pence so that ‘someone’ in Congress can make an objection when they start counting votes, and start arguing that the ‘fake’ votes should be counted. Jack Wilenchik, Phoenix-based lawyer who helped organize the pro-Trump fake electors in Arizona, in a December 8, 2020, email to Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn © 2022
Trumpists say Why is it that the women with the least  likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb. Matt Gaetz © 2022
Trumpists say  You're gonna swing for fucking treason, you communist fuck. Phone message received by interns for Adam Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the House's select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol © 2022
Ukraine War One way to frame the war between Russia and Ukraine is as a contest between lateral networks and vertical hierachies. Or as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt observes: “Russia is playing a hierarchical war — top-down generals are planning the usual stuff. But Ukraine is playing a networked war. The real strategic question is: what is the limit of a networked war? We are going to find out.” Financial Times, July 22, 2022 © 2022
Wannabe heroes say As President, I wanted to give myself the Congressional Medal of Honor, but they wouldn’t let me do it. I said I'm going to give myself . . . I've always wanted that. But they wouldn't let me do that. They said that would be inappropriate. I said, okay. Donald Trump, July 23, 2022 © 2022
the West The west is an “empire of hypocrisy”. It is Russia that is the real “empire of lies”. And when it comes to a trial of strength between systems, hypocrisy works better than outright lies. Gideon Rachman, Financial Times, May 23, 2022 © 2022
Whites  As late as the 1996 presidential election, counties that were at least 85 percent white and earned less than the national  median income split about evenly between  Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican Bob Dole. In the 2016 election, such counties went 658 for Donald Trump and two for Hillary Clinton.  Robert Kuttner. New York Review of Books, July 21, 2022 © 2022