“Any medical debt is illegitimate debt.”
"These villains are not those kinds of villains [Shakespearean]. Sure, there’s palace intrigue and ambition, insane jealousy and a will to power, but our modern villains seem to be demonic in their cluelessness.” - Errol Morris On The Value Of Just Listening
See Putin, Blair and other world leaders interpreted by W.
"The company always knew the most significant “get” for the site would be the president." - CEO Dick Glover shares how Funny or Die’s mantra, “Trust the Process,” landed one of the site’s biggest gets: the President of the United States.
The American political atmosphere might be polarized when it comes to climate change, but new evidence suggests that the public is more passionate about energy’s impact on the environment than one might think.
A new survey from the University of Michigan Energy Institute found that 60% of respondents worried “a great deal” or a “fair amount” about the environmental impact of energy use. By comparison, 55% worried a great deal or fair amount about energy affordability. The two concerns, researchers say, were basically equivalent.
"It’s not until something terrible happens—like hurricanes or explosions—that basic repair projects to shore up infrastructure become a top priority. That will have to change, for the sake of our economy, the environment, and our lives. A 21st-century city can’t move forward with 19th-century pipes."
“Critics of strong national climate change policies often talk about how much taking action costs the economy. What they usually don’t mention is the cost of doing nothing.”
“According to the official narrative, monitoring metadata is no big deal. But two Stanford University researchers wanted to see how “sensitive” metadata actually was. So they enlisted hundreds of volunteers to install an app called “MetaPhone” on their Androids to pick up that metadata over several months. What they found shocked them.
"Participants had calls with Alcoholics Anonymous, gun stores, sexually transmitted disease clinics, strip clubs, and much more.”
“The key factor is accountability. We can’t have officials like [national intelligence director] James Clapper who can lie to everyone in the country, who can lie to the Congress, and not even face criticism.”
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"33% of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm.”
As hundreds of thousands of civilians die in the civil war in Syria, it appears that the country’s embattled dictator, president Bashar Al-Assad, has launched a new social media strategy to go along with his chemical weapons: showing lots of pictures of how everyone loves him.
Is “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,” which launched on July 24 (and found by Patrick Witty, of Time), a real social media strategy from the dictator that has used sarin gas (according to the US government) on opposition forces and killed at least 4,000 of his own civilian populace (estimated by Human Rights Watch) in air strikes alone?