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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

“There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys.

”[But] the small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.“

-- President Barack Obama, in People magazine of all places, where he also said his favorite movie of the year was ”Boyhood."

Posted at 06:55 PM on Dec 17, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday December 15, 2014

The True Innovation of the Very Rich

“Those at the top have learned how to suck money from the rest in ways that the rest are hardly aware of. That is their true innovation.”

-- Joseph Stiglitz, Chair of the Council of Economist Advisors (1995-97) and chief economist at the World Bank (1997-2000), in “The Price of Inequality,” as quoted in Nick Davies' “Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch.” 

Posted at 06:09 PM on Dec 15, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Sunday December 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

ShortList.com: Christian Bale recently said he felt jealous to see Ben Affleck wearing the cape and cowl – do you ever get that?

Michael Keaton: No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.

-- from ShortList's Q&A with current Birdman, and former Batman, Michael Keaton. Great line. But it would be nice to know who did the interview, ShortList. 

Michael Keaton: I'm Batman

Keaton in 1989: “I'm Batman.”

Posted at 09:35 AM on Dec 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday December 13, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Like some ideological vanguard, Rupert Murdoch and his lieutenants have used their news outlets to shift the centre of power—the centre of thinking—far over to the right; and they have used their political muscle to press these ideas on governments who sought their support. They have done this not only in the UK but also in the US and Australia, wherever their business has flourished. They have left us with a world that demonstrably is a worse place to live, unless you happen to belong to the power elite.”

-- Nick Davies, ”Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch."

Posted at 07:28 PM on Dec 13, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday December 12, 2014

Quote of the Day III

“Writers and editors at magazines and newspapers live with a perpetual sense of foreboding, which leads to plummeting self-confidence in their own work and a tendency to overestimate the new digital enterprises, or the new digitally rich owners of the old enterprises. It’s easy to feel that the very task of reporting and writing in depth, at length, and in complex detail is somehow to blame for their problems. It isn’t—but, faced with a deeply uncertain future, they become, in a phrase from Robert Stone’s novel “A Flag for Sunrise,” the mouse so scared it went to the cat for love.”

--George Packer, “The Real Crisis in Journalism,” about Chris Hughes and the mass exodus at The New Republic last week. 

Posted at 03:36 PM on Dec 12, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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