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News Briefs 15-10-2014

Hey America, it's all very well to get into the spirit of things, but it's still not Hallowe'en yet.

Quote of the Day:

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

News Briefs 14-10-2014

Just a little pin-prick...

Quote of the Day:

They said, ‘What’s in the box?’
I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.
So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
I said, ‘gold.’
And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
‘The King of Sweden.’
‘Why did he give this to you?’
‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’

Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, describing going through airport security with his Nobel Prize

News Briefs 10-10-2014

"Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge."

Quote of the Day:

“If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.”

H. Mann

News Briefs 09-10-2014

Better late than never!

Quote of the Day:

Everyone has a belief system, B.S., the trick is to learn not to take anyone's B.S. too seriously, especially your own.

Robert Anton Wilson

News Briefs 07-10-2014

Do students of Zen sing "If you're happy and you know it clap your hand"?

Quote of the Day:

Through the darkness of future's past, the magician longs to see. One chants out between two worlds... "Fire... walk with me."

Twin Peaks

News Briefs 06-10-2014

Why-the-world-stays-screwed-up edition.

Thanks to Kapryan.

Quote of the Day:

NSA plays a lot of word games.

The DIA document shows that for the NSA, 'collection' of your e-mails doesn't mean what you think it means. It means something totally different. They want to be able to say they're not 'collecting' your data, so they claim that even though they copied all your e-mails, put them in a server for five years, and searched them at will, that's not 'collection' because your e-mail didn't go into a report.

The NSA plays the same games with all of the words they use — they say you are not a 'target,' even though they collect, store and search all your data. They say your data is collected only 'incidentally,' even though the NSA intentionally designs its programs to collect everything you do online. They say your data is not collected 'under this program,' which almost certainly means it is collected under some other program. The NSA says things, using some very tortured and legalistic definitions, which are technically true but designed to mislead Americans about how it collects and uses our data. The NSA's collection and use of Americans' data would never stand up to any kind of public scrutiny or judicial review. The only way these programs survive is because they are shielded from review and oversight and challenge in the courts.

John Tye, a former State Department official, in 'New documents show how Reagan-era executive order unbounded NSA'.

News Briefs 03-10-2014

“Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment.”

Quote of the Day:

“The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings.”

Jorge Luis Borges

News Briefs 02-10-2014

Holding the 'Fort':

Quote of the Day:

If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.

Billy Wilder