"It's no use to try to explain it all."
"... illiterate, excitable, and easily dominated by the spoken and pictured word."
Few things make your writer more elated than unwrapping a new compact disc, transferring old vinyl to digital files or adding tunes to my Mp3 library. Recently, I had the great pleasure of performing all three in one morning — respectively opening Richard Thompson’s latest collection of impeccably performed Celtic-infused bittersweet rockers; preserving a nearly worn-out copy of Brian Protheroe’s eclectic 1976 LP classic “I/You” and downloading “Young Waverer,” the latest release by Canada’s libertarian response to rock’n’roll statism, Lindy Vopnfjord. Despite all three artists…
“Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily.” ― François de La Rochefoucauld
"Because if they find life on other planets and/or their moons, NASA won’t be able to rule out the possibility of having simply ‘found’ what they took there themselves from Earth — even if on a previous occasion."
"It's like a train that never arrives ... you have this sound thumping away all day and there is nothing you can do to try and turn it off." — People who live near a wind farm
The big reveal in 'Promised Land' comes in the opening credits, when Image Nation Abu Dhabi is listed as a producer. Follow the money. The anti-fracking message that follows is an international conspiracy against the U.S. domestic natural gas industry by Hollywood and the oil-rich United Emirates. I'm only half-joking about the conspiracy part, but when a Middle Eastern company helps fund a movie that throws its natural-resource competitor under the bus you do have to wonder just a bit. Especially since the film was…
"If the [Nobel] laureates are speaking on behalf of science, then science is revealing itself, like the unions, the civil service, environmentalists and tort lawyers, to be a Democratic interest, not a democratic one."
“You see, in evolution you have to look at that hummingbird feeding at your feeder, and assume that all of its parts have somehow come together by random, purposeless change combined with natural selection.”
I received the latest copy of Wired magazine last week, and the cover immediately caught my attention, in a big way. Wired often has some interesting articles on the technological cultural zeitgeist, but this cover was something different, and I knew we had come to a cultural turning point on the issue of environmental extremism; much like we had back in 1993 on the issue of the value of intact families when The Atlantic had a cover story declaring “Dan Quayle was Right.”
"Astronomy's much more fun when you're not an astronomer." — Brian May
The real culprit behind today's bad television is . . . government.
"In northern Europe, theism has almost died out, and is heading that way too (but slowly) in the U.S., the slowness being due to historical colonial reasons."