“I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money.”—
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
”—Thomas Mann, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institute & Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in the Washington Post (via egryan)
"The issue that we’re struggling with quite a bit is something I’ve kind of talked about before, which is how do you properly value people’s contributions to a community?" he said, reflecting on a discussion he had with Develop last year.
Last year Newell told Develop that “the games industry has this broken model, which is one price for everyone. That’s actually a bug, and it’s something that we want to solve through our philosophy of how we create entertainment products.
"An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better – is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with.
"So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice."
A change has overcome my husband. He likes to pore over forbidden manuscripts, and often returns home late, giving the excuse that he has been attending debauches in a neighboring swamp. So why am I never invited? —Sulking
I have been under a great nervous strain since reading your words, which I feel brought me to the brink of an ultra-dimensional realm of nameless terror. It is a wonder I can even bring myself to pen a response. Dalgaard has appeared to me in a dream, begging me to stop answering mail, as this can only draw attention from — but he was too overwrought to finish his sentence.
We had captured Conan O’Brien, and he wasn’t cooperating. He kept getting up from the couch, wanting to leave. I couldn’t talk him into staying, so I had to hit him with the orange cueball I held in my right hand, hitting him until he agreed that staying on the couch was really the best thing for him. I didn’t really want to hit him so hard, but I had to. Fulfilling my duty did not make me feel good inside.
Then I woke up.
I carried this dream around with me as I rode the bus with my buddy Shawn, and finally I had to tell him “I don’t know if my dream self is a good person.” He shrugged this off and pointed: the bus had come to a stop next to one of the city’s many gray stone buildings, and on the eye-level gargoyles, some feral lemurs had perched and were staring into the bus at us with their gold-ringed eyes. I thought how nice it was that San Francisco was lucky enough to have feral lemurs.
Then I woke up. For real this time. What the hell, brain?
1. A series of interviews of my friends in the style of Vogue celebrity interviews. Don’t know what I mean? Vogue interviews are ridiculous, overwritten, pretentious, and hilarious. Let me quote an example, from a story on Scarlett Johansson;
“Scarlett Johansson is crying and holding a knife….