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Michael McKean
Dear Cancer, You don't get to run my life. Love, Me
*bump* It never did, Michael. - LB needs a vacation
Rest in peace, Michael. - Victor Ganata
Rest, you. Rest. - Derrick
Rest In Peace. Michael. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Amazing how it never did. So glad to have known you. RIP, Michael. - Ayşe E.
Memory Eternal, Michael "Into thy heavenly Kingdom with those we love but see no longer." Till we meet again, dear brother. Amen Tears now, but there will be "joy in the morning" then! - Melanie Reed
Rest in Peace Michael. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. - adf
RIP - Amy
Rest in Peace. - Fee501st
R.I.P. - Patrick Jordan
RIP - Peter Ghosh
RIP free from pain - comix aka martha
R.I.P. - Slow
RIP, warrior. - rowlikeagirl
Oh Michael. Your loved ones are in my thoughts tonight. I feel so fortunate to have virtually met you, here on FF. RIP, dear heart. - vicster.
R.I.P. :( - AJ Batac
Rest in peace sir. - SAM
A good rest to you, and yours. - Pete's Got To Go
Michael, you were too awesome for words. Your fight was incredible. Peace xoxoxoxox - Melly
rest in peace.... - saeedeh
R.I.P : ( - Farin
You will be missed, even by those who got to know you only through computer screens.. it was an inspring battle, what you had.. rest in peace, may God's love and care be with you and your family.. - Neşe
.. - Vicey
Damn. - Akiva
Annnnnnnnd, I just lost my shit. - Derrick
*bump* <3 - felicious from FFHound!
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Especially if you don't survive the journey... - Charlie Barone
I love Twain. - سيما كيا Sima kia
Is there a message in the bottle??!! :-)) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
It is. It says: "I am like you" :) - Eivind
Reminded me of this: "....Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw, Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore , Seems I'm not alone in being alone , Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home.... " - Aryo
:) - Eivind
Like for Twain + Eivind:-) - mina_sydney from iPhone
Eivind :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
:) - Eivind
For the most part, I agree with that great sentiment - CarlC
i've travelled to NZ, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. met alot of good people, but also loads of prejudiced, narrow-minded bigots. no single country or culture has a monopoly on those traits. - Big Joe Silenced
hear, hear - CarlC
Joe, that's a given. Fear and skepticism about outgroup members is a common human trait deeply rooted in us. Experiencing other cultures helps overcome that. - Eivind
*bump* - felicious from FFHound!
Mary Carmen
Marissa, I make funny face for you!
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awww thanks! it made me smile! - Marissa
I just like this pic. - Mary Carmen
I want to like this again. - Marissa
Goats in Trees
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In Southern Morocco, goats climbing the Argan trees in search of food is a common sight. - - Eivind
Nice one :) - Mary
It still looks completely wrong to me, but I have been there and seen it with my own eyes so I know it's true :) - Eivind
I wish I was there too :) and thanks for sharing it. - Mary
It's a wonderful world! - Franc, a rememberer
What balance, here we only have goats on roofs - Janice
Hehe, the goat info on that page seems _slightly_ exaggerated :D - Eivind
It's raining goats: - Eivind
I would occasionally see goats in Acacia trees in Mexico. Always a spectacle. :-) - Jenny
oh.... the tree goat - گل
*bump* I love climbing goats :) - Eivind
this is one of the most bizarre things i've ever seen - نیکی
Silly goats. - SAM
They're not silly. They just go after the food, and they don't have the patience to stand around waiting to evolve long necks :) - Eivind
*bump for SAM* I couldn't help overhearing you were getting some goats. Please get some Argan trees as well :) - Eivind
:-) - Maitani
It's my considered opinion that they're nestin. - Ken Morley
LOL - Eivind
I want a goat tree! Where do I get one? ;) - Kristin
I saw lots of them in Morocco. It's a very strange sight :) - Eivind
Have you seen lions that climb trees? - سيما كيا Sima kia
No, nay, never! They've started doing that now? - Eivind
They are called climbing tree lions; I saw them in Amboseli, Kenya. I was in Serengeti too, but never saw a lion climbing tree there, the 2nd video shows some lion cubs trying to climb a tree in Serengeti. - سيما كيا Sima kia
Thanks, Sima. Now I've seen lions climb trees :) - Eivind
Onları Essaouira, Fas yakın gördüm. - Eivind
Are there any other grazers that behave like this? Or just goats? But then again, goats are incredibly agile, since there are some that live on cliff edges, which is amazing when you think about it, so not surprising they can climb trees. - Halil
I haven't come across any. I hope so, though :) - Eivind
I wouldn't look for shade under any of them trees :)) - mina_sydney
Mina! :) - Eivind
I love that calendar, Halil. It's been around for a few years :) - Eivind
Does that mean you own a copy then? I might get next years one, as too late now as it'll be March soon! :o - Halil
Never bought it, but it was the 2010 version that inspired this post :) - Eivind
Stephen Mack
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff
(The Fisher King, 1991, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer and Jeff Bridges. - Stephen Mack
I think I may have posted this before, come to think of it. - Stephen Mack
They had to film that at like 3 am. - Akiva
Shit. RIP, Robin. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I wanted to love this again. - Julian
"I like New York in June..." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Victor Ganata
The phrase "cheese quesadilla" always amuses me.
Tautology is the best sauce supreme - Pete's Got To Go
Cheese with cheese. - John (bird whisperer)
Fine. Make yourself a dang cheese quesadilla! - Micah
Conversely, "Una QUESadilla sin QUESo no es quesadilla, es una dobladilla." - - Andrew C (✔)
Some people just like to repeat themselves over and over again redundantly again. - April Russo (FForever!)
"shrimp fajitas" - Glen Campbell
Mike Nencetti
My wife made lentil soup for her 5 hour chemo treatment tomorrow at Levine. it helps.
My wife made lentil soup for her 5 hour chemo treatment tomorrow at Levine. it helps.
Sir Shuping is just sir
Heart of the City Comic Strip, May 10, 2014 on -
Heart of the City Comic Strip, May 10, 2014 on
the entire week of heart of the city has been about heart going to the library and finding a graphic novel. i think this is the last of the series, it's a bit over the top, but glad to see the positive - Sir Shuping is just sir from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. -
Here in Orange County, too. - Anika
This is the way the world ends: Once-in-a-millennium drought a wakeup call for America via @Salon
"..... But what kind of world will we live in when something as clear and common as water suddenly becomes the rarest of status symbols?..." - WarLord
RT @cutekelechi: "I can sleep when I'm dead!" Well that day is going to come sooner than you think if you don't sleep.
RT @RichieBrave: I dont know why people post all this shit about not sleeping to be successful. Im not sacrificing my physical wellbeing for money. No thanks
Simply Caroline
RT @night_er_ninja: 911: What's your emergency? Me: There's a dumbass in the ER that called from the waiting room for an ambulance. He's already here. 911: LOL
Mary Carmen
We are all about sitting up these days. And playing with the keyboard. Sometimes that doesn't work out the way we intended.
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Aww.we should Skype again :-) - Pete's Got To Go
Mariella is the cutest of cute! - Tamara J. B.
Pete, we should. She needs a nap ;) - Mary Carmen
Haha well I'm free :D - Pete's Got To Go
so are we! - Mary Carmen
OK ping me if you like :-) - Pete's Got To Go
What a couple of cutie pies. I want to come cuddle with both of you. - Corinne L
Sarah G.
According to the "documentary" I'm watching on the "science" channel, southern Lake Michigan is a hotbed of UFO activity.
True. There is no lake in the U.S. with more UFO activity than Lake Michigan. - walt crawford
I KNEW IT - jambina
I WANT TO BELIEVE - Big Joe Silenced
Sweet, who wants to go down to the lake and watch for UFOs this summer? - Hedgehog
This explains a lot of Chicagoans. - Joe
*fishes the back alleys of Evanston for saucer engines* - Big Joe Silenced
Understand that there is also no lake in the U.S. with more UFO activity than Lake Tahoe. Just as no county in the U.S. has more 140-year-old living billionaires than Alameda County. - walt crawford
TRUST NO ONE. - Amit Patel
UFOs exist. Whether or not they are alien craft is something else - Sarah G. from iPhone
:) - Rodfather from Android
Sweet. - Joe from iPod
dainty! - Meg VMeg
I like this one. - Rodfather
Victor Ganata
California’s Drought — Who’s Really Using all the Water? - One Green Planet
"California residents have been asked to be vigilant and cut back on household water use, but only about 4 percent of California’s water footprint is individual, personal use. A stunning 93 percent goes to agriculture, according to a 2012 Pacific Institute report, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices." - Victor Ganata
I had no idea about the huge difference in greenhouse emissions between grain fed and grass fed cattle. That's significant! - Eivind
Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy early birthday to the awesomeness that is LB!
Happy Birthday! - Katy S from iPhone
HAPPY LB DAY!!!! I am SO GLAD you were born! You're the best! xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks, all. :) - LB needs a vacation from Android
*bump* since it is now actually the LB's bday - Sir Shuping is just sir
LBeeeeeee! Happy day! - Laura
Many happies! - barbara fister
Happy birthday Laura <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! - Galadriel C. from Android
Thank you! - LB needs a vacation from Android
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup -
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
This soup requires little prep work for the amount of flavor it yields: I started with my favorite red enchilada sauce as the base; it's so easy but packs in tons of flavor, way more than your average canned stuff. I tossed the sauce into my slow cooker along with corn, beans, and chicken thighs, then left it overnight to work all of its magical slow cooker powers. By morning I had a luscious soup that needed little more than salt and pepper to give it a boost. (Of course, if you feel like gilding the lily, a splash of heavy cream and a handful of cheddar take this recipe over the top!) - Derrick from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves nor understands rich Americans | The Raw Story -
"According to Langone, an anonymous, "potential seven-figure donor" for the Church's restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral is concerned that the Pope's criticism of capitalism are "exclusionary," especially his statements about the "culture of prosperity" leading to the wealthy being "incapable of feeling compassion for the poor."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Next thing you'll know he's going to whine about how Jesus was being exclusionary when he told rich people to sell all their stuff and give the money to the poor. - Victor Ganata
With Jesus' well-known saying about rich people (Matt 19:24), well-to-do Christians (and American Christians especially) get kinda nervous about having an abundance of possessions. I regard it as a personal thing...if you're rich and personally convicted about having too much, get out and help someone. If you're not personally convicted, don't worry about it. - Just another Bubba - "As a leader of the New York Stock Exchange, he was largely responsible for the scandalous overpayment of his friend Richard Grasso, the exchange president who received nearly $190 million in deferred compensation when he stepped down. Although New York's highest court eventually upheld Grasso's pay package, it was a perfect example of the unaccountable, self-serving greed of Wall Street's elite." - Andrew C (✔)
"Anything but repentant following the revelation and repudiation of the Grasso deal by NYSE executives, Langone told Forbes magazine in 2004: "They got the wrong f--ing guy. I'm nuts, I'm rich, and boy, do I love a fight. I'm going to make them sh-t in their pants. When I get through with these f--ing captains of industry, they're going to wish they were in a Cuisinart--at high speed."" - Andrew C (✔)
"While Langone passionately defended the outlandish grasping of the super-rich like his friend Grasso, however, he has displayed far less indulgence toward workers, especially those struggling to support their families on poverty wages. Until just last year, he was a director of Yum! Brands, the global fast-food conglomerate that includes Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken among its... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Son of Groucho
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing -
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing
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"The Drawings of Laurie Lipton, published by Last Gasp, is a comprehensive survey of Lipton’s fantastical, meticulously detailed, hand-drawn images." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Speaking opportunity in Doha, Qatar March 24-25 for someone who knows their way around discovery layers and/or ERM. No honorarium, but expenses paid. Anyone interested in being recommended?
Damn, probably the one of a couple of library areas I don't know well enough to do. Blanketty. Cause if ti was in my wheelhouse I would be all over that. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
That would be me you're describing up there. - Holly's favorite Anna
Go for it!!! You would do a fantastic job. And you know your stuff. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
Rock it, Anna! - Marie
'k, I'll send your name! - RepoRat
I'll be there as well - Rachel Frick from DLF and I will be at this conference. - Sarah
Yes, I saw that she was keynoting. Coolio. - RepoRat
Anna, preferred contact email? - RepoRat - Holly's favorite Anna
Rachel Frick hired me for the job I'm doing now. :) - Holly's favorite Anna
we're looking forward to it! - Sarah
that SLA chapter does great stuff - jambina
Stephen Mack
"Runcible," from the line in The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear, 1871): "Which they ate with a runcible spoon" [Wikipedia] -
"Runcible," from the line in The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear, 1871): "Which they ate with a runcible spoon" [Wikipedia]
From the Wiki article: "Lear does not appear to have had any firm idea of what the word 'runcible' means. His whimsical nonsense verse celebrates words primarily for their sound, and a specific definition is not needed to appreciate his work. However, since the 1920s (several decades after Lear's death), modern dictionaries have generally defined a 'runcible spoon' as a fork with three broad curved prongs and a sharpened edge, used with pickles or hors d'oeuvres, such as a pickle fork. It is occasionally used as a synonym for 'spork.' However, this definition is not consistent with Lear's drawing, in which it is a ladle, nor does it account for the other 'runcible' objects in Lear's poems." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
(Several other theories follow if you click through and read the entire article.) - Stephen Mack
My son came home from school today, having had a teacher read this poem to him in after care, with the word runcible firmly on his brain. Several times he uttered the line (almost a quote): "And they ate with a runcible spoon." He was very pleased with how the phrase sounds. He, of course, later asked me what "runcible" meant. I had several guesses. I was quite surprised to learn it had no fixed meaning. - Stephen Mack
I was fairly obsessed with Lear as a kid. I always associated runcible with Bishops because of Archbishop Runcie :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It does have that Bishopy sort of sound to it, WoH! I bet you could confound most generally well-educated people by putting them on the spot and demanding a definition. - Stephen Mack
(Illustration by Edward Lear for "D" in the work "Twenty-Six Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures": "The Dolomphious Duck / who caught Spotted Frogs for her dinner / with a Runcible Spoon.") - Stephen Mack
Clearly the spoon illustrated is not a spork nor a grapefruit spoon nor a slotted spoon. So those theories are non-starters if you ask me. - Stephen Mack
Plus, I'm pretty sure 'spork' wasn't a thing in the 1870s :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Well, you'd be wrong, WoH! Wiki says the first "spork patent" was dated 1874: - Stephen Mack
pffft, what does wikipedia know? *closes ears lalalalalalala!* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
First time I heard it (so, the first time it actually existed) was in Dr Horrible. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bah! That 1874 patent is clearly NOT a spork: (and I guess the Spork article warned me when it said "many of these inventions predated the use of the term "spork" and thus may be considered proto-sporks,") PROTOSPORK IS MY NEW FAVORITE WORD. - Stephen Mack
I hate to say I told you so.... #notreally #Itoldyouso - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Regardless. Back to the matter at hand. What, pray tell, does runcible mean? I dismiss the wikipedian theories, and also believe (for no good reason) that the esteemed Mr. Lear must have had some meaning in mind. - Stephen Mack
You've read 'The Pobble who has no toes', right? I'm not sure our most beloved and esteemed poet ever let an actual meaning or real word get in the way of a good sound or rhyme. I think that's why I loved them so much. "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." T S Eliot. Runcible sounds grand, fancy,exotic, *other*, and therefore fits magnificently. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WoH, of course, wherein we meet the runcible cat. - Stephen Mack
:) I meant that 'pobble' is not exactly a real word, either. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bump! (For Zulema.) - Stephen Mack
Protospork. I have to remember that. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It occurs to me that the first time I heard the word "runcible" it was in a Philip K Dick novel—he has apparently named multiple characters Runcible. This solidifies the whole "no fixed meaning" theory for me. :D - Victor Ganata
Victor: Yeah, the "In Popular Culture" section of that Wiki article is impressively long, but clearly incomplete. "Runcible" is just one of those words that is really easy to like, and many content creators have taken a shine to it. - Stephen Mack
*waves at Stephen* I must have missed this post! Thanks! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Well, it was from 18 months ago, so easy to miss! I think it was late at night, and mostly just WoH and me bantering. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I read that as "edward laser" - Mo Kargas
The first time I noticed the word runcible, it was used as a Time lord name on Deadly Assassin. - bentley
Victor Ganata
Sloth wins.
I ended up stopping by 7-11 and picking up Corona, pretzel M&Ms, and Airhead Xtremes sour strips. - Rodfather from Android
Did they have chicharron? :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Mary Carmen
There seriously needs to be a bacon cheeseburger delivery service.
cheesecake service. When I win the ridiculously large lottery. I will not only open Nacho Fries, but, I will have a fleet of cute delivery vehicles that deliver ice cream, fries, tacos and and and... - Yolanda
cheeseburgers, cupcakes, pot pies, grilled cheese..... - Mary Carmen
Ask and ye shall … er … - Amit Patel
I used to work somewhere that delivered bacon cheeseburgers, cheesecake, nacho fries, grilled cheese...and black coffee Slush Puppies. - April Russo (FForever!)
Where is this magical place? - Mary Carmen
The carryout up the street from me delivers beer, cheeseburgers, subs, pizza, hot dinners, cheesecake and wonderful cannolis. And it's like 5 blocks away so food gets here still hot. The best part is they have a website so I don't even have to speak to anyone on the phone. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I am insanely jealous. - Mary Carmen
MC, there is a reason why I used to work there and don't still work there. Owner got really scared after the Chinese restaurant on the corner got robbed and a few of their employees were shot & killed. So, she shut the place down. - April Russo (FForever!)
The best barbecue in the STL area delivers. Wednesday through Sundays, Jojo is the delivery kid; he and Sarah arranged the food for my father's funeral a few weeks ago. We also have a service that delivers from area restaurants. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Every time I hear someone talk about how parents should be able to restrict what their kids read I think about Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, how the main character has to smuggle books into the house and hide them under her bed. I think about how these books are her lifeline.
"And I learned then that whatever is on the outside can be taken away. Whatever it is that you think of as precious can be destroyed by somebody else. That none of it is safe. That there is always a moment when the things that we love, the things where we put our trust can be taken away, unless they're on the inside. And that's why I still memorize text, because if it's on the inside,... more... - maʀtha
I do think that parents should be involved in what their younger children read. I am, however, unimpressed with parents who complain about what their kids bring home from the library: if they are so concerned, they should go with their child and help them choose books. - DJF
The problem is, when does the child get to claim autonomy in their choice of reading material? - DJF
I wonder if I could convince the school or public library divisions of the OLA to invite a philosopher to be a conference keynote. - DJF
Yes, parents should be engaged in what their kids read, but should they get total. Veto power over what kids read in school. I know you aren't advocating for this, DJF, but the PAL in Anoka is. I'm really interested in this idea of kids agency in reading. If anyone know of theory or research about this and how it supports kids' educationally and developmentally, please to let me know. - maʀtha
I'm spending a couple of hours in a car tomorrow with a philospher who specializes in family justice issues and the rights of children. I'll ask her. - DJF
DJF speaks my mind. It's easy to identify edge cases that are clearly beyond the limits in one direction or the other, but where IS that line? My guess is it's in a different place for every kid. I hope I have the good sense to recognize it for my own. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
While it sucks to be a kid with such controlling parents, in a variety of ways, socially the problem is much worse because those parents seem rarely to limit their controlling behaviour to their own children, but so often feel that it is essential to try to control MY children as well. I will be charitable and assume that they are probably concerned that I hadn't noticed what my child was reading, but of course that's just a mild way of saying they were criticizing my lax parenting - DJF from Android
I'm fascinated by this as well. There's one theory--and it was certainly true for me--that kids are very good self-censors. Thus I started reading The Handmaid's Tale when I was nine or ten (my mom had it in the bathroom) but quickly stopped because I found it creepy and incomprehensible. I never had any restrictions put on my reading--but then I also didn't start willingly reading to myself till I was in third grade. - laura x from BuddyFeed
I can't really imagine telling Peter he can't read something. But I guess we'll see. - laura x from BuddyFeed
My mother restricted pretty much *everything* else, but not reading. I read everything I could get my hands on. If it was to hard or freaked me out, I tended to put it aside. Just don't ask me about pop music or tv from my childhood, I know nothing about them. - maʀtha
My parents didn't restrict my reading, either. That came from outside sources. Anything that was on our shelves (or anything I brought home) was fair game. That included my dad's mortuary school textbooks. :) - Katy S
I was restricted from reading more than five fluffy teenager romantic paperbacks each week. Ultimately, I think my self-esteem would have been better had this restriction been even more strict. - Lisa Hinchliffe
wouldn't you have read them anyway? - maʀtha
Are you asking me Martha? Answer is no because the Library was 13 miles away so it wasn't hard to regulate how many I had in my possession when we left the building to drive home. ;-) There was also a total limit of 10 books out at a time. I supposed I could have technically read more than five by re-reading the few I owned but since that was like three or four it wasn't a big jump and... more... - Lisa Hinchliffe
oh, yeah, we also had a 10 library book limit, at least when we were little. and I see what you mean about the drive - maʀtha
I read the Clan of the Cave Bear and whatever sequels were out at the time when I was about ten. My parents were entirely unconcerned; I assume they assumed I'd do what I did, which was to just skim over the stuff I had no interest in. - Deborah Fitchett
I had no restrictions on reading whatsoever, though we also had sex classes at church, so not exactly the norm. - Meg VMeg
Damned Unitarians - DJF from Android
Right? - Meg VMeg
My parents never censored what I read. From 8 up, my mom would read from my pile of books and I don't know if this was convenience - my pile of books was always bigger than hers - or so that she would have an idea of what I was reading. The *only* time I was remotely censored was when the woman at the circ desk said "I don't mean to embarrass you, but this book has sex in it" about Beverly Clearly's Fifteen. I had read other books with sex scenes, but was completely mortified and didn't check out the book. - Galadriel C.
Now, at his request, I'm reading the Roald Dahl's BFG to the 5yo. I loved this book as a kid, but as an adult it's definitely more brutal than I remembered. The 5yo is enjoying it, and it's become an excellent framework for talking about respectful vs. disrespectful actions and kindness. Giants eating "human beans" is bad, but even beyond that he really gets into the nuances of small actions and dialogue. - Galadriel C.
Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
From A People's History of The United States | Howard Zinn (1980) -
"This was not just a whim of the 1880's and 1890's -it went back to the founding fathers, who had learned their law in the era of Blackstone's Commentaries, which said: "So great is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the common good of the whole community." Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is. And so, the schools, the churches, the popular literature taught that to be rich was a sign of superiority, to be poor a sign of personal failure, and that only way upward for a poor person was to climb into the ranks of the rich by extraordinary effort and extraordinary luck. In those years after the Civil War, a man named Russell Conwell, a graduate of Yale Law school, a minister, and author of best-selling books, gave the... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
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