“Large financial centers in certain cities around the planet are certainly going to kill millions of us by destroying our social safety networks in the name of their imaginary financial efficiency. You’re a thousand times more likely to die because of what some urban banker did in 2008 than from what some Afghan-based terrorist did in 2001. Financiers live in small, panicky urban cloisters, severely detached from the rest of mankind. They are living today in rich-guy ghetto cults. They are truly dangerous to our well-being, and they are getting worse and more extremist, not better and more reasonable. You’re not gonna realize this havoc till you see your elderly Mom coughing in an emergency ward, but she’s going there for a reason.”—Bruce Sterling tells it like it is. here
Thank you. I'm not that young (thirty something, but am in denial so when people think I'm 25--good genes to thank for that--I agree with them).
See, I've always been kind of freaky, and you're right that does get more fun every year.
Wait till you hit 48… now - get off the interweb, go out and enjoy!
A senior Vatican cardinal is under investigation for corruption, dragging the Catholic church into a public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through the Italian government.
Italian media reported today that Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, was suspected of striking cosy deals while head of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, the Vatican congregation that uses proceeds from a property empire including 2,000 Rome apartments to fund missionary efforts.
”—via here. Nice that they can take time off from the kiddies to concentrate on other matters….
.. allegedly, the Tumblrverse’s new favourite band.
Sorry, but they’re shite. God, don’t you people remember 1969-74 the first time round! It was awful! Rock and roll has been a bloated rotting carcass ever since. Personally I blame the vile Pink Floyd, and still have a belief that every member of Genesis should be hauled up before a war crimes tribunal.
The only ones worth listening to are the ones who come in and kick the corpse around the room.
“After eight years of war, more than 907 Americans dead and 4,400 wounded, and $227 billion in aid from the United States alone, Afghanistan was “deteriorating” badly, according to the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander, General Stanley McChrystal, in an August 2009 report to the Secretary of Defense. Although General McChrystal has been more optimistic of late, the fact remains that the Taliban’s reach is more extensive now than at any time since being expelled from Kabul eight years ago. They have shadow governors in every province except Kabul. People turn to Taliban courts rather than state courts for justice in many parts of Afghanistan. And many Afghans prefer the Taliban’s austerity over the Karzai government’s corruption and incompetence. Why?”
US Army War College Journal: ‘Parameters’: April 2010: Counterinsurgency 3.0 by Peter Charles Choharis and James A. Gavrili.
“Nice to see your own fans booing you. If that’s what loyal support is … for fuck’s sake”—Wayne Rooney, leaving the field. Displaying the intelligence, tact and sensitivity we have all come to know and love.