It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.

H. L. Mencken

 

barackobama:

“Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly, and pay America’s bills; or they can act irresponsibly, and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.” —President Obama in the final news conference of his first term yesterday

barackobama:

“Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly, and pay America’s bills; or they can act irresponsibly, and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.” —President Obama in the final news conference of his first term yesterday

We can rightly judge a society by how it treats its eccentrics and deviant geniuses—and by that measure, we have utterly failed.

Columbia Law School professor and author of “The Master Switch,” Tim Wu on how the legal system failed programmer Aaron Swartz— and Us: http://nyr.kr/ULLhE2 (via newyorker)

Too true

buzzfeed:

Here is a cat wearing an Iron Man helmet made out of a grapefruit. You’re welcome.

Hahaha

buzzfeed:

Here is a cat wearing an Iron Man helmet made out of a grapefruit. You’re welcome.

Hahaha

kateoplis: "In 2012, the world's 100 richest people became $241 billion richer.

kateoplis:

They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the entire output of the United Kingdom.

This is not the result of chance. The rise in the fortunes of the super-rich is the direct result of policies. Here are a few: the reduction of tax rates and tax enforcement; governments’…

buzzfeed:

What still bothers us about “Titanic” the most.

buzzfeed:

What still bothers us about “Titanic” the most.

fastcompany:

“We wanted to let people know about what we’re doing, and what we hope to achieve with it,” a Google spokesperson told Co.Design, “But in terms of the graphics, the visuals, the hardware setup, there’s a lot of experimentation going on. And a lot of rapid prototyping on the team.” 
4 Problems Google Glasses Have To Solve Before Becoming A Hit

fastcompany:

“We wanted to let people know about what we’re doing, and what we hope to achieve with it,” a Google spokesperson told Co.Design, “But in terms of the graphics, the visuals, the hardware setup, there’s a lot of experimentation going on. And a lot of rapid prototyping on the team.” 

4 Problems Google Glasses Have To Solve Before Becoming A Hit

newyorker:

A Sunday morning cartoon. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/HldnzI

newyorker:

A Sunday morning cartoon. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/HldnzI

FP: Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War

kateoplis:

Lesson #1:  The United States lost.

Lesson #2: It’s not that hard to hijack the United States into a war.

Lesson #3: The United States gets in big trouble when the “marketplace of ideas” breaks down and when the public and our leadership do not have an open debate about what to do.

Lesson #4: The secularism and middle-class character of Iraqi society was overrated. 

Lesson #5: Don’t listen to ambitious exiles. 

Lesson #6: It’s very hard to improvise an occupation.

Lesson #7:  Don’t be surprised when adversaries act to defend their own interests, and in ways we won’t like. 

Lesson #8: Counterinsurgency warfare is ugly and inevitably leads to war crimes, atrocities, or other forms of abuse.

Lesson #9: Better “planning” may not be the answer.

Lesson #10: Rethink U.S. grand strategy, not just tactics or methods.

Read on.

Interesting points!