“We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.”—
The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.
The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the FCC on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers.
The FCC’s previous rules governing net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year. The court said those rules had essentially treated Internet service providers as public utilities, which violated a previous FCC ruling that Internet links were not to be governed by the same strict regulation as telephone or electric service.
“Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry…”
Well, that makes sense.
Whaddya know, the revolving door of money-grubbing whores fucks us in the ass yet again. This is not going to help the economy long-term, either, but it’s not like any (well, most) of the plutocratic shitsacks behind this think beyond next quarter’s books any goddamned way.
It’s not a good thing. The people making our laws have no idea how the Internet works.
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”—William Shakespeare (via his play “Twelfth Night”), who on this day in 1564 is believed to have been born in the English parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Happy 450th Birthday, Bard of Avon! (via nypl)
“An ad that pretends to be art is — at absolute best — like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what’s sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill’s real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill.”—DFW
“When you’re a teenager, nothing else in the world matters except the way you feel. That’s a simple fact about the narcissistic American society in which we live. No teenager gives a shit about anyone else, and if they do, it’s because it makes them feel better about their own problems. It’s not a bad thing—and hell, there’s probably some child development psychology theory somewhere that backs this up—but the miniscule problems you felt when you were 16 were the Most Important Problems That Have Ever Faced Mankind. That person said something mean? Worse than a car accident. That friend didn’t invite you? Worse than a tsunami. That girl dumped you? Worse than a god damn terrorist attack.”—A Decade Under the Influence: On Seeing Taking Back Sunday at Age 26 | NOISEY
This chart shows the changes in wealth distribution over the last 40 years. Courtesy of Mother Jones.
Remember how the country was sold the idea of “trickle down” economics? “Oh, if we just give the wealthy more, they will create wealth for the poor and middle classes by increasing spending, investing in new factories, hiring more workers, etc, etc, etc.” In reality, after over 30 years of…
“No one asked, at any point, if Mitt Romney might give up on his presidential ambitions because he wanted to spend more time with his litter of grandkids. Fuck, no one even asked in 2012 if Tagg Romney would do less on the campaign trail because he just got two new babies. No one asked because not only did no one care, but because everyone assumed that things would go on as normal because that’s what the fuck people do, men, women, grand or otherwise. The only reason anyone is talking about this is because Hillary Clinton has lady parts. And, no matter how you wanna sputter, “But…no,” it comes out sexist.”—Mitt Romney Became a Grandfather Eight Times While Running for President and No One Gave a Damn (via samuraifuckingfrog)
“It’s almost guaranteed that almost any male literary person under the age of 45 is going to be somewhat versed in soccer,” said Sean Wilsey, a writer who helped edit “The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup,” a 2006 compilation of essays by the likes of Dave Eggers and Robert Coover. As a conversation topic, it has become inevitable at book parties, in part because it is both sophisticated and safe. “Isn’t it sort of a relief to talk about the English Premier League instead of the sad state of publishing?” he added. “It’s a great default topic.”—Soccer, Particularly England’s Premier League, Growing in Popularity in New York Creative Circles - NYTimes.com
“The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers — and one of my favorites from the time I was young,” said President Obama in a statement, and called the author “a representative and voice for the people of the Americas.” President Obama is absolutely right about this: in his long career as a writer Márquez has always sided with the less fortunate and against those who abuse them.
In his Nobel acceptance presentation Márquez elaborated on some of the topics that haunted him. He talked about two presidents that were suspiciously killed in airplane accidents, the reasons for which were never discovered. One of them, Jaime Roldós Aguilera, a president of Ecuador known for his firm stance on human rights, died in a plane crash on May 24, 1981, together with his assistants and their spouses.
John Perkins, former economist at the World Bank and author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, believes that Roldós was assassinated because his plan to reorganize his country’s hydrocarbon sector would have threatened U.S. interests. Months after Roldós death, another Latin American leader and close friend of Márquez, General Omar Torrijos, Panamá’s President, also died in a suspicious plane crash. John Perkins believes that it was the result of a CIA-conducted assassination.
Márquez also refers in his lecture to three countries in Central America, punished by long and bloody wars. “Because they tried to change this state of things,” he said, “nearly two hundred thousand men and women have died throughout the continent, and over one hundred thousand have lost their lives in three small and ill-fated countries of Central America: Nicaragua, El Salvadorand Guatemala. If this had happened in the United States, the corresponding figure would be that of one million six hundred thousand violent deaths in four years.”
“Jesus was a radical, non-violent revolutionary who hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks; wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (M 6:5), but was never anti-gay; never mentioned abortion or birth control; never called the poor ‘lazy’; never justified torture; never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes; never asked a leper for a co-pay; and was a long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, community-organizing, anti-slut-shaming, Middle Eastern Jew.”—JOHN FUGELSANG (via inothernews)
I’m a student of sequels and I know what they did wrong when you see them. Usually what they try to do is make them glitzier and broader and all that stuff. Our approach is not going to be that. If anything, the mustaches will be a little bigger, it’ll be a little tougher maybe, but we’re just going to make a second one. We’re not going to dye our hair blond and spike it up or anything. This is going to be just another cop story.
Heffernan: I think it’s going to be very fun to grow that mustache back again and go be an asshole.
“Sure enough, at five-to-midnight, Harvey walks out and sees me loitering around in the lobby. He goes, “I’m coming back! It’s killing!” And he leaves. The guy did us the biggest favor. With 15 minutes left to go in the film, he comes back in, slides back into his seat, and at the end of the screening there’s this excitement. He comes up to me and says, “I’m going to do you a favor. Come meet me at the bar.” We met up at the bar for last call and had a drink with him. When people saw us hanging around with Harvey after that movie, the other studios were like, “Oh, shit. We’d better fucking get on this.” He created a market for the film basically by shadow play. He didn’t even see the middle of the movie. He said, “When you hang out with me, you’ll sell your movie.” It went as well as it could possibly go.”—Altered State Police: An Oral History of ‘Super Troopers’ | Movies News | Rolling Stone
“Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones.”—
So in class the other day we were learning about the sleeping habits of newborn babies when one of the guys says “I would nickname my baby Gotham, so in the middle of the night when the baby cries my partner can whisper “Gotham needs you” and I would feel excellent about having to get out of bed”.
For the record, I didn’t think The Goldfinch was all that great.
Yeah, I said it.
You’re not alone, from the countless similar opinions I’ve picked up on it. Have yet to hear from someone who did like it. Meanwhile, it’s been on my Kindle and won a Pulitzer, but that’s not enough to get me to read it yet.
Our interviews at the church had given us a silhouette. Her family filled it in with bold, bright strokes. They told us that she rolled her own tobacco — Kite brand, in a green pouch — but that she also…