“My Poet loves words in a way that I feel is quite unhealthy and unnatural. She owns a dictionary decades old and so large she uses a small buffet cart to wheel it around our apartment like some invalid relative. For true fiction writers, words are just a kind of filling for the plot. A novel is like one of those mock apple pies made with Ritz crackers and cinnamon—and anyone who claims he can tell the difference is a damn liar!”
My Poet, by Naeem Murr, Poetry, July/August 2007
“L.A.’s hottest neighborhood is where the city’s existential crises have come home to roost.”
Gentrifying Highland Park’s War on the Middle Class, by Andrew Gumbel, Los Angeleno, 30 Jan 2020
“The decision by employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter to unionize is a historic first in the tech industry, highlighting the growing trend of worker activism in Silicon Valley.”
Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism by Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 20 Feb 2020
“Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday he wants to give monthly checks to low-income and middle-class Americans so they can afford necessities during the coronavirus outbreak.
“‘Let’s cut out employers as the middle men and get relief to people not in weeks but in days,’ Cotton wrote in a Medium post outlining his proposals for a Senate bill. ‘We should send relief directly to American families most likely to be in need — those in the bottom and middle tax brackets — to pay for rent, groceries, childcare, and other necessary expenses, as well as to spend at local businesses that are hurting during this crisis.’
“Cotton, who knocked the House-passed coronavirus response bill as too complicated, suggested the money could come from tax rebates or through unemployment agencies.”
GOP Sen. Cotton calls for monthly cash payments to Americans during coronavirus pandemic, by Brooke Seipel, The Hill, 16 March 2020
If this isn’t some kind of trap… this is my kind of Republican!
“Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Monday proposed giving $1,000 to every American adult as lawmakers scramble to try to bolster the U.S. economy amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.”
Romney proposes giving $1K to every US adult amid coronavirus, by
Jordain Carney, The Hill, 16 March 2020
“Women and girls face a ‘growing crisis’ of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.
Internet ‘is not working for women and girls’, says Berners-Lee, by Ian Sample, The Guardian, 11 March 2020
“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over its failure to cough up details about its use of facial recognition at airports.
“Along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the powerful civil rights group filed the suit in New York on Thursday. Besides the DHS, the suit was also filed against US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
“The ACLU says that the lawsuit challenges the secrecy that shrouds federal law enforcement’s use of face recognition surveillance technology.”
Homeland Security sued over secretive use of face recognition, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos Blog, 13 March 2020
They can conquer who believe they can.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh
Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.
Laurence J. Peter
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I will preach with my brush.
Henry Ossawa Tanner
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.
W. Edwards Deming
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
A kiss is a rosy dot over the ‘i’ of loving.
Cyrano de Bergerac
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown.
Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Reason is God’s crowning gift to man.
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.
The world is always in movement.
V. S. Naipaul
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.
George Jean Nathan
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Ideas shape the course of history.
John Maynard Keynes
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
George Bernard Shaw
Paint the essential character of things.
Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.
Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
P. J. O’Rourke