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May 24, 15

  • This week, the House speaker, John Boehner, called on the White House to submit a new proposal that gives the executive branch even broader authority. That’s wrong for at least two reasons.

  • But other reasonable, well-intentioned people have serious questions about what’s going on. And I would have expected a good-faith effort to answer those questions. Unfortunately, that’s not at all what has been happening.
  • But do we need to increase those rewards at consumers’ expense? Big Pharma and Hollywood think so, but you can also see why, for example, Doctors Without Borders is worried that the deal would make medicines unaffordable in developing countries.
  • Instead of addressing real concerns, however, the Obama administration has been dismissive, trying to portray skeptics as uninformed hacks who don’t understand the virtues of trade.

  • `If we do not live now, then when?' But we are drawn to the past. I mean, what do you think is the value of memory?

  • Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that the first N.S.A. program he disclosed, which collects the phone call records of millions of Americans, is illegal. Last week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to transform the program by keeping the bulk phone records out of government hands, a change President Obama has endorsed and the Senate is now debating. And Apple and Google have angered the F.B.I. by stepping up encryption, including on smartphones, to scramble communications and protect customers from the kind of government surveillance Mr. Snowden exposed.
  • “The rest of the documents have been used as a kind of intelligence porn for the rest of the world — ‘Oooh, look at what N.S.A. is doing.’ ”
  • “In short, Snowden has made the United States and our allies considerably less safe. I do not say this lightly: Americans may well die at the hands of terrorists because of Edward Snowden’s actions.”

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  • In the end, though, Mad Men is ultimately a more hopeful series than The Sopranos, the last drama Weiner worked on, in that while The Sopranos seemed to think that people could change profoundly but usually didn’t because it was just too hard, Mad Men shows people changing all the time, sometimes deliberately but more often incidentally, shifting out of one mode and into another and back again, while never suggesting that a particular mode is the “true” version of that character, or that any of them should be condemned for all time for making a rotten choice.

  • More than 30 years later, with Letterman about to leave and Dylan, following a late-career renaissance, comfortably ensconced as a dignified elder statesman, the Plugz performance now seems like a mirage beamed in from a far different era — when Dave was young, Dylan had something to prove, and he got an unknown band of L.A. punks to help him prove it.

  • "Trickle-down economics was nothing more than political cover for helping the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful," she said.

  • “It’s time to listen to the people all over this country, to listen to their hunger for a change,” Mr. de Blasio said, his voice rising. “It’s up to us to answer their call — their strong demand, in fact — that we create a more just nation.”
  • The event was the presentation of a report by Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, recommending higher taxes and corporate reform to reduce the nation’s income gap.
May 18, 15

Showing moment for both feet pushing.

  • I note the religious affiliations of these potential contenders for the presidency because all are flaunting their faith, rather than keeping it a private matter of conscience, which in any other developed country it would be.
  • What concerns me now is what President Obama has just wrought to insult that most aggrieved (yet steadfastly growing) American minority, the advocates of reason, those who insist on evidence before accepting the truth of a given proposition, especially grand propositions about the origins of the universe and our species.

  • Every headline event is a source of wonderment. After surprise, wonder and amazement, we go on to hear both sides of an issue after which we are told that the conversation remains open and will continue in the future, a future in which every conclusion will be balanced by an opposing conclusion,
  • Our media are either befuddling both events and our understanding, or, as in the case of Fox News, working steadily on the worst devils of our human nature - from racism, bigotry, xenophobia and homophobia, to indifference, hatred, contempt and neglect.

  • America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years.
May 16, 15

Skate technique double-push playlist

May 16, 15

Excellent demonstration of double-push form.

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