ayjay: “A few years ago, newspapers and nonprofits set up fact-checking squads, rating campaign statements with Pinocchios and such. The hope was that if nonpartisan outfits exposed campaign deception, the campaigns would be too ashamed to lie so much. This hope was naïve. As John Dickerson of Slate has said, the campaigns want the Pinocchios. They want to show how tough they are. But the result...
Please don’t take me out of context. — Marie Antoinette — John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 30, 2012
Though we may think of these memes as something birthed to us by the Internet,...– You mean there was something…before? (via philk)
each person’s expectation of what the other expects him to expect to be expected to do.
The Geiger counter of Olympomania is going to go zoink! Are we worried about...– Boris Johnson gives a speech. You have to watch this. (via felixsalmon)
Hummingbirds, like all flying birds but more so, have incredible enormous...– The American Scholar: Joyas Volardores - Brian Doyle. Several times over the years I have come across hummingbirds lying in the leaves or on the grass, perfectly formed, beautiful as creatures can be, not a mark on them, and stone-dead. (via ayjay)
Overheard on the sales floor
bridesheadcastle: hallward: strandbooks: Guy #1: There are only two living male Evelyns on Wikipedia. Guy #2: Let’s bring the name Evelyn back. Everyone have some kids. Guy #1: Or we can adopt, change their name, and return them. Guy #2: I’m not above kidnapping. Evelyn agrees. Yes, by all means.
I opened the door before he was there because I knew he was coming. I could...– Nichloas Carr