"At a fundamental level, there aren’t separate “living things” and “nonliving things,” “things here on Earth” and “thinks up in the sky,” “matter” and “spirit.” There is just the basic stuff of reality, appearing to us in many different forms. […] We will ultimately understand the world as a single, unified reality, not caused or sustained or influenced by anything outside itself. That’s a big deal."
-- The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
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I'll go along with a wall if we can have guard towers every 200 feet.
Sympathy for the Devil Show more
“In the 2012 documentary Crossfire Hurricane, Jagger stated that his influence for the song came from Baudelaire and from the Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita (which had just appeared in English translation in 1967). The book was given to him by Marianne Faithfull. [...] Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 32 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Huge amounts of data are available Show more
"Campaigns can buy a list of two hundred million voting-age Americans with fifteen hundred data points per person from a legitimate data broker for seventy-five thousand dollars."
Based on the theory we never hear the bullet that kills us, there's no need to worry about the things we worry about.
It's almost laughable that the thing that destroys democracy is our addiction to social media and the bad players behind it. Not plagues or nukes or a fucked climate.
"Belonging is stronger than facts."
"Imagine a stew of unregulated capitalism, addictive technology, and authoritarian values, combined with Silicon Valley’s relentlessness and hubris, unleashed on billions of unsuspecting users."
-- Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (Robert McNamee)
Trolling the Wall uspol Show more
If I were the el presidente of Mexico I'd put a million folks on buses and take them to The Wall, position a man, woman or child shoulder to shoulder, looking through the (what do they call these?) slats. No yelling, just a silent protest. If the idea go legs, when someone got tired or hungry or had to go the bathroom... someone would replace them. Mexico might not be able to pull this off but I'll bet China could. How would you tweet that away?
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