realinterrobang (realinterrobang) wrote,

Quotes, IDGAFTOS Edition

It was very hard to reconcile the fact that hundreds of people went to jail during the S&L fiasco under St. Ronnie, and yet not a single high level banster even broke a sweat under Obama after nearly destroying the world economy. Obama may not be a ‘neoliberal’ but that was definitely horrible optics.
-- C.V. Danes, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Americans are raised to believe that anything is possible in America if you are pure of heart and willing to work hard, which is nonsense, and that anyone can become president, which is even more foolish, and that free markets always make the right decision, which is nuts. They are told that rugged individualism is the American way, which it isn't, and that government is never the solution, which it sometimes most definitely is. Eventually, these national myths cross over into outright delusion; large segments of the populace, people who are dependent on all manner of government programs, come to believe they are not, and freely vote for wealthy politicians who make no secret of their intention to defund or dismantle those programs in the name of Americanism, and Jesus Christ our Lord.
-- Neil MacDonald, "Trump's poor and rural supporters line up to take their economic beating," CBC

And everyone knows, "average" is the new "FAIL".
-- democommie, Gin and Tacos, comments

Star Trek had a diverse cast. Blame Canada.
-- bekabot, Alicublog, comments

Plot twist for the next zombie movie: You find the cure in Act 1 but humans are too scared of vaccines to take it.
-- @mackenzian, Twitter, h/t dglenn

Kevin Drum came up with a great description of Climate Change being the graduate school public policy problem from Hell.
-- NewishLawyer, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

A chiropractor in my town told me "Germs don't cause disease. If they did, we'd all be dead."
-- Harriet Hall, Science-Based Medicine, comments

America's conservative establishment, particularly in rural and poor states, has done a superb job of convincing the people who most need government's help that asking for it is shameful — it's socialism and it's evil — and that they should effectively vote against their own economic self-interest.
-- Neil MacDonald, "Trump's poor and rural supporters line up to take their economic beating," CBC

NEWSPAPERS: "But have you even heard the perspective of Trump supporters?" ME: "I have a Jewish last name and am on the internet, so yes."
-- @joshgondelman, Twitter, h/t anton_p_nym

I remember seeing Ricardo Montalban on the Johnny Carson show back in the 1970s. Of course, Johnny mocked his accent. Kept imitating it. This was the '70s and Carson didn't think anything of it. Ricardo picked up one of the pencils from Johnny's desk and told him that whenever you hear someone with a thick accent, remember they can speak more languages than you. And then he broke the pencil in half. They broke for a commercial, and when the show resumed Ricardo was gone. Good for him.
-- Nelson, Alicublog, comments

We can’t emphasized THE DAYVUHL enough. It’s easy for us coastal nuance-barglers to not be aware of this, but a lot of people in the Ungovernable Tribal Regions really do think that Satan is running around doing all the bad things, making that truck crash, tempting Uncle Johnny to drink that liquor and screw that girl at work, making Aunt Mamie buy more shit off of QVC.
-- BiloSagdiyev, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

This is like a more depressing Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century. Instead of migrating in search of good farmland where you can live with dignity, the prize is a crappy cheap apartment where you can save money by living in fear and discomfort.
-- Talisker, Gin and Tacos, comments, on the latest clueless "how to live well on no money" advice

On a lab tour during a medical school reunion at the University of Washington, I got to see a Petri dish containing beating human heart cells that had been derived from adult human skin cells! I was very impressed; it was hard to believe it wasn’t science fiction.
-- Harriet Hall, “Stem Cells for Macular Degeneration: Meticulous Science vs. Unethical Carelessness,” Science

A woman at one such [Tea Party] rally informed me that I might not realize it, but Social Security is not a government program.
-- Neil MacDonald, "Trump's poor and rural supporters line up to take their economic beating," CBC

It's like Manhattan's full of transient workers, plutocrats and tourists. No normal people live there anymore...
-- Manqueman, Alicublog, comments

In the GOP lexicon, “reform” should be understood as a symbolic punctuation mark to signify that the sentence or paragraph in which it appears is absolute bullshit.
-- RPorrofatto, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I may not be her father, but I'm damn sure her daddy.
-- dis_ABLED, Reddit, comments

In cases of negligence, a plea of "But I did the best I could!" doesn't absolve anyone of responsibility or culpability.
-- R.D. Decker, Science-Based Medicine, comments

As 79-year-old Clyde Glenn told the Post, the money is needed for a strong military: "If North Korea shoots a missile and it hits the United States and knocks out our power grid, then you'll be saying: 'How come nothing works no more?' "
-- Neil MacDonald, "Trump's poor and rural supporters line up to take their economic beating," CBC

My wife has been at Walmart about six months, started doing night stocking 28 hours a week and now has moved into a full time position. She's making $12-something an hour now, because we live in Washington. 20 minutes away in Idaho the MW is $7.25. She works with people who've been there 5, 10, 15 years. Many work multiple shitty jobs. When you do get a full time position, the company-offered benefits are pretty shitty, the medical plan seems kind of cheap before you look at the deductibles or add dependents. Sadly, most of her co-workers voted for Trump. She's learning that she has to change her vocabulary at work because co-workers (and customers) can't understand her "big" words.
-- Isaac, Gin and Tacos, comments

There’s an iron law in weighing the sincerity of a politician: If they’re promising to break shit and hurt people, they WILL do it. I defy anyone to come up with evidence to the contrary.
-- tsam, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The earth isn’t pulled into a sphere because the force known as gravity doesn’t exist or at least exists in a greatly diminished form than is commonly taught. The earth is constantly accelerating up at a rate of 32 feet per second squared (or 9.8 meters per second squared). This constant acceleration causes what you think of as gravity.
-- flat-earth website, quoted by Steven Novella, "Flat Earth Rising," NeuroLogica Blog

Sometimes a disfluency is not a disfluency.
-- swkellogg, Alicublog, comments

[T]he desire of working class conservative Americans to teach the damned liberals a lesson will collide with their grocery list and ability to pay the mortgage or rent, while Trump's planned tax cuts make America's affluent even more affluent. It'll be interesting to watch how Republicans sell it all. As proud citizens doing their part for America, most likely. And for Jesus.
-- Neil MacDonald, "Trump's poor and rural supporters line up to take their economic beating," CBC

The post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy is hard-wired into the human brain, and it takes discipline to overcome it.
-- NS Alito, Science-Based Medicine, comments

This is as good an example as any of why tRump is white supremacy’s greatest spokesmodel. The man is a waking nightmare. He’s a stupid, vain, mean white man who lies with the abandon of someone who knows he’ll never get in trouble for lying. He struggles to complete a thought. He barely struggles to control his id. But people keep cutting him breaks he doesn’t deserve and holding out hope that this time, finally, he’ll behave. And then when he does something like speak in complete sentences for an hour, they stand up and applaud.
-- Shakezula, “We are surprised to discover this box labeled Radioactive Human Feces contains uranium-laced people poo,” Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The lord works in mysterious and irritating ways.
-- David Hollander, Facebook
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