Quote of the Week #103

Well, Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is you play with them. They are so wonderful. You have these switches — if it’s an even number you do this, if it’s an odd number you do that — and pretty soon you can do more and more elaborate things if you are clever enough, on one machine.

– Richard Feynman

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Quote of the Week #102

The truth is that we all do have something to hide, not because it’s criminal or even shameful, but simply because it’s private. We carefully calibrate what we reveal about ourselves to others. Most of us are only willing to have a few things known about us by a stranger, more by an acquaintance, and the most by a very close friend or a romantic partner. The right not to be known against our will — indeed, the right to be anonymous except when we choose to identify ourselves — is at the very core of human dignity, autonomy and freedom.

George Radwanski

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Quote of the Week #101

I’m not a child anymore, I’m an adult! I can buy my own insurance and everything!

Commander Amarao (FLCL)

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Quote of the Week #100

I do not believe in inheriting your position in society based on what womb you come from.

– Warren Buffett

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Quote of the Week #99

Yes, regulation to keep the Internet open is regulation. And mostly, the Internet thrives on lack of regulation. But some basic values have to be preserved. For example, the market system depends on the rule that you can’t photocopy money. Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it.

Tim Berners-Lee

Quote of the Week #98

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

– Ernest Rutherford

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Quote of the Week #97

Today, we are seeing hundreds of years of scientific discovery being challenged by people who simply disregard facts that don’t happen to agree with their agendas. Some call it “pseudo-science,” others call it “faith-based science,” but when you notice where this negligence tends to take place, you might as well call it “political science.”

Michael Bloomberg

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Quote of the Week #96

We must never forget that the Rule of Law is not a conservative or a liberal value. It is assuredly not a Republican or Democratic value. Rather, it is an American value. Confidence in the Rule of Law rests entirely at any given point in time on the character and the integrity of the individual American judge and on that judge’s absolute commitment to fairness and impartiality.

Judge John E. Jones III

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Quote of the Week #95

In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].

Greenpeace “fact sheet” against nuclear power

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Quote of the Week #94

Abandoning the pretense of objectivity does not mean abandoning the journalist’s most important obligation, which is factual accuracy. In fact, the practice of opinion journalism brings additional ethical obligations. These can be summarized in two words: intellectual honesty. Are you writing or saying what you really think? Have you tested it against the available counterarguments? Will you stand by an expressed principle in different situations, when it leads to an unpleasing conclusion? Are you open to new evidence or argument that might change your mind? Do you retain at least a tiny, healthy sliver of a doubt about the argument you choose to make?

– Michael Kinsley

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Quote of the Week #93

[F]reedom of religion is the bedrock foundation of liberty in this country. If we allow certain special-interest religious groups to co-opt the public school science classroom, to use it as a vehicle for converting children to religious views their parents don’t hold, if we allow them to spout outright lies about the nature and content of science, what do we really have left? If you can lie about science and get away with it, you can lie about anything.

– Patricia Princehouse

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Quote of the Week #92

I mean, the computer industry promises nothing. Did you ever read a shrink-wrapped license agreement? You should read one. It basically says, if this product deliberately kills your children, and we knew it would, and we decided not to tell you because it might harm sales, we’re not liable. I mean, it says stuff like that. They’re absurd documents. You have no rights.

Bruce Schneier

Quote of the Week #91

Atheists are angry for the same reason Jews are cheap. Jews are cheap because people say Jews are cheap, because of a hatred for Jews. It’s not true. It never has been true; it never will be true. There is nothing about temperment that is tied to being Jewish, either in culture or religion. That is an evil, hateful lie that people who do not like Jews, people who are anti-Semitic, people who are evil, say stuff like “Jews are cheap.” It’s a bad, evil, horrible thing to say, and it’s said by people who want to breed hatred toward Jews. Precisely the same reason why atheists are angry.

Penn Jillette

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Quote of the Week #90

Most of all I believe in this president. Now, I know there’s some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don’t pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in “reality.” And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

– Stephen Colbert [video; starts at 52:25]

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Quote of the Week #89

[M]en thus become more economically rational after exposure to lingerie or sexy women.

Bram Van den Bergh

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