The American Empire goes soft

“When Desiderio Arisa, the former Minister of War, suspected in 1916 that the United States was in the Dominican Republic to ‘teach’ him and his compatriots ‘how to behave,’ he was right on the mark.” — Alan McPherson, A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean ||||||||| The United States used […]

Bye-bye government debt

“The inflated imitations of gold and silver, which after the rapture are thrown into the fire, all is exhausted and dissipated by the debt. All scrips and bonds are wiped out. At the fourth pillar dedicated to Saturn, split by earthquake and flood: vexing everyone, an urn of gold is found and then restored.” — […]

The risk of nuclear war

“In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.” — Dexter Gordon “One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war.” — Paul Wolfowitz ||||||||| It is true that nuclear war is the greatest danger to the world. But there is reason […]

Living networks: how ecosystems harbor life

“The most extraordinary thing about trying to piece together the missing links in the evolutionary story is that when you do find a missing link and put it in the story, you suddenly need all these other missing links to connect to the new discovery. The gaps and questions actually increase – it’s extraordinary.” — […]

Spectacular

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” — Robert H. Schuller ||||||||| I love to be surprised. There needs to be more of the spectacular in life. I don’t just mean on special occasions, either. Life demands that we set up spectacular dominos to fall one after the other. ||||||||| What is spectacular? Fireworks […]

Chicks are poison

“Every two-bit bitch thinks she’s hot shit at the same time as she thinks she’s a miserable worm. That girl in the tank top with a revealing white bra is looking for alpha #1 male to come rescue her from her shitty life.” — Catxman ||||||||| It’s easy to say you like girls. Everyone is […]

A girl who likes delivering a sweet blowjob

“Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.” — Jeremy Irvine ||||||||| Sarah, who I called Echo, was obsessed with me. I remember her saying to me I tasted good, and she wasn’t referring to my lips. Echo was a short girl, 5’3″, very cute with C cup tits. She had very pale […]

TV: Interview with an exoplanetarist

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger ||||||||| Professor Didior Queloz — he of the heavy French accent — is intereviwed by a nearly accentless Russian host. They discuss exoplanets (planets light-years away that may or may not be like Earth) and life on […]

Crazy for life

“I love my crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way my eyes get dark when I’m tired. I love that I have learned to trust people with my heart, even if it will get broken. I am proud of everything that I am and will […]

Deep throat disallowed in bathrooms

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” — Satchel Paige ||||||||| Dance clubs are hotbeds of social innovation and churn. We go there to celebrate our bodies and the naked night itself, and to meet others of the opposite sex. But it’s time to face […]