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Another significant step away from the antiquated principle of ‘one person, one vote’ toward the more modern, and utilitarian, notion of ‘one dollar, one vote.’
newyorker | John CASSIDY on the McCutcheon decision | http://nyr.kr/QGFDb2 
PHOTO of the day | April 2, 2014 | “Metropolis is New York by day, Gotham is New York by night.” Frank Miller. | Chelsea seen from the High Line | June 2013 | clok_moitie | Flickr | Twitter

PHOTO of the day | April 2, 2014 | “Metropolis is New York by day, Gotham is New York by night.” Frank Miller. | Chelsea seen from the High Line | June 2013 | clok_moitie | Flickr | Twitter

This is no fairytale. These are facts based on opinion.
Kristen Schaal, The Daily Show, March 27, 2014 | The best-ever description of cable TV news

I would say that most of the film I did — the biggest issue in the film business now is less, I think, about how tough it is to raise money. That’s been the case for a long, long time.

The biggest issue is the shortage of good directors. The film industry has three main creative pistons — the writing, the directing and the acting. Obviously there are other people who make huge contributions creatively: sets, editing, costumes, cinematography, art design — those people are invaluable. But I’m just saying the immediately identifiable critical elements of a film are the script, the director and the cast. That’s really what the money is raised on. The fourth element being the money itself.

Of those three creative elements — take away the money for a moment — the one that’s the most anemic right now is the directors unit, because there is an abundance of great actors out there. Tons of them. They might not be famous, they might not be the greatest at the box office, but there’s a lot of great acting out there. There’s a lot of great scripts out there. A lot of great, unproduced scripts.

Alec BALDWIN on Film
Populism is just as hot a force, albeit with different parameters, in the GOP base as it is among Democrats. The bigger story of American politics to come has less to do with the presidential horse race than with a pattern that has emerged steadily since the 2008 financial meltdown: The economic grievances that fueled Occupy Wall Street and the tea party are two sides of the same coin, and someone in one party or the other is going to figure out how to harness that crossover political constituency.
Frank RICH | nymag | November 13, 2013
Labor Day | Power concedes nothing without a demand | and it never will | Frederick Douglass

Labor Day | Power concedes nothing without a demand | and it never will | Frederick Douglass

theimpossiblecool | “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” | Mark Twain

theimpossiblecool | “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” | Mark Twain

Cate BLANCHETT recalled, “He wouldn’t even remember saying it, but he said something along the lines of, ’We all know the same truth. Our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.’”

Cate BLANCHETT recalled, “He wouldn’t even remember saying it, but he said something along the lines of, We all know the same truth. Our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.’”

World War Z | Maureen DOWD on Zombies, quoting Ava GARDNER |
If the movie scares you, you can always calm down with a zombie, the paralyzing rum concoction invented at Don the Beachcomber’s bar in Hollywood. With the recipe a deep, dark secret, the drink was so popular that the tiki bar got nicknamed “the Zombie Palace.”
Ava Gardner, who had many nightcaps at the bar when she was a teenager dating Mickey Rooney, revealed the ingredients to the British journalist Peter Evans: “Bacardi, dark rum, light rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, apricot brandy, orange juice, a sprig of mint and a cherry.”
But, she advised, the secret of a good zombie is this: “Hold the mint and the cherry.”

World War Z | Maureen DOWD on Zombies, quoting Ava GARDNER |

If the movie scares you, you can always calm down with a zombie, the paralyzing rum concoction invented at Don the Beachcomber’s bar in Hollywood. With the recipe a deep, dark secret, the drink was so popular that the tiki bar got nicknamed “the Zombie Palace.”

Ava Gardner, who had many nightcaps at the bar when she was a teenager dating Mickey Rooney, revealed the ingredients to the British journalist Peter Evans: “Bacardi, dark rum, light rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, apricot brandy, orange juice, a sprig of mint and a cherry.”

But, she advised, the secret of a good zombie is this: “Hold the mint and the cherry.”

cajunboy | “What fresh hell is this?” I ran across this piece of graffiti when walking around the Bywater with friends yesterday. Curious as to what it might mean, I Googled and, according to folklore, Dorothy Parker once uttered the phrase when a ringing telephone interrupted her thoughts. She then liked it so much that it became the standard greeting she offered callers when answering the phone.

cajunboy | “What fresh hell is this?” I ran across this piece of graffiti when walking around the Bywater with friends yesterday. Curious as to what it might mean, I Googled and, according to folklore, Dorothy Parker once uttered the phrase when a ringing telephone interrupted her thoughts. She then liked it so much that it became the standard greeting she offered callers when answering the phone.

Dan SAVAGE | PORN is to sex as action movies are to dinner

Dan SAVAGE | PORN is to sex as action movies are to dinner

poynterinstitute | Today’s Historical Headline: Cooling off period urged by Kennedy |
On today’s date in 1961, Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, as they tried to use a whites-only bus station facility. Part of the civil rights movement, the Freedom Riders, rode buses throughout the south to test court rulings that protected bus integration. Many were met with violence - and here, they were met by police forces who tried to stop their mission.  The U.S. government, and in today’s article’s case, Robert F. Kennedy in the Justice Department, urged the Freedom Riders and others in the civil rights movement to be less confrontational in their efforts.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: 

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right.

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poynterinstitute | Today’s Historical Headline: Cooling off period urged by Kennedy |

On today’s date in 1961, Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, as they tried to use a whites-only bus station facility. Part of the civil rights movement, the Freedom Riders, rode buses throughout the south to test court rulings that protected bus integration. Many were met with violence - and here, they were met by police forces who tried to stop their mission.  The U.S. government, and in today’s article’s case, Robert F. Kennedy in the Justice Department, urged the Freedom Riders and others in the civil rights movement to be less confrontational in their efforts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: 

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right.

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It’s about moments in life that are great but don’t last.

They don’t go on, but you always have the memory and they have an effect on you. That’s what I was thinking about.

Sofia Coppola on Lost In Translation | via fuckyeahsofia-coppola

"We have always been at war with Eastasia" | 1984 | George ORWELL

"We have always been at war with Eastasia" | 1984 | George ORWELL

Nate SILVER | FiveThirtyEight | January 8, 2013 | Politics or Sports?

  • Q. Which do you find more frustrating to analyze, politics or sports?
  • A. Politics. I don't think its close. Between the pundits and the partisans, you're dealing with a lot of very delusional people. And sports provides for much more frequent reality checks. If you were touting how awesome Notre Dame was, for example*, you got very much slapped back into reality last night. In politics, you can go on being delusional for years at a time.
  • Full disclosure: I said in a NYT video yesterday that I'd bet Notre Dame against the spread