Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Memorable Quotes - Part 8


- George Clooney, likewise, has a right to be heard, and his work monitoring the human rights situation in Sudan is entirely laudable. But the rarefied atmosphere that fosters stars' idealism often makes them terrible politicians. They think that because they've played a part on the big screen, it can be replicated in real life. Clooney plays an art hunter in The Monuments Men, so he suddenly thinks he's qualified to talk about the Elgin Marbles. But because his life is actually detached from the realities of the world, it is probably just as well that he never runs for anything. If he won, the results could be disastrous.

Consider the example of Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he ran for Governor of California in 2003, Arnie ran as a superhero - the Governator. He took the press aboard the Total Recall bus to the Orange County fairgrounds to illustrate his opposition to the state's car tax. In front of a giant steel wrecking ball, he said, "In the movies, if I played a character and I didn't like something, you know what I did? I destroyed it." Then the wrecking ball fell on to a car. "Hasta la vista, car tax!" he cried.

Arnie won the election and he repealed the car tax. It cost $5 billion in revenues and nearly bankrupted California. Life, it seems, is not like the movies.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/why-dont-you-just-shut-up-and-act-george-clooney-20140213-32jue.html?google_editors_picks=true
- "No one looks at the waterfront of Brisbane ... and feels deeply moved by the grace and sweetness of the scene," de Botton writes in the post.

"While most people find the centre of Paris wonderful and others will delight in the winding streets of Siena, no one on the planet responds deeply to the brutal cross-city expressway and chunky, stained office blocks."
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/australia/philosopher-and-author-alain-de-botton-backtracks-on-bagging-brisbane-as-ugly-city/story-fnjjv0rb-1226868172391
- "Efficiency is lack of wasted movement," says Cox, "and if you're on the customer end, what that looks like is precision."
http://robbreport.com/xojet/articles/alternative-approach
- Yet suits are nothing more than symbols: empty expressions of wealth and authority. They were first worn by middle-class British dandies trying to pass themselves off as aristocrats, and I'd argue that nothing's changed in the 200 years since. Every time we don a suit, we clad ourselves in a veneer of "respectability" (it's not as though we do it for comfort). And, in doing so, we tell ourselves, and everyone around us, that what we wear is what matters, not what we think, say or do.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/blogs/public-sector-informant/every-time-you-dress-to-impress-at-the-office-you-demean-yourself-20140505-37rn7.html
- Once China is capable of launching three warheads simultaneously, the magazine said that a single DF-41 missile would be capable of wiping out three American cities in one go. With other strategic offensive weapons such as the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile and the DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile, China will be able to gain more of an advantage in arms limitation talks with the United States.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140626000172
- An ultra-conservative Egyptian cleric has said that watching football matches is unacceptable in Islam because it is a distraction and "destroys nations".

Yasser Borhami, a founding member of the main Salafi movement in Egypt, the Salafi Call, sparked an outcry when he said spending time watching the World Cup games in Brazil was "a disaster that makes me very irate".

He claimed that it was a distraction from religious and worldly duties, ultimately leading to "the destruction of nations and peoples".
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/egyptian-cleric-yasser-borhami-says-watching-football-destroys-nations
- "...he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. ... We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Coming
- To put it in prospective for you fellow Ozbargainers, Half the Earth's population earns less than US $500 a Month, and out of those about half again ( 2 Billion ) earn under US $200 per month, over a Billion do not even earn US $100 a month, and most have to work for 45 to 60 hrs.+ a week in bad conditions. Most headphones are made in countries with low wages. A few dollars worth of plastic, steel, copper etc. some R & D, packaging and paper. The rest is marketing, wholesale, duties/tax and big retail mark-up. If you got this far, that was my late night rant. Holland just beat Mexico in World Cup, happy now :-)
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/150868
- Courts have rules of evidence, for very good reason. These rules have been developed over many years and are designed to ensure that judges and juries make the fairest decision possible. The problem is neither we, nor the media, follow any such rules. That means that bits and pieces of information about each of us - parts of the story when there might be many versions, often completely untested - are passed on every day. In normal daily life we call it gossip.

Sadly, some investigative journalists get away with being paid to publish this sort of stuff, irrespective of whether innocent people are damaged along the way. They would say they are only doing their job, working to shine a light on bad things that do happen. When they do in fact shine that light and wrongdoers get their due, we should all cheer. The trouble is that often, in digging to find the dirt and shine the light, they chuck a fair bit of mud.

Shorten has had a rough time of it. He can be grateful for the decency shown all around. Perhaps he will insist the same courtesies are extended by his team on future occasions. But don't hold your breath.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/imagine-if-tony-abbott-had-been-accused-of-rape--20140829-109zcr.html?google_editors_picks=true
- "In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."
 - Eric Hooffer
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=17031103&authType=name&authToken=pgeZ&trk=prof-sb-browse_map-name
-  Feces - its exact composition varies widely depending upon the diet and health of the defecator, but broadly speaking fecal matter consists of water, inorganic salts, food residues, amino acids and digestive enzymes, cellulose and fiber; mucus, blood, bacteria, and parasites are also commonly present. We have seen no reports of any scientific study undertaken to determine the health effects of customary shit-eating, but from the standpoint of contagion it is probably not a great deal more (though certainly it is not any less) dangerous than the consumption of semen, menstrual blood, etc., all of which, as noted above, may be risky.
http://www.baymoon.com/~btoak/faustus/fluids.html
- Nixon's fake craziness -- what he privately called his "madman theory" -- may have had a lasting effect in Moscow. A decade later when Ronald Reagan first took up residence in the White House, the Soviets were so sure the new president was dangerously irrational that they put their own forces on high alert expecting an imminent nuclear attack.

It's doubtful anyone worries about Obama doing anything crazy. Contrary to what Nixon believed, sanity should be a good thing, right? Maybe, but is Obama's caution also why the Russians and, perhaps, the Chinese, have no compunction about defying him?

It's a tough, crazy world out there and, though we wish humanity would grow up a little, it still seems as if we are stuck playing the foolish games of high school on a global scale.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-barack-obama-too-sane-20141112-story.html
- I'm also guessing you don't literally believe, as the Bible states, we should put people to death for being magicians, saying God doesn't exist, adultery, homosexuality, working on the Sabbath and worshipping graven images.

Why? Because I think, deep in your heart, you know the Bible is not the literal word of God but a series of texts compiled over many centuries by a huge, disparate group of clever men.

And I'd suggest you also recognise even the Bible has to move with the times and, what may have been laudable 2000 years ago - like selling your daughter into sexual slavery (Exodus 21:7-11) - is not so cool in Australia in 2013.

So let's be clear: this has nothing to do with the word of God and the Bible - it's merely how you're interpreting it, and your interpretation on this issue, I suspect, is based on one thing alone.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/culture/all-men-are-liars/that-doesnt-sound-very-christian-to-me-20131115-2xjfm.html
- "We write to you because we believe that the ABC has a particularly important role in presenting religion both in its own right and as an integral part of modern Australian society, thanks to the high-quality specialist religion programming provided by both television and radio."

They write: "We believe the faith and values we hold will always occupy a central part in the formation of our Australian national identity. Further, an understanding of religion plays a crucial part in grasping today's ever more complex social and political developments both in Australia and internationally ...

"It has never been more important for Australians to have access to content that builds a deeper understanding of the role of faith in the lives of individuals or society, as demonstrated in last month's G20 interfaith summit.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/religious-leaders-unite-to-plead-to-abc-board-20141202-11yh2j.html
- Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, French for "Freedom, equality, brotherhood",[1] is the national motto of France and the Republic of Haiti, and is an example of a tripartite motto. Although it finds its origins in the French Revolution, it was then only one motto among others and was not institutionalized until the Third Republic at the end of the 19th century.[2] Debates concerning the compatibility and order of the three terms began at the same time as the Revolution.
- This may seem counterintuitive given this is home turf for the nation's greatest political minds. State Circle syndrome hits those who forget Capital Hill exists for all who are not on it, rather than the other way around.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/only-labor-cant-see-abbott-was-on-money-with-electoral-funding-u-turn/story-fn8qlm5e-1226654786822
- "If we want to survive in this competitive context worldwide, then we must strengthen Europe and that also means that even the biggest countries in the EU will not be able to stand alone. So, strengthening the idea and the substance of the European integration is key. We need more Europe, not less", he concluded.
http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/Top-Stories-News/4342/35276/rebuilding-trust-in-cyprus-banks
- "She's going to get me out. I am acting as an individual - I am taking responsibility for improving my lot." And that - though not by murder - is what Damian did. He got a degree - almost unheard of in Newarthill - and went south to Brighton.

Today he is a well-known and talented writer, and what he calls a salonniere (presumably the feminine is intended). He holds social gatherings in Shoreditch House, London, in which the quality of wit, words and wisdom is sharpened by conversation. He is an entrepreneur of the world of letters. And there he was, standing before us in the great hall of Dartington - poised, funny but modest, a credit to the opportunity society which Thatcher encouraged. Do read his book.
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1861595/report-the-boy-from-motherwell-inspired-by-margaret-thatcher
- "Innovation at the technology frontier is quite different in nature from catching up technologically. It is not something that can be achieved through government planning," it said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/10186546/China-defies-IMF-on-mounting-credit-risk-and-need-for-urgent-reform.html
- "I've been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,"
Gary England
http://www.newson6.com/story/22914095/gary-england-named-vice-president-at-griffin-communications
- "We need to make more things, design more things, have more technology and sell more things overseas. We are beginning to see that happen. We need now to go further and faster."
David Cameron
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10197738/David-Cameron-Immigration-is-constant-drain-on-public-services.html
- The president spoke of the importance of striking a balance between "secrecy and the right to know" but said he would make no apologies for trying to protect classified information that could put citizens at risk. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/us-politics/obama-acts-on-tax-benghazi-scandals/story-fngeyb4x-1226645107296
- Just over 98,000 Britons live in Germany, around a third of them British soldiers and their families. Berlin has a particularly strong pull for artists - Turner Prize winners Douglas Gordon and Susan Phillipz live here, as does Tacita Dean. The German capital's appeal combines history, generous cultural subsidy, and - until rents started to rise recently - cheap spaces to live and work. The city's attraction to laid-back, creative types is further enhanced by the fact that you rarely see a suit here; the bankers are all in Frankfurt.
...
In Swabia, Germany's prosperous south-western corner, the saying goes: "Schaffe, schaffe, H?usle baue" - literally, "work, work - and build a little house."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10206103/What-we-can-learn-from-the-Germans.html
- US leadership on the world stage is not about empty platitudes, amply displayed recently by Barack Obama in Berlin, or meaningless, feel-good initiatives of the kind rolled out by the White House during the president's tour of Africa. American leadership should never be a cynical PR exercise aimed at boosting a president's popularity abroad or accommodating the whims of foreign governments. It must always be based on a clear-cut understanding of what is in America's vital national interest. And therein lies the heart of the failure of the Obama doctrine. A president who believes in apologising for his country, appeasing his nation's enemies, undercutting US national sovereignty, and sidelining America's traditional allies, cannot hope to operate an effective foreign policy, one that commands respect both at home and abroad.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100227825/the-obama-doctrine-is-a-huge-failure-because-it-isnt-based-on-us-interests/
- "There's no magic bullet that's going to rapidly devalue the dollar and make things easier for struggling businesses in the immediate future."
Dr Henry cautioned against attempts to counteract currency market forces and push the Australian dollar lower, saying a flexible floating exchange rate had been key to the nation weathering international financial turmoil.
Instead, he urged Australian companies to look at how they could better integrate themselves with the rest of the region.
"Australian businesses need to learn from others, and that means that many businesses who once defined themselves as Australian must now begin, if they haven't already, looking at themselves as regional businesses, either through becoming part of regional supply chains, partnering with similar or complementary firms overseas, or even moving some components of their business to Asia," he said.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-20/henry-warns-of-grim-fiscal-reality/4210786
- "Remarkably, it appears that the very genetic adaptations that allow the diamondback moth to cope with these natural compounds also allow it to detoxify the insecticides used against it,"' Professor Gurr said.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/animals/scientists-crack-super-moths-survival-secret-20130114-2cptn.html
- "The reality is at the end of the day there is no different approach. It's all the same: it is what is the tool that allows customers to do what they do best."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverchiang/2011/02/28/facebook-investor-peter-thiel-palantir-is-the-next-facebook-or-google/print/
- To use a Churchillian phrase, the man was a riddle and a mystery inside an enigma, and by extension so too the secretive state he presided over.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19341954
- Snowden's cache has unveiled the existence of a veritable alphabet soup of programs - with code names including Prism, Tempora, xKeystroke, Muscular, Pinwale, EgotisticalGiraffe, Stormbrew, Fairview, Oakstar, Mainway, and Nucleon - all aimed at harvesting, storing and analysing as much of the world's electronic communications as can be scooped up.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/who-is-monitoring-the-covert-operations-of-the-worlds-spy-agencies-20131206-2ywpt.html
- Only about 1 in 1,000 Web readers clicks on the average display ad. On Facebook, that number is closer to 1 in 2,000, according to Webtrends. Even ads sent by unsolicited postal mail generate a response rate that is many times higher, according to published industry numbers.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-facebook-display-ads-20120525,0,4871607.story

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