July 8, 2013
"You see, I’ve heard of a man whose friend had been imprisoned and who slept on the floor of his room every night in order not to enjoy a comfort of which his friend had been deprived. Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for us?"

— Albert Camus, The Fall (via commasandtheabsurd)

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July 8, 2013
"Don’t lies eventually lead to the truth? And don’t all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don’t they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object."

— Albert Camus, The Fall (via culturalstorm)

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July 8, 2013
explore-blog:

The great R. Crumb illustrates Sartre’s Nausea – and other celebrated artists’ adaptations of literary classics.

explore-blog:

The great R. Crumb illustrates Sartre’s Nausea – and other celebrated artists’ adaptations of literary classics.

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June 3, 2013
"Dasein, as thrown Being-in-the-world, has in every case already been delivered over to its death. In being towards its death, Dasein is dying factically and indeed constantly, as long as it has not yet come to its demise."

— Martin Heidegger, Being and Time (via outofthedarkness)

May 28, 2013
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When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress.

The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.

And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.

Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.

But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.

“Money is not the only thing that matters,” said Donald B. Tobin, a former lawyer with the Justice Department’s tax division who is a law professor at Ohio State University. “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”

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The New York Times, “Groups Targeted by IRS Tested Rules on Politics.”

Things that make you go hmmmmm.

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May 28, 2013

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May 23, 2013
"When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly."

Gretchen Rubin and other celebrated minds on the rhythm of creativity. (via explore-blog)

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May 23, 2013
Running Chicken: Hot Off the Press

kohenari:

From the Terrible Apologies blog:

From President Obama’s speech on drones and national security today:

It is a hard fact that U.S. strikes have resulted in civilian casualties, a risk that exists in all wars. For the families of those civilians, no words or legal construct can…

May 23, 2013
The Hill: Rep. King blames Reagan for Obama presidency

shortformblog:

Well, we certainly didn’t expect to see that headline when we woke up this morning…

The funny thing is, you can pretty much trace everything wrong with this country back to Reagan so I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama’s faults are included in that.

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May 23, 2013

thecreatorsproject:

CCTV Footage As Art: The Work Of William Betts

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May 23, 2013
pols470:

From The Atlantic:

Obama’s New Drone Policy, in One Easy Flowchart

pols470:

From The Atlantic:

Obama’s New Drone Policy, in One Easy Flowchart

May 20, 2013
Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma; Right Wing Mocks, Talks ‘Tornado Control’

waynebradybunch:

publicshaming:

Listen, I realize everyone has their own ways to deal with tragedy. I’m definitely not one to say “this is not time to politicize.” Everything is political and everything that happens within our government has an impact on how we live with our every day lives. For example, it is most definitely OK to make the relevant observation that the federal government will thankfully provide aid and relief to the poor victims of today’s massive tornadoes in Oklahoma meanwhile Oklahoma US Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe had voted against federal relief and aid for Hurricane Sandy victims.

I’m also not one who gets up in arms when people crack a wise ass remark. However, it takes a special kind of asshole to see that children are among the casualties and then somehow compare an unpreventable natural disaster to, say, a school shooting…

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To those who may not understand what they’re getting at, it’s OK. Because they know exactly who to suck up to to get a pat on their head and a “good boy!”

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And sometimes we’ll even be blessed with this sort of intellectual observation from pundits like Fox News contributor Erick Erickson!

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Because a “scandal” in which the IRS looked into Tea Party groups to see if they fit the criteria for tax exemption is totally at the same level as a national disaster with a death toll still rising.

I don’t even understand how a tornado hitting is even remotely close to gun control, talking about gun control, about bills, or any of that.

God damn, do people just get dumber by the day or what

Hahaha, children are dead, just like that other national tragedy, what an opportune moment to make a wisecrack!

(via keep-it-t0-y0urself)

May 20, 2013
"…already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere."

Roll Call (via brooklynmutt)

Not the time.

(via shortformblog)

I’m sure it’s ‘not the time’ but we could always increase taxes to their pre-Reagan levels so we can afford the bare necessities like disaster relief.

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May 20, 2013
omg is that a real book i’m dead

omg is that a real book i’m dead

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May 20, 2013
inothernews:

A framegrab from TV news video shows lot upon lot of homes flattened by a “mile-wide” tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday.  At least 51 people are dead.  (via KFOR TV / The New York Times)

inothernews:

A framegrab from TV news video shows lot upon lot of homes flattened by a “mile-wide” tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday.  At least 51 people are dead.  (via KFOR TV / The New York Times)

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