"Boilerplate" purports to tell the story of the world’s first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I.
“Occasionally I receive a paper from a student that is so outstanding in content and ideas, that in grading it I am compelled to overlook the shortcomings in argument, style and polish.”—Omer M. Mozaffar, in a very interesting article on Inception.
“See? He [Breitbart] didn’t say he wanted to be in the history books as a paragon of honesty. He didn’t say ‘I’d like to be in the Museum of Broadcasting and be known by children around the world as Arnold B. Truthington of Accuracy Lane,’ no! He said, out loud, ‘I want to bring down the institutional Left!’ So, if you’re ON the institutional Left, and you receive a package from him, watch the whole fucking tape!”—Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show, re: the rushed firing of Shirley Sherrod over comments taken out of context by Andrew Breitbart, conservative blogger and Tea Party activist.
Yesterday, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its findings on how the money was spent from a special Iraq reconstruction fund set up by the Department of Defense (DOD) between 2003-2007. The account used Iraqi oil money to fund the reconstruction of Iraq. SIGIR concluded that 96 percent of the $9.1 billion the reconstruction program cannot be accounted for by the DOD. SIGIR also notes that the “U.S. military continues to hold at least $34.3 million of the fund, even though it was required to return it to the Iraqi government in December 2007.”
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
“A new Pew Research poll finds that just 34% of Americans know that the federal government’s bank bailout program was actually signed into law by President Bush while 47% incorrectly believe it was enacted during the Obama’s administration.”—Most Think Bank Bailout Came During Obama Term (via ryking) (via soupsoup)