Quote of the Day – Andy Warhol on Coca-Cola

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
–Andy Warhol

I remembered that after seeing this discussion – When can median income consumers afford the very best?

Quote of the Day – Aziz Asnari

“I read too much Internet. We all do. Imagine printing out all of your Internet reading from the last year and putting it into a leather hardcover. Would you go to your best friend and say ‘This is a great book, you need to read this’? No, it would be the world’s shittiest book.”
– Aziz Asnari

Word of the Day – Herblock’s Law

Tam writes: “I swear, from tennis shoes to soda flavors to TV dinners, it gets to feeling as though me liking something is a surefire way to get it pulled from the market.”

Tam has discovered Herblock’s Law: “If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.”

Two Quotes on Change

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
— Heraclitus

“I think I’ve seen this movie before. When I was a kid I saw it on TV. I don’t recognize this movie. This is like what’s happening with us. Like the past. The movie never changes. It couldn’t change. Every time you see it it seems different because you’re different. You see different things.”
— James Cole (Bruce Willis), 12 Monkeys

QoTD – James Baldwin

“Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart, for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”
  — James Baldwin

Good and Evil, and Commerce and Capitalism as a Way to Cure Poverty

“In fact, Bono, C. S. Lewis has a great quote which I love: ‘When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.”
Jim Daly, interviewing Bono

That was in the context of interviewing Bono, who recently said “Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”

A crazy new idea for Africa and most third world nations is to observe the rule of law, recognize constitutional rights, engage in democracy, bring women and minorities equal rights, and engage in free market capitalism. Historically, that’s a hell of a winning formula. It worked for most first world countries.

India and China have improved their lot just by practicing that last part, free market capitalism. Both of them – but especially China – have a long way to go on the other parts that have to do with human rights, but the little bit they’ve done so far has improved the lifes of several billion people. Foreign aid and economic redistribution could never have done what capitalism has done for those people.

PreviouslyBreaking News: Bono and Matt Yglesias Mugged by Economic Reality

Former East German Stasi Head on NSA Surveillance

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used. This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.”
Wolfgang Schmidt

Mr. T on Mr. T

“So for the children my advice to them is be a scientist, or a doctor, or an astronaut, because everybody can’t be Mr. T.”
Mr. T by Mr. T

From Molly Lewis “I Pity the Fool.”

QotD – The Truth at the Center of Politics

“We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we have done it.”
Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Quote of the Day

“Preposterous Keynesian fallacy at work. It presupposes that money allocated to some project via the political process is more likely to create a ‘multiplier’ than market driven uses of that money… and it assumes that the money taken by the state by force would not have been invested in something more worthwhile in aggregate if the decisions were left to its original owners before it was confiscated by the state.”
–  Perry De Havilland

Quote of the Day

Forget Beyonce – I hear Joe Biden was voice tracked… just to be safe.
Dave Foulk

Jesse James explains all reality TV celebrities, ever

“They’re just kinda retards that got put on TV.”
 — Jesse James in a promo for American Chopper

Aldous Huxley on Intellectualism

“The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.”
 — Aldous Huxley

I think the “every” is too strong, but the overall sentiment is often true. Extremely smart people can twist things into extremely complicated knots.

Quote of the Day

“If you want less of something, like tobacco or income, tax it. If you want more of something, like tobacco or unemployment, subsidize it. (And if you want proof that our government is crazy, roll those two sentences around in your head for awhile.)”
Tam

Shark Week – People forgot the reason for the season

“I miss the old days when we set up a simple display & exchanged small gifts for Shark Week. It’s so commercialized now.”
— Shane Rhyne

On the twelfth day of Shark Week my true love gave to me …