“…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.”—Etgar Keret
'...Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oakland and Detroit are drawing on their histories of race-related activism or factory shutdowns and using those details to attract business, tourists and new residents. They say the ups and downs of the past helped make them what they are today.'
“We are all on that train, the one that left print behind, the one where we are constantly in real time, where we know a little about everything and nothing about anything, really. And there is no quiet car.”—David Carr
...the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama.
As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.
'A powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event. In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."'
'In 2013, of the 30,000 students that took U.S. high school Advanced Placement computer science exam, less than 20% were female, eight percent were Hispanic, and three percent were black. No female, black or Hispanic students took the exam in Mississippi or Montana. The poorest communities, often the most diverse, have the most limited access to technology. According to a Pew Internet study, just three percent of teachers of the poorest classrooms feel that their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.'
'But there must be people out there who believe the music is enough. Certainly the audience feels this way. They’re hungry for authentic. What’s No. 1 rolls off their shoulders, what speaks to their souls is FOREVER!'
'If I had to ask any of my heterosexual friends in an opposite sex marriage, which of their fundamental rights they would be willing to put to a vote, I think that would be a very difficult question to answer, if not impossible...If you ask the same people which of their fundamental rights with respect to their spouse or even their children they would be willing to put to a popular vote on the 50-50 chance they could lose...I think that's an impossible question.'