“They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: A Story”, 1974
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Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ Mark Twain, Chapters from My Autobiography, 1906 I really don’t know what to make of these […]
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“Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.” State of Fear, Michael Crichton You didn’t ask. But why, then, do you know the questions? Believe it or not, these are (nearly) all answers to unfair questions I’ve heard before. Do any of these surprise you? A 2015 […]
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But it’s much more than that; it’s also an attack on the GOP’s own working-class voters, who Republicans hope will stick with the party despite higher taxes and stagnant wages and more expensive insurance because of the country’s other great battle, the culture war. “The Year In Class War,” Sarah Jones, The New Republic, December […]
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By Rev. Kate Braestrup When my first husband Drew and I joined a Unitarian Universalist church back in 1992, a UU could be Christian, Jewish, humanist, pagan, a seeker or a sinner, gay or straight. Nationally, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2-to-1 in our churches, so it was a…
You can really breathe in San Jose They’ve got a lot of space There’ll be a place where I can stay I was born and raised in San Jose I’m going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” Hal David, lyricist, 1968 It may […]
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GUILDFORD: Ladies, a general welcome from his grace Salutes ye all; this night he dedicates To fair content and you: none here, he hopes, In all this noble bevy, has brought with her One care abroad; he would have all as merry As, first, good company, good wine, good welcome, Can make good people. William […]
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COOPER: Did you use that $916 million loss to avoid paying personal federal income taxes for years? TRUMP: Of course I do. Of course I do. And so do all of her donors, or most of her donors. … I pay tremendous numbers of taxes. I absolutely used it. And so did Warren Buffett and […]
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JENNER: If I could do whatever I wanted, I would have a successful makeup line, and I would want to hopefully start more businesses, and just be, like, a businesswoman. And then, hopefully, I’ll go off the map. When I’m, like, 30, I want to go off the map, have a family, and live in […]
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