Headlines of note and other tidbits

 

“Tension Simmers in the Cheese Market” –  International Herald Tribune

 

“Busts, bail-outs and shotgun sales are re-drawing the banking map faster than you can say collateralized debt-obligation.”  – The Economist

 

Headline from Eurasianet.org: “Surprise Nuclear Power Plant in Kaliningrad” They’re popping up like mushrooms after a rain. 

 

“The sky grows dark with chickens coming home to roost” Wish I had a context for that one.

 

“Socialism means social justice and equality, but equality of rights, of opportunities; not of income.”  – Raul Castro. Hmmmn, sounds like compassionate conservatism to me.

 

Sait Halim Paşa (1863-1921), an intellectual and bureaucrat said: “In Eastern thought, our mind always shapes things; but things do not shape our minds.”

 

“Life is like this: first you are temporarily immortal, then you are dying.”  – someone.

 

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket.” – Eric Hoffer

 

“A democracy will continue to exist until that time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by dictatorship.  Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence back again to bondage.”

                                                                                      – Unknown

 

 

Six snowmobilers found alive and hungry, which is good news for the most delicious looking one.

          – The Denver Post

 

Naomi Campbell, of all people, sits down with Hugo Chavez, proving once again that there aren’t too many fools on Earth, but rather that lightning bolts are improperly distributed

          -SF Gate

 

Aggressive coyote shot and killed near Colorado ski resort, rocket-powered ACME skis confiscated.

          -The Denver Post

 

Inquiry is a process of reaching a consensus on the best way of coping with the world and ‘truth’ is just a compliment we pay to the result.

          -Jim Holt in The New Yorker

 

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

          -Kierkegaard