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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Funny Quotes from NPR

Some writers use interesting quotes as triggers for a story theme or story title. NPR (U.S.: National Public Radio), reports via their blog on a collection of quotes from If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People? by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson. Here are a few quotes that NPR cited:

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other 10 percent a bad reputation.
— Henry Kissinger

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
— Adlai Stevenson

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
— Oscar Ameringer

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Battle Star Galactica Invades the United Nations!

Since we're dangerously close to April 1, I was tempted to say this is a story hoax, but, no, March Madness (U.S. college basketball frenzy), isn't even over. Apparently, the United Nations hosted the Battle Star Galactica cast and discussed matters of universal scope. Says Whoopi Goldberg: "The UN is more than a building with fantastic curtains..."

The point of the conversation, according to the article, was that BSG (as the cool kids call it) often dealt with moral topics that the UN mismanages...um...faces head on, like military incursions, race relations (even if interplanetary), the full meaning of human, abortion and religion (the later two according to an online comment to the article), and so on.

Last Friday was the series-finale after a four-year run.

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