Thursday, August 29, 2013

Define "politics" (II)

Politics (noun) as used in public statements: petty preoccupation of people likely to disagree with your politics.

"Ed Miliband is playing politics when he should be thinking about the national interest and global security," a Conservative source told Reuters. "He keeps changing his position, not out of principle but to achieve political advantage," the source added, saying Cameron wanted to "do the right thing" in the right way.
- August 29, 2013. Reuters article re: opposition to British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for a military strike in Syria

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013 named storms so far


Seems a bit much. I would've stopped at twenty named storms.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Are we on?

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.
The Daily Beast
 beep beep beep
"Are we all here?"
"[indecipherable]"
"Ayman, we're going to need you to talk a little louder, Bob had some trouble hearing you."
"-and then we, wait are we on?"
"Is everybody here?"
"Great so if we could just--"
[cellophane wrapper slowly crumpled]
"Hey, just a favor, if you're on the call, could you hit * to mute if you're not speaking that'd be great. Thanks."
"..."
"Are we on?"

Political Correctness

"I mean, he's ignoring the 10,000 signatures on the petition to keep the name? Now, he's giving in to political correctness!"
No offense, but they prefer the original Chink's

Political correctness is becoming a sort of scapegoat. PC can predispose people to pass snap judgment based on your use of hot button words or phrases. But even if they're wrong to do so, that doesn't necessarily mean that what you're saying isn't racist, inconsiderate or simply rude.