“If we lose the confidence of the American people, we really have lost most of our ability to do our job, which is protect human health and the environment.”—EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (via aifestival)
“Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.
The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.”
“What this means, though, is that Federer has become something rarer and stranger, something arguably even more interesting. He’s still good enough to win any tournament he enters, but he’s always surrounded by that vague sadness, the result of his no longer being free from time. He’s become something like the world’s leading practitioner of mortality as a tactical position.16 He doesn’t exactly inspire the "rooting for the old guy" cliché because he’s manifestly not old; what he’s doing right now is completely different from, say, Nicklaus winning the Masters at 46. That was a resurrection, a public spectacle. Watching Federer increasingly feels like looking in on something private. It’s as if his game is just somewhere else, on some secret corner of the map where it can stage its weird encounter between beauty and death.”—"The Long Autumn of Roger Federer" — Grantland
With a new major hacking incident seemingly daily, the Department of Defense is scrambling to find the right shield against future for attacks. But why hide behind a shield when you can charge onto the battlefield underneath the invisible but ironclad cloak of the National Security Agency? That’s exactly how the DoD is mounting it’s first strike back at the hackers—a preemptive strike that will increase online surveillance at defense contractors by partnering with internet service providers for privileged access to the rivers of data flowing through their cables. AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink are all on board.
Giving the NSA more access to the same internet tubes that power your Gmail account sounds a little invasive. At least that’s what James X. Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the civil liberties watchdog group the Center for Democracy and Technology. “We wouldn’t want this to become a backdoor form of surveillance,” Dempsey toldThe Washington Post, referring to the pilot program that DoD insists will remain limited to the contractors working closely with the government.
“People are always coming to me, ‘Michael, I have a secret, you’re the only one I can trust.’ No, thanks, because keeping a secret can only lead to trouble. Like, I was watching Cinemax last weekend, this movie, ‘Portrait of a … Prostitute,’ something, ‘Secrets of a Call-’ — ‘More Secrets of a Call Girl.’ And the lead character, Shyla, is framed for murder, goes on the run, and winds up working at a bordello in Malibu. I don’t, I don’t wanna live like that. I like it here. I don’t wanna be Shyla. I like being Michael Scott.”—Michael Scott, on “The Office” season 2 episode “The Secret” (also, my favorite “Office” quote ever)
“You have these people who work for you, but they’re also people. They have families and people in their family get cancer and die, and there’s a lot of being there for people. That was not something I had anticipated.”—Bill Keller, soon-to-be-ex-executive editor of The New York Times.