They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.
In an interview with author Teju Cole, the New York Times Book Review asked about what book he would suggest president Obama read. His response is pretty good:
While this is from the UK and we usually only comment on stories involving the US, we consider this totally on topic because as we all know, the UK is like our beta testing site.
Officers fired the weapon at children 131 times between 2008 and 2012.
LBC’s Senior Reporter Tom Swarbrick says: “The figures come from the Children’s Rights Alliance for England who say officers from all but nine boroughs in London fired tasers on children.
"In 2008 there were only 9 instances but that rose to 53 in 2012. nearly half of all the instances came from just four boroughs: Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham."
The rest of the article is literally just the police statement saying “no biggie” broken into five paragraphs. Read on if you like.
To be Venezuelan today is to live on the edge of the apocalypse, convinced it will happen tomorrow.
Alberto Barrera, Poet and Screenwriter
From the Globe and Mail:
Inflation is running at over 50 per cent, a raging black market buys dollars at more than 10 times the official rate, domestic industry has all but shut down; there are critical shortages of many consumer staples, including corn flour for arepas, the national breakfast. TV stations – now all state-controlled – are full of ads that alternately denounce capitalism or show square-shouldered actors talking about how they don’t hoard and buy only what they need. Billboards boast of how socialist Venezuela has never been stronger; yet almost no one has toilet paper in their bathrooms.
As connectivity approaches infinity, we as a species are approaching the eye of the needle where only one choice remains before every window and every door is shut on the past, and we will either be ultimately One with the universe, or completely shut out from our very souls—from that which made us human to begin with.
"I think it’s quite possible that the nineteen-sixties represented the last burst of the human being before he was extinguished. And that this is the beginning of the rest of the future now, and that from now on there’ll simply be all these robots walking around, feeling nothing, thinking nothing."
When you cut off arterial blood to an organ, the organ dies. When you cut the flow of nature into people’s lives, their spirit dies. It’s as simple as that.
From the Washington Post:
The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out.
The article goes on to discuss a lot of other bullshit, about how the test is designed to promote student engagement or other such nonsense, but this is the bottom line — the test will objectively be easier.