Because you’re a winner

“Rule Number 4: If you see something you like, put it in your cart. You can obsess over it and discard it before you cash out. I recall vacillating over a beautiful green Italian bag, which I ultimately rejected because the handles were too short to wear over the shoulder. I put it back on the display table and by the time I had turned around, it was snapped up by the woman who had been shadowing me all afternoon.” Rita Zekas, on shopping at Winners, a retailer featuring discounted brand name and designer merchandise


“Sometimes, when passing a shiny window, I make like I’m looking through to the other side, but I’m really just checking myself out.” Rachel

Lifelong dream to be a Filipino

“It is my lifelong dream. I plan to retire here in Davao. I’m happy and honored and proud to be accepted into a country I’ve loved. It’s not that I don’t like being American, I just like being Filipino better.” US WWII veteran Charles William Mosser, on his lifelong dream to acquire his Filipino citizenship

Aggressiveness, sociopathic tendencies, and dishonesty

“Apparently one of the Enron CEOs was a big fan of Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene. He took Dawkins’ (in my opinion) overly reductionistic view of evolution and proceeded to even further reduce it in his own mind to social Darwinism… Basically, they would evaluate the traders and most other employees based on performance metrics and then fire the lowest 10-15% of the company population… So Enron was applying selection at the individual level according to metrics like individual trading performance to a group system whose performance was, like the henhouses, an emergent property of group dynamics as well as a result of individual fitness. The result was more or less the same. Instead of increasing overall productivity, they got mean chickens and actual productivity declined. They were selecting for traits like aggressiveness, sociopathic tendencies, and dishonesty.” Adam Ierymenko, on eugenics

5-Second Rule

“Researchers at the University of Illinois say the so-called ‘5-Second Rule’ isn’t a myth. They say when you drop food on the floor, it’s still safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds… By the way, if you try getting rid of germs on your food by blowing on it or dusting it off, you’re wasting your time. It doesn’t work.” WAFF 48 News


“I had a bottle of water and an apple in my backpack that I gave to this one little girl, she might have been 5 or so. I think it was the first taste of clean water she had ever had in her life, and she didn’t quite know what to do with the apple. Had she ever seen a whole apple? Ever? I started thinking about what her life had been like, and how she must have felt about some foreign white guy suddenly showing up and giving her this crystal clear water and a fresh red apple. I cried. You would have to have been there I guess. I cried again that night, but much deeper. I realized how shallow life is for us fat Americans, and how something as simple as a bottle of spring water and an apple can be such a huge deal to someone.” $robert, on his ‘95 short-term missions trip to Guatemala

Natural order of things

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” Douglas Adams

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The rebel sell

“What we see in films like American Beauty and Fight Club is not actually a critique of consumerism; it’s merely a restatement of the ‘critique of mass society’ that has been around since the 1950s. The two are not the same. In fact, the critique of mass society has been one of the most powerful forces driving consumerism for more than 40 years. That last sentence is worth reading again. The idea is so foreign, so completely the opposite of what we are used to being told, that many people simply can’t get their head around it… simply put: books like No Logo, magazines like Adbusters, and movies like American Beauty do not undermine consumerism; they reinforce it.” This Magazine: The Rebel Sell

Filipino table etiquette punished at local school

“The case of 7-year-old Luc Cagadoc has become front-page news in his parents’ native Philippines and a Quebec-based rights group says it will haul a suburban Montreal school before the provincial human rights commission after it repeatedly disciplined the slight, bespectacled boy because he allegedly ‘eats like a pig.’ The Philippines’ ambassador to Canada issued a statement of support for Cagadoc’s family and Montreal’s Filipino community, which he said was rightly offended by the school’s reaction to the way the boy eats… the traditional Filipino method of using a fork to mush food into a spoon before swallowing the contents.” Toronto Star, A1

This debate is a hoax

“‘Anytime you say you want to have a debate about military prisons, secret interrogations, or the general reduction of freedom in the name of public safety and security, you’re coming down against it. The very idea of debating in order to decide which is right takes the side that democratic processes and freedoms are more important than strict safety and security…” menace3society, on Marvel Comic’s Civil War, a storyline that debates homeland security and tighter government controls in the name of public safety.

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