There is this little college for learning-disabled rich kids in upstate New York, across a lake from an enormous prison run for profit by the Japanese who, along with other prosperous foreigners, have bought the United States of America.
There is a prison break!
The lake is frozen as... read more
“Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.”
“Why argue somebody else out of the expectation of an Afterlife?”
“...the most important message of the crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority.”
BEER, OF COURSE, is actually a depressant. But poor people will never stop hoping otherwise.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
So what indeed! The lesson I myself learned over and over again when teaching at the college and then the prison was the uselessness of information to most people, except as entertainment. If facts weren’t funny or scary, or couldn’t make you rich, the heck with them.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
They had managed to convert their wealth, which had originally been in the form of factories or stores or other demanding enterprises, into a form so liquid and abstract, negotiable representations of money on paper, that there were few reminders coming from anywhere that they might be responsible for anyone outside their own circle of friends and relatives.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
“The difference is that we have the misfortune of knowing what’s really going on,” said Bergeron, “which is no fun at all. And this has given rise to a whole new class of preening, narcissistic quacks like yourself who say in the service of rich and shameless polluters that the state of the atmosphere and the water and the topsoil on which all life depends is as debatable as how many angels can dance on the fuzz of a tennis ball.”Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
profanity and obscenity entitle people who don’t want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
the most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Usually when people talk about the trickle-down theory, it has to do with economics. The richer people at the top of a society become, supposedly, the more wealth there is to trickle down to the people below. It never really works out that way, of course, because if there are 2 things people at the top can’t stand, they have to be leakage and overflow.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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