“I just watched this video of Cornell University engineering prof Anthony Ingraffea giving a lecture on fracking-a long, long lecture. But it’s tremendously informative, gives more perspective than I’ve found anywhere else, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the issue:”
“The fact is Detroit is one of America’s most economically devastated cities and could use a lot more than a Robocop statue. But people on the internet who mostly don’t live there thought it would be funny, so they’re getting it.
That will give Boing Boing and Twitter something to talk about for a day, but the people of Detroit will be staring at a statue of a movie character for the rest of their lives, reminded of how their fellow Americans are willing to mobilize and donate money on the internet when the cause is their own detached ironic amusement.”
“”Jesus Christ,” said Richman, taking in the overwhelming volume of useless crap he’s actively listened to over the years. “My whole life I’ve made a concerted effort to give people a fair shake and understand different points of view because I felt that everyone had something valuable to offer, but it turns out most of what they had to offer was complete bullshit.”
“Seriously,” Richman added, “what have I gained from treating everyone’s opinion with respect? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.”"