“Annette [Funicello]’s profile still defines the first half of that decade as much as Jackie’s pillbox hat.”
Read more from M. J. Moore on Funicello, Mad Men, and the end of an era here.
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Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.’
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in a 1975 conversation with a U.S. ambassador and two diplomats.
The quote was unearthed by Wikileaks, when they published the world’s largest searchable collection of U.S. diplomatic communications late last night.
Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.
- Truman, Harry S
The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.
- John Locke, Quotes of the Day by Quotations Book
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.
- Pearl Buck
Ten years ago, Americans drank enough soda every year to fill a small aquarium. Fifty-three gallons of the stuff per person. That’s half a liter of Diet Coke on an average day. Compare that to our other favorite liquid-caffeine companion. For every cup of coffee we consumed in 2003, we drank two cups of soft drink. For $1 we spent on joe, we spent $4 on soda.
Now look where we are: Soda is in a free fall, with domestic revenue down 40%. Coffee culture is ascendant, up 50% in ten years. In another decade, the United States could easily spend more on coffee than soda — something utterly unthinkable at the turn of the century.
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There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
- George Washington - Farewell Address
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she’ll be constantly running back.