“America’s highest earners — 74 people who made more than $50 million — saw their pay more than quintuple on average to a record $519 million each.” —bloomberg
“The heart of Google’s international operations is a silvery glass office building in central Dublin, a block from the city’s Grand Canal. In 2009 the office, which houses roughly 2,000 Google employees, was credited with 88 percent of the search juggernaut’s $12.5 billion in sales outside the U.S. Most of the profits, however, went to the tax haven of Bermuda.” —jesus h. (via kvasir)
“Anyone can tolerate any kind of pain as long as they know there’s an end in sight or that it doesn’t prevent you from being yourself.” —t.l.p.
What kind of a maddening school indoctrinates kids that power is only allowed to be possessed by a) bad people; b) the authorities?
Oh. All of them.” —the last psychiatrist
“I mean, c’mon, cashews, the George Clooney of nuts.” —so true. not that one had ever thought about it.
“A month ago I went on a juice cleanse. You know what it cleans out of you best? The will to live.” —thought as much.
“Obama’s going to win re-election in 2012. The Tea Party thing is now so big that there’s no way that the Republicans can nominate someone who’s not friendly to the Tea Party. But whomever they nominate is going to be nuts, so that person is not going to win the swing vote.” —matt again
“It’s basically like selling oregano as weed. What’s the first thing you do when you find out you can get away with that? You go out and buy or grow more oregano.” —matt on the mortgage crisis
“Greenspan’s rise is…a tale of a gerbilish mirror-gazer who flattered and bullshitted his way up the Matterhorn of American power, and then, once he got to the top, feverishly jacked himself off to the attentions of Wall Street for twenty consecutive years.” —matt taibbi
“Saying “I love life, I love women,” the Italian leader insisted he was proud of his lifestyle.” —well duh.
“Apparently number 43 is addicted to his iPad, using it to read The Wall Street Journal every morning and play his favorite app which—believe it or not—is Scrabble. I’m as shocked as you are.” —remains of the day
“My theory of Obama,” says one White House correspondent, “is that he looks at the press and says, ‘You people are reasonably smart, reasonably well-educated—why aren’t you doing something good with your life like I am?’” —gq
“When an activist president is seemingly credited for nothing and blamed for everything, he’s doing a lousy job of selling himself.” —probably true.
“Because really, an audience that dumbly cheers at mentions of liberal talking points and boos at mentions of the tea party or republican candidates represents everything in the current political media climate that Stewart normally rallies against … a dumbed-down, over-hyped level of discourse, one that ignores the complex facts behind what’s going on” —but it was kinda cute when he called Obama “dude”
“The US Army’s undertaken a big new study to find out the best suicide prevention programs. Early leader: staying the fuck out of the US Army.” —gawker