“Ethical standards are fragile enough in politics. Too many partisans view it as war by other means, exaggerating the stakes in order to justify their behaviour to themselves. In the case of the federal Conservatives, that predisposition to expediency is overlaid with a swaggering, bullying style, yet one that betrays a deep insecurity: the insecurity of a party that, for good reasons and bad, believes the system — the media, the bureaucracy, the judiciary — is stacked against it, and that it is therefore obliged, if not entitled, to take a few shortcuts to even the odds.
It is a party that believes it has had to fight twice as hard to get where it is, a belief that has only hardened through each of the many compromises it has made on the way. The progression is sadly familiar. Having first compromised its beliefs, a party finds it is easier to compromise its principles; having compromised its principles, it learns to compromise its ethics; and compromises of ethics, as we have seen in other parties, lead sooner or later to compromises with the law.”
“WorldWideWeb is a hypertext browser/editor which allows one to read information from local files and remote servers. It allows hypertext links to be made and traversed, and also remote indexes to be interrogated for lists of useful documents. Local files may be edited, and links made from areas of text to other files, remote files, remote indexes, remote index searches, internet news groups and articles. All these sources of information are presented in a consistent way to the reader. For example, an index search returns a hypertext document with pointers to documents matching the query. Internet news articles are displayed with hypertext links to other referenced articles and groups…This project is experimental and of course comes without any warranty whatsoever. However, it could start a revolution in information access.”—Tim Berners-Lee in comp.sys.next.announce (via Horace Dediu)
YOU GUYS. I was sitting in Bex’s apartment and her neighbors were having a party. I heard what I thought was Levon Helm singing Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” and I said to myself, “Did The Band cover ‘Atlantic City’? That’d be awesome.” One minute later I found out THAT MY DREAMS HAD COME TRUE.
This song shook me out of my Friday night in bed sick blues. Levon!