“I played this song for my black friends at a bonfire, and they went crazy. They made me play it all night. One asked me if “The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker” was recorded in the last decade, and I said, “no, 1986”, and he looked at me stared for like 5 seconds,and told me to stop lying. Is this the first true neo-soul song?”—"The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker" The First True Neo-Soul Record?
In his final news conference of the day, Mayor Bloomberg defended his decision not to evacuate Rikers Island, stating: “It is higher than the Zone A areas and it’s perfectly safe.”… Its ten jails have a capacity of close to 17,000 inmates, and normally house at least 12,000, including juveniles and large numbers of prisoners with mental illness–not to mention pre-trial detainees who have yet to be convicted of any crime. There are also hundreds of corrections officers at work on the island.
“[Their issues are] anti-abortion, anti-gay rights — but they also have … the belief that government should not be involved in social safety nets, that the country is becoming socialist, if not communist. … — All of what we’ve come to call ‘Tea Party issues’ of very small government. In the case of the Apostles, they believe this because they believe that a large government that handles the safety net is taking away what is the domain of the Church and of Christianity.”—A new Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus’s return, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. On today’s Fresh Air, Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the religious right, explains its beliefs and influences. (via morninggloria)
This is a puff word. Since it does nothing that good old use doesn’t do, its extra letters and syllables don’t make a writer seem smarter. Rather, using utilize makes you seem like either a pompous twit or someone so insecure that he’ll use pointlessly big words in an attempt to look smart. The same is true for the noun utilization, for vehicle as used for car, for residence as used for home, for indicate as used for say, for presently, at present, at this time, and at the present for now, and so on… “Formal writing” does not mean gratuitously fancy writing; it means clean, clear, maximally considerate writing.
-David Foster Wallace in Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, 2004