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“I’m a history buff.  I love the Museum of Natural History.”

_ Scott Brown, senador republicano recém eleito, demonstrando mais uma vez a sarahpalinização do GOP, segundo o Washington Post.


“There hasn’t been this much hype about a tablet since Moses came down from the mountain.”

_ David Carr comentando o advento do iSlate no NYT.

“Quem elege o governante não é quem lê jornal, é quem limpa a bunda com ele. “

_ Durval Barbosa

(hat tip: João Bosco Rabello)

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.”

_ Mary Wilson Little

“A Internet é o altar onde sacrificamos nosso tempo”

_ Hermenauta, em livre adaptação de Neil Gailman (“American Gods”).

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”

_ James Cameron, cineasta

“Anyone wanting to commit American ground forces to the mainland of Asia should have his head examined.”

_ General Douglas MacArthur.

“Once the game is over, the King and the Pawn go back in the same box.”

_ Provérbio Italiano

“Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.”

_ Provérbio beduíno

(hat tip: Reddit)

“On the Internet, everyone will be famous to fifteen people.”

_ Justin Hall

“Man – a transitional fossil in the making”

[inspiração bateu daqui]

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.”

_ Oliver Wendell Holmes, juiz da Suprema Corte dos EUA

“A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.”

_ Clifton Fadiman


Versão equilibrada:

“This is a good memory to remember the small training.”


(tente com “all your base are belong to us”…)

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

_ Winston Churchill

“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians”

_ Hal Varian, economista chefe no Google


Insight bacana neste artigo do NYT de hoje: com o crescimento da massa de dados produzida pela internet, o futuro próximo é dos estatísticos.

A matéria também tem uma triste notícia para os partidários dos blogs na sua eterna luta contra o PIG:

For example, in research just published, Mr. Kleinberg and two colleagues followed the flow of ideas across cyberspace. They tracked 1.6 million news sites and blogs during the 2008 presidential campaign, using algorithms that scanned for phrases associated with news topics like “lipstick on a pig.”

The Cornell researchers found that, generally, the traditional media leads and the blogs follow, typically by 2.5 hours. But a handful of blogs were quickest to quotes that later gained wide attention.

Ter repórteres contratados faz diferença…


E aí, passeando pelo Krugman só para ver o que ele ia falar disso, encontrei um post onde ele fala dos problemas da Estatística na China.  No post ele comenta uma matéria do Financial Times que descreve a defesa feita pelo Bureau Nacional de Estatística chinês, o qual criou uma campanha para melhorar a auto-regresestima dos estatísticos, com resultados como esse:

The campaign has already produced works such as: “I’m proud to be a brick in the statistical building of the republic.” In another poem, a contributor writes: “I can rearrange the stars in the sky because I have statistics.”” [grifo meu]

Diante do que um comentarista lá no Krugman não aguentou e lascou:

We don’t need no estimation……
We don’t need no cost control…..

A coisa deve estar mesmo feia:

“”Bom mesmo seria pegar gripe suína pra passar uns dez dias longe do Senado”

_ Senador Romero Jucá, do PMDB e líder do governo


If thou hast deviated from the consensus of the foreign policy community, thou shalt go to the tallest mountain, and rend one’s clothing, and scream from the top of thine lungs like Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes/Soylent Green, and declare that the mark of transgression itself is proof that thou must be right.

_ Dos “Steve Walt’s ten commandments for foreign policy wonks“, via Daniel Drezner.

A normalidade é uma anormalidade de ampla aceitação.

_ fabricação própria

No New York Times, um certame para provocar a criação de Provérbios Modernos.  Exemplos:

  • A Rolling Stone gathers Kate Moss.
  • Actions speak louder than tweets.
  • Where there’s a will there’s a lawyer.
  • If you can’t stand the heat, get as far away from Gordon Ramsay as you can.
  • Between Barack and Iraq peace.
  • If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em.
  • An apple a day keeps the swine flu away.
  • Forewarned is unforeclosed.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try interning.
  • Marry in haste, divorce at leisure.

Exemplos em língua portuguesa?

“If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken very great pains to hide His concern for us. To me it would seem impolite if not impious to bother such a God with our prayers.”

— Steven Weinberg, Dreams of a Final Theory


_ Motto do blog Zero Hedge

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”

_ Edward Abbey

It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”

_ Thomas Jefferson

A serious newspaper or broadcast news outlet must simultaneously be a mirror and a window to its audience — a look at themselves and an opening to the wider world.”


_ Defaults are a tool that tame expanding choice.


“Me joga no Google, me chama de pesquisa e diz que eu sou tudo que voce procurava!”

_ Marina W

Watching the sausage get made isn’t always pretty. But it ensures a better sausage than if no one is watching.

_ Ezra Klein, em alusão a Bismarck no primeiro post de seu novo blog no Washington Post


I definitely agree.

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

— Dorothy Parker

“(…) one of the great pleasures of fiction reading is the way words, well-ordered, achieve their own local power while, as well, sparking the distant tinder in a reader’s head, that warehouse of images we all log from a life of looking.”

_ Wyatt Mason, Woefully Too Small

“Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.” (*)

_ Nathan Poe

(*) também conhecida como “Lei de Poe” (Poe´s Law)

“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”

_ Grouxo Marx

(em homenagem a esta discussão)

“Flying is simply hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.”

_ Ditado atribuído à honrada classe dos aviadores profissionais, aqui (*).

(*) Não consegui encontrar confirmação independente, mas vai assim mesmo porque a frase é ótema.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is within man.”

_ Hippolytus, Refutation 5.7,20.

“The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.”

_ Juiz Learned Hand

Fui ler o post do Vinhal sobre o Twitter e ele inadvertidamente me fez os seguintes “favores”:

a) Permitir que minha primeira experiência com o Twitter fosse a de ler o do Vitor Fasano;

b) Descobrir, via Tiago Dória, que os microcontos voltaram.


Ah, microcontos

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

_ Samuel Johnson

“I can’t imagine a more complete and precise answer to the question ‘for what reason…?’ than ‘none’.  The fact that you don’t like the answer is your problem, not the universe’s.”

_ Lee Daniel Crocker

_ Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke, “Profiles of The Future”, 1961 (Clarke’s third law)

“The future’s here already. It’s just unevenly distributed.”

_ William Gibson

Where have all the Libertarians gone?
— by Horatio Algeranon
(with some help from Pete Seeger,
undoubtedly smiling from above)

Where have all the Libertarians gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the Free-Marketeers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the Ayn Randers gone?
Gone with Greenspan every one.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn? (that 2 + 2 = 4)


The best metaphor for our DNA is literature. Like all classic literary texts, our genome is defined not by the certainty of its meaning, but by its linguistic instability, its ability to encourage a multiplicity of interpretations. What makes a novel or poem immortal is, paradoxically, its complexity, the way every reader discovers in the same words a different story. For example, many readers find the ending of Middlemarch, in which Dorothea elopes with Will, to be a traditional happy ending, in which marriage triumphs over evil. On the other hand, some readers–like Virginia Woolf–see Dorothea’s inability to live alone as a turn of plot “more melancholy than tragedy.” The same book manages to inspire two completely different conclusions. But there is no right interpretation. Everyone is free to find their own meaning in the novel. Our genome works the same way. Life imitates art.

_ Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neurocientist

As “top ten quotes” de 2008 segundo o Yale Book of Quotations:

1. “I can see Russia from my house!” — Sarah Palin on her foreign-policy credentials, as satirized by Tina Fey, NBC “Saturday Night Live” broadcast, Sept. 13, 2008

2. “All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.” — Sarah Palin responding to Katie Couric’s asking her to specifically name newspapers or magazines she reads, CBS News interview, Oct. 1, 2008

3. “We have sort of become a nation of whiners.” — Phil Gramm on Americans concerned about the economy, quoted in Washington Times, July 10, 2008

4. “It’s not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number.” — Treasury spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on, Sept. 23, 2008

5. “The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.” — John McCain, interview with Peter Cook on Bloomberg TV, Apr. 17, 2008

6. “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” — Department of the Treasury’s proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, Sept. 2008

7. “Maybe 100.” — John McCain on how many years U.S. troops could remain in Iraq, response at town hall meeting, Derry, N.H., Jan. 3, 2008

8. “I’ll see you at the debates, bitches.” — Paris Hilton, video responding to John McCain ad attacking Barack Obama as a celebrity, Aug. 2008

9. “At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he [Barack Obama] says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have.” — Barney Frank, remark to consumer advocates, Dec. 4, 2008

10. (tie) “Cash for trash.” — Paul Krugman on the financial bailout, New York Times, Sept. 22, 2008

10. (tie) “There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises.” — Paul Krugman, interview by Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time” broadcast, Sept. 19, 2008

Uma frase que li por aí, atribuída a Paul Fussel:

Se você trabalha pelo seu dinheiro, você é classe média.  Se seu dinheiro trabalha por você, você é classe alta.”

E realmente o cara tem excelentes tiradas.  Gostei muito dessa também, sobre a diferença entre “viajar” e “praticar turismo”:

“The age of independent travel is drawing to an end,” said E.M. Forster back in 1920, when it had been increasingly clear for decades that the mass production inevitable in the late industrial age had generated its own travel-spawn, tourism, which is to travel as plastic is to wood. If travel is mysterious, even miraculous, and often lonely and frightening, tourism is commonsensical, utilitarian, safe, and social, “that gregarious passion,” the traveler Patrick Leigh Fermor calls it, “which destroys the object of its love.” Not self-directed but externally enticed, as a tourist you go not where your own curiosity beckons but where the industry decrees you shall go. Tourism soothes, shielding you from the shocks of novelty and menace, confirming your prior view of the world rather than shaking it up. It obliges you not just to behold conventional things but to behold them in the approved conventional way.


Apesar disso, não consegui encontrar a primeira frase como sendo uma citação de Fussel.  Achei esta, atribuida porém a Robert T. Kiyosaki, conhecido autor de literatura aeroportuária (“Pai Rico, Pai Pobre“):

“If you work for money, you give the power to your employer. If your money works for you, you keep and control the power.”  

Mas tem bem menos apelo, IMHO.

Comentando o histórico mea culpa de Greenspan:

For a man who was once remarkably hard to decipher, Alan Greenspan is now as clear as an empty Lehman Brothers office.”  _ Steve Goldstein

(via Paul Krugman)

O pouso eh uma queda controlada.

A decolagem eh o contrario disso.

“Doctors in all ages have always made fortunes killing their patients by means of cures”

_ R.D. Laing

Aproveitando o fato de estarem querendo defender Dantas na base do “ah, só estão prendendo ele para dizer que rico também vai em cana“, o que é uma defesa tão canalha a ponto de desdizer ab ovo tudo o que a direita diz sobre dura lex sed lex, vai aí uma frase do véio Anatole France que é uma das minhas preferidas:

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread.

No man can be said to know anything, until he learns that every day is doomsday.

_ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Diplomacy is about surviving until the next century; politics is about surviving until Friday.

_ Sir Humphrey Appleby, na série da BBC “Yes, Prime Minister”

A frase do dia hoje são duas:

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

Politics is not the art of the possible. Frequently it is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

_ John Kenneth Galbraith

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread.”

_ Anatole France

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