According to Sebastian, ideas have run away with the world. He hates chain stores and fast-food restaurants, mass-produced items and fashionable clothes—any instance of something which is repeated across the world regardless of local context. These things deny the uniqueness of each moment and each person. They function as if we were all printed out of plastic, like egg boxes, and they try to make us function the same way. They are the intrusion of perfection into our grubby, smelly, sweaty living place.
|—||The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway|
I think Bobby and Marty are like brothers. There’s something about Bobby being Marty’s alter ego. Marty allows Bobby to do the violence; he allows him to be the hit man, so to speak. —Steven Spielberg
You know what you’ve been? Gum on the bottom of my shoe. Spoiled little brat who will get pregnant at 17, have an abortion at 18, meet some sweaty frat boy over spring break, and work as a dental hygienist until the day you die.
|—||Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), The Good Wife|
I think it’s in a Matt Taibbi book I read this thing about how the city of Chicago had a budget shortfall, and to plug a hole in their budget deficit, they basically leased all the parking meters in Chicago to Goldman Sachs for 99 years for one lump sum. It was like, $6 billion or something, they get all the parking meters. It seems like, “Oh, all right, they plugged their budget, that’s good, you’re supposed to not run a deficit.” The problem is that there are all these city ordinances in Chicago that prohibited increases or limited increases in parking meters, so once they leased them to a private company like Goldman Sachs, it was like, “Oh, that’s gone now.” So Goldman Sachs overnight doubled the amount it cost to park in Chicago. So in the very short term, the city of Chicago plugged a hole in their deficit. In the very long term they’re screwing over everybody who lives in Chicago, and also they’re losing this future stream of revenue.
Michael Schur (Showrunner for Parks and Recreation)
God DAMMIT, that’s exactly what Indiana just did! How the hell did we make this bad decision in the very same way as they did?