Life consists of rare, isolated moments of the greatest significance, and of innumerably many intervals, during which at best the silhouettes of those moments hover about us. Love, springtime, every beautiful melody, mountains, the moon, the sea – all these speak completely to the heart but once, if in fact they ever do get a chance to speak completely. For many men do not have those moments at all, and are themselves intervals and intermissions in the symphony of real life.
- Kim Jong-il Died of Heart Attack: After 17 years in power, the North Korean dictator died while riding a train on Saturday.
- Kim Jong-un Takes Over N. Korea: Kim Jong-il’s third son now has his finger on North Korea’s nuclear trigger. The first two sons were “too unpredictable.”
- House to Vote Down Payroll Tax: After enjoying bi-partisan support in the Senate, a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut is set to be voted down in the House today.
- Paul Leads in New Iowa Poll: After Gingrich’s 13% stumble, libertarian Ron Paul is currently leading in the key primary state.
- U.S. Could Transfer Gitmo Inmates: The U.S. is reportedly considering inmates into the custody of the Afghan government as secret discussions with the Taliban “have reached a critical juncture.”
Photo: Hundreds of North Koreans gather to mourn the death of their leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Anonymous)
…the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore, is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.
Harold Pinter, 1930-2008, from his acceptance speech for the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature (via therecipe)