"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen


"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister


"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont


"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister


"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Doug Henwood's talk in memory of Bob Fitch
Alexander Cockburn once said the mission of the bourgeois pundit is “to fire volley after volley of cliché into the densely packed prejudices of his readers.”
Cockburn's niece is House and Tron actress Olivia Wilde. His father was Claude Cockburn, a leader of the British Communists.

I've met Cockburn and the actor Iain Glenn who plays Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones (and was on Downton Abby) reminds me of him with his accent, looks and confidence/bearing. Cockburn is more cheeky with an understated, mischievous smile.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Game of Thrones Week 8: Siege Mentality by Charlie Jane Anders

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Game of Thrones

"The Prince of Winterfell" (for newbies) Onion recap

"The Prince of Winterfell" (for experts) Onion recap

Lots of great scenes. I liked the one with Stannis and Davos. Also Tyrion with Bronn and Varys.
Game of Thrones Week 7: The More People You Love, the Weaker You Are by Charlie Jane Anders



How National Belt-Tightening Goes Awry by Robert J. Shiller

Keynes 1921 and the Euro Crisis by Krugman

Employment laggard: the public sector by Doug Henwood