Progressive politicians have been around long enough running cities that some distinguishing characteristics can be noted. One is they don’t listen to anybody. To stop them you have to fire them. They’re not like normal politicians who have some give, who tack this way and that. Progressive politicians have no doubt, no self-correcting mechanism.
From the Earth to the Moon and back takes 4,930,523,316 U.S. Dollars laid end to end, just shy of $5 billion dollars.
Jeff Bezos is worth 200 billion so could do this 400 times.
“When it comes to taking chances, some people like to play poker or shoot dice; other people prefer to parachute jump, go rhino hunting, or climb ice floes, while still others engage in crime or marriage. But I like to get drunk and drive like a fool. Name me, if you can, a better feeling than the one you get when you’re half a bottle of Chivas in the bag with a gram of coke up your nose and a teenage lovely pulling off her tube top in the next seat over while you’re going a hundred miles an hour down a suburban side street. You’d have to watch the entire Iranian air force crash-land in a liquid-petroleum gas storage facility to match this kind of thrill. If you ever have much more fun than that, you’ll die of pure sensory overload, I’m here to tell you.”
— Thrown Under the Omnibus: A Reader by P. J. O’Rourke
Human beings, across the world and throughout time, have believed in invisible supernatural beings, sacrificed enormous amounts of wealth to them, and incurred great costs to serve them. The laundry list of painful, costly, or merely super-inconvenient behaviors inspired by the world’s religions is startling, once you start to think about it. Cutting off the foreskin of your penis, forgoing delicious and nutritious shellfish and pork, fasting, kneeling, self-flagellation, chanting mantras, sitting through hours of boring sermons in an uncomfortable suit on your only day off, stopping everything you are doing to bow in a particular direction five times a day. None of this makes any biological sense.
— Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland
“As a fragment from a play by Euboulos puts it: “For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health, which they drink first, the second for love and pleasure, and the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home. The fourth krater is not mine anymore—it belongs to bad behavior; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness.””
— A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage