"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."
"A system cannot fail those it was never built to protect."
"The hard part of writing isn’t scribbling words on a page. The hard part is scribbling words that mean something, that make sense, that build a narrative or lay out an argument, that construct a scene or articulate a position. It’s not about how many pages you can cover with ink in a day. In some cases, a good day’s work might be a couple of good paragraphs. But if those two paragraphs are right, then they’re a lot more valuable than ten or twenty pages of idle burbling."
— Robert Masello, Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know (via writeworld)
Just what the Doc ordered.
Russell Brand dissects Sean Hannity segment.