“Yet there is nothing new about this outburst of disgust with the workings of democracy. Nor is it distinctively American. Europeans (with the possible exception of Germans) are just as disenchanted with their elected politicians. Lamenting the failings of democracy is a permanent feature of democratic life, one that persists through governmental crises and successes alike.”
– From “Democracy's Dual Dangers” at chronicle.comHow long does an average earthquake last?“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal“All governments gather information, and all governments know that every other government gathers information.” – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as he refused to comment on media reports that an Australian security agency attempted to listen in on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyonon's cell phone in 2009.About a minute.omnium-gatherum (om-nee-uhm-GATH-er-uhm), n. – a miscellaneous collection, as in: “The editorial writer's office was an omnium-gatherum of reference materials he had collected for 30 years.” From the Latin omnium, “of all,” and the pseudo-Latin gatherum, “gathering.”On this date in 1863 a patent was granted for a process of making color photographs; this took place in a “darkroom,” boys and girls.Sigmund Freud recommended cocaine as a useful treatment for depression, alcoholism and morphine addiction.