Best sentences I read last week   21 July 2014

I loved how the old staff at the Wonkblog—all of whom moved to Vox—would do posts of the best sentences they read that day. I’m going to try doing a weekly version so here’s the inaugural post.

What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes https://www.facebook.com/jacir/posts/10154444651915425

‘A lottery like this won’t correct the injustice that is inherent in a pyramidal system in which not everyone can rise to the top,’ wrote Schwartz. ‘But it will reveal the injustice by highlighting the role of contingency and luck.’ http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/is-the-most-rational-choice-the-random-one/

Peek under Tor’s hood, and you quickly realize that just everybody involved in developing Tor technology has been and/or still is funded by the Pentagon or related arm of the US empire. http://pando.com/2014/07/16/tor-spooks/

Would I rather be spending $600,000 for a liver transplant and living a restricted life afterwards, or would I rather pay $80,000 up front and guarantee I never have to go through that? http://www.vox.com/2014/7/16/5902271/hepatitis-c-drug-sovaldi-price

Shoup’s writing is clear and engaging, laced with metaphors comparing today’s “science” of parking planning (which advises precisely “one space per 10 nuns” at a nunnery and “one space per 2,500 gallons of water” at a swimming pool) to that of medicine in the days of leeches and astronomy when the sun supposedly orbited the Earth. http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/07/need-parking-theres-no-app-for-that-yet.html

What they are hoping for, this time, is concessions not from Ramallah or from Tel Aviv, but from Cairo, Egypt. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/14/5897853/gaza-israel-hamas

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