"As the twentieth century drew to a close, the connection between hard scientific fact and public policy became increasingly elastic. In part this was possible because of the complacency of the scientific profession; in part because of the lack of good science education among the public; in part, because of the rise of specialized advocacy groups which have been enormously effective in getting publicity and shaping policy; and in great part because of the decline of the media as an independent assessor of fact. The deterioration of the American media is a dire loss for our country. When distinguished institutions like the New York Times can no longer differentiate between factual content and editorial opinion, but rather mix both freely on their front page, then who will hold anyone to a higher standard?"
- Michael Crichton, author (Jurassic Park) and scientist
"Rap albums secure the top three spots on the Billboard 200 chart for the third straight week and make history in the process.
Thanks to the release of a slew of rap albums over the past few weeks, the genre again had quite the momentous and reportedly history-breaking week according to the Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard.com, this week serves as the first time in Billboard 200 history that rap albums have managed to attain the top three spots on the chart for three consecutive weeks. And with the release of Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rap streak could possibly continue into next week."
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"In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up
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