“We live in a self-consciously plain-spoken political era. But Orwell's advice, ironically, has not elevated the substance of debate; it has merely helped the political class to avoid the subject more skilfully. The art of spin is not (quite) supplanting truth with lies. It aspires to replace awkward complexities with catchy simplicity. Successful spin does not leave the effect of skilful persuasiveness; it creates the impression of unavoidable common sense. Hence the artifice becomes invisible – just as a truly charming person is considered nice rather than 'charming.'”
– From “Don't be beguiled by Orwell” at newstatesman .comWhen is the most chocolate candy sold, in the week leading up to Valentine's Day, Halloween or Easter?“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington“I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl.” – Danica Patrick, after she won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit.The week leading up to Halloween, with 90 million pounds sold. Easter comes in second with 71 million pounds. Valentine's week is third with only 48 million pounds.satrap (SEY-trap). N. – a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one, as in: “The editorial writer knew he would get no information from the politician's satrap, better known as an administrative assistant.”On this date in 1455 Johannes Gutenberg printed his first book, the Bible (estimated date); nice little tome if only we'd use it.Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the only known moon to have a substantial atmosphere, which is 370 miles deep, 10 times thicker than Earth’s atmosphere.