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‘I Wish You Bad Luck,’ He Said With Good Intentions
Dec. 28, 2017 | WSJ | By Bob Greene.

In Spring 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts delivered a commencement address to his son's grade 9 graduation ceremony that offered a universal lesson about the value to be found in generosity of spirit. Roberts prepared the advice offered in his speech specifically for the commencement address, as he set out to reflect upon “some of the harsh realities that everyone will face in the course of a full life,” and how to anticipate them and learn from them....His speech was structured in pairs.....He told his audience that commencement speakers will typically “wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why.

“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.

“I hope that you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

“Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted.

“I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

“And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

“I hope you’ll be ignored so that you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.

“Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”

Also,......“Once a week, you should write a note to someone. Not an email. A note on a piece of paper. It will take you exactly 10 minutes.” Then, Roberts urged, put the note in an envelope and send it off the old way: via the mail.

The handwritten note, he said, might express appreciation for someone who has helped you out or treated you with kindness, and who may not know how grateful you’s a toast to bad luck, and to its hidden gifts. First, though, the corner mailbox awaits. Gratitude is priceless, but conveying it costs no more than a postage stamp.
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may 2019 by jerryking
A Stylish and Whimsical Steampunk Short about the Wheel that Runs the World
Directed by John Roberts and written by Ryan Plato, The Wheel is a wonderfully stylized short film about a sibling rivalry with potentially apocalyptic consequences. Holster was raised to maintain the Wheel that keeps the world running, but his sister Ellie grew up jealous of her brother's sense of purpose. Their story, told in metered rhyme, shows what happens when the siblings grow up and Ellie feels it's her turn to control the Wheel. More »
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january 2013 by demetriodor
Comics A.M. | Todd McFarlane cover sells for record $657,250
The Amazing Spider-Man #328

Auctions | Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 sold at auction Thursday for $657,250, shattering the record for a single piece of American comics art set last year by a splash page from The Dark Knight Returns #3 ($448,125). However, the price falls well short of the $1.6 million shell out last month for the original cover art for Tintin in America. A 9.8 graded copy of X-Men #1 was also sold by Heritage Auctions for $492,937.50, more than twice the previous record for that comic. [ICv2]

Publishing | Lily Rothman takes a look at iVerse’s newly announced comics-only crowdfunding platform Comics Accelerator, which will allow immediate delivery of digital rewards in a more sophisticated format than an e-mailed PDF and cap its share of the take at $2,500. As Laura Morley of Womanthology points out, it can go both ways: Being on Kickstarter, a trusted platform with wide visibility, helped boost the project, but on the other hand, “Any site that’s able to take advantage of the fact that comics online already work as a big community, as a place where people talk to their friends and promote things they’re interested in, is likely to do well.” [Time]

Mastering Comics

Creators | Robot 6 contributor Chris Mautner talks to Jessica Abel and Matt Madden about their new book, Mastering Comics, how it relates to their previous work, and their view of the essential building blocks of comics. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | J.T. Waldman, who said he felt like he had “won the lottery” when Harvey Pekar asked him to illustrate Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, talks about how the book evolved, how he filled in the gaps left by Pekar’s death, and how he ended up as a character as well as the artist. [Haaretz]

Creators | Douglas Noble, the creator of the self-published comic Strip for Me, talks about playing with alternative formats, as in The Silent Choir, a webcomic whose pages can be read in any order: “Charles Fort said that “One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.” I don’t think that there is any right way to tell a story, and it’s really down to the story itself to dictate how it should be told. The Silent Choir is based around the idea that something in the past happened that affected a whole choir in such an extreme way that the members no longer sing. That meant that every member of that Choir could become a way into exploring what happened, until the collective shape of their memories describe the mystery that sits in the centre of the story. There didn’t need to be a single entry point, and if I wasn’t going to limit that, then naturally there could be any number of ways to read through the story.” [Broken Frontier]

Digital comics | Rob Salkowitz reports on the panel he moderated at Comic-Con International titled “Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?” [SPOILER: The answer is yes.] There’s some good discussion here with David Steinberger and John Roberts of comiXology, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse, and Ted Adams of IDW Publishing all giving their takes. [Rob Salkowitz]

Grant Morrison

Comics | Brian Truitt proposes 10 possible replacements for Grant Morrison as the writer of Action Comics. [USA Today]

Comics | Charlie Jane Anders and Will Brooker, author of  Batman Unmasked, compile a list of hard-to-find Batman comics that everyone should read. []

Comics | Here’s a different type of Top 10 list: Molly McIsaac counts down the cutest comics and manga, from Paradise Kiss to Owly. Some good picks here, but what, no Yotsuba&!? [iFanboy]

Blogs | Alan David Doane has relaunched Comic Book Galaxy, primarily (at least for now) as a news site. [Comic Book Galaxy]
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july 2012 by LexiD523
Taking One for the Country -
Published: June 30, 2012

"I found myself applauding for Chief Justice Roberts the same way I did for Al Gore when he gracefully bowed to the will of the Supreme Court in the 2000 election and the same way I do for those wounded warriors — and for the same reason: They each, in their own way, took one for the country.

To put it another way, Roberts undertook an act of statesmanship for the national good by being willing to anger his own “constituency” on a very big question. But he also did what judges should do: leave the big political questions to the politicians. The equivalent act of statesmanship on the part of our politicians now would be doing what Roberts deferred to them as their responsibility: decide the big, hard questions, with compromises, for the national good. Otherwise, we’re doomed to a tug of war on the deck of the Titanic, no matter what health care plan we have. "...Our newfound natural gas bounty can give us long-term access to cheap, cleaner energy and, combined with advances in robotics and software, is already bringing blue-collar manufacturing back to America. Web-enabled cellphones and tablets are creating vast new possibilities to bring high-quality, low-cost education to every community college and public school so people can afford to acquire the skills to learn 21st-century jobs. Cloud computing is giving anyone with a creative spark cheap, powerful tools to start a company with very little money. And dramatically low interest rates mean we can borrow to build new infrastructure — and make money.
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july 2012 by jerryking
Roberts v. the Future - New York Times
Published: August 28, 2005

The lesson of this particular episode of history, Roberts seemed to suggest, was that politicians -- and judges, for that matter -- should be wary of the assumption that the future will be little more than an extension of things as they are.
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may 2012 by jerryking
Which Side of History? - Linda Greenhouse, Opinionator
John Roberts has made his career inside the Beltway ever since coming to Washington to clerk for Rehnquist. As for Sam Alito, I don’t believe that apart from a brief part-time gig as an adjunct law professor, this former federal prosecutor, Justice Department lawyer and federal judge has cashed a paycheck in his adult life that wasn’t issued by the federal government. Nothing in their backgrounds or in their jurisprudence so far indicates that they are about to sign up with either the Sagebrush Rebellion or the Tea Party.
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march 2010 by jrick
Palin’s Oily Lies Drip from the Pages of Going Rogue…
I know facts aren’t going to matter to many people buying Sarah Palin’s, Going Rogue.  Facts certainly didn’t matter to folks who voted for her.

According to the “fact checkers”:

PALIN: Welcomes last year’s Supreme Court decision deciding punitive damages for victims of the nation’s largest oil spill tragedy, the Exxon Valdez disaster, stating it had taken 20 years to achieve victory. As governor, she says, she’d had the state argue in favor of the victims, and she says the court’s ruling went “in favor of the people.” Finally, she writes, Alaskans could recover some of their losses.

THE FACTS: That response is at odds with her reaction at the time to the ruling, which resolved the long-running case by reducing punitive damages for victims to $500 million from $2.5 billion. Environmentalists and plaintiffs’ lawyers decried the ruling as a slap at the victims and Palin herself said she was “extremely disappointed.” She said the justices had gutted a jury decision favoring higher damage awards, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “It’s tragic that so many Alaska fishermen and their families have had their lives put on hold waiting for this decision,” she said, noting many had died “while waiting for justice.”

When Sarah Palin was asked by Katie Couric what Supreme Court decisions other than Roe v Wade she disagreed with, she couldn’t think of one. NOT ONE!  Sarah squandered an opportunity-the perfect chance to tell America our story…an Alaskan story…dozens of suicides…thousands sick from clean up…tens of thousands bankrupt from a dead fishery.

Oiled birds from the Exxon Valdez

Sarah Palin is to Alaska what Velveeta is to cheese; sadly unsatisfying and empty of nutrition. She had the national stage to plead Alaska’s case to citizens who had long forgotten the images of a once pristine Prince William Sound turned into a thick, black, rolling sea; the oiled sea otters and birds; unrecognizable seals and whales; an initially deformed and diseased herring run that became extinct-costing Cordova $100 million a year. Exxon exploited Alaska and turned pain into profit.

AND NOW, Palin is claiming to be part of a victory for the people of Alaska? Reality Deficit Disorder…now in book form.

The Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker Supreme Court decision in June 2008 all but pardoned Exxon’s negligence. The highest court in the land condoned the half-assed cleanup. (audio interview on the day of the ruling with Greg Palast). Exxon, the company that set and broke planet earth’s quarterly profit record three quarters in a row, was let off the hook. Because of this unprecedented landmark decision, future corporate punitive damages are now forever minimally capped at literally pennies on the dollar!

The Roberts Court based its activist ruling on 19th century maritime law.  Really! 21st century corporations can now view punitive damages as the small cost of doing business. Due to Exxon’s negligence and the corporate sympathy of the Supreme Court, one the largest acts of environmental terrorism in history was treated like an accidental littering.  The RATS-Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia, (Alito recused himself, confident that Souter and Kennedy would fill the business-friendly void) winked at their corporate masters as the Judas Court betrayed Justice.

Exxon doesn’t have marked offices in Alaska. There are some pretty hard feelings even 20 years later…for some pretty good reasons.  When Palin was pointing fingers at Letterman in July of this year, she did it from Houston, Texas.  She was there to sign a deal with Exxon on behalf of Alaska. The state’s willingness to do business with Exxon was like having your parents rent the basement to the guy who date raped you on prom night. Am I clear?

So Sarah was against the decision before she couldn’t remember it before she was for it.  And now, courtesy of Going Rogue, Sarah Palin manages to insult and injure Alaskans who will never be made whole with yet another one of her documented lies.

The jury originally punished Exxon with $5 billion in punitive damages-a year’s profit at the time.  In 2008, nearly 20 years later, Exxon reported the largest annual profit in US history at $45.22 billion.  The company shattered its own record set the previous year.  Would the original $5 billion in punitive damages been punishment enough?  The answer is now slowly dripping onto victims at 10 cents on the dollar.  Opening your mailbox to an Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement check is like getting a royalty payment for the snuff film your kid brother was in. Hey, you’re getting paid…but he’s still dead and you got to watch.

(above) Then Governor Palin’s appropriate reaction to the Exxon v. Baker decision June, 2008

Candidate Palin’s stunning memory lapse of Exxon v. Baker just 3 months later…

Look for Going Rogue in the revisionist history section of your local bookstore on Tuesday…
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november 2009 by HalSF

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