“Excuse me. Would you like to throw trucks with your mind?”—Lat Ware at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. His game “Throw Trucks With Your Mind” puts him on the frontier of “neurogaming,” where brain science and video game developers are crossing paths. But for Ware, the game is much more personal.
“In all honesty, I don’t ever feel I’ve done anything. Somebody will say, ‘You’ve done 19 no-hitters and three perfect games.’ And I think I just happened to be there. It’s not something I can take any pride in. I am humbled, believe me, for being given the honor of working the games all these years.”—Vin Scully, who next year will return for his 66th season as the Dodgers’ announcer
“I beg my colleagues to sit down and let’s work this out. Veterans are dying. This is not a policy, academic issue here. This is the very lives of the men and women who are serving.”—Sen. John McCain, on the battle in Congress over how much to spend on reshaping the troubled Veterans Affairs Department. Though the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved separate bills in June to speed up veterans’ access to care, they still disagree on the price tag, and it’s unclear whether the legislation will pass in the few days left before Congress adjourns for its August recess.
Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.
”—U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in a dissent filed Monday in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III. Wood’s attorneys described his execution, which took place Wednesday, as botched; it began at 1:52 p.m. and he wasn’t declared dead until 3:49.
“And I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously.”—Those are the last words that William George Bonin, known as the Freeway Killer, gave to the warden before he was executed in California in 1996. More than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, when the state reinstated capital punishment, but only 13 have been executed. Here’s a look at those men and the crimes for which they were put to death.
“I create a look and I create a style. American girls mean a great deal to me. I help them understand how they can look better.”—Eileen Ford, the doyenne of the modeling business, whose Ford agency set standards for the industry. She died yesterday at age 92.
Low-income medical marijuana dispensary members in Berkeley to get free marijuana
The Berkeley City Council approved an ordinance this week requiring that at least 2% of the pot each dispensary doles out must be given free to members who are Berkeley residents and have “very low” incomes, defined as $32,000 a year for one person and $46,000 a year for a family of four.