Mad science always goes better if you have a happy attitude.
Science Friction (1959)
Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.
The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.
I’m the most relentlessly self-promoting person in the world, but I’m also deeply embarrassed by the need to do it.
- Harold Ramis (He continues: “There’s a concept in Buddhism called “anatta.” It means “no self”—that the self is an illusion. It’s a bunch of projections and it doesn’t really exist. And yet, we base our whole identity on it… I work in an industry where self is everything. The constant hum in LA is, “How am I doing? How am I doing? How am I doing?” And if you’re there, you live it. And if you’re in this business, you live with it all the time — this desire to be a public figure, and then it happens, and suddenly you’ve created this Self, this Thing, that exists even apart from who you really are. So imposter syndrome starts to happen, where you don’t feel like you really deserve what you’ve got and one day people are going to find out that you don’t really have any talent and you don’t really have any character. They’ll find out how weak you are. And it’ll all be over…”)
The queen of the Amazons eyes him contemptuously.
—Fight Comics #10 (1940)
The Bronx 1940’s. New York
Harold W. McCauley
From “Safety in Offices” (1944).
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