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Great Quotations and Figures from 2011

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During the first 6 months of 2011, Greek immigrants into Germany grew by 84%. Spanish immigration to Germany increased by 49% – a total of 67,000 people apparently.

"…every 48 hours during 2010, more data was created than was created in the 30,000 years previously…"
- via Eric Schmidt of Google

"I don’t know where the money is" -Jon Corzine

"There used to be no income inequality in China because everyone was poor. This is a tradeoff you accept for growth and freedom." — Michele Caruso-Cabrera

"My dog has created more shovel ready jobs than this administration." -comment quoted on my blog.

"Let’s pass a bill to cover the moon with yogurt that will cost $5 trillion today. And then let’s pass a bill the next day to cancel that bill. We could save $5 trillion." — Paul Ryan

“The messaging and browsing delays being experienced … were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure.” — Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry, in a statement explaining service disruptions experienced by customers on four continents.

"[The Tea Party] has to be the first 'Totalitarian' movement in the history of mankind that, if it gets everything it wants…will leave you the hell alone." — Ed Driscoll

"Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large." — Thomas Sowell

“Nobody should believe that another half century of peace and prosperity in Europe can be taken for granted. Therefore, I say that if the euro fails, Europe fails.” — Angela Merkel, German chancellor.

"It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high." — Paul Ryan

From our friends at the Obama administration:

"Medicare in particular will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up." — Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit. Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in the room.

“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ … is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam… there is no overarching agenda, particularly in the pursuit of violence…”

“A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly told those gathered, going on to argue that “…an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.”-blaming Israel for anti-semitism

“Job-killing tax cuts.”-referring to a difference of opinion with Republicans

“Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.
First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”-talking to Navy SEALS. Monti received the MOH posthumously.

From pop culture and beyond:

they say i couldn’t play football, i was too small
they say i couldn’t play basketball, i wasn’t tall
they say i couldn’t play baseball at all
and now everyday of my life I BALL-little Wayne

“Living in the Playboy Mansion is like living in a golden prison. It should be every girl’s dream. But if you’re not willing to do exactly what Hef says, it can become a nightmare.” — Kristina Shannon, friend of Crystal Harris.

“It’s a better way of looking at a film … I totally believe now that 3-D will completely take over just like color did.” — George Lucas, filmmaker, speaking on future of cinema.

Best statistics question ever:

Some social media statistics:
• 49% of B2B journalists have blogs. 14% of all blogs are about technology and internet marketing.
• Only 20% of blogs attract 10,000 or more unique visitors per month; 48% draw less than 1,000 readers each month.
• 70% of marketers planned to increase their social media budgets by 10% or more in 2011.
• 85% of B2B journalists are on Facebook. Almost one-third of all Facebook posts are created from mobile devices.
• The number of monthly active users on Twitter increased 82% from January to September 2011.
• 84% of journalists are on Twitter.
• 58% of people said “they unfollowed someone because their tweets appeared automated” while 34% said the same because the offenders tweeted about themselves too much.
• 66% unfollowed someone due to excessive tweeting (35 tweets per day is considered, on average, the upper limited of acceptable tweeting).

Two Irish guys, Paddy and Sean are in a bar. Paddy says to Sean, “Christmas is on a Friday this year.” Sean says, “Let’s hope it’s not the 13th.”

And really the best quote of 2011,

"OH WOW, OH WOW"-Steve Jobs

Shouldn’t that wonderment and excitement describe life on earth?

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