Quotations of the day

“We want to declare very firmly that it was an American story that Edward Snowden was on this flight. This is a plot by the U.S. government to destroy President Morales’ image. We say this simply is a lie.” — Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra after Bolivia’s presidential plane was rerouted to Austria because of suspicions the NSA leaker was on board.

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“When you’ve got especially structures and residences involved, and you’ve got local resources, there’s a fair amount of social and political pressure, some of it self-generated by the firefighters, who want to do a good job. They don’t want to see a community burn down. They want to get in there.” — Dick Mangan, retired U.S. Forest Service safety official and consultant, on the deaths of 19 members of an elite Arizona firefighting crew.

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“My wife and I check on things like eye drops and Chapstick to see if we’re allowed to take them on a plane, so it’s a little difficult to imagine that you aren’t checking the policies about your loaded firearm before you get to the airport.” — Sociology professor Jimmy Taylor after the government said more passengers are trying to board jetliners with weapons.

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