Congressional Character

I was looking for a quote on why public education is important to democracy when I ran across this in Quotes on the Importance of Voting.

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. — James Garfield, “A Century of Congress” published in Atlantic, July 1877.

Some others:

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. — Thomas Jefferson

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln

The one I sought:

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.  — Thomas Jefferson

Tearing the Fabric of the Cosmos

Scientists plan an ultrapowerful laser to tear apart the fabric of spacetime to see what is inside. Everyone knows when you cause a rip in the spacetime continuum, bad things happen from Star Trek. Know science wants to destroy the universe.

arielwaldmanFreakin’ laser beams! Actually one of the most awesome lasers coming from of science in the next few years: t.co/3RTGF5vo

Ariel Waldman

The laser requires 200 petawatts of energy, aka 200,000 terawatts. A problem is world-wide production of energy by coal, oil, natural gas, solar, wind, nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass combined is just 21 terawatts. So they plan on huge batteries to store up the power. That seems like a really bad and enormously expensive idea. Saving up that much power when resources are already on edge increases the price for the rest of us.

A Laser to Give the Universe a Hernia? : Discovery News

3 days ago … Those pesky physicists are at it again; they want to build a laser so powerful that it will literally rip spacetime apart.

 Discovery

Originally posted to Storify.