In the News in 2010
[The Burj Khalifa is] the tallest building ever created by the hand of man. This great project deserves to carry the name of a great man. Today I inaugurate Burj Khalifa.
— Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
You have thousands of people sitting in the streets with nowhere to go. There are people running, crying, screaming…people are trying to dig victims out with flashlights. I think hundreds of casualties would be a serious understatement.
— Rachmani Domersant
On 12 January, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Haiti, 16 miles from Port au Prince. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. Relief efforts continue.
The fact that a cloud from a minor volcanic eruption in Iceland—a small disturbance in the complex mechanism of life on the Earth—can bring to a standstill the aerial traffic over an entire continent is a reminder of how, with all its power to transform nature, humankind remains just another species on the planet Earth.
— Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian cultural critic
Volcanic ash from several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, disrupts air traffic across northern and western Europe, stranding tourists for over two weeks.
We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused to their lives. There’s no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I’d like my life back.
— Tony Hayward
BP’s CEO apologises for the BP oil spill that caused the deaths of 11 employees and the spillage of an estimated 200 million gallons of oil beginning in April 2010.
I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting.
— Rahm Emanuel
Criticism of the event escalate throughout the spill.
I was with God and I was with the devil. They fought over me but God won. I think I had extraordinary luck.
— Mario Sepulveda
Mario Sepulveda, one of 33 Chilean miners rescued after being trapped 2,000 feet below ground for 69 days.
Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile
— Chilean miners
Chilean miners being rescued, chanting while emerging from their underground prison, October 13.
The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined.
A Tweet from Wikileaks outlines a manifest of sorts. On 28 November, WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked “secret” or “confidential”.
The government has recognized that WikiLeaks is not an event — it is a capability — and anybody who can get material out of a classified system can now publish it worldwide in a way that can’t be redacted or removed. The idea of a widely shared but secure secret is over.
— Clay Shirky
The New York University Internet scholar comments on Wikileaks and its impact on freedom of information.
[on Julian Assange] He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands, Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue Al-Qa’ida and Taliban leaders?
— Sarah Palin
Palin comments on Julian Assange’s actions via Wikileaks on her Facebook page.
Exceptional People in 2010
This prize belongs to everyone, everyone who is Chinese and has been fearless in defending their dignity.
— Liu Xia
Liu Xia, wife of jailed Chinese Novel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, invites 143 Chinese activists and academics to Nobel Prize award ceremony in Oslo. She remains under house arrest.
For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year.
— TIME Magazine
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and the world’s youngest billionaire, is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. And one of our Most Quotable.
Politics in 2010
I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.
— Barack Obama
Addressing rumors that he was not born in the U.S. An August TIME poll showed that, despite evidence to the contrary, nearly one-quarter of Americans believe the President is a Muslim.
This is a big f*cking deal.
— Joe Biden
The Vice President accidentally expressing to President Obama excessive enthusiasm for passage of the health care bill, in front of a hot microphone at the White House’s signing ceremony.
I am not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.
— Christine O’Donnell
Memorable words from Christine O’Donnell in her ultimately unsuccessful campaign to become senator of Delaware.
You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?
— Christine O’Donnell
Christine O’Donnell in a debate ahead of her election race in Connecticut, October 19.
Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies.
— Sarah Palin
A slip from Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck’s radio show encouraged the U.S. to support an unexpected country.
Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!
— Sarah Palin
A message on Twitter to “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America”.
I never considered myself a maverick.
— John McCain
The Senator publicly rejects the label on which he campaigned for the presidency in 2008.
They should never have put me with that woman. [...] She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.
— Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown’s snide comments to an aide about Gillian Duffy were caught on video. The gaffe was widely publicised in the weeks prior to the 2010 UK Election.
I must be the only politician in the space of a week to go from Churchill to Nazi.
— Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg comments on attacks on him from the British right-wing press.
You will be beaten upside the head with a truncheon. And that’s it.
— Vladimir Putin
The Russian Prime Minister, threatens anti-government dissidents who continued to hold unauthorized rallies in Moscow despite the Kremlin’s routine denial of permission for them to assemble legally.
World Events in 2010
May you carry his Olympic dream on your shoulders and compete with his spirit in your hearts.
— John Furlong
Vancouver hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here, CEO John Furlong pays tribute to luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died hours before the Opening Ceremony in a training accident. USA tops the leader-board for gold medals with 36.
South Africa hosts the FIFA World Cup 2010 – the first time the tournament has been held in Africa. Spain wins, beating the Netherlands 1-0. Andrews Iniesta’s goal in extra time sealed the win for Spain in Johannesburg.
Yes, Princess Diana was there.
— Suresh Kalmadi
The 2010 Commonwealth Games are held in New Delhi, India. Local organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi makes a tall claim after the opening ceremony.
Media Scandal in 2010
Wanna tell me I’m too wide for the sky? Totally cool. But fair warning, folks: IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM SOUTHWESTAIR
— Kevin Smith
Filmmaker Kevin Smith is ejected from a Southwest Airlines plane after being deemed “a safety concern” because of his size. A barrage of angry Tweets from Smith publicise the event which becomes widely reported in the mainstream media.
I’m sorry Taylor.
— Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West publicly apologises to Taylor Swift for interrupting her VMA Award acceptance speech, an entire year after the event.
Popular Culture in 2010
2010, the year of…
3-D is a distracting, annoying, anti-realistic, juvenile abomination to use as an excuse for higher prices.
— Roger Ebert
At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at Twitter.
— Dustin Curtis
Prejudice is a disease. So is fashion. But I will not wear prejudice.
— Lady Gaga
If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
— Bill Gates
The Apple iPad
If you have an object in your pocket or hand for hours every day, then your relationship with it is profound, human and emotional. Apple’s success has been founded on consumer products that address this side of us: their products make users smile as they reach forward to manipulate, touch, fondle, slide, tweak, pinch, prod and stroke.
— Stephen Fry
Russell Brand & Katy Perry
Today’s Sesame Street will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D.
— Russell Brand
The Rally to Restore Sanity / Keep Fear Alive
We will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a million-moderate march where we take to the streets to send a message to our leaders and our national media that says, ‘We are here. We are only here until six though, because we have a sitter.’
— Jon Stewart
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