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“The Normal State Of Business”

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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

Snowden uses the phrase, “the normal state of business.” It’s not in the text, it’s in the video at the above link.

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R.I.P.: Writer Iain Banks

Wikipedia: Ian Banks

Banks decided to become a writer at the age of 11 and completed his first novel The Hungarian Lift-Jet at the age of 16. After attending Gourock and Greenock High Schools, Banks studied English, philosophy and psychology at the University of Stirling (1972-1975). He wrote his second novel TTR during his first year at university.

Following graduation Banks chose a succession of jobs that left him free to write in the evenings. These posts supported his writing throughout his twenties and allowed him to take long breaks between contracts, during which time he travelled through Europe, Scandinavia and North America. He was an expediter analyser for IBM, a technician (for British Steel) and a costing clerk for a Chancery Lane, London law firm during this period of his life.

In 1980 Banks met his first wife Annie at the Chancery Lane law firm. The couple moved in together the following year and were married in Hawaii in 1992. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory (1984), Banks began to write full-time. His editor at Macmillan, James Hale, advised him to write one book a year and Banks agreed to this schedule

Rest in peace.

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