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"One day tethers reaching out into space will go all the way down to Earth, and space travel and Earth travel will be on escalators that cost trillions of dollars to build. But the running cost will be negligible."

-- Science fiction icon Arthur C. Clarke, taking a look into the new millennium and beyond

"The cost of governing the 7,000,000 residents of New York amounts to about $22,000,000. Some good government ought to be got for that amount."

-- The Buffalo Evening News, commenting on the state of the state on Dec. 28, 1900, just before the last century began

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