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  1. All The Best For 2020!

    Posted 31 Dec 2019

    Health, joy, wisdom, contentment; all of it! Because you deserve it.

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  2. Free Hong Kong!

    Posted 9 Sep 2019

    What could I say... other than there is are a lot of horrible and beautiful things to be found here: r/HongKong/

    I'm just in awe of these people.

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  3. The Wire

    Posted 2 Jul 2019

    Just started watching it again. In my mind, it's one of the longest movie ever, and such a good one at that.


    This drug thing, this ain't police work. I mean, I can send any fool with a badge and a gun to a corner to jack a crew and grab vials. But policing? I mean you call something a war, and pretty soon everyone is going to be running around acting like warriors. They gonna be running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, racking up body counts. And when you at war, you need a fucking enemy. And pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your fucking enemy. And soon, the neighborhood you're supposed to be policing, that's just occupied territory. You follow this? [..] Okay The point I'm making is this: Soldiering and policing, they ain't the same thing. And before we went and took the wrong turn and start up with these war games, the cop walked a beat, and he learned that post. And if there were things that happened on that post, where there be a rape, a robbery, or a shooting, he had people out there helping him, feeding him information. But every time I came to you, my DEU sergeant, for information, to find out what's going on out on them streets... all that came back was some bullshit. You had your stats, your arrests, your seizures, but don't none of that amount to shit when it comes to protecting the neighborhood now, do it?
  4. Hannah Arendt

    Posted 11 Jan 2019

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    I always wanted to read books of her but never got around to it until I found "Ursprünge und Elemente totaler Herrschaft" on the street.. with newspaper clippings about her tucked between the pages. It blew my mind, and since then I read a bunch of books by her, and though I would have to read all of them again several times to really understand and remember half of it, I can recommend pretty much anything that has her name on it, to put it very mildly. Can't put it other than mildly because there are no words for how much I adore this woman, and how grateful I am for even just what little I could glance of her writings.

    Here's some quotes, timely as ever:

    Hannah Arendt said:

    If the totalitarian conqueror conducts himself everywhere as though he were at home, by the same token he must treat his own population as though he were a foreign conqueror.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    For the idea of humanity, when purged of all sentimentality, has the very serious consequence that in one form or another men must assume responsibility for all crimes committed by men and that all nations share the onus of evil committed by all others. Shame at being a human being is the purely individual and still non-political exp​ression of this insight.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    The possible redemption from the predicament of irreversibility - of being unable to undo what one has done - is the faculty of forgiving. The remedy for unpredictability, for the chaotic uncertainty of the future, is contained in the faculty to make and keep promises. Both faculties depend upon plurality, on the presence and acting of others, for no man can forgive himself and no one can be bound by a promise made only to himself.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    There are many great authors of the past who have survived centuries of oblivion and neglect, but it is still an open question whether they will be able to survive an entertaining version of what they have to say.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.

    Hannah Arendt said:

    Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.
  5. Chalk Is Cheap #2

    Posted 23 Sep 2009

    This is almost too much fun... I recommend it!

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