Quote of the Day

patrick henry

“…What can make an adequate satisfaction to them for the loss they suffered in attaining such a Government for the loss of their liberty? If we admit this Consolidated Government it will be because we like a great splendid one. Some way or other we must be a great and mighty empire; we must have an army, and a navy, and a number of things: When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir was then the primary object…”

-Patrick Henry
Source: Anti-Federalist Argument from The Complete Anti-Federalist Volume 1 pp. 285-90

Gao-Yu — 71 years old and still fighting the Chinese government. she gives me goosebumps.

This woman will not give up. She is a journalist fighting for what she believes in until the day she dies. And I have to give her the utmost respect for that.

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3OMRN

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA – Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) – RTR3OMRN

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/04/15/dispatches-silencing-veteran-chinese-journalist

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/06/02/china-end-denial-about-tiananmen-massacre

drugs used as a weapon

A Burmese dealer arranges chunks of jade at a market stall in Mandalay.

There wanton obloquy of people around the world is ubiquitous. At this point, we are forced to focus only on the most extreme human rights violations. But it is important to remember, we all deserve respect, equality, and even assistance. It is troubling to come to terms with the tension resulting from an internal desire to enjoy a blithe existence and the contrition of knowing and not doing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/world/searching-for-burmese-jade-and-finding-misery.html?smid=tw-share#

Quote of the Day

“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.”
Plato

Quote of the Day

“Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophise, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide, while the many natures who at present pursue either one exclusively are forcibly prevented from doing so, cities will have no rest from evils,… nor, I think, will the human race.” (Republic 473c-d)”
Plato, Plato: The Republic