"No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots"

Barbara Ehrenreich, journalist and author (b. 1941) A.Word.A.Day —degust

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"The Inquiry is being held to dissect one of the most tragic aspects of this country’s appalling treatment of refugees, the children in immigration detention. Triggs presides over these hearings and, in between these sessions, pores over the evidence of the damage that detention does to these small beings."

Scott Morrison’s treatment of Gillian Triggs is endemic of the government’s wider problem with women

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"The plan is also supported by fossil fuel energy companies whose profits would be boosted by at least $10bn by the policy,"

Cutting RET could bankrupt wind farms, energy companies warn | World news | theguardian.com

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"It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated."

Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963) via http://wordsmith.org/words/emancipate.html

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"The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself."

Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899) via http://wordsmith.org/words/inveigle.html

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"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."

Herman Melville, novelist and poet (1819-1891) via http://wordsmith.org/words/pabulum.html

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"This was just a couple of guys at YouTube doing their job, automatically uploading thousands of meaningless videos a day, videos that somehow managed to transfix the internet. When they realized they were being watched, rather than come clean with a potentially disappointing explanation, they took steps to preserve the mystery a little bit and play to their audience. For once it wasn’t someone trying to get us to buy something or pull one over on us."

We’re Happy to Report That Webdriver Torso Is Not A Viral Advertisement - On The Media

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"I feel afresh all the impulses that led me towards books and writing, toward the fantastic and science-fictional… except now, there is this other door. It’s made of blocks"

The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium

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"That’s when the 20-year-old from Louisiana had his eureka moment: cake from a can."

For young chefs, a eureka moment: cake from a can - Metro - The Boston Globe

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