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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

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Soldier: You support the troops? Really?
“I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘I support the troops, I want you out of there.’ Really? What have you done to support the troops? What have you done other than complain? Have you petitioned the halls of Congress? Have you written your representative? Have you asked the president to increase our pay, increase our benefits? That’s supporting the troops. Saying you want the troops out of Afghanistan by talking to no one of influence is wasting your time, and you’re a complainer. And you’re not supporting the troops.” (Photo: Rodrigo Abd / AP)

today:

Soldier: You support the troops? Really?

“I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘I support the troops, I want you out of there.’ Really? What have you done to support the troops? What have you done other than complain? Have you petitioned the halls of Congress? Have you written your representative? Have you asked the president to increase our pay, increase our benefits? That’s supporting the troops. Saying you want the troops out of Afghanistan by talking to no one of influence is wasting your time, and you’re a complainer. And you’re not supporting the troops.” (Photo: Rodrigo Abd / AP)

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Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
Susan Sontag (via julie911) (via quote-book)

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How Many More Homicides Before Gun Control Laws are Tightened?

The Homicide Report, a blog of the LA Times, is devoted to sifting through LAPD and coroner’s reports in the Los Angeles area and collecting the story behind the homicide cases, as other major media sources back away from reporting them.

The vast majority of homicides reported in the area are gun-related. Since the blog’s inception in 2007, more than 2,100 homicides have been reported to be caused by a gunshot. The list includes people of various ethnicities and all ages from 58-year old Jose Merino,of Maywood, to Angel Berrios, a 1-year old from Alhambra.

More than 2,100 lives cut short by a bullet since 2007 in a single metropolitan area, alone. Must we wait for 2,100 more before we do something about it?

Something for you to write to your elected officials about.

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The U.S. is Still Privatizing Intelligence

"Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.”

I’m all for the idea of improving U.S. international intelligence, but wouldn’t the idea of privatizing intelligence ops have the opposite effect?

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How Many More Articles Like These Need to be Published Before Our Government Recognizes the Need for Education Reform?

This must have been the 8th news piece I’ve spotted within the last 5 years on the decline of the US educational system compared to the education systems around the world.

How can our current high school students compete for jobs in a globalized setting where there are people who are better educated in math, science, and literature from the other side of the globe? How can we honestly tell our children to academically reach for the skies when the strict truth may be that a Finnish child is more readily prepared to do so than our children are? Readers, please ask your political representatives, “what are you all waiting for?”

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