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Examples may be found every day of a fool who is no coward; examples may be found occasionally of a fool who is not cunning; but it may reasonably be doubted whether there is a producible instance anywhere of a fool who is not cruel.

Wilkie Collins, No Name

I wish that everyone would read Isaiah Berlin’s “short credo,” A Message to the 21st Century, and take it to heart. It can be found here.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong… we tortured some folks… it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those [other] folks had, and a lot of those folks were workin’ hard under enormous pressure….

— ****** *****, 8/1/14

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Highly rates,

Freely grates.