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❝Will the world get any warning if Mr Putin is about to go over the nuclear brink? Probably, say Western spooks. To judge from their foreknowledge of Russia’s invasion, they seem to have good insight into the Kremlin’s decision-making.❞ from ht
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"I’m getting frustrated. Our author is entertaining and appalling us with a litany of CIA misdeeds, but isn’t adequately explaining the why of things.

In Guatemala, what was so bad about Arbenz? As seen here, he wasn’t a communist or Soviet stooge: the CIA had to manufacture the communist threat.

Perhaps the Wikipedia page hit the crux: his land reform policies annoyed the United Fruit Company."
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Richard Richard said: " A Perfect Day for Bananafish — enjoyed, but peculiar. Peculiar in a strange deja vu way, though. Did I read this decades ago, or is the style one that has been echoed so often that it felt familiar. The ending was both a surprise, but simultaneously ...more "

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"Ack, "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut"." Sep 24, 2022 11:32PM

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“But I’d still rather be called a cunt than a cock any turn.” The girl sighed gray, crushed her cigarillo out with her boot heel. Spat into the wind. And just like that, young Tric was in love.
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Pierre Hadot
“All Hellenistic schools seem to define [wisdom] in approximately the same terms: first and foremost, as a state of perfect peace of mind. From this viewpoint, philosophy appears as a remedy for human worries, anguish, and misery brought about, for the Cynics, by social constraints and conventions; for the Epicureans, by the quest for false pleasures; for the Stoics, by the pursuit of pleasure and egoistic self-interest; and for the Skeptics, by false opinions. Whether or not they laid claim to the Socratic heritage, all Hellenistic philosophers agreed with Socrates that human beings are plunged in misery, anguish, and evil because they exist in ignorance. Evil is to be found not within things, but in the value judgments with people bring to bear upon things. People can therefore be cured of their ills only if they are persuaded to change their value judgments, and in this sense all these philosophies wanted to be therapeutic.”
Pierre Hadot, What Is Ancient Philosophy?

Anatole France
“The majestic equality of the law forbids rich and poor alike from pissing in the streets, sleeping under bridges, and stealing bread.”
Anatole France, The Red Lily

Carl Friedrich Gauß
“I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.”
Carl Friedrich Gauss

“I dislike certainty because it feels like truth, but it isn’t. And I think I have had some inkling what it is for a whole people to become certain.”
Daniel Abraham, The King's Blood

Robert Bolt
“William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”

Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”

William Roper: “Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!”

Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!”
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts

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