Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (via inmoonlitwaters)

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Carl Sagan on humans (from The Sagan Series) [x]

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Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.
Yoko Ono, 1977  (via tited)

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A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.

Sam Harris, on stem cell research.

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They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.

a career U.S. intelligence officer on the U.S. government, in a Washington Post exclusive on how the NSA and FBI is tapping into the central servers of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. (via nedhepburn)

Color me completely unsurprised.

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They Live, 1988, directed by John Carpenter

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According to the Daily Herald and MSN, John Dryden – a social studies teacher at Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois – is facing disciplinary measures because he advised his students to think about their Constitutional right against filling out a school survey regarding their behavior, including a student’s personal use of tobacco products, drugs, and alcohol.
Because Dryden advised his students to consider their personal rights against filling out a self-incriminatory survey, he is now in the process of being disciplined by the Batavia High School’s school board.

The case involves a school survey which was given to Dryden on April 15. Dryden read the survey to his students before handing it out to them and told his students to think about their rights after he noticed that each student’s name was printed on his or her survey. Naturally, the students’ responses were not anonymous.

Dryden has said that the issue is about school officials possibly considering the survey responses as a form of the students’ self-incrimination since they are being asked to reveal their person information on the topics questioned on the survey.

This is the first year the school has given this survey. The news reports regarding the incident state that the school refused to provide media sources with copies of the survey.

At this time, the school claims that Dryden is not going to lose his job but will be given a letter of remediation – which will go in his file. The strongly-worded letter says that Dryden acted with improper conduct that could have led to his being fired.

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