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Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don’t feel it, until people take it away from us.
For this reason, Je suis Charlie, not because I endorse everything they published, but because I cherish the right to speak out freely without risk even when it offends others.   And no, you cannot just take someone’s life for whatever he/she expressed.
Hence this “Je suis Charlie” edition.
   –     #JeSuisCharlie
[Today is the day we (in America) celebrate the birthday of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  The day is best celebrated by some act, some service to another, no matter how seemingly trivial, as long as it comes from a simple desire for joy, kindness, love or the spirit of just wanting to help another.  Please join me…  Act from your heart, today!   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 The Crux
2013 Erosion And Rechannelling
Alliance, n.
2012 How Many Thought… (One I Know Of)
Choices And Decisions
2011 Speed Spoils
Simply Intended
2010 A Second 4 Hour Jog

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On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country.  Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers.  The hackers have made both demands and threats.  The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  Their threats vary from personal — you better behave wisely — to threatening physical harm — not only you but your family is in danger.  North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released.  Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan.  This is not just an attack on Sony.  It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country.  That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands.  We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.  We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear.  We will stand together.
    —    George Clooney
[I read on MSN that George Clooney passed the above message around to a “sizable” number of people in the entertainment industry and was not able a to get a single person to be the first person to sign up for this pledge to stand up to political / economic / social terrorism.
Okay, George.  I’m admittedly not in the entertainment industry.  I’m just a single individual posting on my “free” blog.  But, I sign up.
I will stand with you!
If you agree with George, please pass this (the message / pledge, not my post) along to your friends…
“With each link, the chain is forged…”   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 In The Present Day
2012 Feeling It
2011 Stretching Science

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It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress which comes from a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, the great progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought, to proclaim the value of this freedom;  to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed;  and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations.
     —    Richard P. Feynman
From his book:  “What Do You Care What Other People Think
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