“Isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?”—Richard Dawkins (via philosophy-quotes)
“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here”—
Captain John Parker, commander of the American militia at Lexington on 19th April, 1775, to his men before the arrival of British infantry tasked with searching for arms. Parker took part in American attacks on the retiring British column later that day and was also present at the Siege of Boston, he died of tuberculosis on 17th September, 1775 at the aged 46.
There is some uncertainty behind authenticity of the quote as it was recounted by one of Parker’s men many years after his death. Regardless of the origins of the quote it embodies the determination of revolutionary spirit. Today is the 239th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington & Concord and the beginning of the American War of Independence.
You might not know it from watching TV news, but FBI statistics show that crime in the U.S.—including violent crime—has been trending steadily downward for years, falling 19% between 1987 and 2011. The job of being a police officer has become safer too, as the number of police killed by gunfire plunged to 33 last year, down 50% from 2012, to its lowest level since, wait for it, 1887, a time when the population was 75% lower than it is today.
So why are we seeing an ever increasing militarization of policing across the country? …
A clearer photo of the mysterious unidentified flying object in Texas has surfaced. The image—enhanced above—clearly shows a boomerang-shaped blended wing object with two exhaust nozzles that seems clearly different from a B-2 bomber. It was “completely silent” and did “severe 180 degree turns in the sky in the shape of an S.”