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Squidonland

Squidonland

Joined January 2019

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“What you know about woman,” replied Maude, “could be written in large font on the back of a postage stamp and there‘d still be room for the Lord‘s prayer.”

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How can a race spread out across multiple countries be considered a threat? For as long as he lives, be it short or long, he knows he will never comprehend this.

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Parkland | Dave Cullen

But nothing prepared me for the same kids the next morning. Their eyes were dry, their faces slack. Their expressions had gone vacant. That‘s why I‘m still on the story two years later: I never wanted to see that look again. But what we see today is worse: unsurprised survivors who expected a shooter.

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But I always think the great thing about the civil service is that you can go in there at twenty years old, spend every day of your life behind one desk and before you know it you‘re an old man and it‘s all behind you and the only thing left to do is die. There must be great security in that.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah

She wouldn‘t have understood how dark a side love could have, how hiding it was the kindest thing you could do sometimes.

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I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.

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She really was pretty, for a grown-up, but when you are seven, beauty is an abstraction, not an imperative.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

When I was a young boy, I had taken a magazine from the store. When he saw I had walked out holding it he struck me on my face so hard my ears began to ring. I did not remember if I had taken it on purpose or if I had forgotten I was holding it, but when I touched my hand against my burning face, I hoped I had taken it intentionally, so that I would be deserving of the punishment and saved from hurt that my father had assumed the worst in me.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

If we, just humans and entirely limited in our thinking, could think to break resources into smaller pieces so our children could feel the joy of scattering slices a little longer, then what generosity was our creator not capable of?

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

Perhaps in wanting to impart fear of God and therefore adherence to His laws, I had not done enough to show you the side of God who was, above all, merciful.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

It was the way I wanted to move through the world. I had a beard, a modest one. I had my face. I had my name with the hard ending. That was my fight: to continue to do little things for people around me, so that no one would find fault in my demeanour and misattribute it to my religion.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

She had tried, hadn‘t she? She has tried her best. Her intentions were good, were they not? It was hardly a comfort now. Intentions shrank next to actions. Actions took on their own momentum.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

A punishment was a mercy. It marked the end of a sentence. Without one, he could not imagine recovering from his shame. Nor could he forgive himself for giving action to the hatred he had felt for his father, wanting to hurt him the way he had been hurt by him.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

“Afsoos” was the word in Urdu. There was no equivalent word in English. It was a specific kind of regret - not wishing he had acted differently, but a helpless sadness at the situation as it was, a sense that it could not have been another way.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

How unlucky that one person has the power to determine the shape of another‘s life. He could laugh about it. Please, she is saying, say something, I don‘t have much time. But there is nothing he can think to say, and it occurs to him that it is the one who loves less who has the privilege of being able to express their feelings easily and at all.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

She thinks of how odd it is to experience a secret loss. A loss without a name. The loss of a potential version of her life. Of what she never had, and now never will. The realisation that, in her own small and sustained way, she had loved someone for years that she only looked at in glimpses, only spoken to in passing, only thought of in secret, only ever touched when they passed a cup of lassi or a stick of gum between them.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

She refuses to add to his awareness of the effect he has on girls, refuses to speak out loud her thoughts on the matter - she has not even told Huda, with whom she shares everything. To speak of it would be to lessen what she is beginning to feel.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza

A heavier silence ensued, both now painfully aware that they still shared a language they should have long since forgotten.

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A man hates his enemy because he hates his own hate. He says to himself: this fellow, my enemy, has made me capable of hate. I hate him not because he‘s my enemy, not because he hates me, but because he arouses me to hate.

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[Preface to Night] I am not so naive as to believe that this slim volume will change the course of history or shake the conscience of the world. Books no longer have the power they once did. Those who kept silence yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.

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I drop her on the cot and turn away and grab my hair and pull until it hurts. I want to pull all of it out. Every single piece. I want a pain I understand instead of the one I don‘t. I want a pain that has a beginning and an end, not one that goes on forever and cuts all the way to the bone.

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Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

As dangerous as these acts were, for the POWs, they were transformative. In risking their necks to sabotage their enemy, the men were no longer captives. They were soldiers again.

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Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

Here, drifting in almost total silence, with no scents other than the singed odor of the raft, no flavors on his tongue, nothing moving but the slow procession of shark fins, every vista empty save water and sky, his time unvaried and unbroken, his mind was freed of an encumbrance that civilisation has imposed on it. In his head he could roam anywhere, and he found that his mind was quick and clear, his imagination unfettered and supple.

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Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

In the early days of 1943, as men died one after another, every man dealt with the losses in a different way. Somewhere along the way, a ritual sprang up. If a man didn‘t return, the others would open his footlocker, take out his liquor, and have a drink in his honor. In a war without funerals, it was the best they could do.

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

The rhetoric and moral thinking about war has become sloppier as our weaponry has become more precise. Our reliance on precision weaponry risks becoming a stand-in for hard moral or legal decisions. Combatant status cannot be determined by an algorithm, and we should not be lulled into believing the technical precision can extricate us from complicated questions.

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

While current drone policies are not harbingers of an Orwellian state or the systematic extermination of populations abroad, caution is certainly warranted. Each step toward Nazi dominance was a step toward a state that normalized extraordinarily unjust policies - the permanent “state of exception”, whereby the previously unthinkable becomes accepted as normal.

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

“Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler‘s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda‘s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.”

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

(2/2) Suspicion will not always lead to judgements of guilt, but the ease of a particular activity should place our ethical sensibilities on high alert.

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

(1/2) Think of all the things that are easy to do and are morally questionable - it is easy to exploit the powerless, ..., easy to ignore the hungry. From a military standpoint, it is easy also for certain countries to kill people with Hellfire missiles. Some of the easiest things in life are some of the most immoral, and that is why all of the easiest things are, or should be, morally suspect.

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Drone Warfare | John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

Many studies have shown that people find it difficult to kill their fellow human beings at close range and that special conditioning is needed to overcome this inhibition. Conflicts in which resource is had to advanced technologies which permit killing at a distance or on the computer screen prevent the activation of neuro-psychological mechanisms which render the act of killing difficult.

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini

“It‘s a funny thing, Markos, but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they‘re afraid of. What they don‘t want.”

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Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly. And so I chose my specialty to even out the odds for people like Thalia, to rectify, with each slice of my scalpel, an arbitrary injustice, to make a small stand against a world order I found disgraceful, one in which a dog bite could rob a little girl of her future, make her an outcast, an object of scorn. At least this is what I tell myself.

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini

(2/2) It feels infinite, insurmountable, and his promise to her misguided, a reckless mistake, a terrible misreading of the measures of his own powers and will and character. Something best forgotten. He isn‘t capableof it. It is that simple.

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini

(1/2) Their connection has frayed. The unexpected intimacy he had stumbled upon in that hospital, so urgent and acute, has eroded into something dull. The experience has lost its power. He recognizes the fierce determination that had seized him for what it really was, an illusion, a mirage. He had fallen under the influence of something like a drug. The distance between him and the girl feels vast now.

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini

I know now that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini

Father was different. Father had hardness in him. His eyes looked out on the same world as Mother‘s had, and saw only indifference. Endless toil. Father‘s world was unsparing. Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.

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Only when there is a substantial number of trials involved is the law of averages a useful description or prediction.

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Sleep-like, disempowered and bereft of any sense of agency, these children are ferried, guided and nudged along the highway and byways of a demanding terrain of academic and extra-curricular activities. Having imbibed the ambitions of their parents and squinting through the parental prism, they see only one narrow path to success in life.

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To admit that one wishes one‘s Mother would die; to forgive oneself for the wish; and to go on trying as best one can to make her happy to her dying day - is this not a true expression of love? For how can anyone riddled with guilt, thinking the unthinkable, find the courage to continue down a seemingly endless road?

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To wish for the death of one‘s Mother is universally taboo. Yet technological advances that extend life have driven us to the point where we do just that.

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I Found You | Lisa Jewell

Alice pictures a sea of disembodied thumbs senselessly pressing hearts.

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Walking is among the most life-affirming of human activities. It is the way we organise space and orient ourselves to the world at large. It is the living proof that repetition- placing one foot in front of the other- can in fact allow a person to make meaningful progress. It‘s no coincidence that parents celebrate their child‘s first steps- the first, and perhaps the greatest, signs of independence.

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Not so much how to run a cartel but more like how cartels are run and what governments should do to curb their “business”. An interesting read :)

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Pickpick

Not so much how to run a cartel but more like how cartels are run and what governments should do to curb their “business”. An interesting read :)

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All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. ... Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame: a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze.

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At that moment Moody had a sudden clear understanding of what had already happened that morning: his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.