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“Intellectual freedom is essential to human society—freedom to obtain and distribute information, freedom for open-minded and unfearing debate, and freedom from pressure by officialdom and prejudices. Such a trinity of freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorship. ⬇️

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Freedom of thought is the only guarantee of the feasibility of a scientific democratic approach to politics, economics and culture.” — andrei sakharov

Visualizing Migraines: The Attempts of Hubert Airy & Others to Depict Scintillating Scotomata

publicdomainreview.org/collect

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The rich don't pay their fair share, in fact Jeff Bezos reported so little to the IRS they gave him money (4k) to help with his kids and he fucking took it

propublica.org/article/the-sec

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#OtD 2 Jun 1975 100 sex workers occupied the church of Saint Nizier, Lyon, refusing to leave unless their convictions for soliciting were rescinded. libcom.org/history/unlikely-mo

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PFAs being recycled from industrial runoff through sludge into home gardens, dairies. theguardian.com/environment/20 The CDC writeup on PFAs is here: atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/health-effe These long-term toxic buildups in ecosystems are why pollution is one of the key threats in the present ecological and social crisis.

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#OtD 31 May 1875 suffragette May Billinghurst, who hid stones for smashing shop windows in her wheelchair, was born.

i just learned that Japan has a national pillow fight contest.

spoon-tamago.com/2021/05/28/ja

here is a groovy arcade-style animation outlining the rules of play.

youtube.com/watch?v=gR-qVHVHne

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#OtD 20 May 1960 mass demonstrations took place in Japan against the US-Japan (Anpo) treaty which would see American troops permanently based in the country libcom.org/history/japans-1968

i recently joined the regular writers at Buddhistdoor Teahouse. here are the poems i've had published there so far:

write.as/angrytattooedmonk/poe

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I saw a swallow dipping into a pond this morning, probably catching insects. I tried to get a picture of it, I got one before it flew off.

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#OtD 2 May 1980 the Dublin wax museum was broken into and 15 waxworks vandalised. The intruders beheaded JFK and broke off the arm of Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone, using his sword to slice off Margaret Thatcher's face and plunge it into her body.

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#OtD 23 Apr 1931 a communist newspaper in Germany published a list of taverns used by the Nazis. Anti-fascists then began a spate of attacks on taverns in which fascists met and organised. Unfortunately it was insufficient to stem their growth libcom.org/history/beating-fas

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