Jeune Hortense, stranded near St Michael’s Mount, May l7th, 1888. The foreground
carriage is for the Penzance lifeboat. This sturdy brigantine lived
to sail another day.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods all strike and kill ordinary people. An appropriate measure of the severity of the disaster is the total number of people who lost their lives. The initial hypothesis to be tested is that the amount of attention U.S. television news devotes to a natural disaster reflects the magnitude of that disaster. Is it true, as Sreberny-Mohammadi (18) wrote, that “coups and catastrophes [are] newsworthy wherever they occur”?
Or does the locale of the catastrophe make all the difference in the world? A commonly used formulation raises these questions in a dramatic way: “A hundred Pakistanis going off a mountain in a bus makes less of a story than three Englishmen drowning in the Thames” (13); “One dead fireman in Brooklyn is worth five English bobbies, who are worth 50 Arabs, who are worth 500 Africans” (5); “One thousand wogs, fifty frogs, and one Briton” (17). To what degree are these cynical ratios accurate?
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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Le cochon danseur, 1907
"The committee has learned that in isolated cases over the past decade, a very small number of NSA personnel have violated NSA procedures – in roughly one case per year," Feinstein said.
She said the incidents “in most instances did not involve an American’s information”.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
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The Hanging of Two Rebels, by Felice Beato, 1858
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
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I cannot recognize the verdict of guilty […] It was my misfortune to become entangled in these atrocities. But these misdeeds did not happen according to my wishes. It was not my wish to slay people […] Once again I would stress that I am guilty of having been obedient, having subordinated myself to my official duties and the obligations of war service and my oath of allegiance and my oath of office, and in addition, once the war started, there was also martial law […] I did not persecute Jews with avidity and passion. That is what the government did […] At that time obedience was demanded, just as in the future it will also be demanded of the subordinate.
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