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Putin recovery disk now.

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demand-progress:

The NSA “is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” (Washington Post)

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I made my calls. Have you?

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So, my order from GoHastings.com was a little disappointing…

text : The Most Amazing Monologue

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jewish, Gentile, black men, white…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each others’ misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!

Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

- Charlie Chaplin, in The Great Dictator
Watch the scene here. It’s worth it.

Most people don’t realize this, but Charlie Chaplin actually made a handful of “talkies” - movies with dialogue. The first of them, which actually turned out to be his highest grossing film, was the critically acclaimed “The Great Dictator”. In this film, he plays a WWI vet that through some comedy is mistaken for the film’s stand-in for Hitler. The end of this masterpiece wraps with this, one of the best monologues ever delivered. Charlie Chaplin was a lot of things… to most he was that funny guy in silent movies. Others remember him as the deported suspected communist. The Great Dictator cemented him in my mind as a profound writer and masterful actor. This speech, this marvelous oration, proves him one thing above all else: A dreamer and a thinker.

This is quite possibly my favorite monologue of all time.

devilshope:

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.1984 by George Orwell

sorry, is just impossible to not reblog this,.. so fucking relevant

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Never forget, the internet is for naughty pictures first, memes second, video game walkthroughs third, political arguments fourth and anything productive fifth.

Whelp, there’s another crappy birthday for the books. Good, I’d hate to break with tradition.

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Petrified tree. Mineral rich water ran over it for years, slowly replaced the tree’s flesh with mineral deposits. (at Perot Museum of Nature and Science)

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Musical stairs! Takes music to… another level! Ugh, that was cheesy, even by my standards… (at Perot Museum of Nature and Science)

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Norman Borlaug’s Nobel Prize. Quite possibly my favorite thing in The Perot. Borlaug is a hero of science and certainly a hero of mine. #YayScience (at Perot Museum of Nature and Science)

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