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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
––Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diver filmed with huge great white: sharks must be ‘protected not feared’
© The Guardian
January 18, 2019

Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher, came face-to-face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded

Ocean Ramsey swims next to a female great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
 Ocean Ramsey swims next to a female great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Photograph: @Juansharks/Juan Oliphant/AFP/Getty Images

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. "
––Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Root a Radical. A New Book Re-Examines Martin Luther King’s Quest for Economic Justice
Norman Stockwell, © The Progressive
January 15, 2019

Had he lived, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned ninety this January 15. A new book looks back on one of his final efforts, the Poor People’s Campaign, and how it fit into King’s larger views on economic inequality.

Scheduled for release on January 21 (this year’s annual Martin Luther King holiday), King and the Other America: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality (University of California Press) by French cultural historian Sylvie Laurent argues that King’s vision for the campaign was prescient and has been a misunderstood piece of his legacy.

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"The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond where you could have reasonably expected to go."
––Seamus Heaney

The Fox in Charge of the Henhouse
© Democracy Now
January 17, 2019

"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in. "
––Katherine Mansfield

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
––Mary Oliver