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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Words of Warning

"Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not."
Arthur Seaton in the 1958 book Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010)

"We are often referred to in Los Angeles as white Mexicans."
James Purefoy on the attitude towards British actors in America

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans."
Renowned astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking in a series for the Discovery Channel saying that aliens almost certainly exist, but humans should avoid making contact

"As long as no clear criteria are defined for when, where and who the authorities will inspect, it must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time."
A travel alert released by the Mexican foreign ministry in response to a tough new immigration law in the US state of Arizona

"The most serious aspect of this case has, without doubt, been the obstruction of the investigating officer in the execution of their duty."
A 1979 report by Metropolitan Police Commander John Cass suggesting that officers had lied about the events surrounding the death of a New Zealand teacher who had been demonstrating at an anti-racism rally

"If she's a virgin, she doesn't have any way of comparing [her husband to other men]. If she's been with other men, then she has experience. Having experience makes women stronger."
Arab writer and social commentator, Sana Al Khayat on why he thinks Christians and Muslims in the East have the firm belief that women should be virgins when they marry, suggesting the whole issue has much to with the notion of "control"

"Fundamentalism is not a concept unique to Islam. It is a danger that presents itself in all world religions. Regardless of which religion it presents itself in, fanaticism is an enemy of peace, tolerance and civilization."
Turkish writer Aziz Nesin (1915-1995) in an interview in 1994, after narrowly escaping death in a 1993 fire set by militant Muslims he had angered

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