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“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

George Orwell

“We've designed chemicals with the intent of killing things. Our hearts, our blood, our genes are very similar to birds', to fish. The hormones that fish use in their reproduction are exactly, chemically exactly, the hormones that we use. Testosterone is testosterone, doesn't matter if you're a frog or fish, dog or cat or a human. So when you generate a chemical to kill one organism, to target some biological aspect of one organism, of course it's going to affect other organisms because we all have this evolutionary history that we share . . . If we're putting a chemical in the water that causes fish to develop abnormally, why do we think we can drink that water and be fine? If we're putting chemicals in the air that cause bees and insects to collapse and to undergo poor health, why do we think we can breath in that air and be OK?”

Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Island Earth, 2017

“[Janapatrick] Barroga, who had arrived at [Combat Outpost] Keating only two days earlier and who had never before been in combat, turned to him with a question. ‘Hey Sergeant,’ Barroga asked, ‘are these attacks always this bad?’”

“‘No dude, not at all,’ Breeding declared emphatically, ‘they have never been this bad.’”

“‘Well, is everything gonna be OK?’ asked Barroga, unable to connect the dots.”

“In his eighteen years in the Army, John Breeding had never been a dispenser of bullshit. He saw no need to change now. ‘I don't know if we're going to get out of this one,’ he replied, looking Barroga in the eye, ‘all I can tell you is that, if we go, we're taking some of these Mother Fucker's with us.’”

Clinton Romesha
Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor