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Kofi Awoonor
Kofi Awoonor



Issue: "Rethinking the death penalty," Oct. 19, 2013

‘Death has made war upon our house.’

Poet Kofi Awoonor of Ghana, 78, who was killed in the al-Shabaab attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Sept. 21. He was due to recite from this well-known poem, “Song of Sorrows,” at a literary festival on the evening of the attacks.

‘The latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence.’

Climate scientist Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which claims a certainty level of 95 percent that humans have caused most of the warming of the planet since the middle of the 20th century. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

‘I just broke down in tears in boarding area at SFO while on phone with my wife. I’ve never cried because of a science report before.’

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Meteorologist Eric Holthaus in a Sept. 27 tweet after reading the IPCC report on climate change while boarding a flight in San Francisco. “I realized, just now: This has to be the last flight I ever take,” tweeted Holthaus two minutes later. “I’m committing right now to stop flying. It’s not worth the climate.”

‘I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.’

Late-term abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, in a prison interview, on his killing of babies who had been born alive. When asked by Philadelphia magazine’s Steve Volk if he had a sense of “spiritual innocence,” Gosnell said “yes.” Gosnell has written abortion-inspired poems from prison.

‘If you have a bumper sticker that says “No Blood For Oil,” it had better be on your bike.’

Popular author, war correspondent, and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, arguing that Americans “enjoy extraordinary wealth because our foreign trade and oil imports are protected by the world’s most powerful navy,” and that U.S. military intervention in the Middle East can work.


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