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  • This is an interesting set of tagged bills on flickr. These two are my favorites.

    On a separate note, while pasting the above image of the twenty-dollar-bill into Photoshop, I got an interesting warning window that I’ve never seen before. You can see the actual image here. But here is what it said:

    This application does not support the printing of banknote images.

    You can open and edit this image but you will not be able to print it as is. For more information, select the information button below for Internet-based information on restrictions for copying and distributing banknote images or go to www.rulesforuse.org.

    Interesting.

    (via BuzzFeed)

  • A letter written by Martin Luther King, Jr. from prison in 1963

    I came across this picture, and an accompanying letter posted on flickr today. The letter was written by Martin Luther King, Jr. from a jail cell in Birmingham to a group of clergymen who opposed him.

    It is unclear why King is in jail, but the picture and letter are both quite moving. In his Author’s Note, King tells (us) that he wrote the letter (which is very long) “in the margins of a newspaper”, and then continued onto scraps of paper, “and concluded on a pad [his] attorneys were eventually permitted to leave [him].”

    His reason for being in Birmingham? Quite biblical:

    But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I. compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

    What is even more interesting is King’s description of how they prepared themselves for non-violent demonstrations. They did not merely ready themselves to not be violent, but they taught themselves to take violence, and turn the other cheek, as it were.

    We began a series of workshops on nonviolence, and we repeatedly asked ourselves : “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?” “Are you able to endure the ordeal of jail?”

    King, in answer to the letter’s question of “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” makes this extremely eloquent and still relevant statement:

    The answer lies in the fact that there fire two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the Brat to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

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