US lawyer and anti-death penalty campaigner Bryan Stevenson:

A lot of support for the death penalty comes from a place of great distance from the true details of killing another human being.

If you ask people, how many of you support raping people who rape, you would find it very hard to find anyone that would support that. …

The reason why we would be hesitant to endorse it is that – what normal person would be paid to do something so compromising as raping a human being? But yet we have this idea that we can kill someone in a way that doesn’t implicate us. If it’s not right to torture someone for torture, abuse someone for abuse, rape someone for rape, then how can we think we can kill someone for killing? …

The firing squad – they go out of their way that not all the guns have real bullets, so that the marksmen can walk away thinking, I didn’t do it. But there’s still this dead body on the ground. If we feel the need to actually protect the moral misgivings of the people participating, then there is no greater evidence of what we are doing is wrong.

David Tran, a Vietnamese refugee who built the pepper empire from nothing, never trademarked the term, opening the door for others to develop their own sauce or seasoning and call it Sriracha. … Tran… doesn’t see his failure to secure a trademark as a missed opportunity. He says it’s free advertising for a company that’s never had a marketing budget. It’s unclear whether he’s losing out: Sales of the original Sriracha have grown from $60 million to $80 million in the last two years alone. … At the same time, Tran has signed licensing agreements with a handful of specialty producers such as … Pop Gourmet, which makes a Sriracha popcorn… Even with these partnerships, Tran doesn’t charge any royalty fees. All he asks is that they use his sauce and stay true to its flavor.

I like David Tran and his delicious rooster condiment.

>> Hello, how are you?

> I’m fine. How are you?

I’m also fine.

An email thread, or a 5th century manuscript by Rufinus of Aquileia? From Keith Houston’s fascinating history of quotation marks. (Spoiler: the inverted comma appears in the 16th century.)