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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the American poet and founder of City Lights bookstore -- who was in the US Navy during World War II -- said in the 2013 biographical documentary “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” that visiting the bombed-out Japanese city of Nagasaki turned him into a lifelong pacifistLawrence Ferlinghetti, the American poet and founder of City Lights bookstore—who was in the U Navy during World War II—said in the 2013 biographical documentary “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” that visiting the bombed-out Japanese city of Nagasaki turned him into a lifelong pacifist.

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Harmful, unintended consequences of technological advances, such as the deadly mass strandings of whales caused by naval sonar, need to be confronted, not denied.

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