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Shooting Reported at Connecticut Elementary School

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


Eighteen children were killed on Friday morning in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, according to a person who had been briefed on the shooting. Another law enforcement official said preliminary reports suggested there could be as many as 20 fatalities.

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  1. I can hear the NRA spokesman saying “See, if those kids were allowed to carry guns, they could have defended themselves”

  2. Jon, have you considered setting up a new category named ‘This week’s Gun Killings’?

    Tragic shootings in the US are so common that, these days, it’s only the larger-scale killings that get broad coverage.

  3. Innocent children, inheriting the sins of their metaphorical fathers, I’m sorry to say.

  4. Not the NRA, but close enough:


    Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, believes it is the gun control advocates who have responsibility for the Friday shootings.

    “I would say there’s blood on their hands becauser they were the ones that supported the gun free zones that are the law in almost every state of our country around schools. They’re the ones with their support of gun free zones,” he said.

    “In the last 20 years, every single mass murder of five people or more has taken place in a gun free zone. Now, at some point we’ve got to ask is there a better way,” Pratt told 9News Now.

  5. Spaceman Spiff made a comment on environmental factors in the China stabbing – I agree: food additives, pesticide residuals, etc. But I would add cultural items to the mix including violent video games, TV shows, and in “certain nation states” (amongst others) that connote the theme that all conflict needs to be resolved through violence. Opinion on heavy video gaming and TV use: I have observed first hand what I would describe as serious issues in certain teens I have known that have been raised with unimpeded TV and video game access. Their maturity level lags their chronological age and their view of reality is greatly distorted. I also submit that the negative results of the toxic mix of these cultural items are significantly amplified in the mind of individuals that have limited outside social inputs to balance and/or counter them. In the case of Mr. Lanza, he was partially home-schooled, his mother was a gun enthusiast (read nut), and he was very withdrawn from outside influence. His mother did not work at the school as initially reported and in fact was equally high strung and perhaps equally withdrawn. What a bad feedback loop. Conjecture on my part, no doubt, but I am not so sure the points described about can be discounted.

Alan Turing should be pardoned, argue Stephen Hawking and top scientists

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 16:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who was convicted of homosexuality in 1952, should receive a posthumous pardon, Professor Stephen Hawking and other leading scientists have urged.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, Hawking, the world-renowned physicist, and 10 other signatories say David Cameron should “formally forgive” the mathematician.

The letter comes after Lord Sharkey, a Liberal Democrat peer and one of the signatories, introduced a private member’s bill in the Lords to grant Turing an official pardon this summer.

Other signatories to the letter include Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, Sir Paul Nurse, the head of the Royal Society, and Lady Trumpington, who worked for Turing during the war.


Turing’s work at Bletchley Park is widely credited with having helped speed the end of the second world war and he is increasingly acknowledged as the “father of the computer”.

Next time the Pope claims homosexuality is a threat to peace in the world, go tell him to take a long walk off a short pier.

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  1. … a pier over shark infested waters preferably.

  2. I just got a gift from the U.K. – a Monopoly board game, ‘Alan Turing Edition’. No where in the Chance cards does it say:

    “You are arrested for gross indecency, go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.”

    There is a petition to put him on U.K. bank notes, not just Monopoly money;


The G.O.P.’s Existential Crisis

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 15:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


So Republicans have suffered more than an election defeat, they’ve seen the collapse of a decades-long project. And with their grandiose goals now out of reach, they literally have no idea what they want — hence their inability to make specific demands.

It’s a dangerous situation. The G.O.P. is lost and rudderless, bitter and angry, but it still controls the House and, therefore, retains the ability to do a lot of harm, as it lashes out in the death throes of the conservative dream.

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  1. That’s either spin or wishful thinking from Krugman. The Republicans are sitting on their hands because they think it’s a good strategic move, that they can blame Obama if the gridlock continues. Given how much of their voters live in a media bubble, that might largely work, and in the new year they’ll have another debt ceiling come along to strengthen their hand.

    Krugman doesn’t really support his bigger point that their decades-long project is dead. Their lower-taxes credo remains immensely popular with a large slice of the population. Obama’s victory over Romney was noticeable but not huge in popular vote; 47% will still support a guy like Romney who holds these tax ideas as well. Even if a few Republicans are taking a half-step away from the Norquist pledge, I don’t see that the project is suddenly completely defunct. Elections swing back and forth; it’s not impossible that the Republicans may retake the Senate and continue the project.

  2. There are people who are labeled kooks who are in favor of either a flat tax or no tax. (I am only talking about just income tax) The tax thing is the main way politicians try to sway voters. That’s why they are against the “kooks”. I wonder what kind of struggle we would see if that leverage tool was done away with? Just sayin’…

  3. Politicians will never support a flat tax, not really. Creating loopholes is how they get campaign contributions.

Mexican Drug Smugglers Are Launching Pot Into The U.S. With A Huge Pneumatic Cannon

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 13:32 by Desiato in category: awesome, Do you feel safer yet?, News


When we last checked in on the DIY innovations of Mexican cartel drug smugglers, we found them lobbing four-pound bales of marijuana over the Mexico-Arizona border with a trailer-mounted catapult. But technology never stands still. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents recently found 33 canisters of marijuana in a field on the U.S. side near the point where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border, and they think the pot got there after being launched from a huge pneumatic cannon.

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  1. I’m sure I saw this in a Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comic book!

How fake images change our memory and behaviour

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 12:08 by John Sinteur in category: News


Doctored images can affect what we eat, how we vote and even our childhood recollections. The question scientists are asking is why there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

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Schmidt ‘very proud’ of Google’s tiny tax bill: ‘It’s called capitalism’

Posted on December 14th, 2012 at 1:57 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Robber Barons


Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has dismissed criticism over how little corporation tax his company pays, saying it’s just capitalism.

Schmidt is “very proud” of the corporate structure Google set up to divert profits made in European countries, such as the UK, to its firms in the low-tax havens of Ireland and The Netherlands, thus minimising its tax bill.

“We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways,” he told Bloomberg. “I am very proud of the structure that we set up. We did it based on the incentives that the governments offered us to operate.

“It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”


“Using dubious tactics dubbed the ‘Double Irish’ and the ‘Dutch Sandwich’, Google apparently was able to pay only 3.2 per cent in tax on its overseas profits in 2011 even though most of its sales were in countries with tax rates from 26 to 34 per cent,” the group’s privacy project director John Simpson said in the letter.

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