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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness.

A suspected sniper has been taking shots at passing vehicles on a major highway in Eastern North Carolina, and it may have been going on for days, witnesses say.

Aside:

What’s with the “suspected sniper” phrasing?

Sniping is taking place, therefore there is a sniper.

Furrfu.

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QOTD 0

Saint Jerome:

It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.

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Hard Choices 0

Man in hell facing three doors:

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“It Must Be True. Nothing Else Explains It.” 0

Joe Pierre has posted two pieces about the psychology of conspiracy theories (and theorists) at Psychology Today Blogs, derived from a radio interview in which he participated. They are worth a look.

Part One.

Part Two.

Here’s a bit from Part One (emphasis added):

How has the internet affected the spread of conspiracy theories? Do you think the internet promotes the spread of conspiracy theories?

There’s little question that the internet can help spread false beliefs including conspiracy theories. And research has shown that misinformation tends to spread faster and more widely than factual information. So the internet is clearly a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theories.

That said, there is not good evidence that conspiracy theories are necessarily more common now than they have been at other points in history. . . .

What is somewhat unique to the internet is the way it’s very design — through a click-based revenue model along with the creation of filter bubbles — can foster echo chambers and confirmation bias that strengthens conviction in our pre-existing beliefs. As I like to say, searching for information online is often like “confirmation bias on steroids.”

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The Rule of Lawless Meets the Wall-eyed Piker 0

What’s a few less laws, anyway?

The Department of Homeland Security, under authority conferred by Congress, has declared nearly 50 federal laws inoperable along sections of the U.S. boundary with Mexico, the better to build the border wall that Donald Trump has promised his “base.” Innumerable state laws and local ordinances have also been swept aside. Predictably, the Endangered Species Act is among the fallen. So are the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wilderness Act, laws restricting air and water pollution, and measures protecting wildlife, landscapes, Native American sacred sites, and even caves and fossils.

The new Wild West of the border wall is an authoritarian dreamscape where the boss man faces no limits and no obligations. It’s as though Marshall Wyatt Earp, reborn as an orange-haired easterner with no knowledge of the actual West, were back in charge, deciding who’s in and who’s out, what goes and what stays.

More lawlessness at the link.

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Putin on the Fix 0

Woman says,

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The Lies of the Land 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Demonstrate politeness as thou partakest of thy repast.

According to police, the man was eating his meal when he spotted a friend across the restaurant. The man – who is a licensed concealed carry holder – took out a pistol from a holster and set it on the chair next to him. He covered it with a napkin.

The man said hi to his friend and returned to his table when the gun went off.

The man quickly announced to the restaurant what happened and asked if everyone was alright. Everyone said they were, police said, until an 80-year-old woman seated at a nearby table said her back ached. Friends looked at her back and found a bullet had entered through her shoulder and passed out her chest.

Musical NotesGuns and stupid, guns and stupid,
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you, brother,
You can’t have one without the other.

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Know them by the company they keep.

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QOTD 0

Ricky Gervais:

There’s no difference between fame and infamy now. There’s a new school of professional famous people that don’t do anything. They don’t create anything.

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A Flair for the Obvious 0

And this surprises you how?

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Gun locks for me, but not for thee.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell is fed up with Florida Republicans’ hypocritical kabuki on immigration and immigrants.

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Scribes and Pharisees for a Modern Age 0

Connie Schultz notes Donald Trump’s recent visit to an evangelical “Christian” church and marvels at his new-found faith. A snippet:

This (visit to a church–ed.) may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely visited a church during the 2016 campaign, and when he did in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he pulled dollar bills out of his pocket when the communion plate passed his way. Well, look, if you’re going to dwell on all that, you are never going to be invited to join Trump’s newly founded Christian Church of Campaign Convenience.

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

And I thought I was a bit of a pessimist.

Meanwhile, Bob Peckman suggests that, if one wants to discuss scientific topics, one might be wise to pay attention to science.

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The Vandal 0

Frame One:  Donald Trump says,

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It’s All about the Algorithm, All the News that Fits Dept. 0

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Alexandre Dumas:

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.

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Devolution 0

The slide back into the primordial ooze continues apace.

A Kansas man has asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney “on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal (sic–ed.) bodies.”

More primordial ooze at the link.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Show off your politeness that all may see.

The couple, 23 year old Christopher Garry and 21 year old Christina Garcia claim a man decided to show off his new gun.

They told officers the weapon fired by accident and grazed Garcia but Garry was struck in the hand and leg.

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