March, 2018 archive
Solomon Jones comments:
I see a black man named Alton Sterling — who was armed, but hurt no one — shot and killed by police. I see a white man named James Holmes taken alive after killing 12 and injuring 70 in a movie theater shooting. I see a white man named Dylann Roof kill nine black parishioners in a church, get arrested by police without incident, and then get a trip to Burger King courtesy of police officers who thought he might be hungry.
The racial disparities in our law enforcement system are many. They are obvious. They are wrong.
As Tiffany Capers points out, it’s as American as a Confederate monument.
Play politely at the party.
Officers say Gobert was on the phone and playing with a gun when it accidentally discharged, fatally shooting him in the head.
Paul Krugman marvels at the number of crooks seeking office as Republicans. A snippet:
I don’t think it’s an accident that the modern GOP contains so many crooks and that these crooks seem to thrive in intraparty politics. On the contrary, the success of people like Blankenship — or Trump — was an inevitable consequence of the political strategy Republicans have followed for decades. For the simple truth is that ever since Reagan, Republicans have basically played a con game on American voters.
Their sustained, invariant agenda has been upward redistribution of income: cutting taxes on the rich while weakening the social safety net. This agenda is unpopular: Only a small minority of Americans wants to see tax cuts for the wealthy, and an even smaller minority wants cuts to major social programs. Yet Republicans have won elections partly by denying the reality of their policy agenda, but mainly by posing as defenders of traditional social values — above all, that greatest of American traditions, racism.
In related news, Daniel Ruth points out that Facebook’s
targets users are hardly blameless. A snippet:
Sure, it is rather tawdry so many naive people willingly provided information about themselves that was then cynically exploited for crass political purposes. But doesn’t this say more about the gullibility of the victims than it does about the dark forces behind the scenes who manipulated the data?
After all, Facebook is nothing more than a huge, honking privacy violation machine. It is not an egalitarian social network uniting the world in a common bond of friendship and sharing. Like so many other cyber platforms, Facebook has become a propaganda weapon, a troller’s paradise and an opportunity to sell all manner of stuff. It’s the General Motors of hubris.
The woman said she went to the front yard where her husband had been playing with their two sons.
Initially the man did not think he had been shot, the reports says, but he soon noticed blood on his pants and felt pain in his leg.
When deputies interviewed the man at the hospital he said he and his sons had been running races around their house while he was wearing a pistol with a new holster. According to the report, the man said he clipped the edge of a camper parked in his yard as he ran by, causing the gun discharge.
We are a society of stupid.
Comments appear to be broken.
The problem appears to be fixed.
I have nothing but praise for my hosting provider’s tech support.
I wore a headset for six years. I know competent support when I see it.
I received a report that comments are still broken. I visited the site from a VM of Devuan without logging in and was able to post a comment as a visitor. I have also received a spam comment, which was quarantined by Akismet, as well it should have been. The matter is still under investigation.
I received a comment from a visitor today, 2018-03-29. I am concluding that comments are working again. Tomorrow I shall “unstick” this post and it shall no longer be at the top of the page. If you still have difficulties posting comments, try clearing your cache.