First Looks category archive
As I write this at about 11:00 p. m., the storm hasn’t amounted to much. There’s been a bit of rain, heavy at times, but really no big deal.
I’ll check the rain gauge (yes, I have a rain gauge) in the morning and report back.
And, yes, those of us who showed up at the DL gathering had a great conversation, ranging from Hammer Films vampire movies to OTR (Old Time Radio). It was a nice break from politics.
We got only about half an inch of rain, but the winds kicked up over night; as I look out the window, I see a number of branches, some of them substantial, that were once attached to trees . . . .
Robert van Gulik’s last book of the Judge Dee series, written shortly before his untimely death, Murder in Canton.
I’ve just started it and I’m already enraptured.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., points out that the recent New York Times column about Donald Trump by “Anonymous” does not mean what its author thinks it means. He takes issue with the implication that Anonymous and his fellow insurgents are somehow bravely standing between Donald Trump and catastrophe. A snippet (emphasis added):
To the contrary, he or she shows the jellyfish spine and bunny rabbit bravery common among Republicans these days. Real courage would’ve required the writer and the “many Trump appointees” he or she says are part of this to quit their jobs en masse, find a public forum and speak the obvious truth without hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. Namely, that this tantrum-throwing child is unfit to govern.
Just another day in NRA Paradise.
The 14-year-old’s friend then got on the phone telling the 911 operator that the shooting appeared to be an accident.
The 911 operator asked: “Did he say anything before he did it?”
The friend on the 911 call responded saying: “He didn’t know there was a live round in it. He thought it was completely empty. He just pulled the trigger and shot himself.”
Ira Hyman contemplates the assault on truth and suggests that the medium does indeed have some responsibility for the message. Here’s an excerpt (emphasis added):
When most news was presented to the public through TV news programs and traditional papers, editors and journalists followed ethical standards that helped the news adhere to the truth. When errors occurred, ethical journalists acknowledged and corrected. But today there are so many promoters of “news.” I’ve put news in quotes because some of what is promoted is known to be false. And this matters.
When social media platforms become the source of news for many people, they may have the same ethical obligations as newspapers and journalists. Social media platforms can’t hide behind claims of being neutral. Being neutral with respect to true information and misinformation isn’t neutrality. Instead, this promotes the misinformation by treating it the same as the truth. Similarly when news and opinion shows present people peddling snake oil, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, they have ethical obligations. Giving air time to people who deny climate change, for example, promotes that misinformation – even when the peddlers of false information are asked hard questions.
Methinks he has a point.
Practice random acts of politeness (more at the link).
Police say they believe a public bus in Utah traveling on a highway was accidently (sic) hit by a bullet when someone fired shots from a nearby peach orchard, but authorities haven’t yet found the shooter.
Davis County Chief Deputy Ty Berger said Monday that no one was injured on the bus or in a semitrailer that was also hit by a bullet when five to 10 shots were fired from the orchard before sunrise.
Yeppers, that just what responsible gun owners do: shoot randomly in the direction of a public highway that is hidden from view by trees. Yes-indeedy-do. Just a lil’ old accident.