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Miscellaneous Thoughts On Recent News

Bob Cesca has a great post up about the right-wing politicians and pundits, and their relation to Las Vegas shootings and the Atlanta courthouse shooting.

Did they really believe they could talk like this for so long and at such an urgent fever-pitch, encouraging armed revolution and Second Amendment solutions, and believe that no one would act upon the nonstop join-or-die hype? It’s not just Alex Jones, either. We’re also told by our elected leaders — those we’ve tasked with passing laws and safeguarding our liberty — that we should take up arms against domestic enemies.

To judge by their scramble to paint the shooters as “socialists” and to point the finger anywhere else but at themselves, the answer is “Yes, yes they did believe that.”

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Still Around, and Still Opinionated

It’s been a while since I wrote a post here,  because work has been … intense … the past month and a half.  While starting work in the field during the summer always decreases my posting frequency, this year has been more problematic than others.  There’s a corollary to Murphy’s Law which says “Murphy was an optimist.”   That’s been the applicable statement  this year, as things that shouldn’t have “gone wrong” did, and things that were supposed to have been ready … weren’t.   Add in a new assistant to be trained, along with an unexpected budget cut meaning we couldn’t hire a much-needed additional person, and things have been … busy.   I have been trying to keep up with the news, with variable success.  With that variability comes some opinions.

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Miscellaneous Musing

It’s officially “Spring,” according to the calendar, although the “look out the window” around here says “still Winter.”  There are signs that spring will eventually get here, but exactly when is anyone’s guess.  One of the evidences for climate change from my perspective is that “general predictability” has gone out the window in the past decade.  There was a time when I could plan around when seasons would begin, within a week or two.  Now, I have to guess within a month or so, and I’m usually wrong.

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Why the Webster Shooting Resonates

Monday morning in Webster NY, a village to the east of Rochester, a house fire was reported.  Firefighters responded, and walked into a trap, resulting in two deaths and two seriously wounded.  The shooter killed himself after SWAT units responded, but in the delay, several other houses caught fire.  Two families  lost their loved ones, and others were homeless for the holiday.  What makes this resonate so much is not just that they were firefighters.  They were volunteer firefighters, and it’s something that strikes a major chord with rural areas.

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Towards Sensible Gun Rules

One of the outcomes of the Newtown tragedy is that a national conversation has started about gun control, and reducing the levels of gun violence in this country.  It’s sad that it took the deaths of 20 children to bring this front and center, but unlike previous tragedies it looks like this one has staying power.   As I’ve said in a previous post here, we need not only have sensible regulations, we need to change how our culture views guns.  The cultural change is going to be a longer term effort, but there are some sensible things we can do with the laws.

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