Postcards from the culture wars (8.24)

“Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.29)

Laurie Penny on Milo and nihilists and … a lot (just read it). Patrick Blanchfield on America’s Gun. Michelle Obama gives a speech for the ages. Prof. Patricia Leary seizes a teaching opportunity. And Binyavanga Wainaina teaches us “How to Write About Africa.” [Read more…]

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Police, yet again, refuse first aid for man they shot for no reason

The police who shot him for no apparent reason did not provide even rudimentary first aid as Charles Kinsey lay there, handcuffed, unarmed, and bleeding. This is monstrously irresponsible. It is, frankly, evil. And it is par for the course for trigger-happy American police. [Read more…]

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First responders and guns (cont’d.)

When people with guns are summoned in an emergency, they sometimes respond as people with guns — whether or not guns are capable of addressing the emergency in question. This makes things worse. This is particularly — and often tragically — the case when police are called on to be the “first responders” in an emergency involving someone suffering from mental illness, emotional distress, or psychosis. [Read more…]

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First responders usually shouldn’t mean ‘people with guns’

When there’s a bear trapped in a Subaru, it’s probably prudent for the deputy to bring along a shotgun. But most of the time in their role as “first responders” to emergencies unrelated to law enforcement, the guns that police officers carry are neither necessary nor helpful. The presence of those guns — the introduction of those guns — increases the danger present, rather than reducing or helping to resolve it safely. [Read more…]

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The fruit salad of our lives

Trump gets two endorsements that won’t help him and two opponents who won’t hurt him. Plus: Several stories involving American men aiming guns at American women; the NABA defense of torture; and a plea to cast Adam Driver in a Joey Ramone biopic. [Read more…]

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What it seems to be all about then

It’s a funny scene for what it is — a child’s childish fantasy of the swaggering hero he wishes/imagines he will be transformed into thanks to the purchase of a product (that product being, of course, an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock). But it’s not so funny when alleged adults — people of the legal age to be considered “grown-ups” — repeat this exact fantasy as the basis for public policy or the lack thereof. [Read more…]

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Today’s American mass shooting …

NPR: “At least 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded when up to three suspects armed with long guns entered a facility in San Bernardino, Calif., and opened fire, authorities said Wednesday.” [Read more…]

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