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16 Jan 2014, 12:36 pm by
"I castrated myself when I was 15 to rebel against society... a degenerate capitalistic system results in a commodification of sexuality...." [read post]
9 Dec 2013, 12:59 pm by
20 children were murdered, and 6 adults. Leave it alone. Conduct your pathetic search for someone or something to blame somewhere else, Alex Seitz-Wald. Have some decency. Find another grave upon which to dance the Dance of Obama Exculpation.  [read post]
19 Dec 2012, 2:44 pm by Olivia
With the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the public is understandably looking for explanations.  Why did this happen?  How can we prevent it from happening again?  Since several high powered guns and many more rounds of ammunition were found at the site, gun control advocates have been extremely vocal.  The shooter’s possible history of mental [...] [read post]
15 Dec 2012, 10:34 pm by Mandelman
A confirmed bachelor type friend of mine asked me recently why people have children.  If you penciled it out, it just didn’t make sense, he was explaining. I knew he was right… there’s nothing that makes sense about having kids, especially these days.  They’re expensive as can be.  They restrict your lifestyle for decades.  They’re not always perfect… although mine happens to be.  And you constantly worry for their safety today and… [read post]
31 Dec 2012, 11:01 am by Michele
Meriden, Conn. –The first lawsuit to result from the Connecticut school shooting was filed on behalf of a 6-year-old girl who survived.  The suit claims that the student has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury as a result of hearing the gunman, Adam Lanza, yelling and shooting over the school intercom.  The suit also contends that the State Board of Education, the Department of Education and the Education Commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect… [read post]
18 Mar 2014, 7:57 am by
I loved the movie, which came out in 1989 — pre-9/11, pre-Colombine — but quite aside from the whole problem of making movies into Broadway musicals, the theme of a teenage rebel blowing up all the kids at school feels quite different. But The New Yorker says the "issues of bully-related suicide, school shootings, and bomb threats are even more relevant.""Bully-related suicide" is an interesting expression here. The bullied kids commit murder and disguise it as suicide. It's a dark… [read post]
16 May 2013, 1:02 pm by
Said I, as quoted in The New Yorker today in a piece by Paul Bloom called "The Dzhokar Tsarnaev Empathy Problem." I was being sarcastic and criticizing the media for using a strikingly baby-faced picture of Tsarnaev in practically ever report. Bloom concludes: Relying on the face might be human nature—even babies prefer to look at attractive people. But, of course, judging someone based on the geometry of his features is, from a moral and legal standpoint, no better than judging him based on… [read post]
17 Apr 2013, 5:36 am by
"... for both the victims and the people on your side who you hope to recruit, or tap for money.  This helps explain why Al Qaeda was so obsessed with the Twin Towers, a place that — until they fell — most New Yorkers regarded as a rather ugly landmark containing some so-so office space.  To a terrorist group looking for publicity, on the other hand, it had immense symbolic value: the tallest building in America's biggest city, with the hubristic name of 'World Trade Center.'… [read post]
18 Apr 2013, 8:17 am by
1. It's been so bad that the media dropped their erstwhile foible of talking about everything that happens in terms of what it means for Obama. And here it is, the first lap of his new term, when there's more reason than usual to talk about how things are working out for the President. 2. Obama made gun control his big issue leading into the new term. He tried so hard to deploy his speaking skills to channel the nation's emotion after the Sandy Hook massacre, and in the end he couldn't even wrangle… [read post]
10 Mar 2014, 5:46 am by
From a long New Yorker "Annals of Psychiatry" piece about Adam Lanza, based on an interview with his father Peter, who said that his son was "Always thinking differently... Just a normal little weird kid."A supposedly extreme thing about Adam Lanza that doesn't sound at all extreme to me: "He showed such hypersensitivity to physical touch that tags had to be removed from his clothing."And what if your child showed talent for writing in a manner that seems like those popular slasher films and Stephen… [read post]