I'm not sure I'm going to talk about Newtown. What else is there to say after this Onion article? But you know when people talk about how they always thought "it just couldn't happen here"? A few more of these and nobody with any sense of the outside world and history will be able to say things like that. However, you want to know something that puts this all into focus for me? Incidents like this are on the decline, from what I understand. Many people will talk about how we should pass and enforce more gun control, watch out for "aspires", maybe increase public awareness of mental illness and/or increase access to treatment, arm the teachers, and all other silliness. I'm not against some gun control, and I'm all for increased awareness of mental illness and access to treatment, but the real question is what is wrong with us that we need all these guns in the first place? That's the real disease in our society. And why does it take so many deaths of children to get us to face these issues? Not to mention the questions of why these children matter to us, but many of us can ignore the children in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who have died because of our actions?
Ten New Year's Resolutions for writers.
The intern job from hell. Good thing the Dalkey Archive is overseas as we have laws here to prevent such a thing (unpaid internships need to benefit the intern more than the company). You know, if we actually enforced them.
Want you're own planetarium? Don't want to pay the thousands for those really good star machines? Check out Night Shade. Can't beat free.
Ice "flowers" in the Arctic. More proof the world is stranger than we think. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Why? Because we can." Eric with a little snark regarding the HSBC money laundering settlement.
"JIM HENSON: I think Ms. Rand and my character Oscar the Grouch would have a lot to talk about actually. I am laughing out loud at this idea." Bwahahaha. That's a link to an early online conversation between Ayn Rand, Yoko Ono, Jim Henson and Sidney Nolan (ARPANET Dialogue IV). (Pointed to by John)
Tweet of my heat: @tobiasbuckell: These are the people that were being called union thugs and parasites, teachers, heroes: http://stream.wsj.com/story/connec…