Amy Davidson, The New Yorker online, yesterday (excerpt is last 2 paragraphs)
We have heard a good deal from the N.R.A. in the last couple of months about how a gun defends a home. Wayne LaPierre, the group’s executive vice-president and increasingly unhinged public face, has been out talking about how everyone needs a gun to be prepared for a coming time of financial crisis and natural disaster. South Africa and the United States are distinct countries with different gun cultures, but people are not so different. The array of objects within arm’s reach can turn a moment of rage to something worse in any country. A gun in the house makes it more likely that domestic violence will lead to murder. (The Times has a story this morning about how living with guns has also been connected to dying by suicide.) Oscar Pistorius’s gun did not keep Reeva Steenkamp safe. Living in a house with many guns did not keep Kasandra Perkins safe when Jovan Belcher, the father of her child, shot her and then himself.
There is much to admire in the confidence that made Pistorius believe that he could challenge world running federations, and make them let him run. There was a clarity there, and inspiration, and the right kind of pride. (This morning, someone reportedly took a Nike ad with the line “I am the bullet in the chamber” off of his Web site.) There will be plenty of talk, too, about what brings athletes to both the highest levels of sports and to a place of domestic tragedy—publicity, pressure, even the unsettling question of performance-enhancing drugs and their psychological effects. That discussion is worth having. But what matters even more is what can happen in any home, in any room, with a man and a woman and a gun.
The teacher had no contacts with anyone with Ebola, had no contact with anyone who had contact with an Ebola patient, the teacher only went to Dallas, which apparently is as scary to idiot Americans in Maine as having been to an Ebola ward of Liberia. Yes, these people vote too. TV News: turn it off or watch something else, TV 'News' won't make you smarter or better informed.
This has been the focus of Europe the last few days of a mysterious "whisky" in Sweden's waters. The Russians deny that the sub is theirs.
6.16 Just when the whole affair couldn't get any more 007, a rumour is now being circulated that the Russians were testing out a prototype mini-submarine known as the Triton NN.
Not much is known about it, but according to the website of the NIzhny Novogorod Lazurit design bureau, which claims to have designed it, a prototype underwent government testing in 2008. It is meant to combine the qualities of a speed boat and a submersile and may have been issued to navy special forces in Kaliningrad.