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.
Secretary of State Kerry, in an op-ed that I believe just appeared tonight on the NYTs website, does not mince words in defining the elimination of ISIS as America's mission going forward.
Here's Kerry, but I think everyone should read the entire piece. The timing of the piece is kind of strange, i.e. it's appearing on Friday night of Labor Day Weekend. That is not exactly the time one generally chooses to reach a huge audience. Is that purposeful or is it guided by realities on the ground, or as a follow-up to the aggressive words spoken by British Prime Minister Cameron and others over the last couple of days?
I sure hope this is the beginning of a correction of over use of testing and abuse of students and teachers. Florida state education administration as been brutal on kids and teachers alike. I know because I have been through every inch of it since JEB started this crap of punishing teachers and schools with test scores. The school board meeting in Ft. Myers was packed with people who wanted the schools to opt out of Common Core. This is also being considered in the Palm Beach County Schools.
I have had to sit and coach my kids starting in January every year with practice test booklets until the test in March. I would rather be helping with creative thinking projects.
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
The researchers also found that those who use social media regularly are more reluctant to express dissenting views in the offline world.
I have been following this very closely for the last week. Iceland is in for another eruption. It is fascinating how close they were to the actual day it would erupt. Scientist have been reporting the lava as it moved under the crust. This is a bad situation for Iceland because this is subglacial and can cause a jökulhlaup which is an water ice flood. This thread will continue to update through the night.