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China has had more school massacres by 'rampage killers' than the U.S.?

That's what this Wikipedia chart says:

List of rampage killers: School massacres

It's interactive, you can have the chart sort by any of the headings. If you click on "Country," it will sort alphabetically by country.

I count

21 incidents in China from  occurring 1995 through 2012


17 incidents in the U.S. occurring from 1927 (yes, that's 1927 ) through 2012.

Geezers rock!

Despite some engaging guest performances including the much-reported reunions with former bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, the core quartet didn't hit top speed until the show's second half. When they did, they were untouchable.

-Paul Sexton @, November 26, 2012

As Danny and The Juniors foretold in 1958:


Dueling Israelis

A news post that I can't put in the news section because it requires both links to be given equal attention. These two stories are both atop the New York Times website right now:

Christopher Walken on Seven Psychopaths, His Days as a Lion Tamer, and the One Role He's Still Searching For

By Julie Miller at Vanity Fair, September 10, 2012


What kind of character haven't you played that you'd still like to try?

I haven't played a regular guy. You know, a dad with kids. But I'm not sure I'll ever get that part.

A Libertarian House on the Prairie

By Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, August 17, 2012

[....] [Laura Ingalls] Wilder’s books were written in collaboration with her only child, Rose Wilder Lane, a best-selling author in her own right. The extent of that collaboration is disputed—some critics have called Rose Laura’s “ghostwriter.” The evidence suggests that, at the least, Lane edited and shaped the manuscripts considerably, and thought of her mother as an amateur [....]

News of the long slow lingering death of NYC's Democratic machine

Just a news compilation thread for my own reference, perhaps to update from time to time

First news item:

Councilman, Convicted of Fraud, Vacates Seat
By Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, July 26/27, 2012

It appears that the TPMCafe site has been taken down from the web?

Trying to go to its url ( now automatically redirects you to the the Talking Points Memo home page (

Did anyone notice a public announcement that this was going to happen? Just curious.



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