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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-21 07:26
Subject: [links] Link salad wanders into the weekend
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Tags:australia, conventions, events, funny, guns, japan, links, personal, photos, politics, science, weird, writing
SFWA Northwest Reading Series — I am part of the October edition of this august event, hosted by [info]seanan_mcguire and also featuring [info]mkhobson. Stay tuned for details and reminders.

Life Under the Microscope — The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

55 years ago, 6 stood under atomic bomb blast -- on purpose

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels — Clean and safe and too cheap to meter. Yep.

Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Kansas City Police End Standoff With Naked ArcherLowering the Bar is hilarious.

Seriously inappropriate Tweet from the NRA yesterday — Mmm. Gun rights.

58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in USThe international comparisons show conclusively that fewer gun owners per capita produce not only fewer murders by firearm, but fewer murders per capita over all. In the case of Britain, firearms murders are 30 times fewer than in the US per capita.

The Body Count — Roger Ebert on the Colorado shootings. This: I'm tired of repeating the obvious. I know with a dread certainty that I will change nobody's mind. I will hear conspiracy theories from those who fear the government, I will hear about the need to raise a militia, and I will hear nothing about how 9,484 corpses in a year has helped anything. That is a high price to pay. What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

How Long will We let the National Rifle Association and Corrupt Politicians Kill our Children? — Juan Cole on the shootings.

The Dream of Maximum Guns — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the shootings.

A list of mass shootings in the United States since 2005 — It is sixty-five pages long. Contrast our response to these events with the Australian response to the Port Arthur massacre. That is what a sane and safe society looks like. Not us here in America. (In part via [info]danjite.)

George W. Bush to skip Republican National Convention — A crying shame, as I think the voting public needs a reminder of what happened the last time we elected Republican president: massive foreign wars, record deficits and nearly complete economic collapse. Luckily for the GOP, they and their friends in Your Liberal Media have convinced the public to blame Obama for what Bush did.

?otD: Who have you been grooving all week with?




7/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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User: nicosian
Date: 2012-07-21 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For all the hype, gun violence in canada is still quite rare ( 200yr), and largely gang related ( which its speculated is going on in Toronto right now.)

I really don't get why assault rifles are even LEGAL to own.


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Chris McKitterick: schroedinger's cat
User: mckitterick
Date: 2012-07-21 16:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:schroedinger's cat
Interstingly, Switzerland - which likely has the 2nd-highest gun-ownership rate in the world - has 1/6 the murder rate of the US (less than 1 per 100,000).

It would appear that it's not the guns that are the problem, but instead something about our nation....
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2012-07-21 17:21 (UTC)
Subject: Let me think for a minute
Army rifles perhaps?
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Chris McKitterick: Little Prince
User: mckitterick
Date: 2012-07-21 17:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Let me think for a minute
Keyword:Little Prince
I've spent the morning looking up murder rates, gun ownership, and so forth, and violence and murder does not seem to be related to guns. This is the media whipping up a frenzy as always. The real issues are deeper and harder to solve than making gun laws: mental health, hate-speech, and desperation are the roots, but solving those problems is HARD. The US doesn't seem to be a nation that has patience for long-term fixes; politically, our will is shorter than two years. I have some more thoughts on this here.

I hope it's not hopeless for us.
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-07-22 02:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics-rifleman
It would appear that it's not the guns that are the problem, but instead something about our nation....

Well, yes, but in a very baseline common sense reality, it ought to be possible to acknowledge that fewer firearms in circulation mean fewer opportunities to abuse them. It's not a bad place to start dealing with the problem.

Unfortunately, in modern America, that assertion is considered risible.
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2012-07-21 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: Oh no...
What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

They're not prepared to pay it; they're prepared for somebody else's children to pay it.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-07-22 02:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nobody, but nobody needs an assault rifle, period, and the amount of ammunition a person buys (over the internet or anywhere) should be regulated.

I mean, I'd like to have much, much more in the way of gun control, but that would be a start, at least.
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Dichroic
User: dichroic
Date: 2012-07-23 13:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't want guns outlawed, though I'd be happy with the sensible restrictions mmegaera suggests here. But I keep wondering, how do we *know* that no one in the theater was carrying? Maybe there was one or more responsible gun-owners present - because in the case where there are people running everywhere, the attacker is in body armor and there's tear gas floating around, the smartest thing to do is probably *not* to shoot even if you have a gun.
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