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Old 2014-06-11, 07:11   Link #34001
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Anyone interested in America's patterns of gun violence would do well to read a few entries in the "Gun Report" maintained by Joe Nocera and Jennifer Mascia of the New York Times. For over a year they have compiled reports of gun violence from around the country. Here's an excerpt from the report for one weekend last July. From reading the blog off and on over the past year, none of these are unusual events.

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On Friday, Pedro Alberto Vargas, a tenant in a Hialeah, Fla., apartment building, shot and killed the building’s managers, an elderly married couple, while they served him with a complaint. Vargas, 43, then set his apartment aflame before moving from floor to floor gunning people down, including a married couple and their 17-year-old daughter, who he shot and killed while she hid in her bathtub. He also killed a man walking across the street who had just picked up his 9-year-old son from boxing practice. Vargas held two other neighbors at gunpoint for several hours before a SWAT team moved in, killing him. Police confirmed that he still had plenty of rounds of live ammunition on him. The weapon he used, a 9-millimeter Glock handgun, was purchased legally in 2010.

All told, six lives were ended at Vargas’s hand. The motive, however, remains unclear. It is the bloodiest mass murder in the city’s history.

An 8-year-old girl was wounded after someone inside her Stockton, Calif., home fired a sawed-off shotgun belonging to her mother, who was arrested Thursday night. A 9-year-old girl was wounded after her 5-year-old brother picked up a .22-caliber rifle and accidentally shot her in the chest in Oakdale, Minn., Friday night. A 13-year-old boy is on life support after being shot by a friend in Wickenburg, Ariz., Friday night; his father had left the gun with the kids while he went shopping.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head and critically wounded by a homeowner who mistook him for an intruder in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans La., early Friday. 14-year-old Japhet Moore was killed, and a 15-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman were seriously injured, in a shooting on the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wis., Friday night. Moore was the third 14-year-old shot there in the past week. Milwaukee experienced five separate shootings in 24 hours.

16-year-old Eugene Lohnes was shot in the back on the Spirit Lake reservation in Fargo, N.D., early Thursday. 78-year-old Nancy Ohearn was shot and killed in Kansas City, Kan., Friday night, and her son, Richard A. Ohearn, 58, has been charged with her murder. Four people were shot and killed by a man who came to collect drug money in Clarksburg, W. Va., early Friday; two of the victims were newspaper delivery boys the shooter encountered as he fled.

Etc.
Here's a table I made up last year on patterns of gun ownership using the 2010 survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.



Most people who own guns own multiple weapons. This is obviously true just given the overall numbers. Estimates place the number of guns in private hands in the US at around 300 million. The survey shows that about a third of the 115 million households in 2010, or 38 million, reported having a gun, so the average gun-owning household has nearly eight guns [= 300/38]. Few households match the single-handgun-for-defense model. Most handgun owners own long guns, though the reverse is less true.
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Old 2014-06-11, 12:17   Link #34002
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LOS ANGELES — A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/us...tional.html?hp
can we apply this same principle to gerrymander congressional districts?

Gerrymandering of congressional districts deprive voters of their right to good government.
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Old 2014-06-11, 21:36   Link #34003
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...dence-campaign

J.K.Rowling donates money for the anti-independence campaign for Scotland

Well, that is unexpected.
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Old 2014-06-12, 00:42   Link #34004
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...dence-campaign

J.K.Rowling donates money for the anti-independence campaign for Scotland

Well, that is unexpected.
Why unexpected? It hardly surprises anyone that a British person might have an opinion on what might change her country irreversibly.
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Old 2014-06-12, 01:07   Link #34005
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Simply because this is only the second time she did this - the first time it was with Gordon Brown and the Labour Party. Rowling has been mostly doing philanthropy works.

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Old 2014-06-12, 01:28   Link #34006
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Arms Windfall for Insurgents as Iraq City Falls:

"The insurgent fighters who routed the Iraqi army out of Mosul on Tuesday did not just capture much of
Iraq’s second-largest city. They also gained a windfall of arms, munitions and equipment abandoned by
the soldiers as they fled — arms that were supplied by the United States and intended to give the troops
an edge over the insurgents."

See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/wo...s-weapons.html


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Al Qaeda Offshoot Captures American Humvees And Transfers Them To Syria:

"The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, has taken control of Iraq's
second largest city.

Iraqi police and security forces reportedly fled Mosul prior to the attack, leaving the facilities of the city
open for plunder. Mosul was a key area of focus for U.S. forces in an effect to stabilize Iraq, and large
amounts of military hardware was left in the city for the Iraqis.

Iraq's parliament speaker said that ISIS took control of the city's airport and obtained helicopters. ISIS
also took control of U.S. Humvees, which they are now proceeding to send to Syria."

See:

http://www.businessinsider.com/al-qa...o-syria-2014-6


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Islamists seize 48 Turks from consulate in Iraq:

"Militants seized 48 Turks from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday,
including the consul-general, three children and several members of Turkey's special forces, a source in the
Turkish prime minister's office said."

See:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Isl...in-Iraq-356001


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Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army:

"The group so extreme it got booted from al Qaeda controls huge swaths of territory. And now ISIS has got
the heavy weaponry to back it up."

See:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...own-army.html#


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Exhausted and Bereft, Iraqi Soldiers Quit Fight:

"The infantryman and his colleagues were already worn down after six months of fighting militants in western
Iraq, men flush with weapons and zeal. Army commanders had no answer for the daily deadly ambushes and
no broader strategy for prevailing in the longer war.

The final straw was the death of a friend, killed two weeks ago by a sniper’s bullet. The infantryman, Bashar
al-Halbousi, deserted, making the same choice as hundreds of other soldiers in his battalion, he said.

“The state is weak,” Mr. Halbousi said. “This will be an endless battle.”"

See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/wo...ight.html?_r=0



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Iraq Said to Seek U.S. Strikes on Militants:

"As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime
Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to
consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to
Iraqi and American officials.

But Iraq's appeals for a military response have so far been rebuffed by the
White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that
President Obama has insisted was over when the United States withdrew the last
of its forces from Iraq in 2011."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/wo...y.html?hp&_r=0

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Old 2014-06-12, 03:13   Link #34007
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Old 2014-06-12, 04:03   Link #34008
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Simply because this is only the second time she did this - the first time it was with Gordon Brown and the Labour Party. Rowling has been mostly doing philanthropy works.
She moved to Scotland and intended to stay there. I think she might have an issue if her current home is going to become a separate country from her original birthplace.
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Old 2014-06-12, 14:53   Link #34009
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20 years ago today OJ Simpson was racing down the freeway in his white Ford Bronco. I still remember that the surreal moment on the television. Everyone was watching that day, and in the coming months there was so much speculation as to whether he did it or not followed by OJ mania with books, movies, tv documentaries, catch phrases, and people associated with the case turning into over-night celebrities. Ultimately when the verdict was announced it was clear that racial relations played a huge role for the supporters and detractors. I also recall someone having a bumper sticker that said "Free OJ"
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Old 2014-06-12, 21:17   Link #34010
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Saudi Arabian vandalizes temple statues

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A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues at a temple in downtown Tokyo.

Police say they received an emergency call about a foreigner behaved violently at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Taito Ward at around midnight on Wednesday.

They say officers who rushed to the scene found 4 Buddhist statues lying broken on the ground.

Police say they questioned a 31-year-old Saudi Arabian graduate school student nearby, and the man admitted that he had destroyed the statues.

The vandalism involved 3 stone statues measuring 60 to 100 centimeters tall and a 200-centimeter tall bronze one that was made about 300 years ago.

It has been designated as the ward's significant cultural property.

Police say the man told them that he has conducted similar vandalism at another temple.
What the heck...
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Old 2014-06-12, 22:16   Link #34011
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That kind of donkey character has serious issues, it seems.
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Old 2014-06-13, 00:10   Link #34012
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Another provincial election has been held here in Canada, with Ontario going to the polls on the 12th of June. In a somewhat surprising result, the incumbent Liberals jumped from a minority to a majority government, with their gains coming at the expense of the opposition Progressive Conservatives. (Ironically, the third-placed New Democrats, whose refusal to support the last proposed budget had triggered this election, now find themselves without the means of opposing it once it is re-tabled.)

Notably, Kathleen Wynne is the first woman to be elected as premier in the province, and the first openly gay premier to be voted into office anywhere in Canada. Given the contentiousness of gender and orientation issues in other parts of the world, it should also be noted that neither topic was an issue in this election campaign.


What any of this means for the 2015 Canadian federal election remains to be seen. While the Conservative government in Ottawa was somewhat relieved to see the Québec Liberals win a couple of months ago (since that win put the issue of a third sovereignty referendum into the long grass), there is no love lost between them and the Ontario Liberals. (And despite both having the word "liberal" in their respective titles, the Québec and Ontario Liberals are each very much their own parties, with distinct sets of priorities and interests in play.) But there's no guarantee that these results will translate into a better showing for the federal Liberals, or a worse one for the federal Tories or NDP, when the next race for Parliament Hill is settled next year.


(I'm not too keen on the voting system over here, though. I'd prefer an Irish-style multi-member single transferable vote setup, rather than the single-seat first-past-the-post system in place at the federal and provincial levels in Canada.)
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Old 2014-06-13, 00:31   Link #34013
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Islam has rules about idols. So naturally the logical thing is to go around the world and ruin other peoples shit.

I mean, at least if you decide to interpret it like a fuckwit.
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Old 2014-06-13, 00:55   Link #34014
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Iran Deploys Quds Forces To Support Iraqi Troops, Helps Retake Most
Of Tikrit:


"In a stunning development that threatens to further destabilize the Middle
East, Iran has deployed an elite unit of its Revolutionary Guard to help the
Iraqi government take on ISIS, the Sunni militant group that has seized several
areas in the northern part of the country.

Two battalions of the Quds Forces are already making progress in their fight
against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Wall Street Journal
reported. The militant group took control of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of
Tikrit on Wednesday, but Revolutionary Guard and Iraqi troops overtook 85
percent of the city on Thursday, Iraqi and Iranian security forces told the
paper."

http://www.ibtimes.com/iran-deploys-...tikrit-1599766


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US airstrikes to support Iranian Revolutionary Guard's offensive in Iraq?:

"Iran deployed its Revolutionary Guard to help Iraq battle insurgents from a
group inspired by Al-Qaeda, according to a recent report. In the meantime, the
US is mulling airstrikes to support the Iraqi government."

http://rt.com/usa/165612-us-iran-all...aq-insurgency/


So, if we use airpower to help Iraq, we may end up providing air support to
the Iranians? Wow ........


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The Iraqi Army Was Crumbling Long Before Its Collapse, U.S. Officials
Say:


"The stunning collapse of Iraq’s army in a string of cities across the north
reflects poor leadership, declining troop morale, broken equipment and a sharp
decline in training since the last American advisers left the country in 2011,
American military and intelligence officials said Thursday."

See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/wo...n-decline.html
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Old 2014-06-13, 00:55   Link #34015
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Islam has rules about idols. So naturally the logical thing is to go around the world and ruin other peoples shit.

I mean, at least if you decide to interpret it like a fuckwit.
I say we hand him over to the Americans at Futennma and let them handle him. [/sarcasm]
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Old 2014-06-13, 01:04   Link #34016
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I say we hand him over to the Americans at Futennma and let them handle him. [/sarcasm]
So it comes down to sending the marines again?


Not that familiar with Japanese law on such matters, but I imagine you could get sentenced for a pretty uncomfortable length of time for intentionally destroying cultural icons so brazenly. And Japanese prisons aren't exactly comfortable.

...though form the perspective of someone from Saudia Arabia, Japan's judicial sentences probably looked like a cakewalk.
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Old 2014-06-13, 01:26   Link #34017
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So it comes down to sending the marines again?


Not that familiar with Japanese law on such matters, but I imagine you could get sentenced for a pretty uncomfortable length of time for intentionally destroying cultural icons so brazenly. And Japanese prisons aren't exactly comfortable.

...though form the perspective of someone from Saudia Arabia, Japan's judicial sentences probably looked like a cakewalk.
Asia is rather used to the Yanks fixing their problems with regards to brazen force. Against China we have the 7th Fleet and RIMPAC, against the JI we have SOCOM as advisors (it is rumoured that they do take part in ops in PH and ID with Scout Rangers and KPS); but of course, the Marines are EVERYWHERE. Damn kids.

I think for him in a Japanese prison, he would have even a tougher time with the 893 Japanese supremacists; he would probably wished he was in his home country's prison given how these people have one-tracked minds minds.

It would be more painful than becoming a pleasure tool in an American prison.
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Old 2014-06-13, 06:10   Link #34018
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Asia is rather used to the Yanks fixing their problems with regards to brazen force. Against China we have the 7th Fleet and RIMPAC, against the JI we have SOCOM as advisors (it is rumoured that they do take part in ops in PH and ID with Scout Rangers and KPS); but of course, the Marines are EVERYWHERE. Damn kids.

I think for him in a Japanese prison, he would have even a tougher time with the 893 Japanese supremacists; he would probably wished he was in his home country's prison given how these people have one-tracked minds minds.

It would be more painful than becoming a pleasure tool in an American prison.
I just wonder if they have halal food for him in lockup.
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Old 2014-06-13, 08:34   Link #34019
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I just wonder if they have halal food for him in lockup.
Probably not. And I don't think they actually care about that over there.
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Old 2014-06-13, 09:21   Link #34020
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Iran Deploys Quds Forces To Support Iraqi Troops, Helps Retake Most
Of Tikrit:


"In a stunning development that threatens to further destabilize the Middle
East, Iran has deployed an elite unit of its Revolutionary Guard to help the
Iraqi government take on ISIS, the Sunni militant group that has seized several
areas in the northern part of the country.

Two battalions of the Quds Forces are already making progress in their fight
against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Wall Street Journal
reported. The militant group took control of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of
Tikrit on Wednesday, but Revolutionary Guard and Iraqi troops overtook 85
percent of the city on Thursday, Iraqi and Iranian security forces told the
paper."

http://www.ibtimes.com/iran-deploys-...tikrit-1599766


============================================


US airstrikes to support Iranian Revolutionary Guard's offensive in Iraq?:

"Iran deployed its Revolutionary Guard to help Iraq battle insurgents from a
group inspired by Al-Qaeda, according to a recent report. In the meantime, the
US is mulling airstrikes to support the Iraqi government."

http://rt.com/usa/165612-us-iran-all...aq-insurgency/


So, if we use airpower to help Iraq, we may end up providing air support to
the Iranians? Wow ........


============================================


The Iraqi Army Was Crumbling Long Before Its Collapse, U.S. Officials
Say:


"The stunning collapse of Iraq’s army in a string of cities across the north
reflects poor leadership, declining troop morale, broken equipment and a sharp
decline in training since the last American advisers left the country in 2011,
American military and intelligence officials said Thursday."

See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/wo...n-decline.html
What's an development...

Could even make a movie out of this
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