Why shouldn’t I use comic sans?
Raymond Hernandez for The New York Times covering NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for President Obama to do something about gun control in this country. Speaking to Peter King, a Republican Representative from New York (and the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee):
But Mr. King said he doubted that the shootings in Connecticut would alter the gun debate in Congress, saying that outside the Northeast a gun culture exists that is resistant to any kind of firearms regulation. “I hope I am wrong,” he said, “but I don’t think it will have a major impact on the debate in Congress. We’ve had a number of gun tragedies in recent years without any action being taken.”
A senior aide to a top Democrat in Congress echoed that sentiment, saying he was doubtful that there would be enough votes, even now, for passage of a ban on assault weapons.
Serious question: how many people have to die in the next inevitable tragedy before something actually gets done? Apparently, 27 — including 20 children — isn’t enough. So what will it take? 50? 100?
The pathetic reality is twofold. First, of course, there shouldn’t have to be a number — but at some point, with a high enough number, the political fall-out would be too great if something isn’t done. Second, I’m afraid that number is far higher than even 100 — and make no mistake, we will see a tragedy of that magnitude in our lifetimes. Probably sooner than any of us would like to acknowledge.
If a foreign terrorist killed 26 people in this country, we would invade their country in a heartbeat with few questions asked. When a domestic lunatic kills 26 people with little effort enabled in large part by our own laws dating back 200+ years, we do nothing. And we’ll keep doing nothing.
Still bothered. Wonder how long before this all just ‘blows over’, and why I feel this need to tell Americans what to do.
“Go ask the mirror why you watch it. I don’t give a shit.”
Why doesn’t MTV play music videos?
How do patterns of political donations by organisation change over time?
Happy day after election day! It’s finally over!
But not so fast! I know there’s a wealth of election statistics out there, but rather than reposting something that displays info you already know, here’s something that is hopefully new.
It is a video that is beautiful and oddly relaxing, especially given its somewhat slimy subject matter: political contributions over time and organized by organization/business.
Unforgivable, really. 350m of Facebook’s 800m MAUs connect through mobile, and a third of their traffic is mobile
So this is a gross waste of money. It’s not like they aren’t aware. Whoever is behind this is aware, but just doesn’t care. Amazon should sack them.
Last night’s Panorama Special covered the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal and the events surrounding the dropping of a Newsnight investigation into the matter.
The investigation was of course shocking in what it revealed about the scale of the abuse and covered in detail the events surrounding…
Twitter not only for light entertainment TV
Idea of the Day: Birds On Twitter - Günün Fikri: Kuşlar Twitter da.
Everyone has the right to be heard - that is the main principle of Ir, weekly magazine from Latvia. That´s why we have fixed the biggest internet injustice of all times and gave Twitter back to original twitterers, the birds!
Birds on Twitter in Latvia
— Seth Godin, apparently reposting thoughts from the early nineties (and it should be “who are able”, not “that are able”, I suspect.)