Monthly Archives: January 2014

some facts about guns, episode 6

Special Maryland edition of this feature! In Baltimore last week there was a mass shooting in a shopping mall: Howard County police on Sunday identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at … Continue reading

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some facts about guns, episode 5

One nice (?) thing about this regular feature is that I don’t have to wait long for new items. Tuesday, a 12-year-old walked into his middle school and shot two of his classmates. One of the challenges that our Second … Continue reading

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some facts about guns, episode 4

A firearms company in India has introduced a lightweight revolver for women, supposedly to deal with the country’s (apparently quite serious) rape problem: Giving more power to women to defend themselves and as a tribute to December 2012 gan[g]rape victim … Continue reading

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but we live in a post-sexist society!

Conor Friedersdorf has a pretty good post up about how violent, hyper-sexualized hate mail and commentary can dissuade women and gay men from participating in journalism and the marketplace of ideas: I began to ask female friends if they experienced … Continue reading

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some facts about guns, episode 3

The Daily Caller has an interesting guide to selecting & using a shotgun for home defense. Some of this is for gear-addicts who get off on name brands, but I thought the author’s debunking of common myths about shotguns and … Continue reading

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God says “Abraham, kill me a son”

In the comments section at The Atlantic there was recently a long and unsatisfying debate, starting here, about whether there is any “objective” or “real” morality without God as the ultimate ground for it. Here are a couple of representative … Continue reading

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holding out for a hero

The NYT goes to bat for Edward Snowden: The revelations have already prompted two federal judges to accuse the N.S.A. of violating the Constitution (although a third, unfortunately, found the dragnet surveillance to be legal). A panel appointed by President … Continue reading

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