Is This What We Are Coming To?

Screenshot from a demented new game: "School Shooter: North American Tour 2012"

Because I’m pretty angry right now, I’m going to keep this brief.  First of all, congratulations to a developer known as Pawnstick, for creating School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. You have succeed in proving to society that you are truly a messed up person.  You say, “Let’s say that a future shooter does directly cite us as their inspiration. I figure it would make itself apparent in due time that the individual in question was troubled prior to playing our [game].”  This is true, in fact, more generally, anyone who even plays your game in the first place is troubled.  More here.

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Humor, Democracy, and Schooling in America

Humor: Humor is a great thing, but it is used much too often.  Why should people laugh at a dead baby joke?  Why should the response to a tough question be a giggle and a joke? By the way, happy Infantry Day.  (Look at the post date, March 4th.)

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Further Note On Gabrielle Gifford Violence

Just clarifying an issue from last post: political rhetoric does not lead to violence like what happened. Violence that brutal comes from insanity and craziness. The proof is clear: someone who would shoot almost twenty people must be insane to do so. (Of course, this isn’t to say that they should not be held accountable for their actions.) Anyway, the point is this: horrid acts of violence come from insanity, not political rhetoric. Still, we should remember that rhetoric is what it is, and not get to upset over politics.

Gabrielle Gifford and Guns

As I’ve watched all the horrific news this week, many will question gun laws in the US. Many people are unsure of how they fell about gun rights. A few points to establish first:

  • Guns are not inherently bad
  • Guns can be used for evil purposes

As a quick explanation, guns can be used for fine things, from hunting (although some may not feel this is so fine, within reason it is quite necessary) to recreation, or as a deterrent to crime (few will attack a guy carrying a firearm). The misuses of guns are quite clear already.

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Notice that…

  • Many headline articles in newspapers have mistakes, but the corrections are always small and hard to find?
  • Many older phones don’t have the letter Q?
  • Sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to find?
  • The temperature you feel outside depends highly on how you want/expect it to feel?
  • Your Windows keyboard has a Pause Break button?