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Posted 03/12/2014 10:09:56 EDT
So clever of them to find themselves privileged yet oppressed.
Posted 02/26/2014 08:08:31 EST
A classic work on addiction is Norman Zinberg's "Drug, Set, and Setting." Drugs are not evil. Is the person who takes them prone to addiction by biology or mind-set? Are the drugs readily availa more »
Posted 01/29/2014 09:43:05 EST
Grimm's threats were not an aberation. He is a bully, and force is his m.o. The reporter should have indicated that whatever his personal feelings may be, the behavior was not inexcusable. The o more »
Posted 07/10/2013 08:55:53 EDT
My bad. You were referring to the pre-killing texts of the deceased. I was reacting to Mr. Root's assertion (in another newspaper's account) that a killer's memory 72 hours later is more accurat more »
Posted 07/10/2013 05:07:30 EDT
What a person says, out of court and not subject to cross-examination, is hearsay. The killer's texts, after the killing, are not likely to reveal his state of mind before the killing. Rather, t more »
Posted 07/09/2013 10:52:03 EDT
You're the person who scolds us for not eating our soggy vegetables when there are people starving in [name the country]. This murder can legitimately be viewed as a protype of what makes humans more »
Posted 06/15/2013 07:05:45 EDT
Oops. The sentence should read, "Murder in the U.S. is at an historic low, although not as low as in countries with more public spending than the U.S." Because this is the truth, I don't particularl more »
Posted 06/15/2013 06:57:08 EDT
Good point, ZooeyG. A very small number of individuals commit about half of the violent crimes, and these folks have no interest in politics. Murder countries with higher public spending rates than more »
Posted 04/20/2013 10:53:43 EDT
Probably just wish-fullfilment on your part
Posted 04/20/2013 10:26:12 EDT
His values - career, money, women - are so mainstream American rather than Islamic fundamentalist. And from all evidence, yes, he did treat his friends well. The hypothesis that best fits the evide more »
Posted 04/20/2013 10:10:22 EDT
He will get a fair hearing. He will lose. He will be convicted rather than lynched. The difference is important.
Posted 04/20/2013 09:05:29 EDT
It doesn't seem that ideology explains much about this guy. He was heavily into "social dominance" and "malignant narcissism" - that is, a bully. He would identify with the most hostile ideology more »
Posted 04/20/2013 08:37:02 EDT
You probably don't feel "remorse," Z. This word is different than "grief." The remarkable thing is not that he could have friends, but how little difference that made to whether he killed non-friends more »
Posted 04/20/2013 09:02:05 EDT
I like simple explanations of behavior. The notion that evil-doers are thoroughly evil does not tax the mind. I'm afraid that this guy may not fit my preconceptions.
Posted 01/27/2013 04:44:33 EST
A monster ego is right, but a media-created one. There were athletes at other times and in other sports just as skilled and hard-woking; modern basketball players are different. They are enterta more »
Posted 01/26/2013 09:42:53 EST
It's not just the Chief. Professional athletes (like Curt Schilling) go broke at alarming rates; a Sports Illustrated article (March 23,2009) estimated that 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 yea more »
Posted 01/08/2013 09:16:39 EST
Misconduct is different from legal contention. The great majority of this judge's rulings have not been overturned. The DA's tactic seems to have been that if could not win this misconduct lawsuit (w more »
Posted 01/08/2013 06:36:09 EST
The DA devoted a lot of public money by assigning prosecutors to target this judge on baseless charges. Justice would require the DA to pay any legal fees.
Posted 12/21/2012 06:15:21 EST
The NRA wants vigilantes in the schools. Does the term "self-parody" mean anything to that organization?
Posted 12/14/2012 08:23:05 EST
Conservatives ought to applaud this court decision. The decision means that if youare being beaten up - as can happen to conservatives - and you kill the attacker,l a grand jury should be told that a more »
Posted 12/10/2012 12:47:24 EST
Normar, please cite any case in the USA in which a judge, at a jury trial in a criminal case, was permitted to convict a person acquitted by a jury on the same offense. You will make legal history more »
Posted 11/15/2012 10:20:35 EST
Down-size, and maybe merge with some other denomination. Will the pope want to retain his management position? more »
Posted 10/24/2012 08:18:40 EDT
I appreciate your irony. You are right. Football is for wimps. What a good sport requires is cutting tools.
Posted 10/24/2012 08:21:04 EDT
To a normal person, having your kids run up the score and injure other kids would send the message, "something is wrong." The Southbridge coach heard the message, "I'm brilliant! I'm such a winner!"
Posted 10/24/2012 12:01:34 EDT
"Let's assume that it was just one guy." That is a contrary to fact assumption. And after-the-fact demand for payment is ambiguous about before-the-fact consent. Such assumptions distort rather tha more »