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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Worse mass shooting in contemporary American history

If there is one thing we can be sure of, when the worse mass shooting in contemporary American history occurs, it will be news.

In reviewing how this horrible event is being covered by the media, we see some pretty typical and predictable elements in their stories. For example, there are tributes to the "naive and innocent victims."

And there are stories about the "heroes" that helped save the day.

CNN has a minute by minute account. And a look into the gunman's perch.

Fox has a story featuring the victims and this: Stories of heroism emerge following deadly Vegas shooting. And of course, they use this to attack a Democrat (duh): Hillary Clinton shamelessly politicizes Las Vegas massacre.

And of course, both have lots of video where you can watch the shooting happen. How sick is that?

I wonder how long it will take to face the reality of what is undeniably behind this--the presence of far too many guns in our society. Consider this, from the Washington Post:
Don't believe it has to do with the guns? Read this and tell me why!?!?!?! Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts
Yes, it has begun, the media questioning of why Congress does nothing. This from the New York Times: 477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress.
We just have to accept that, we simply don't care. I personally knew this was true when 20 six and seven year olds had their heads and faces blown off in an elementary school in 2012. Even that didn't cause us to do anything. And so this just keeps happening, over and over and over and over and ...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What do you NEED to know today?

You think it would be in the news then, right?

So, CNN has "5 things you need to know today." One of the stories is:

"At least 21 children and two teachers were killed when a fire broke out at a school in Kuala Lumpur. Witnesses reported hearing cries for help from inside the burning building and seeing children unable to escape because of metal grills on windows. Renovations to the building had reportedly blocked a fire exit. Officials are examining whether an electric short circuit caused the fire."

Ask yourself, where is Kuala Lumpur? You probably don't even know, so why is this news in the US? And why is it one of five things you NEED to know today?

Perhaps for the same reason this is a top story?

Irma's aftermath

Investigations launched after Florida nursing home deaths

What do these victims have in common with the kids from the other story? And also with the child in this story?

Boy falls into a volcanic crater in Italy

Meanwhile, over at Fox News, these are two of the top stories today. Each has other stories "linked" ot it, even though the other stories are in no way related!