Interesting article on the reporting around the “asian spa massacre” in Atlanta

Updated on March 24, 2021 in General Stuff
6 on March 20, 2021

Before I post a link, I’ll throw this one out here:

During a quick concentration break, I asked my beginning classes “what is the biggest problem facing society today?” I try to remember to ask this question at some point each semester, because it gives me a 30-40 person sample of the collegiate zeitgeist.

I was gobsmacked to find that a majority—and by majority, I mean 70-75 percent—of the students answered:

”media, both legacy and social.”

Whoa. Didn’t see that one coming. I got a couple of obligatory “global warmings” and a few lofty “lack of empathy” or “lack of love/care in the world” but I was astounded to hear student after student in the circles respond with “yeah, I’m going to go with media, too…”

So, there’s that.

And here’s this reasonably well-penned article:

https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/when-the-narrative-replaces-the-news-9ea?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxNjUyNjk1MywicG9zdF9pZCI6MzM4NTQ3NDcsIl8iOiIrNUVHQiIsImlhdCI6MTYxNjI1NTA5NCwiZXhwIjoxNjE2MjU4Njk0LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItNjEzNzEiLCJzdWIiOiJwb3N0LXJlYWN0aW9uIn0.kHY0TJ91toHM3E09JyMjRo7xHBSSTghAqMYdKeWDTFw&utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share

Don’t tell Hammond or Hanners any of this.

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0 on March 20, 2021

He’s so good.

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0 on March 20, 2021

Drops the bomb, on occasion, doesn’t he.

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Not a single person said “racism”? And on the other end, no one said “cancel culture”? Maybe the latter is the offspring of social media. Did they elaborate?

There’s an article in my hometown paper today about a black guy arrested with drugs who died at the jail. Two assumptions have been made by his family, friends, and civil rights lawyer: 1) the cops killed him; and 2) they killed him because he was black. Maybe both things are true. I can’t prove that they are not. But why is racism the default answer?

Our mayor is black.

Will read the article later.

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So now the Boulder shootings are being heralded as evidence of white supremacists going off the rails.

Curiously, nobody seems to be concerned about the near certainty that when you start to destroy people’s lives leaving them nothing left to live for like we have for the last year, folks can have a tendency to go ape shit and just randomly killing anyone who gets in the way. 

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Funny you should mention that. I was about to say something very similar.

It is really pretty ridiculous how all The Usual Suspects jump to all the expected conclusions whenever this sort of thing happens. It all feels so performative. To the point of being perfunctory.

I don’t recall (can’t say I’ve really looked, to be fair) any national politician or commentator making the point that when you put a population under extreme stress for a year+, crazy shit is going to happen.

Whether you think the lockdowns were a life-saving necessity, or an insane over-reaction to a minor threat, it makes no difference. Justified or not, there are consequences to a policy like that. And now, like it or not, those consequences are baked into the cake. What ever is going to happen is going to happen. Caged animals will not stay docile forever. 

It all becomes a numbers game. Let’s say we exclude people under age 15. What’s that leave? Something like 250 million Americans? Even if only 0.001% of those people are at their breaking point, that leaves 2,500 people out there who are ready to snap and who knows what they might do.

Of course, my WAG could easily be off by two orders of magnitude, and there are actually 250,000 people on the verge of insanity running around out there.

Kind of makes me feel good about that .45 sitting in my desk drawer right now.

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It’s true. Some minuscule percentage of people are just nuts. Not a drive; a short putt. 

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