It's not very popular.

Jun 6, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Not One More.
Now I'm cringing at my comment @67. It was rash and not well thought out. I guess no one noticed or cared and I'm fine with that, but for the sake of posterity I hereby renounce that comment.

My statement that "women are just as culpable as men in shaping our culture" is demonstrably wrong, what with historical hegemony and entrenched power structures and a litany of other factors that have been the subject of tomes I haven't even begun to study. I erred. I am sorry.

I'm going to be quiet for a while now. Carry on.

Jun 6, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Not One More.
Hmm... rereading my previous comment, I think it comes off angrier than I'd like. And I oversimplified greatly, obviously. I guess that's just one facet of the discussion that seems to be left out usually.
Jun 6, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Not One More.
Jun 5, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Shooting at Seattle Pacific University: Multiple Victims, One Fatality, Two Suspects in Custody.
@95: No, that ain't it. Mass shootings and their reportage are not new:


Defined as bloody events that occur within a 24-hour period and that involve a minimum of four victims, mass murders have occurred all over the world, in different times, societies and cultures.

Some of the earliest recorded cases include the 1893 killing with guns and swords of 11 people (including an infant) in Osaka, Japan, the 1914 shooting of 7 people in the Italian village of Camerata Cornello, not to mention the case of German spree killer Ernst August Wagner.


But I've been operating under the assumption that mass shootings have been increasing lately, yet this Time article from last September says otherwise:


But anyone familiar with statistics should be made immediately suspicious by what statisticians refer to as the “cut point” for Maddow’s analysis. Why did she choose 12 victims? The answer is because it created the appearance of a statistically significant trend, where no such trend exists.

Suppose Maddow had defined “this type” of mass shooting as one in which at least 14 victims died. Using that definition, it turns out that the rate of this type of mass shooting in America was nearly twice as high in the 25 years between 1966 and 1991 as it has been in the 22 years since (there were four such shootings in the former period, and two in the latter).

Or we could use the FBI’s definition of a mass shooting: one in which at least four people, not including the perpetrator, are killed. This is a vastly larger category than the one Maddow employs: there were about 600 such incidents in the United States between 1980 and 2010. As James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University points out, the rate of such mass shootings does not appear to be rising.


So I guess there's nothing to worry about, we can all rest easy...
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Jun 5, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Shooting at Seattle Pacific University: Multiple Victims, One Fatality, Two Suspects in Custody.
@75: I thought the implication of my comment was obvious: increasing economic/political/social inequality is ravaging society in myriad ways, and the prevalence of mass shootings is but one more symptom.

Inequality *is* getting worse compared to my parents' generation. Perhaps *you* should have thought that through a bit more before injecting this somber thread with your inappropriate and inexplicable attempt at flaming.
Jun 5, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Shooting at Seattle Pacific University: Multiple Victims, One Fatality, Two Suspects in Custody.
@70: You have articulated exactly nothing.
Jun 5, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Shooting at Seattle Pacific University: Multiple Victims, One Fatality, Two Suspects in Custody.
Why is our society producing ever more of these incidents?

I'm happy to raise a pitchfork at the NRA with the rest of you, but it feels like we're missing something in this equation.

Why do these people feel motivated to murder people around them in the first place? I wasn't entirely satisfied with "violent misogyny" being named as the causative factor in the UCSB shooting, and I don't think it will be very helpful in this case.

To me, it seems like the fabric of our society and our communities is unraveling, leaving more and more people feeling stranded and alone. Surely the violence pervading our culture and media seed the notion of aggression in the minds these wayward individuals, and easy access to guns makes it easier for them to inflict their anguish on others. But I think we need to focus more on the root of the problem.

I'm typing this in a coffee shop across the Fremont canal from SPU; I live about a mile from Cafe Racer; I attended UCSB and lived near Isla Vista at the time of another shooting in that area in 2006 (perpetrated by a woman who worked at the post office). I'm fucking tired of this shit.
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Apr 23, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Macklemore's Salmon Shoes: Yay or Nay?.

They started out
With what I wear to school
That first day
Like these are what make you cool
And this pair, this would be my parachute
So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth
This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins
And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes


And they're ugly as fuck.
Apr 23, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Morning News: Bad News for Buses, Home Sales, McDonald's, and the American Middle Class.
In other news from Ukraine, US reporter for Vice News Simon Ostrovsky is being held by pro-Russian forces in Slavyansk.

Ostrovsky has been producing important (if sometimes sensationalistic -- hey, it's Vice News) on-the-ground reports from Ukraine since Russia first invaded Crimea. His latest dispatch was posted on the 20th.

His hasn't tweeted since Monday.
Mar 27, 2014 Ipso Facto commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Who's The Bigger Asshole?.
To add to @3, in Washington state crosswalks span all intersections -- whether marked or unmarked -- and drivers must yield to pedestrians:


Legal pedestrian crosswalks exist at every intersection, including three way and odd angle intersections, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. A marked crosswalk normally indicates a preferred pedestrian crossing point which is the safest place for a pedestrian to cross. Perhaps it is a location where lighting or visibility is best among a number of options, or where the potential for pedestrian-vehicle conflicts is lowest.


But everyone here knew that already, right?
 

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