Is that also in the scared second amendment?
Why are civilians allowed to own it?
What purpose does it serve except for mass murderers?
Ban that shit today.
We must show the public what gun violence does.
Our media coverage is too sanitized.
Make the public confront the brutal ugly reality.
First graders saw it with their own eyes.
Make the nation look at it.
Maybe then there will be a large enough outcry.
European countries put oral cancer pictures on cigarette packaging. They force adults to look at the consequences of what cigarettes do.
We need to force adults to see what AR15s do.
By Saturday this wont even be a story anymore.
Thats how great of a country we are.
The right wing and gun lovers are killing black people in stores and brown kids in schools.
They are already on the warpath and killing with impunity.
But it is asymmetrical warfare.
Was one of this idiot moron racist's motivations free dental care provided in prison?
Yeah, it seems like it was.
The thread is unspooled here:
I want to tell a quick story.
The Buffalo shooter had a toothache.
You may have heard this by now, but the Buffalo shooter spent the six months before the shooting messaging himself on Discord.
He did it the same way you would email yourself a reminder. It was every stray thought he had for a half-year, archived as a sort of handbook.
In that Discord archive thats over 500 pages, the Buffalo shooter wrote about where he wanted to attack, his true motivations, even how badly he needed a haircut.
Minutes before the shooting, he sent it all to people hed talked to on Discord, plus a livestream of the shooting.
The Discord archive are more illustrative than the manifesto itself, because its what he actually believed, and not a knockoff term paper that plagiarized past mass shooters.
And, in it, one thing kept coming up:
The Buffalo shooter had a toothache he couldn't fix.
The Buffalo shooter apparently tried to get his bad tooth treated. He went to the dentist, and whatever the dentist tried didnt fix it.
He didnt, or couldnt, go anywhere else. He alluded to insurance problems.
But instead of blaming insurance or himself, he blamed the Jews.
The Buffalo shooter blamed the dentist, who he said was Jewish, but also Jews in general, who he was convinced were the cause of all of his suffering.
He openly admitted he started feeling this way at the start of the pandemic, because of 4chan.
At the start of the pandemic, the Buffalo shooter said he moved over from 4chans gun board to the white nationalist /pol/ board out of extreme boredom.
He was inundated with the ideas that Jews were trying "replace" whites on 4chan and social media, and he openly admits it.
Some other shooters read white nationalist literature, the dumb books like The Turner Diaries, which are posted as PDFs on 4chan.
But not the Buffalo shooter. He was a creature of the internet.
The middle of his manifesto is just copy-pasted antisemitic 4chan memes.
This is why the Buffalo shooter said he attacked the supermarket: He was, he said, only shitposting in real life," serving a community of white nationalists he met online.
He was killing Black people because that community thought Jews were replacing white people with them.
Toward the end of his Discord archive, the Buffalo shooter was getting anxious. Initially he wanted to do the attack in March, but he kept pushing it back.
He wanted to do it soon, though, because he thought he would finally get help for his tooth from the healthcare in prison.
A new thing recently is to say that disinformation doesnt it exist, that it's a "liberal" idea, or that its masking real problems.
But disinformation is an accelerant. It provides facile, wrong, violent solutions to real problems that need solutions in our society.
Disinformation exists, and it exists mostly to shift the blame of infrastructural decay and resource limitations from the powerful to the powerless.
You can call it "information warfare" or "information operations" if you want, but it is real.
People are dead because of it.
The Buffalo shooter had a toothache.
He blamed Jews because his online community told him they were the root of all evil.
He shot up a supermarket for revenge, but also because he wanted healthcare in prison.
Disinformation is real. So are the problems that make it seductive.
He would be sending baby formula to states that voted for him and saying the governors of blue states would need to fight over formula on the world market.
And then his son in law would be buying up world supplies and selling them on eBay at jacked up prices.
In the latest Times Opinion focus group, 10 Republican voters in swing states wished for an America before 8 percent inflation, before high gas prices, before the Ukraine war. Wished for a leader they saw as strong, commanding, feared. Wished for a party that, in the words of one, put America first again.
They wished, in other words, for a return of President Donald Trump.
But heres the twist: When asked if they felt it was extremely important to vote for someone this year who embraces Mr. Trumps agenda, eight of the 10 Republicans raised their hands. A few seconds later, when asked if it was extremely important to vote for someone who has the same style and personality as Mr. Trump, no one raised a hand.
Throughout the 90-minute discussion with these Republicans, from Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania three states with big primaries for Senate and governor this month Mr. Trumps record looked only better to them in hindsight, especially without the distraction of his mean tweets or personal manner. One Georgia Republican who didnt vote for Mr. Trump in 2020 even said hed consider supporting the former president if he ran again in 2024. I dont like what Im seeing, as far as the direction that the country is headed, this Republican said.
More at the link.
So they want a strong man LIKE trump but not one unhinged and tweeting all day. IOW they want a fascist dictator.
God I loathe these creeps.
Elon Musk says his takeover of Twitter is on hold.
Mr. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, made the announcement in a pre-dawn tweet on Friday. He linked to a Reuters article published on May 2 about a regulatory filing by Twitter that included an estimate of the number of spam and fake accounts.
Shares in Twitter fell about 20 percent in premarket trading on Friday.
More at the link
I mean, if you feel like it.
One of the hardest things to grasp about the climate crisis is the connectedness of all things. One recent drizzly afternoon, I drove from Charleston, West Virginia, to the John Amos coal-fired power plant on the banks of the Kanawha River, near the town of Nitro. In the rain, the plant looked like one of the dark satanic mills that poet William Blake wrote about, with three enormous cooling towers that steamed like giant witches cauldrons. Across the river from the plant, mobile homes cluttered the bank of the Kanawha, streaked black with pollution that rained down on them 24/7.
I had visited the plant 20 years ago, on my first reporting trip to West Virginia. Back then, the plant seemed like an indomitable monument to the power of Big Coal. The facility, owned by Ohio-based utility giant American Electric Power, is capable of generating 3,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 2 million homes. It is also one of the biggest carbon polluters on the planet, emitting 13 million tons of CO2 each year, which is equal to the annual emissions of about 3 million cars.
When I look at John Amos today, I see fire and rising seas, disease and hunger. I see a rusting industrial contraption that takes CO2 captured by trees 300 million years ago and rereleases it into the sky, bringing the heat of the past to our future. Coal plants are one of the primary reasons why shopping malls were burning in Colorado this winter and reservoirs in the West are dry. They are why Antarctica is cracking up, threatening the future of virtually every low-lying city in the world, from Boston to Bangkok. They are why infectious-disease patterns are changing in Nepal and crops are failing in Kenya and roads are washing out in Appalachia.
At this point in human evolution, burning coal for power is one of the stupidest things humans do. Coal plants are engines of destruction, not progress. Thanks to the rapid evolution of clean energy, there are many better, cheaper, cleaner ways to power our lives. The only reason anyone still burns coal today is because of the enormous political power and inertia that the industry has acquired since the 19th century. In America, that power and inertia is embodied in the cruel and cartoonish character of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who, paradoxically, may have more control over the trajectory of the climate crisis than any other person on the planet right now. Kidus Girma, a 26-year-old Sunrise Movement activist who helped organize protests against Manchin this past fall, calls him the final villain.
More at the link.
The article is very long and in depth. And will make your stomach turn.