Excerpt: “LOS ANGELES — SeaWorld Entertainment, which has come under fire after the release of “Blackfish,” a critical documentary about whales in captivity, struck back Thursday at one of its government monitors for her supposed cozy relations with animal-rights activists and involvement in the film.”
A bill permitting guns in Idaho’s colleges and universities is about to be approved. Here’s a biting letter from a professor.
Some of the most important quotes:
"If two armed students are arguing over who should be served next at the coffee bar and I sense escalating hostility, should I aim for the legs and remind them of the campus Shared-Values Statement (which reads, in part, “Boise State strives to provide a culture of civility and success where all feel safe and free from discrimination, harassment, threats or intimidation”)?"
Why were the NRA given a platform?
"While our city police chief has expressed grave concerns about allowing guns on campus, I would point out that he already has one. I’m glad that you were not intimidated by him, and did not allow him to speak at the public hearing on the bill (though I really enjoyed the 40 minutes you gave to the National Rifle Association spokesman)."
Currently the campus at Boise State University is 0%. If there is even ONE gun-death, I’d like to see the argument of gun-rights activists on how guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
“In terms of the campus murder rate — zero at present — I think that we can all agree that guns don’t kill people, people with guns do. Which is why encouraging guns on campus makes so much sense. Bad guys go where there are no guns, so by adding guns to campus more bad guys will spend their year abroad in London. Britain has incredibly restrictive laws — their cops don’t even have guns! — and gun deaths there are a tiny fraction of what they are in America. It’s a perfect place for bad guys.”
Excerpt: “A few days after John F Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson sat in his kitchen with his key advisers working his first speech to Congress. It was the evening of Kennedy’s funeral – Johnson was now president.”
Excerpt: “Andy’s mom has always been a bit of an enigma. In the first Toy Story, we barely even saw her face. That’s all fine because throughout the movies, the real focus has been on Andy and the love he has for those toys.”
Excerpt: “What is the point of covering the fashion shows in the newspaper? Ninety-nine per cent of readers can’t and won’t buy those ridiculously expensive clothes. 3. Guardian readers complaining about the price, coverage and sometimes the very existence of fashion.”
Excerpt: “While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a life without tech, we need to consider the consequences of this latest batch of apps and tools that remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil.”