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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

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Stay woke, bitches!
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"If your killer instincts are not clean and strong, you will hesitate at the moment of truth. You will not kill. You will become dead Marines. And then you will be in a world of shit. Because Marines are not allowed to die without permission! Do you maggots understand?"

His orders must have finally come through.

RIP Gunny
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The Dark Tower and Good Omens in development for TV at Amazon.
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You don't fuck with the Jesus!

Happy Easter!
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I don't know where this reboot of Roseann is headed, but I like it. Roseann wasn't just another SitCom to me. The Conners were (are) not very different from my own family. Actually, they're probably better adjusted. This was the first show where I saw the story of my people.

(With the exception of Good Times which, for obvious reasons, was only partially relatable. That said, Florence and James were my first TV parents. And basically, Roseann is just a white suburban reboot of Good Times.)
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A lot of my friends have been posting very passionate pieces about the March yesterday. From the deeply unhinged (whom I won't name) to the respectful (thank you, +Jodi Kaplan) — I want you to know I read what you wrote, and to please interpret my silence as a show of respect. I listened. I read.

There was a general feeling of "we're going to win this one someday" and "the kids will lead us". To the latter, I regret that I must say no they really won't, and on an emotional level — how dare you put this on them.

Seriously.

How dare you.

These are teenagers, for Christ's sake, living in one of the safest periods in American history. School shootings may be slightly up (may: it depends on how you define them, as many different criteria have been used over the decades) but overall violence is down dramatically from the late-80s peak. Child abductions are way down. It has never been safer to be a kid in America. We've still got a long way to go but the overall crime rate is down by a degree that city planners of the '80s couldn't even hope for.

And instead of telling kids, "hey, violent crime is down, child abductions are down, your likelihood of dying in a school shooting is so small we'd much rather berate you in the lunchroom about chewing your food thoroughly because more of you die from choking than gunshots," what do we do?

Every single shooting — and, let me repeat, by some measures they have gone up: but to also repeat, more kids die of choking than gunshots — gets turned into a 24/7 news cycle for a week. We are being terrorized not just by our criminals but now by our mass media, too. Every lurid, fear-inducing thing possible gets plastered over the screen in order to keep your eyeballs glued so they can charge advertisers more to tell you how their brand of toilet paper will chafe your bunghole less.

It's sick.

And it's working.

We've become a nation terrified of itself, and we are teaching our children to be terrified. And when CNN shoves a microphone in a kid's face and asks them how they feel about it, the kid responds as we have taught them to respond. They tell us they're scared.

I get that fear. I do. Don't misunderstand me as mocking them, because nothing could be further from the truth. Those kids are doing exactly what we ask of them: they're learning from us, and what they're learning is they should be afraid. We taught them to be afraid.

Are school shootings a problem? Yes! Should we address it? Yes! How should we begin?

Shut off the television, you idiot!

Start by putting risks into perspective. Start with this article by New York Magazine's Eric Mintz:

"American children do not "risk their lives" when they show up to school each morning — or at least, not nearly as much as they do whenever they ride in a car, swim in a pool, or put food in their mouths (an American's lifetime odds of dying in a mass shooting committed in any location is 1 in 11,125; of dying in a car accident is 1 and 491; of drowning is 1 in 1,133; and of choking on food is 1 in 3,461). Criminal victimization in American schools has collapsed in tandem with the overall crime rate, leaving U.S. classrooms safer today than at any time in recent memory."

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/there-is-no-epidemic-of-mass-school-shootings.html

So, what did I see in the March yesterday?

I saw a bunch of kids who have been lied to about the level of risk they face at school.

I saw a bunch of kids who have been told by their parents, "we're so sorry that we couldn't fix this problem for you."

I saw a bunch of kids who are now having it thrust on their shoulders, "now we're looking at you to succeed where we've failed and it's on you to lead us to political victory".

When I was sixteen, just being sixteen was hard enough.

Holy shit, I feel sorry for these kids. Not only are they struggling to deal with adulthood, but we're lying to them about the risks and putting completely inappropriate burdens on their shoulders.

I feel awful for these kids.

I really do.

They deserve so much better than us.
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