In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Guns; shooting; death] Another man has gone on a shooting spree in Seattle at Seattle Pacific University, leaving four people injured and one dead. "A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at Seattle Pacific University, wounding multiple people before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said. The 26-year-old gunman, Aaron Ybarra, was obsessed with the Columbine High School shootings and had even traveled to the Colorado site where two student gunmen killed 15 and injured another 21 fellow students in April 1999, police sources told KIRO 7."

[CN: Guns; shooting; death] And in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Justin Bourque, 24, has been arrested after going on a shooting spree in which three RCMP officers were killed and two others were wounded.

I don't even know what to say anymore. My condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the victims, and I hope the survivors of these incidents have the support and resources that they need.

[CN: Carcerality; armed robbery] In a case reminiscent of that of Cornealious Michael Anderson's, Colorado man Rene Lima-Marin was set free via a court error, after serving 10 years of what was erroneously marked as a 16-year sentence for armed robbery (with an unloaded gun, in which no one was hurt), and has now been returned to prison to finish a 98-year-sentence. Lima-Martin had a perfect record while serving time, and, in the intervening years, has committed no crime, has gotten married and had kids, and lived an upstanding life. His case "was aggressively prosecuted under a program call COP (chronic offender program) that's no longer in use." Get this guy outta there. For fuck's sake.

[CN: Misogyny] OMG: The Utah high school who altered female students' yearbook photos to make them "more modest" allowed male students to appear bare-chested and revealing their underpants in a section headlined: "Wasatch Stud Life: Studs doin' what studs do best!" Because of course they did.

[CN: Surveillance] Welp: Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance. Neat!

[CN: Misogyny; rape culture] It continues to be a real mystery why Republicans aren't connecting with a majority of female voters: Three Michigan state Republican lawmakers, all of whom "voted to approve a controversial provision dubbed 'rape insurance' that bars private insurers from covering almost all abortions," posed for a photo in which they're holding women's fashion magazines, captioned, "Don't say we don't understand women."

[CN: Misogyny; victim-blaming; slut-shaming; reproductive coercion; choice policing] This lady has some great advice for young women on how to find a husband. And by "great advice," I mean terrible, terrible advice. Deeply contemptuous advice. Horrendous advice.

[VIDEO] This baby goat IS NOT wimpy, and don't even try to tell hir that zie is!

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