The Best Way to Oppose Repression is to Not be Repressive
Uh, Let’s Not Do This.
Uh, Let’s Not Do This.
France has enacted a law that prevents large supermarkets from throwing away edible food - a good sign given industrialized nations waste nearly as much food as sub-Saharan Africa creates.
On Tuesday morning, Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that she's planning to sue Fox News over the way it covered both the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the aftermath, including her city's relationship with its thriving Muslim population. Man, would this be fun to watch. But, man, would it be really, really dumb.
Last week, I wrote about the tragic case of 29 year old Veronica Rutledge who was shot dead by her toddler in a Walmart in Iowa. I blamed the mother's stupidity for keeping a loaded weapon around a two year old and argued that had America had sensible gun laws (ie it would be illegal to take a deadly weapon to a supermarket), the tragedy would not have happened. A couple of days later, an apparently well read pro gun women's site responded by accusing me of exploiting the tragedy for political purpose (more specifically they called me a "lowlife 'journalist' who likes to appeal to the lowest common denominator", and someone who has a "small brain" and a "big mouth") Although the death of Veronica Rutledge was certainly a tragedy, it also quite obviously happened because unlike every other civilized country on the planet, some America states allow citizens to carry guns around small children in public spaces. It's a recipe for disaster, and it was hardly opportunistic of me to point it out. The same cannot be said of conservative commentators on Fox News though, who leapt at the chance to exploit the Charlie Hebdo tragedy to further their political motives. As is always the case in alternate reality Fox News land, a situation where people are killed with guns automatically means more guns must be the solution. Read more...
Welcome back to Monday. Hope you've recovered from yesterday's beer-fest and are ready for the new work week. Lord knows some of us aren't. Here are a couple of morning headlines and goodies from around the internet.
Five French teenagers from Bordeaux got drunk stole a circus llama named Serge, and took him on a tour of the city by tram. Serge was taken by the boisterous group early on Thursday morning when they broke into a circus after going clubbing in the city
Europe is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis and is being engulfed in a wave of far right-wing politics. While today's European societies are harder to trick with simplistic racism, the parallels with the past are still extremely troubling.