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Friday News Bites: Gun Violence, Terrorist Violence, + What do we even say anymore?

With server changes around these parts, I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, and in that time we’ve had a lot of disheartening news happen around the world. I don’t even know what to say about it all, but I’ll do my best to round it up here, and then let’s all go get […]

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Friday News Bites: Umpqua and Election Updates, Nobel Prizes + More

Greetings, everyone. This week, I have lots of links related to the Umpqua Community College shooting and other matters of gun violence, but we’ve got a few bright spots to cover too, so let’s get started.

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News

Friday News Bites: Hillary and Rubio, LGBTQ Stories + More

This week, a lot of the news has been All Hillary, All The Time, but still I have some other interesting tidbits to report. Let’s get started:

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News in Europe

News in Europe: Camel Wrestling?

Yes. There will be something about camel wrestling later, but let’s have some news first.

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News in Europe

News in Europe: The Charlie Aftermath

The news this week has mostly been about the fall-out from the Charlie Hebdo attacks. It’s not often you get such a clear picture of the state of the world just by looking at the news headlines.

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Crossposts

After Tragic Acts Of Terrorism, Can We Grieve Without Reflexive Racism?

We’re all desperate to understand the heinous slaughter in Paris Wednesday, chilled by those seemingly assailing free speech. Twelve people are dead and it doesn’t make any sense.

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Friday News Bites: Obituaries, Comic Book Movies + More

Happy Friday! We have some more marriage equality updates, a timeline for future comic book movies, and the untimely passing of some notable people. Also, there’s a rather weird music/intelligence “study” with which I have some problems. Let’s get started:

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny: UCSB Shooting

By now you undoubtedly know more than you ever wanted to know about Elliot Rodger and his misogyny-fueled killing spree. We already covered quite a bit of the story in this week’s Dispatches from Ladyblogland, but of course we’ve learned more in the interim. So much, in fact, that the rest of this week’s misogyny […]

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News

Midweek News: Same Ol’

On any given week, the news brings us dirty old men, a financial crisis, terrorism, a natural disaster, and a no shit study. Let’s see what iterations on the same old stuff we get today.

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News

News Appetizers Need a Nap

Hey! It’s news! Obama had the worst week ever and a bunch of other bad things happened, but it’s Friday and we all get to sleep in tomorrow.

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Op Ed

Why We Try the Guilty

I am bothered by all the discussion over Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I am bothered by the outbursts, the ignorance, and the “I love America!” outcry that inevitably breaks out when a tragedy on this scale occurs. I have been told this means I am sympathizing with terrorism. But sympathy and concern are not the same.

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Politics

Francis Grady and Defining Terrorism

“They’re killing babies there.”

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Books

What is the Definition of a Terrorist?

I am taking an English course this year called “Terrorism and Modern Culture.” From the title you can make  accurate assumptions about what is discussed in that 75 minute bi-weekly class. Since we live in a post 9/11 world, terrorism is an important concept to define but difficult to understand.

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Perspectives

To Be Better: A Request, Post-9/11

As I sat in my apartment on Sunday, looking out over lower Manhattan, I felt miles away from the ceremonies that were taking place not even a ten-minute subway ride from my house. I feel isolated from this event, which in itself seems arrogant to say, yet accurate, as I do not feel like 9-11 […]

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Trying to Comprehend What You Can’t: Norway, Martyrdom and Reaction

On July 22, explosions went off in the center of Oslo, shattering windows and projecting debris into nearby streets. Employees were evacuated from office buildings near the assumed targets, the Norwegian government headquarters, as well as VG Nett and the Norwegian oil and energy department. The destruction left seventeen dead and countless more injured, an act that […]