“There can only be one conclusion: You also want us to be slowly killed.”

“There can only be one conclusion: You also want us to be slowly killed.”

I walked all the way down to State Street just to enjoy the freedom to shop unmasked, but the individual shopkeeper’s freedom to exclude the unmasked stopped me basically everywhere I wanted to go.

“The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of helping carry out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The vote was 6 to 3. “

After the justices agreed to review it, the Biden administration pursued the case, United States v. Tsarnaev, No. 20-443, even though President Biden has said he will work to abolish federal executions and the Justice Department under his administration has imposed a moratorium on carrying out the federal death penalty.

Until , there had been no federal executions in 17 years. In the six months that followed, the Trump administration executed 13 inmates, more than three times as many as the federal government had put to death in the previous six decades.

Why fight for the death penalty and maintain a moratorium against it? It’s valuable to preserve power, even the power that you don’t currently want to use. A slightly different way to put that is: For Democrats, the best political position is to oppose Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court – and indeed to retain the death penalty – but never to execute anyone.

“Dickens was a social critic. Almost all his fiction satirizes the institutions and social types produced by that dramatic transformation of the means of production.”

“But he was not a revolutionary. His heroes are not even reformers. They are ordinary people who have made a simple commitment to decency. George Orwell, who had probably aspired to recruit Dickens to the socialist cause, reluctantly concluded that Dickens was not interested in political reform, only in moral improvement: ‘Useless to change institutions without a change of heart-that, essentially, is what he is always saying.’ In fact, a major target of Dickens’s satire is liberalism. [I]n nineteenth-century England the typical liberal was a utilitarian, who believed that the worth of a social program could be measured by cost-benefit analysis, and very likely a Malthusian. One of Dickens’s memorable caricatures in ‘Bleak House’ is Mrs. Jellyby. We see her at home obsessively devoted to her ‘Africa’ project, while neglecting, almost criminally, her own children. But Dickens is not ridiculing Mrs. Jellyby for caring about Africans. . [S]he was based on a woman Dickens had met, Caroline Chisholm, who operated a charity called the Family Colonization Loan Society, which helped poor English people emigrate. And Mrs. Jellyby’s project is the same: she is raising money for families to move to a place called Borrioboola-Gha, ‘on the left bank of the Niger,’ so that there will be fewer mouths to feed in England. She’s a Malthusian. “

“Being deprived of seeing half of the face could be overcome precisely because of that brain plasticity. Babies and young children are far more adaptable to their changing conditions in the world than we are as adults.”

There’s an understandable effort to assure parents that there children are not being damaged by masks, but in amongst the reassurance, I’m reading:

UPDATE: My post consisted of an embedded Reddit post that is now removed. It showed Zelensky, speaking in Ukrainian, and had subtitles that may or may not have been accurate. I don’t know why Reddit removed the post.

AND: You can still see the Reddit post here, along with a note that it was removed by moderators. And: “Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose.”

Written by • July 6, 2022
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