The shoot first approach demonstrated by acts like the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, or the death of the 12 year old Tamir Rice in a playground, has a particular resonance for me.
When I was an 18 year old student playing with a toy police set from the pound shop (including badge, radio and toy gun) I was confronted and arrested. Had there been wider access to guns would the presumption have been that I was another dangerous criminal rather than an anomaly?
Has US society moved to such an extreme that there is a presumption kids with toys are killers.
Surely this is an inditement on the way that the media creates hysteria around single horrific acts, and police over reaction rather than society? That said surely limiting the availability of fire arms would temper such overreaction.
Why do people have personalised number plates?
Musing on this I can only come up with a few answers:
Such is their vanity, that the fear that people will know the age of their car must be avoided.
The complexity of remembering random letters and numbers (eg for parking meters or forms) is too much of an intellectual strain.
They are overwhelmed by urges of self promotion/vanity such that sharing their name through any available avenue is a constant preoccupation.
So profound are their thoughts, insights that sharing them in a condensed means will help contribute to the enlightenment of the masses.
There is a lot of opinion, bias, religious or ideological justification on both sides about the current war in Palastine. Here are pure facts from an NGO
“the Balfour Declaration. This took the form of a letter, written on 2 November 1917 by Arthur Balfour to Walter (Lord) Rothschild. Balfour was then Foreign Secretary in Lloyd George’s wartime coalition government. Rothschild was an eccentric but well-respected zoologist who also happened to be the country’s richest Jew.
Authorised by Lloyd George’s cabinet, the letter asked Rothschild to inform the Zionist Federation of Great Britain that the British government viewed “with favour” the establishment in Palestine of “a national home for the Jewish people” and would do its best to facilitate this endeavour provided this did not involve anything prejudicial to “the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
So how did this lead to an unequal system today?