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Entry: No News
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From Stef
It's very sad what happened today. I saw an Amish buggy earlier today and it made me smile. I always love any encounter with the PA Amish. Then I got home and heard the news and it made me really sad to think that someone would do that.

And I'm glad you mentioned Darfur. I'm involved in a lot of stuff with Darfur and it's important that people become aware of the genocide. Hopefully if everyone comes together something can be done about it.
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From Sean Stubblefield
monitoring the news is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. stare into the abyss and...
granted, we can't make informed decisions and act on them if we are ignorant of the details. but the news--like history-- is never the whole truth (if there is such a thing), these days it is typically info-tainment and tabloid-ish, not to mention negative. what often passes for "news" is horrible stuff (if it bleeds it leads), making it easy to overlook that good things also happen. plus, the expansiveness and immediacy of global media makes bad news seem more pronounced and prevalent.
whether you pay attention to news or not, either way, you invite misery into your life. there is truth in the Aleister Crowley quote: “To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.”

which came first, the ignorance or the apathy? roots are many and elusive.
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From Dave Grant
Website: http://www.greatestblogeverwritten.blogspot.com/
I think it's the apparent randomness of these acts that make them so hard to grasp. It's a terrible thing and it appears to be happening more and more frequently. I think this is the 6th or 7th incident of serious school violence in North America in the last two months. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has written on the subject, and is worth reading for those interested.
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From Q
Of course, I was at work today, doing the news. I'm in Philly; this happened about 55 miles west of us. You can imagine that everyone was going nuts (and rightfully so). We're generally a jaded bunch, having to talk about murders and the like every day. Still, this one was still a bit sobering... unbelievable act unto itself, and so close to home. Horrible enough that it shut up people I never see shut up.

This was the 100th school shooting since Columbine. 100! The Amish, already, are beginning to forgive and move on. We should all be so lucky to learn from that.
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