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Yea, the oceans don't protect us like they used to.

 

My gut tells me this was home-grown.

 

By the way - does anyone know what amendment gives us the right to bear bombs?

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We should consider ourselves lucky that there isn't some vague language in the Constitution about militia and bombs, otherwise...

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I agree that it was homegrown. I'll go further and speculate that it has something to do with the place and date, a conflation of Boston, Patriot's Day, the original Boston Tea Party (a protest against taxation) on April 15, the day tax returns are due.

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it's useful not to confuse the growth in newsmedia with a growth in violence of any sort.

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it's useful not to confuse the growth in newsmedia with a growth in violence of any sort.

Well, people have always done stupid things for the attention - but now they only need to wait about three seconds for the publicity to go worldwide.

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no doubt. but that doesn't mean that there's more violence than there used to be. by almost every measure, there's significantly less.

 

wilfrid is right that oceans are no longer the barrier they once were.

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Well I don't think oceans have anything to do with it. I was just observing that domestic terrorism is still more of a novelty here than in other parts of the world.

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no doubt. but that doesn't mean that there's more violence than there used to be. by almost every measure, there's significantly less.

 

wilfrid is right that oceans are no longer the barrier they once were.

Actually I made the comment about the oceans.

 

I agree there's less violence, but the coverage and instant reporting gives the perception of more. And everyone knows perception is infinitely more important than reality.

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Well I don't think oceans have anything to do with it. I was just observing that domestic terrorism is still more of a novelty here than in other parts of the world.

Compared to Ireland maybe, but hardly without precedent.

 

(ie. plenty of stuff on both sides pre-Civil War, the kkk, The Haymarket bombing, The LA Times bombing, The Bath School Disaster. We're not even at WWI yet.)

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Another way of looking at it is that the United States is beginning, still in quite a small way, to resemble the rest of the world.

 

This is exactly how I'm looking at it.

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Another way of looking at it is that the United States is beginning, still in quite a small way, to resemble the rest of the world.

 

This is exactly how I'm looking at it.

this statement makes little sense to me. what does it mean?

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"One Saudi interviewed."

 

I may be wrong, but I don't think anyone would report, "one Nebraskan interviewed." "One Lutheran interviewed." "One NRA member interviewed." Perhaps "one Austrian interviewed."

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