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Massacre in Omaha

By Tig2 ·
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3973102&page=1

By now, you have heard about the tragic shooting in an Omaha shopping mall. The gunman killed 8 and then took his own life in an act so senseless that I have difficulty even thinking about it.

By now, we know much more about the perpetrator. And in some respects, it seems to me that we have stopped talking about the issues that pushed this person to commit these acts or the act itself and are immersing ourselves in the "dirty laundry" aspects. More sensationalism of something that should NEVER be sensationalised.

What in the world are we doing to ourselves from a societal viewpoint by continuing to go for the sensational and not call out a few points? I want someone to stand up and say, "It's not nice to murder people!" "This is wrong and we aren't going to tolerate it". Anything! But what we get are the endless reports that have now provided me with enough information to write the kid's biography. Evidently, no one gave him enough information to know that this would not be a good thing.

I am Christian enough that my first reaction is to pray- not only for the victims, but the perpetrator. Whether you agree with that or not is really none of my business. But I am human enough to ask myself WHY massacre murder is becoming a trend?

In the kid's sick mind, this was his best path to fame. Why to we foster that kind of thinking by sensationalising tragedy?

I don't get it.

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Stupid keyboard can't splel!

by NickNielsen In reply to Bzzzt try again

Always blame the equipment...

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Of course it's the equipment!

by deepsand In reply to Stupid keyboard can't spl ...

Uh, are fingers "equipment?"

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The fingers touch-type

by NickNielsen In reply to Of [i]course[/i] it's the ...

And never miss. The keyboard simply doesn't respond properly.

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OH I see

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to The fingers touch-type

Another Dyslexic Keyboard.

Pity that M$ never makes drivers that actually work properly and not turn out as faulty isn't it? :^0

Col ]:)

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Of course!

by NickNielsen In reply to The fingers touch-type

It's easier on the ego than admitting that the equipment is doing exactly what you tell it to do and not what you want it to do. :^0

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I can vouch for that.

by deepsand In reply to The fingers touch-type

Ever since I spilled coffee on my keyboard it's been ill-behaved.

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I would call that an error.

by Absolutely In reply to The fingers touch-type

deepsand: Ever since I spilled coffee on my keyboard it's been ill-behaved.

Whether a variant of the fat-finger error or a klutzy elbow is uncertain, but that is definitely not the correct place to pour coffee.

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Are accidents "errors?"

by deepsand In reply to The fingers touch-type

Is the failure of a light fixture, at time of activation, an error, an accident, or neither?

And, what of the ensuing consequences?

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The free market

by JamesRL In reply to "[i]The Media is the Mess ...

Journalism is bound by the same freemarket principles that any other capitalist enterprise is - they seek to fill a market need.

If journalism is becoming more sensationalistic, don't blame the journalists, they produce what they are paid to produce. They produce what we consumers want.

If people stopped watching the sensational and started watching the "intellectual" in depth news, then the advertisers would follow.

James

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You promise?

by Absolutely In reply to The free market

If people stopped watching the sensational and started watching the "intellectual" in depth news, then the advertisers would follow.

I think monopolies, oligopolies, etc., whether natural or coercive, once in existence, tend to have some ability to shield themselves from the effort of providing what the market actually wants, by preventing new competitors on their "turf."

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