The Illogic of Arms in America
The latest deadly school shooting, in Wisconsin, will result in agitation for the right to bear arms, not gun control. Go figure, says Alex Hannaford at The Guardian.
America's love affair with these weapons cuts across the political divide, and—though interpretation of the constitution on this point is a matter of hot and eternal dispute—the "constitutional right" to bear arms has, for many, an argument-ending inalienability. ... To my knowledge, no one is suggesting that high school students should be allowed to carry guns for protection, but this latest incident will – counter-intuitively, perhaps—bolster lobbying groups calling for the legalisation of concealed handguns on college campuses.
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.
- The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
- Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
- Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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