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As is true with almost all of the horrific accidents, shootings and terrorist attacks, I have to take a day or two to try to wrap my head around what has happened before posting…
There are a reported 50 dead and 50 wounded in the two mosques attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand.  While it may seem on its face (and given the locations) to have been an attack for religious reasons, it appears the attacks were based on “racial / ethnic” grounds.  The shooter appears to be a supporter of “white nationalism” and opposed to immigration.   I am not clear why an Australian national has to go on a shooting spree in New Zealand, but I take it the guns laws are looser there than he would have found them in Australia.  Note:  I am not a gun law expert, but I read about Australia’s strict gun control laws after every mass shooting here in the U.S.   My opinion is based on this anecdotal observation and the news reports the New Zealand Prime Minister has vowed to change their gun laws.
Most of the above is not the reason for this post.  The actual reason for this post is to express support for the peace-loving people of New Zealand and to provide whatever small value my sympathy and condolences may bring to the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy.  Regrettably, you have joined a growing list of places around the world (Paris, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, etc.) where senseless violence and hatred has displaced peaceful discussion / co-existence and respect for the rule of law.
Tonight, like so many others around the world, I join you in your shock and pain.  Tonight I am both an All Blacks and a Muslim.  …Salaam Alecom
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2012 Friends In High Places
2011 Objective Independence
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Writers tend to fare badly under autocrats.  Dictators understand very well that the strength of thought and analysis that literature embodies is a threat to the mind control that is an essential feature of tyranny.  In countries like China, Russia, Turkey, Myanmar and Bangladesh, writers are routinely jailed or killed for creating work their governments find threatening.  For American writers, the reality of such scrutiny and peril can be hard to fathom.  We need to write now, write well — tell the truth in all its messy complexity.  It’s our best shot at helping to preserve a democracy in which facts still exist and all of us can speak freely.
  —  Jennifer Egan
From her opinion piece / editorial: “Facts Still Exist
Appearing in: Time Magazine
dtd: 24 Dec / 31 Dec, 2018  (Person of the Year, double issue)
It also appears online at:  http://time.com/5475490/writers-truth-democracy-jennifer-egan/
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On This Day In:
2018 Danger = Opportunity
2017 True And Great
Sand At The Beach
2016 There Is A Difference Between Dangerous And Frightening
2015 Always A Goal
2014 Standing Strong
2013 Shaken And Stirred
The Bird With The Broken Wing
2012 Friends In High Places
2011 Objective Independence

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