A MASS SHOOTING AT A NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE, by a guy who calls himself an “eco-fascist.” “He calls himself an ‘Eco-fascist,’ one who combines environmentalism, racism and authoritarianism into one repulsive package. In his mind the world is dying from over-population, but over-population of the ‘wrong’ kind. He hates capitalism, free markets, and free trade but he loves the Communist Chinese government and fascism. . . . It’s Paul Ehrlich meets Adolph Hitler, Bernie Sanders in cahoots with Benito Mussolini.”
ANDREW KLAVAN: My Thoughts And Prayers.
When tragedy or atrocity strikes — as it just did with the mosque shootings in New Zealand — thoughts and prayers are not just an expression of compassion. They are, more importantly and more wisely, an expression of humility and helplessness. They are a way of saying: “There is nothing we can do in the face of this wickedness but we stand in solidarity with the victims and ask God to comfort their families in their sorrow.”Almost every other reaction is absurd. To suggest you have the solution to the eternal problem of evil in the form of addressing your pet peeve or of blaming and attacking your political opponents is disgraceful. It is to use the bodies of the slain for a soap box. It degrades you and insults the victims.
RICHARD FERNANDEZ: New Zealand Attack Shows Us That Tribal Score-Settling Has Infected the West.
Lifehacker: “Because it’s 2019, and livestreaming has had five years or so to really build up into a mainstream activity that people actually do, this means that horrific acts of violence and terror around the world have a greater-than-zero chance of having some video component attached to them. After all, now that plenty of people have the equivalent of a 4K video camera in their pockets, it’s just that easy to shoot and share anything—even the very worst things—with the world. While the various social media services are doing everything they can to remove the video of [the March 15, 2019] horrific shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, there are just as many people dedicating their day (it seems) to getting the video as much traction as possible. Because, again, that’s the kind of world we live in…”
Christchurch attacks are a stark warning of toxic political environment that allows hate to flourish
Greg Barton, via The Conversation
Explaining how 50 people came to be killed, and almost as many badly injured, in Christchurch’s double massacre of Muslims at prayer is heartbreaking but relatively straightforward.
The toughest calls
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At the end of each newsletter, I link to certain stories well worth your time to check out. I do that again in this newsletter, but there is a certain piece of work that deserves special attention today and that’s USA Today’s report on how hospitals are failing new moms. As USA Today writes, the U.S. healthcare system is one of the most expensive in the world, yet America’s maternal death rate is the highest among developed nations. It’s a sobering story with outstanding graphics.