LQCs: Gun Ideology, Immune from Evidence; Real Kids vs. Imaginary Kids

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LQCs: Children, Guns, and Religion

From NYT Letters, printed 21 May 2022:

To the Editor:

The Republican checklist after a mass shooting:

Thoughts and prayers: Check.
This is not the time: Check.
Let’s not politicize: Check.
Guns are not the problem: Check.
Just enforce the laws we have: Check.
More mental health care: Check.
(Repeat.)

Jon Merritt
Los Angeles

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Declinists and Decadence: TV/Movies? Science Fiction?

Quillette, Kevin Mims, 20 May 2022: Undiminished by Decadence

Subtitle: “I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.”

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LQCs: Polarization; Grooming; Sacrifice; Documentary

My partner had never seen this movie, so we began it last night and will finish tonight.

Meanwhile, this week’s issue of The Week has a nice summary, on its “Best columns: The U.S.” page, of this Washington Post opinion piece…

Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria, 5 May 2022: The abortion battle may be the precursor to even larger struggles.

The Week‘s headline is more pertinent: “Why the U.S. is so polarized.”

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Vangelis, part 3

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Vangelis RIP, part 2

A few more thoughts today, about Vangelis’ music.
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Vangelis RIP, post 1

NPR, 19 May 2022: Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

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Musings: The Sky; Living in History

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LQCs: Moral Collapse, the Paranoid Style, Deflection

(With an endpiece.)

Paul Krugman is back from vacation.

NYT, Paul Krugman, 16 May 2022: From Voodoo to MAGA to Buffalo

I never thought I’d say this, but I miss voodoo economics.
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LQCs: Fringe Conspiracy Theories Becoming Mainstream; Duplicity; Sharpening of Focus

NYT, 15 May 2022: A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P., subtitled, “Replacement theory, espoused by the suspect in the Buffalo massacre, has been embraced by some right-wing politicians and commentators.”

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