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The economy and tragedy

There's been a string of ugly events in my town. Friend **Naomi** blames the economy, and we can infer more ugly is coming. Monday Morning Crisis Quarterback |
Things started out slowly enough. A car accident right around Thanksgiving killed an elementary student, and the responsible team was dispatched to help that school and its parents, children and staff, as well as a neighboring elementary school where the student attended.... In January, a student at one of our high schools collapsed in the hallway outside of his gym class and died. This is huge. This is, to a school, what a line of duty death is for first responders, and it hit the school and community hard. That same week, a student at another high school was found unconscious in a snow bank in the next town over. Her boyfriend had allegedly hit her over the head with a hammer. She died a week later. Two weeks later, a mom at one school who worked in the lunch program at another failed to pick up her child from after school childcare. She was found dead in her apartment, allegedly strangled by her boyfriend. The next day, a student jumped off an overpass headfirst onto the highway. By this point, there truly was no team fully available to respond. Despite having 30 trained CISM responders and dividing the responsibility, we were all burnt out. We called for mutual aid from the county, and we asked ourselves what on earth was going on. Our city has a homicide rate of less than one per year, but there had been two domestic violence homicides in two three weeks. Our schools have two big tragedies a year, and we had had four in less than a month. And it wasn't just a bad run for our school district. The county team began responding to suicides in the community and trauma in neighboring school districts at an increased clip as well. What could account for the feeling that our county had suddenly stepped into a black hole? My answer is simple. To quote Bill Clinton, it's the economy, stupid.

You Suck At Craigslist makes public mockery easier than ever

YSaC, Vol. 308: Let me tell ya about the birds and the … | You Suck at Craigslist This is a site devoted to looking at the worst Craiglist has to offer. My wife and I just sat here and spent at least thirty minutes paging through it, laughing our butts off.
selling ford truck - $1200 $1200 obo this has been a good truck for me but i have to sell it because i cant ever get to it with all of the bees around it they have been in and around it for almost 2 months now and i havent been able to get near 5 feet or else i get stung and im sick of it i still have welts from months ago stingings and i cant even get to work because i cant get to my truck so i have to sell it test drives at ur own risk i cant go with you too many bees
Above is an actual ad from Craigslist. Click through for the site's wry commentary.

June 13, 2009

NPR's Scott Simon on Stephen Tyrone Johns

Amid Ignorance And Fear, Anti-Semitism Thrives : NPR
Weekend Edition Saturday, June 13, 2009 | Anyone who doubts that anti-Semitism still exists should have a look at my e-mail. Not a week goes by in which our show, or me personally, doesn't receive notes from people who use good grammar, have a detailed knowledge of the news, and who are certain that something — or everything — that irritates or scares them in this world traces back to Jews. Interestingly — or maybe I should just say, appallingly — many of these people take pains to profess that they are not bigots, but distinctly perceptive observers; and if the rest of us don't see the truth as plainly as they do, it's because we're Jews, or in the pay of Jews, or don't realize how everything is run by Jews. ... I know the news business a little, and I understand why so many reportorial resources must be focused on the life and crimes of the man who has been charged with the killing at the Museum. But in the few seconds I have, I'd prefer to talk about a good man: the guard who gave his life. Stephen Tyrone Johns was 39, and the father of an 11 year old son. He had a sunny personality, in the memory of his friends, loved funny movies, and to make people laugh. His son will grow up knowing that his father was, to use a word that is so misused to describe athletes or movie stars, a hero. ...