A baby’s first task at birth is learning to use the various input devices. The five senses don’t come with a manual in PDF although basic instructions are provided. It’s noisy. Baby was used to the muffled sounds inside the mother’s body. It’s bright and smelly and so on. Baby must learn to control the dials for these input devices, first the on / off switches and then the ever more finely tuned controls.
As I write this, we know very little about the suspect in the Aurora, CO, movie massacre that took place overnight between Thursday and Friday. There are some pieces of this puzzle that suggest that this was far from a random act. And… I would suggest that it was a horrifying science experiment.
There are a lot of idiots in the world, and some of them are unfortunately Republican. O’Mara’s Senate district includes Ithaca, Elmira, Corning and my birthplace of Arkport. Conte’s district is a chunk of Suffolk County gerrymandered to include a winding piece of Nassau County. I suspect the voters of both districts may wish to choose another representative in the next election, based solely on the sheer stupidity of their current state Senator and Assemblyman.
Two deadly childhood illnesses are back in the news. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised all sorts of flags over the number of measles cases in the United States last year. The number of pertussis cases, also called whooping cough, is also rising rapidly across the nation.
Most worrisome, however, is the fact that UR allowed its students to disrupt Landsburg’s class without any consequences, despite the fact that campus security was on the scene. What happened in Landsburg’s class is a textbook example of “mob censorship,” where a group of people silence or drown out a speaker with whose views they disagree. A classroom is perhaps the least appropriate place for something like this to happen, and the fact that UR did not see fit to clear the heckling students out of the class is disturbing.