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    General Mass Shooting Thread (originally Las Vegas Strip)

    The way I read it: The shooter and his buddy performed a “pit maneuver” on a car. The shooter then gets out and kills the two people in the car Another guy nearby sees the shooter, gets scared, pulls out his own gun and opens fire on the shooter The shooter and his buddy get in their vehicle and drive away Police found drugs in the two dead guys’ car - it could be road rage, it could be drug related, who knows?
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    General Mass Shooting Thread (originally Las Vegas Strip)

    In the FBI’s (and law enforcement in general) defense, I don’t think they can know who is really posting what on websites where people can hide behind anonymity. Also, I’m sure there’s millions of disgusting, but ultimately harmless things being posted on the web every day, so sifting through everything to find the real threats to focus resources on in time to actually stop something before it happens is not an easy task.
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    General Mass Shooting Thread (originally Las Vegas Strip)

    Assault rifles are loud as crap. He was caught alive, so it doesn’t seem like he was planning to die today, unlike some of the other shooters in the past.
  4. Geez, is that real? He sounds like a cheesy movie villain caricature.
  5. Observing? I’m assuming there aren’t enough US resources in the area to protect every foreign ship that sails through the region. There were a number of attacks on foreign tankers in June that we didn’t/couldn’t prevent, and this latest attempt on a British ship was deterred by the British navy.
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    Buying First Car for Teen Driver

    Another vote for something like a Civic or a Corolla. A reliable car that won’t be a huge loss if it gets destroyed is your best option. my first car was a 99 Civic. I, of course, wrecked it.
  7. @BenningRoadSkin Trump: “You blew up one of our things, can we blow up some of yours? Oh... No? Oh ok... never mind.” WHAT?? Apparently Trump actually thinks the world is a big reality TV show where you can orchestrate wars to improve ratings.
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    Spectator: The sexbot apocalypse

    I agree, I think this will ultimately make people lonelier.
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    General Mass Shooting Thread (originally Las Vegas Strip)

    From the article: “In November, he posted a picture of a person wearing full medieval armor while holding a gun and an anime body pillow... He also participated in medieval live action roleplaying.” These incels are getting out of hand.
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    WaPo Journalist killed in Saudi Consolate

    I’m pretty sure Dr Seuss was criticizing the “America First” crowd with that cartoon. Edit - yeah, see @herrmag‘s link to Snopes
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    BBC - Sri Lanka Explosions: More Than 200 Killed Easter Morning

    From what I’m reading this morning, it sounds like you were right about this.
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    BBC - Sri Lanka Explosions: More Than 200 Killed Easter Morning

    I 100% agree with this. With this particular tragedy I think there’s a few factors contributing to the “non-response.” 1) Tragedy fatigue... we’ve become overwhelmed by news like this to point where we can’t afford (both emotionally and time wise) to respond every single time it happens. It’s like sympathy and empathy triage, certain events take higher priorities. 2) It took place in Sri Lanka, it’s hard for us to relate to that. We can imagine ourselves or a loved one as a victim in a college classroom or a movie theater in America, which has a larger effect on us, but it’s hard for us to think of ourselves on the other side of the world in a church on Easter. 3) I think big tragedies like this are actually harder to relate to because the individuals get lost in the numbers. When you see 10 to 15 people’s pictures who were victims of a mass shootings, it has a greater impact on you than when you see “290 dead in bombings.” That’s just the way we’re wired as humans. It doesn’t mean any of us are bad people for not expressing sympathy for the victims.
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    BBC - Sri Lanka Explosions: More Than 200 Killed Easter Morning

    CNN update: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that several US citizens were among those killed, though he did not say how many.
  14. Link: Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted “At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say. At least eight blasts reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services.” “No-one was expecting this, it was a peaceful Sunday morning - everyone was going to Easter services.“ “Colombo resident Usman Ali told the BBC there were massive queues as he joined people trying to donate blood. He said: ‘Everyone had just one intention and that was to help the victims of the blast, no matter what religion or race they may be. Each person was helping another out in filling forms.’” This is a sad day for Sri Lanka. Still no announcement on who is responsible.
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    BBC: First ever image of a black hole revealed

    As I understand it, since all matter in the universe was involved in the big bag, the Big Bang happened everywhere. So actually there isn’t a single point in the universe where the Big Bang happened. There *is* a massive black hole at the center of the galaxy called Sagittarius A, but it’s only 60 million km in diameter. The black hole they took a picture of is 40 BILLION km in diameter, which is mind blowing. You can nerd me now.