Japan Knife Attack Makes Case for Gun Restrictions

Trump Finds New Use for WWII Internment Camp ; CA Public's Right to Know Is Under Threat ; and More Picks

Gun violence, legislation
The author writes, “Another random, violent attack on multiple victims by a deeply troubled man, another set of grieving family and friends, another set of thoughts and prayers. This attack, like Parkland and Sandy Hook, was against schoolchildren. But this time, there is one big difference: In the May 28 violent incident in Kawasaki, Japan, one child and one adult died. The Parkland attack resulted in the deaths of 17 people, mostly children. The killer in Sandy Hook murdered 28 people, again [most of them] children. ... In the US, where guns are easy to obtain ... the firearm is almost always the weapon of choice.” Photo credit: HartsnSoles / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-4.0)(
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Former Japanese-Internment Camp Will Now Hold Migrant Children (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “The Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody after running out of room at government shelters. Fort Sill, an 150-year-old installation once used as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, has been selected to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The Public’s Right to Know Is Under Threat in California (Reader Steve)

From the San Francisco Chronicle: “AB289 certainly won’t prevent government misconduct. But it would help put more muscle behind the open-records laws Californians use to try to root it out.”

According to NYT, Relentless Flooding in Midwest Just Happens (Gerry)

The author writes, “The New York Times’ 2,400+ word report (6/3/19) by Julie Bosman, Julie Turkewitz and Timothy Williams on the historic flooding in the Midwest — amidst the wettest 12 months ever since recording began 124 years ago — is an illustrative example of how not to do disaster coverage.”

Depression-Gene Studies Were Built on Shaky Foundations (Chris)

The author writes, “Richard Border of the University of Colorado at Boulder and his colleagues picked the 18 candidate genes that have been most commonly linked to depression … Using data from large groups of volunteers, ranging from 62,000 to 443,000 people, the team checked whether any versions of these genes were more common among people with depression. ‘We didn’t find a smidge of evidence,’ says Matthew Keller, who led the project.’”

Turning Boats Into Bags, Refugee Stitches Life Together in Greece (Chris)

From Reuters: “Bent over a sewing machine, Fariba Amini stitches her latest design using the unlikeliest of fabrics: a sheet from a discarded rubber dinghy, like the one that brought her and thousands more refugees to Greece.”

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