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Another serious incident at U.S. Capitol

grammaboodawg
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Apr 2, 6:19pm

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Around the lunch hour, a driver approaching the Capitol ran through the security checkpoint striking 2 Capitol Police Officers and rammed into a security blockade (can be raised/lowered). The male driver got out of the car with a knife and was shot and taken to the hospital and has died. One of the two Capitol Police Officers struck by the car is in critical condition.

The next item is changing/added to... but it's now said the driver cut an Officer in the face after exiting the car. What is not known yet is if that Officer was one of the 2 struck or is a 3rd Officer.

This is so sad! Prayers for the injured Officers and all involved.




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grammaboodawg
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Apr 2, 7:21pm

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The Officer critically injured when he was struck by the car has passed away.




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Apr 2, 9:21pm

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was on our late evening news bulletin - so sad. There are some very crazy people out there...


N.E. Brigand
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Apr 2, 9:54pm

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Well, that's awful, and after the deaths and injuries there in January (and the many arrests that are still resulting from that), the location obviously makes this sad incident more newsworthy, but, I find upon checking, it's not the worst news of the day, not by a long shot: did you know there was a big train derailment today in Taiwan?

I learned that by browsing, believe it or not, Wikipedia, which has entries for individual years. One can look up, for example, "2021" and see a list of global events since January. There is indeed a fair bit of bad news listed there:


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January 6 – Rioters attack the United States Capitol, forcing Congress to evacuate. Five people die during the riot, including a police officer and a woman who is shot and killed inside the Capitol building. The event is classified as a domestic terrorist attack and draws international condemnation.
January 15 – At least 105 people were killed and more than 3,000 people were injured after a strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi, Indonesia.
January 15 – COVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 passes 2 million.
January 26 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeds 100 million worldwide.
February 13–17 – A major winter storm kills at least 200 people and causes over 9.7 million power outages in the US.
February 20 – 2020–21 H5N8 outbreak: 7 people test positive for H5N8 bird flu at a poultry farm in southern Russia, making them the first human cases.
February 22 – COVID-19 pandemic: The United States becomes the first country to surpass 500,000 deaths from the virus.
February 25 – COVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 2.5 million.
March 21 – Clashes in Apure between Colombian FARC dissidents and the Venezuelan Armed Forces cause at least eight casualties and 4,000 displaced Venezuelans.
March 23 – Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, runs aground and causes a major blockage in the Suez Canal. The resulting bottleneck of ships leads to significant disruption of global trade.
April 2 – At least 50 people are killed in a train derailment in Taiwan.


At least that's the global perspective of some Wikipedia editors on the year's bad events to date. Note that the list doesn't include the two recent and much publicized mass shooting incidents in Georgia and Colorado. It probably won't include today's incident either. (There are separate entries with more lists for specific countries, though.)

But I also want to take a moment to note the list had some good news for 2021, as well (there's also lots of stories in there which I would class as indeterminate, many to do with various global elections, which I will elide), as follows:


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January 4 – The border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopens.
January 13 – In Lyon, France, the first transplant of both arms and shoulders is performed on an Icelandic patient at the Ιdouard Herriot Hospital.
February 1 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 100 million.
February 9 – The UAE's uncrewed Hope spacecraft becomes the first Arabian mission to successfully enter orbit around Mars.
February 18 – NASA's Mars 2020 mission (containing the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter drone) lands on Mars at Jezero Crater, after seven months of travel.
February 20 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 200 million.
February 24 – COVID-19 pandemic: Ghana becomes the first country to receive vaccines through the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative.
March 5 – Moldova becomes the first country in Europe to receive coronavirus vaccines through COVAX.
March 6 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 300 million.
March 18 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 400 million.
March 25 – COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 500 million.
March 29 – The ship Ever Given is freed in the Suez Canal.


I am not saying the good news outweighs the bad. Nor am I faulting your decision to post on today's news from the District of Columbia. I am quoting the Kingston Trio.

Wikipedia strikes again: Sheldon Harnick wrote that song? Sheldon Harnick is still alive? One season following another, laden with happiness and tears?


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But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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grammaboodawg
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Apr 3, 12:39pm

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The world certainly is in upheaval, but it is important to note the positive events while sad/troubling events outweigh them in the news. The transplant, the Arabian spacecraft and the opening of the border between Qtar and SA are some I barely heard about or didn't know at all. That search option is so helpful to keep things balanced.




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Apr 4, 12:48am

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I've used Wikipedia's current events portal as a news source for many years now, for just the events/information that you mention. I see international news there that even my busy Twitter feed does not pick up. It's a great way to follow the day to day developments of the (sadly) numerous conflicts around the world, most of which have been getting little to no airtime in the US the past four years.

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Apr 4, 5:37am

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I heard the Chad Mitchell Trio sing this song in a live concert when I was a young child. I still remember all the words.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



N.E. Brigand
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Apr 5, 3:36am

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Wikipedia says the original three members are all still living. Denver famously died more than 20 years ago in a plane crash.

I had no idea before now that the trio formed in Spokane at Gonzaga University, whose men's basketball team competes tomorrow for the national championship.


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Apr 5, 3:45am

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There's been a lot of speculation over the past year that Covid lockdowns would lead to an increase in suicide rates, but the 2020 data is now availble of for the U.S., and suicides in this country were down 6% from the average of the previous three years.


Treachery, treachery I fear; treachery of that miserable creature.

But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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Apr 5, 5:06am

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To return to Sheldon Harnick, as it were ("On the other hand, things could never get worse, they could only get better"--OK, I know that's the book not the lyrics), I just came across an essay from March 2020, posted at an influential and supposedly intellectual website, which argued that the response to Covid-19 was way out of proportion to the danger. After all, wrote the author, the U.S. has 38,000 traffic deaths and 34,000 flu deaths every year, and even if the coronavirus outbreak were to kill a thousand times as many Americans as had then died, that would only be 40,000 -- and what's more, the writer continued, at least 80% of the "coronavirus deaths [to that date] had been over the age of seventy ... the victims were already nearing the end of their lifespan." So no drastic measures were necessary.

Words fail. That was about three weeks after U.S. government analysts were forecasting that there was a risk of 1-2 million Americans dying because of the pandemic, and six weeks after top U.S. officials' initial worst case estimates, in January 2020, put the potential loss of Americans lives at 540,000. As that Wikipedia list I quoted above shows, in a year, the U.S. recorded over 550,000 Covid deaths. Back to Harnick: "And it won't make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong."


Treachery, treachery I fear; treachery of that miserable creature.

But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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Apr 5, 11:26am

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Apr 5, 3:29pm

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The cynicism . . .

I remember early predictions that my state would have 1400 deaths from COVID. We've had three times that so far . . . and we're doing better than many other states. I realized the other day that the statistics add up to 1 in 10 people in the country having the disease. ONE in TEN. My own family and most of my friends have beat those odds . . . we're diligent mask-wearers/distancers. But the two cousins who caught it (just before they were to be vaccinated) look to be long-haulers; two months later Robert says he still can't walk unaided and the brain fog is a real problem for both him and Jennifer. I won't relax until all of our younger members are vaccinated; the news about the new variant that hits younger people hard is very worrisome.

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Apr 5, 6:54pm

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the news about the new variant that hits younger people hard is very worrisome.


I haven't heard about this. Can you share some info about it?

ETA: found it.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/...TXZK2XMSKOLPKHQWMJI/

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N.E. Brigand
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Apr 6, 6:59pm

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And now people are getting "forgetful" about the past year.

Just today someone here in my city wrote that lockdowns, quarantines, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions meant to stop the pandemic were wrong because, after all, we don't ban planes and cars just because people die in crashes.

Setting aside that more than ten times as many Americans died from the pandemic than died in car crashes over the past year, and that more than one thousand times as many Americans died from the pandemic than died in airplane crashes over the past year, cars get recalled and planes get grounded when they're found to cause crashes.

(Joke courtesy of a 1993 Simpson episode. Gremlins weren't actually subject to many recalls.)


Treachery, treachery I fear; treachery of that miserable creature.

But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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Apr 7, 3:42am

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I remember Chad Mitchell introducing himself as coming from the "apple, cherry, and blue-leaf cabbage center of Washington state."
The first album of the trio that my parents bought was Mighty Day on Campus. I still have some of the group's LPs.
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Annael
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Apr 7, 3:48pm

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Mitchell was raised in Spokane, which is way over on the eastern border of the state (and went to Gonzaga, which just lost to Baylor in the final NCAA game). From that description I'd think he was from Wenatchee, which is right in the center of the state and known for fruit, particularly apples. Spokane is in wheat-growing country. Mike Pugh was from Pasco, a ways south of Wenatchee . . . perhaps it's him you remember saying that.

Anyway . . . I grew up listening to them, my older brother was a huge fan of 60s folk.

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