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Nashville School Shooting Coverage: A Monument to Conservative Gun and Gender Pathology
A 28-year-old assailant carrying a semiautomatic rifle and two other guns fatally shot three children and three school workers in Nashville’s Christian elementary school Monday. This American story has become disturbingly common: an attacker, armed to the teeth with readily available firearms and tactical gear, executed a premeditated killing-spree on innocent people. But media coverage turned to the one novelty in the case: the shooter’s gender identity.
Nashville officials referred to the shooter as “she” and “her,” a surprise to the media and public who’ve grown accustomed to men’s overwhelming representation among mass shooters, but the police chief and police spokesperson identified the assailant as transgender, evidenced by a LinkedIn account using “he/him” pronouns. Predictably, the apparent fact that the shooter was transgender became fodder for the conservative media hate machine against trans people, with Tucker Carlson saying, “the trans community is a vehicle…for political violence,” and Fox News titling a piece “trans suspect opened fire at Christian school.”
It’s possible that the shooter held a grudge against the religious school for some reason, whether personal (the shooter was a former student) or political, but importantly––we don’t know that from the available information! Mass shooters have varying motivations, anti-LBGTQI+ hate being a common one, but they all use firearms by definition. The Christian school shooter legally purchased seven guns, according to the New York Times. A gruesome report from the Washington Post detailed how the AR-15, one of the weapons used in Nashville and a mass shooter favorite, is designed to efficiently tear dozens of bodies apart in minutes. Our society is paying for these weapons' prolific availability with ritual human sacrifice.
There have been 130 mass shootings in the 88 days of 2023.
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39 Migrants Die in Mexico Detention Fire
On Monday night, at least 39 migrants died in a fire at a detention center Juarez, Mexico, just over the border from El Paso, Texas. According to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador the migrants aiming for asylum the U.S., most from Venezuela or Central America, set fire to mattresses to protest their imminent deportation to their destitute home countries. But Derek Davidson of Foreign Exchanges thinks this story might be bogus since the migrants wouldn't have had much to start a fire at the detention center. Tyler Mattiace, a researcher at Human Rights Watch was quoted by FT saying that the deaths were “a clear demonstration of the deadly consequences of the US’s outsourcing of immigration enforcement to Mexico.” Title 42, a Trump-era rule to deny migrant entry, establishing Mexican border towns as detention hubs for U.S.-bound migrants, was expanded by Biden despite his stated intention to end the program. It will likely remain in place amid the highest levels of migration from Central and South American in 20 years.
U.S. Makes Corporate Transparency Commitment
At the Summit for Democracy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen committed to create a database of small businesses in collaboration with 20 other countries. According to the AP, the database would “contain personal information of owners of at least 32 million U.S. businesses as part of an effort to combat corruption.” Yellen stated that this effort would help unmask shell corporations involved in illicit finance, such as Russian oligarchs hiding stolen money on US soil. The small business lobby hates the database idea, the National Small Business Association filed a lawsuit in November to stop the rule’s adoption.
- Pence to Testify to J6 Grand Jury A federal judge ordered former VP Mike Pence to testify on the January 6th insurrection that almost ended in his hanging, but will likely be allowed to keep quiet on certain subjects. Pence has been trying to dodge testimony on the incident via the New York Times.
- Jamie Dimon Ordered to Testify on Epstein JPMorgan allegedly turned a blind eye to Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking while profiting off his fortune. via the Financial Times.
- Green Win: Renewables Overtake Coal in U.S. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar generated more energy for America than coal in 2022. Take that Joe Manchin. via AP.
- Without GOP Tax Cuts, U.S. Debt Would Be Falling A new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds the Bush and Trump tax cuts are entirely responsible for ballooning national debt. via CAP.
That’s how much Sam Bankman-Fried’s bribe was to China, according to a new charge from Manhattan’s federal court. The erstwhile wunderkind, now known crook, tried to pay off Chinese officials to unfreeze some of his crypto assets.
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“Look at what happens in the U.S… judges on the Supreme Court are nominated by the president, and confirmed by the Senate.”
-- Israeli Justice Minister Yariv Levin, trying to defend Netanyahu’s judiciary putsch. We have bad news about the independence of the judiciary here in the U.S. pal, though that’s the point of Bibi’s game isn’t it?
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