Personal History

When a cop shoots a black person, it takes about 20 nanoseconds (if that) before the defensive reaction sets in and that person’s background is trawled through, looking for possible reasons that they might have been a bad person who maybe deserved to be shot. Because a bad, meth-smoking, counterfeit-carrying person somehow deserves a humiliating death face-down on concrete while they cry for their mother?

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The Strange Thing About The Strange Thing That Maybe Wasn’t So Strange

I’m going to be a bit waffly in this posting, because it’s about something where some facts appear to be in dispute, leading to disputable conclusions. Also: psychologists are involved, which I believe increases a level of epistemological background noise, without adding much, if anything, in the way of things we can treat as facts.

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A Little Whiff of Shiro Ishii

Shiro Ishii goes right in the book next to Josef Mengele; a “failed intellectual” in the description of William Shirer (The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich) who noted that many of Hitler’s nihilistic genociders were, like Hitler himself, academics and philosophically-inclined people who veered off the normal track and careened into the dark woods.

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