Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Lazy Day MSNBC news roundup

At least 9 killed as California trains derail. Snip: "it appears a vehicle was deliberately placed on the railroad tracks before the derailment." I'm surprised nobody's crying terrorist attack given that little bit of news. Though in more likelihood, it's just a terrorist of the homegrown, disgruntled variety. Update #1: Apparently the guy responsible was more of the "deranged, suicidal" variety. If you couldn't live with yourself before - how would you do so after causing this?
Update #2: Apparently, the good state of California is going to do everything they can to make sure he doesn't (well, at least until they can legally do it for him, hence the suicide watch): Man accused in train crash faces murder charges, possible death penalty. There are just so, so many things wrong with this story from every side. Here's a lovely quote from his sister-in-law (he was separated from his wife): "He was having problems with drugs and all that and was violent," Amaya told the AP. "A few other times he went around as if he wanted to kill himself. I said, 'If you're going to kill yourself, go kill yourself far away.'

That's some constructive advice there, isn't it? If they can get around the obvious insanity defense (which I doubt)... then they'd have to prove he intended for other people to die, which I doubt. But if he is found guilty and they decide to punish him instead of helping him... then I'm thinking that sister-in-law sure as hell should be found guilty of aiding and abetting, too. The family knew he was violent, KNEW he was a "danger to himself, and to OTHERS" and didn't do a damned thing about it. Didn't notify authorities, didn't try to get him some psychiatric help. Nada. Yes the consequences of his actions were horrendous, but in this case - I'd say society bears just as much responsibility as he does.

Astronauts install robot arm, find ‘goo’. Have you people learned nothing from the Alien movies???!! DON'T TOUCH THE GOO!

An Apology: To the Girl in the Parking Garage. Perfect reminder of the societal affects of violence against women. Besides the obvious... women living in a constant state of terror, men assumed guilty until proven innocent (via Clicked).

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