AP Wire | 09/30/2002 | No execution sought in N.J. shootings
Why not? John W. Mabie is accused of the murder of his granddaughter and three others. It seems to me this is the sort of crime that the death penalty is supposed to be for. Is it because he’s old? Because he’s a former police officer? Because he’s white?
I’m not wild about the death penalty. But if you’re going to have one, you should apply it fairly.
The New Yorker’s Critic At Large reviews Stephen Jay Gould’s life and work, including his last books.
Scientific American: There’s No Stopping Them
A little bit about “inventors” who want to patent their perpetual motion machines. I’d thought that the Patent Office had stopped issuing patents for PMM, but I guess not.
allAfrica.com — Kenya: Villagers Lynch Suspected Witch, Torch Ten Houses
Actually, the “witch” was stabbed, then set on fire. He was 70 years old. What gets into people?
Fallen Christian puts faith in the law – smh.com.au
Well, this is odd. A woman in Australia is suing her church for not providing anyone to catch her when she fell backwards after being overcome with the usual Pentecostal ecstasy. She hit the floor and suffered brain damage. I have to say that if God, rather than psychological quirks, really causes people to faint in church, I’d think He’d be sure to keep them safe.
Yahoo! News – TNT Goes to Hoop with Charles Barkley Talk Show
On the other hand, this could be really good. Or really awful. Entertaining either way.
Yahoo! News – Hammer, Emmanuel Lewis, Neil Bring ‘Surreal’ Appeal
It’s a celebrity “Real World” or “Big Brother” type reality show. Sigh. They’re calling this “The Surreal Life”. I like “Has-Beens House” myself.