Mass shootings are still exceedingly rare, but the fact remains that 20 of the 27 deadliest mass shootings in American history have happened in the last 15 years. Since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, this country has seen 9 of the 13 deadliest shootings in its history. The worst one ever was two years ago. The second worst was the year before that. For some reason, shootings like El Paso and Dayton are way, way more common today than they were 20 years ago or anytime previous. That is not debatable. The only debatable question is why. There have always been guns in this country. The same could be said for mental illness, racism, and ideological extremism. All of these things have existed in America -- to a greater degree, in the case of racism -- since our nation's founding. The answer is that we have become a country filled with numb, detached, and desensitized people. The culprits here are manifold, but the internet has to be one of the first places we look.
On July 14 at around 1 a.m., the two victims from Hampton and Newport News, Virginia, were walking toward the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW when they saw a group of at least 10 juveniles at the corner, according to a police report with the Metropolitan Police Department. Surveillance video released by police on YouTube on Wednesday showed a member of the group walking up to both men and pointing while talking to an approaching group of people. "[Victim 2] states that one of the juveniles scream, 'That's him!' while pointing towards [victim 1]," the report said. Then, victim 2 tried to intervene, telling the group: "That's not him. You have the wrong person!" according to the police report. Both men were then attacked, as the group swarmed around them. As the group dispersed and ran away, the second man was struck in the face and another person from the group spat on the man on the ground.
Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some experts are saying it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history.
"Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google," Ms. Gennai said. "And like, I love her but she's very misguided. That will not make it better, it will make it worse, because now all these smaller companies who don't have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation." Ms. Gennai also said that everyone, including the people and the news media, "got screwed over in 2016," and as a result, Google has been trying to figure out "what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again."
Iranian forces have shot down a United States military drone, a move that appears to have escalated the volatile situation playing out between Washington and Tehran in the Middle East. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it had shot down an "intruding American spy drone" after it entered into the country's territory Thursday. read more