1. Today, for some reason — and I’ve got some theories about it — indignation is the default position of certain people in civic discourse.
     


  2. Why was I so willing to put it all behind me, to think that just because I didn’t experience any residual trauma, that the situation didn’t merit rage, or even a memory? It’s disturbing how easy it is for all women, even feminist writers like myself, to accept a status quo where such incidents are easily forgotten and brushed aside.
    — Too many women have close-call assault stories. Here’s what I learned from mine.
     

  3. Dallas-area bar fires manager over terrible domestic-violence joke

    Sometimes people overreact to bad “jokes.” This isn’t one of those times.

     

  4. Video games don’t cause violence

    There have been many studies on video games and violence, and there simply isn’t a tenable connection. Aaron Carroll digs into the evidence in the video.

     


  5. Torture is good for two things: intimidation and extracting false confessions. As an intelligence-gathering mechanism, it’s much worse than worthless. You get no good intelligence, while what you do get is decidedly bad, including a corrosion of the legitimacy of security agencies and a weakening of the foundation of liberal democracy itself.
     

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  7. To be sure, a national government’s primary responsibility is to serve the interests of its own people. And national interests — say, in security and material prosperity — can be morally legitimate. But the pursuit of those interests to the exclusion of all other considerations would amount to the kind of ruthless nationalist realpolitik that Vladimir Putin is now playing so successfully.
    — Nigel Biggar, in Yes, war can be just
     

  8. (BILL DAY | Copyright 2014 Cagle Cartoons)

    The week’s best editorial cartoons

     


  9. Americans are already too inclined to believe in their own righteousness. Their tendency toward what Alexis de Tocqueville called ‘the perpetual utterance of self-applause’ often leads them to make foolish mistakes. They certainly don’t need theologians telling them that their good intentions entitle them, over the inevitable objections of billions of their would-be subjects, to appoint themselves the world’s benevolent despot.
    — Damon Linker, in Is war ever morally justified?
     

  10. "In my dreams, sometimes I see people shooting people. Sometimes I see myself walking over dead bodies. And after dreaming about it, I feel very scared."

    5 haunting portraits of former child soldiers 

     

  11. CAIRO, EGYPT — On Sunday, a bomb ripped through a tourist bus in the resort town of Taba, killing at least three foreign tourists and the Egyptian bus driver. Taba is located in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on the border with Israel, a region as well known for its beautiful beaches and amazing coral as it is for its smuggling routes, rebellious residents, and homegrown terrorist groups.

    Egypt’s violent spiral is only getting worse

     

  12. "Obviously, nothing out there is going to make it so that it’ll be enjoyable to get shot.  But with our suit, if you happen to get caught in a gunfight, you’ll at least look great running away."

    The bespoke bulletproof suit

     


  13. There’s no denying it: The National Rifle Association has won — again. Even though more than 3,000 Americans have died via gun violence since 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, the NRA has somehow managed to triumph. The victims’ families and gun-control advocates have lost. Forget an assault weapons ban — or any other serious gun regulation. It’s not happening.
    — Joe Gandelman says the NRA has already won