16 February 2010

Why do people always confuse...

...a proficiency in writing exams... with being smart...

"The authorities in Boston searched Dr. Bishop’s computer at the time and found a novel she was working on about a scientist who killed her brother and atoned by excelling at her work."
Yikers.

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UPDATE: Turn, turn, turn
As if she needed to pin the weirdness meter any harder to the right.

Seriously -- if the shooter were a political conservative, you think we'd be hearing about D&D? No baby -- we'd be hearing about Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly.

All. Day. Long.
Yeah... funny how that works.


7 comments:

dupmar said...

Another unbalanced scientist denied tenure goes on a shooting spree. And how is that different from the Fabrikant case. But the Canadian media didn't try to dissect Fabrikant's political leanings, it wasn't relevant to the crime. I'm guessing based on Montreal demographics that if Fabricant bothered to vote, he voted Liberal, likely the same as his victims, likely the same as the police who arrested him. But this has no bearing on his dementia.

The Grey Lady said...

What's that old saying for authors? Write what ya know...

James Higham said...

Sometimes, writing proficiency is all a person has. [Sob]

langmann said...

I was in academia for several years. Basically you either have to be stone cold crazy plus difficult to work with or completely unproductive to be denied tenure. I'm guessing the staff found her completely nutbar and didn't want her around. As it turned out they were right.

When I ask are the media going to get the point that some people are just broken in the head enough to use murder to solve major disagreements or personal flaws?

Its not guns, its not D&D, its not Obama, or Church, or any of those things. Rather a part of the brain that is defective that no one yet understands. Heck it may even be a function of the brain that was favorable evolutionarily: think of all the psychopaths that have been sucessfull leaders of their tribe, and consequently brought success to them through terrible actions, ie: Muhammed, Ghengis Khan, Alexander, Caesar (in some ways) etc.

Therefore there may be some warning signs people should think about...

Neo Conservative said...

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"langmann says... I'm guessing the staff found her completely nutbar and didn't want her around. As it turned out they were right."

unfortunately, though... a little too late.

here's a thought... try imagining the absolute media shitstorm if she had been a big bushite... instead of an obama-licker.

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langmann said...

What double standard are you talking about, neo?

Harper's arch enemy Danny boy Williams goes to the US for medical treatment and the media defends his sorry hide. Imagine if Harper did it? Just imagine....

Anonymous said...

Somehow, some way, the fact that she was an obsessed Obamaniac will be transmogrified into a Tea Party supporter.