Kids in the Other America Where It’s Guns Not Roses

Kids and Guns

A Katniss with guns: British-born Brooklynite, photographer Sharif Hamza has a  fascinating project on children who are more interested in gun-related sports than in soccer or tennis.

In light of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Miami Dade, Florida, this project takes on a special urgency. Most of the children, ages ranging from 12 to 18, are from Texas, Florida, Arizona, and the Southern States, which are emerging children’s markets for guns. The Florida shooter, Nikolas Cruz, prior to being expelled from Stoneman Douglas, was a member of a Varsity Rifle club that received a ten-thousand dollar grant from the NRA.

Hamza notes that children of this other America prefer guns over soccer balls primarily because they have a different perspective on their environment from children raised in rich, urban and suburban centers on the two coasts and progressive states. The former see the world as a more “dangerous” place with rising crime and insecurity, than the latter do. The rich, one can guess are focused on making money, getting ahead in life in the usual capitalistic way, and they may see the world as a risky, yet exciting financial market.

My two cents: You can’t produce or protect wealth with guns but with intelligence and wit. The clever know that.

Besides shooting-sports aren’t physically active sports; you just stand and shoot targets. Being a physically unchallenging sport, it is a low-risk and no-strategy sport which parents from progressive states in America don’t encourage in their children.

Hamza’s project is yet another evidence that America is a divided nation, from the cradle itself.




Can Common Sense be Digitized?

Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, believes it can. He has invested 125 million dollars in the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence to help codify the “simple truths,” of life that children receive, and the wisdom that we, as humans, accrue through our life experiences, so they can be taught to machines.


Modern Medicine Needs a Paradigm Shift

“Certainly doctors must understand disease, but medical education is overly skewed toward the biomedical sciences and minutiae about esoteric and rare disease processes. Doctors also need time to engage with the humanities, because they are the gateway to the human experience.”

A physician, inspired by his patient, the illustrious cardiologist Bernard Lown, exposes the fundamental flaw of modern medicine: its regression from “healing” to “treatment.”


The #MeToo Parable

While reviewing A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window,” a bestseller in the mystery fiction genre, Joyce Carol Oates describes the parable of the moment thus:

A parable of the flawed, scorned, disbelieved, misjudged and underestimated female witness whose testimony is rejected–but turns out to be correct. Vindication, cruelly belated, is nonetheless, sweet.

Car Story


What is a car?

According to German Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, a car is the following:

[It] is like a uterus on wheels. It has the advantage over its biological model for being linked to independent movement and a feeling of autonomy. The car also has phallic and anal components–the primitive, aggressive competitive behavior, and the revving up and overtaking which turns the other, slower person, into an expelled turd.