Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Jeremy Spoke In Class Again

10 key findings of the

Safe School Initiative:

1. Incidents of targeted violence at school rarely were sudden, impulsive acts.
2. Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or
plan to attack.
3. Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the
4. There is no accurate or useful "profile" of students who engaged in targeted
school violence.
5. Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused
others concern or indicated a need for help.
6. Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal
failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.
7. Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others prior to the
8. Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack.
9. In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity.
10. Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were
stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention.

I won’t link to the video. You’ve all seen it.

Meanwhile, Bush must be right about all that progress we are making in Baghdad. We reached the highest death toll for a day since the Associated Press started recording the data. Things just keep getting better every day. Bush says we are making progress, John McCain said it was safe, and Mitt Romney is a lifetime stalker of bunnies and rats.

On a more pleasant note, I’ve received word that the daughter has successfully started seeing algebraic topology guy. I am sure they abstain from everything and spend their private moments discussing Sheaf cohomology. I am sure she thinks Grey Goose is something hunted by guys up to hunting fancier game than Mitt Romney, and that Black Velvet is good for purses and certain dresses.

Well, maybe they don’t abstain from everything. I am afraid it’s possible she’s letting algebraic topology guy hold her hand. I once dated a differential geometer. Be careful, sweetie. If you catch him sneaking into the philosophy building, trouble is afoot.

Finally, Congratulations to Sirocco, who has taken the plunge and started his own blog. I have already included a link to the right on my blog list, A Bunch of Hot Air, which pretty much captures what the human race is up to these days.


Blogger Sirocco said...

Thanks for the note, and I hope things go well with daugheter and algebraic topology guy.

I noted the disaster in Baghdad yesterday, and had the same initial reaction you did -- "hey, that surge is really working, huh?". However, just as I get irritated with people who try to use a single data point to discredit global warming ("Look at that snowstorm in the Northeast! Aren't things supposed to be warming up???"), this would be falling into the same fallacy.

In looks, in general, that while the number of US casualties has been going up, the overall number of Iraqi civilian casualties (in Baghdad at least) has been dropping. Depending on your criteria, this may indicate the surge is having some success, some failure, or a little of both.

4/19/2007 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the reference to the Pearl Jam song. That is very appropriate and brought back memories. I think they wrote that song before Columbine, didn't they?

That's a great music video.

Yes, I am sure your daughter knows nothing about Grey Goose. Drinking under 21 is illegal, don't you know? Besides, students at Stanford don't party. They just study all the time.

Sirocco, I think you are crazy. Actually, I think all of you bloggers are crazy. Maybe it's an ego thing. Maybe you are all frustrated artists or something.

The one that gets me is Tedski. Does he have a job?

4/19/2007 10:17 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Hey, anon ... give it a try. It might prove cathartic! Who knows? :)

4/19/2007 10:37 AM  

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