The shocking news from Britain, I almost can’t believe it, and it’s so very unsettling to listen to how it is reported here, where CNN is constantly dealing with the Orlando shooting, and interspersed in the breaking news they report about the killing of the MP in Britain and they end up explaining that they report it because it’s so unusual and very uncommon as guns are not widespread at all in GB. As if they had to justify why they spend time talking of 1 person killed, when here probably only mass shootings get medium coverage? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s just me, but everything here enters into the debate of gun control or not, and it looks like any piece of news is used in it, usually by both sides with some very twisted effects. In Boston there’s this huge ad on a major road: “We are not against guns, we are for life”. Even for those who want gun control, it’s still unthinkable to directly state that they are against guns. Unbelievable. The very notion of personal freedom here seems to depend on guns, so odd. And the scandal in the scandal: when Trump says that maybe those who are on the list of terrorists should not be able to buy military automatic rifles, the Republicans disown him saying that there might be errors in those lists. Ah! They talk of having a “gun right”. The notion of rights suddenly is very slippery. All the while, in Italy the first piece of news in these days is all about Berlusconi heart operation, which feels incredibly parochial anyway one looks at it.
On with the day:
- Oxford talk: work @ Mugar (try for 3 layers to see whether it’s enough in the A/C): review notes, check references, re-read Lyon paper (and get it printed out?), draft 3 paragraphs (with the BB ch. in mind)
- paper for Vladimir: re-read previous version, complete references, expand 2 paragraphs, rethink the title
- M/B work on it for 30′
- deal with work email in batches +
- free evening, stroll in Newbury St.
- be in bed by 10,30 pm if I want to get my 7 hour sleep, as the light wakes me up every morning at 5,40 am