Tag: Norway

Big and Little Apples Roundups

A lot going on today and I don’t have time to flood the zone with posts on everything. So here are a few rapid-fire thoughts:

It’s clear that today’s Empire State Building shooting was not a mass shooting but straight-up murder. The press were all geared up to cover it like a mass shooting, but the guy killed an executive and then got mowed down by cops on a crowded street. Much as I’d like to criticize the cops — all nine of the wounded were hit by their fire — my initial read is that they did the right thing. Grabbing murderers is their job. And when he turned on them with a weapon in hand, they had no choice but to fire.

Speaking of murderers, Anders Brevik is going to get 10-21 years in prison for murdering 77 people, most of them young and defenseless. This may sound like a liberal judge but it isn’t: Norway has neither the death penalty nor life sentences. 21 years is the maximum anyone can be sentenced to. The prosecutors can, however, petition against release for dangerous people and there is little doubt they will do so whenever this piece of shit is eligible to get out. Let’s hope the man never sees a free day.

Staying in the courts, Apple won its big lawsuit against Samsung, one of 19 lawsuits on four continents the two companies are currently fighting out. I have not kept up with this but read enough today to conclude that Samsung did copycat quite a bit, at least in their early iterations.

Finally, if you haven’t read it, please read Jim’s comment under the Lance Armstrong thread for a much better analysis of today’s events than I was able to bash out.

Update: One of Harley’s friends reminded me of this on Facebook: Chicago has some of the tougher gun control laws in the nation. On Thursday night/Friday morning, 19 people were shot in various unrelated incidents. Strange that this is getting a lot less coverage than what happened in New York.

Oslo Bombs

Reports are emerging of explosions near the Prime Minister’s office in Norway. Updates as events warrant. Initial images are pretty horrifying.

No idea what’s going on here. The natural thought is terrorism but … Norway? Really?

Update: Norway. Really. They’ve been tangling with AQ lately.

Update: As noted in the comments, a shooting has taken place at a youth camp for kids of the ruling party. This is very likely terrorism.

Update: Early indictions are that this guy was a fringe anti-Mulsim radical. Still very early but we’ll have to see what more comes out. Jihadists is always a reasonable first guess, but that appears not to be the case.