America’s gun massacre blues seem to play on an endless loop

Obama on cue: the president’s call for healing traditionally ends the post-shooting cycle.

Obama on cue: the president’s call for healing traditionally ends the post-shooting cycle.
Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Within the American polity there is a cyclical requiem in the wake of each mass shooting – a predictable collective lament for a calamity that ostensibly everyone regrets and nobody can resolve. Profiles of the victims emerge as reporters opine in front of police tape, wringing every last detail from tear-stained survivors. Gradually facts about the shooter emerge, followed by endless speculation about his (they are almost always men) motives before the president calls for prayer and healing.

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So Cameron was young and reckless. Lucky he wasn’t young, reckless and poor

Oxford dining society in the play Posh

An Oxford dining society portrayed in the play Posh. ‘Cameron’s participation in the Bullingdon Club is dismissed as youthful high jinks.’
Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

By the time the sun had risen this morning Twitter had run out of pig jokes. Allegations that the British prime minister, David Cameron, “put a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig while he was a student had broken the internet. #Piggate is trending. Stories about Cameron’s allegedly excessive drug-taking and general debauchery in his youth were even momentarily eclipsed. People who were trying to imagine Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister suddenly found their political imaginations diverted to far baser images.

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Corbyn victory energises the alienated and alienates the establishment

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is announced as the new leader of the Labour party.
Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer

“I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” the Queen told Alice in Through the Looking-Glass. By lunchtime on Saturday that number would have been fast approaching double figures. The leftwing stalwart Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership election. His first act as leader would be to address a huge rally welcoming refugees.

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