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'If something happens to me, it's going to be my son.'

TARPON SPRINGS — James Costello lived with a grim foreboding.

“He told everybody that, ‘If something happens to me, it’s going to be my son,’” said friend Gina McNairy.

That proved prophetic. His son, Evan Costello, shot him twice at their home Tuesday after an argument over the son’s dog, according to Tarpon Springs police. The younger Costello, 25, now faces a charge of first-degree murder....

...Evan Costello told a 911 operator at about 1 a.m. Tuesday that he had shot his dad, according to police. He said the dispute started when his dog, a small mixed breed named Tetsuo, had eaten his father’s medication and got sick. They took the dog nicknamed “Tetch” to an animal hospital, then drove home in silence, according to the arrest report.

When they got home, Evan Costello told police that his father said something that “enraged him.” He also said that he had thought about shooting anyone who angered him, the arrest report said, and was waiting for someone to do so.


The mentally disturbed son (who refused to take medication) still had no trouble buying guns...

Damn it, Florida...


Greenwald and Snowden were unavailable for comment:


How many times have I told y'all to quit practicing witchcraft?


MEANWHILE, in Japan...

deviated prevert...


Nothing to see here, just Michael Tracey being wrong for the millionth time:


Glenn Greenwald was unavailable for comment:


It took decades to make Brazil into a functional democracy again and just a few short months to burn the whole thing down...

It never ends... Every day it's something else.


MEANWHILE, in Nassau County...


What the hell is that $100,000 bottle of champagne about? Even NBA superstars would call that frivolous and over-the-top...

The Psychology of Anti-Semitism


After the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which a white supremacist shot to death 11 people while screaming, “All Jews must die,” a Jewish girl in New York sent an anguished note to her mother. “I know I shouldn’t feel like I don’t have an answer to this question,” she wrote in a text message that was later shared on social media. “But why do people hate us?”

Her bafflement was understandable. Many people, of course, favor the groups they belong to and dislike groups they don’t belong to; that is the regrettable foundation of prejudice. But not all groups are disliked the same way: Why are some groups (such as homeless people) dismissed or neglected in a relatively steady stream of scorn, while other groups (such as Jewish people) are subjected to sudden waves of virulent, even exterminatory attacks?

For many decades psychologists conceived of prejudice as a one-dimensional antipathy: People love their “in-groups” and hate “out-groups.” But this us-versus-them approach failed to account for prejudice’s real-world complexities.

To better understand the various ways in which bigotry manifests, the psychologists Susan Fiske, Peter Glick and I developed a new theory of prejudice, one that focuses on the content of stereotypes of out-groups. We have found that how an out-group is stereotyped predicts how the prejudice against it gets expressed. This theory — tested over more than 20 years by us and others in hundreds of studies, with tens of thousands of participants, across many cultures — helps explain why anti-Semitism often erupts in such violent bursts.


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