Psychiatrist Richard Friedman explains in the New York Times why improving the mental health care system won’t stop mass killings and why doctors have so much trouble predicting whether a mentally ill person will become violent. Friedman writes: “The sobering fact is that there is little we can do to predict or change human behavior, particularly violence; it is a lot easier to control its expression, and to limit deadly means of self-expression.”
Father of victim in Santa Barbara shootings tells politicians, “I don’t care about your sympathy.” Via the Washington Post.
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday sets off a firestorm with her critique of Hollywood “outsized frat-boy fantasies” and what she sees as their role in shaping the world of the Isla Vista killer.
Sign of successful diplomacy: The Iran strategy is… working? The country has cut its high-grade enriched uranium stockpiles and is meeting “all other obligations committed to in an agreement reached four months ago in Geneva.” Via Al Jazeera America.
Yes, college is expensive. Yes, many graduate college with tons of debt. Yes, the data show that going to college is definitely worth the money. Via Upshot at the New York Times.
The story for African-American college graduates is a little more complicated. Via the National Journal.
Why the Financial Times is wrong and Thomas Piketty is right in the argument over the data in Pikettey’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Via Wonkblog at the Washington Post.
Your would-be governor brings Dog the Bounty Hunter to Colorado to help him raise money. You don’t have to guess which candidate we’re talking about. Via the Colorado Statesman.