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> Sadly, infuriatingly, we now must add the name of Tyre Nichols to the long list of those who have been needlessly killed by police. Although I choose not to watch video with the kind of violence Tyre Nichols suffered, I have read detailed descriptions of the incident, and I support the public release of such videos. I feel, however, like my soul is damaged by such video – the violence is so unnatural, so inhuman, so monstrous, that I

By Mike Solberg (posted by Louisa Mitchell): I have finally read a headline about “The Slap” that seems just right to me: “Will Smith’s ‘Bad Boys’ director says Oscars slap was ‘wrong,’ reminds Hollywood that Ukraine babies are dying”. The “Bad Boys” director is Michael Bay, of all people, who has spent much of his career telling stories that support "the myth of redemptive violence" (see this link). That is, a bit simply, stories in which violence solves a lot of problems.