Internet 'moment of silence' to mark US school tragedy

Dec 20, 2012
A boy walks along a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 20, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. US tech leaders and celebrities have joined a call for an "Internet moment of silence" Friday to remember the victims of last week's massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school.

US tech leaders and celebrities have joined a call for an "Internet moment of silence" Friday to remember the victims of last week's massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, television host Ryan Seacrest and singer Britney Spears were among the leaders of the "Stand with Sandy Hook" campaign launched online at causes.com.

They called for backers to halt online activity at 1330 GMT to reflect on and seek action to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy.

"Please join in a national moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy," the Web page said.

"At 9:30 am EST, spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five-minute pause from all online activity."

The Web page also include a "badge" which can be placed on blogs or sites to show support.

"In the coming weeks and months, we must come together around common-sense solutions that will prevent the that has become all too frequent in communities across the country," the statement said.

"2013 is the year to take meaningful action; observing this moment of silence on Friday, we can signal our resolve to stop senseless deaths like these from happening again."

As of Thursday, more than 120,000 people had taken the pledge and 474,000 liked the action on Facebook.

Others backing the effort includes Salesforce.com chief , tech investor Sean Parker, former American football star Joe Montana and actress Goldie Hawn.

The massacre shocked the country, and may have shifted the political debate on firearms in US society after years of gun lobby ascendancy. The shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed his mother, and then took his own life.

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antialias_physorg
3.7 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2012
Of all the pointless gestures this is the most pointless one.
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2012
Which businesses, banks and stock markets honored those dead children?

Answer: None.
bear_dressed_as_a_monkey
1.8 / 5 (14) Dec 20, 2012
Of all the pointless gestures this is the most pointless one.


I don't think encouraging people to momentarily step away from the role of internet voyeur and instead be mindful of the human cost these events is pointless.
antialias_physorg
2.7 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2012
I don't think encouraging people to momentarily step away from the role of internet voyeur and instead be mindful of the human cost these events is pointless.

Instead of getting away from it people should spend one minute to voice their opinion (preferrably to their congressman/woman).

What does simply not using something for a minute change? No one notices. No one cares. At least no one who could actually DO something about preventing future recurrences.

It's like wearing various symbols or somesuch nonsense. Change is not effected by passivity (with one notable exception - but there the circumstances were markedly different).
bear_dressed_as_a_monkey
1.9 / 5 (13) Dec 20, 2012
Instead of getting away from it people should spend one minute to voice their opinion (preferrably to their congressman/woman).

What does simply not using something for a minute change? No one notices. No one cares. At least no one who could actually DO something about preventing future recurrences.

It's like wearing various symbols or somesuch nonsense. Change is not effected by passivity (with one notable exception - but there the circumstances were markedly different).


From the article:
They called for backers to halt online activity at 1330 GMT to reflect on and seek action to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy.

Yeah, the badges, banners, hashtags and other band-wagon trappings don't do much, but a call for thought at least has the possibility of resulting in at least slightly more reasoned responses.
Change is not effected by passivity

I don't see any call to passivity here.
antialias_physorg
2.8 / 5 (4) Dec 21, 2012
but a call for thought at least has the possibility of resulting in at least slightly more reasoned responses.

If you need a 'call for thought' after such an event (or even before) then you're not part of the solution, anyways - you're part of the problem.
DaveTheBall
3 / 5 (2) Dec 21, 2012
but a call for thought at least has the possibility of resulting in at least slightly more reasoned responses.

If you need a 'call for thought' after such an event (or even before) then you're not part of the solution, anyways - you're part of the problem.


A bit harsh but I understand the sentiment - 'actions speak louder than words'. I think that the best we can do is to protect those closest to us and NEVER be afraid to extend those values outside of our circle if a situation does not look right (that's exactly what the teachers did). Just like fashion, morals have the potential to influence everyone.
nkalanaga
3 / 5 (1) Dec 21, 2012
Isn't 9:30 am EST 1430 GMT, not 1330?
kochevnik
1.5 / 5 (8) Dec 21, 2012
That's exactly what the US government wants: silence. Meanwhile they're planning on fucking the 99% with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which will export jobs and import poverty

Not that the TPP affects me. Carving up America like a turkey would make a new generation of Chinese and European plutocrats. Finally US ruling class is doing to their own people what they have done worldwide for over a century.
obama_socks
1.4 / 5 (9) Dec 21, 2012
@koch
The US government has been, and is now run by the Obama regime, the Democrat majority Senate, and Obama's Democrat/Liberal/Socialist appointees. You are correct: this regime wants silence. It doesn't want dissension and murmurings of disapproval for what they are doing and are about to do within the next 4 to 8 years...and maybe beyond. The Republican majority House is capitulating to the Obama agenda, not just to tax the rich, but also to raise Federal Income taxes on the lower and upper working Middle-class so that they will not be able to AFFORD many necessities. Obamacare will be high-priced, so that also will be too expensive.
Obama and his cronies ARE the ruling class now...while enacting more and more strident and stringent rules and regulations.

Did you think that it was/is Obama's wish to IMPROVE the economy and fundamentally CHANGE America for the better and greater good for ALL?

Well, think again, my friend. The only carving that'll be done will be state secessions.
obama_socks
1.4 / 5 (10) Dec 21, 2012
They should have a "moment of silence" for the coming demise of the United States of America. The Liberal/Socialist fools and ghouls and the ignorant will celebrate the death of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". And they will also celebrate the future of less jobs, poverty for all, and the pursuit of wickedness as the American pastime and pleasure.

These are but a few of the many things Obama has in store for we Americans.
Europeans and others will look in amazement at our new policies of few or no improvements, degradation of American industry and innovation through higher taxes, and our new Liberal policies of holding back gifted and talented children, in order to raise the social and psychological status of the lesser qualified to prove that everyone is truly equal.

We will all be equally poor and dependent on the ruling class in government. That was the Socialist agenda from the start and Obama is determined to make it so.

A moment of silence, please.
antialias_physorg
3.8 / 5 (4) Dec 22, 2012
I think that the best we can do is to protect those closest to us and NEVER be afraid to extend those values outside of our circle

I think the opposite would be better. Instead of protection and forming groups of 'closest kin' vs. 'everybody else' people need to integrate into a society as a whole where there is no such distinction. It is those that are left out of such restricted circles which perpetrate these acts. Those that feel the are not part of society, not a valued member, and therefore have nothing to lose.

Protectionism/armament of everyone (and consequently making everyone paranoid about everybody else) feeds into the segregation of society into small conclaves. That'll just generate more such acts in the future.
BSD
2.5 / 5 (10) Dec 26, 2012
They should have a "moment of silence" for the coming demise of the United States of America. And they will also celebrate the future of less jobs, poverty for all, and the pursuit of wickedness as the American pastime and pleasure. A moment of silence, please.
Not another idiot conservative. It was Reagan who started the rot back in 1980 when that dope became president. As I remember correctly, Clinton left a budget in surplus just before Bush Jr. came to office. Bush quickly turned it into a huge deficit by starting two wars. You've been broke since then. It's been Obama that has been trying to pick up the financial pieces of your country. So far the Democrats have been blocked by a circus troop of clowns called the Republicans. Note to the right wing idiot majority of the Republican party: For once, take responsibility for the damage you have done to America. Stop blaming everyone else. Last thing, bring your wing nuts to heal and do something about your bullshit gun laws.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (6) Dec 27, 2012
There are no idiot Conservatives...only Republicans who are not Conservative enough, as is evidenced by Speaker of the House John Boehner's capitulation to Obama's Socialism instead of holding out for deep cuts in government spending to cut the deficit (national debt). Instead, Obama wants Congress to permit more borrowing, higher taxes, bigger government, more rules and regulations that will destroy the private sector, trillions more of dollars spent after the debt ceiling is raised, etc. etc.
There is nothing bullshit about our Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution. You are free to leave the U.S if you don't like our Constitution that affords American citizens the ability to protect and defend themselves, family members and property and to help others whose life is threatened. We who are satisfied with that ability and who are law abiding citizens have no intention of placing our lives and property at the mercy of those criminals with the intent of robbing and murdering us.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (7) Dec 27, 2012
(contd)
George W. Bush hasn't been President since Obama's inauguration in January 20, 2009. Obama promised to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and still hasn't done it in the 4 years since his first election.
Obama is as far as he can get from trying to pick up the financial pieces of the U.S. He will add to those broken financial pieces as he spends MORE and MORE out of our hard-earned taxpayers' money and he will get even MORE of our money as he raises Federal Income taxes on all wage earners in the lower and middle working class, since there are not enough rich people to raise taxes on that would make much of a difference to cut the national debt.
Obama is obviously NOT interested in cutting the deficit, but he WILL attempt to cut our ability to defend ourselves and our families by using the tragic murders of children at school as a reason to amend the Second Amendment to disarm law abiding American citizens.

An unarmed citizenry is no longer a threat to a dictatorship
FrankHerbert
3.3 / 5 (7) Dec 27, 2012
Go away.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2012
Obama has expired the Bush tax cuts, while refusing to enact government spending cuts. The reality is that everyone's first paycheck of the new year (2013) will have increased Federal Income taxes and a smaller paycheck as a result. Even the Republicans cannot mitigate that atrocity on the income of working taxpaying Americans.
If Clinton left a budget surplus when he left the White House, both Bush and Obama have eliminated that surplus through Bush's wars and
1. Obama's war spending, borrowing and printing more money,
2. raising the debt ceiling,
3. hiring more gov't workers,
4. encouraging more people to get on the dole for entitlements
5. raising taxes on everyone - not just the rich
6. and more Obama Liberal/Progressive/Socialist policies of destruction of America to come

Like I said - the Republicans were not Conservative enough.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2012
Americans can look forward to more killings in the future due to more robberies utilizing stolen guns, knives and whatever makeshift weapon is available to criminals looking to part a citizen from his/her money. More children will die in the crossfire of gun violence between gang members. Others will die as the mentally ill go untreated to find a possible cure for potentially violent behavior.
Conservative Americans will suffer from the tyranny of the Liberal/Progressive/Socialist majority who believe that we had it coming to us...as well as from those who believe it to be "payback time" with Obama as President.
THAT is our Empire, koch...pretty, isn't it?
/sarcasm
People running wild; crazies taking over society; God is dead along with morality.
FrankHerbert
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 30, 2012
Obama has expired the Bush tax cuts

I didn't know Obama was a Timelord.

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