11/9/18 -
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A Dutch man is suing to legally change his age from 69 to 49 so he can get more Tinder dates. Yes, really. The self-described "young god" claims he has the body of a 45-year-old and deserves to be recognized as such. He believes he is discriminated against for jobs and dates because of his actual age.
Here's the "young god" himself
#1: Another Tragic Shooting 😔
13 dead including a heroic cop

13 people were killed Wednesday night (including the shooter) at a crowded country and western dance hall near Los Angeles. It was college night and most victims were in their teens and 20’s. A police officer, Sgt. Ron Helus, was also killed when he entered the building to confront the shooter.

Shooter had a troubled past

The gunman, Ian David Long, was a 28-year-old veteran who served in Afghanistan and reportedly suffered from PTSD. Long took his own life during the shooting. The gun he used in the shooting was purchased legally. After seeing multiple shootings in the last year, you can probably guess the predictable narrative on both sides of the aisle...


The left sees this tragedy as further proof that the U.S. needs stronger legal restrictions on gun ownership. Articles connect this shooting with other recent shootings - at the synagogue in Pittsburgh (<2 weeks ago), at the yoga studio in Tallahassee (1 week ago), and others - and argue that it’s the availability of guns that makes these shootings happen so frequently.


The right sees this tragedy as further proof that law enforcement professionals are heroes who risk their lives everyday to protect the rest of us - and who ought to be respected by all. Articles from the right focus on Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed by the shooter after bravely entering the bar and confronting Long. The right does not engage in a discussion about gun control.


Do we need better gun laws?

We’ve seen that tragedies like this do not sway the politics much on this issue. However, it’s worth knowing the facts on guns in the US. There are 1.2 guns per person in the US (highest in the world, 2x the next highest). 30 Americans per million are murdered with guns each year (6x higher than Canada). Considering there are loopholes that allow some guns to be purchased without a background check in the US, it seems reasonable to suggest that changing some laws could help prevent these tragedies - without taking away the 2nd amendment. 

When you see the left and right articles after ANY shooting
Common Ground #15 🤝
Quick reminder
Our goal with Common Ground is to highlight the common values that left and right-leaning media outlets share. We're doing this because we want to remind our readers that not every topic is partisan and polarizing.
How do we do this?
We take articles from the left and the right that seem to be telling a news story in the same way - and extract common values from them. We hope these common values spark a conversation of agreement with your neighbor on the other side of the aisle. 😊

Summary: In a recent SNL segment, comedian Pete Davidson was giving his take on the appearances of political candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Candidate Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who wears an eyepatch due to a war injury, was not spared. Davidson made fun of his appearance and then said “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in a war, or whatever. Whatever.” Both left and right media sources criticized Davidson. [video]


Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sources include information about how Dan Crenshaw lost his eye due to an IED while serving in Afghanistan

  • CNN included only critical quotes from Crenshaw and the National Republican Congressional Committee

  • Breitbart said “outrage over the joke came from all sides of the political aisle”

Common ground: Making fun of injured veterans is bad form

Summary: Brett Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and a member of the Utah National Guard. He was killed in action last weekend in Afghanistan. It was his fourth deployment with the Utah National Guard. Both sides applauded his heroism and service.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Washington Examiner says his “choice of hard service, even as his family and political career grew, is striking”. 

  • NY Times similarly juxtaposes his service as a mayor with his service in the military

  • Neither source highlights his political leaning

  • NY Times ends with a facebook post by Taylor saying “whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, [may] we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us.”

Common ground: Extraordinary service transcends divisions

Per Maj. Taylor, can we have more of this?
Extra extra...✨📰✨
What is this Breaking Bad?! Turkish officials say Saudi's used acid to dissolve and dispose of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body (Al Jazeera)
Will Trump get a third pick? 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after falling and breaking 3 ribs (NY Post)
Crazy hyper inflation. Venezuela's inflation rate has hit 830,000% (not a typo) and is expected to keep rising (Business Insider)
Can you tell the difference? A state-run Chinese news agency has revealed an AI news anchor (BBC News)
Prob not the best approach. Antifa protesters broke down Tucker Carlson's door at his DC home (USA Today)
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