Hey lady. Do you listen to Who Charted? Specifically did you listen to the most recent ep with Matt Berninger? Because he said that Dublin was his favourite place to play, and I think you should take 70 to 90 percent of the credit for that.
I don’t, and I didn’t, but I absolutely agree that I deserve that credit. It was my tears during Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks that tipped Dublin over the edge.
Bands regularly say that Dublin (and Ireland generally) is their favourite place to play. We’re a good crowd. But I’ve usually only heard it said at gigs in Ireland, when it’s safe to assume they probably say that everywhere. So it’s nice to hear that it was genuine from at least my dearest Matt.
"Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read; and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know."
I think I’ll spend my day quoting Tracy Jordan at people’s bullshit Facebook posts about Mandela.
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history →
Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
The police in Ireland aren’t armed either. We have a certain amount of special force types who have guns but the vast majority aren’t.
I always get freaked out in other countries when I see cops with guns. When I was working in Toronto and cops would come in to buy coffee from me, I’d get all panicky staring at their guns, even though clearly they were just buying coffee. But it’s just so alien to me.
It’s also one of the main reasons why the idea of teachers with guns to protect from shooters feels so batshit insane to me.