In Buffalo, without hardly a ripple of opposition, the city has changed the name of Squaw Island to Unity Island. In the language of the Seneca Indians, the name is Ga’nigo:i:yoh (pronounced ga’-nego-e-yah) Island, and it was out of respect to the Senecas that the name was changed. The word squaw is offensive to Native Americans, so why would anyone want to keep it?
In South Carolina, the home of secession, down came the Confederate battle flag that has flown at the Statehouse for 54 years, hoisted in 1961 in defense of Jim Crow. But time, wisdom and the massacre of nine innocents by a racist worked their influences.
Somebody needs to get word to the new members of the Lancaster School Board. There, they are making noises about bringing back the racially offensive Redskins mascot, recently dropped in favor of the student-chosen Legends. Some people, it seems, are slow learners.
Just in case anyone thought it was only North Korea that was a little unusual: In South Korea, they’re going mad over a particular kind of potato chip. The frenzy is such that some stores are rationing their supplies of Honey Butter Chips, the demand for which has caused the price of potatoes to double in South Korea.
Come on. What’s with those people. It’s not like they’ve suddenly got a Krispy Kreme franchise or something.
Oh, wait. Never mind …
Just because it can be built, doesn’t mean it should be. And just because it can be programmed, doesn’t mean it should be.
The first “it” being an iPhone case that looks like a handgun and is selling like hotcakes on the more unscrupulous websites. The second “it” is an app that doubles down on the case. The app displays an image of a gun, adding to the case and including a trigger that the user can “pull,” generating the sound of a gunshot.
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer urged online retailers not to sell them, and also said he would work with customs officials on blocking import and sale.
Users of the new technology should be aware that it puts them in danger of winning a “Darwin Awards.”