At last the 2012 Olympic Games are finally over, the media frenzy and commercialization has ended, and now we can collectively address
the tragic shootings that occurred in Aurora, CO and the Oak Creek, WI those awesome pictures from Mars.
Seriously, while more science would be better, the fact that professional sports commands so much of our loyalty and attention is what saps so much attention away from talking about, much less tackling, any serious issues. It took less than a week for the Sikh shootings to get wiped off the pages of most major media websites, while the fucking Spice Girls reunion, the fashion sensibilities of privileged royalty, and Usain's ego eclipsed any mention whatsoever of inconvenient, upsetting reality.
The chest-thumping American medal count might have beaten every other country, but so does our body count.