Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For October 3, 2015

Updated throughout the day


A US airstrike killed three Médecins Sans Frontières staff at a hospital the organization was running in the war-torn city of Kunduz. A spokesman for the US military spokesman acknowledged that “The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

Update 18:00 CET: Number of dead now at 16.


Roseburg, Oregon, shooter Chris Harper Mercer owned at least 13 guns. He had six with him during his shooting spree at Umpqua Community College on Thursday while seven more were recovered from his home. All were purchased legally.

Adam Gopnik argues in The New Yorker that the U.S. constitution is all gun control proponents need in this piece, The Second Amendment Is a Gun-Control Amendment. After all, that archaic amendment so revered by gun advocates calls for a “well-regulated” militia.

“If the Founders hadn’t wanted guns to be regulated, and thoroughly,” Gopnik writes, “they would not have put the phrase “well regulated” in the amendment.”


A small gallery of images by Los Angeles-based photographer Ted Gore, recent winner of the U.S.A. Landscape Photographer of the Year. The rest of the 2015 winners are here.

Black Beans

More specifically, a Cuban-style recipe I found on Chowhound and just used as a base for thick, mashed black bean dip. So far, they’re tasting really, really good.


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