Very early this morning, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff authorized the execution by firing squad of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Then he fired up the TwitBird app on his iPhone and announced the solemn news to the world.
This is not Shurtleff's first tweet. In May 2009, he inadvertently disclosed his bid for the Republican senate seat via Twitter.
The really pressing question is whether I can be the first of my facebook friends to "like" that post.
Isnt there a social networking app that could simply perform the execution for the attourney?
Mark Shurtleff; real compassionate guy.
- wise up
Now a new and interesting way to execute, like death by black hole, that would be science. And a better deterrent to crime.
I agree with Mycelliun. I don't see the relation to science here.
As for the execution. Death sentences are barbaric, and pretty stupid at that as punishments go. We all fear death, but fear of death is the only part in a death sentence that is the punishing part. Death itself is fairly quick, and depending of your religion (or lack thereof) you have a choice of punishments in the hereafter. And that's a definite maybe, at that. My personal belief is that once you are dead you are dead and that's that.
If someone did something evil to my kin, I would rather see them rotting in prison until their demise than seeing them hanged or whatnot. Really.
No wonder Europeans think of 'mercins the way they do.
Quintus, capital punishment in itself is neither barbaric nor stupid. They just make more economical sense because of the simple fact that you don't have to feed a corpse! Furthermore, people hardly "rot in prison" any more. For crying out loud, they often get Cable TV just for being good! Sure they're underfed, but they're guaranteed a roof over their heads, medical care, and entertainment. Regardless, as for the "fear" aspect of CP, I have to say that it's much reduced from the crime-deterrent it used to be.
In centuries past, public executions were free to attend, and people often did because they wouldn't get to see blood and gore anywhere else. You'd see a guy getting quartered and cite that as the reason why you're not going to be dumb enough to raid the bank. Now people get "humane" lethal injection, behind closed doors deep in a government building, in a society where execution isn't "politically correct," so execution has completely fallen out of the public eye. At least this guy gets a firing squad though, he should feel honored.
Frankly, if executions were at least mentioned on the evening news, people might have a little more incentive to not murder their family and 10% of their school.
Yes, that last part was sarcasm.
Science, I love how you elude this site sometimes.
Scientific in that the technology or his tweet posted live to the public is the closest thing to a public execution we have anymore. we execute here, but now behind closed doors. this tech provokes thought and reflection of the reality that had just taken place.
a deterrent to crime or a policy abhorred.
should the condemned man have been allowed to do retweet?
Personally I feel in order to be an effective deterrent that executions should be a public event like it used to be..do a pay per view...sell tickets..door prizes like the condemned mans last cigarette butt..signed..fry em, hang em, shoot em, some folks just don't deserve to breath anymore. way too much money and time is spent on appeals for a guilty man. give him what he wants...no whiners..please
Uh, yall totally missed the science part. It's twitter. This article isn't about the AG but the use of social technology to send out a questionable message.
I personally find it disturbing that the AG sent this message, what value does it serves? Who is he trying to impressed?
The core issue here is, why TwitBird vs TweetDeck?
Looked like a tweet with glee to me.
Life is not very valvuable if state revenge is the motive.
As long as state murder is OK so is any other kind and we will never move past killing in the streets.
The latest mass killing is what only 12, I am sure someone is thinking I can beat that with ease.
Angry drunk with a gun is never going to think.
And of course or cops will continue to kill more people than other countries cops unholster their weapons.