Why People Kill People Over Satire

The coldblooded slaughter at Charlie Hebdo in Paris wasn’t as surprising as it was repulsive

A gathering in New York in memory of the people murdered in the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Many thousands of generations ago, the alpha male in a roaming band of pre-humans felt threatened by a beta male. He picked up a heavy stone to warn the beta away from his fresh kill. Then he turned his back to feast on the carcass.

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