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Secret Service wants schools to report more weirdos

Posted by M. C. on December 12, 2019

And–big shocker–another common element the Secret Service identified in school violence was an addiction to prescription drugs meant to control behavior.

And yet officials from school employees all the way to the Secret Service still think controlling teens even more is the solution, when it is actually so clearly the problem.

Would private schools be more apt to care, identify and act on problems without “help” from the Secret Service of all places?

I belive this is the key.

He goes on to discuss how pre-industrial societies that integrate children and adolescents into adult life at a younger age–along with the rights and responsibilities– experience little mental illness.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/secret-service-wants-schools-to-report-more-weirdos/

By Joe Jarvis

The Secret Service released a report last month analyzing school shootings and violence and recommending how to prevent such attacks.

According to the Secret Service, it all boils down to more intrusive surveillance in school and online. Treat everyone who is depressed or anxious like they are going to shoot up the school.

The report says that schools should monitor any students in distress, including their social media profiles. Schools should randomly search desks and lockers, and encourage students to report any of their peers for practically any reason whatsoever.

Students, school personnel, and family members should be encouraged to report troubling or concerning behaviors to ensure that those in positions of authority can intervene.

According to the report defiance, misconduct, ADD, being bullied, or a recent breakup could be predictors of future violence. “The threshold for intervention should be low,” it says.

All of the 35 attackers (100%) in this study experienced at least one social stressor. Social stressors identified in this analysis included stress related to the attackers’ relationships with peers (e.g., bullying or other peer conflicts) and romantic partners.

The main takeaway is that anyone could be a school shooter, so all students should be eyed with suspicion, closely watched, and encouraged to inform on fellow students’ slightest transgressions.

If you’re not a pissed-off loner already, this is sure to do the trick.

Because an obvious route cause of school violence, student depression, and student suicide, is restriction they feel in their daily lives.

According to Bruce Levin, PhD, in his article, Societies With Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness:

Coercion—the use of physical, legal, chemical, psychological, financial, and other forces to gain compliance—is intrinsic to our society’s employment, schooling, and parenting. However, coercion results in fear and resentment, which are fuels for miserable marriages, unhappy families, and what we today call mental illness…

He goes on to discuss how pre-industrial societies that integrate children and adolescents into adult life at a younger age–along with the rights and responsibilities– experience little mental illness.

Dr. Robert Epstein also pinpoints a lack of autonomy and too much restriction as the main cause of teen suicide and mental illness in his book Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families From the Torment of Adolescence.

[T]he National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: “Suicide rates among youths aged 15-24 have tripled in the past half-century… [O]ne of the main factors contributing to this trend is a lack of “direct economic” or “familial power.” Suicide [and attempted suicide] is a way that young people try to “resolve conflicts” or “signal distress.”

But where there are crises, there are also opportunities, in this case for the drug companies. … [R]ather than addressing the causes of the problem, parents, physicians, and policy makers went for the quick fix. Between 1995 and 2001 the rate at which psychotropic drugs were prescribed for teens increased by 250 percent.

And–big shocker–another common element the Secret Service identified in school violence was an addiction to prescription drugs meant to control behavior.

And yet officials from school employees all the way to the Secret Service still think controlling teens even more is the solution, when it is actually so clearly the problem.

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Police, theaters brace for violence as Warner Bros. ‘Joker’ opens in controversy

Posted by M. C. on October 4, 2019

That includes Warner Bros, which has been in a position of desperately trying to avoid headlines…
Bad stuff will happen. WB doesn’t care.
I anxiously await AOC’s, Chuckie Schumer’s and Kamala’s Hollywood protests.
On the bright side this will get all the violent game enthusiasts out of their parent’s basements.
Warner Brothers – The studio of Humphrey Bogart. That noise you hear is Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner spinning.

https://www.chron.com/business/article/Police-theaters-brace-for-violence-as-Warner-14490003.php

Steven Zeitchik, The Washington Post

As it prepared to roll out its new movie “Joker,” Warner Bros. faced protests from the families of mass-shooting victims, pundit criticism that the film could inspire violence, a warning from a theater chain and even comments from its director that he was fueled by resentment for liberal Hollywood.

And that was before the New York Police Department decided to deploy undercover cops to screenings.

“Joker,” the new Joaquin Phoenix movie about a marginalized middle-aged white man who finds salvation in violence, hits theaters Thursday night. For a modern film business that scrupulously avoids controversy – shunning ideological content in its scripts and coaching stars to avoid politics in interviews – the movie has become the most unusual of modern products: a lightning rod produced by a major studio.

“There’s been so much controversy around it that I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect,” said Bruce Nash, a movie-release expert from the box-office site The Numbers…
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Hollywood’s spokeperson. The “F” man. Distilling domestic policy into two words.

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Prescription for Violence – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 20, 2019

Sarafem is, quite literally, the exact same medication as Prozac, only in a different color capsule. Why would Eli Lilly issue the exact same drug under a different name? It just so happens that the patent for Prozac expired in August of 2001, which allowed generic versions to be made. Eli Lilly changed the medication’s name, indicated it for this “new” disease, and the company had a new patent for Sarafem that would last until 2007.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/05/no_author/prescription-for-violence-the-corresponding-rise-of-antidepressants-ssris-mass-shootings/

…Violence, especially random violence, is a complex manifestation of various thoughts, feelings, and external factors. When a multivariate analysis of these factors is conducted, it becomes apparent that it’s not just mental health issues that are leading to such an increase. There may be an underlying substance which plays a role in a high percentage of these violent acts – the use of prescription antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

At first glance, it makes sense that those involved in mass shootings may be taking antidepressants, as they’re clearly suffering from some sort of mental health issue. But the issue with SSRIs runs much deeper than just a random mental health break. These drugs are a prescription for violent crimes, and that’s a story the anti-gun media and politicians don’t want to talk about.

History of Antidepressant Use in the U.S.

To understand the rise in antidepressant use, one must first understand depression. Everyone, no matter how great their life, has periods of sadness, times when they feel down or low. This is especially true when faced with hardships or going through things like a divorce, the loss of a job, or the death of a parent.

This is not clinical depression. Clinical depression is a serious mental disorder that impacts how a person functions on a daily basis. Depression makes it hard to get out of bed. It makes it hard to go to work. It makes it hard to take a shower or answer the phone. It stops a person from functioning on the basic levels.

Understanding Depression

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly referred to as the DSM-5, to be considered clinically depressed, a patient must experience five of the following symptoms most of the day, every day, for at least two weeks. What’s more, these symptoms must be so severe, they interfere with normal functioning:… Read the rest of this entry »

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Gamers plead for more security after deadly Jacksonville shooting

Posted by M. C. on August 27, 2018

Violence in the gaming world. This is a surprise?

It is tough to function outside of mom and dad’s basement.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gamers-plead-more-security-after-deadly-jacksonville-shooting-n904016

by Tim Stelloh

Some gamers reacting to a shooting at a Madden 19 tournament on Sunday that killed three and injured 11 had one subject on their minds in the grim aftermath — security.

Though many details about the shooting remained unclear, including how the 24-year-old suspect, David Katz, apparently entered the Jacksonville, Florida, tournament armed, people involved in the booming esports industry pleaded for more protection at such events…

The more common crime associated with the subculture is “swatting” — when one gamer files a false police report on a competitor, Breslau said. In one notorious case earlier this year, a dispute between two “Call of Duty” players ended in the fatal police shooting of Andrew Finch in Wichita, Kansas.

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Baltimore Mayor Tries to Address City’s Violence by Telling Businesses When to Close

Posted by M. C. on April 25, 2018

…if the mayor hadn’t had a police escort she would have seen a different scene.

Typical progressive solution-government (battle losing mayor in this case) telling business owners how to run their business.

From the comments section:

Wow. Instead of defeating the criminals, hide from them! Then they cant hurt you! But don’t offend the criminals, that wouldn’t be politically correct.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/baltimore-mayor-tries-address-citys-violence-telling-businesses-close/

BY TOM KNIGHTON

The city of Baltimore has a real problem. It’s been suffering from a wave of violence for some time now. Residents of the city thought it was over. After all, the murder rate for the first three months of this year dropped significantly, undoubtedly a good sign.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

This month, the city has seen at least 29 murders as the violence surged yet again. This led Mayor Catherine E. Pugh to take to the streets to visit some local businesses. One of the exchanges recorded by the Baltimore Sun was a little concerning, though.

You see, Pugh stood inside of an area convenience store and asked what time the store closed. When the owner responded that they closed at 11:30, that wasn’t good enough for Pugh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guns Are Less Available Than Ever – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 7, 2018

I don’t think Mr. Williams is a liberal/progressive.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/03/walter-e-williams/hidden-agenda-or-ignorance/

…We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior. Moral standards of conduct have been under siege in our country for over a half a century. Moral absolutes have been abandoned as guiding principles. We’ve been taught not to be judgmental, that one lifestyle or set of values is just as good as another. We no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuse-making. Problems of murder, mayhem and other forms of anti-social behavior will continue until we regain our moral footing.

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Steelers-Bengals brutality a reminder life-altering violence is at NFL’s core

Posted by M. C. on December 6, 2017

More on the National Soros Football League

The debate is not complete until Costas blames NFL violence on guns.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/05/steelers-bengals-game-violence-ryan-shazier-nfl

The body count included a pair of young men carted off on stretchers and still more knocked out with serious injuries. Some were a result of routine plays that embody football’s existential risks, others were the offspring of more sinister intentions. Who can say, as the medics rush the field before a hushed stadium or from the antiseptic fluorescent buzz of a hospital room, which brand of violence is more concerning? Does it even matter? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it Wrong to Question the Official Story When Tragedy Strikes? | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on October 6, 2017

Don’t be one of the sheeple. Question.

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/is-it-wrong-to-question-the-official-story-when-tragedy-strikes/

The media says, “Jump.” And the public responds in unison, “How high?”

“As high as you ever have jumped before, except maybe after 9/11, or the Kennedy assassination.”

Which came first, the media’s obsession with violence, or the public demand for violence? In the 1990’s as violent crime in America dropped, the media filled more and more time slots with stories about violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Violence

Posted by M. C. on July 1, 2017

I love violence because they smell so nice-Bullwinkle J. Moose

A recent letter on violence in today’s Erie Times-News was inspiring and demands elaboration.

Can we agree theft, extortion, kidnapping, murder and unwanted invasion are violence? These forms of violence manifest themselves in ways we might not realize. Taxation, permitting, the draft, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, ‘military’ law enforcement, all your personal communications arriving at a ‘data center’ before reaching the intended recipient. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth Violence-Where The Solution Must Come From

Posted by M. C. on July 27, 2015

This was submitted to the Erie Times for publication about 10 days ago.  I received no acknowledgment.  It must have been the babies’ daddy  comment that turned them off.

From the news article:

A week ago, after a violent Saturday afternoon, Derrys Sanders Jr. became one of the youngest Erie County residents ever to be charged with homicide.

The 14-year-old Erie boy’s first involvement in the legal system came when he was 10 months old.

That was when his mother, Juanita Holloway, agreed to have him tested amid a paternity dispute. His father, Derrys Sanders Sr., asked for the test as a condition of financial support for his son.

People are hand wringing over solutions to the violence problem in Erie. Band-aids have been proposed, some of which have merit such as police walking a beat. But these don’t address the cancer that is made strikingly obvious in Sunday’s Erie Times Derrys Sanders story. Non-existent family. The babies’ daddy who has been contesting support for Derrys and three children by three other women for all Derrys’ life is a familiar sad story.

What happened since the days of my youth when you could throw a shotgun in the trunk to hunt after school and mess we have today. The answer is the Johnson, Carter and Nixon legacies. The war on drugs, the war on poverty and the Department of Education. All three have left a path of destruction through American family life.

PC, feel-good government programs are worse than nothing, they offer false hope and inevitably disappoint. The solution can only come from caring, courageous parents (parentS with an S). Marches are a good start but entire families have to be involved, not just well meaning figureheads. Families must fight to take the initiative, reinvent and reinvigorate themselves, striving for something better. The solution can only come from within.

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