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  1. ProducerRenee Iseli - Smits
    Elections
    ElectionsOriginally published in German September 27th 2015 Source: Stock Illustration: Rigging election- election fraud ID 42619852 © Samiph222 | Dreamstime.com In a few weeks’ time, Switzerland will be ready to vote. Politicians are very busy with...
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  2. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    08/12/2017
    The First Symptoms Of The Death Of Democracy
    The First Symptoms Of The Death Of DemocracyFor the past several years I have been watching as democracy, as we used to know it back in the day, is slowly eroding into a strange form of lawlessness.And a lot of this erosion has precisely to do with the medium on which you are reading this.The...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/12/2017 #15 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    START PART 2
    Money, "The root of all evil" is all the trumpions cared about, not humanity, not their stupid fears of anyone who is different from their privileged white-skinned homophobic self-serving idiot selves. Women should have a voice but I've got news for all of them; you are playing right into the GOP's hands, or haven't you noticed it's mainly the liberals who are being outed? Do you really think that this a coincidence? Congratulations, you're still being manipulated, just like you were during the election. Many of the women who came out against the imbecile during the election had their very lives threatened by the extreme right, do you think that stopped? IDIOTS I don't blame the DEM leaders for leaving; who wants to protect and fight for people who treat them like this?
    When they tax you into bankruptcy, when you're all bowing to the 1%, when you're no more than servants to the corporations with no benefits, no healthcare, and no one who will stand up for you, I'll be laughing my ass off. I've been poor before, I know how to do it.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/12/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    This week during lunch a very conservative co-worker laughingly reported that Franken was resigning. He was gleefully happy. I felt my blood pressure rising and I couldn't help it, I said it; "Yes now lets replace him with a GOP pedophile". What Franken did was wrong, but you're right, no due process. Yet, that piece of garbage in Alabama is seeing support from every corner. Everyone has told me I'm being too pessimistic, that the US is such a great country, that we'll come out of this, but we're not. With each passing day those monsters in DC are turning this country into a Fascist nation. Radio hosts are allowed to threaten Civil War if we get rid of the demented Tyrant sitting in the white house, they continue to support a fascist congress. I have no forgiveness left for those who caused this with their vote. It was obvious what was going to happen and they still want to blame a man who had more integrity in the tip of his little finger than all these ignorant backwards voters have in their combined bodies. Let's face it; they could not stand having a Black Man leading this country. He brought us out of the collapse that the GOP caused, he rallied a country living in fear for their livelihood. He fought for the entire country, stood up to Putin, and he did it with no support from Congress. Everyone fell for the propaganda, hook, line, and sinker. Well, I'll scream it from the housetops: I loved and miss the Obama's!!!!! END PART 1
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/12/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Jim Murray do you have a twitter handle? I wanted to schedule this on MyTweetPack but I can't find your twitter username?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/12/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    When the #MeToo movement first began, I thought... wow, women can finally find their voices and let go of pain they endured hence, moving on. As much as I am all for women speaking out, it's been my fear in recent days that this has become more a play on politics using people as sacrificial lambs instead of allowing them due process. Franken IS a prime example of the sacrificial lamb. He asked for his own ethics committee investigation and yet that wasn't enough, the Democrats went full throttle on him without giving him the chance to prove that the allegations were all true or not. I'm not going to sugar coat this, I am angry as hell that playing politics with people's lives, should that surprise me in today's environment, NO. But, It disgusts me. He is a sitting Senator, unlike Moore whose running for a Senate seat. Personally, if they are going to go this far with demanding resignations within the bodies of Congress and the Senate without due process well, I think a person or person(s) who run for office and have accusations of sexual misconduct, abuse or pedophiles, I think they should be disqualified and run after they are able to prove their innocence if that IS the case.

    I will make one last comment, the Republican party not only funded Moore but they along with Trump are promoting him because you know, they don't want a liberal in office (with a decent record), they want someone at any cost to fill that seat because they will vote for the extreme Republican agenda. This just sickens me. Party over country. I find this to be a double standard and it's wrong on every level.
    Brian McKenzie
    09/12/2017 #11 Brian McKenzie
    And Merkel has done such a bang up job with Germany. 😞😲
    Brian McKenzie
    09/12/2017 #10 Brian McKenzie
    The backlash is in the works - #MGTOW has the helm. Do not give attention time, attention, assistence, consideration nor funding to them. Do not work for them, with them nor around them. Plus up on a bodycam - and quit talking to them - at all. The full nuclear option, scorched earth. Complete EMCON - if there is no contact, there can be no insinuation nor accusation of crime.
    Anything less is hopscotching in a minefield while singing Disney show tunes.
    Randall Burns
    09/12/2017 #9 Randall Burns
    Amen!
    Jim Murray
    09/12/2017 #8 Jim Murray
    #7 Guilt is one thing. Innocence is another. @Jerry Fletcher. We can't get into tarring everybody with the same brush. What if we're wrong?
    Jerry Fletcher
    09/12/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    The times they are a changin' and not for the better, he said. I'm not so sure of that. I almost believe this is a kinder world where someone being outed has it done very publicly. Before it was used for all kinds of surreptitious control on all sides of the equation. Now, the people that would control through intimidation are without a platform. More importantly, the individuals that had no sense of guilt about their behavior can't walk away. Society is damning them with the guilt they should already have acknowledged.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    08/12/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Great post, Jim. When people get on the bandwagon, just for the sake of doing so or to selfishly prove their own point, the real issue becomes blurred. This has to be highly insulting to the real victims. I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian View more
    Great post, Jim. When people get on the bandwagon, just for the sake of doing so or to selfishly prove their own point, the real issue becomes blurred. This has to be highly insulting to the real victims. I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, and @Charlene Norman - this stuff is seriously out of hand, and the fun factor in making friends is challenged. Close
    Jim Murray
    08/12/2017 #5 Jim Murray
    #3 Publish is anyway @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. We can't have enough of people trying to promote sanity. I won't sue you. I'll get Phil to do that LOL.
    Jim Murray
    08/12/2017 #4 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks toots. Oooopps I mean @Charlene Norman
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    08/12/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Well, Jimbo, you took the words right out of my mouth, or to be literal, my laptop screen. I deleted my similar post lest I be accused of plagiarism.

    This stuff is getting seriously out of hand. Not a day goes by without a new accusation, but we rarely hear of anything real. Some of the accusations are really "out there."

    Time magazine declared #MeToo to be its Man of The Year. . . I hope that's fake news. I wonder if all those hundreds of thousands realize that their #MeToo story belittles the real #MeToo stories.

    People have really been harassed, attacked, and victimized. That's unacceptable. To equate someone discretely checking out a behind with those other real horrors is ludicrous and insulting to true victims.

    That hashtag sums it up. . . me too about just about everything, especially innuendo (which is not "suppository" in Italian, but may as well be).
    Charlene Norman
    08/12/2017 #2 Charlene Norman
    Brilliant post. From a selfish point of view, I hate what this world has become because it further strips away the fun factor from working and making friends. In the old days, before everything was so damned politically correct and policy-ed, people actually had fun. There was good-natured, innocent FUN. This awful "everything is always about sex and I am uncomfortable and you cannot make me feel otherwise cuz I am always right" fantasy we find ourselves living in today sucks the soul completely out of everything. There is not enough person to person interaction today thanks to the mistaken belief that technology is where we must be at and this death in democracy as you call it further widens the people to people divide. Keep beating your tom tom @Jim MurrayJim Murray@Jim Murray. I pray enough someones will listen and actually do something because of it.
    Ivan Campos
    08/12/2017 #1 Ivan Campos
    A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR "2018"
  3. ProducerBrian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    27/11/2017
    #HerToo
    #HerTooWhy have men avoided for so long to tell their stories of sexual harassment, discrimination, pedophilia, abuse, and discrimination? How do we as individuals and as a nation quit coddling the women that have perpetrated these crimes? It is time...
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    Brian McKenzie
    28/11/2017 #6 Brian McKenzie
    #3 if every man is a rapist and murder by proxy of gender then every woman is a gold digger or whore by the same smear.
    Dont get offended when the same tactics y'all have used for decades finally get thrown back in your collective faces.
    Brian McKenzie
    28/11/2017 #5 Brian McKenzie
    #4 i merely took the other side's rhetoric and changed the pronouns - and added a short list of culprits to prove the point.
    So lets just give a pass to the millions of Pink Hats that idolize a murder and elevate her crimes to nation pedestal of leadership
    Jim Murray
    28/11/2017 #4 Jim Murray
    BTW. I showed my wife this article and she revised my 90-10 estimate to 99.99999 men to .000001 women. So basically her opinion is that you are full of shit and a sexist pig. Both badges of honor for you I am sure.
    Jim Murray
    27/11/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    Wow. I knew you were an angry ex-pat, but had no idea it went to this extent. I'd usually have a smart-ass comment for you, b ut I have to tell you, at the risk of pissing off every woman I know, you do have a point. I would, however, argue that sexual abuse tilts way to the male side, unless you have some stat to prove otherwise. I'm not sure what the percentage of women to men abusers would be but I would guess that it's in the area of 80-90% men. But your point is sorta kinda well taken.
    Brian McKenzie
    27/11/2017 #2 Brian McKenzie
    #1 52 reasons is not enough? Fine, I will add more
    Geoffrey Cooling
    27/11/2017 #1 Geoffrey Cooling
    Why such a defensive post? Honestly, i want to understand. What spurred it?
  4. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10/11/2017
    Is America Finally Waking Up?
    Is America Finally Waking Up?Dave Chappelle, who I consider to the modern day Richard Pryor, was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert a while back and they were talking about, guess who.Now after the election Chappelle was one the relatively few celebrities who came out and...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/11/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Oh I believe there has been an awakening. Never, ever, take a politician at his word, follow up with tons of research. People are ( I hope ) being more careful about fact checking articles too. There will always be party liners... they hear only what they want and that want. The Tea Party began this insurgence and they aren't mentioned by that label anymore... but no one should be fooled, they ARE the ALT right, party of Palin, Michelle Bachman and Steve Bannon... I can only hope when elections come up that US Citizens really do their home work and leave ideology in their bedrooms.
    Brian McKenzie
    11/11/2017 #4 Brian McKenzie
    White men that hate Communism are a minority in America.
    #WhenYouSeeIt
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #3 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Never give up hope. The American electorate refuses to make the same mistake serially. We have, I believe, a one-term president this time which is unusual. We are two major elections away from what could be a whole new ball game. My greatest concern is that the professionals in government will all quietly move to the "private sector" due to the incompetence of the appointed officials. That could be a nightmare!
    Jim Murray
    10/11/2017 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks @Lisa Vanderburg. We share the same hope. I do think that change is necessary, but it's gonna take some time to overhaul that system.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    10/11/2017 #1 Lisa Vanderburg
    An excellent summation of the current situation; I very much enjoyed this buzz! And you're right @Jim Murray - the resulting political education for so many Americans because of Trump, is the best possible outcome. Before, so many were complacent to say the least - a 'damned if you do or damned if you don't' care approach.
    So this wretched man Trump will (God-willing) leave a legacy of THINK. No matter that the Dems had a unsavory and unwanted opponent, it the Trumpet being POTUS has got better billing that the best catastrophe movie ever!
    I'm hoping that the whole electoral system gets an overhaul and brings a more intelligent and brighter bunch of candidates as a result. But that would mean capping lobbyists....good luck on that one!
  5. ProducerNicole Chardenet
    What If The Las Vegas Shooter Was Normal?
    What If The Las Vegas Shooter Was Normal?He was a white male, but didn't appear to be particularly angry.He didn't belong to any extremist groups or have any ties to supremacy or Nazi groups.He didn't take drugs.He did drink, but not to excess.He had no criminal history.He had no known...
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    Nicole Chardenet
    14/10/2017 #19 Nicole Chardenet
    Hey folks, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry I was gone for a few days. Okay, no I'm not, but it had nothing to do with y'all. I just simply took a break from social media for an evening for other reasons and discovered just how addictive life in 1993 is :) Seriously, I really enjoyed being offline for a few days. Honestly, don't see how you Millennials can *stand* being connected 24x7. Maybe I'm just an old person, but it doesn't suck as much as you think. I watched documentaries and shit on Youtube. I cleaned my apartment. I looked for other excuses to not get back online but couldn't think of any so I logged on tonight. Then I was like, "Shit, 34 notifications? did people produce 33 new honeys or did I do something?" Had forgotten about this. Well anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Oh, I mentioned that already, didn't I? :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    14/10/2017 #18 Nicole Chardenet
    #13 Hey Jim, it's hard to talk about gun control in the States when it varies from state to state. If we had *federal* laws on guns it would be easier to enforce them across the board and to speak more relevantly about gun violence stats.
    Nicole Chardenet
    14/10/2017 #17 Nicole Chardenet
    #14 Fortunately, Dave, you're not my Facebook friend where my views on guns are somewhat less restrained than you find here :) Although, technically, I don't argue for anything there (or against it) that I argue here...I'm not a total gun ban type...I agree with the 2A, I just think it's too broadly defined, and don't buy the argument that one has the right to 'freedom' to own high-powered assault weapons, which to my knowledge are utilized *exclusively* by mass shooters (apart from the military) to try to break mass murder records, rather than to protect or hunt.

    I mean, I can buy drugs for the asking in my local pharma, but I can't buy *prescription* drugs without, you know, a prescription, and some drugs I can't buy under any circumstances.

    (Although I'll be able to buy marijuana products legally next summer :) )

    (Which I probably will, but only consumables, I'm not much of a smoker :) )

    (And I don't think I'm particularly non-free just because I won't, at the same time, be able to legally purchase cocaine or heroin :) )
    Nicole Chardenet
    14/10/2017 #16 Nicole Chardenet
    #13 Jim, I agree with the 2A...just not that anyone should own ANY damn thing they want.

    People kill people with high-powered weapons much more efficiently than they do with a short-range weapon like a knife. There's nothing Machiavellian or Hitlerian about interpreting the 2A to mean "not any damn weapon you want, esp. if you don't need it." I mean, I have a license to drive a *car*, but I can't drive an 18-wheeler, a Humvee or a Sherman tank. Which is as it should be.

    It's a red herring to suggest that banning *some* guns means you don't have 'freedom'. Actually, I'd argue that most of the 2A gun hysterics are very much prisoners of their own overblown fears...but that's a rant for another day :)
    Geoffrey Cooling
    11/10/2017 #15 Geoffrey Cooling
    #13 hey Jim, do you own assault rifles? If you do, why?
    David Disney
    11/10/2017 #14 David Disney
    @Nicole Chardenet I certainly held to my semi-Right winged views when I read this article, however I must say I'm very Impressed by your responses, and how well you wrote this article. Although I disagree with some of the views in the post, they are just my opinion, and I feel that if I voiced them to you, you would politely rebuttal with your views in a calm way that would allow us to understand each other. I appreciate you alot for this, and look forward to reading more from you, even though I dont see things the same way you do. Exciting!
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    11/10/2017 #13 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    @Nicole Chardenet interesting points but with flaws.
    NRA is not the problem; even though I don’t agree with everything about the NRA I and many

    Americans have the right to possess guns. Society is the problem including our judicial and medical programs. Guns don’t kill, mentality unstable people do.
    As humans we key on mass issues that the news media shows in order to get attention; mostly negative.

    More people die from alcohol and abortion but society for the most part isn’t fighting to stop selling alcohol.

    Don’t mistake my intentions. I own many guns and ammunition but I believe we focus on gun control instead of the real issue. Chicago has one of the strictest gun control in the US. However the number of murders bu guns in Chicago outnumber the rest of the US combined. But media doesn’t focus on this issue.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    11/10/2017 #12 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Just like guns.. some crazies have a trigger.

    I am thinking... people just die here of supposedly non lethal injuries..of negligence of doctors or society after accidents, of uncalled for hunger due to delayed payments.. of food posioning etc

    Many here hope to have children in more responsible countries.

    Then these shootings happen very 5 or 6 months in some part of the US.

    Looks like Life is losing value everywhere.
    Geoffrey Cooling
    11/10/2017 #11 Geoffrey Cooling
    I think Paddock was a dichotomy and will remain so. I agree with @Phil Friedman that the urge to own nearly fifty high powered assault weapons points to some one who may be having some issues. To be honest, the urge to own one, seems a little odd to me. Don't get me wrong, I am a sport shooter. I find nothing more relaxing than pinging away on the range or going after game. Both are generally done best with either semi-automatic or bolt action rifles at best. Range based handgun shooting is a particularly zen moment for me. Although I do like some shotgun shooting for fowl. So, in essence as a shooter I am not adverse to high power weapons, but I don't understand the need for high output weapons in civilian life, I think most ex military people would agree. What the fuck do you need an AR 15 for? The rubbish about home protection is laughable, anyone who has ever been in urban combat situations knows that nice short weapons with decent scatter damage are preferable, think shotgun, or even better a decent high powered semi-automatic pistol. Much easier to move around with and get on target quickly. I think the attraction to assault rifles is really about big boys toys as opposed to anything else. I agree completely with you about the power of the NRA Nicole. However, I think it is just one outward sign of what is wrong with politics in America, Politicians make laws for interest groups, not really the people they are allegedly representing. That though, is not just an American problem, although it seems to be blatant in the US.
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/10/2017 #10 Nicole Chardenet
    #5 Tried that already. NRA lobby was too powerful. The problem is the NRA.

    They are our terrorists. Just as Muslims in the Middle East are afraid to stand up to their terrorists because the latter get terribly violent when challenged, so too does the NRA. I don't see much diff between them and ISIS anymore.
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/10/2017 #9 Nicole Chardenet
    #4 I found some information last night, but didn't include it in the article because it wasn't from respectable sources, in which supposedly he was into conspiracy beliefs and was going on about the government being behind 9/11 and the usual conspiracy hysterics. I don't know if it's true or not though because the stories mostly seemed to be in extreme-right/fake news sites and the source was a prostitute. So, maybe, but I'd have to see it come from some place more reliable than The Blaze.
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/10/2017 #8 Nicole Chardenet
    #2 Randall, mass shootings are pretty much a dick thing: https://www.livescience.com/53047-why-female-mass-shooters-are-rare.html

    That said, I just finished a fascinating book called When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence by Toronto journalist Patricia Pearson, who delves into the world of violent, psychopathic women (but no mass shooters...then again in the mid-90s when this book came out, there may *not* have been *any* female mass shooters. With, possibly, the exception of the teenage girl who inspired the Boomtown Rats '80s song, "I Don't Like Mondays".

    Just before that book I had been reading a book on violent men. And then after the violent women book, I've been reading a Thich Nhat Hanh book on the teachings of the Buddha. They have got to wondering WTF my deal is on the subway :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/10/2017 #7 Nicole Chardenet
    #2 Randall, there's nothing sexist about the comment I made; I was referring to mass shootings, the history of which is almost entirely male with maybe two or three exceptions. I don't claim that women are any less aggressive, often fatally, than men, but we express it differently - we don't tend nearly as much to mass violence as men do. My remark was about mass shootings, though, which are close to forty years of history at this point and almost exclusively male-driven.

    We may well find that this Vegas shooter was mentally ill in some way. I mean, it's hard to believe he wasn't, given what he did, right? But we may *not* find that explanation, which leaves the question wide open...Is it possible *others* among us with no outward signs could do something like this?
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/10/2017 #6 Nicole Chardenet
    #1 It's interesting, Zacharias, that 'mentally ill' is almost always applied to white shooters, yet when a sort-of-vaguely-Muslim guy like the Orlando nightclub shooter pulls something, and he's *clearly* mentally ill, people just believe him when says he did it for ISIS. I thought that guy was a terrorist wannabe too when it first happened, then it started coming out that he really was a headcase and all twisted up about his own homosexuality, and I came to believe that the ISIS crap was just inspired by the media stories about it. I mean, yeah, the guy was raised Muslim but he sounded like he was fairly apostate, rather like me leaving the Christian church over thirty years ago. If I suddenly went psycho and blasted away at a nightclub screaming, "I did it for Jesus, you sinners!" then I'd say definitely check my life and social media footprint for mental illness, because as someone who hasn't taken the Christian religion seriously since Reagan was President, yeah I'm mentally ill, not a Christian terrorist.

    And anyway, what the NRA crazies are hoping to do is distract everyone with the 'mental illness' explanation rather than focus too much on the *real* problem which is, "Too damn many guns in America and especially too damn many high-powered weaponry *no* civilian needs to protect their precious 2A rights."

    I mean, if the answer to gun violence is 'more guns', then the answer to Islamic violence is, 'More heavily armed Muslims." And the answer to the drug problem is 'more drugs.' And the answer to the high abortion rate is...well, go ahead, *guess*....
    Phil Friedman
    10/10/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Isn't it one of the characteristics of psychopathy that the person involved appears down-the-middle "normal"? But as well, isn't that because most of us refuse to deal with clear signs of mental defect -- such as accumulating nearly 50 attack type weapons. You show me someone who has a collection like that and I'll show you someone who is fantasizing about taking out a crowd of people -- a fantasy that grows in strength daily and which, in some is just waiting to be realized.

    The magnitude of the slaughter is directly related to the nature of the weapons. In 1966, Charles Whitman managed to kill a total of 17 people during a 98-minute sniper attack. Paddock killed three times as many -- in 2/3 less time. We should be talking to the gun manufacturers and making them responsible for what is done with their products. Just as a bar is responsible in most states for what is done by someone whom they've served.
    Harvey Lloyd
    10/10/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    He was human that somewhere along his existance he thought mass killing was “ok” in light of his beliefs. I don't question mental illness but rather the growth of this thinking that is executed with cars, sex trafficking and all manner of weapons legal and illegal

    We were at this very gate a few decades ago with drugs, we declared war, spent billions on drug interdiction and its only grown and some parts being made legal now. The irony, prescribed meds are now seen as gateway drugs.

    The real question is how will law enforcement be able to find these people and we retain our freedoms.

    The focus on the weapons, like the drugs, will end with the same questions unanswered.

    Las Vegas was not the end but the beginning of understanding humanity or another war on something that makes people feel good.
    Ivan Campos
    10/10/2017 #3 Ivan Campos
    psychological evaluation, temporal pisicose
    Randall Burns
    10/10/2017 #2 Randall Burns
    Interesting article @Nicole Chardenet, thought provoking. Bottom line is no one knows for sure what went through his mind at the time, nor do we know what's really going through anyone's mind and any particular time; and what really is "normal"? Another aspect is that maybe when waking up on Saturday morning Stephen Paddock was "normal" and yet for some inexplicable reason he wasn't on Sunday morning. There will be a myriad of theories for years to come spurning endless debate but will anyone ever really know?

    And just to respond to your sexist comment of "Women don't have much of a penchant for this sort of thing, so it will almost certainly be a man who pulls off the next public shooting gallery escapade", I don't agree with you. While your generalization may be somewhat accurate for our "normal" state of affairs there is always the exception to the rule; we are ALL human and run with the same, or at least fairly similar, "normal" and "abnormal" traits. But again; what is "normal"?
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    10/10/2017 #1 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Well, mentally ill or not, he was definitely unstable. Perhaps his issue (or rather, one of his issues) was this "anxiousness" that he had a prescription for, which he didn't make use of. Or perhaps he was just angry on the inside (I think the best term for it would be angst, which is a combo of anger, frustration, and pessimism). Who knows? The thing is that all that information inevitably leads to one conclusion: the model for predicting if someone is a potential mass shooter or not is off. All these attributes may in some cases pinpoint if someone is going to be a maniac, but not always.

    One more thing, about the mentally ill part. I used to date a music therapist once and she would sometimes share stories about some people she'd meet, who were mentally ill (always anonymized, of course). None of these people would seem remotely likely to act violently. Maybe there are mentally ill people out there with a flair for violence, but these people have more clear-cut tell-tale signs, while their illness is probably not their chief attribute. So, instead of creating a stigma for those people who are burdened with mental illness, implying that they might be mass shooters if they were given a gun, let's focus on the attributes that do have a chance or predicting if someone is going to go on a killing spree. Things like a lack of life purpose bundled with fearlessness and angst, for example.
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    04/10/2017
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    04/10/2017
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    Trump is Not Planning to Rebuild Puerto Rico
    www.yahoo.com The dead, the dying, the displaced—they are now, to quote Trump, “politically motivated...
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    04/10/2017
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    How did the Las Vegas shooter get 23 guns into his hotel room?
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    Francisco Lopez

    04/10/2017
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    Francisco Lopez

    04/10/2017
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    Away from his teleprompter, Trump causes more trouble for himself
    www.msnbc.com Today offered a timely reminder that Donald Trump gets himself in trouble when he says what he's thinking -- because what he's thinking is often...
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    Dan Centinello

    03/10/2017
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