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Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours
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Home Front: Politix
White Lightning
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2012 01:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excellent article g(r)om. Unfortunately, the banning or restricting of firearms by our government has little if anything to do with street crime or the recent, tragic events in CT.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2012 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  An article by Thomas Hargrove, Scripts Howard News Service appeared in our local newspaper this a.m. : Link. They did an analysis of mass murders and homicides from 1980-2011. His conclusions: mass murders remained about constant over that period at about 32 mass murders (>4 murders), homicides were halved over that period. The halving of homicides seems to have occurred about the time period when concealed carry laws were enacted in the States. I suppose this association could be teased out of the data by State but coffee beckons. I did not realize that all murders are not reported to the FBI which would make things a bit more difficult.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/19/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Good observation by Wretchard. He follows his usual habit of leaving the obvious unsaid as a cue to his commenters: if crazy white boys can cause so much mayhem, what would happen when the sane ones get p*ssed off?
Posted by: Ptah || 12/19/2012 9:12 Comments || Top||

#4  ...why do you think they keep reminding people about 19th Century colonialism. The judas goats of the Left have been trying to undermine that capability by instituting multiculturalism (see - Great Britain).
Posted by: P2Kontheroad || 12/19/2012 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown

Asperger’s and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3; most mental illnesses do not appear until the teen or young adult years. Medications rarely work to curb the symptoms of autism, but they can be indispensable in treating mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Underlying much of this misreporting is the pernicious and outdated stereotype that people with autism lack empathy. Children with autism may have trouble understanding the motivations and nonverbal cues of others, be socially naïve and have difficulty expressing their emotions in words, but they are typically more truthful and less manipulative than neurotypical children and are often people of great integrity. They can also have a strong desire to connect with others and they can be intensely empathetic — they just attempt those connections and express that empathy in unconventional ways.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/19/2012 15:06 Comments || Top||

Unfounded Fears? Mayan End of the World and climate catastrophe
Posted by: tipper || 12/19/2012 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ooh! I got an idea! Call it a theory.

The end of the Mayan calendar is the beginning of the end caused by global warming. Saturday, the oceans will begin to rise (noticeably!) and the north pole will melt, forcing Santa to borrow the USS Enterprise for his floating workshop.

Remember, you read about it at Rantburg!
Posted by: Bobby || 12/19/2012 6:21 Comments || Top||

#2  It's not the end of the world. Have a twinkie;

Posted by: Dale || 12/19/2012 7:11 Comments || Top||

#3  which began in 3114 BC, ends on December 21, 2012. The calendar is supposedly the measure of days from the beginning of humanity to the end

Beginning of humanity in 3114 BC??

Posted by: AlanC || 12/19/2012 8:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Twinkies have a shelf life beyond the end of the world.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/19/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Bobby:

Even better, call it a theory and then announce that "the science is settled."
Posted by: Fred || 12/19/2012 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Evan though twinkies have a "shelf life beyond the end of the world they couldn't make it to Phu Bai and still be recognizable.
Posted by: bman || 12/19/2012 11:27 Comments || Top||

#7  While soldering on a bum graphics card yesterday, it occurred to me that what the Mayans foresaw was the simultaneous explosion of every cheap-ass, low-rent, melamine-filled Chinese capacitor in electronic devices everywhere, bringing modern civilization to its knees.

Either that or the Mayans figured that making a calender for the next five millennia was enough to last for a while and they would finish it up later.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/19/2012 19:26 Comments || Top||

#8  "the Mayans figured that making a calender for the next five millennia was enough to last for a while and they would finish it up later"


We have a winner! :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 12/19/2012 19:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Twinkies, like Fruitcakes, live forever - srsly!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/19/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

Israeli expert: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood wants to destroy us
Posted by: tipper || 12/19/2012 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well Duh!!!
Posted by: AlanC || 12/19/2012 9:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Since we (all of us) are dealing with idiots, sometimes it is necessary to repeat the obvious.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2012 13:31 Comments || Top||

#3  The good news is the MB will try to destroy the Shiites first.
Posted by: phil_b || 12/19/2012 16:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Doesn't everyone in the neighborhood?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/19/2012 17:15 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
It Might Work, If Human Beings Were in Charge
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/19/2012 01:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When the parent of an obviously mentally unstable young man tells friends and colleagues "do not turn your back on my son" ....but takes her mentally unstable son to a shooting range for "bonding" and weapons familiarization, what might one expect? Sorry, I believe we may have had more than one candidate for mental instability.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2012 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  She did seem to be a little .. strange, didn't she. But I certainly would not blame her.

The problem here is a simple one, though the solution is not. The problem: a small but real number of people have chronic paranoid schizophrenia. They're born with it and have certain genetic and environmental cues that allow it to develop. It's a disease that takes a while to manifest itself, and the full manifestations come when a young man/woman is in their late teens / early twenties. They enter a spiraling cascade of worsening psychosis. For some, that leads to escalating violence.

I don't know the young man, of course, and I don't have his medical record handy. But my one-thousand-mile-away diagnosis is that.

Fixing chronic paranoid schizophrenia, helping the patients, and preventing them from killing others -- that's complex.

Addendum at 0800 CT: some have said that Mr. Lanza had some sort of 'autism-spectrum disorder' that eventually decompensated, and that's why he went on his murderous rage. That's certainly possible, but I know that schizophrenia, particularly in children and teens, is frequently mis-diagnosed as something else. But I'll be corrected by whatever finally comes out about Mr. Lanza's medical history.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/19/2012 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  and keeping them on any meds that help is a huge task
Posted by: Frank G || 12/19/2012 8:40 Comments || Top||

#4  And now we have the Champ appointing Joe "This really is a BFD" Biden to head up a commission to look into the CT slayings.

White House narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) victims examine potential remediation of chronic paranoid schizophrenia violence. I am not hopeful.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/19/2012 8:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Fixing chronic paranoid schizophrenia, helping the patients, and preventing them from killing others -- that's complex.

Second that. A friend has a brother who has late onset schizophrenia. The family is at their wit's end as to what to do. He's not legally crazy. Maybe the only thing he hasn't done is take his prescribed medicine. We have a kid in the neighborhood that everyone thinks is a ticking time bomb. The police say they can't do anything until he does something! There is a balance of trying to protect these people (ensure their fundamental Constitutional rights) but also protect society from them. As the writer says, we don't want to turn things over to the government because of a past track record. We don't want bureaucrats to lower the threshold for placing people in the loony bins so that eventually people are sent to the loony bin who are troublesome, inconvenient or speak out against the government. Generally, politicians simplify the problem by going after guns. They have done little to address the real problems other than provide knee-jerk reactions and try to get a lot of TV face time.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/19/2012 9:49 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2012-12-19
  Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours
Tue 2012-12-18
  Syrian rebels take control of Damascus Palestinian camp
Mon 2012-12-17
  Rebel Offensive In Hama
Sun 2012-12-16
  Rockets Fired on Peshawar Airport, Five Dead, Dozens Injured
Sat 2012-12-15
  Tunisian Salafists attack bar, call drinkers 'infidels'
Fri 2012-12-14
  Coca-Cola resumes its production in Somalia
Thu 2012-12-13
  'Friends of Syria' Recognize Syrian Opposition
Wed 2012-12-12
  Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says
Tue 2012-12-11
  North Korea 'launches long-range rocket'
Mon 2012-12-10
  Rebels Seize Chunk of Aleppo Base as Fighting Rages across Syria
Sun 2012-12-09
  Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor Drone-zapped in North Wazoo
Sat 2012-12-08
  Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti Drone-zapped During Breakfast
Fri 2012-12-07
  6 dead, 450 injured in clashes at Egypt's presidential palace
Thu 2012-12-06
  Two Dead as Egypt Islamists Overrun Opposition Tents
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  Hundreds of thousands besiege Egypt's presidential palace to protest draft constitution

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