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  • Reply to: Backgrounder: the History of the NRA/ALEC Gun Agenda   1 year 8 months ago

    I have read on here comments about the correlation of media and violence, video games and violence, and many people who believe life is as black & white as less guns equals less violence using other countries as examples. Well....International comparisons almost invariably compare the United States with some country with stronger gun control laws and lower murder rates. But, if facts really mattered at all you could easily compare the United States to countries with stricter gun control laws and higher murder rates - Brazil and Russia, for example. You could compare the United States with countries with more widespread gun ownership - Switzerland and Israel, for example - and lower murder rates. Stricter gun control laws do not solve the problem, if they did, then why do Brazil and Russia have higher murder rates? Gun ownership is also not a decisive factor in rates of murder, as is apparent with Switzerland and Israel, both countries whose citizens own more guns per person than do Americans. So where does this lead us? It leads us to a line of questioning that could shine new light onto an old problem - that there is something inherent within American culture, social elements that exist and exacerbate this type of behavior. Is it external factors such as socioeconomic class, population density, the weather, or internal factors, such as psychological make-up, cultural values, or personal values? Does it have more to do with mental illness, drug use, psychological or physical abuse? Does parental divorce play a role? Or could it be a combination of all of the above? When you start to ask these types of questions blaming tragedies like this solely on guns not only becomes absurd, but perhaps even a lazy excuse that allows people to not acknowledge the fact that owning a gun is not the problem. So all of you who want to hold to the idea that less guns equals less violence, you are wrong. It is not so black & white. Unfortunately, there is too much politics involved, too much money, and any intelligent academic willing to take the time to research this matter would probably ruin his or her career telling the truth, because the truth almost always runs contradictory to the agenda of power elites.

  • Reply to: “Energy In Depth” – A Reporters’ Guide to Its Founding, Funding, and Flacks   1 year 8 months ago

    For some additional insight into what EID is and does, please see:

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/12/30/energy-in-depths-soldiers-of-fracking-fortune-why-we-must-understand-who-they-are-and-what-they-do/

    Wendy Lynne Lee, Professor
    Department of Philosophy
    Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
    Bloomsburg, PA 17815
    wlee@bloomu.edu

  • Reply to: “Energy In Depth” – A Reporters’ Guide to Its Founding, Funding, and Flacks   1 year 8 months ago

    Wow. Nice work. Particularly on Kaptain Frackaroo . . .

    http://blog.shaleshockmedia.org/2012/12/29/energy-in-depth-fracking-shills/

  • Reply to: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Concerned Citizen Uncovers Whole Foods' Policy on Selling Food Grown in Sewage Sludge   1 year 8 months ago

    Shit is different when the animal or person has different drugs and contaminants fed to it. In sludge there is everything from a hospital system which includes chemicals, chemo drugs, bacterias, etc that is poured down the drain. Please be informed. All shit is not alike.

  • Reply to: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Concerned Citizen Uncovers Whole Foods' Policy on Selling Food Grown in Sewage Sludge   1 year 8 months ago

    You should read the data. Sewage sludge was banned from being thrown in the ocean because it was killing the fish. Why do you think that was happening? There is a reason why sludge is bad for you. There is growing evidence that there are a lot of toxins in the soil that has had sludge added to it. People who live on land around sludge areas are sicker and higher incidences of illnesses. Please go to the website www.sewagesludgeactionnetwork.com to see why we want to ban sewage sludge being put on farmland. Please look at what small data is available. When some brave scientists try to study sludged farmland, their money is suddenly is pulled or the sludging stops so that the study is not valid.

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