Sandy Hook Denier Arrested After Death Threats To Victim’s Parents

A Florida woman who believes the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting is a hoax has been arrested on charges she threatened the parent of a child killed in the 2012 school shooting.

Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, Fla., was indicted on four counts of transmitting threats, according to a statement from the United States Attorney Southern District of Florida.

The Sandy Hook shooting is approaching its fourth anniversary. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six school staffers were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. By Adam Lanza, 20. Lanza later fatally shot himself.

According to authorities, Richards made a series of death threats against the parent of a child who was killed in the shooting. The parent now lives in South Florida was identified in a statement as Len Pozner.

Richards is accused of telling the parent “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” according to federal court documents. The statements were made in January. She also wrote, “Look behind you it’s death,” according to the documents.

If convicted of all four counts, Richards could face up to 20 years in prison. She is scheduled to appear in a Fort Lauderdale court on Dec. 19.


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From mother, Veronique Pozner:

The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.

Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.

You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.

Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.

Bad Feminist Book List

Books discussed (good and bad) in Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

-Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
-Green Girl by Kate Zambreno
-Sweet Valley High series and Sweet Valley High Confidential by Francine Pascal

-The Laugh of Medusa by Helen Cixous
-Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion
-The Abortion: An HistoricalRomance, 1966 by Richard Brautigan
-Cider House Rules by John Irving

-American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Maureen Howard
-The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

-Reality Bites Back; The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner

-Philip Roth novels
-The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
-How Fiction Works by James Wood
-Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

-Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
-Dare Me by Megan Abbott
-Magnificence by Lydia Millet
-You Take it from Here by Pamela Ribon

-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
-The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin
-How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
-Heroines by Kate Zambreno

-This is How you Lose Her by Junot Diaz
-Skinny by Diana Spechlers
-Game of Secrets by Dawn Tripp
-Rape & Representation Lynn A. Higgins

-Intimate Violence: Reading Rape and Tortue in Twentieth-Century Fiction by Laura E. Tanner
-Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
-Privacy by Garret Keizer
-Last Night: Stories by James Salter SS

-The Help by Kathryn Stockett
-N-word: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy

-Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
-The Color of Crime by Katheryn Russell-Brown
-Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society by Danny Fingeroth and Stan Lee

Brains, Braun or Beauty?

            This week’s Pozner readings were concerned with how pop culture is consumed and processed within the brains of the viewer. Pozner discusses a wide range of issues within the media: how race is portrayed to violent acts against women, domestic violence all the way to media literacy. I will be discussing sexualized imagery, violence against women and media literacy, as I feel this is where Pozner made her strongest arguments. This will be discussed in terms of two case studies: Jersey Shore and comedian, Jenna Marbles.  One can conclude that Jersey Shore agrees to the arguments Pozner illustrates in an amplified way, while Marbles is refuting the idea of supporting the media’s perception of women.

            In chapter ten of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, Pozner outlines smart and fun ways to be media literate. I decided to put this to the test with the notorious reality TV Show: The Jersey Shore. This show is known for being stereotypical to Italian culture, sexist and portraying men and women in horrible light. Coinciding with Pozner’s drinking game (Pozner, 306), I altered the game slightly to fit to the mould of Jersey Shore. In this version, one needed to ‘drink’ anytime they: heard the terms ‘guido’ or ‘guidette, see an Italian flag, see a character consume alcohol and anytime the viewer sees a half-naked man or woman. The significance of choosing these categories was to prove that Jersey Shore is racist, stereotypical towards Italian culture, and highly hypersexualized.

            In relation to another reality TV show, Toddler’s and Tiara’s, Pozner explains, “Girls as young as five and six years old are hypersexualized before they can possibly understand or consent to the implications.” (Pozner, 257) So how is this different to J-Shore? Unfortunately, the answer is that Jersey Shore holds close ties to Toddler’s and Tiara’s. In fact, one could argue, that Toddler’s and Tiara’s grooms young girls to grow accustomed to hypersexualization as children, so they can continue to indulge in hypersexualization as adults, through Jersey Shore.

            Jersey Shore is simply catering to the maturing young adult and viewers in their 20’s by incorporating the theme of alcohol, partying and sex.  Sadly, this implies that as society grows up, reality TV will only become worse. Once hypersexualized in beauty pageants, to purchasing plastic surgery and then later, being objectified by men and the media. This creates the message that it is socially acceptable to be objectified because it is the reality for every woman. This supports the argument presented by Pozner that “reality TV has defined ‘Woman’ nearly universally as hetereosexual, domestically inclined, obsession with thinness and beauty…” (Pozner, 261) Furthermore, reality shows mould women to be submissive and beautiful at age five to hypersexualized and constantly drunk at age twenty.

            Back to the drinking game, in this version, I did not do shots and thank goodness I didn’t. I counted within the first episode of season one (which was an hour and a half) 31 times ‘guido’ and ‘guidette’ were mentioned, 29 times and Italian flag was spotted, 40 times alcohol was consumed and lastly, 134 times a man or woman were half naked. AND the worst part is I’m sure I missed a few counts! It is evident that Jersey Shore producers are most concerned with ensuring their characters are seen as sexual beings and trying to push the envelope of Italian culture. 

            Conversely, ‘slut-shaming’ is evident within Jersey Shore. Words such as “whore, sluts, skanks, broads” etc are dropped by both the female characters as well as the male characters. Pozner explains

                  “slut-shaming has travelled from the prime time series to the media
                   spectacle  that surrounds it, with bloggers calling the women whores and
                   even CNN’s Anderson Cooper…” (Pozner, 246)

And you can bet,  Jersey Shore is definitely not an exception. Even if Jersey Shore does not mean to cast their characters or the show in ‘negative light’ by demeaning women, but rather, their defense that they are simply showing the ‘reality’ is ridiculous. Quite frankly, no one should be choosing such negatively loaded words to describe any female characters on a TV show-reality or not.

            Reality TV such as Jersey Shore forces the viewer to question what is ‘real’. In the case of subjecting frames and images of a half-naked body, the producers are instilling this notion that the “real body” is flawless. Thus, caricatures are created that embody this idealistic body by those on the TV show. This is problematic in that most people cannot decipher the underlying messages (Pozner, 313) In this case, Jersey Shore is implying that without a sexy body, money and alcohol, you mean nothing to society. Thus, this produces viewers that are power hungry that use sex and alcohol as a tool for power.

            The fact that Pozner addresses that “slut-shaming” has become evident in both reality TV and news, is a scary thought. This means that younger generations of women are no longer able to escape this stereotype. Consequently, young boys are learning at a young age that it is socially acceptable to treat women with little to no respect and that women have to take these forms of hate crimes. So what does this mean for global society? It means that as society is becoming “dumbed down” by these Reality TV shows, domestic violence is on the rise to this easy-going acceptations of hateful words and actions towards women.

            Pozner discusses the steps one can take in order to combat against media and Reality TV in the messages portrayed. Comedian Jenna Marbles is attempting to conquer the media’s mixed messages. She discusses through her Facebook page and VLOGS about various topics in the media and pokes fun at trends and popular culture. She dissects the media in a brutal and honest way. However, she is getting the message to viewers that may not think twice about what they are consuming. It is evident that Marbles is sending out the message that the media tends to be corrupted,

                     “through [use of] independent…magazines, video production, blogging
                      podcasting and more [in order to] tell the stories that need to be heard.”
                     (Pozner, 335)

            Marbles has covered topics such as: Snooki’s Confessions, Why Girls Hate Each Other, and even How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking. In each of Marbles videos, she is very crude and sarcastic in explaining to her viewers, in a way that ties in a lot of pop culture allusions, that the media is not as innocent as everyone thinks. I believe the way in which Marbles executes this is brilliant. She uses any pop culture trends, for ex: Snooki, and rips them apart in a way that is humorous to her viewers. By doing this, Marbles is not only identifying that the media is corrupted, but she implies to her viewers that it is not okay to accept this fate!

            Jenna Marbles has single handedly taken over social media using her wit. By doing this, she is identifying to younger viewers that it’s not okay to sit back and let others dictate the media and how we view others in society.  As Pozner would say, Marbles is “biting back” (Pozner, 346) in terms of delivering the underlying messages of the media in a sassy and fun way.

            In conclusion, through a closer examination of Jersey Shore and Jenna Marbles, one can note that Pozner’s explanation of the dangers of the media is evident. However, not all hope should be lost that the media will dictate the rest of humanity. By closer examinations of the media through media literate games and people such as Jenna Marbles, who are pushing the envelope of challenging the media, one can note how society can claim their souls back from media.  Without these kinds of social movements to be aware of media’s impacts, humans will continue to live in ignorance that the media has no affect and that it is merely a form of entertainment.

                                                                    Works Cited

Kreisberg, Brad. (2009, December 03) Jersey Shore: Season 1 Uncensored. [Video File]
                Retrieved from http://www.watchfreemovies.ch/watch-tv-show

Marbles, Jenna. (2010, July 9) How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking
              [Video File] Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYpwAtnywTk

Marbles, Jenna. (2012, January 11) Why Do Girls Hate Each Other? [Video File] Retrieved
              from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfW8deSlsiA&feature=relmfu

Pozner, Jennifer L. (2010) Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure
Berkeley, California: Seal Press. 

Tumblr. (2012) Jersey Shore. Retrieved January 30 from http://www.tumblr.com/tagged

Tumblr (2012) Jersey Shore. Retrieved January 27 2012 from http://www.tumblr.com

О воссоединении Крыма с Россией и не только


Дело в решении, что всякие переговоры с Западом бессмысленны, что все равно обманут, что пришло время дать понять, что обращаться так с национальными интересами России нельзя.

Pozner 01-03-12

Сегодня я был в Санкт-Петербургской Академической Филармонии имени Д.Д. Шостаковича на презентации книги Владимира Познера - ПРОЩАНИЕ С ИЛЛЮЗИЯМИ. Потрясающий вечер! Мне удалось подписать творение у самого автора. Книгу я уже начал читать и влюбился в неё с первых строк.

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Gendered proscriptions are acute during this stage: A mechanic who doesn’t feel comfortable in ruffles or frills is called “butch” and made to don “girlie” clothing and cosmetics. A professor on a casual campus who enjoys comfortable sandals because heels “hurt: is told she has no choice but "to start wearing actual footwear.” A lesbian biker is forced to trade in her motorcycle jacket for a dress.

Jennifer Pozner on What Not To Wear from Reality Bites Back

Gah! This is one of my biggest issues with What Not To Wear, which in its inchoate, British incarnation at least allowed women (and men) some semblance of personal style. Hey Stacy and Clinton, there are women who don’t “don frilly dresses,” or don’t want to “feel feminine” and are still stylish. Or not. And that’s okay.

| Chant down Cap'n : an instrumental mix for pirating adventures

Hans Zimmer - “Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)” | Gary Pozner - “Merlin” | Alias Conrad Coldwood - “The Meaning of His Tears” | Bruno Coulais - Vikings" | Yoko Kanno - “Ask the Owl” | Quincy Hilliard - “Out of Darkness” | Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - “The Cellar” | Ramin Djawadi - “Hannibal Chau” | Bear McCreary - “Black Sails Main Title” | Garry Schyman - “The Docks” | Gary Pozner - “Righteous Anger” | Ramin Djawadi - “The King’s Arrival” | Patrick Doyle - “The Games” | John Williams - “Qui-Gon and Darth Maul Meet” | Alias Conrad Coldwood - “Not Safe” | Sam Cushion - “I Am Dauntless” | Ramin Djawadi - “Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors” | Deep Forest - “The First Twilight” | Hans Zimmer - “Drink Up Me Hearties”

“Here is a list of children and adults who were killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s heartbreaking to read their names and see their ages:

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jesica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Rachel Davino, 29 (Teacher)
Dawn Hochsprung, 47 (School principal)
Nancy Lanza, 52 (Mother of gunman)
Anne Marie Murphy, 52 (Teacher)
Lauren Rousseau, 30 (Teacher)
Mary Sherlach, 56 (School psychologist)
Victoria Soto, 27 (Teacher)

That’s exactly why we must return to this list time and again. If we hold these children, their teachers, and their families in our broken-open hearts, we are less likely to forget. As Elie Wiesel said, ‘To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.’” —Parker Palmer reminds us, once again, about what’s important. (http://www.onbeing.org/blog/we-must-return-to-this-list/6770)

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