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A neurological/developmental evaluation in early April 1997, just before Adam’s fifth birthday, noted that Adam was an extremely active young child—he never slept through the night, continued to make up his own language, and reportedly did not like to be held, kissed or hugged. He was observed and reported to have odd repetitive behaviors and severe temper tantrums. Adam was reported, at times, to “sit and hit his head repeatedly.” He did not tolerate touch or textures and refused to dress. Teachers reported Adam was “very quiet during groups.
—  SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • REPORT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE
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Seeing a president cry - something many have called weakness, something I call strength, and something I will miss dearly when President Obama leaves the White House. A president that can be moved to tears by tragedy and still speak out to give us hope, that is what we need, not a president that can be moved to tweet in anger by a negative portrayal or criticism of himself. America has been changed forever by the last 8 years, and I can only hope we return to improve on those changes in 2020.

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Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist a long time. “Here it is two years later, and it’s still hard to deal with. But, God, you didn’t want to know me two years ago,” said Beth Hegarty, a Sandy Hook mother who happened to be inside the school that day with her three daughters, all of whom survived.

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16 year old junior Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by a 16 year old male named Chris Plaskon on Friday morning, 4/25/14, at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, CT. She was supposed to attend her junior prom the same evening. There are no words which can describe such heartfelt loss and tragedy. Another young victim of senseless violence taken much too soon. There are still many raw feelings in the world, the US, and Connecticut in light of the recent school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Many concerned thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with her family and friends. Their anguish must still be hard to bear..

Filibusted

I watched/listened to about 10 hours of the 15 hour filibuster, including the last 7 straight through with no pauses.  

That was exhausting.  

It was also enlightening and exposed some uncomfortable realities that I want to talk a little bit about. None of these are surprising, per se, but it’s important for us to know they’re there and I wanted to describe them for those of you who didn’t watch quite as much (because it was a lot).

As my friend Diana said yesterday, it’s unsettling that the safety of everyone, and particularly the safety of marginalized groups who face violence on a regular basis, is dependent on how tired a single cis white man is. Senator Murphy did an amazing job and I think he realizes how unsettling that is, too, because he stood until he got the results he had asked for and he did manage to bring up issues of privilege at least a couple times. 

But those results still don’t mean anything, and right now, they are: 

a) not enough and
b) a really uncomfortable mask for the real issues at stake. 

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You know it’s truly saddening to think about what has been done to Black people. This is the only race of people who will choose to help another race instead of their own. We have become some of the greatest defenders of White Supremacy and many of us don’t even realize it. We value White life so much that we don’t even consider tragedies “tragic” if someone white isn’t involved. The other day I overheard two Black people talk about how ruthless Hitler was to the Jews during the holocaust. I couldn’t help but notice that they didn’t mention anything about what he did to Blacks. Why? Because Black People have always valued White life greater than their own. So what he did to Blacks doesn’t matter, It’s what he did to whites that was fucked up. Black people will discuss the Jewish holocaust all day and won’t say a single word about Black people. We will attack our own people for speaking about Slavery and call them “Racist” or “Hate Teachers” but won’t say anything if you discuss the Holocaust. This type of thinking has been passed down from generation to generation that is why today you have Black people who will start fundraisers or charity events when things like Sandy Hook occur but won’t do shit when an innocent Black boy gets killed by a racist cop. As @Solar_Innerg once said, the only reason Black people get mad at things like Sandy Hook is because White children are involved. White Supremacy has been deeply embedded into us and that is why this war against the system is so difficult.

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Chris Harper-Mercer: UCC shooter who asked victims' religion was reclusive man interested in paranormal

Chris Harper-Mercer, the 26-year-old identified locally as the gunman who shot nine people dead at a college in the US state of Oregon, was an introverted young man with an interest in conspiracy theories and previous mass shootings, people who knew him and trails he left online revealed.

Harper-Mercer lived only a few miles from the Umpqua Community College, where he opened fire on students before being shot dead by police. At least seven people were wounded. Witnesses said he walked in the institute with a long gun and two handguns and asked people their name and religion before embarking on the deadly rampage.

“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and 'If you are a Christian then stand up,’ and they would stand up. He’d say: 'Because you are a Christian you’re going to see God in about one second,’ and then he shot and killed them,” the father of eyewitness Anastasia Boylan, 18, told CNN.

Neighbours described him as a withdrawn character. “[He] seemed really unfriendly,” Bronte Harte, who lived below the apartment flat Harper-Mercer shared with his mother in Winchester, told AP, adding the man would “sit by himself in the dark on the balcony with this little light”.

Causes for his actions were not immediately clear. A law enforcement official described the gunman to the New York Times as “an angry young man who was very filled with hate”.

Although, according to witnesses, religion seemed to have played a role in the dynamic of the shooting, an online dating account on website Spiritualpassions listed Harper-Mercer’s religious views as: “Not Religious, Not Religious, but Spiritual”. The same profile said he looked for a “Pagan, Wiccan” or similarly non-religious date.

His father, who lives in Tarzana, California, told local media he was shocked at his son’s crime, adding it was a “devastating day” for him before demanding media respect his family’s privacy. Harper-Mercer relocated from Torrance, California, to Oregon in 2013, the local Daily Breeze newspaper reported, adding he graduated there from a school for students with learning abilities and emotional issues.

On Spiritualpassions, Harper-Mercer listed his political views as conservative, republican, his ethnicity as mixed and his interests as internet, killing zombies, movies, reading and music, particularly industrial, punk and rock.

Another account in his name on Myspace featured a profile picture where he is holding what appears to be a rifle and was packed with postings of masked gunmen and references to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the paramilitary group that led a violent independence struggle with religious undertones in Northern Ireland. Some unconfirmed reports in the US claimed Mercer was born in England and later moved across the Atlantic.

A blog he held on the website Kickass Torrents showed a grim interest in recent shootings that made headlines in the US. “On an interesting note, I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are,” he wrote, commenting on the murder on live TV of a reporter and her cameraman by a former colleague in Virginia in August.

“A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems the more people you kill, the more your’re [sic] in the limelight”.

An email address believed to be Mercer’s was also linked to an account under the nickname of Lithium_Love, on another file-sharing website, kat-ph.proxy-x.com. There, earlier this week, he posted a BBC documentary on the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, titled “Surviving Sandy Hook”.

The upload was the last of a series, which included conspiracy-theory-based documentaries on the Illuminati as wells soft pornography and copies of Phenomena, a magazine on paranormal activities, UFOs and the occult.

The incident reignited the debate on lax US gun laws. “I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this,” said the targeted college’s former president, Joe Olson.

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