Posts Tagged "violence"
  1. video
    Sep 01, 2014 4:30 pm

    They Say Some People Are Just Born Bad. But It’s Not Actually True.

    Did you know that being around violence can stunt brain development? Before you get too down about life, rest assured the video isn’t just doom and gloom. At 57 seconds in, you’ll hear about tried-and-true tactics for violence prevention.

  2. video
    Aug 16, 2014 1:15 pm
  3. photoset
    Aug 11, 2014 4:30 pm


    I hope this sinks in your hearts.

  4. photo
    Feb 26, 2014 8:24 pm
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    Dec 25, 2013 8:24 pm


    The female graduates of the Delhi police academy’s class of 2011 are on the frontlines working to curb violence against women in India. Here are their stories in The Wall Street Journal.

  6. photo
    Sep 18, 2013 6:40 pm


    David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, explains the right’s approach to talking about guns after … mass murders with guns. Numbers 3, 4 and 5 are mantra.

    ht: ThinkProgress

  7. quote
    Apr 19, 2013 1:01 pm


    Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”

    The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

    The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

    In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.

    The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.


    A Roger Ebert quote that sticks out in my mind

    From his review of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant

    (via yeezytaughtme)

  8. photo
    Apr 09, 2013 8:27 pm


    Demand action to end gun violence and its violence used against women.

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    Feb 14, 2013 1:49 pm
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:38 pm


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