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Visionaries – 04.17.17

Visionaries – 04.17.17 April 17, 2017

“What Happened to the Enlightenment?” The late 1700s was the most momentous period in human history—the first time that there was an attempt to create people and a society based on knowledge and reason rather than on tradition. Why is that attempt under such vicious attack, particularly on college campuses?

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Duty to Warn August 1, 2016: The 50th Anniversary of the Start of America’s Mass School Shooting Epidemic And the Story of the “Clock Tower Sniper” By Gary G. Kohls, MD

It is a fact that 90% of America’s school shooters were on prescription brain-altering psychiatric drugs – drugs that are well known to cause inebriation, intoxication, loss of impulse control, rage, aggression, homicidal ideation, suicidal ideation, and temporary drug-induced mania and/or psychosis.   But the well-documented psychiatric drug connections to school shootings and a host of other widely-publicized episodes of …

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Leid Stories – 11.10.15

At the University of Missouri, Truly A ‘Teachable Moment’ About Power

Ferguson, Missouri, Looks to Restore Trust with ‘Old-Style’ Policing

A weeklong hunger strike by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler was the catalyst for broader action against an administration that repeatedly failed to address complaints of racism and discrimination at the flagship Columbia campus. The students’ demands were met yesterday with the resignations of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. It’s a teachable moment, says Leid Stories.

Meanwhile, about 120 miles away, the City of Ferguson says it’s trying to bridge longstanding rifts between the community and police that exploded after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead on Aug. 9 last year by Officer Darren Wilson. Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson began making the rounds to community groups last weekend with the good news of “old-style” policing.

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Christian Christensen – US Violence Breeds a Language of the Grotesque

Another week, another series of school and university shootings in the US, and another chance to hear phrases such as “active shooter” and “campus lockdown” repeated over and over by police, school administrators and journalists. These phrases – chilling in their clinicalness – are not only stark examples of the militarization of the language of everyday life, but also reminders of how the language …