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11605. judithathome - 7/1/2015 5:23:18 PM

Finally got back in...for how long, I've no idea.

11606. judithathome - 7/1/2015 6:31:08 PM

Macy's dumped Trump today....

11607. judithathome - 8/1/2015 8:04:34 PM

Absolutely disgusting Breaking News:

The brother of slain Cecil the lion, named Jericho, was killed today in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, a senior park official told CNN.

Jericho was gunned down by a hunter operating illegally, said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

Cecil was also killed illegally, and Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of American dentist Walter Palmer on accusations that he and others illegally hunted the lion, authorities said.

11608. judithathome - 8/1/2015 8:06:31 PM

Okay...I think we should round up several of these BIG GAME hunters, strip them down, and let the relatives of the animals they have hunted so assiduously come after THEM...because, after all, animals deserve the chance to bag trophies, too.

11609. vonKreedon - 8/2/2015 12:46:53 AM

Happily, Jericho may still live. An update to an article on Jericho's death says that people monitoring his GPS collar report, "He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell."

11610. judithathome - 8/2/2015 5:39:53 PM

I'm certain that makes Cecil, the dead brother, feel better....

11611. judithathome - 8/12/2015 11:11:18 PM

From CNN:

Former President Jimmy Carter says, "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body."

Carter, 90, had a "small mass" removed from his liver earlier this month. At the time, he received a prognosis for a full recovery.

Carter said he will receive treatment at Emory University in Atlanta.

I can't believe this man is 90 years old...and here's hoping he has a full recovery...the absolute BEST "former" President EVER...a totally selfless man who did more good than any other "former" President. Class act and wishing the very best for him!

11612. judithathome - 8/17/2015 9:27:54 PM

Morgan Freeman's Step-Granddaughter Stabbed To Death

A witness, George Hudacko, told PX11, a CNN affiliate in New York, that he heard "two screeches" and looked out of his window.

"I saw a man over a girl," Hudacko said. "Then, all of a sudden, I heard this guy say something about God, Jesus. His hand was going up and down so I ran in and got the phone."

11613. judithathome - 8/18/2015 7:56:22 PM

Trump might think about donating to help with THIS situation...Rosie O'Donnells Daughter Missing

11614. judithathome - 9/3/2015 9:49:49 PM

Don't know if anyone saw that photo of the drowned child on the beach this weekend...a child whose parents were hoping to bring him to better life.

It was on Rachel Maddow's show last night and it broke my heart. And take it from me...I have a hardened heart.

This Is The Photo But I Warn You: IT IS GRIM

11615. judithathome - 9/23/2015 9:55:43 PM

My heartfelt thanks to the Pope from coming to visit the USA...it's been an entire morning and afternoon without any coverage of Donald Trump.

11616. judithathome - 10/2/2015 9:59:35 PM

As a matter of fact, the father of the Marysville High School Shooting was just convicted of 6 counts of illegally owning the guns that his son used to kill his schoolmates, then himself. It turns out he had a restraining order on him. He faces up to 11 years in Prison.

Unfortunately, this news was lost to most of the media.

11617. judithathome - 10/4/2015 8:57:59 PM

Okay, I heard something from a discussion panel on one of the political Sunday shows today that gave me pause: ISIS puts out slick propaganda videos aimed at young people...to get them to leave home and come join them in their war against the world. The panel agreed that the videos were "slickly" produced and seem to have worked really well on many young Americans, male AND female, causing them to leave the US to try and join up with the ISIS organization overseas.

The discussion centered on the videos and how young people watch them over and over...the "discussers" agreed to a man that because of the kids being young and their brains still in developmental stages, they are more prone to being swayed into believing and acting on what they are seeing/learning.

So....why is it that "experts" can agree THIS happens and the same experts think violent video games that teenagers play over and over for hours on end...that these sorts of viewings/participating DO NOT cause kids to become more violent/detached from reality? That they don't cause kids to have a jaded view of any conflict resolution rather than the one resulting in bloodshed and dead bodies strewn out at their feet?

11618. arkymalarky - 10/4/2015 9:20:14 PM

Because nobody's trying to sway them into a particular belief. They're just reacting. They react the same way when they're playing Angry Birds. Certain people are vulnerable to certain things and certain people are not. There are certain books certain people shouldn't read and movies certain people shouldn't watch. I think the horror genre is gross and twisted in a lot of ways. I don't understand people's fascination with all the vampire and zombie series, to say nothing of series that are supposed to be more realistic like Breaking Bad, etc, and wonder about how they're able to look at that stuff without being affected irl; but lot of people watch with no effect on their view of real people and real things. it's just like going through a haunted house for them.

11619. arkymalarky - 10/4/2015 9:24:22 PM

People who are attracted to the kind of thinking that the guy in the latest shooting in Oregon was doing, have so many things going on that are wrapped up in their own inability to function in the world and so they are absorbed with not just video games but horror movies and real life accounts, etc. It's not a cause and effect but a correlation. If ir were, 90% of the kids I've taught the last 35 years would be killers.

11620. iiibbb - 10/5/2015 4:28:33 PM

I know there are probably an innumerable number of misanthropes who'd never kill anyone.

I was treated horribly as a kid. I've joked with friends about how if I ever went crazy I'd find businesses with 1 of 2 double doors locked and rampage.

I have played violent video games.

I've trained with guns at pistol practicals.

But please. The idea of actually hurting people is still deeply abhorrent to me... no matter how awful they might be.

11621. judithathome - 10/6/2015 12:58:23 AM

Fine...nothing has changed since I was a teen in 1950s....there is NO explanation for why teenagers today snap and kill fellow teens.

It's all just a mystery....(eyeroll)

11622. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 2:33:55 AM

No, it's not a mystery, but it's certainly not video games. If only the solution were that simple. I frankly don't understand why people don't wink at the violence in television and movies, but are appalled by the violence in rap music and video games. Like Jay Z said, Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me, so that ain't the blame for all the shit that's happened to me. Or something like that.

11623. judithathome - 10/6/2015 10:23:23 PM

Well, I'm coming at this from the "repetition" mode that actually, the military uses to train soldiers...

I appreciate what you're saying but I just cannot see how playing violent video games in which young minds "kill enemies" over and over for hours on end...how that doesn't have some sort of "imprint" on young brains.

I have told this story before but one year at Christmas at a friends' house...the mother of two young sons had given them the video games they'd requested...I walked into the room where they were gleefully playing one of them and the EIGHT YEAR OLD yelled out to his older brother "Go ahead! Shoot her in the vagina!!"


11624. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 10:39:09 PM

I knew a woman who let her to opposite gender single-digit age children watch porn. That's a parenting issue as much as anything. I've taught 35 years and known hundreds of kids who played video games, and that's just not the issue. They shouldn't be able to get that many guns and that much ammunition. I believe in rating music, movies and video games, but I don't believe in taking them off the market when it would be so much more productive to take away the actual ability to get an Arsenal when you are mentally unstable, or when you're not, for that matter. Another rapper, Eminem, rapoed his own observations about negligent parents, including his, speculating on various misattributions of causes of teen violence. He wrote about being in a movie watching an 8 year old with his 17 year old uncle as Swarzenegger shot up people with an uzi. If you're going to look at the video games, you've got to go for all of it. The books they read and the movies they watch and the TV series they're exposed to are all a part of that package. But the fact remains that the vast majority of people, adults or teens, are not driven to violence because of it. In violent people you can look at many other reasons for what they did, and some of them are not Teens and didn't play video games at all.

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