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Parents who remove their children from the confines of the conventional classroom are not running away from reality. They are running towards it.

In the wake of recent tragic school shootings, anxious parents are contemplating homeschooling to protect their children. After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Herald reported that more parents were considering the homeschooling option. And after Friday’s disturbing school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, a local ABC news affiliate in Alabama reported the increasing appeal of homeschooling.

“If I had the time, I would teach my kids myself, and I would know that they’re safe,” a father of four told ABC station, WAAY31. A public school teacher interviewed by the channel disagreed with the idea of homeschooling. According to the news story, the teacher “says resorting to homeschooling is teaching your children to run from reality.”

But that raises the question: Is compulsory mass schooling “reality”?



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Recently a lady wrote a letter on mass killings and mental illness. Her history of the mental health system was misleading. But first let us examine mass killings.

1949: Howard Unruh shoots 13 people in Camden.

1966: Richard Speck murders eight nurses in Chicago.

1966: Charles Whitman shoots 16 from a Texas bell tower.

That was pretty much it for 40 years, until Joseph Wesbecker killed eight and wounded 12 at his workplace in Kentucky in 1989. Now it has become an epidemic.

We always had guns and we always had the mentally ill. Has something else changed? Every recent mass murder has involved psychiatric drugs. Because of the risk of violence and suicide, these drugs must come with a black box warning.

If short four-to-six-week clinical trials can produce this behavior in a percentage of the subjects, wouldn’t it be logical to assume these acts of violence will happen when millions of people take these drugs? Shouldn’t we expect this to continue as long as people are prescribed these medications?

more here: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/10/20/rabble-rouser-mass-shootings-psychiatric-drugs-linked/74278862/

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When mass shootings take place in the United States, corporate news media can almost uniformly be counted on to act as stenographers to power. They dutifully report exactly what they’re told by authorities with wholehearted trust and close to no due diligence. This appears to have been the case yet again in the May 23 Isla Vista California mass murder.

The public has been propagandized with a familiar storyline that law enforcement authorities have peppered with lurid details–including a disturbing “manifesto” and YouTube soliloquy from a well-to-do yet alienated man who had trouble forging relationships, so he went on a wild shooting spree then committed suicide.

[Image Credit: WXYZ]

Like numerous other tragic events that cry out for heightened measures against gun ownership, such as the Tucson shooting, the Sikh Temple bloodletting, the Aurora movie theatre massacre, and the Newtown school shooting, initial eyewitness accounts of what took place differ markedly from what news media presented in subsequent reports—those laid out in law enforcement press conferences just hours after the event.

Otto von Bismarck famously remarked, “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”


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