February 14, 2018
10:00:27 PM Eastern [4 minutes 3 seconds]
DON LEMON: This is CNN Tonight. I’m Don Lemon. Thanks for joining us. And I want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. A very troubled world tonight. Our breaking news, 17 people shot to death today at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. Five people hospitalized, life-threatening condition. Ten more in non-life-threatening condition. The suspect, a 19-year-old — 19 years old, a former student — in custody. And sources say he is talking to investigators. He had been expelled.
Law enforcement sources say the weapon used to kill those 17 people was an AR-15 style firearm. He had a gas mask and smoke grenades and pulled the fire alarm, just to lure out more victims. Sources also saying that he tried to mix into the crowd, the crowd of students, to try to escape. Those are the facts right there. But they don’t even begin to tell the full story here, the entire story.
The story is this. This is a sickness that has infected the country. Unchecked and unfettered gun violence. Today, 17 lives are over. 17 families are torn apart. Parents who sent their kids to school this morning, imagine that, many people send their kids to school. Just like they’ve done every other day for years. They trusted their kids would be safe. Teachers went to work this morning, trusted that they would be safe in their space, in their work environment. The way we all should be safe in our work environments, every day, everywhere in our schools. Our churches, our offices at concerts, at nightclubs.
Do you feel safe tonight? There’s another fact that we need to face. Every single one of us is just playing the odds at this point. The odds that in a country of 325 million souls that we won’t be the ones who get hit by the next bullets that start flying. We won’t be the one that gets that phone call about someone you love who did. Your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your spouse, or your parent, even a friend. Anyone you know. The phone call that changes your life. But with every deadly shooting in this country, the odds get worse and worse and worse.
Are you really willing to keep playing those odds? Your life is too precious for that. The lives of our loved ones are too precious. The lives of the people in our cities and towns are too precious. Have we forgotten that life is a gift?
It’s a disgrace that this is still happening after Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Emanuel AME Church, Pulse nightclub shooting, Las Vegas, the list goes on and on and on. This is what we are right now. But is this really who we want to be? A country where anybody, at any time, could be shot to death. And then when a bunch of people are killed and lives are shattered, we are sad and maybe angry, and then we forget, and we move on, until the next time. With the tragedy remaining in the headlines for even a shorter time than it did before.
So just forget politics here. This is about lives. The lives of all Americans. We need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Everyone agrees with that. People who oppose gun control will say, today is not the day to talk about it. And you know what, they are absolutely right. Because the day to talk about it was weeks, months, years, or decades ago. And yes, of course, we also need to make mental health a priority in this country. But guess what, we can do both. We can do both of those things at the same time. If we don’t, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
This is America, people. Don’t forget that. I know that we are better than this. So let’s discuss all of it. The facts and the story behind all of it.
Named the Dave Duerson Act for the former Chicago Bear, it would reportedly ban anyone under the age of 12 from playing tackle football in organized youth sports.
The proposed legislation is sponsored by State Rep. Carole Sente. If passed, Sente said Illinois would likely be the first state with such restrictions.
Duerson was a member of the Bears 85 Super Bowl team and a successful businessman after retiring from football. After his suicide in 2011, his family discovered many of his problems may have been caused by CTE, a brain illness caused repeated head trauma and concussions suffered while playing football.
Now, his family is behind an effort to keep young kids from hitting each other in tackle football.
“We have an obligation to protect children’s futures, especially when we know how brain trauma can be prevented,” said Duerson’s son, Tregg Duerson.
“Study after study is showing that starting tackle football before twelve leads to greater neurological impairment later in life,” said Dr. Chris Nowinski from the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
Former Chicago Bear and Northwestern football star Mike Adamle believes he is suffering from the symptoms of CTE. He said if he could do it over, he’s not sure he would have played football.
“Given what we know today and if I had to do it over again, certainly I would have not done something that would have put me in harm’s way,” said Adamle.
News that the bill would be announced has already drawn both praise and criticism from the parents of young athletes who feel like it’s a government overstep.
“Public safety issues that have severe health implications, I think, the government does play a role, whether that’s car seats or seat belts or smoking I think that the data at this point, for me, while it’s not 100 percent, it’s convincing,” said State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills.
“Some parents are not comfortable having kids play football and that’s OK, but many parents are and we want the parents to make that decision based off of the information that they have, not an Illinois law,” said Mike Assaad, who runs the youth football program in Elmhurst.
Sente said the bill has officially received a number and the next step will be for it to head to a hearing.
The latest viral hashtag in US politics, #ReleaseTheMemo, has been ripping through conservative social media circles like wildfire sparked by comments from Capitol Hill Republicans and conservative mainstream media pundits like Sean Hannity about FISA surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign.
Predictably, this has consumed online conservative discourse today, making me wish I’d saved my plea for Trump supporters to oppose this administration’s new Syria strategy for another time when it wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle. Even more predictably, the viral hashtag has caused Democrats to start spouting Russia conspiracy theories citing neocon-operated websites as evidence.
US partisan dynamics are such a pain in the ass.
And of course it’s extremely important to let the public know if America’s surveillance system is being abused in yet another way we didn’t already know about, but as Glenn Greenwald and Jon Schwartz rightly point out in an article that’s just been published by The Intercept, Republicans already have an array of options to make the memo and all its supporting documents public. What then is the need for this public crusade? And so close to a looming government shutdown? It sure looks like they’re using rank-and-file Republicans as pawns in some kind of political game.
Speaking of pawns, do you know what happens when you publicly point out that President Trump has the authority to declassify the memo and all documents supporting its conclusions? His supporters start babbling about playing chess, saying what looks like a blatant inconsistency is actually Trump being strategic and smart.
I want to talk about this, because it happens every time. Whenever I point out that Trump’s behavior doesn’t line up with what his base is saying about him, I get a bunch of his supporters telling me it’s because he’s actually outmaneuvering the establishment/deep state/swamp in a game of 3-D/4-D/57-D chess, and that I need to have faith. It’s a popular meme.
How perfect is that, though? Could you ask for a more perfect narrative to feed the masses than the idea that every time their leader appears to be doing something shady, he’s actually making a brilliant move that we lowly plebeians cannot hope to understand? He can march the US government step-for-step in the same direction Obama was day after day, and his supporters will gaslight themselves into believing that he’s actually done something ingenious.
Do you know why I am absolutely certain that this popular narrative is pure bullshit? Because Obama supporters were all saying the exact same thing about him at the beginning of his administration.
In the above clip (which I’ll hyperlink here in case anyone republishes this article without the embedded stuff), Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks is seen on MSNBC alongside Glenn Greenwald describing his outrage at the way Obama kept taking his base for granted in favor of capitulations to establishment interests, slamming the way his supporters initially defended that behavior as the president “playing three-dimensional chess” before getting crushed in the midterms due to alienated voters. I really want to remind everyone of this, so let me type up a quick transcript of this behavior for folks who can’t listen to audio right now:
“Because you remember what they told us: Obama’s a genius! I couldn’t possibly understand his genius – he’s playing three-dimensional chess! Well what part of three-dimensional chess do you give away your queen, your knight, your bishop, and the House of Representatives? No! They were wrong, we were right. It’s time to fight.”
Here’s a link to the full interview for context and background for those dutiful skeptics out there:
It’s important to reclaim these memories from news churn-induced amnesia, because we are seeing the exact same toxic psyop being recycled in a “Hope and Change” redux repackaged for a conservative audience. You’re not getting your hope and change from this president either, America.
MAGA friends, do you remember your frustration at the blindness of Obama supporters to the fact that their president wasn’t helping them or giving them the change they voted for, and was in fact merely extending Bush’s legacy? I know I interacted with many Republicans who felt that way at the time. Well guess what? They’re pulling the same exact wool over your eyes as this president continues and advances the same establishment agendas as his predecessor.
It’s time for Americans to abandon this pattern of abuse, like a battered wife coming back after the umpteenth time because he promised for the umpteenth time he’ll change. He’s not going to change, America. Lucy’s never going to let Charlie Brown kick that football. You need to start ignoring the stories and watching their actions.
And I mean their real, visible actions. A lot of Trump supporters are being so forgiving of the visible signs of establishment loyalism because there are rumors circulating that he’s about to bring down a vast network of pedophiles who are interwoven into the deep state/DC swamp, but again, how convenient is that? It looks exactly like Trump is advancing the same rampant corporatism and globalist warmongering agendas as his predecessors, but there’s secret, invisible evidence about to be revealed any minute now that he’s actually the populist hero you voted for. Trust Big Brother: he’s got secret, invisible heroism as well as brilliant 3-D chess moves you can’t possibly hope to understand.
If you want to remain open to the possibility of facts and evidence proving me wrong, by all means be my guest, but don’t trust in blind faith like Obama’s supporters did. Insist on facts and evidence. If you ignore the stories and look at the actions, you’ll see a very different presidency than either mainstream Republicans or mainstream Democrats want you to see.
The body of the 44-year-old was discovered in his apartment, police said in a statement on Friday. The man was playing the game while wearing a VR headset and apparently tripped and fell on a glass coffee table, breaking it. The blood loss he suffered from the head wound was fatal, the preliminary investigation showed.
According to Lenta.ru news website, the man’s mother found the dead gamer on Thursday. A source in law enforcement told the website that the medical examiner believes the man’s life could have been saved if he hadn’t continued playing the game and instead sought medical attention.
The source said the game that proved to be good enough to die for was from the Star Wars franchise, but would not say which. There are several VR and AR titles from the space saga currently available, both licensed by Disney and inspired by Star Wars.
A teenager who killed a seven-year-old girl in a park has been given a life sentence and ordered to be detained for a minimum of five years by a judge who said it was a ‘truly exceptional case’.
Katie Rough died after she was smothered by the 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named and was 15 at the time, and then slashed with a Stanley knife in a park in York, in January.
The defendant, who admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility at a previous hearing, appeared by video-link at Leeds Crown Court as Katie’s family looked on from the jury box.
The teenager sat with her head down, clutching a soft toy, throughout the hearing.
She was flanked on screen by a court usher and a youth team leader who confirmed the girl’s name when she was asked to identify herself by the judge, Mr Justice Soole.
The judge told her: ‘The gravity of the offence of killing a small child speaks for itself.’
He said: ‘The level of danger to the public is high.
‘In the circumstances of your continuing silence, the critical question is whether there is any reliable estimate as to how long that danger will continue.’
Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a field in the Woodthorpe area of York on January 9 and did not respond to frantic attempts to revive her.
But a judge heard earlier this year that she actually died from being smothered by her teenager attacker.
At that earlier hearing, the court heard that the teenager was found standing in a cul-de-sac in a York suburb, covered in blood and carrying a blood-stained Stanley knife as she rang 999 to tell police what she had done.
The judge was told she may have been trying to prove Katie was not a robot as she had ‘irrational beliefs’.
He heard that the girl began suffering from mental health problems more than a year before the killing.
Prosecutors said she had reported delusional thoughts as well as depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
They said the girl had talked of being convinced that people ‘weren’t human and were robots’.
The previous hearing was told that the girl became distressed when one doctor asked her later ‘whether she killed Katie to test whether she was a robot’.
Nicholas Johnson QC, defending, told the last hearing it may be that his client was ‘driven by the irrational belief (Katie) may not have been human and needed proof of this’.
He said the teenager had thoughts that people around her ‘may not be human and may be controlled by a higher and hostile force’.
The barrister said his client had posted a picture on social media two days before the killing with a concerning message.
He said: ‘She was clearly crying out for help and support.’
The girl denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the hearing in July.
This plea was accepted by the prosecution.
Meet Aya Min, an adorable baby elephant who now lives at the Wingabaw Elephant camp in Myanmar. At first glance, she seems like an ordinary pachyderm, just playing in the dirt. But upon hearing her story, you’ll realize how tragic her life really is.
Recently, Aya Min became an orphan. That’s not the worst of it: she watched poachers slaughter her mother for her skin. Realizing this, her behavior makes more sense.
Aya Min isn’t playing in the dirt, she is recovering from the trauma she recently endured. Only time will heal her broken heart and spirit, as One Green Planet reports. The video should remind us all why it is imperative to stop the poaching of all creatures — but especially, elephants.
Every day, the majestic animals are hunted. Some are after their ivory tusks, while others seek to enslave and exploit them for profit (most common in Asian countries). Because of this, it is estimated that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes.
Scientists estimate that unless serious measures are taken to halt poaching and boost numbers of the African elephant, they will go extinct within the next 10 years. This is heartbreaking. Just imagine, future generations — including your children and grandchildren — may never know what an African elephant looks like in-person.
Watch the video below:
Fortunately, there are many organizations working to make the world a better place for elephants. They include Save Elephant Foundation, Elephants in Japan, World Animal Protection, and the World Wildlife Fund. Be the change you wish to see in the world by donating to causes you align with and by sharing this article to raise awareness.
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