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Tufts Magazine / fall 2013

Tufts Magazine / fall 2013
Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control. Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The gun debate was refreshed in September by the shooting deaths of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, apparently at the hands of an IT contractor who was mentally ill. Such episodes remind Americans that our country as a whole is marked by staggering levels of deadly violence. What’s less well appreciated is how much the incidence of violence, like so many salient issues in American life, varies by region. The nations are constituted as follows: YANKEEDOM. Related:  HistoryPolitics

Passengers of the RMS Titanic Mrs. Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie The passengers of the RMS Titanic were among the estimated 2,223 people who sailed on the maiden voyage of the second of the White Star Line's Olympic class ocean liners, from Southampton to New York City.[1] Halfway through the voyage, the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning of 15 April 1912, resulting in the deaths of over 1,500 people,[2] including approximately 703 of the passengers.[3] The Titanic's passengers were divided into three separate classes, determined not only by the price of their ticket but by wealth and social class: those travelling in first class, the wealthiest passengers on board, were prominent members of the upper class and included businessmen, politicians, high-ranking military personnel, industrialists, bankers and professional athletes. Passengers[edit] First class[edit] The Titanic's first class passenger list was a "who's who" of the rich and prominent of the upper class in 1912.

guns and the second amendment follow us omnivore Guns and the Second Amendment May 20 2013 1:00PM Edward J. Erler (CSU-San Bernardino): The Second Amendment as an Expression of First Principles . Advertisement top of page Dr. Chancellor Williams Since Chancellor was blind, Oggi became his eyes and Chancellor became a mentor who shared his wisdom and historical perspective. He documented this remarkable experience with photographs and audiotapes that provide an intimate glimpse of Dr. Williams life during this period. Because of his blessing to have a relationship with the Mighty Doctor he feels obligated to pass on to others Chancellors messages and stories. Reeducation of Blacks will be required for the two mandatory changes in attitude: one toward each other in terms of mutual respect, and the other, a change in attitude about efficiency, expertise in business management and financial responsibility and management. Dr. He conducted field studies covering 26 nations in West, Central, East and Southern Africa, researching some 105 different societies and language groups. Professor Williams published over 50 articles, professional books, and lectures. Photos and article supplied by Oggi Ogburn Education 2000

Americans - Like Nazi Germans - Don't Notice That All Of Our Rights Are Slipping Away Americans Are Acting Like Slowly Boiling Frogs In the classic history of Nazi Germany, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer writes: “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. The German citizens were boiling frogs … the water heating up so gradually that they didn’t realize they had to jump out of the pot to safety. First Amendment The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press: For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today: And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

Typhoon Haiyan This article is about the 2013 typhoon. For other uses, see Haiyan. The thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2, 2013. Tracking generally westward, environmental conditions favored tropical cyclogenesis and the system developed into a tropical depression the following day. After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan at 0000 UTC on November 4, the system began a period of rapid intensification that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 UTC on November 5. The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. Meteorological history[edit] Map showing the path of a storm as represented by colored dots connected by a white line; the position of the dots indicates the storm's position at six-hour intervals, while color denotes the storm's intensity at that point.

How to Think About Guns: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast [MUSIC: The Wintermarket; “Thank You There Will Be No Encore” (from The Ballad of Artie Fufkin)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Steve Levitt is my Freakonomics friend and co-author. He’s an economist, at the University of Chicago. One topic he’s studied for lot of years, from a lot of angles, is crime. He’s tried to figure out which of many potential factors have a big impact on crime rates. Levitt and I were working together, in Texas, on the day back in December that a 20-year-old guy in Connecticut named Adam Lanza killed his mother, then shot up an elementary school, killing 20 little kids and six adults, and finally shot himself. [MUSIC: Sonogram; “Fell Through Mirrors” (from Cubists)] As horrific as that was, as incomprehensibly sad, Steve Levitt, given everything he knows about crime, he wasn’t all that surprised. DUBNER: So you are more surprised when there isn’t as much mayhem in the world as there is the opportunity for mayhem to occur? Well, depends how you count, and whom you ask.

Black Panthers: Assassinated by the State - The Federally Sanctioned Murder of Fred Hampton " ... a much-needed corrective to a badly distorted mainstream narrative of a key event in the history of the left and African-American politics of the late ’60s ... It is now clear that Hampton and Clark were victims of a plot hatched by the FBI and executed by the Cook County State’s Attorney and Chicago police officers. Nonetheless, conventional wisdom portrays the Panthers as the villains. ... This book should alter the conventional wisdom that the Panthers were a dangerous threat that the police had to eliminate at all costs . By Salim MuwakkilIn These Times | November 25, 2009 Street door to the Black Panthers’ headquarters after the October 1969 police raid It’s clear that Hoover’s designation of the Panthers as ‘the greatest threat to the internal security of the country’ provided law enforcement with a virtual license to kill. But Haas also offers captivating details that add color and context to those turbulent times. The first Panther office opened in Chicago in November 1968.

A pro-liberty approach to lawmaking The candid truth is that a great many — if not most — existing laws and proposed pieces of legislation are incompatible with a free society. How can we know if a law promotes liberty or enhances the power of the state? What standard must a law meet to satisfy the freedom-oriented crowd? Indeed, advocates of a free society should be the last, most apprehensive individuals to convince that a new law is justified. As such, the following point should be emphasized: With any piece of legislation, always begin with a default position of “no.” Police State USA has formulated a series of rigorous checks to help determine whether a proposal is compatible with the interests of a free society. To weed out the unnecessary, unsustainable, unconstitutional, unjust, unreadable laws, I propose that ALL of the following statements should be true of a proposal before a pro-liberty individual considers endorsing it: 1. A government must never be allowed to become lawless and without limitations. 2. 3. 4. 5.