December 14, 2012

When we don't mind violence

The tragic incident at a Connecticut elementary school will, if it follows the patten of such events, undoubtedly bring forth much talk about the evil of the weapons involved and far less about the culture of violence that encourages their use. To help with the discussion, here are just a few of the stories we have run on the latter topic in recent weeks:

Senior Army officer says troops targeting children

Zero Dark Thirty glorifies American war crimes

Innocent Man Kidnapped, Stripped, Beaten and Drugged in Secret CIA Jail -- Court Rules in His Favor, Against CIA

Half of those shot by cops are mentally ill

Obama clears banks to commit crimes at will

Judge rules that Gitmo torture evidence can be kept secret

Football swamps baseball as America's favorite sport 

If this is what the LAPD
will do while wrongfully arresting a managing director of Deutsche Bank, think what they'll do to you
@Harpers: Number of people stopped and frisked by the NYPD last year for "furtive movements": 351,739. . . . For wearing "clothes commonly used in a crime": 31,555
NYPD beat, arrest NY Times photographer covering story

NYC cops harass citizens in apartment hallways as well as on the streets

Waiting List for Addiction Treatment in Federal Prisons Is 51,000 Inmates Long

Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School

Brits only have a handful in solitary confinement, America has 80,000  

@Harpers - Estimated portion of prison suicides that are committed by inmates in solitary: 1/2

The best currently available public aggregate data on drone strikes are provided by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent journalist organization. TBIJ reports that from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562–3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474–881 were civilians, including 176 children. TBIJ reports that these strikes also injured an additional 1,228–1,362 individuals.

Suit allege St Louis jail forced prisoners into gladiator fights

Texas letting prisoners die of excessive heat

We don't have the stats for Sky Fall but, according to the Guardian, for all other Bond films the average is 16 people killed by Bond in each movie and 59 by all causes.

1 comment:

Tony Vodvarka said...

Excellent article! I would like to add that our lack of a national health care plan is one of the major causes of these periodic lunatic rampages. Canada has a similar per capita percentage of firearm ownership (minus pistols)as does the USA but a small fraction of the firearm fatalities. Their national health system guarantees health care for all citizens of all ages including psychiatric care. A Canadian with severe mental health problems is much more likely to be identified and helped than in our spotty for-profit system of health care.