I have been writing about Kim Jong-un for many years. I have always discerned that he cannot be trusted. During the “talks” with President Trump, I knew that he was using that time to rebuild, after the mountain housing his missiles caved in.
To the world he was becoming a changed man. Many bought it lock stock and barrel. Our president has met with him and assured the world that little Kim was changing.
But in actuality, Rocket Man was using the time he met with Trump to build up his arsenals and missiles once again. And now we see the result.
N. Korea fires projectiles twice into sea, S. Korea says
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.
South Korea’s military alerted reporters of the launches minutes before an unidentified spokesperson of the North’s Foreign Ministry released a statement denouncing Washington and Seoul over the start of their joint exercises on Monday. The statement said the drills, which North Korea sees as an invasion rehearsal, leave the country “compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”
The North’s spokesperson said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue, but it could seek a “new road” if the allies don’t change their positions.
“It is too axiomatic that a constructive dialogue cannot be expected at a time when a simulated war practice targeted at the dialogue partner is being conducted,” the spokesperson said in a statement released by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. “We remain unchanged in our stand to resolve the issues through dialogue. But the dynamics of dialogue will be more invisible as long as the hostile military moves continue.”
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched early Tuesday from an area near the North’s western coast and flew cross-country before landing in waters off the country’s eastern coast.
It didn’t immediately say how many projectiles were fired or how far they flew.
South Korea’s government had no immediate statement on the North’s launches, which were its fourth round of weapons tests in less than two weeks. The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his chief national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, will hold an emergency meeting with the country’s defense minister and spy chief on Tuesday to discuss the launches.
North Korea had said it will wait to see if the August exercises actually take place to decide on the fate of its diplomacy with the United States and whether to continue its unilateral suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests, which leader Kim Jong Un announced last year amid a diplomatic outreach to Washington.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry on Monday didn’t initially confirm the start of the joint military exercises before Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo told a parliamentary hearing that the drills had begun. Jeong did not provide specific details about the drills, which were expected to be computer simulated and not involve actual combat troops and equipment.
The North last week conducted two test-firings of what it described as a new rocket artillery system and carried out a short-range ballistic missile launch on July 25, which it described as a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its plans to continue military drills with the United States. Experts say the North’s weapons display could intensify in the coming months if progress isn’t made on the nuclear talks.
The North’s launches came a day after Moon made a nationalistic call for economic cooperation between the Koreas while denouncing Japan’s imposition of trade curbs on the South amid an escalating diplomatic row.
Moon’s insistence that a “peace economy” by the Koreas would be able to erase Japan’s comparative economic superiority by “one burst” drew instant criticism from conservatives, who accused the president of ignoring the North’s tests of short-range weapons that experts say pose a serious threat to the South’s security. Even if economic cooperation between the Koreas fully resumes after quick progress in nuclear diplomacy — which looks increasingly unlikely — rebuilding the North’s dismal economy following decades of isolation and policy blunders could be a long and excruciating process.
Moon met with Kim three times last year, and they agreed to resume economic cooperation when possible, voicing optimism that international sanctions could end to allow such activity. But the bilateral peace process between the Koreas has ground to a halt amid the stalemate in larger nuclear negotiations with the United States. The North has demanded Seoul to turn away from Washington and restart inter-Korean economic projects held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.
The Trump administration says the sanctions will be fully enforced until the North makes concrete steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.
The allies have scaled down their major military exercises and stopped regional dispatches of U.S. strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump June 2018 in Singapore to create space for diplomacy.
The North insists even the downsized drills violate agreements between Kim and Trump, who in Singapore vowed to improve bilateral ties and issued a vague statement on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when and how it would occur.
Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill since the collapse of the second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in February over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament.
The North’s recent weapons tests have dampened the optimism that followed the third summit between Trump and Kim on June 30 at the inter-Korean border. The leaders agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks that stalled since February, but there have been no known meetings between the two sides since then. source
I am praying for our president that he will know with whom he is dealing. I’m praying for Trump’s advisor’s, that they will have discernment about Kim Jong-un.
Of course, I found the truth about this on a trusted Conservative website.
How about the mainstream media, which includes Fox News? I found nary a word about the beliefs of this maniac. But does this surprise me? That’s rhetorical.
Politicizing mass shootings is a hallmark tactic of the Left. These people are still not over the shock of 2016, when they were certain that their darling, Hillary Clinton, was a shoe-in. I believe that the Democrats are serious frightened because they have no viable candidate to run in 2020.
That is glaringly obvious to everyone.
Rahm Emanuel’s quote pretty much sums up the Left’s actions after a tragedy:
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
I wonder if that quote is framed and hangs on the office walls of Leftist politicians. It’s despicable.
The media keeps popularizing mass shootings, encouraging likeminded losers to pick up guns and open fire. Their motives vary, from purely personal to ideological. But ideology for mass shooters tends to be a cover for the same sort of personal dysfunction.
The media jumped on the narrative of Patrick Crusius, the first mass shooter in El Paso, Texas, for being an anti-immigration environmentalist. (It was much more interested in the first part of that than the second part of it.)
Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described “leftist,” who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential election results, and added, “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
On Nov. 2, 2018, he wrote: “Vote blue for gods sake.”
On Feb. 14, 2018, he tweeted this at Sen. Rob Portman: “@robportman hey rob. How much did they pay you to look the other way? 17 kids are dead. If not now, when?” That was the date of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.
Authorities now say that Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio, donned body armor and a mask before shooting and killing 9 people outside a Dayton bar, including his own sister. At least 27 people were injured. Police say the motive is unclear.
On the Twitter page, Connor Betts indicated he’d vote for Elizabeth Warren for president but not Kamala Harris, responding to a person’s tweet suggesting they be co-presidents. “Nahh, but only cuz Harris is a cop – Warren I’d happily vote for,” he wrote
He shared an article that criticized Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi for not supporting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. “Read it,” he wrote.
I’m going to go with another mentally unstable product of a broken society whose political views stem from obvious cultural affinities, but who throbbed with anger, wanted to break things, and eventually killed a bunch of people.
That psychological profile could just as easily describe any number of these mass shooters. Source
Mental health and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Link to Mass Murders
There’s a common thread that runs though the lives of most of American history’s mass shooters. It’s not political. It’s not racist. It has nothing to do with so-called White supremacy.
It has everything to do with doctors pushing depression drugs on their patients – especially young adults. It is a known fact that Zoloft and Prozac and the rest of this class of drugs is dangerous for the young adult. In many cases, depression drugs affect older people in much the same way; but it is documented with a warning on the insert of these medications that depression drugs are not suitable for young people because it causes Suicidal and Homicidal thoughts.
Here is an article and video about this with documentation of past mass shooters and the depression meds they took:
When it comes to the debate over mass shootings in America, why does the discussion always go toward tougher gun laws?
And yet, we are not talking about the role of antidepressants and other psychiatric medication.
The truth? The connection between mass shooters and these medications is stunning.
Let’s give it a Reality Check you won’t get anywhere else.
The response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has been call after call for tougher gun laws, but seems to ignore the issues once again surrounding antidepressants.
Without question, Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man who killed 17 students and wounded more than a dozen that afternoon February 14, had for years exhibited signs of mental health problems. We talked about it on Reality Check a few episodes back.
Here’s what we know about Cruz.
Cruz’s adoptive father Roger Cruz died more than a decade ago, and his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz reportedly struggled with her son and his brother Zachary until her death in November 2017.
Barbara Kumbatovich, a former sister-in-law, told the Miami Herald, that Lynda Cruz “did the best she could,” and that Nikolas and Zachary “were adopted and had some emotional issues.”
Kumbatovich told the publication that she believed Nikolas was on medication to deal with those issues and that Lynda “was struggling with Nikolas the last couple years.”
In addition to Kubatovich’s statements, records show that police were called to the Cruz residence as many as 45 times since 2008, according to Buzzfeed News.
Between reports that Cruz had previously pulled a gun on his brother and mother, and an anonymous FBI tip from January that Cruz had been suicidal but then decided “he wants to kill people” and that he was “going to explode”… all evidence is indicating a clearly unstable young man with numerous documented concerns from those who knew him.
We still don’t know what, if any medications Cruz might have been on. But we do know that the number of high profile mass shootings over the past 30 years, and the link to psychiatric medication, is deeply concerning.
In 1989, 47-year-old Joseph T. Wesbecker shot 20 workers in a Louisville, Kentucky factory, killing nine people… just a month after he began taking Prozac. The drugmaker, Eli Lilly and Company, later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors.
1998: 15-year-old Oregon school shooter Kip Kinkel, who opened fire in his school cafeteria, he was on Prozac.
1999: Columbine killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox, another antidepressant.
An important fact about Luvox. According to author David Kupelian from his book, How Evil Works, “Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox — that’s one in 25 — developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.”
In 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.
2007: Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, he shot and killed 32 people. Officials found prescription medicine “related to the treatment of psychological problems” among his personal belongings, according to the New York Times.
2012: Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was reportedly prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft.
2013: Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis sprayed bullets at office workers and in a cafeteria, killing 13 people including himself. Alexis had been prescribed Trazodone by his Veterans Affairs doctor.
2014: Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista, California killer who went on a shooting spree after stabbing three men to death, had been prescribed psychotropic drugs, according to The Los Angeles Times.
2017: Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, had been prescribed diazepam.
Known by its brand name Valium, “a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior.”
Paddock received the prescription in June 2017. That October, he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern American history.
And there are dozens of other examples. To be clear, we’re not saying that prescription drugs are to blame for mass shootings.
The underlying issues of mental health that these shooters seem to all have, however are alarming. And knowing that the majority of them were prescribed antidepressants, you have to consider this…
Some of the most alarming side effects of Prozac include suicidal thoughts, self mutilation and manic behavior.
Zoloft can cause hallucinations, agitation and memory problems.
For Valium, it’s also hallucinations, depression, and thoughts of suicide.
These are dangers that drug makers themselves are required to disclose.
The use these antidepressants in America has skyrocketed. As of 2013, 12 percent of Americans were filling prescriptions for them. And while millions of people do not suffer violent episodes, the drug makers warn that some people may… and do.
You’ve heard some of those warnings in the commercials those pharmaceutical companies pay to run on mainstream media networks. According to the New York Times, “771,368 such ads were shown in 2016 … an increase of almost 65 percent over 2012.”
Pharmaceutical companies were estimated to spend $6.4 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising in 2016, according to USA Today.
Further, Open Secrets reports that in the 2016 election cycle, pharmaceutical companies contributed $12.4 million to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another $1.5 million to former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, more than $812,805 to Sen. Ted Cruz, $446,400 to Chris Christie, $388,706 to Donald Trump, and $280,408 to Bernie Sanders.
So what you need to know, is correlation does not always equal causation. We do not know that the reason for these mass shootings is because of any one drug or any number of drugs. Nor do we know how much of a role these drugs may have played at all… but the question is, why is that?
Why are politicians and mainstream media pushing so many discussions about guns and virtually no discussion of whether or not antidepressants are playing a role?Because the numbers are compelling and beg a question that deserves an answer. source
Violent Video Games Cause Children to Lack Compassion for Mass Murders
I will just touch on this subject; I don’t want the reader to have overload of information – but I think that this is important:
Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy
The sound of machine guns rattled through the building as explosions shook the walls.
No, I wasn’t at a weapons convention or shooting range or in an impromptu war. I was at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo here, also known as E3.
With shootings happening with alarming frequency in schools, malls, movie theaters and streets across America, people are again asking if video games contribute to gun violence. And do so-called first-person shooter games have a particular impact on people — usually young men — who suffer from the types of mental illnesses that make them more prone to violent behavior?
In the halls of E3, where toy guns are everywhere and fantasy mayhem is encouraged, such questions are unavoidable.
A first-person shooter is a game in which you, the player, carry a weapon into some sort of video game conflict. It can be a simulation of a battlefield, like the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. It can be a simulation of violent city streets. And sometimes you get to be the villain, targeting police or the unfortunate workers in a bank that is about to be robbed.
The mass shootings in recent years in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo., were both committed by young men who had regularly played first-person shooters. But of course, tens of millions of young men play these games and never commit acts of violence.
Studies on the impact of video game violence by research institutes, universities and psychologists have been inconclusive. For seemingly every report that says video games lead to real-world shootings, there have been others rebutting those claims.
But new psychological studies are finding that as violent games become more realistic, constantly playing them can lead to a desensitization toward real violence.
“The research is getting clearer that over the long term, people with more exposure to violent video games have demonstrated things like lower empathy to violence,” said Dr. Jeanne Brockmyer, a clinical child psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toledo. “Initially, people are horrified by things they see, but we can’t maintain that level of arousal. Everyone gets desensitized to things.”
Ms. Brockmyer has written a paper, set to be published later this summer, that will show how areas of the brain responsible for empathy become muted by violent images when teens are exposed to them over long periods of time.
The paper comes on the heels of a study from Canada’s Brock University, published in February, which found that when children play violent video games for significant lengths of time, they are not as morally mature as other children their age. Researchers believe that the constant flood of violent images takes away a child’s ability to feel empathy for people who have been through similar situations in real life.
But while the study found evidence of slowed moral growth in teens who play games, it was unable to determine if these effects happen to people who play first-person shooter games for two hours a day, once or a week, or any other specific amount of time.
At video game conferences, asking the game-violence questions some psychologists are trying to answer is considered unacceptable. When I approached attendees and developers at E3 and asked if there was any evidence tying video game violence to real violence, or even if we should be talking about such a link, most people simply scoffed.
“Ha — umm, no,” one young man said snidely, rolling his eyes at me before returning to the first-person shooter he was playing.
People noted that mass shootings happened before there were video games. And guns and violence have been a part of video games since the mid-1970s, when Gun Fight, an early, very pixelated, two-player shooter was released in arcades.
But it is hard to argue that there isn’t some level of desensitization after a day spent at E3. At the main entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the conference was held, people lined up to play the new game Payday 2. In this game, you team up with friends to rob a bank. Killing police is a big part of succeeding.
As I watched people picking off cops and security guards with sniper rifles and handguns, news broke that a real-life shooting in Las Vegas had resulted in the death of two police officers and three civilians (including the two shooters).
I asked Almir Listo, manager of investor relations at Starbreeze Studios, which makes Payday 2, if he felt in any way uncomfortable about making a game that promotes shooting police.
“If you look hard enough, you can find an excuse for everything; I don’t think there is a correlation,” he said. “In Sweden, where I am from, you don’t see that stuff happen, and we play the same video games there.”
After the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut, when it became clear that Adam Lanza was a fan of first-person shooters, including the popular military game Call of Duty, President Obama said Congress should find out once and for all if there was a connection between games and gun violence.
“Congress should fund research on the effects violent video games have on young minds,” he said. “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science.” Yet more than a year later, we don’t conclusively know if there is a link.
And gun violence in the real world — and the gaming world — goes on. source
Brethren, I felt strongly that we need a clearer understanding of the factors which affect Mass Shooters. It’s not cut and dry, and it’s certainly not Political as the Left would try to have you believe!!
I know that there is a lot of information in this piece. I pray that there are people who will read this and will make changes in dealing with depressed young people in their families.
As a believer, I feel that leading them to Jesus is the best and most effective way of dealing with their depression! We must pray for the families who are in the midst of dealing with young people acting out and displaying erratic behavior.
It does seem like the world is going crazy. But don’t forget:
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2: 1-7).