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Less than 0.5% of Mass Shootings Perpetrated by Muslims

One out of 207 so far in the U.S., this year. What did you think the percentage was? Based on national news reports, you were probably thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% or more. And if it weren't for that white supremacist trying to take attention from muslim extremists, it would probably be closer to 100% because liberal media.
 
quote: The most up to date tally of mass shootings in the U.S. shows that there have been 207 mass shootings in 2015 so far (where "mass shooting" is defined as four or more people shot in one incident). Shooting Tracker, "the world's only crowdsourced mass shooting tracker," provides the best record of these atrocities. While aimed at the U.S.'s overly generous gun policies, the site is revealing in at least one other regard: of the 207 mass shootings so far this year, precisely 1 (the July 16, 2015 Chattanooga murders) was committed by a Muslim. The other 206? It's hard to tell because many suspects have not been identified. But, and here's the point, they are not identifiably Muslim and Islamic terrorism was not identifiably the motive.

Caveat: these statistics omit the May 3, 2015 Garland, TX shooting because it was not, by definition, a mass shooting (the only casualties were the two Muslim perpetrators).

Beginning with the links provided by Shooting Tracker, my analysis of the media coverage related to each mass shooting revealed a pattern. For every non-Muslim shooting suspect, the media never mentioned their religion. Moreover, in nearly every case, it was claimed that the mass shooters were suffering from some sort of mental instability. These suspects were often ostracized from both society and family, deeply depressed and suicidal. People thusly afflicted, given easy access to guns, sometimes kill people, lots of them. Then they either turn the gun on themselves or perish in a hail of anticipated bullets. Crazy, right?

Yet the media immediately identified the motivation of Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez when he recently killed five U.S. soldiers in Chattanooga: radical Islam. Unlike the preceding 206 mass shooters, his religion was not ignored; his religion was the only thing that mattered.

Reports have emerged, however, that Abdulazeez was a drug and alcohol abuser with a history of mental illness. He was ostracized from his family and friends; a loner with little hope. Probably suicidal. But, based on exactly two ambiguous blogposts, Abdulazeez has been repeatedly called "a devout Muslim" and his shootings a terrorist act. He wasn't crazy, we are assured, he was a Muslim. Honestly, though, a devout Muslim? Hardly. Terrorist? Who knows? He died before anyone could question him.
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I'd have guessed 1% or 2%. Boy do I feel silly.

What I want to know is in what percentage of cases did the shooter have a serious and diagnosable mental illness.
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Dramas with a linear story, as opposed to those with an underlying arc that gains momentum as the season progresses, while exploring other stories, should end after one season. Without providing interest outside the main arc, all interest is spent on that arc, and if it's not resolved by the end of the season, it's an anger-inducing failure of storytelling (Homeland, Flash Forward, et al.). And if such a single minded arc is resolved, it's very difficult to continue with success (Heroes).

Just started season two of The Strain.
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The jury's still out on that one, +Alex Scrivener. The complete change of venue, with little, if anything, other than the title in common, makes it more a new show than a new season.
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Bacon, Shrimp, Roasted Potatoes in Cheddar Sauce

If I made this again, I'd make a stock from the shrimp shells to bump up the flavor a bit. It was still delicious - kind of like a pasta free mac & cheese. I was clearly in a cheese sauce mood that day, what with the alfredo-like sauce I made for the chicken the same day.
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THAT LOOKS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOODDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chicken Needed Cooking

I had a large package of chicken breasts that were getting close to the sell by date, so I boiled and shredded half of them for enchiladas, and pieced and fried the other half to go with an alfredo-like sauce.
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Date Syrup

* was making butternut squash and tahini spread as an appetizer for a friend's birthday, today. It is delicious. Yesterday, I made the date syrup for the dish. It's a bit of work, but well worth it.
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The Hebrew Hammer is Back!

I was chasing rabbits on imdb just now, when I came across this. It's only in pre-production, but the title alone has me sold. In case you didn't see the original, you may find it very funny. As most idiosyncratic pics do, it did drag a little in the second act, iirc, but still. I've liked Adam Goldberg since his two or three episode arc on Friends, back when I found it funny in those first three years, so I'll watch pretty much anything he's in.
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Watch the first, Ken.
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On a side note, I'm bothered that the elderly Jewish character in The Strain has twice referenced a personal afterlife.
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Well, almost all the Holocaust survivors I have met (maybe a couple hundred) moved here in the years after the war.

And most were around my parents' age, give or take.  My parents were born in the early 1930s
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Stay off of them.

This combination of blue and gray pleases me. I would wear this.
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I have a pair of Sperrys just about that color 
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The cynic in me believes that this indictment is just a bone thrown to people complaining about cops' accountability-free murder rights. That were this a real cop, rather than a campus cop, he'd have those same rights. But hey, at least one murderous piece of shit gets thrown under the bus.
A grand jury indicted University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose in the head during a traffic stop. “This is the most asinine act I've ever s...
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The thing is, it's a "University Officer"
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* made this last night for a friend's birthday dinner. Her plating featured mushrooms and truffle oil. My plating obviously does not. I didn't see hers, as I was not there, so this is my vision of it, sans fungal abominations.

By finishing the sweet Italian sausage to a crispy brown, and keeping it separate from the sauce till plating, both were able to offer full flavors and textures, something missing when combined beforehand.
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Great work
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Um. No.

Though this is the kind of stunt I might pull at the beach. Because drinking.

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