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« Reply #90 on: September 20, 2013, 02:12:50 am »

There is no hope for America as a country.
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« Reply #91 on: September 20, 2013, 06:30:34 am »

13 people, including 3-year-old boy, shot at South Side park

Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, were shot at a Chicago park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said.
 
Ten adults and the 3-year-old were transported by Fire Department ambulances after the attack in the 1800 block of West 51st Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, said Fire Department Deputy District Chief James Mungovan at the scene. A 12th victim was believed to have driven himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, a source said, citing preliminary information.
 
Police said later a total of 13 people were shot, the boy, two teens, and 10 adults, with the boy the most seriously wounded. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head at an ear that exited through his mouth, and was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

The attack took place about 10:15 p.m. and fire officials called an Emergency Medical Services Plan II, sending at least 10 ambulances to the scene.
 
Chicago police were making no information about what happened public, except to say that the shooting appeared to be gang-related. The shootings took place on a basketball court on the 51st Street side of Cornell Square Park near Wood Street.
 
A witness at the scene said three police officers carried the child to an ambulance.
 
"I didn't hear no sounds," from the child, he said.
 
Family members identified the boy as Deonta' Howard, whose uncle was shot to death on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
 
Deonta'--pronounced Deontay--nicknamed Tay Man, has a dislike for haircuts, one cousin said.
 
"He didn't like haircuts because he has a big head," said Porsche Chester, a cousin of the boy's. "But he is extremely smart. He didn't have that (head) for nothing."
 
Three of the victims, including the boy, were initially taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Fire Department's news office. Four were in fair-to-serious condition, and four were in good-to-fair condition, according to the Fire Department.
 
Ambulances continued to arrive until about half an hour after the shootings took place, as injured people were brought out of the park on stretchers.
 
At the peak, about 60 police officers were on the scene. Police crime lab investigators combed the scene. By about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Chicago firefighters used hoses to clean blood from the basketball court at the park.
 
The victims' ages, sexes and injuries were, according to Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines:
 •The 3-year-old boy, shot in the ear, in critical condition at Mount Sinai;
 •A 17-year-old girl, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at Holy Cross Hospital;
 •A 15-year-old boy shot in the arm, stabilized at Holy Cross;
 •A man, 27, shot in the leg and wrist, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
 •A man, 24, shot twice in the stomach, serious condition at Mount Sinia;
 •A man, 21, shot in the leg, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
 •A man, 41, shot in the buttocks, serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital;
 •A woman, 33, shot in the shoulder, condition stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital;
 •A man, 31, shot in the buttocks, condition stabilized at Northwestern;
 •A woman, 23, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at St. Anthony Hospital;
 •A man, 37, shot in the leg, in good condition at Stroger;
 •A man, 25, shot in the knee, in good condition at Northwestern;
 •And a man, 33, who drove himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park with a gunshot wound to the leg and who was treated and released.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-multiple-people-including-3yearold-shot-in-south-side-attack-20130919,0,352520.story
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« Reply #92 on: September 30, 2013, 03:30:59 pm »

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/09/30/knock-out-game?clusterId=167
9/30/13
Teens playing violent and deadly 'Knockout Game'

•Three New Jersey teens charged with killing homeless man
•Game involves targeting innocent bystanders with random assaults
•The game is also known as ‘Knockout King,’ ‘Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down’


It’s been around for several years, but recent headlines seem to indicate a resurgence of teens playing the “Knockout Game.” It involves a group of people, typically teenaged males, running up to an unsuspecting stranger and trying to knock him or her unconscious with one punch.

It has resulted in at least three reported deaths in the last two years. Last week, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged with murdering a New Jersey homeless man in a so-called “knockout.” Earlier this year, a St. Louis man was sentenced to life in prison for the Knockout Game death of a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant.

A 2011 editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch likened the game to behavior described in "A Clockwork Orange," the 1962 dystopian novel about the violent exploits of disaffected youth in author Anthony Burgess’ vision of near-future England.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay helped rescue a man who was viciously attacked in a Knockout Game. Slay’s words of advice?

"When you see a group of 12 to 15 youths hanging out, walking together, not really doing anything in particular, you should call the police just so these kids, these thugs out there, know they’re being watched," he told HLN affiliate KMOX.
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« Reply #93 on: October 02, 2013, 06:08:29 am »

5 Wounded in NYC Bike Path Stabbing, Including Toddler

An apparently homeless, emotionally disturbed man went on a rampage with scissors along a busy bike path on Tuesday, slashing or stabbing five people, including a 1-year-old boy.
 
The victims – the child plus two women and two men in their 30s – were expected to survive, though one of the women was listed in critical condition.
 
Witnesses heard screaming and a child crying at about 8 a.m. in Manhattan’s Riverside Park along the Hudson River near West 65th Street, an elegantly landscaped stretch of greenery flanked by luxury residential high-rises.
 
After the surprise attack on a sunny fall morning, police officers grabbed a suspect and took him into custody.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly identified him as Julius Graham, a 43-year-old Texas native who had been living in a Bronx shelter. Kelly said he used half a pair of scissors in the attack.
 
According to the police commissioner, Graham first approached a jogger and stabbed her in the back. Police said he also attacked a man walking his dog, then a woman running along the path, stabbing her in the neck.
 
Finally, Graham attacked a man pushing his son in a stroller, Kelly said. Graham stabbed the man in the chest as he faced the attacker to protect his son and slashed the boy in the arm, Kelly said.

Graham was taken to a hospital for evaluation and couldn’t be reached for comment.
 
A New York City Park Advocates spokesman, Geoffrey Croft, called the attack the latest episode in a “troubling trend” of violence in city parks.
 
He noted that a mother pushing a stroller along the Henry Hudson Parkway in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan was attacked by a homeless man last week. At least two bicyclists were attacked a week apart in August along the Hudson River around 163rd Street, and two other people were slashed south of 60th Street a month earlier, Croft said.

Croft said the advocacy group has been calling for more park enforcement for years. He said there are 80 security officers patrolling the city’s parks, with another 80 recently hired. In the 1990s, there were 450 parks security officers, he said.
 
When asked about the spate of attacks, the police commissioner said city parks are “very, very safe.” He said that although authorities are concerned about the recent crime, “the amount of incidents of crime in parks is minuscule.”
 
Jason Santos, a biker from Queens, said he wouldn’t use the bike path as much because of the most recent attack.
 
Edlin Pitts, a Manhattan resident who uses the path daily, said he had been cognizant of safety at night, “but this happened during the day, and I’m concerned.”
 
Yellow police tape and park security on Tuesday closed access to the path. All that was left from the attack was the child’s abandoned stroller.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/02/5-wounded-in-nyc-bike-path-stabbing-including-toddler/
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Fast-Food Customer Irate Over Ranch Dip Charge

Police say a Seattle fast-food customer who wanted three packets of ranch dressing but learned he would have to pay for the third flew into a rage and attacked a 68-year-old man who tried to calm things down.

On their website, police say the ranch fan at a Jack in the Box restaurant started yelling about being overcharged when he was told the third packet would cost 25 cents.

Trying to prevent a scene, the cashier gave the customer a third container of dressing Monday but that didn’t sooth him.

At that point, a 68-year-old customer who had heard all this stepped in but the irate customer shoved that man to the ground. Police say the 68-year-old was not seriously hurt.

The angry customer mumbled something about having a knife, climbed on a purple bike and rode away.

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/10/15/fast-food-customer-irate-over-ranch-dip-charge/
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Fast-Food Customer Irate Over Ranch Dip Charge

Police say a Seattle fast-food customer who wanted three packets of ranch dressing but learned he would have to pay for the third flew into a rage and attacked a 68-year-old man who tried to calm things down.

On their website, police say the ranch fan at a Jack in the Box restaurant started yelling about being overcharged when he was told the third packet would cost 25 cents.

Trying to prevent a scene, the cashier gave the customer a third container of dressing Monday but that didn’t sooth him.

At that point, a 68-year-old customer who had heard all this stepped in but the irate customer shoved that man to the ground. Police say the 68-year-old was not seriously hurt.

The angry customer mumbled something about having a knife, climbed on a purple bike and rode away.

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/10/15/fast-food-customer-irate-over-ranch-dip-charge/

Talk about the hardness of his heart...

For ONLY a quarter? Roll Eyes And even after they were generous enough to give it him for free, he STILL was angry?

Yeah, the love of money is the root of all evil, but for over a quarter?
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http://news.yahoo.com/teen-arrested-us-teacher-murdered-152842414.html
Second US teacher murdered in 48 hours
10/23/13

New York City (AFP) - A young woman was found dead Wednesday, the second American teacher alleged to have been murdered by a young student in less than 48 hours in the United States, officials said.

Colleen Ritzer, 24, a math teacher at Danvers High School in Massachusetts, was reported missing Tuesday after failing to return home or answer her cell phone.

Philip Chism, 14, appeared in court Wednesday, charged with assaulting, beating and murdering her.

He was ordered held without bail and would be tried as an adult, said a spokeswoman for the district attorney.

Police discovered blood in the second floor bathroom of the Danvers High School and found her body in nearby woods, said Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

"It was apparent that she is a homicide victim. She was a teacher here at Danvers High School. This is a terrible tragedy," he told a news conference.

Chism was picked up police while walking north along a highway in the early hours.

The teen had not returned home after school on Tuesday and had been reported missing to police.

Danvers is a small town half an hour's drive north of Boston. Public schools were closed there on Wednesday.

On Monday, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot dead a math teacher and critically wounded two students at a school in the US state of Nevada.

Michael Landsberry, a 45-year-old former Marine who had served in Afghanistan, was killed after confronting the young shooter, allowing other students to flee.

The boy then took his own life by turning his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun on himself at the Sparks Middle School in Reno.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487527/Inside-world-child-cage-fighting-Boys-trained-attack-MMA-arenas.html
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Inside the outrageous world of child cage fighting: Tiny boys who are trained to attack each other in America’s baby MMA arenas

Children's MMA or Pankration is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with an estimated 3 million kids involved


It is the heat of battle between two MMA fighters hemmed inside an industrial metal cage. One kicks, punches and strangles his way to brutal victory. His opponent breaks down and cries tears for his mother.

But this is not an unusual end to another televised brawl between two fully grown brutes, this is kids's MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, which is rapidly becoming one of the nation's fastest growing sports among children.

It is estimated that three million boys and girls, some as young as five-years-old launch themselves at each other weekly across the nation engaged in Pankration - some wearing no head protection and throwing punches boasting gloves little more than one-inch thick.

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PG-13 movies are now more violent than R-rated '80s flicks -study
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http://www.nbcnews.com/health/pg-13-movies-are-now-more-violent-r-rated-80s-8C11566223

Movies from the 1980s like “Terminator” or “Die Hard” were rated R at the time of their release – but if they were released today, they’d probably be rated PG-13, a new study suggests.

That's because PG-13 movies today — such as “The Hunger Games” or “The Avengers” — contain more violence than the R-rated films of the 1980s, according to a new report published today in the journal Pediatrics. In particular, gun violence in PG-13 films has tripled since 1985, the year the PG-13 rating was first introduced. And overall, violence in movies has nearly quadrupled since the 1950s.

Psychologists say it’s a worrisome trend that we should take seriously, because there is evidence that watching violence on screen increases aggression in real life.

“Of course it’s not the only factor, and it may not even be the most important factor, but it isn’t a trivial factor — and it’s one we can change," says Brad Bushman, an Ohio State University psychologist and lead author of the new report.

Bushman and colleagues analyzed 945 popular films released from 1950 to 2012. Each movie was among the 30 top-grossing films of that year, and they randomly chose 15 of those top 30 movies to scrutinize. Undergrads watched every film and counted every violent act — they defined a violent sequence as “physical acts where the aggressor makes or attempts to make some physical contact with the intention of causing injury or death.”

They found that since 2009, PG-13 movies have featured as much or more violence than the R-rated films released those same years. And in 2012, there was more gun violence in PG-13 films than in the R-rated ones out that year.

Take the “Die Hard” sequels. One of the films the undergrads analyzed was 1990’s “Die Hard 2,” which was rated R. But a later sequel in the series, 2007’s “Live Free or Die Hard,” actually had more gun violence and a comparable amount of overall violence—and yet it was rated PG-13.

Same idea with the “Terminator” movies: The third one in the series, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” was included in the study— it got an R rating in 2003. But they found that it had less gun violence than 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” which received a PG-13 rating.

One more example that really jumped out at study co-author Dan Romer was the famously violent 1987 film “The Untouchables.”

“It had gun violence in it that was comparable to a lot of the movies we’re calling PG-13 in the last five years,” says Romer, director of the Adolescent Communication Institute at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘The Untouchables’ today would get a PG-13.” He thinks the same would apply to the Eddie Murphy comedy “Beverly Hills Cop,” which was rated R in 1984, but feels more like today’s PG-13 movies in terms of violence.

“There are exceptions, but in the top-grossing films, over 90 percent of them have some violence,” Romer says. “Violence is very good for Hollywood. And PG-13 is good for Hollywood, because it doesn’t restrict anyone from going into the theater.”

There are a few things that might explain the remarkable rise in violence in PG-13 films. Ratings are determined by the Motion Picture Association of America — which means, Bushman says, they’re “assigned by the industry.” (The MPAA declined to comment on the study, but you can read more about the ratings system here.)

And a movie rated PG-13 will attract more theatergoers than an R, of course, because kids can go see it. Romer also thinks the rise in sci-fi and comic book movies has something to do with it —violence may be easier for us to handle if it’s got a fantasy element to it. And violence is understandable in every language, which means violence-fueled action movies are more marketable overseas than comedies.

The researchers also examined graphic sexual scenes in the movies they analyzed, and found that sex was much more likely to earn a film an R-rating than violence. “Take a film like ‘Ted.’ There’s hardly any violence in that. But because he has sex—not even very graphic sex, they just show him having sex — that gets an R,” Romer says.

It's worth noting that there is also a lot of crude language in that movie, which can also garner a film an R rating. “(Sex) consistently gets an R rating if it’s at all explicit, but that’s not the case with violence," Romer says.

We don’t like the idea that violent movies —or TV shows or video games — influence our behavior. But many studies have suggested that they do. One often-cited 1967 study found that the mere sight of a gun made people act with more hostility, deciding to deliver a harsher electric shock to another study participant. More than 50 other studies since have found similar evidence of the “weapons effect” — the idea that just seeing a weapon can increase aggression.

“People tell me all the time, I watch violent media and I’ve never killed anyone. Well, big deal. Nobody kills anyone; murder is a very rare event,” says Bushman. “So you’ve never murdered anyone. What I want to know is —how do you treat other people?”

**Or look at the public's reactions to violent events like 9/11(or others in recent years like the Boston Marathon bombing) - more times than not it's that of apathy, b/c the everyone's been conditioned by the entertainment media. It's in that "New Order Barbarians" interview where a doctor was invited to a closed-door meeting with a Planned Parenthood director in the late 60's - he spilled the beans over every little NWO agenda. One of them being that they would put a lot of violence in the media to disensithize(sp) the public to where they react apathetically to tragic events.

Watching violent images doesn’t always make us more likely to want to punch things; it can also make us less likely to help people in need, Bushman found in a 2009 study. This is true for all of us, but psychologists agree that children are particularly vulnerable.

Bushman would like to eventually see movie ratings in the U.S. decided by a panel that includes child psychologists, with ratings that clearly spell out which ages the movie is appropriate for. But until then, parents who are worried about their kids seeing violent images on screen can take a few pages from Bushman’s book.

For one, he blocks all violent and sexual content online. He also encourages parents to do their homework – if the kids want to see a movie or buy a video game, Google it first. Scenes from many popular video games are available on YouTube, for example. And parents should also always explain their decision to their kids.

Recently, after reviewing his own son’s birthday wish list, he told him, “You listed five games, and these three are OK. These other two are not good, and let me show you why. We try to give you healthy choices, and not just for food, but for your media diet as well.”
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The De-Moralization of the West by Hollywood’s Culture Machine

You thought it could never happen here. Well, you’re wrong…

The west faces the extraordinary situation today whereby, even though the communist iron curtain fell in 1989-1992, Marxist-Communist operatives at all levels of society in the west – have continued their ideological drive (and in many cases passed the torch over generations) to disrupt and de-moralise… western politics, economics, society and culture.

Hollywood plays a central role in not only feeding talking points and concepts, but also by lowering the moral bar – lowering moral standards, by constantly targeting ever younger audiences with gratuitous sex and violence, and even subliminal imagery. In this kind of social environment, the populace is rendered unable to make informed decisions in their local, or national interests.

According to a high level Soviet defector, Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov, who granted this interview in the mid 80′s, operations against the west were less about intelligence gathering and more to do with what is known as ‘ideological subversion’ and ‘active measures’ – programs designed over 15 to 20 year period in order to subvert moral foundations by targeting students and the educational systems. The operations “change from within” using “agents of change”, and ultimately to change people’s behaviours – a practice now used openly by western governments, known as Applied Behavioral Psychology. 

We’ve now reached a unique crossroads where countries like Russia and China are moving away from Marxism and are in the process of opening up, while the West is in the process of constricting its social charters and bill of rights. All this is happening and most people are completely unaware of it.

All this, disguised under political banners like ‘redistribution of wealth’, ‘social justice’ and ‘equality’.

Former KGB Agent Explains the Brainwashing of America 1980′s

“Marxist-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students without being challenged, or counter balanced by the basic values of Americanism.”

Watch this shocking interview…



PG-13 movies match R rating for violence, study says
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The prevalence of gun violence in top PG-13 movies has more than tripled since the rating was introduced in the mid-1980s, and last year it eclipsed even the amount in R-rated movies, according to findings to be published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.


“I think most parents would be surprised to learn that,” said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University and one of the study’s authors. “We were pretty shocked.”

The authors said their findings are particularly troubling given considerable research into what has been called the “weapons effect,” which suggests that depiction of gun violence in media could lead to more aggressive behavior in the real world.

“We know that movies teach children how adults behave, and they make gun use appear exciting and attractive,” said Dan Romer, another co-author and the director of theAdolescent Communication Instituteof the Annenberg Public Policy Center in Pennsylvania.

To determine how violence — and specifically gun violence — has changed in films over time, researchers chose 945 films sampled from the 30 top-grossing releases each year from 1950 to 2012. Coders sifted through the movies, noting violent sequences.

Researchers said they excluded violence not intended to harm anyone, such as accidents and run-of-the-mill sports aggression. They also excluded activities such as hunting and the use of large-scale weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades and military artillery.

In the end, they found that violence in films had more than doubled since 1950, and that violence had tripled in PG-13 films over the past quarter-century. In addition, while PG-13 movies initially had only about as much violence as G- and PG-rated films, since 2009 they have contained as much violence as R-rated films, or more.

Romer said even though some of the most popular PG-13 films in recent years, such as “The Hunger Games,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” are based on comic-book heroes or other fantasy characters, “these films have a lot of violence in them."

“We think that the PG-13 rating is no longer very helpful,” he said. “If they’re going to allow content like that in PG-13 movies . . . it sort of goes against the grain of how they define the difference” compared with an R-rated movie, he added.

The PG-13 rating, introduced in 1984 after an uproar over violence in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” indicates that parents should be “strongly cautioned” that some material may not be appropriate for children not yet teenagers. The R rating means anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system, “there may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.” By comparison, an R-rated movie could contain “intense or persistent violence.”

An MPAA spokeswoman declined to comment on Monday’s study but referred to information about how the group determines ratings at the Web site FilmRatings.com. The site says that while the ratings are meant to help guide parents about a movie’s content, “it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether a movie is suitable for your family.”

The findings in Monday’s study, the authors write, are “troubling given the large body of research evidence showing that violent media can have harmful effects on children and youth.”

While many scholars agree with that conclusion, others have questioned the link between media violence and real-world violence. Christopher J. Ferguson, chairman of the psychology department at Stetson University, has written that the weight of evidence so far does not merit drawing hard conclusions. “If you are curious whether media violence contributes to violent crime,” Ferguson wrote in 2009, “the simple answer to that is we really don’t know.”

Meanwhile, two California economists, Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna, found in 2008 that attendance at violent movies actually reduced violent crime in the short term, possibly because they were keeping some at-risk individuals out of bars and off the streets for several hours. But both men said in e-mails that deciphering the long-term effects of media violence is trickier.

Monday’s study “does a good job showing that gun use has increased over time in movies, especially in PG-13 movies,” Dahl said. “But the more important question is whether repeated exposure to media violence increases violent behavior in the long run. This is a difficult question to answer, and not one that I’ve seen a convincing answer to.”

Romer and Bushman emphasized that their findings are not intended to pin violent behavior in young people on increased violence at the movies. But they said the MPAA should at least reevaluate how it rates films with growing amounts of guns and gore.

“I’m not a policymaker. I don’t really care what adults see,” Bushman said. “What I do care about is children exposed to age-inappropriate media. . . . Maybe films that contain excessive gun violence should have an R rating.”

Added Romer: “We think that’s pretty reasonable.”



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“We know that movies teach children how adults behave, and they make gun use appear exciting and attractive,” said Dan Romer, another co-author and the director of theAdolescent Communication Instituteof the Annenberg Public Policy Center in Pennsylvania.

To determine how violence — and specifically gun violence — has changed in films over time, researchers chose 945 films sampled from the 30 top-grossing releases each year from 1950 to 2012. Coders sifted through the movies, noting violent sequences.

This is JUST MY OWN observation, but I think I'm seeing how craftily they're pushing the gun control agenda - brainwashing the youth with the violent culture, then as violent crime rises, they have more ammunition to blame the gun industry somehow. They did the same after Columbine.

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In the end, they found that violence in films had more than doubled since 1950, and that violence had tripled in PG-13 films over the past quarter-century. In addition, while PG-13 movies initially had only about as much violence as G- and PG-rated films, since 2009 they have contained as much violence as R-rated films, or more.

I remember reading an article about PG-13 movies in 1997 - pretty much they toe the line over how much they put in these particular products.

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Romer said even though some of the most popular PG-13 films in recent years, such as “The Hunger Games,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” are based on comic-book heroes or other fantasy characters, “these films have a lot of violence in them."

Saw "The Hunger Games" - there was a scene early in the movie where all of the contestants were attacking each other with knives that was very, VERY hard to look at. Saw the 2008 "The Dark Knight" movie, and was very surprised how violent it was.

Also - where are all of these pro-family groups now? They were very, very vocal throughout the 1990's, and especially after Columbine. But now? You really don't hear a chirp.
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Three “Knockout” Attacks Reported In Philadelphia Area

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/11/20/three-knockout-game-attacks-reported-in-philadelphia-area/


'Knockout' Assaults Reported in DC...

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24005083/could-knockout-game-be-spreading-to-dc#axzz2lHODML41


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In the 1990's, the "religious right", John McCain, Henry Hyde, and these "pro-family" groups would be all vocal over this. Now? You can hear a pin drop.
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Terrifying teen 'knockout' game assaults spreading
Posted: 2013-11-22 16:55:00
Updated: 2013-11-24 17:22:29

http://www.kctv5.com/story/24048836/police-keep-close-eye-on-reports-of-disturbing-knockout-game

By Morgan Winsor

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NEW YORK (CNN) - A sick so-called game known as "knockout" -- where teens appear to randomly sucker-punch strangers with the goal of knocking them unconscious with a single blow -- is catching the attention of law enforcement throughout the nation.

The assaults can be fatal. In New Jersey, Ralph Santiago, 46, a homeless man, was walking alone in Hoboken on the night of September 10 when he was suddenly struck from behind, said Hoboken Detective Anthony Caruso.

The blow knocked out Santiago, who had a pre-existing brain injury. He suffered a seizure. The victim's body struck a nearby fence, with part of the wrought iron fence piercing his body and killing him, Caruso said.

Surveillance video in the area showed three teens running from the scene. Two weeks later, police arrested the juveniles and charged them in connection with the killing. Caruso said the attack was unprovoked.

Authorities have reported similar incidents in New York, Illinois, Missouri and Washington.

One of the latest attacks happened Friday, when someone was allegedly punched on a street in Brooklyn. Police brought four men in for questioning and arrested 28-year-old Amrit Marajh.

Marajh is charged with aggravated assault as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and assault in the 3rd degree, police said. He was arraigned Saturday, according to Mia Goldberg, spokeswoman for the Kings County District Attorney's Office.

Youth violence expert Chuck Williams blamed the media and parents for what he called extreme aggression by America's youth. Negative attention, he said, is often rewarded.

"That's America. America loves violence and so do our kids," Williams said. "We market violence to our children and we wonder why they're violent. It's because we are."

Williams, a professor of psychology and education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said some young people are desperate for attention. He called it the "Miley Cyrus effect," where teens will do anything to get noticed, no matter how heinous or unconscionable.

"These kids know the consequences," he said. "They want to get arrested. They want to get caught, because they want that notoriety. They know they won't go away forever because they're kids. It's a win-win all around for them."

In New York, police noted seven "knockout" incidents this fall alone. Some of the incidents were allegedly directed specifically at Jewish people and thus classified as hate crimes, said police spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.

Despite the recent assaults, Ryan cautioned that police in New York haven't yet seen evidence of a "knockout" trend.

"We know that NYPD, and especially the Hate Crime Task Force, are working swiftly to find the alleged perpetrators of these incidents," said Evan Bernstein, the Anti-Defamation League's New York regional director, referring to a spate of assaults in parts of Brooklyn.

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, a resident of Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood and executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, said many of the assault victims are children. Behrman met with black leaders last week to discuss the issue.

"Kids talk, especially on social media. There's a buzz about this," said Behrman.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Wednesday deployed additional police officers to Crown Heights, a Brooklyn neighborhood where eight "knockout" attacks have occurred, including an assault on a 78-year-old woman, police said.

In Pittsburgh, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said reports of the "knockout" game in the area first surfaced last year.

In October 2012, an English teacher was strolling through an alley in Pittsburgh to his parked car, Richard said. The teacher, James Addlespurger, 50, was approached by a group of teens, Richard said.

One of the teens punched Addlespurger in the face. The teacher fell and struck his head on the concrete ground. The assault, like so many others, was caught on video surveillance tape, and a 15-year-old was later arrested, Richard said. It is unclear whether the assault was part of a specific game.

Kelly, the New York police commissioner, said he is concerned about copycats in his city in the wake of recent news reports.

"When you highlight an incident or a type of criminal activity, some people will simply try to copy it," the commissioner said Friday. "It's a phenomenon we've seen before."

Republican New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco on Wednesday proposed new legislation he's calling the "Knockout Assault Deterrent Act," calling for juveniles charged with the random assaults to be tried as adults.

"Violence like this should not be condoned no matter the age of the offender," Tedisco said in a statement. "Youth should not be an excuse for this kind of behavior."

At the same time, Detective Brian Sessa said that it "is yet to be determined" whether the alleged assaults in New York were isolated or part of a larger phenomenon. And since Santiago's death in Hoboken, police there said they have not seen any other such incidents in the area.

Richard warned that people who seem distracted -- checking smartphones or listening to music while walking -- can be more vulnerable to assaults.

In New York last week, Jewish and African-American community leaders met in an effort to smooth relations among young people. "Knockout" assaults were a big part of the discussion.

"To go around and harm just anybody on the premise that you want to show your bravado is not to be accepted in our community, in Crown Heights, in Brownsville or anywhere else for that matter," community activist Tony Herbert told CNN affiliate WCBS. "Keep your hands to yourself. That is stupid."
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Cowboys fan beaten unconscious following win over Raiders
11/29/13

The Thanksgiving celebration following the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders quickly took a sour turn Thursday night.

One Cowboys fan was reportedly beaten unconscious by four Raiders fans, according to the Dallas Morning News, following the conclusion of the game.

The unidentified man was found on the sidewalk at Cowboy Way and AT&T Way.

No arrests have been made, and an investigation is underway, but police have had a hard time getting witnesses to come forward. Police are still trying to figure out if the attackers wore Raiders jerseys, though it is known that the victim was wearing a Cowboys jersey, according to the report.

Police spokesperson Tiara Richard said, "Officers attempted to find witnesses but had none willing to come forward last night." According to FOX 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys organization is aware of the incident and is helping investigators gather more information.

Richard also said the man was taken to a local hospital by ambulance but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

According to multiple reports, this is the first known fan violence incident at AT&T Stadium.
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http://news.yahoo.com/video/whoknew-movie-ratings-sets-actual-060000708.html

Movie Ratings: Who Sets the Actual Movie Rating?

1 day 11 hrs ago, Who Knew? Videos

Planning to take the kids to a PG-13 movie this holiday season? If so, one thing you’ll likely see in the film is gun violence. That’s because a recent study in the scientific journal, “Pediatrics” found that gun violence in PG-13 films has tripled since the rating was first introduced in 1985. Some people are concerned that if teenagers are repeatedly exposed to guns onscreen they may become emotionally desensitized to violence. The solution, argues one of the study’s authors, is to give these films R-ratings instead of PG-13. The dilemma of how to rate movies properly goes back decades. In 1930, Hollywood began policing itself with a system known as the Hays Code. The code involved a series guidelines spelling out themes that couldn’t be shown onscreen, such as nudity, suggestive dancing, the mocking of religion, and drug use. By 1968, societal standards had changed and so the Motion Picture Association of America came up with the modern rating system. An MPAA committee, known as the Classification and Rating Administration, screens the film and determines the rating. There are currently five MPAA ratings: G for General Audience, PG for Parental Guidance Suggested, PG-13 meaning some material may be inappropriate for children under 13, R for Restricted -- people under 17 must be accompanied by an adult – and NC-17, meaning no one under 17 admitted. Even within the MPAA system, ratings standards can be fluid. In 2007, the MPAA announced that it would more strongly consider the amount of onscreen smoking in its rating decisions. The concern about the effects of kids viewing smoking mirrors the current concerns about gun violence.Which means, maybe the safest bet this holiday season is to take the kids to a movie that’s rated G.
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Planning to take the kids to a PG-13 movie this holiday season? If so, one thing you’ll likely see in the film is gun violence. That’s because a recent study in the scientific journal, “Pediatrics” found that gun violence in PG-13 films has tripled since the rating was first introduced in 1985. Some people are concerned that if teenagers are repeatedly exposed to guns onscreen they may become emotionally desensitized to violence. The solution, argues one of the study’s authors, is to give these films R-ratings instead of PG-13.

On the contrary - their "solution", believe it or not, has been more(and more)GUN CONTROL - Problem. Reaction. Solution.

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The dilemma of how to rate movies properly goes back decades. In 1930, Hollywood began policing itself with a system known as the Hays Code. The code involved a series guidelines spelling out themes that couldn’t be shown onscreen, such as nudity, suggestive dancing, the mocking of religion, and drug use. By 1968, societal standards had changed and so the Motion Picture Association of America came up with the modern rating system. An MPAA committee, known as the Classification and Rating Administration, screens the film and determines the rating.


No surprise - even these false perverted bible versions have done just that - updated everything to where they fit into modern society.

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In 2007, the MPAA announced that it would more strongly consider the amount of onscreen smoking in its rating decisions. The concern about the effects of kids viewing smoking mirrors the current concerns about gun violence.Which means, maybe the safest bet this holiday season is to take the kids to a movie that’s rated G.

Uhm...this was part of the cigarette industry's plea bargain with their big lawsuits in the 1990's - that they would no longer pay Hollywood for promoting their products in their movies, tv shows, etc(which is why you don't see much smoking in Hollywood products anymore).
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/13/multiple-people-are-stabbed-after-denver-football-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS
12/13/13
Broncos-Chargers game ends with several stabbings

Several people were stabbed in a parking lot outside the Sports Authority Stadium Field at Mile High at the end of the Denver Broncos matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

Police spokesman Steve Warneke said one of the victims was in critical condition, CBS News reported. Two other men were taken to the hospital with stab wounds, but were conscious and talking, he said. And another man may have been stabbed, too, but he left the scene before emergency responders arrived.

Several suspects were taken into custody for questioning, police said, CBS reported.

The San Diego Chargers beat the Broncos, 27-20.

Mr. Warneke said the scene after the game ended was “very chaotic” and it’s still not clear what started the fight. Other officers at the scene, however, told a CBS affiliate, the local KCNC-TV, that the stabbings came after groups of people in two different vehicles starting arguing.

Stadium Management Company said it’s cooperating with police — but this is just the latest in a string of violence that’s plagued crowds attending professional sporting events in recent months.

In Kansas City, Mo., a man died earlier this month after a fight broke out in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during a Kansas City game with Denver, CBS said. And in San Francisco in September, a teenager suffered a concussion and a broken nose and arm after he was attacked at the 49ers’ game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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http://www.webpronews.com/broncos-game-stabbings-might-not-be-game-related-2013-12
Broncos Game Stabbings Might Not Be Game-Related
12/13/13

Some people may have taken the Broncos at home defeat to the Chargers too personally in a bizarre turn of events. As fans were leaving the stadium, several of men  became mixed up in a confrontation that resulted in multiple stabbings. Denver police have confirmed three individuals were hospitalized due to stab wounds. One of the men was said to be in critical condition. There are also reports of a possible fourth victim, but no one has been identified as of yet. The three men thought to be responsible for the attack are in police custody.

The incident was first reported a few minutes before 10:00PM. The authorities are continuing to interview witnesses in an attempt to figure out exactly what lead to the bloody encounter.

Says Denver police spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke, “Detectives will be interviewing people throughout the night, trying to sort out who did what.” Stadium officials had promised in an official statement that they will work with authorities to “gather more information” regarding the incident.

Even though the mystery surrounding the confrontation has yet to be revealed, there is good reason to assume it’s crazy sports fans acting out.

In September at a 49ers game,  a man was hospitalized following a fight that allegedly stemmed from his having urinated on another man’s car. During the same game a woman claimed to have been attacked by a rival female fan. One of the more memorably chilling fan encounters occurred about a decade ago, where a man was shot and killed over a disagreement involving baseball teams.

In fact, fan violence over sports is increasingly the norm these days. There are few things that bring passions higher than sports, but at some point, one has to take a step back. Is a favorite team really worth spilling the blood of a total stranger? Is it worth spending the rest of your life in jail?

These are likely questions the apprehended are asking themselves right now, if it turns out to have been yet another pointless fan confrontation. The truth of the matter should be revealed in the coming days.
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Following Chris Borland retirement, NFL says 'football has never been safer'
3/17/15

"Football has never been safer."

That’s the sentiment the NFL shared Tuesday morning in a statement from Jeff Miller, the league's senior vice president of health and safety policy, after San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his surprising retirement on Monday night.

Borland, 24, is coming off a great rookie year in San Francisco, but decided to step away from the game due to fears for his long-term health.

Here is Miller’s statement, in full:

“We respect Chris Borland’s decision and wish him all the best. Playing any sport is a personal decision. By any measure, football has never been safer and we continue to make progress with rule changes, safer tackling techniques at all levels of football, and better equipment, protocols and medical care for players. Concussions in NFL games were down 25 percent last year, continuing a three-year downward trend. We continue to make significant investments in independent research to advance the science and understanding of these issues. We are seeing a growing culture of safety. Everyone involved in the game knows that there is more work to do and player safety will continue to be our top priority.”
While the NFL has made significant improvements and paid closer attention to player safety in recent years, more and more is being discovered about the long-term impact associated with head injuries.

Borland told ESPN’s "Outside the Lines" that he has done his research on the issues at hand.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland said. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk.

“I just thought to myself, 'What am I doing?' Is this how I'm going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I've learned and knew about the dangers?"

Borland is the fourth player in the last week to retire at age 30 or younger
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https://www.yahoo.com/health/cte-high-school-sports-232238493.html
12/1/15
Men Who Played High School Contact Sports at Risk for Brain Injury

Researchers have discovered that a neurodegenerative disease linked to pro football players is also showing up in men who played high school contact sports.

Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have discovered that about one-third of men who played contact sports and whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic brain bank had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated brain trauma.

Symptoms of CTE include memory loss, aggression, suicidal thoughts, depression, and dementia, although the only way to officially diagnose CTE is after death, when brain tissue can be analyzed for an abnormal protein called Tau.

CTE has famously been linked to NFL players: The disease has shown up in several former NFL players who committed suicide, including Junior Seau and Terry Long. Family members of Frank Gifford, who died in August, recently announced that the former player suffered from CTE, and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has said he suspects he may have the disease.

Related: Chris Borland Retires From NFL Over Concussion Fears: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Worth The Risk’

For the latest research, which was published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, Mayo scientists analyzed clinical records of more than 1,700 cases in their brain bank.

Researchers found 66 men who had participated in contact sports during their youth. Of those men, 32 percent showed evidence of CTE.

By comparison, none of 198 brains of people who didn’t have documentation of participating in contact sports had CTE, including those of 66 women.

Lead study author Kevin Bieniek, a predoctoral student in the Mayo Graduate School’s Neurobiology of Disease program, tells Yahoo Health that the study was launched after he noticed that a man in the brain bank who had evidence of CTE had played high school football.

He calls the findings “surprising,” noting that CTE was discovered among former players of several contact sports such as football, boxing, wrestling, rugby, basketball, and baseball. While the overall numbers are low and therefore too small to show statistical significance, Bieniek notes that more football players had CTE than players of any other sport.

Related: Researchers Have Discovered BRCA1 Link to Alzheimer’s

Not everyone who plays contact sports and suffers head injuries will develop CTE, but Bieniek and his team found two genetic markers that may increase a person’s risk of developing the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s unknown how common or prevalent CTE is among the general population. However, a study of 3,439 NFL players from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that former players were more than three times more likely than the general population to develop a brain or nervous system disorder.

CTE was the subject of a major lawsuit against the NFL by thousands of former pro football players and their families. The 2013 settlement reportedly required the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and medical research for retired players and their families.

Naturally, this raises the question: Should parents discourage their kids from playing contact sports? Bieniek says no.

“There are so many positive benefits of sports,” he says. “I don’t know that there’s necessarily imminent threats of CTE, but the study is good in that it raises awareness both for scientists and the general public that CTE might be more common than we thought.”

However, he says the findings underscore moves that are already being made in contact sports — specifically, limiting head to head contact and encouraging players to wear better, more protective sports equipment.

Bieniek says scientists don’t currently know how many hits or what type of hits it takes until a person develops CTE, but it’s currently being studied. “Just awareness of this is really important,” he says.
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https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/kids-sports-with-the-highest-concussion-rates-204917628.html
Kids Sports With the Highest Concussion Rates

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By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) - Concussion rates vary widely across youth sports, with the greatest injury risk in higher-contact games like rugby, hockey and football, a new research review finds.

Overall, young athletes experienced an average of no more than one concussion for roughly every 5,000 minutes of participation time, according to the analysis of previous research on injuries in popular youth sports. That amounts to around one injury for every 67 hours of practice and competition.

The concussion rate was about 18 times higher than average for rugby, five times greater for hockey, and roughly double for American football, the study found.

“This is likely because rugby, hockey and American football are all sports that involve more frequent contact to the body and head,” said senior study author Paul Ronksley of the University of Calgary in Canada.

“Contact sports such as these pose a greater risk to athletes for sustaining head trauma while activities such as volleyball, baseball and cheerleading inherently involve less contact or opportunity for both purposeful and accidental collision between players,” Ronksley added by email.

Even though the overall concussion rate may not seem high, these injuries still impact many children and teens. As many as 45 million youth participate in sports outside of school, and at least 7 million U.S. teens play high school sports each year, the researchers report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Ronksley examined the relative concussion risk for some of the most popular youth sports: American football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, field hockey, track, taekwondo, volleyball and cheerleading.

Altogether, they reviewed data from 23 previously published studies on concussions in these sports, and then did a pooled analysis of injury rates from 13 of the prior studies.

For each of the sports, they looked at concussion rates based on minutes of athletic exposure (AE), which includes competitions or practices with the potential for injury.

The overall concussion risk across all of the sports included in the analysis was 0.23 injuries per 1,000 AEs.

By comparison, the concussion risk per 1,000 AEs for rugby was 4.18, while it was 1.2 for hockey and 0.53 for American football.

At the lower end of the spectrum in terms of injury potential, the concussion risk per 1,000 AEs for volleyball was 0.03, while it was 0.06 for baseball and 0.07 for cheerleading.

One shortcoming of the study is that the researchers based calculations on assumptions about total participation time in some sports, which may have overestimated the risk of concussions in hockey. It may be more in line with football, the authors concede, nonetheless, these sports, along with rugby, would still be the activities with the highest concussion risk.

Researchers also lacked data on the injury risk based on age or information on how many concussions occurred during practices versus competitions.

“Concussions can occur in any sport,” noted Tamara Valovich McLeod, co-author of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement on management of sport concussions and director of athletic training programs at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.

“It makes sense with higher levels of contact to have higher concussion rates, but that doesn’t mean kids should stop playing sports,” Valovich McLeod, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Parents should ensure that teams and leagues in which their children compete promote safety, which might include having an athletic trainer to evaluate and manage injuries as well as emergency action plans for handling concussions and prevention education for athletes and families.

“There are numerous physical, social, and psychological benefits for children and adolescents who participate in sports,” Valovich McLeod added.
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If Antwaan Randle El could go back, he wouldn't play football
1/19/16

Antwaan Randle El had the type of football career that almost anyone would envy.

He was a star at Indiana, finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2001. A college quarterback, Randle El transitioned into a fine NFL career as a receiver, playing nine seasons with 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and had the signature play of Super Bowl XL with a touchdown pass on a trick play to Hines Ward. He signed three NFL contracts worth about $41 million, and although he didn't get all of that money, he got enough to be financially secure for the rest of his life. He used that money to help found Virginia Academy, a high school in Ashburn, Va. He is the school's athletic director.

And if he had the choice, he'd have never played football.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Randle El as saying “If I could go back, I wouldn’t” play football (via the Washington Post). Randle El, who was also a very good baseball and basketball player, said he would have played baseball. He was a 14th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 1997.

"Don’t get me wrong, I love the game of football," Randle El told the Post-Gazette. "But right now, I could still be playing baseball.”

That might be overstating things — Randle El will turn 37 this year, and 14th-round picks are far from locks to make the majors considering first-round picks often fall short in baseball. But it's not just regret that he missed out on a great baseball career.

Football took a toll on him. Randle El said he has trouble walking down steps and has memory lapses.

“I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like, ‘I just told you that,’" Randle El told the Post-Gazette. “I’ll ask her three times the night before and get up in the morning and forget. Stuff like that. I try to chalk it up as I’m busy, I’m doing a lot, but I have to be on my knees praying about it, asking God to allow me to not have these issues and live a long life. I want to see my kids raised up. I want to see my grandkids.”

Randle El talked in the article about the dangers of concussions and spinal injuries and how he tells parents, "You can have the right helmet, the perfect pads on, and still end up with a paraplegic kid." Randle El said it wouldn't surprise him if football isn't around in 20 or 25 years.

Football is doing just fine, averaging more than 36 million television viewers for the four playoff games last weekend. But it's startling when a player whose football career resulted in fame, fortune and a Super Bowl ring wishes he had never played.
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What's Driving the Massive Surge in Traffic Deaths?

9/1/16

For the better part of a year, Mark Rosekind has sounded the alarm on the rising carnage on America’s roads. In speeches delivered before audiences of automotive executives, transportation officials, and safety advocates, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned of a spike in traffic fatalities and repeatedly equated the weekly toll on U.S. roads to the crash of a Boeing 747 on a weekly basis.

Sadly, that comparison is now outdated.

The latest traffic-fatality figures released this week show that 35,092 people were killed on public roads in 2015, an average of 672 every week, which is beyond the capacity of the jumbo jet in its highest-passenger configuration.

That Rosekind must now revise one of his most grim talking points is indicative of the surge in traffic deaths occurring across the country. The latest annual statistics represent a 7.2-percent increase from the 32,744 recorded in 2014, the fastest one-year rise in a half-century. Not since an 8.1-percent increase from 1965 to 1966 has there been such a spike.

"If we don’t accept that 35,000 people dying is a given, maybe we can change behavior a little bit and make things safer next year.”

—David Cole

There have been warning signs. Deaths for pedestrians and bicyclists had been on the upswing of late, while the numbers for vehicle occupants ticked downward thanks to the introduction of new technologies like airbags, electronic stability control and, more recently, automated emergency braking systems. But now, the rising figures include almost all types of road users.


According to the latest data, the number of fatalities among SUV occupants jumped 10.1 percent from 2014. The number of fatalities in van occupants increased 9.3 percent. For passenger-car occupants, it was a 5.7-percent increase and for pickup-truck occupants, a 4.7-percent increase. Meanwhile, things got even worse for what are termed "vulnerable road users." Pedestrian fatalities jumped 9.5 percent to 5376 and bicyclist fatalities spiked more than 12 percent to 818; both cases represent levels not seen in two decades. Motorcyclist fatalities increased by 8.3 percent to 4976, the highest number in four years.

On Monday, the across-the-board spikes prompted an unprecedented “call to action” from the White House, and the Department of Transportation released its annual figures three months earlier than usual in hopes of drawing more attention to the sharp reversal in what had been long-term trends over decades toward safer roads.

“We are in a bad place,” Rosekind (shown below) said last month in San Francisco. “This is a bad situation, and we should be desperate for new tools that will help us save lives.”

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High school football player dies two days after injury in game
9/27/16

(CNN)A high school near Cleveland is mourning the tragic death of a football player days after he was injured during a game Friday night.

Andre Jackson, 17, was hurt during a kickoff play in which he may have been kicked or kneed by another player while going after the ball, the football coach told CNN affiliate WEWS.

Jackson, a fullback and outside linebacker for Euclid High School in Euclid, walked off the field after the play, went to the hospital on Friday and was released, WEWS reported.

On Sunday, the high school junior went to a hospital, was treated, and died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that the cause of death was a blow to Jackson's abdomen, which led to a small bowel laceration and peritonitis. Peritonitis is inflammation of the membrane lining the inner abdominal wall.

High school football deaths raise safety concerns

"This community just lost such a special boy, and he's irreplaceable. There'll never be a smile like Andre Jackson's," Jeff Rotsky, Euclid High's head football coach, told WEWS.

"He would be the first kid at study hall. He'd go for extra help. He was what you want to see out of a young man who wanted more out of life," Rotsky said. "He deserved so much more."

Jackson, whose favorite subject in school was math, was described as a "hardworking student athlete" in a statement from the Euclid City School District. He "brought smiles to all those with whom he came in contact," the statement said.

Although football-related deaths are extremely rare, a few other high schools across the country have lost players at young ages this year.

High school football deaths, by the numbers

Including Jackson, there have been five high school football-related fatalities since July, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Just two weeks ago, Chase Lightfoot, a football player at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, Texas, died of a cardiovascular problem on September 10 after he collapsed during the second half of a game, according to CNN affiliate KTRK. He was 17 years old.

In August, Lewis Simpkins, a football player at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina, collapsed on the field during practice. He was taken to a hospital and died shortly after, according to CNN affiliate WYFF. He was 14 years old. Simpkins died as a result of a pre-existing heart condition and complications from an irregular heartbeat, WYFF reported, and the heat and humidity during football practice probably contributed to his death.

Deadly month in high school football

High school football deaths mar season
More than 1 million high school athletes play football. During last year's football season, seven deaths in the United States were directly related to the sport, and they all involved high school players (PDF), according to a report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research.
Among high school and college players, about 12 football-related fatalities occur each year, according to a 2013 analysis from the center. The most common causes of death are cardiac failure, brain injury and heat illness.

There are three times as many catastrophic football injuries among high school athletes as college athletes, according to the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released recommendations last year to improve the safety of young football players. The recommendations, which were published in the journal Pediatrics, were:

    "Officials and coaches must ensure proper enforcement of the rules of the game. A significant number of concussions and catastrophic injuries occur because of improper and illegal contact, such as spear tackling."
    "Removing tackling from football altogether would likely lead to a decrease in the incidence of overall injuries, severe injuries, catastrophic injuries and concussions."
    "The expansion of nontackling leagues for young athletes who enjoy the game of football and want to be physically active but do not want to be exposed to the collisions currently associated with the game should be considered by football leagues and organizations."
    "Efforts should be made by coaches and officials to reduce the number of impacts to the head that occur during participation in football. Further research is needed in this area."
    "Delaying the age at which tackling is introduced to the game would likely decrease the risk of these injuries for the age levels at which tackling would be prohibited."
    "Although definitive scientific evidence is lacking, strengthening of the cervical musculature (in the neck) will likely reduce the risk of concussions in football by limiting the acceleration of the head after impact."
    "Efforts should be made by football teams to have athletic trainers at the sidelines during organized football games and practices."

Many experts point to a shortage of full-time high school athletic trainers as a possible link to the higher risk of injury for young football players.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that, while 70% of schools provide trainers at games and practices, only about one-third have full-time athletic trainers.

"This number must increase further to provide appropriate medical coverage at athletic practices and games for secondary school athletes," the study concludes.
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10/24/16
Football's impact on the brain starts early

(CNN) — Last year, according to USA Football, over two million children between the ages of 6-14 participated in tackle football. For many parents, the worry has been over concussions. But a new study finds there could be cause for concern over the cumulative impact of repetitive or sub-concussive hits on the brains of young players when out on the field.

The study, published in this month's edition of the journal Radiology, adds to the growing debate about whether or not children should be allowed to play contact sports.

Despite the study's small size, tracking only 25 youth football players between the ages of 8-13 over the course of just one season, it is the first research to look at this age group and find players still experienced structural changes to the white matter in their brain despite having no concussion diagnosis during the season.

Microscopic changes with big implications

"These are not the type of changes you see with the naked eye - so they may or not mean anything ," cautioned Joel Stitzel, Professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine and one of the authors of the study. Rather, Stitzel said that these findings indicate areas that need further study as well as pinpoint the right areas to be looking at for research.

Previous studies have shown similar findings in high school and college players, but seeing this in such an early age group made Dr. Robert Cantu, medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, pause. "I don't want to be alarmist....but finding this in youth players is particularly concerning," said Cantu, who was not involved in the study.

Dr. Christopher Giza, director of UCLA's Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, cautioned that the findings should be taken with a grain of salt because of the small sample size. Giza also did not participate in the study.

What is white matter?

When most people think of the brain they typically envision gray matter - the dark folded tissue that makes up the brain. This is where most of the neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain reside. However, to help those neurons efficiently communicate with one another, the brain relies on the white matter underneath, connecting various neurons and parts of the brain to one another.

White matter is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons and by using a sophisticated form of brain-scanning MRI technique, scientists are able to measure the movement of water molecules in the brain and along the axons. A healthy brain has fairly uniform water movement whereas more random water movement has been linked to brain abnormalities in previous studies. This movement has been associated with longer term concussive symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness, explained Stitzel.

In this study, the researchers found a significant association between increased head impacts and more random water movement in certain regions of white matter.

Stitzel pointed out that the changes in the studied players did not appear to be associated with any symptoms of concussion.

However, it's also not clear if the impact to the brain is permanent.

" Whether the brain is irreversibly injured, we don't know, because further studies need to be done. This is a pilot study and it cries out to be done in a longitudinal way to be followed over years. So these changes recover? Do these changes get worse?, " said Cantu.

Young players particularly vulnerable

What concerns Cantu so much is that the brain at this age range is particularly vulnerable, pointing out that the necks of players in this age group are not quite as strong as high school and college players. "Youngsters at this age aren't as fast and big, so the collisions aren't as spectacular, but their necks are very weak and that creates bobble head doll effect," said Cantu. Despite their lack of speed, Cantu said younger players can collide with just as much impact.

And while brain plasticity is on the side of youngsters, Cantu added "Young brains are in the process of making the connections between the ages of 9-12, in terms of giving your intellect, your mood, and also, behavior, whether you have a short fuse or not - so it's a particular concern to be injuring a brain at the time these final connections are being made."

Cantu advocates that children under the age of 14 should avoid tackle football, out of concern for their brain development.

Changing the game

In recent years, leagues such as Pop Warner and USA Football have already implemented rule and practice changes to limit contact exposure.

"We all should be looking towards minimizing impact risk in kids, including (but not limited to): having good protective equipment, using careful training protocols that minimize unnecessary impacts, penalizing illegal or inappropriate plays, avoiding poor playing techniques, providing meaningful concussion/brain health education and properly and promptly diagnosing and treating concussions," said Giza.

Stitzel agrees and hopes this, and future studies, can help better inform parents, coaches, and players. "I think our general view is this is the type of work that will inform better decision making...the sort of thing that is intending not to hurt, but ultimately save and make the sport safer. "
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11/2/16
Inflammation in the brain linked to CTE

(CNN)Inflammation in the brain has been associated with neurodegernative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and a new study links it for the first time to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The researchers compared the brains of 48 former football players diagnosed with CTE with the brains of 18 players who didn't have the disease and those of 16 non-players. They found that those who had increased hits to the head, even though they hadn't been diagnosed with CTE, had increased inflammation. That inflammation increased with a longer time playing football and with CTE severity.

What is CTE?
CTE is believed to be a result of repeated trauma to the head. Ninety of 94 former professional football players who donated their brains for research have been diagnosed with the Alzheimer's-like neurodegerative disease. Some of the best-known players diagnosed with CTE include Hall of Famer and San Diego Charger Junior Seau, who killed himself in May 2012 at the age of 43, and legendary sportscaster and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died of natural causes in August 2015 at the age of 84.

Though it has similar symptoms to Alzheimer's -- including memory loss, mood swings and depression -- it has a distinct pathology, with an abnormal protein called tau taking over specific regions of the brain.

A confirmed diagnosis cannot be made without an autopsy. However, recent research has looked into the use of MRI imaging and potential biomarkers to help detect the disease in the living.

Dr. Thor Stein, one of the authors of the new study, said that although it wasn't surprising to see an increase in inflammation, it wasn't clear exactly whether the inflammation was specifically causing the disease or was a reaction to it, but more likely, it was both.

Inflammation and the brain
Heather Snyder, senior associate director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer's Association, said researchers were still trying to understand the basic function of inflammation in the brain, let alone in disease. "It's still an early study. There are a lot of unanswered questions. We're just trying to understand the basic role in normal function."

Though Snyder was not involved in the study, the Alzheimer's Association did support Stein in this work.

The brain is a unique organ, said Stein, in that it has its own inflammatory cells that act as a monitoring system. "These inflammatory cells are constantly migrating through the brain. Then, if there's an infection, they react quickly. Same with trauma: Inflammatory cells quickly migrate to the area of trauma and probably perform some protective mechanism." But in some brains, these inflammatory cells don't shut down, and inflammation persists.

Eventually, Stein hopes studies like this can help develop tools to determine the degree of injury to the brain and when it's OK for players to return to the field. "The ultimate goal is to figure out which particularly inflammatory cells that are more problematic than others and then ultimately use drugs to prevent the disease." But he cautioned that the study was still very early.

Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, agreed but believes that this type of work was a step in the right direction. "We're still a long way away for developing targeted treatments for different types of brain inflammation, and I think that's the next frontier."
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1/13/17
Bo Jackson opens up about football's CTE risk

(CNN)Bo Jackson knows football, but he didn't know that much about the risk of head injuries that can come with playing the game, he said in a recent interview with USA Today.

The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Pro Bowler, who also had a baseball career, would have never played football if he had known more about the health risks, he said in the interview, which published Thursday.

"If I knew back then what I know now,'' Jackson told USA Today Sports, "I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn't tell anybody.

"The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We're so much more educated on this CTE stuff (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), there's no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today."

Most scientists believe that CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease, is associated with repeated blows to the head, such as those suffered while playing football.


The brain can shake inside the skull whenever the head gets hit, which can trigger the buildup of an abnormal protein in the brain called tau, leading to progressive degeneration of brain tissue.

In March, the NFL publicly acknowledged a connection between football and CTE.

"I think that the NFL has a responsibility -- one could say an obligation -- to really focus on player health and game safety. And by doing so, it would have a watershed effect on football, reaching into the NCAA and down into youth football. But I think the watershed effect extends to all sports and will affect men and women, so I think that's a good thing," Dr. Betsy Nabel, the NFL's chief health and medical adviser, told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a 2015 interview.

"Any contact sport is going to have a risk of injury. We see that, for example, in women's soccer," she said. "I think what's critical is knowing how to play the game right, knowing how to play the game safely. If you understand the best way to tackle, if you've got good equipment in place and you know how to recognize injuries, then you're going to know how to play the game as safely as possible. "

Indeed, athletes from other sports, such as boxing, soccer, and rugby, also can suffer CTE. Last year, US soccer player Brandi Chastain announced that she plans to donate her brain to Boston University for CTE research.

Many athletes from other sports have made that same commitment including three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar and NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CTE can cause Alzheimer's like symptoms. They can include cognitive impairment, impulsive behavior, depression, memory loss, difficulty planning or carrying out tasks, emotional instability, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Chris Henry played five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals before dying at the age of 26. He died after falling from the bed of a moving pickup during a fight with his fiancée. His young age prompted concern over how quickly athletes start to suffer from CTE.

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