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America's teens are extremely stressed out about school shootings

By Brian Resnick at Vox



This week, the American Psychological Association released its annual Stress in America survey, asking thousands of people variations on one simple question: What stresses you out?

The poll, like its recent iterations, found that Americans are stressed the heck out. Forty-five percent of the survey respondents said they “lay awake at night due to stress.” Sixty-two percent said the current political climate is a significant stressor in their lives. And 56 percent agreed “this is the lowest point in the nation’s history they could remember.” (Hey, at least that’s slightly down from last year.)

This year’s report took a special look at young people ages 15 to 21, a.k.a. Generation Z (the generation that comes after millennials). An additional 300 people in this group were polled to get a closer look at their stressors and what it’s like to be entering adulthood at this fraught time.

Two things in the report are clear. Teens are especially concerned about guns. And they are most likely of any of us to describe their mental health as poor.


Maybe all this insecurity in healthcare, school shootings, income, the environment and mayhem on the internet is intentional on the part of the GOP because insecure societies vote for authoritarians and believe in tradition.

Maybe for Trump anti-Semitism, racism, sexism is the opiate of the masses.

A way to get votes. For the GOP at the top they think they are above all that messiness and that is how it is explained to Sheldon and Bibi. And they want an embassy in Jerusalem so they go with it. It is like religion. A way to corrall enough people to vote GOP so the real agenda of the people in power can be implemented: no taxes, ending entitlements, social Darwinism, right wing foreign policy. So they have not pushed back on Trump after Charlottesville. So Republicans have not pushes back on Trump because it is their strategy too, Trump is just more obvious about it. This is the great uncoupling of the people from their leadership. They live in different worlds and their is no integrity between the two worlds. Sure violence is unacceptable to them but everything up to it was fine. And that is why health care has to not be public or subsidized in any way. Making everything a transaction or not based on income is another way to separate the two worlds.



What I can tell you is in 2016 we saw a 34 percent increase in acts of harassment, vandalism and violence against the Jewish community. But last year, a 57 percent increase, the single largest surge that we’ve ever seen in anti-Semitic acts in the United States.”

— Anti Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, on This Week.




Pence Says No Link Between Trump and Violence

October 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 302 Comments

Vice President Mike Pence rejected the suggestion that there is a link between the kind of political rhetoric used by President Trump and acts of violence like Saturday’s deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh or last week’s mail bombs sent to prominent Trump critics, NBC News reports.

Said Pence: “Everyone has their own style, and frankly, people on both sides of the aisle use strong language about our political differences. But I just don’t think you can connect it to acts or threats of violence.”




What Is Happening to Our Country?

October 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 220 Comments

Max Boot: “I am so sad. I am so heartbroken. What is happening to our country?”

“Tolerance for political and religious differences is a non-negotiable part of the social contract in the United States. It is the very core of our national identity, even if it has all too often been honored more in the breach than the observance. We settle our political differences through debate followed by voting. Political terrorism and sectarian bloodletting — these are the sorts of horrors that occur in the Balkans or the Middle East. Not here. Not in the land of the free. We’re better than this. We’re Americans.”

“Except now the horror show has arrived on our shores.”


Then again maybe destabilizing the people's lives is the point as people vote more authoritarian when there is insecurity. They are less concerned with individual freedoms. They become conservative and retreat into religion and tribes. Workers have seen a smaller share of the growing pie for the last 40 years. No doubt that is intentional too. Some rich assholes woke up one day and decided to turn the US into Saudi Arabia.

Well I think we can divest of the Saudis in big ways but start small. In canada

It turned out many of our emergency room residents were Saudis because the Saudis paid their salaries so what public healthcare system would not accept free resident doctors or internists? When our global affaires minister criticized Saudi human rights they threatened to pull all their doctors at once. And all their students at Canadian universities. That has gone quiet now so I guess both sides want to tone it down but it points to one thing: we used to use trade in the West as a way to spread human rights and stop wars. Now the Saudis have turned that maxim on its head where trade is leveraged as cover for human rights abuses and to fight against the evolution of democracies.
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