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11619. arkymalarky - 10/4/2015 9:24:22 PM

People who are attracted to the kind of thinking that the guy in the latest shooting in Oregon was doing, have so many things going on that are wrapped up in their own inability to function in the world and so they are absorbed with not just video games but horror movies and real life accounts, etc. It's not a cause and effect but a correlation. If ir were, 90% of the kids I've taught the last 35 years would be killers.

11620. iiibbb - 10/5/2015 4:28:33 PM

I know there are probably an innumerable number of misanthropes who'd never kill anyone.

I was treated horribly as a kid. I've joked with friends about how if I ever went crazy I'd find businesses with 1 of 2 double doors locked and rampage.

I have played violent video games.

I've trained with guns at pistol practicals.

But please. The idea of actually hurting people is still deeply abhorrent to me... no matter how awful they might be.

11621. judithathome - 10/6/2015 12:58:23 AM

Fine...nothing has changed since I was a teen in 1950s....there is NO explanation for why teenagers today snap and kill fellow teens.

It's all just a mystery....(eyeroll)

11622. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 2:33:55 AM

No, it's not a mystery, but it's certainly not video games. If only the solution were that simple. I frankly don't understand why people don't wink at the violence in television and movies, but are appalled by the violence in rap music and video games. Like Jay Z said, Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me, so that ain't the blame for all the shit that's happened to me. Or something like that.

11623. judithathome - 10/6/2015 10:23:23 PM

Well, I'm coming at this from the "repetition" mode that actually, the military uses to train soldiers...

I appreciate what you're saying but I just cannot see how playing violent video games in which young minds "kill enemies" over and over for hours on end...how that doesn't have some sort of "imprint" on young brains.

I have told this story before but one year at Christmas at a friends' house...the mother of two young sons had given them the video games they'd requested...I walked into the room where they were gleefully playing one of them and the EIGHT YEAR OLD yelled out to his older brother "Go ahead! Shoot her in the vagina!!"


11624. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 10:39:09 PM

I knew a woman who let her to opposite gender single-digit age children watch porn. That's a parenting issue as much as anything. I've taught 35 years and known hundreds of kids who played video games, and that's just not the issue. They shouldn't be able to get that many guns and that much ammunition. I believe in rating music, movies and video games, but I don't believe in taking them off the market when it would be so much more productive to take away the actual ability to get an Arsenal when you are mentally unstable, or when you're not, for that matter. Another rapper, Eminem, rapoed his own observations about negligent parents, including his, speculating on various misattributions of causes of teen violence. He wrote about being in a movie watching an 8 year old with his 17 year old uncle as Swarzenegger shot up people with an uzi. If you're going to look at the video games, you've got to go for all of it. The books they read and the movies they watch and the TV series they're exposed to are all a part of that package. But the fact remains that the vast majority of people, adults or teens, are not driven to violence because of it. In violent people you can look at many other reasons for what they did, and some of them are not Teens and didn't play video games at all.

11625. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 11:38:55 PM

Looking at a lot of the kids I've taught, it frankly surprises me that more don't do that. I've had kids grow up to be fine who I would have never imagined based on what I knew of their families and their parents and what they were exposed to through various media and real life.

11626. arkymalarky - 10/6/2015 11:42:07 PM

I've had kids who I truly thought were dangerous, some I still think are dangerous. A lot of times people know that these kids are troubled, including their parents, but they really have no idea what to do about it because there's so little recourse. The American mental health system is a tragic joke.

11627. judithathome - 10/8/2015 6:41:14 PM

Breaking News: Kevin McCarthy just withdrew his name as candidate for Speaker of the House. Couldn't get 218 votes for the speakership...

11628. arkymalarky - 10/8/2015 7:09:06 PM


11629. Ms. No - 10/9/2015 10:30:28 PM

I was listening to some Representative this morning on NPR -- I don't remember the name, but he's part of the "Freedom" caucus or whatever -- and he was going on about how they (the conservative Republican Reps) don't need a Speaker who is ideologically the same as them, just someone willing to let all the factions have a voice. Apparently the Boehner & McCarthy were shutting them out and not letting them be heard and that's why they haven't been able to legislate.

Yeah, the Republican party's problem is that the far-right conservatives aren't being heard.


And these guys really believe they are persecuted. Totally disconnected from reality.

11630. arkymalarky - 10/10/2015 2:13:30 AM

Yeah, I'm listening to them right now. The Republicans created this monster. Now they're going to have to see if they can possibly contain it.

11631. Ms. No - 10/10/2015 3:02:56 AM

What's that saying about if you raise a vicious dog expect to get bit?

11632. arkymalarky - 10/10/2015 6:28:06 AM

And they've gerrymandered in such a way that the lunatics will never give up the asylum

11633. judithathome - 10/10/2015 7:15:29 PM

I hear these sniveling assholes every single day and I hope it keeps up...right until they get Dems to come in and get a new speaker elected WITHOUT their votes.

That can easily happen...listen, jerkoffs, you may have come to DC to get your way and only your way but that's not how the constitution works...you know, that document you so often allude to....

I'm so sick of these fools coming to Congress and doing NOTHING...you get better pay, better perks, more "vacation time", and all you do is bitch about wanting to tear down the entity that is giving you all this...for NOT doing YOUR jobs.

And to a man, you ALL gripe and moan about the WELFARE STATE.

11634. arkymalarky - 10/10/2015 11:21:40 PM

I've noticed in real life that the people who bitch the most about the welfare state are often the biggest slugs, and most of them draw a government paycheck of some form or other. I detest having them as colleagues. They're often deadweights who try to shift work other people when sponsoring classes or clubs. They're loads of fun when you have to test with them. One got mad at me a couple of years ago when I wouldn't switch with him and read a test out loud to a student after he told me I was so much better at that than he was. Yeah right. Having them as relatives is really no fun either. To my aunt, for example: You live off your husband's military retirement and social security, you never worked a day in your life, quit bitching about people who don't have jobs and are sucking money from the state. I love her, I do, but damn. I'm having a real problem finding these people's version of the New Testament. They sure seem to hate poor people.

11635. judithathome - 10/11/2015 6:53:49 PM

Well, I could be your aunt except for the bitching about poor people! Ha!

But face it, SS is money people earned during their working careers as is military retirement...I doubt you'd get many long timers to STAY in the military if it weren't for the retirement and health care benefits.

11636. arkymalarky - 10/11/2015 8:35:20 PM

she complains about people who are exactly like her. It never occurs to her that they got theirs the exact same way she got hers.

11637. arkymalarky - 10/11/2015 8:42:53 PM

She's like the people who tell the government to keep its hands off their Medicare.

11638. judithathome - 10/11/2015 9:23:31 PM

...riiight...while shaking their Medicare-issued canes in the air!!!

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