School Shootings Part Two – A Warning About Mishandling The Mental Health Component

photo of an informational display from the post war era, created by the Minnesota Mental Hygiene Society, touting the benefits to individuals and society of mental health treatment and counseling.

by Richard Cameron   In the first of this series on the mental health factors of school shooters, we examined the general outlines of the three main categories or psychological profiles of the (mostly) young men who commit these attacks.  In this follow up report, we’ll set forth the hazards of getting the public into a mindset of amateur diagnoses that could conceivably derail any successful program devised to assist those vulnerable individuals in need of professional counseling and treatment.  Before we do, however, I would just like to forward…

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Conor Lamb Wins 18th CD Pennsylvania – Trump And GOP Continue Losing Streak

by Richard Cameron   It is now official – barring the possibility that a recount of the election is granted and the result indicates other than the final tally – Conor Lamb, Democrat candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional District, has been declared the winner over GOP opponent, Rick Saccone – a Trump acolyte. Election observers were keenly intrigued about what the overall effect of Donald Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone would be. The election was widely seen as the latest in a series of…

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Rex Tillerson Dumped By Trump For Not Following Trump’s Line On Russia

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by Richard Cameron   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired this morning (Tuesday) by Donald Trump.  Trump’s manner of communicating the dismissal was via Twitter around 8:44 a.m. Eastern Time.       . Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018 The State Department issued…

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White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn Resigns, Trump Admin In Damage Control Mode

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by Richard Cameron   Gary Cohn, officially announced his departure from his position as President Trump’s White House Economic Advisor and head of the administration’s Economic Council this afternoon. Cohn, a former president of Goldman Sachs is in the cleaning out his desk mode and will vacate his office within the next several days. Cohn issued a statement: “It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform. I am grateful to the…

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Jared Kushner’s Failed Security Clearance And The National Security Implications

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, receives a gift from Iraqi Minister of Defense Erfan al-Hiyali at the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

by Richard Cameron Trump and National Security Donald Trump contends that he is keenly concerned with matters of national security.  So much so, that he has had a plan drawn up to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on that basis – although economists and commerce experts have exposed the false premise and the potential catastrophe of such a move. But when it comes to shielding classified information from individuals not qualified to access such information, Trump has demonstrably no concerns. As was reported in recent days, President Trump’s…

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School Shootings And The Factors Of Mental Illness – Part One

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by Richard Cameron   With the most recent school shooting by Nikolas Cruz at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a number of solutions are being considered – with added measures of gun control in the forefront. Whether, and to what extent additional gun control legislation will in any way address the problem, is debatable – and of course, as you have noticed, is being debated.  But in this first of a series of  reports we will focus on one of the other common denominators in the shootings. …

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China Moves To Make Xi Jinping Dictator For Life – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Richard Cameron   The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that the mainland Chinese authoritarian one party state will accede – essentially rubber stamp Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expressed intention of assuming dictator for life status. They quoted the Chinese government’s official state media’s editorial organ, China Daily, on the subject: “Over the past two decades, a trinity of leadership consisting of the CPC Central Committee general secretary, president of the nation and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission has taken shape and proven to be effective.…

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As Usual, Donald Trump Is “Off The Hinges” – But He Is Not Out Of The Woods

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by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump and his political circus on Fox News and the alt-Right web have been crowing about the Mueller indictments of 13 Russian nationals and in some bizarre alternate universe take, are floating a rendering of events suggesting that Trump is now in the clear based on them. What are they thinking?  Not sure if they are thinking at all, but this is what they are using to sell to their audience this trip to fantasy land.  Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, commenting on the substance…

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Marco Rubio’s Performance At The CNN Stoneman Douglas Shooting Town Hall

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by Richard Cameron   Marco Rubio made an appearance at the CNN town hall last night, which was touted as a forum to discuss solutions to school shootings in the wake of 17 deaths at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That is to his credit, as it was noted by the moderator, Jake Tapper, that President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Rick Scott were invited to participate but either declined or chose not to respond. CNN's Florida shooting town hall draws nearly 3 million viewers…

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Notes, Observations And Analysis Of The Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting And Mass Shootings Generally

Nikolas Cruz taken into custody by Broward County Sheriff's officials

by Richard Cameron   As was the case with the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where scores of people were shot at a music festival, I always hesitate and hold back doing a write up on these news events immediately after they happen, because in the following days, facts and details emerge from the smoke of all the rumors and false assumptions. With the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in Parkland, Florida – as is true with so many other tragic events of this sort, it becomes apparent that there…

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