Deprive mass murderers of news fame

Excerpt from the article: “News organizations could help ensure the obscurity of mass murderers by avoiding the use of their names without a compelling reason. Few readers or viewers would mind… If you recall the one in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 or the one in Minneapolis in 2012, you’re the exception.”

I’m not sure if this would help reduce the number of mass shootings in the U.S., but I have this argument before about not posting the shooters name and picture repeatedly on the news.


Shocking perspective on gun violence

Excerpts from the article: “Every year, 30,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds. ‘In all of the Vietnam war, 58,000 Americans were killed. We have a war in this country. More people die here than in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ Wellen said in an interview after the Las Vegas massacre.”

“Following the Isla Vista shooting in 2014, CAGV was a proponent of the new legislation allowing family members to inform law enforcement and have temporary restraining orders on firearms enforced upon mentally distressed relatives.”

“Wellen was instrumental in creating a gun buyback program run by the Santa Barbara Police Department every year at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Through grants and fundraisers, CAGV has been able to pay $100 for handguns and $200 for rifles and remove thousands of firearms from local circulation.”

Mumkey Jones’s Elliot Rodger Leak Week

This is the teaser video for Mumkey Jones’s Elliot Rodger Leak Week. He is going to be releasing Elliot’s emails that were sourced (read: hacked) by A Cruel Society, the online moniker for the Elliot Rodger hacker. You might remember him as the person who released a video of Elliot’s BMW in the junkyard. A Cruel Society also has sporadically leaked miscellaneous emails and little-known facts.

Memoir: Confessions of a Sociopath

“Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight” is the memoir of a sociopath.

Right away the author dispenses with misconceptions and preconceived ideas: “I was not a victim of child abuse, and I am not a murderer or a criminal. I have never skulked behind prison walls; I prefer mine to be covered in ivy. I am an accomplished attorney and law professor. I am a typical, well-respected, young academic, regularly writing for law journals and advancing various legal theories. I donate 10 percent of my income to charity and teach Sunday School every week. I have a close circle of family and friends whom I love and who love me very much.”

If you’ve ever been interested in sociopathy and want to hear about it from a diagnosed sociopath, this is THE book for you. The Kindle version is on sale now for $1.99.

(This is NOT an ad. The author does not receive any compensation, financial or otherwise, from the sale of this book or link clicks.)

Elliot’s birthday

Today Elliot would have turned 26 years old.

He shared a birthday with Emily Bett Rickards, a Canadian actress. Other famous people born on July 24 but in a different year are: Amelia Earhart (1897), Michael Richards (1949), Lynda Carter (1951), Jennifer Lopez (1969), Elizabeth Moss (1982), and Mara Wilson (1987).

Here’s a look at what else was going on in the U.S. around the time Elliot was born.

President: George H.W. Bush

Gallon of gas: $1.11

Dozen eggs: $0.87

Gallon of milk: $2.88

Historical event: University of Manchester scientists announce finding a planet outside our solar system.

Top songs: “Unbelievable” by EMF and “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” by Bryan Adams

In theaters: The Doctor was released on July 24, 1991. Other films in theaters were Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Boyz in the Hood, Point Break, and Problem Child 2.

Best-selling fiction book: The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan, although the overall most popular book of the year was The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

TV: Court TV (now TruTV) hit the airwaves July 1, 1991. The following month, Nickelodeon introduced Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Academy Awards: Silence of the Lambs won for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture

Emmy Awards: Best Drama – Northern Exposure, Best Comedy – Murphy Brown

Top news stories: Jeffrey Dahmer arrested for his crimes. Boris Yeltsin elected Russian President. Magic Johnson announces he is HIV positive. Jay Leno succeeds Johnny Carson. Gulf War broadcast live on TV. UN launched air assault on Iraqi troops. UN ground troops liberate Kuwait. Motorola introduced a new light-weight cell phone; it weighed 1/2 pound. Last U.S. hostage in Lebanon released. Dallas ended after 13 seasons.