By The Numbers: What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?

Just to add to our ‘proud’ heritage of guns, violence and turning a blind eye to both.

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THE DATA BELOW is the result of a joint investigation by Mother Jones and Ted Miller, an economist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Based on Miller’s work identifying and quantifying the societal impacts of gun violence, the annual price tag comes to at least $229 billion a year (based on 2012 data). That includes $8.6 billion in direct spending—from emergency care and other medical expenses to court and prison costs—as well as $221 billion in less tangible “indirect” costs, which include impacts on productivity and quality of life for victims and their communities. (See the rest of our special investigation here.)

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More From Mother Jones:

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It was a mild, crystal clear desert evening on November 15, 2004, when Jennifer Longdon and her fiance, David Rueckert, closed up his martial-arts studio and headed out to grab some carnitas…

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The Supreme Court Decision On AHCA Is One Of Life And Death For Many Americans*

This is what we are facing…consider the recently released budget by the GOP which guts ACA and takes us back to every man and woman for themselves. Most of us will be without, scrambling on a hope and a prayer.

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"Obamacare" supporter Margot Smith (L) of California pleads her case with legislation opponents Judy Burel (2nd R) and Janis Haddon, both of Georgia, at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters “Obamacare” supporter Margot Smith (L) of California pleads her case with legislation opponents Judy Burel (2nd R) and Janis Haddon, both of Georgia, at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

*Of whom not one sits on the United States Supreme Court and will be making this life or death decision for the very Americans their decision will effect.

From  Steve Benen The Rachel Maddow Show / The MaddowBlog & MSNBC:

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell and by most accounts, it’s not at all clear how the justices intend to rule. The four center-left justices seemed unmoved by the plaintiffs’ ridiculous argument; Scalia and Alito seemed eager to destroy “Obamacare”; Roberts said almost nothing; and Kennedy hinted he might back the ACA on federalism grounds.

We probably won’t know for sure until June, when the…

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Pain Connects Us ALL. Whether YOU Realize That Or Not.

It is important, it is vital even.

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Meet the Embarrassing Eight

I simply cannot resist this one. Yes, it is true you can actually vote for the worst of the worst of these true deniers of Science. Go on read their statements and vote.

Be a Seed for Change

The first round of votes are in. The Climate Change Fantasy Tournament is starting to heat up. Check out the regional finals match-ups — and go vote to decide which deniers advance:

John Boehner vs. Steve King
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Marco Rubio vs. Robert Pittenger

Mitch McConnell vs. Jim Inhofe
Mitch McConnell vs. Jim Inhofe

Cory Gardner vs. Duncan Hunter

Cory Gardner vs. Duncan Hunter

We’re getting even closer to crowning our champion, the worst climate change denier in the country.

These folks have made it this far because they’re deeply committed to publicly denying the science behind climate change. That’s why we’ll make sure we celebrate the winner — in a very public way — back in their home district.

Help decide — go vote on John Boehner vs. Steve King:

http://my.barackobama.com/Boehner-King-Deniers

Weigh in on Marco Rubio vs. Robert Pittenger:

http://my.barackobama.com/Rubio-Pittenger-Deniers

Pick a winner for Mitch McConnell vs. Jim Inhofe:

http://my.barackobama.com/McConnell-Inhofe-Deniers

And vote on Cory Gardner vs. Duncan Hunter:

http://my.barackobama.com/Gardner-Hunter-Deniers

Thanks,

The OFA Climate Team

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Education is Under Attack in the USA

America is being dumbed down at an alarming rate. Is this really the America we want? Apparently so since so many failed to vote.

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An educated population is a vital resource to any developed nation (if not a requirement for a nation to become developed).

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On the individual level, there are numerous benefits that come from educational achievement. More educated individuals tend to make more money, live longer, and have greater career achievements than those who have less education. These individual benefits translate to societal benefits, as more educated societies tend to be healthier, more productive, less violent, and more likely to produce technological progress.

Unfortunately, the modern American right wing has become stuck in a mindset where education is derided and, where possible, defunded or privatized. The meme of the “ivory tower liberal elite” competing with the “common sense conservative” has created a justification for large portions of our nation to see education as something that is not only unnecessary, but a threat to their established ways…

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An Open Letter To WordPress

Many others have already reblogged this, I am simply sharing the genius. Goldfish has said better than I what is frustrating so many about the changes being randomly applied to WordPress, these days without forewarning and certainly without our agreement. I don’t know about you, but I am in full agreement with everything here. If like me you are annoyed you can’t see notifications on a single page, they are still there just bookmark from your site: https://wordpress.com/notifications

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Dear WordPress,

I am loath to write yet another letter to you, since I typically prefer to spend my time writing actual blog posts, but I’ve been bitching on Twitter and in your forums to no avail, so maybe you’ll pay attention to a blog post. It’s not likely, but hey, you never know.

Please, stop. Just put down whatever you’re working on and stop with the futzing. You have been tinkering under my hood long enough and you know what? None of the “improvements” you’ve made are actually improvements.

Below, you will find explanations as to why your improvements aren’t improvements sorted conveniently by feature.

Post Editor

Let’s talk about this “Beep beep boop” post editor nightmare with less than half the functionality of the old editor. Thankfully, you haven’t taken away the old editor yet. However, I fully expect that one day, I will go to write a…

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South Carolina Legislature Floats Bill To Require All Public School Students To Take NRA-Approved Gun Rights Course.

I had something else I was going to write today, this though it took the wind from my sails. I wobble between heartbreak and fury. There is a piece of me that simply shakes my head, wondering how these idiots ever got elected, then I realize apathy and ignorance sent them to their state house to wreak havoc on the next generation.

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From THINK PROGRESS & BY IAN MILLHISER

Three Republican legislators in the South Carolina House have introduced theSecond Amendment Education Act of 2015.

South Carolina Bill Requires All Public School Students To Take NRA-Approved Gun Rights Course

By THINK PROGRESS & BY IAN MILLHISER

Legislation proposed last month by three members of the South Carolina legislature would require public school teachers in that state to spend three weeks each year extolling the virtues of the Second Amendment — as that amendment is understood by the National Rifle Association. The bill requires all South Carolina public schools to “provide instruction in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution for at least three consecutive weeks during one grading period in each academic year.” Moreover, “the State Superintendent of Education shall adopt a curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association or its successor organization.”

Three weeks…

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NOMORE.ORG

This is what we need, recognition of a problem and steps to address it.

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What is NO MORE?

NO MORE is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, NO MORE seeks to break social stigma, normalize the conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these urgent issues. NO MORE is aligned with hundreds of organizations working at the local, state and national levels on prevention, advocacy, and services for survivors.

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What is NO MORE’s history?

The idea for NO MORE was sparked in 2009, in recognition that despite the significant progress made in the visibility of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems affecting millions remain hidden and on the margins of public concern. Hundreds of representatives from the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention field came together around the idea that an overarching symbol…

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This Is NOT St. Louis County, Missouri Prosecutor Robert McCulloch First “Racist Rodeo.”

This is so egregious it must be brought to light. How does this even exist in our nation?

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Now for the truth exposing St. Louis County, Missouri Prosecutor Robert  McCulloch, for what he really is.

In light of all the turmoil taking place in St. Louis / Ferguson, Missouri with the Justice System, all should know what we went through for nearly nine years and the terrorist acts waged against us by the Missouri Justice System.  All, should also know the ILLEGAL, INCOMPETENT, UNETHICAL, and UNPROFESSIONAL behavior by the St. Louis County Missouri / Robert McCulloch’s office that we have been terrorized by. 

The journalists that were harrassed and arrested, etc. in Ferguson Missouri are very lucky they were not shot like they did to journalist, Jeffrey Weinhaus, a.k.a. Bulletinman.  Please read more info. about journalist, Jeffrey Weinhaus (Bulletinman) that was shot by the Missouri…

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The Silence Of Barack Hussein Obama.

From the heart on the silence of our President on the issue of genocide.

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The President Is Silent AND Weak On Ferguson, Missouri AND Black Genocide.

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I’ve said before that this Black President is too quite while Black men and women are being systematically murdered. Unarmed Black men & women are being killed for no other reason than being Black men & women. This Black Genocide did not start under Barack Hussein Obama’s administration, thats a fact. MY issue is that it is allowed to continue under Barack Hussein Obama’s reign and he is silent.

Giving a speech asking for calm and telling a people that are being exterminated, to be lawful and maintain peace, while they are being gassed, arrested for protesting peacefully and having weapons aimed at them…as you tell them to be calm, is asinine. I am sick of watching good Americans of all skin tones, all walks of life and from all parts of the globe in Ferguson, Missouri, everyday…

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