Four teen suspects arrested in death of MD cop

UPDATE, 10:46 a.m. EST – Three more teens have been arrested in connection with the death of Baltimore police officer.

The four suspects are also believed to be linked to burglaries in the area, officials said Tuesday.

Police said the four suspects are all teenaged males.

No identities have been released.

A 16-year-old male was arrested earlier Tuesday morning in connection with the death of a Maryland police officer on Monday, after the officer was shot and possibly run over, and later died, officials said Tuesday.

An intense manhunt was underway Tuesday morning for the three additional suspects, authorities said.

The officer, who has been referred to as a female but has not yet been identified, was a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department.

The police officer died Monday while responding to a possible burglary.

Officials initially said there were four possible suspects at large who were believed to be “armed and dangerous.”

It was initially reported the officer was fatally shot. It was later learned that the officer might have been run over by a vehicle based on eyewitness accounts of the incident. It’s unclear whether or not the officer died because of the gunshot, being run over or a combination of both. The police officer has not been identified.

Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said the officer, who has been referred to as a female, was responding to a possible burglary call around 2 p.m. when the incident took place. She was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and died around 2:50 p.m., Vinson said.

“We cannot confirm her injuries right now. We probably won’t know for sure until an autopsy is performed,” Vinson said, KCRA reported.

The Maryland police officer was fatally shot Monday while responding to a call and investigating suspicious activity, officials said Monday afternoon.

The Baltimore County Police Department “received a call for a suspicious vehicle in the unit-block of Linwen Way, 21136. An officer has been injured and taken to a local hospital. Continue to searching for at least one armed suspect,” Baltimore County Public Safety tweeted Monday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted out his condolences Monday.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today. Our prayers go out to this brave officer’s family, [Baltimore County Police and Fire] and the Baltimore County community,” he wrote.

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How We Defined Deviancy Down and Got a Culture of Violence

“Was there a part of you that was like, this isn’t real, this would not happen in my school?” A ghoulish ABC television reporter asked a Santa Fe High School student this, expecting a stock answer that would fit the conventional wisdom.

“No there wasn’t,” she replied coolly. “It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too. So, I don’t know. I wasn’t surprised. I was just scared.”

Against our will, we are getting used to the carnage. This time, a spurned fatty given to black Goth-ish clothing and video games fatally shot 10 students and teachers and injured 13 others near Houston. “Surprise!” he shouted, as he jumped from the closet into a classroom, mowing down classmates and a would-be girlfriend.

On national television last weekend, National Rifle Association president-elect Oliver North tried to move public soul-searching towards prescribed drugs and the “culture of violence,” spinning what happened at Santa Fe away from mounting pressure for more gun restrictions. But what does this inadequate phrase even mean? Does North understand what he’s talking about?

“We are getting used to a lot of behavior that is not good for us,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Harvard professor of education and sociology and then U.S. senator, in his celebrated 1993 American Scholar essay “Defining Deviancy Down.” The nation had been “redefining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the ‘normal’ level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard,” Moynihan wrote.

Altruism was one broad public response to deepening social pathology, marked by denial, kindness, pity, or guilt, he noted, using as an example the closing of mental hospitals and rise of the homeless. Opportunism, he continued, was a second response, anticipating the advancement of government programs and vast, often lucrative social service, therapy, and diversity franchises, all of which would be “jeopardized if any serious effort were made to reduce the deviancy in question.”

This self-interest led to “assorted strategies for redefining the behavior in question as not all that deviant, really,” and to a third response, normalization, adapting to crime and violence, getting used to widespread coarseness and nihilism.

Moynihan wrote his essay 25 years ago. The insane and wayward—increasingly freed from stigma and shame—today terrify functional America even more so than in his time, on account of their shamelessness as well as increasing prevalence.

Homicidal gun violence is to a large degree a ghetto affair. Illegal and unlicensed handguns are the nation’s major killing machine. School menace is embodied in the angry lout in the suburban high school parking lot and seething introvert in the darkened bedroom. His ear buds are on, and his smartphone is turned up full-blast to hate rap.

Music is a leading indicator of the “culture of violence.” Primer 55’s Introduction to Mayhem, for example, produced in 2000, is a heavy metal classic from the Island Def Jam Music Group, standard teenage boy fare. The cuts include “Dose,” “The Big Fuck You,” “Violence,” “Hate,” “Tripinthehead,” “Loose,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “Supa Freak Love,” “Chaos,” “Pigs,” “Stain,” and “Revolution.”

The “culture of violence” is box office. And if Island Def Jam has been selling socio-cultural poison like this for two decades, isn’t legendary record producer and Malibu guru Rick Rubin, 55, who is worth an estimated $250 million, worthy of at least disgrace, not Hollywood and public adulation?

Violent music, video games, and depraved entertainment are cash machines. Electronic tools provide America’s youth—and their parents—with easy, possibly irresistible portals to the dark side. The weakening of families and religion-based communities contribute to the void. So do social media and porn. Unstable adolescents, if they are identified and treated, get medicated on the chance that anti-depressants or uppers will do their mood magic. Drugs—legal and illegal and everything in between—are palliatives for Americans of all ages.

Sometimes there’s official neglect or bad local policy, as with Parkland student Nicholas Cruz. But most educators are doing their best. The really damaged kids, the heartbreakers and the throwaways, the deranged and the dangerous, are given over to social workers, foster parents, or the police, but under the circumstances no one expects much to come from the interventions.

I wasn’t surprised, the Santa Fe High School student said. I was just scared. And, really, shouldn’t we all be feeling the same way?

Gilbert T. Sewall is co-author of After Hiroshima: The United States Since 1945 and editor of The Eighties: A Reader.

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Of Royal Birth, Descended, Part 1

[These are my views as a woman living in England, on how the culture and spirit of my country has changed over 50 years.   Why the country does not feel protected or strong any more, how it has lost, and is losing it values and decency, and how we are daily losing our free speech.]

Prince William and Katherine Middleton announced the name of their third child quite recently.   It is Louis Arthur Charles, and he will be known as His Royal Highness, Prince Louis of Cambridge.

I noted that the actual birth of Prince Louis had been somewhat low-key, in comparison to previous royal births.    It was a whole week before I knew he had been born.   I believe the reason for this was that public world attention was being given to the plight of two year old Alfie Evans, who died under controversial circumstances in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool very recently.

The story of Alfie Evans can be viewed here.

Public celebrations for the royal birth also seemed very minimal, and whilst we have delighted in viewing the beautiful photographs of the royal baby meeting his siblings, you could not help or fail to compare the images of privilege and happiness, against the many images of little Alfie, who at the same time, in his own vulnerability, appeared to many people to be in the hands of another authority who did not have his, or his parents, best interests at heart.

The controversy around a court decision to switch of vital life support and refuse his parents permission to seek further alternative help which was being offered to them raised a great amount of frustration for many British citizens who questioned the reason for this.  What impact would that decision have on all vulnerable patients, who could possibly have a chance of life?

Some people were very vocal about the treatment of Alfie Evans and his parents, and also against Alder Hey Hospital.  There were accusations directed at the demonstrators being insulting to staff and visitors outside of the hospital.  Staff staff spoke of genuine fear!

But not everyone was critical about the decisions being made about Alder Hey Hospital and Alfie Evans.

The Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, was very ‘supportive’ of the decisions made by Alder Hey Hospital, but emphasized they were praying for Alfie’s parents. [Link]

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, showed sympathy towards the case but respected the ‘difficult’ decisions made by clinicians, and it is reported believes that clinicians should decide on a child’s life, and not parents. [Link]

Unfortunately, it appears The Church of England, which belongs to The State of England, and answers to the government have said very little.  Her Majesty the Queen is the supreme governor of The Church of England.

Therefore, some people have stayed silently watching. Sympathetic, but silent.

Merseyside Police, who are the police force for the Liverpool area had also issued a statement in relation to criticism against Alder Hey Hospital.

Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said:

“Merseyside Police has been made aware of a number of social media posts which have been made with reference to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans.

“I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon.”

Somewhere in that silence, where some people have the authority to speak up and make their voices known, and some people are being silenced; and amidst the celebration of new life and a sentence of death for a baby, hangs the truth, staring back at you.

What exactly is going on when parents and children are held in hospitals against their will, and all offers of alternative medical help are rejected?    That is the question?

What’s it All About?

The divide between people who used the words of compassion and dignity to excuse the decision made upon Alfie’s life, against those who saw the spirit of arrogance and dictatorship staring right back at them and laying down its law, was tangible. It could not have been more evident.    The aftermath of that decision is still hanging in the air.   It has left a stale taste and many un-answered questions for those who rely on a National Health Service, and also for some of those who work in the National Health Service.

An establishment which once preserved and fought for human life at all costs, seems to have become infiltrated with a culture of death and decision making which goes against reason.   Whilst the public greatly appreciate our medical services, there are also decisions being made which the public and many members of the medical profession are also at odds against.   They support the Hippocratic tradition.

Alder Hay Hospital in particular, has already received many bad reviews and has a very dark history which involved organ retention and organ harvesting from children’s bodies without permission from parents.  During the period from 1988 – 1995 more than 2,000 pots containing body parts from 850 infants were uncovered.

In 1999, the public had been unaware that Alder Hey and other hospitals were retaining patient’s organs without their consent.

The Alder Hey report (known as Redfern Report) was published in 2001.

Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen had ordered the illegal stripping of every organ during a post mortem from every child during his time at the hospital.

The report also revealed that Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Hospital gave thymus glands removed from live children during heart surgery to a pharmaceutical company for research in return for donations.

You can read the report here.

This is the reason why people should not stay silent or be silenced on such important ethical issues in healthcare. [Link]

When Alfie’s life support was removed on the 23rd April, at the final instruction of the High Court, and he breathed on his own, showing signs of recognition and normality, not only did a population cheer for this little human life, but thousands of medical staff did too.

Many staff who wanted to sustain Alfie’s life and give him every conceivable chance was also being over-ruled by senior medical staff and a court system, who it is reported, had refused to consider any appeal by the parents.

It appears they also refused to listen to citizens who pay for the National Health Service, and they also refused to listen to an appeal from Pope Francis in Rome who had granted the child Italian citizenship to be treated in Italy, with absolutely no cost to Britain.   On the 23rd April, the day Alder Hay Hospital switched off his life support machine, a military air ambulance fully equipped to take Alfie to Bambino Gesu Hospital was already waiting.

The anguish, knowing about that offer of hope for some chance of life, which must have been experienced by his parents, was felt by thousands.

Alfie died on the 28th April.

Today, Monday 14th May it is his funeral.

We honor his short life.   Thank you Alfie for showing us your trust and your vulnerability in this harsh world and from your silent and peaceful world at least alerting us once more to our responsibility in protecting and valuing human life.

“If you want peace, work for justice. If you want justice, defend life. If you want life, embrace the truth the truth revealed by God.”

To be continued……..

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1- Prince William and Kate Middleton announce the royal baby’s name

2- Alfie Evans executed by lethal injection organ harvesting

3- Doctors and parents

4- Open letter UK bishops handling of Alfie Evans case was an abject failure

5- Alder Hey organs scandal

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TAC Bookshelf for the Week of May 21

Daniel Larison, senior editor: I’m reading The Conquest of Ainu Lands by Brett Walker. Walker recounts the history of the gradual Japanese conquest of the modern island of Hokkaido, known as Ezo prior to the Meiji era, and explores the roles of trade, culture, and disease in weakening Ainu resistance and incorporating their lands into the Japanese realm. One of the more interesting observations that Walker makes is that the history of the conquest of Ainu complicates the standard interpretation of Japanese isolation from the early seventeenth century on: “In the weary eyes of Ainu leaders such as Shakushain [the leader of an Ainu war against the Japanese in 1669], who died in defense of his sacred land a vanishing way of life among his people, neither Edo shogunate nor domains acting under its authority appears to be governments run by isolationists.” Ezo was not formally absorbed into the Japanese state until the Meiji period, but as Walker shows in his valuable study it had been gradually colonized by Japan for centuries before that.

I’m also reading The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is one of Tolkien’s lesser-known poetic works. Set in Brittany (“Britain’s land beyond the seas”), the Lay tells the story of a lord and lady who suffer because of the curse of acorrigan, a malevolent fairy enchantress. The republished version of the poem is accompanied by two other similar poems about corrigans that Tolkien worked on during what Verlyn Flieger refers to as “a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien’s life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic languages and mythologies.” It is a quick rewarding read and represents a different side of Tolkien’s literary work that many people may not know.

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Gracy Olmstead, contributing editor: I’m reading Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite books of the year. Solnit is a poetic writer, and her meandering style is perfect for a book about the history of walking. Wanderlust isn’t just a volume of lovely prose, though: it is a very deep and thoughtful book, one that touches on everything from urban planning to conservation to ancient philosophy. It’s a book a lot of New Urbs fans would enjoy, I believe.

In addition to Wanderlust, I’m re-working my way through Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture (I wrote a bit about it for Intercollegiate Review this past week). In our distracted and entertainment-focused era, Pieper’s work is vital. He reminds us of the contemplative life’s basic components, of the virtues it cultivates, and of the environment requires. Leisure stands as a massive rebuttal to the idea that Netflix-binging serves as true rest—or, indeed, that most of the ways we Americans try to “chill” or spend our vacation time constitute true leisure, in the full and classical meaning of the word. But throughout the book, Pieper also offers some thoughtful critiques of our modern attitude toward work and diligence—and those have been just as convicting and important to me, I think, as his considerations of leisure itself.

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Scott Beauchamp, contributor: My supplementary reading in preparation for Peter Greens’ recent translation of The Odyssey (which I’ll be reading and discussing regularly with a few neighbors of mine in the hopes of eventually giving public performances/chants of the epic) has brought me into contact with Robin Lane Fox’s The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. Even though the book itself is over 600 pages long, I was skeptical that Fox would be able to breezily move from the Greek Dark Ages to the collapse of the Roman Empire in a way that would render the history anything but perfunctory. I was wrong. While it’s true that the book is suitable for high school and college students, it also offers more than a typical introductory text might. The greatest hits of the Classical world are there of course, but so are a few deeper cuts, such as a social and political analysis of post-Periclean Athens, an age often unfairly written off by historians as one of democratic decline.

Fox wears his learning lightly and gives an almost conversational air to what might otherwise be stuffy academic points of distinction. And he isn’t afraid to get swept up himself in the grandeur of the story he’s telling. It’s as if your friend Robin, the Classics scholar, is half a bottle of Vieux Chateau Certan in, and excitedly telling you about when Alexander the Great scaled a fortress wall in India and singlehandedly defeated a cadre of archers in hand to hand combat. In other words, it’s quite fun.

“Fun”, oddly enough, also describes Geoff Dyer’s book Zona: A Book about a Journey to a Room. The appropriately heralded prose-craftsman of his generation, Dyer is known for writing extended love letters to the arts. His book But Beautiful is possible the best appreciation of jazz I’ve ever encountered, and The Ongoing Moment a charmingly moving paean to photography. Zona, being an almost shot by shot description and rumination on Tarkovsky’s epic (and epically slow and epically strange and epically brooding) film based on a Russian science fiction novel about a strange zone which contains a room where, unfortunately, you’re given exactly what you most desire, might sound impossibly dense. It’s not. Anyone who has read Dyer knows that his greatest and strength, and greatest weakness, is his own affable and charmingly erudite persona breaking in on the action. Every story is Dyer trying to tell a story. What results isn’t so much dense analysis of Tarkovsky’s disorienting mystical movie, but an extended rumination on Dyer’s relationship to the film – to all film, really. Dyer reads like a modern Montaigne, putting the essayer in the essay, and caring a lot less about convincing us of his opinions than in provoking deep human sympathy.   

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Jordan Peterson and White Pride

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian academic who shot to fame because he took a stand against newfangled “gender” pronouns. He is now a YouTube star, and his book, 12 Rules for Life, is a best seller. Like others recently profiled in a comically apprehensive article about the “intellectual dark web” in the New York Times, Dr. Peterson has made a name for himself simply by making common-sense observations of the kind that have become taboo. He does a great deal of good, hacking away at egalitarian foolishness, and his audience is very much the sort of people who have the potential to become race realists.

However, Dr. Peterson has explicitly denounced white consciousness. At a recent talk at Lafayette College, a member of the audience asked what he thought about taking pride in European ethnic identity. He replied, in part, “The West has got some things right, we got the sovereignty of the individual right,” and he noted that this has resulted in worldwide wealth. But, he continued, “Am I proud of that? It’s like, I didn’t do that. What the hell? Pride! What’s that? That’s not the right response.” [i]

“Pride! What’s that?” It is odd that Dr. Peterson should ask. In the first chapter of 12 Rules For Life, he explains that pride helps lobsters and birds guard their territory and determines which survive disease and reproduce. [ii] He also notes that self-respect helps people resist oppression. [iii] Therefore, according to his own logic, European pride is vital to the West’s survival.

Jordan Peterson

In his lecture, Dr. Peterson said that Western civilization is a “new miracle on the world stage,” and that European cities are “unbelievable masterpieces.” He then talked about global tourists visiting these cities, implying that the cities belong to everyone, just as Western civilization does.

Dr. Peterson cautioned, however, that we have no right to take pride in European cities just because you “happen to have the same skin color as some of the people,” who built them. Of course, race is not just a matter of skin color. [iv] Dr. Peterson even briefly acknowledged group differences in IQ—but said he is “hesitant” about discussing implications and then ignored them. [v] Needless to say, they have enormous consequences, and low-IQ groups could not possibly have built our civilization. East Asians are the only other race with a high enough average IQ to build something approaching Western civilization, but racial differences go beyond IQ. Asians appear to be more sensitive to criticism in a way that reinforces conformity, [vi] which may explain why they are underrepresented in scientific innovation. [vii] These differences predict a Martin Luther as opposed to a Confucius. Asians may be predisposed to hierarchy [viii] and to see wholes while whites see details. [ix] It is unlikely that East Asians, would have developed the individual rights that Dr. Peterson sees as a world miracle.

Dr. Peterson continued: “It’s not even so clear to what extent [Western civilization is] European. I mean, it came out of the Middle East, you know?” Even if this absurd statement were true and something essential to our civilization came out of the Middle East, Europeans built our civilization, not Middle-Easterners. If Dr. Peterson was talking about Christianity, it has been Europe’s religion for more than 1,000 years and has received a thick overlay that is distinctly Western. Moreover, as Dr. Peterson noted, Islam—a truly Middle Eastern religion—may not be compatible with Western civilization. [x]

Dr. Peterson concluded on a smug note: “There we go, dispensed with the radical right wingers in four minutes,” adding that any racial argument is “so muddleheaded that you hardly know where to start.” Instead, it is his confusion about the nature of race, Middle Eastern and European culture, and his insistence that pride must be strictly individual that are muddled.

The European genome, with its effects on IQ and temperament, was necessary for the creation of our culture. As Sam Francis explained in a 1994 speech, “The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people.” So, in a real sense, there is a ‘we’ that created it, and there is a difference between simply being proud to be white and being proud of the civilization whites created.

Rather than take pride in Western civilization, Dr. Peterson says we have to “get our act together” and take “responsibility” for it. In his book, he says pride and caring for oneself are first steps toward improving oneself. To discount pride in our race and heritage undermines any attempt to redeem the West.

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[i] Lecture and Q & A with Jordan Peterson (The Mill Series at Lafayette College) March 29th, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32WHDuy-Do&t=9053s (1:25)

[ii] Peterson, Jordan, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” (Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018), 1 – 4.

[iii] Ibid. 25.

[iv] Wicherts, Jelte, M., Dolan, Conor, V., Van Der Maas, Han L.J., A Systematic Literature Review of the Average IQ of Sub-Saharan Africans, Intelligence, 38 (2010) 1 – 20. http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2010b.pdf

[v] Lecture and Q & A with Jordan Peterson (The Mill Series at Lafayette College) March 29th, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32WHDuy-Do&t=9053s (1:06:10)

[vi] Lidaka, Tetsuya, and Harada, Tokiko, “Cultural Values Modulate Emotional Processing in Human Amygdala,’ in The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), Eds., Chiao, Joan, Y., Li, Shu-Chen, Seligman, Rebecca, and Turner, Robert, 117.

[vii] Intellectual Conformity: East vs. West, Black Pigeon Speaks, May 6th, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et-pIHUUai0

[viii] Nomura, Michio, ‘Genes, Brains and Culture thorugh a 5-HTT Lens,’ in The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), Eds., Chiao, Joan, Y., Li, Shu-Chen, Seligman, Rebecca, and Turner, Robert, 122.

[ix] Goh, J. O., and Park, D. C. ‘Culture Sculpts the Perceptual Brain,’ in Cultural Neuroscience: Cultural Influences on Brain Function, (New York: Elsevier, 2009), Ed, Chiao, Joan, Y. 95.

[x] Lecture and Q & A with Jordan Peterson (The Mill Series at Lafayette College) March 29th, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32WHDuy-Do&t=9053s (1:22:50)

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Romaine lettuce contamination possibly towards conclusion says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report titled, ” Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce “, stating that it is safe to consume romaine lettuce which was implicated in transmitting a toxic strain of E. coli since March this year. This present outbreak was due to contaminated romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma, Ariz., growing region.

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“Wait!” a minute: Maroon 5 can’t possibly cram all their hits into one show

Maroon 5 will launch their Red Pill Blues tour at the end of this month, but guitarist James Valentine says when it comes to making up the setlist, the group has an unusual problem: They simply have too many hits. Speaking about the band’s latest single, “Wait,” James tells ABC Radio, “We’ve just recently found out that’s our 17th top 10 Billboard song, which is crazy! So we basically have a full set list of just singles, and singles that have done well and entered the public’s consciousness.”

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