Topic: violence

‘Unspeakable Horror’: Explosions Just Went Off At The Boston Marathon [UPDATED]

'Unspeakable Horror': Explosions Just Went Off At The Boston Marathon [UPDATED]

The Boston Marathon is presently in a state of chaos, fear and panic after two large blasts went off near the Boston Library toward the finish line. The Boston Globe tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS: Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon,” and pictures like the one above soon followed. More »

It’s Now Legal For The CDC To Research Gun Statistics And Public Health

It's Now Legal For The CDC To Research Gun Statistics And Public Health

After the Newtown massacre in December, a number of graphs depicting gun statistics went viral, and a number of takedowns quickly emerged pointing to their inaccuracy. That’s probably due, in part, to the fact that there’s been a virtual ban on research of how gun violence impacts public health in the U.S. According to NBC, the NRA has effectively had a stranglehold on gun statistic research. That’s a story in and of itself, but today, the major headline is that Obama is clearing the way for scientific inquiry into how gun violence impacts our health (and giving researchers some funding, while he’s at it). More »

Connecticut Shooting: How We Can All Stop The Violence

Connecticut Shooting: How We Can All Stop The Violence

I wish the media would stop mentioning the Newtown shooter’s name. I wish they would stop showing his face. And telling his story. I wish they would stop showing photos of grieving families and horrified children. I wish they would have more respect, more integrity and more awareness about what this is doing. Because, in many ways, the media is responsible for the horrific acts that continue to happen in our country.
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Sandy Hook: The Link (Or Lack Thereof) Between Asperger’s Syndrome And Violence

Sandy Hook: The Link (Or Lack Thereof) Between Asperger's Syndrome And Violence

When dozens of people die in a seemingly random act of violence, we all need somebody or something to point fingers towards in order to make sense of it all. Many of those things being pointed at are completely valid; for example, gun control is important to think about as a contributor to violence just as much as the lack of available, decent mental health care in our country is. Many people have speculated that the 20-year-old killer, Adam Lanza, had Asperger’s Syndrome and that this somehow contributed to his violent behavior. More »

Domestic Violence Isn’t Fashionable, Even In Ads

Domestic Violence Isn't Fashionable, Even In Ads

Since when did black eyes on women become art? There have been a new batch of stylized add campaigns and fashion photography lately representing women with bruises on their faces. It’s an obvious nod to domestic abuse, and it’s more than a little disturbing.

Considering how difficult it is for women to end the cycle of domestic abuse, celebrities and businesses need to stop sending out mixed messages about bruising women. More »

6 Ways Living Like the Jersey Shore Cast Is Bad for Your Health

6 Ways Living Like the Jersey Shore Cast Is Bad for Your Health

MTV’s Jersey Shore is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, and I shamelessly confess to my crime of being an avid viewer. However, my reactions to the cast members’ antics has progressed from an amused: “Whoa, I can’t believe Snooki and Vinny made out in the hot tub,” to: “Whoa, I’m afraid that Ronnie may actually physically harm Sammi.” As the show has progressed, the risky behaviors of cast members seem to have become more pronounced, or maybe it’s just that as their drinking-clubbing-fist-pumping schtick has become a little stale, I’m paying closer attention to all the stupid, unhealthy things they do. So, here’s a breakdown of six ways that living like a Jersey Shore cast member is hazardous to your health: More »

Ask Victor the Cat: Our Fat Feline Tackles Your Toughest Relationship Woes (Including Domestic Violence)

Ask Victor the Cat: Our Fat Feline Tackles Your Toughest Relationship Woes (Including Domestic Violence)

People, I have no more teeth. Remember my dental surgery last week? Well, they yanked them all out while I was asleep. me-OWW. (Okay, they left two tiny ones for posterity. How humiliating.) Now I have to eat the cat food equivalent of mashed-up old-people food for a while. And the tall lady I live with is always trying to shove a dropper full of what I understand are antibiotics in my mouth. Nasty business. On the upside, I’ve been sleeping around 20 hours a day. (Thank you, pain meds!) Now, I may not have any teeth left, but here’s what I do have: Relationship advice. And this week, it looks like a deeply troubled reader named Kristen could really use some. (Fair warning: Kristen’s multi-part question is long and very serious, so settle in and make sure your laptop has sufficient battery power.)

Hi Victor.

My fiance and I have been together almost two years and we are having so many problems. We fight just about every day, and we are both getting really tired of it, but we love each other too much to break up. We’ve broken up before, but it’s never been more than a month and we’re back together. Okay, here are some of our issues. These are all different questions I have for you. More »