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Psychiatry professor says NRA is ‘reinforcing stereotypes’ about mentally ill

A psychiatry professor joined MSNBC guest host Joy Reid on Saturday in taking issue with what Reid called an “artificial link” drawn by the National Rifle Association between mass shootings and the mentally ill. “I think he was talking to a particular base,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, who teaches at…

Gun control advocate: It’s hard to understand what’s going on in LaPierre’s head

The director of the gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns — himself the son of a gun dealer — told CBS hosts Rebecca Jarvis and Anthony Mason he was surprised by the tone National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre took during his public statement Friday, the NRA’s first since…

O’Donnell calls NRA’s LaPierre a ‘lobbyist for mass-murderers’

Friday night on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” host Lawrence O’Donnell excoriated NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s press conference from Friday morning. In an extended diatribe, O’Donnell called LaPierre a “lobbyist for mass-murderers,” and sarcastically marveled that of course the NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre is the one…

Maddow: LaPierre press conference was epic ‘Rick-rolling’ of the country

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow coldly assessed Wayne LaPierre’s extravagantly out-of-touch press conference on Friday and deemed it to be the political equivalent of a giant “Rick-rolling” of the American public. She began the segment by giving a brief rundown of the concept…

Blind juggling robot keeps balls in the air for hours

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich have created a juggling robot, the so-called “blind juggler,” which, in spite of its lack of visual sensors, is capable of flawlessly juggling a ball or balls for hours. According to New Scientist,…

Watch: Gang rape protests in India escalate as cops fire water cannons

Indian police on Saturday tear-gassed, baton-charged and fired water cannon at demonstrators in the sixth and most violent day of protests against the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend. Thousands of protesters, most of them college students, rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the Indian…

Pesticides on food ignite debate among Israelis

“Israelis eat fresh, and they eat local. But how healthy are these foods? A recent government study into pesticide use on Israeli produce has caused some alarm,” reports Al Jazeera on Dec. 21. The study found residues of pesticides on 56 percent of tested foods, and 11 percent of the…

Senate passes NDAA without indefinite detention ban, Sen. Paul calls it ‘abomination’

The Senate voted 81-14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which lacks a ban on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and now President Obama must decide whether or not he will sign it, reported the Huffington Post. He had previously threatened a veto because it does not allow for…

VIDEO: NRA member cuts up card in ‘tribute’ to show ‘outrage’

A video published on CNN shows a a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association as he destroys the small rectangle of paper that associates him with the organization. “This is my NRA club card,” he says. “I want to show you my tribute and how outraged I am that…

Penn. teenager arrested for threatening to ‘kill random students’

A 14-year-old boy in Newtown, Pennsylvania was arrested on Thursday after allegedly threatening to “kill random staff and students” at a local high school. According to KYW-TV, the unidentified teen, a student at Council Rock High School South, was taken into custody after police found two working 9-millimeter guns in…

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