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Prescription painkiller Vicodin connected to the Batman killer? And what else…?

Anthony Gucciardi published in  NaturalSociety on July 23:
“Like virtually all massacre shooters before him, the notorious Batman shooter James Holmes is now reported to have been taking hardcore pharmaceutical drugs.

In Holmes’ case, it happens that they are very same drugs that ultimately led to the early death of actor Heath Ledger who played The Joker in a previous Batman. With a fix for ‘altering his state of mind’, the Batman shooter was heavily hooked on the prescription painkiller Vicodin. Holmes even reportedly dosed up on a pharmaceutical cocktail just before the shooting.

Side effects of Vicodin use, even at ‘recommended’ level, includealtered mental states’ and ‘unusual thoughts or behavior’. (Besides shooting live munitions, what kinds of mind alterations…?)

Holmes actually told police that he was The Joker.

The statements made by Holmes were even curious to many friends and relatives, who said just a year ago “Holmes was seen as an ‘all-American boy’ with an affinity for his family.

It appears what changed was the Batman shooter’s decision to begin altering his mental state with prescription drug abuse. Abuse which may have far extended beyond painkillers and potentially included psychotropic drugs — the very same drugs that almost every single massacre shooter have taken.

On his online dating profile, Holmes refuses to answer the question as to whether or not he uses drugs and to what extent. In response to the question, Homes writes “prefer not to say.”

Prescription painkillers alone have been shown to be even deadlier and more damaging than many illegal drugs.

In 2008, more Americans died from pharmaceuticals painkillers than illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin combined. Going even further, statistical analysis reveals that prescription drug deaths outnumber fatal traffic accidents. One reason for this is the change in mental activity, which can potentially lead to destructive and radical behavior.

In fact, more than 12 million individuals in the United States reported taking prescription painkillers ‘purely for the high‘ that they cause instead of their intended purpose.

As more information comes out on the case, it will likely reveal an increasingly deep history of prescription drug abuse on behalf of Holmes. Just as the Columbine incident continued to develop into a horrific story of drug abuse and an obsession with mind alteration, it appears this case will follow a similar trend.” End of article

And I wonder:  Why there are always explanations for Western mass killers, but “the Arab/Islamist terrorists” are described as hard-wired for mischief?

As if the thousands of mass killing of civilians by drones, depleted uranium missiles, cluster bombs and phosphorus bombs are not of any direct cause for this hatred?

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Another wave of refugees: Om Jamal crossing the borders from Syria to Lebanon…

Bradley Secker in Reyhanli, Turkey, wrote in USA Today (with slight editing) 

Om Jamal, 39, is crossing the borders from Syria to Lebanon. Her village is part of the region of Reef Qusayr, southwest of Homs,where people of different faiths have lived together since antiquity. Qusayr is among the latest areas to be engulfed by violence: the military has pounded it with artillery for months.

The uprising turned the region into a bloody battleground. Villagers refuse to surrender, fathers bury sons hurriedly every day, and doctors struggle to save civilians sliced by shrapnel.

Om Jamal says: “There is a boy who is shell-shocked and hasn’t moved, and babies have stopped nursing from their mothers. There’s no way we can handle this anymore. We are going insane over it.”

The violence has intensified in Syria in recent weeks, particularly after the assassination of  5 highest ranking officers, forcing thousands of people to the borders of Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

Fighting in the capital of Damascus ebbed Tuesday but raged in the commercial hub of Aleppo, where attack helicopters rocketed apartment buildings shielding armed rebels and frightened residents.

Refugee camps outside Syria’s borders are growing. People search for relatives and friends to see who has made it out.

Ahmed, a pharmacist from the city of Al Bab, says: “The Syrian government is firing about 20 to 30 mortars at my town every day. I have two children aged 2 and 5. It’s very difficult for them to hear the bombing each night. They can’t sleep.”

In the past week, the United Nations estimate that 18,000 people have fled Syria for Lebanon. In total, nearly 115,000 Syrians have registered as refugees with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees since March 2011.

The true number of refugees is probably higher since most refugees do not register, said Dana Sleiman, spokesperson for the agency in Lebanon.

People have streamed in all week from villages such as Ain Al-Tennour. Syrian state TV reported Tuesday that regime forces had destroyed “terrorist headquarters” in Ain Al-Tennour, referring to a base of the coalition of military defectors known as the Free Syrian Army.

In Wadi Khaled, a border region of North Lebanon, people from Ain Al-Tennour said every woman and child in the village left. Their husbands, brothers and sons stayed behind to defend what is left of the village.

Om Mohamed, 35, who fled with her five children says: “I was helping my husband before, but those shabiha thugs] will come in, and they don’t spare women or children. We’re not afraid of their weapons. We’re afraid of our honor, that we would be raped.”

Ain Al-Tennour is among 40 or so villages that surround Qusayr. As the battle for the nearby city of Homs escalated at the end of 2011, virtually all trading stopped with Qusayr. Shelves emptied of food and families relied on handouts.

Om Khaled, 39, who escaped with her four children says: “Things got really bad last month. We had several days without even bread. The Free Syrian Army sometimes gives us food, but they don’t have much.”

“There was a shelling in the barn at night when a child went to milk the cow,” said Om Jamal. “The shell blew the cow to pieces. I ran outside and found the girl. She was standing there in shock, barely wounded; her skirt was burnt and covered with dust.”

Abu Ahmed, 40, arrived in Lebanon a month ago with his six children after the military set fire to his house. He has crossed back into Syria many times to help others escape.

Ahmed says the Lebanese help the refugees: “here are good people there who are sympathizing with us,”

But even Lebanon is not safe. Syrian troops have attacked areas of Wadi Khaled as recently as early July.

“I never thought Bashar Assad would last this long,” Om Mohamed said. “I thought he would step aside without doing what’s he’s doing to us. But he’s a man who is not afraid of God.”

Note: Editors in Washington cut out the sections that refer to Lebanese Shia helping refugees with shelter and transportation, which challenges the sectarian narrative of the Syrian regime and Israel.





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