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Exene Cervenka's Tweets Calling Isla Vista Shooting a Hoax Inspire a Blogging Rampage [Gun Control]
OC Weekly ^ | Nate Jackson

Posted on 06/01/2014 4:03:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Fans of Exene Cervenka must be feeling a little torn right now. On the one hand, her ability to thumb her nose at convention and question the status quo are what make her punk rock royalty. But then you go and read her Twitter feed yesterday and realize there's a definite line between revolutionary and wacky. The Weekly's former columnist (Ask Exene/ Exene Says) took to Twitter yesterday posting a few links to truther videos about the shooting rampage that occurred last week near UC Santa Barbara, saying she was "sick of these hoaxes." Not surprisingly, the tweets have inspired a bit of a rampage of their own. Bloggers, commenters, even her own followers are pretty peeved. Indie culture blog Dangerous Minds (who already pokes fun at Cervenka and her YouTube channel plenty) called Cervenka "the Victoria Jackson" of punk rock, to which Cervenka replied via Twitter "who's Victoria Jackson?" Zing!

Rather than write some essay on the flimsy merits of the truther's YouTube journalism, let's just say we're glad that the singer for X and the Knitters spiked her column here before tweeting this mess. Even though we've parted ways, as a publication that has long respected her work on and off the stage and written about her quite a bit and also worked with her as a writer, we're not ashamed to say this is downright embarrassing.

See below for updated apology from Cervenka.

Whether you want to believe these truther theories or not, ask yourself this: would you have the balls to roll up to UCSB and do the job of an actual journalist and seek out the coroner's office, go to the crime scenes, talk to witnesses, and then visit each one of the parents of the murder victims and say "Hmm, I'm not convinced this really happened"? If you're not, then any attempt to assert the alternative truth of what's been reported is not only insensitive, it's just lazy. What's in it for all the actors in this supposed hoax, anyway? Surely Elliot Rodger's father, the assistant director on all the murderous Hunger Games movies, must have a secret axe to grind over our state's gun laws (the strictest in the country). That's why he let his son go out and pretend to kill all those people and himself, right?

In any case, I'm sure her bandmates in X are stoked to see all this unfold as they prep for their string of shows at the Roxy coming up. This is a great distraction!

Then just hours ago, after all the blog hate, we see the inevitable backpedal on her Twitter feed. "I never said no one died," she tweets. "It's the media that covers up and lies to us about these events. Questioning authority is ok, people."

Sigh...yeah, that made it better. The media did what, now? Ok, time to roll up the car window and drive away...bye!

We're glad we can all have 1st Amendment rights and can say whatever we want. And now we can put it up for all of our family, fans and followers to see it, including the the knee jerk stuff we tend to regret later. If her intent was to inspire people to seek an alternative to the mainstream media's reports, maybe she nabbed a few. But mostly, we're guessing she lost a lot more fans.

Update: 4 p.m.: Today, Cervenka posted an apology for her comments on X's Facebook page. Full text below:

I want to apologize for using the word 'hoax' in a comment I made on social media. I realize people have died in these violent events and we have all experienced that in our own lives. No one wants anyone else to ever have to go through that. The point I am always trying to make is that we need to start thinking critically, looking past the headlines at all available information and make an informed opinion. My issue is with the media's coverage of events that will shape our public policy and laws for generations to come. We all need to be involved in that debate but we cannot contribute unless we have accurate truthful and complete information about what happened at any of these events.

The hatred, rage and intolerance of ones opinions and the threatening language that I have been receiving through the media makes me realize that this is not a path I want to be on. I don't want to be a source of hatred and rage. I don't like it being directed at me and I don't want to create it in anyone's mind. It was not my intent.

I wasn't expecting this kind of response to a comment I made, but it has been a wakeup call and has radically altered my own views as to how I want to live in this world. I always try to do what I think is right. I've always been very vocal and opinionated, but this experience with the media has not been positive, nor productive.

It's only through positive energy that things will get better in this country for all of us.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elliotrodger; exenecervenka; islavista; punk; x

1 posted on 06/01/2014 4:03:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Either way, sounds like she didn’t know the difference between “hoax” and “false flag operation”.

It appears she meant the latter? Or did I misread?

Nonetheless, there are some very strange links (adjusts tinfoil) to that, ahem, “event” in Isle Vista, what with his father’s career, etc.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 4:06:48 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway
I don't really understand why hokey conspiracy theories have expanded to mass shootings. It all seemed to gain steam around Sandy Hook.

Personally, I'm surprised there's not a mass shooting every day, considering the sheer size of the country and the amount of nutcase spit there.

3 posted on 06/01/2014 4:10:47 PM PDT by GunRunner
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To: nickcarraway

Are we supposed to know who this person is?


4 posted on 06/01/2014 4:10:51 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: nickcarraway

Dawn comes soon enough for the working class


5 posted on 06/01/2014 4:12:05 PM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: GunRunner

amount of nutcase spit there=amount of nutcases out there


6 posted on 06/01/2014 4:12:35 PM PDT by GunRunner
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To: RginTN

She was and still is the female lead in the west coast punk band “X,” which was very influential in that musical scene in the 80’s and 90’s. If you weren’t into punk, you wouldn’t have heard of her. She’s always marched to her own drummer.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 4:17:46 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RginTN
Are we supposed to know who this person is?

Not really. Here she is:

8 posted on 06/01/2014 4:19:40 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: RginTN
She is the lead singer of the band “X”

Do some research , I'm sure if you google
“Jon Doe” from “X” you will recognize him from many films...

9 posted on 06/01/2014 4:20:20 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: All

Looks like she might have to leave Los Angeles.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 4:25:56 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: pluvmantelo
Los Angeles
11 posted on 06/01/2014 4:29:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: cmsgop

If I have to google her then she’s not really relevant.


12 posted on 06/01/2014 4:30:44 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Rio

Looks like a young Helen Thomas.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 4:30:51 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: nickcarraway

Expense is entitled to her own opinion but not to “her own” facts.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 4:33:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: nickcarraway

Saw them perform that song in LA almost 35 years ago. Ray Manzarek played with them.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 4:37:32 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

She’s hardly punk rock royalty, not least because punk rejects the very notion.

With the band X, they made a one-single nationwide splash over 30 years ago, and had a brief period before and after that as a local band in LA, with fans including such luminaries as Pee Wee Herman.

Years later they were heard again on the soundtrack of the first X-files movie, and this screed of hers kinda reads like some X-Files TV show episodes.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 4:51:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

No artist want to be classified, but if I had too, I would say “Folk Rock”.


17 posted on 06/01/2014 5:08:44 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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18 posted on 06/01/2014 5:11:48 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cmsgop
Punkabilly?
19 posted on 06/01/2014 5:22:01 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: cmsgop

Exene Cervenka and John Doe veered into what could somewhat be described as folk rock with their alt group “The Knitters,” but the below video was in heavy rotation in the very early days of MTV and clearly qualifies as punk, maybe tinged with rockabilly, but punk. Sound and video quality is not the greatest, it appears to be a video recording of the video on television.

X - “Hungry Wolf”

http://youtu.be/hu2DPFBcHBA


20 posted on 06/01/2014 5:35:09 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nickcarraway

X on Letterman in 1983(?) performing “Hot House” and “Breathless”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCtq3-rAmTw

The Knitters on Letterman in 2005 performing “Burning House of Love”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPuQPJLxW8o

John Doe performing “Mama Don’t” in 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWKw-9F9Sk

Punk, rockbilly, folk … these people were non-mainstream and not to everyone’s taste, but they have real talent.

I’m a huge fan. Saw them way back in the day (1981, first time) and was just blown away.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 6:10:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That crazy harmony. Exene and John Doe’s voices were made for one another.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 6:12:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

I used to run into her in LA, like in the Llasa Club where she was definitely treated like royalty.

I used to read the LA Weekly for it’s band lineups for the weekend. It was a commie screed. Now she writes for the OC Weekly.

Is there an alternative music community in Orange County? Funny place for her to end up in the land of Disney and Little Saigon. Maybe she moved there to be close to the grandkids.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 6:13:37 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: pluvmantelo

Without Googling, is Ray Manzarek in The Doors. If so, I head him read excerpts of his biography at a poetry reading before it was made into a movie.

{Yes, we all have past, that look a little shady to us now.}


24 posted on 06/01/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I think it worked really well. But it almost isn’t harmony. It’s almost two people singing the song differently. But I just love it.


25 posted on 06/01/2014 6:15:26 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

X - “See How We Are”

http://youtu.be/XPf286i_Wa0


26 posted on 06/01/2014 6:42:44 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: lulu16

Well, for all the implied nuttery (and she’s always been at least a little off-kilter, that’s part of the charm), she’s questioning authority and is pro-2A.

It could be worse. Maybe she’s ended up where she is because it’s not quite as establishment leftist as most other coastal California locales.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 6:46:31 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: pluvmantelo

Back in the day she kind of had that weird, but kinda hot vibe about her, like Siouxsie Sioux.


28 posted on 06/01/2014 6:49:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Saw “X” play at the Westwood decades ago.

I thought a fight had broken out (my first exposure to “slam dancing”).


29 posted on 06/01/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I’m almost posted that one too! It’s fantastic.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 7:44:31 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

We’re desperate get used to it it’s kiss or kill.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 8:31:58 PM PDT by Nooseman
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To: pluvmantelo

“Looks like she might have to leave Los Angeles.”

Now this is funny... few will get it, I am sure.


32 posted on 06/01/2014 8:34:59 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: dfwgator

Indeed.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 8:43:54 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: ForYourChildren

Happens all the time to me around here. Especially with movie quotes.


34 posted on 06/01/2014 8:46:38 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: nickcarraway

No hoax, just a cover-up of the real cause of the killings: The psychotropic drugs that the fool’s shrink prescribed for years until he toasted out.
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35 posted on 06/01/2014 8:58:17 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: GunRunner

>> “Personally, I’m surprised there’s not a mass shooting every day...” <<

.
There are borderline events every day.

The cause is always the same: Psychotropic drugs prescribed for “HDD” or some similar false diagnosis.
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36 posted on 06/01/2014 9:01:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: GunRunner

Those nut cases are deliberately manufactured.
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37 posted on 06/01/2014 9:03:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: RginTN

>> “If I have to google her then she’s not really relevant.” <<

.
Yeshua is relevant, not much else.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 9:05:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: GunRunner

I did the math about ten years ago after I became aware of the link between SSRI and shootings.

The numbers are vague to me at this point, so what I list below is not accurate, but you should get the point.

“6 and 8 million children or more in 2000” on Ritalin.
http://www.tldm.org/news6/ritalin.htm

I think the percentage of kids that will experience the extreme side effects of violent psychosis was about 1%, then another number was about 1% would act out on that psychosis.

That would be 800 kids that will act violent because of the SSRI.

There are many other SSRI derivative drugs, not just Ritalin, but Prozac, and similar.

So, yeah, when I hear about these shootings every month or so, it doesn’t surprise me. Just SSRI statistics showing up. Kinda sad.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 9:06:13 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: cmsgop

Folk Rock was the early ‘60s.


40 posted on 06/01/2014 9:08:25 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ForYourChildren

The drugs are definitely the sole cause, and its no accident; this crap has been sought after for a long time, and now it’s practically a form of engineering.
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41 posted on 06/01/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ForYourChildren
From Dr. Julian Whitacker’s Feb 2013 newsletter:

School Shootings: Evil or Drug-Induced Behavior?

In the hit movie A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise
and Jack Nicholson have a heated courtroom
faceoff.
Cruise: “...Did you order the Code Red?”
Nicholson: “You want answers?”
Cruise: “I want the truth!”
Nicholson: “You can’t handle the truth!”
Well, can you handle the truth about the clear
connection and probable causation of psychiatric
drugs with the murderous violence that is so
common today?
On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza
fatally shot his mother in her home in Newtown,
Connecticut. Armed with an assault rifle and two
handguns, he then burst into the nearby Sandy
Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children, six
adults, and himself.
Tragic, heartbreaking, shocking, horrendous,
unthinkable, inexplicable: All are apt descriptions of
this act of murderous mayhem—except for inexplicable.
Although the details on this specific incident
are yet to be confirmed, I can say with near certainty
that Adam Lanza was taking psychiatric medication.
First, it was reported that he underwent psychiatric
evaluation and had been medicated as early as
age 10. Second, this is by no means the first time
these drugs have been associated with murder and
suicide. Between 2004 and 2011, the FDA’s Adverse
Events Reporting System for drug side effects logged
12,755 reports of psychiatric medications relating to
violence. Among them were 359 homicides, 7,250

incidences of aggression, and 2,795 episodes of mania.
There were also 9,310 suicides. Actually, the damage
is far greater. According to the FDA, fewer than 10
percent of adverse reactions are reported. To get a
truer picture of the horrors of these medications,
multiply these numbers by 10!
This isn’t even the first school shooting linked
with psychiatric drugs. The 14 school shootings
and the 10 murders and murder-suicides listed on
page 3—which left a total of 102 dead and 131
wounded—were all committed by individuals who
have been positively identified as having been
taking or withdrawing from antidepressants or other
psychiatric drugs.

A Litany of Murder and Mayhem
• Pittsburgh, PA, March 8, 2012: John Shick,
age 30, shot and killed one employee at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s
Western Psychiatric Institute and injured six
other people before he was killed by the police.
Forty-three prescription medications, including nine
antidepressants, were found in his apartment.
• Seal Beach, CA, October 12, 2011: Scott
Dekraai, 41, killed eight people, including his
ex-wife, and wounded one at the hair salon where
she worked. He had been prescribed Trazodone, an
antidepressant, and Topamax, a mood stabilizer.
• Huntsville, AL, February 5, 2010: Hammad
Memon, 14, shot and killed a fellow student
at their middle school. He had been treated for
depression and ADHD and was taking the antidepressant
Zoloft and other drugs.
• Lakeland, FL, May 3, 2009: Troy Bellar, 34,
killed his wife and their 5-month- and 8-yearold
sons, and then shot himself. He was taking
Tegretol for bipolar disorder.
• Granberry Crossroads, AL, April 26, 2009:
Fred B. Davis, 53, killed a policeman and
wounded a deputy sheriff after threatening a
neighbor with a gun. He had been prescribed
Geodon, an antipsychotic drug.
• Middletown, MD, April 17, 2009: Christopher
Wood, 34, cut and shot his wife and three children,
ages 5, 4, and 2, and then committed suicide. He
had been on the antidepressants Cymbalta and Paxil
and the anti-anxiety medications BuSpar and Xanax.
• Concord, CA, January 11, 2009: Jason Montes,
33, killed his 25-year-old wife and shot himself to
death in their home. He had started taking Prozac.
• Kauhajoki, Finland, September 23, 2008:
Matti Saari, 22, shot and killed 9 other
students, wounded another, and killed a teacher
before killing himself. He was taking an antidepressant
and a benzodiazepine.
• Little Rock, AR, August 13, 2008: Timothy
Johnson, 50, shot and killed Arkansas
Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney at
the party’s headquarters; he was then pursued
and killed by police. A police report confirmed
that he was taking an antidepressant and “…the
drug may have played a part in his ‘irrational and
violent behavior.’”
• Dekalb, IL, February 14, 2008: Steven
Kazmierczak, 27, shot and killed five people and
wounded 21, then killed himself in an auditorium
at Northern Illinois University, where he
had been a student. He had recently been taking
Prozac, Xanax, and Ambien, a sleeping aid.
• Omaha, NE, December 5, 2007: Robert
Hawkins, 19, killed eight people and wounded
five before committing suicide in an Omaha
mall. Autopsy results confirmed he was under the
influence of the anti-anxiety drug Valium.
• Jokela, Finland, November 7, 2007: Pekka-Eric
Auvinen, 18, killed five boys, one girl, the principal,
and the school nurse and wounded a dozen
others at his high school before killing himself.
He had been taking antidepressants.
• Cleveland, OH, October 10, 2007: Asa Coon,
14, shot two students and two teachers at his
high school and then committed suicide. He had
been prescribed Trazodone.
• Red Lake, MN, March 21, 2005: Jeff Weise,
16, killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s
girlfriend, and drove to the high school on the
Red Lake Indian Reservation where he opened
fire, killing seven people and wounding five. He
then shot himself to death. He was on Prozac.
• East Greenbush, NY, February 9, 2004: Jon
Romano, 16, took a shotgun to school and
wounded a teacher. He had been on medication
for depression.
• North Meridian, FL, July 8, 2003: Doug
Williams, 48, shot 14 of his co-workers at
Lockheed Martin with a shotgun, killing six of
them, before turning the gun on himself. He
was reported to have been on two antidepressants,
Zoloft and Celexa.
• Wahluke, WA, April 10, 2001: Cory
Baadsgaard, 16, held 23 classmates and a teacher
hostage using a rifle he had taken to school. He
had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.
• El Cajon, CA, March 22, 2001: Jason Hoffman,
18, opened fire at his high school, injuring three
students and two teachers. He committed suicide
while in jail later that year. He was on two antidepressants,
Celexa and Effexor.
• Williamsport, PA, March 7, 2001: Elizabeth
Bush, 14, took a revolver to school and shot
another student in the shoulder. She was taking
Prozac.
• Wakefield, MA, December 26, 2000: Michael
McDermott, 42, shot and killed seven fellow
employees at Edgewater Technology. He was
taking three antidepressants.

• Conyers, GA, May 20, 1999: T.J. Solomon, 15,
wounded six of his high school classmates with
a gun he had taken to school. He was taking
Ritalin, a stimulant often prescribed for ADHD.
• Columbine, CO, April 20, 1999: Eric Harris,
18, and, Dylan Klebold, 17, shot and killed
12 students and a teacher
and wounded 26 others at
their high school before
killing themselves. Harris
was taking an antidepressant,
Luvox; Klebold’s medical
records are sealed.
• Notus, ID, April 16, 1999:
Shawn Cooper, 15, took a
shotgun to school and shot
two rounds; no one was
injured. He was taking Ritalin
and an SSRI antidepressant.
• Springfield, OR, May 21,
1998: Kip Kinkel, 15, shot
his parents to death with a
rifle. The next day, armed
with five weapons and over
1,000 rounds of ammunition,
he went to school and
opened fire in the cafeteria,
killing two and wounding 25.
He had been taking Prozac.
Many More Sad Stories
This list, which was compiled
by the Citizens Commission
on Human Rights, is far from
comprehensive. These medications
are strongly suspected in many other school
shootings, murders, and murder-suicides, but we’ll
never know for sure.
Under the guise of protection of privacy, the
medical records of the individuals who commit these
unspeakable acts of violence are often sealed—as
if anyone who kills innocent people, many of them
children, needs or deserves such privacy. James
Holmes, who opened fire in a movie theater in
Aurora, Colorado, last year, killing 12 and wounding
58, had been seeing a psychiatrist. It’s probable
that he had been prescribed medications, but despite
repeated requests, no specifics have been released.
And that’s just one recent example.

Nor does this list include the thousands of
unexpected, uncharacteristic suicides or episodes of
bizarre behavior by people who were under the influence
of psychiatric drugs. You may have heard about
Mary Kennedy, estranged wife of Robert Kennedy,
Jr., and mother of four, who had traces of three antidepressants
in her system at the time of her suicide
last year. Or Tony Scott, director of Top Gun and
other movies, who was on an
antidepressant and sleeping
pills when he leapt to his death
in August. Or perhaps you’re
aware of psychiatric drug-related
suicides or other incidents in
your own community or circle
of acquaintances.
The real tragedy is that
many of these sad stories could
have been prevented, if only the
truth about psychiatric drugs
had been told—and the truth is
hiding in plain sight.
Dangers in Plain Sight
If you want confirmation of
psychiatric drugs’ propensity for
promoting violence and suicide,
you don’t have to look very
far—it’s printed on the product
labels and patient information
sheets! Law requires that all
antidepressants carry “black
box” label warnings (the most
serious type of warnings) stating
they increase the risk of suicidal
thinking and behavior in children,
adolescents, and young adults. Imagine people
who are depressed being prescribed drugs that clearly
state right on the bottle that they could make them
worse and more likely to commit suicide. It’s insane!
But there’s more. Product inserts also list additional
adverse effects, including worsening depression,
anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia,
irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity,
mania, and akathisia.
Akathisia, characterized by unpleasant feelings
of restlessness and an inability to sit still, is
particularly common in patients taking selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, the most
popular class of antidepressants, which include
Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac). Studies suggest that
medication-induced akathisia “exacerbates psychopathology”
and dramatically increases the risk of
suicide and violence.
So why are they prescribed? The psychopathology
induced by psychiatric drugs can be so
extreme that the perpetrators of these tragedies—
who rarely have a history of violence or criminal
behavior—don’t simply commit suicide. Like
Adam Lanza, they kill themselves at the end of a
bloody, murderous rampage.
Role of Drugs Must Be Recognized
What happens when a bicycle, baby crib, washing
machine, or any other consumer product is
discovered to pose some sort of safety threat? The
manufacturer issues an alert and often a voluntary
recall to repair or replace the product. The U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission releases
information on safety issues and holds these
companies responsible. And if the dangers are
significant or widespread, the press picks up on it,
and the product may be removed from the marketplace,
and suits are often filed.
What happens when a psychiatric drug harms
someone? Nothing! Despite tens of thousands of
reports to the FDA of psychiatric drug-related
violence and suicide, other massacres that involved
the use of these medications, and solid scientific
research—including warnings on the medication
labels themselves—there is no hue and cry, no
action at all!
The major news outlets lament the disintegration
of our society and discuss as possible solutions gun
control, heightened security at schools, and curbing
violence in video games, TV shows, and movies. But
they rarely bring up the real cause: psychiatric drugs.
That topic is taboo.
You’d think the FDA, the agency tasked with
protecting the public against dangerous and ineffective
drugs, would be all over this. A recent study,
based on the FDA’s own Adverse Events Reporting
System, concluded that compared with other drugs,
11 antidepressants, 6 sedatives, and 3 ADHD drugs
are 8 to 10 times more likely to be linked with
murder, homicidal thoughts, physical assault or
abuse, and violence against others. Yet the FDA
gives a free pass to all these drugs.
What about Congress? Why hasn’t there
been a federal investigation into these horrendous
catastrophes, which occur with disturbing regularity?
At the very least, immediate public disclosure of the
medication histories of the perpetrators of such atrocities
should be required. That would at least bring it
into the open and make it part of the debate.
Willful Ignorance or Worse
Above all, why hasn’t Big Pharma stepped up and
addressed this issue? If the products made by pharmaceutical
companies are safe, then let them prove it!
We ask no less of lawnmower and toy manufacturers.
Why isn’t Big Pharma, makers of the most dangerous
of all consumer products, held accountable?
I’ll tell you why. Drug companies make billions of
dollars selling medications they well know can cause
severe psychotic breakdown.
Big Pharma pays the FDA millions in fees to
approve and license their products, and the ties
between these two entities are so tight that it’s
been described as the “fox guarding the henhouse.”
Pharmaceutical companies have more paid lobbyists
and donate more to political campaigns than almost
every other industry. And virtually all news outlets,
particularly the large ones, are heavily supported by
Big Pharma’s advertising dollars.
You may be thinking, “Dr. Whitaker, you’re far
too harsh.” Actually, I’m only being realistic. This is
a very, very important issue, and it’s one that’s been
swept under the carpet for far too long. It’s high time
we open our eyes to the truth about psychiatric drugs.
We don’t need to ban video games or install metal
detectors in kindergarten classrooms. What we really
need is prescription drug control—and the removal of
dozens of psychiatric drugs from the marketplace.

References
Koliscak LP, et al. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-induced
akathisia. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2009 Mar–Apr;49(2):e28–36.
Moore TJ, et al. Prescription drugs associated with reports of violence
towards others. PLoS ONE. 2010;5(12): e15337. doi:10.1371/journal.
pone.0015337
Adverse reactions reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
from 2004–2011; decrypted by Citizens Commission on Human
Rights International. cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers
Citizens Commission on Human Rights International. Another
school shooting, another psychiatric drug? Federal investigation long
overdue. cchrint.org/2012/07/20/the-aurora-colorado-tragedyanother-
senseless-shooting-another-psychotropic-drug/
Bengali S, et al. Adam Lanza’s family had kept a watchful eye on him.
Los Angeles Times. Dec. 17, 2012. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/
dec/17/nation/la-na-shooter-profile-20121218

42 posted on 06/01/2014 9:35:30 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Yea, ok... Confirmed.


43 posted on 06/01/2014 9:48:19 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: nickcarraway

What the USA needs is a SPIRITUAL REVIVAL.


44 posted on 06/02/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: All

Real cause, demonic possesion or oppression.


45 posted on 06/02/2014 4:26:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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