Ironically, those who boast of being the most civilized often have the least regard for humankind. Many are quick to label others as savage beasts, while forgetting their own direct or indirect violent tendencies. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri explore a number of current events in which the true savage beasts aren’t as obvious as you might think.
Topics discussed include a bus driver potentially facing criminal charges for not intervening in a fight, trial of Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hassan, Long Island Train Massacre shooter Colin Ferguson, a military study that says deployment and combat don’t lead to suicide, U.S closing embassies due to “al Qaeda threat”, 14-year-old Sanford Florida girl who says she was followed by two men, two Canadian boys killed by pet python while sleeping, the family of raccoon that moved into Heit & Cheri’s roof, and more!
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- Discussion about the old fashion robot answering machine voice.
- Discussion about a bus driver who might be brought up on criminal charges for not jumping into a fight between teens on the bus.
Gulfport police recently released surveillance video from a school bus that shows the bus driver’s perspective of a beating earlier this month.
In the video from July 9th, the victim is sitting in the second seat of the Pinellas school bus with his head down. The violence starts as soon as he stands-up to get off the bus.
The bus driver, John Moody can be heard yelling for somebody to try to stop them and calls dispatch for help, “I got a fight. I need help in a hurry, I got a fight I need help in a hurry.”
The punches and kicks continue, and the victim falls between the seats. At one point you can hear his screams on the video. The bus driver yells at the attackers, “leave that boy alone,” but doesn’t try to intervene physically.
Then he again calls dispatch to verify the address. “Get somebody out here quick, quick quick they’re about to beat this boy to death. There’s nothing I can do…please send somebody,” said Moody.
According to Pinellas school bus driver policy the driver’s first duty is to call dispatch, and only has to step in if they think it’s safe. They’re not required to intervene.
Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent has publicly questioned the driver’s lack of action even after the offending teens had left the bus. “There was time for him to intervene and or check on the welfare of the child in this case. He didn’t make any effort to do so and that’s what we want to bring to the attention of the prosecutor,” said Chief Vincent.
- It is crazy that the police want to bring criminal charges because he didn’t risk bodily harm to “save” the kid getting beaten up.
- It seems like race had something to do with race. The child who was jumped on was white, and the boys beating him were Black. The bus driver is Black and the police chief is white. Nuff said.
- Are these young men being charged as adults?
- Discussion about Ndal Hassan, the Ft. Hood shooter, is about to be tried for killing 13 people in a shooting rampage.
A former US Army psychiatrist who killed 13 soldiers at a base in Texas in 2009 has admitted in court he was the gunman and apologised for “any mistakes”, as his court martial opened.
But Maj Nidal Hasan told the jury at Fort Hood, Texas, that the evidence told only one side of the story.
The 42-year-old says he was protecting Muslims and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
If convicted on 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, the US-born Muslim could face execution.
“The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter,” Maj Hasan, who is acting as his own lawyer, told the jury of 13 military officers as the trial began on Tuesday.
“We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion,” added the accused, who uses a wheelchair after being paralysed when he was shot during the attack.
He declined to cross-examine any of the witnesses wounded in the assault.
- Discussion about Colin Ferguson, the Long Island train massacre shooter, who represented himself
On December 7, 1993 Colin Ferguson boarded a Long Island commuter train and began shooting the passengers with a Ruger P-89 9mm pistol. The incident known as the Long Island Railroad Massacre resulted in six people being killed and 19 injured.
According to trial testimony, Ferguson suffered from extreme paranoia involving many races but it was mostly centered around the feeling that white people were out to get him. At some point his paranoia pushed him into devising a plan of revenge.
In order to avoid embarrassing New York City mayor David Dinkins, Ferguson selected a commuter train headed to Nassau County. Once the train entered Nassau, Ferguson began shooting, selecting specific white people to gun down and sparing others. The reasons for his selection of who to shoot and who not was never made clear.
As he stopped to reload his gun for the third time he was overpowered by three passengers and held down until the police arrived.
After a bizarre trial in which Ferguson represented himself, he was found guilty and sentenced to 200 years in prison.
- How did they actually let Ferguson represent himself?
- Discussion about people choosing to represent themselves. If you represent yourself, how does it work if you decide to take the stand?
- If you want to get off, it is probably best not to represent yourself in court.
- Discussion about a military study that says deployment and combat don’t lead to suicide. Yeah right!
CHICAGO (AP) — Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war’s effects on the psyche.
Depression and other types of mental illness, alcohol problems and being male – strong risk factors for suicide among civilians – were all linked to self-inflicted deaths among current and former members of the military.
But the researchers found deployment and combat did not raise the risk.
“The findings from this study are not consistent with the assumption that specific deployment-related characteristics, such as length of deployment, number of deployments, or combat experiences, are directly associated” with suicides, the authors wrote.
Source: Associated Press
- Were the people Nidal Hassan killed random people, or some people he knew?
- Discussion about all of the activity surrounding September 11th.
- Discussion about the U.S. closing embassies in the Middle East. Are they planning something? Syrian Girl discussed this in a post she made on Facebook.
- Discussion about a 14-year-old Sanford Florida girl who says she was followed by two men. Two men who followed her are stalkers, but not George Zimmerman.
A teenager, walking in Seminole County, is safe after she says two men chased after her.
Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies searched on the ground and used a helicopter to try to track the men.
A friend of the victim’s father said the 14-year-old was walking to her friends house when she saw the suspicious men.
“She seen a man approach her on foot and another in a car,” said David Killroy. “When she came walking to our neighborhood and our house, she noticed the man wanted to approach her. She got on the phone and called my nephew, pretending it was her mother, saying she needed help right away. When that happened the man decided not to abduct her. He got back in the vehicle and took off with the other gentleman in the vehicle.”
- Discussion about two Canadian boys being killed while sleeping by a 14-foot python.
A 100-pound (45-kilogram) python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young brothers were sleeping, authorities said Tuesday.
A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on. Police are treating the deaths in Campbellton, New Brunswick, as a criminal investigation.
Autopsies on Noah Barthe, 4 and his brother Connor Barthe, 6, were performed Tuesday.
Source: Associated Press
- Heit & Cheri discuss the raccoon that moved onto their roof. There are at least four of them. These things are the size of a small child.
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