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John Russell Houser shot 11 people in a theatre in Lafayette on July 23, 2015 during the film "Trainwreck." 

According to CNN, Houser was a recent law school graduate who suffered from mental illnesses. After the shootings, he then turned on himself and shot himself in the head.

This shooting has turned people's attention back to the fateful night of the Aurora, Colorado shooting three years ago, where shooter James Holmes opened fire, injuring hundreds of people.

Instances like these are causing people to deeply question gun reform in the United States and who should be allowed to get guns. 

Like Holmes, there is evidence to suggest Houser's attack was not a spontaneous act, but rather, a planned out one. Holmes left 12 dead; Houser left two dead and injured 11 people. 

While no official statement has been made, people wonder if the recent sentencing in the Holmes' case was merely a coincidence or a push for action.

 

 

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Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants caused outrage nationwide. Miss Universe and Miss United States responded by saying they wanted to cut ties with Trump.

Macey’s actually did cut ties with Trump.

However, it didn’t seem to affect very much, as he still surged ahead in the polls. It wasn’t until Trump attacked John McCain that things went too far for most Americans.

McCain served in the Vietnam War, where according to the Huffington Post, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war. Trump meanwhile got out of serving based on a questionable medical deferment.

When Trump said that McCain wasn’t a war hero, then that he was a hero only because he got captured, he sparked controversy and outrage.

Yet, Trump still seems to be leading in the polls. This makes one wonder just how much Americans actually cared about his comments.

For many, it was an outrage.

McCain said that Trump owed veterans and families of veterans an apology. Trump, naturally, has chosen to ignore that request.

The question remains to be seen which group Trump will offend next. 

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Being a gentleman isn't always easy in today's society. You are often mocked or scorned. People put lots of road blocks in your path to prevent you from being a gentleman. Some will call you out-dated or just not up to date with how things are in today's society.

It used to be acceptable to open a girl's door for her. Now it's often ridiculed. This begs the question of whether it's okay to be a gentleman or whether it's best just to ignore the issue all together.

It makes people ask if opening doors is chivalrous or just a waste of time. 

 

 

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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So why don’t I
Just hang around
The cross, and see
Who comes?

I sit and sigh,
(‘twixt you and I)
And learn to
Twiddle thumbs.

Say aye and I,
And fill with cry,
And hem and haw
And hack!

But you and I,
My dear, the lie,
Must now to sit
And talk.

So why don’t you
Stand still and moo,
And moo and chew
Your cud?

I sit and sigh,
(‘twixt you and I)
And think, Dear God,
You smell!

I never thought
You did lie, lie,
My thoughts fall like
A feather.

You see, said I,
I will not lie,
But then, I won’t
Be true.

Blow in the wind,
Said I, said I,
But then, you would
Not be a
Cow.

Why I, why I,
So who, so aye,
So who is this cow,
Me?

 

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In a wonderful follow-up to my previous article,a planned EDL rally in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood of Golders Green has been banned.

The anti-Semitic demonstration, which was to feature burnings of the Talmud (Jewish oral law*) and an Israeli flag, was banned from Golders Green and "will instead take place in Whitehall for just one hour" according to an article written on the website 'Hope not Hate' on 30/06/15.

In addition to the EDL being blocked from parading their hate (not to mention their lack of understanding), when they reached Whitehall, they were met with a (much larger) anti-Fascism demonstration, who shouted down the EDL through their speeches, and necessitated a police line to keep the two demonstrations apart.

The anti-Fascist demonstration shouted down the EDL who were attempting to make speeches from behind the police line, and "who targeted them with chants of: “Nazi scum – off our streets”", while Golders Green itself saw a huge multi-faith gathering in Golders Green in an attempt to utilise the community spirit which still exists there for the purpose of blocking the EDL rally.

*The Guardian includes the information that the EDL were not going to do this in public, but instead do it in private and then share the video online.  Because doing these things in public will get you arrested.  Lovely when people can parade their hate while hiding behind the law, isn't it?

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