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Monday, January 21, 2013

Nuova strage negli Usa: 15enne stermina la famiglia


È stato incriminato per l’assassinio di cinque persone Nehemiah Griego, il 15enne che la notte di sabato ha aperto il fuoco con un fucile semi automatico AR-15, solo una delle armi di cui la casa era piena nei pressi di Albuquerque, nel New Mexico. Le vittime sono il padre, un pastore che fino a poco tempo fa lavorava anche presso la chiesa del carcere, la madre e i loro tre bimbi più piccoli, tre dei nove fratelli dell’autore della strage.

IL PADRE ERA UN PASTORE EX MEMBRO DI UNA GANG - Il padre era un ex membro di una gang diventato pastore di una chiesa, il cui fratello è stato un senatore del Partito democratico. Lo scrive l’Albuquerque Journal. Il padre di Nehemiah Griego, Greg Griego, 51 anni, aveva avuto trascorsi in una banda criminale ma da molti anni era diventato un pastore della Calvary Church e assisteva ex detenuti e giovani problematici.
Per un periodo aveva anche prestato servizio nella chiesa di un carcere locale e collaborava come volontario con i vigili del fuoco. Suo fratello è l’ex senatore Eric Griego, molto noto in New Mexico. Oltre al padre, il giovane ha ucciso la madre, un fratello di nove anni e due sorelline di cinque e due con un fucile semi automatico AR-15, solo una delle armi di cui la casa era piena. Non è ancora chiaro quale possa essere stato il movente della strage. La famiglia - tra i superstiti ci sono altri sei fratelli dell’assassino - ha chiesto ai media di rispettare la sua privacy “in questo momento di dolore”.
UNA NUOVA STRAGE - Una nuova strage dovuta alle ‘armi facili’ - e in cui ci sono ancora piccole vittime - scuote l’America:  Una tragedia che arriva ad offuscare proprio la giornata in cui Barack Obama - che si è impegnato a dare un significativo giro di vite al controllo sulle armi - ha prestato giuramento per il suo secondo mandato alla Casa Bianca.
Le fonti ufficiali non hanno però ancora confermato nè l’identità delle vittime ne quella del ragazzo. Greg e Sarah Griego avevano in tutto dieci figli, compreso Nehemiah, secondo quanto riferisce l’Albuquerque Journal citando il sito web della Calvary Church. Apparentemente, tuttavia, dal sito nelle ultime ore la biografia di Greg Griego è stata rimossa. Da tempo il ragazzo, hanno riferito ancora i vicini, era stato notato spesso con indosso abiti di carattere militare, mimetici.
IL PIANO DI OBAMA - Altre informazioni al momento non sono disponibili, ma si tratta comunque di una nuova tragedia che andrà certamente ad alimentare il dibattito innescato dall’eccidio di bambini a Newtown e dal pacchetto di misure disposte dal presidente Obama nei giorni scorsi per cercare di arginare il fenomeno degli omicidi di massa e che grazie ad una serie di ordini esecutivi sono gia’ operative. Prevedono tra l’altro per la prima volta rigorose verifiche sui potenziali acquirenti, per scoprire se abbiano precedenti penali o soffrano di disturbi mentali.
Ma il presidente ha elaborato anche altre misure più incisive, come il divieto di vendita delle armi da assalto, o come la messa al bando di super-pallottole in grado di perforare i giubbotti antiproiettile dei poliziotti e dei super-caricatori con piu’ di dieci proiettili, che permettono con gran facilità di sparare all’impazzata, anche per una mano inesperta. Sono misure che però dovranno passare al voto del Congresso, e la potente National Rifle Association (NRA, la cosiddetta lobby delle armi), ha giurato che farà tutto il possibile per evitare che vengano approvate, parlando di ‘’battaglia del secolo’’.

Nuova strage negli Usa:15enne stermina la famiglia 21 gennaio 2013



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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Obama Calls for Research Into Impact of Violent Videogames

President Barack Obama wants the federal government to fund research to look at the impact of violent videogames on users.
At a press conference Wednesday detailing his proposals for tighter gun laws, the president said that the scientific community needs to discover if there is a link between gory entertainment and the recent spate of mass-shootings.
While he called out violent videogames, he did not make any specific mention of violence in the movies or on TV in his remarks.
"We don’t benefit from ignorance," Obama said. "We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence."
The president has been pushing for more restrictions on gun ownership in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month that left 26 people dead including 20 children.
Obama said that he is instructing the Center for Disease Control to study the roots of violent behavior, and is asking Congress for $10 million to fund the research. That research will include investigating the relationship between videogames, media images, and violence, according to an executive order the president issued Wednesday.
The film industry must be relieved not to have been singled out in Obama's remarks, but if the president or Congress decides to target the entertainment business, the White House will have a fight on its hands. Hollywood executives and Motion Picture Association of American Chairman Chris Dodd have said they will hit back on any efforts to restrict violence in movies.
Members of the movie and television industry briefed Vice President Joe Biden and other members of the president's task-force on gun violence at the White House last week about content ratings systems, which  give parents tools to regulate what kind of TV programming and movies their children watch.
Dodd, the National Association of Broadcaster's CEO Gordon Smith and National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell were among the industry figures present.
Following the president's address, the three associations and the Independent Film & Television Alliance released a statement of support for further research into the causes of gun violence.
"We support the President’s goal of reducing gun violence in this country," the statement reads. "It is a complex problem, and as we have said, we stand ready to be part of the conversation and welcome further academic examination and consideration on these issues as the President has proposed."
In his remarks Wednesday, Obama called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.
"When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, Obama said.
In addition to the killings in Newtown, Obama also cited the shootings at an Aurora, Colo., screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last July that left 12 people dead as evidence that there need to be more limits on what types of guns can be purchased by civilians.
"Weapons designed for war have no place in a movie theater," Obama said.
The National Rifle Association has already begun a television campaign against Obama's proposals, but the lobbying group may be more sympathetic to research into media companies' role in inciting violence.
At a press conference last month on the Newtown massacre, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said the blame for these killings rested on "blood-soaked" films like "American Psycho" and violent games like "Grand Theft Auto."
"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people," LaPierre said.
"Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?" he asked later.



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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Guide to Mass Shootings in America


The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20, another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, another at a manufacturer in Minneapolis on September 27 —a nd then the unthinkable nightmare at a Connecticut elementary school on December 14 —are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass shootings* across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Twenty-five of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006, and seven of them took place in 2012. We've mapped them below, including details on the shooters' identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed.

Weapons: Of the 142 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns.  Just as Jeffrey Weise used a .40-caliber Glock to slaughter students in Red Lake, Minnesota, in 2005, so too did James Holmes, along with an AR-15 assault rifle, when blasting away at his victims in a darkened movie theater. In Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza wielded a .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic assault rifle as he massacred 20 school children and six adults.
The killers: Half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings (12 and 19, respectively); the other 31 cases took place in locations including shopping malls, restaurants, and religious and government buildings. Forty four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman. (See Goleta, Calif., in 2006.) The average age of the killers was 35, though the youngest among them was a mere 11 years old. (See Jonesboro, Ark., in 1998.) A majority were mentally ill and many displayed signs of it before setting out to kill. Explore the map for further details—we do not consider it to be all-inclusive, but based on the criteria we used we believe that we've produced the most comprehensive rundown available on this particular type of violence. (Mass shootings represent only a sliver of America's overall gun violence.) For all of MoJo's year-long investigation into gun laws and mass shootings, click here.
We used the following criteria to identify mass shootings:
  • The shooter took the lives of at least four people. An FBI crime classification report identifies an individual as a mass murderer—versus a spree killer or a serial killer—if he kills four or more people in a single incident (not including himself), typically in a single location.
  • The killings were carried out by a lone shooter. (Except in the case of the Columbine massacre and the Westside Middle School killings, both of which involved two shooters.)
  • The shootings occured in a public place. (Except in the case of a party in Crandon, Wisconsin, and another in Seattle.) Crimes primarily related to gang activity or armed robbery are not included.
  • If the shooter died or was hurt from injuries sustained during the incident, he is included in the total victim count. (But we have excluded many cases in which there were three fatalities and the shooter also died, per the above FBI criterion.)
  • We included six so-called "spree killings"—high-profile cases that fit closely with our above criteria for mass murder, but in which the killings occurred in more than one location over a short period of time.
For more on how we determined the criteria, see our mass shootings explainer. Plus: more on the crucial mental illness factor, and on the recent barrage of state laws rolling back gun restrictions across the US. And: Explore the full data set behind our investigation.
We've updated and expanded this story with additional research multiple times since initial publication on July 20, thanks in part to some valuable feedback from MoJo readers. (Thanks also to Professor James Alan Fox of Northeastern University.) For more about the mass shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., click here, and for the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, click here. For additional reporting and analysis from our in-depth investigation, read this companion story(Return to intro.)
First published: Fri Jul. 20, 2012 7:32 PM PDT. 
Interactive production by Tasneem Raja and Jaeah Lee
Image: Clockwise from upper left: Wade Michael Page: Anti-Defamation League; James E. Holmes: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Dept./Zuma; Seung-Hui Cho: Virginia Tech University/Wikimedia; Jared Loughner: Pima County Sheriff's Office/Wikimedia


A Guide to Mass Shootings in America Dec. 15, 2012



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Friday, January 11, 2013

MASS MURDER PILLS


America’s number one cause of unnatural death now is suicide…I want to get people off pills that the insert says will make you commit suicide and kill people. I want to blame the real culprit — suicide pills! Mass murder pills!” — Alex Jones on Piers Morgan Tonight

Following his debate with CNN’s Piers Morgan this week, Alex Jones became the number one trend on Twitter. The quote above was seized upon and retweeted by many insinuating that Alex is “crazy” for referring to prescription antidepressants and other psychotropic medications as “suicide pills” and “mass murder pills.”

CNN even mocked the line in an article the outlet posted yesterday. But can Alex’s comment be so easily dismissed?
Americans consume more psychotropic drugs than any other country in the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescriptions for antidepressants had risen in this country by 400 percent since 1988. New research was based on old research which showed that 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants, otherwise known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Antidepressants were ranked the number one most common prescription for all adults age 18-44, and 60 percent of Americans who take SSRIs stay on them for more than two years. At the start of the decade, the fasting growing class of antidepressant users was preschoolers.
Antidepressants and other psychotropics are prescribed “on-label” — or uses approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — for psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders (“off-label” use for issues like hyperactivity and sexual disorders is obviously not regulated). Side effects of these drugs can include confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, mood swings, impulse-control disorder, paranoia, psychosis and hostility.
A Canadian judge even ruled that SSRIs can cause children to commit murder when he found that Prozac was largely responsible for a 15-year-old stabbing one of his closest friends.
Dr. Moira Dolan, an internal medicine physician with the Medical Accountability Network, discusses the connection between antidepressant medications, violence, suicide and homicide in the video above. 
Another well-established side effect of antidepressants is suicide.
This has become such a well-known fact that in 2007 the FDA voted to update the required “black box warning” on all prescription antidepressants “to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24 during initial treatment.”
According to the FDA labeling revisions:
“Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.”
black box warning is the most serious warning the FDA can place on a prescription medication.
The FDA has also admitted that adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals kill over 100,000 Americans each year, and in 2009, the LA Times reported drug deaths — primarily due to overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications — even outnumbered traffic accidents in the U.S.
Scientific studies abound. The number one cause of death by injury in America is suicide according to one, just as Alex told Piers Morgan. Military use of psychiatric drugs skyrocketed to one in six according to another. Suicide is now officially the number one cause of U.S. active-duty soldier death, with three times as many soldiers dying from suicide since 2001 than have died in the Afghanistan war. This fact prompted veteran and clinical psychologist Bart Billings to ask Congress for long-term studies into a possible connection between the spike in military SSRI prescriptions and troops committing suicide in record numbers.
It should also be noted that Associated Press conducted a five-month investigation and found the drinking water of at least 46 million Americans in 24 major metropolitan areas was already tainted with pharmaceuticals. The report advises, “The federal government does not regulate prescription drugs in the water.” A 2010 study showed that shrimp living in antidepressant-tainted coastal waters were exhibiting suicidal tendencies.
There is no way to even speculate the full psychological effects of these drugs being widespread ingested in unknown amounts by an unknowing population in addition to the prescription drugs many people are already taking.
So is there a link between mass shootings and psychotropic medications?
The website SSRI Stories.com has compiled a horrifically long list of violent episodes including school shootings, murders and suicides, and linked each event to what anti-psychotic medication(s) the perpetrator was on or withdrawing from.
According to a data set of U.S. mass shootings from 1982-2012 prepared by news website Mother Jones, of 62 mass shootings carried out by 64 shooters, the majority of the shooters (41) were noted to have signs of possible mental illness — the precise kinds of mental illnesses that psychotropic medications are prescribed for. Seven more were listed as “unclear” on mental illness status, but many in this group reportedly family members or neighbors who worried about mental health issues.
Infowars reported yesterday that, not only was suspected Aurora mass shooter James Holmes under psychiatric care, but police seized four prescription medication bottles from his home after the shooting. The odds at least one of these drugs was an antidepressant cannot be overlooked.
As David Kupelian reported for WND, there’s a “giant, gaping hole” in the media’s reporting of the Sandy Hook shooting: discussion of mass killers on psychotropics.
It is simply indisputable that most perpetrators of school shootings and similar mass murders in our modern era were either on – or just recently coming off of – psychiatric medications,” Kupelian wrote.
Newtown school shooting suspect Adam Lanza has also been described as having a “personality disorder” and a “mental illness,” phrases Mike Adams of Natural News points out are typically used to describe people who are prescribed psychotropic drugs.
So it should not surprise anyone that reports surfaced shortly following the Newtown school shooting that Lanza had been taking Fanapt, an anti-psychotic medication that the FDA did not approve at first because among other reasons, rather than inhibit psychotic behavior, the drug was actually found to induce it. (The reference to Fanapt was later withdrawn altogether by the news outlet that first reported it, citing the man who claimed to be Lanza’s uncle and supplied the tip might be an imposter.)
Natural News also reported on the untimely death of prominent gun manufacturer John Noveske on January 4, 2013. Just days before he died in a car wreck, Noveske posted a lengthy list on his Facebook page of over 40 incidents where primarily young people committed mass murder and/or suicide; almost all of them were on psychiatric medications.

Many of the killers Noveske listed were under the age of 24; recall, young people fall in the category of increased risk of antidepressant-induced suicidal tendencies which prompted the FDA to require the updated black box warning.

Noveske’s last post in its entirety is included at the bottom of this article.
Pharmaceutical commercials dominate the airwaves, imploring us that if we are “feeling down” we might have depression and there are a wide array of prescription medications we could all take to help us feel better. The announcers in these commercials urge us to, “Ask your doctor today” if these drugs can help us.
Of the top ten prescription drugs linked to violence toward others, a 2010 study based on FDA adverse reaction data show that five were antidepressants and two were for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Perhaps we should be asking our pharmaceutical manufacturers and FDA why no long-term independent studies have been done on whether or not these psychiatric medications can influence violent behavior, homicidal tendencies and ultimately, mass murder.
Why is the mainstream media so quick to attack and demonize the Second Amendment and lawful gun owners full-force in the wake of the Newtown school shooting without even discussing the potential role pharmaceuticals play in these kinds of horrific events?
Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.
Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.
A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..
A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.
James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.
Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania
Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California
Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.
Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.
Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.
Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.
Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.
Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.
Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)
Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)
Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.
Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.
Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.
Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.
A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.
Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”
Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.
Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.
Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.
Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….
What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az
What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado
What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or
What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.”


What Are Mass Murder Pills? January 10, 2013



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Videogiochi violenti al rogo


La città di Southington, nel Connecticutha organizzato una manifestazione per distruggere "i media violenti", secondo i principi di uno smaltimento ecocompatibil.

Si chiama "Violent Video Games Return Program" l'evento in programma per il 12 gennaio, al quale tutti i partecipanti riceveranno, in cambio dell'adesione, un buono regalo del valore di 25 dollari (19 euro), donati dalla Camera di Commercio locale.

L'iniziativa risponde all'ondata di polemiche sopraggiunta in seguito alla sparatoria nel villaggio di Sandy Hook. L'organizzazione a capo dell'evento, chiamata SouthingtonSOSsostiene la tesi in base alla quale vi sarebbero "solide prove del fatto che la violenza dei videogiochi, insieme ai media violenti di ogni tipo, inclusi TV e film, contribuiscano ad accrescere l'aggressività, la paura, l'ansia e il bullismo tra i bambini".


Come se non bastasse, a inquinare il dibattito sul possesso delle armi negli Stati Uniti ci pensano alcuni screenshot in circolazione, relativi a un videogioco che metterebbe in scena il massacro di Newtown, in cui il giocatore vestirebbe i panni del killer Adam Lanza. Un probabile fake sostengono, e si augurano, molti.

USA, videogiochi violenti al rogo 7 gennaio 2013


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Videogiochi violenti e Marketing


In un periodo di rinnovato dibattito e polemiche sulla violenza negli Stati Uniti e sull’eccesso di armi da fuoco possedute dagli americani – seguiti alla strage della scuola di Newtown lo scorso 14 dicembre – il New York Times racconta in un articolo che alcuni videogiochi sono usati dalle società produttrici per promuovere le armi presso i potenziali clienti. Electronic Arts, una delle più grandi e popolari aziende del settore dei giochi, lo scorso ottobre ha creato un sito web dedicato ai produttori di armi usate nel suo Medal of Honor Warfighter, ultima versione della longeva serie Medal of Honor. Tra i partner della promozione del gioco c’erano le società di armi Magpul e McMillan Group, i cui prodotti erano linkati dal sito di Medal of Honor: Electronic Arts disattivò i link dopo le proteste di alcuni appassionati di giochi, uno dei quali ha detto al New York Times che si trattava di “una specie di showroom di armi da fuoco” e che il sito conserva ancora elementi di promozione delle armi.
Il tema dell’influenza dei giochi violenti sulla violenza reale è vecchio quanto i giochi stessi: e più vecchio ancora, essendo erede della discussione sui film violenti, sui fumetti violenti, sui libri violenti, eccetera. È tornato attuale dopo Newtown per via delle parole dell’associazione americana dei produttori di armi, la famigerata NRA, che ha rigettato le accuse sulla strage sostenendo che le responsabilità debbano essere attribuite tra l’altro appunto ai giochi e ai film violenti.
“Malgrado nessuno studio abbia mai trovato legami tra i videogiochi e la violenza reale con le armi”, scrive il New York Times, “il caso di Medal of Honor Warfighter mostra come l’industria dei giochi e quella delle armi abbiano silenziosamente costruito una relazione di marketing di mutuo beneficio”. Gli esperti di marketing spiegano che per le società costruttrici di armi i videogiochi sono divenuti un veicolo straordinario di promozione e di “product placement”, come racconta anche questo video prodotto insieme da Magpul ed Electronic Arts sulla loro collaborazione
Ed è facile capirlo: i fucili d’assalto di Bushmaster Firearms (uno dei quali è stato usato da Adam Lanza, responsabile della strage di Newtown), per esempio, “hanno un curriculum che farebbe l’invidia di ogni attore” in termini di apparizioni nei videogiochi, tra cui il popolarissimo Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Altri famosi giochi mostrano armi prodotte da Barrett and Browning, da Colt, da Heckler & Koch, da Glock e da Beretta. Un portavoce ha risposto alle domande del New York Times che Bushmaster non ha ricevuto compensi, ne ha pagato, per l’uso di immagini col suo marchio in Call of Duty. E secondo alcuni esperti del settore sarebbe in corso una tendenza di alcuni produttori di armi a prendere le distanze dai giochi violenti, dopo le proteste e le ultime accuse. E in certi giochi, malgrado sia considerato un pregio in termini di realismo la presenza di brand realistici e riconoscibili, vengono piuttosto usati nomi di armi leggermente alterati, per evitare conseguenze legali.

Il marketing delle armi nei videogiochi 25 dicembre 2012


GlaxoSmithKline truffava per vendere farmaci ai bambini


Gli psichiatri campioni di prescrizioni venivano mandati in costose villeggiature dal gigante farmaceutico internazionale: Giamaica, Bermuda, Hawaii e altri luoghi esotici dove, tra un servizio termale e l’altro, potevano ascoltare discorsi dei colleghi psichiatri che la società aveva pagato per instillare l’idea che i bambini debbano ingollare pillole.

I bambini americani erano depressi. Avevano bisogno di antidepressivi. E la GlaxoSmithKline era pronta per il salvataggio. E nonostante il Paxil (antidepressivo) non sia mai stato approvato per l’uso in nessuno sotto i 18 anni, la GlaxoSmithKline aveva 1.900 rappresentanti per le vendite che visitavano gli uffici dei medici per spingere l’uso del farmaco sui bambini. 

Secondo una denuncia penale depositata nel tribunale distrettuale degli Stati Uniti nel Massachusetts, la società “era impegnata in un sistema fraudolento atto ad ingannare e truffare medici, pazienti, regolatori e programmi sanitari federali”. 

La causa, che accusa l’azienda di aver etichettato in modo volutamente scorretto i farmaci e di aver mancato di indicare dati sulla sicurezza, è stata avviata e verrà dibattuta a porte chiuse nel mese di ottobre. Lunedì, il gigante farmaceutico internazionale ha annunciato che avrebbe concordato di risolvere questo caso, come pure una causa civile per 3 miliardi di dollari. Questo sarebbe il più grande risarcimento per frode sanitaria che riguarda il Paxil e alcuni altri farmaci simili, nella storia degli Stati Uniti.

GlaxoSmithKline si Dichiara Colpevole: d’Accordo con Psichiatri, Truffavano per Vendere Farmaci ai Bambini 14.12.12


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