On the surface, the cases appear nearly identical: Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor, two young, unarmed men with sketchy criminal pasts shot to death by police officers two days apart.
But while the world knows of the highly publicized situation involving 18-year-old Mr. Brown, whose Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Missouri touched off violence, protests and an angry national debate, most people outside Utah have never heard of 20-year-old Mr. Taylor.
Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake was black.
The perceived double standard is fueling resentment and talk of double standards on conservative talk radio and social media, where the website Twitchy has compiled a list of Twitter comments asking why Mr. Brown’s death has been front-page news for weeks while Mr. Taylor’s was a footnote at best.
“Black cop kills unarmed white male #DillonTaylor in Utah,” says a Thursday post on Twitter by radio talk-show host Wayne Dupree, who is black. “#LiberalMedia can’t find [their] way to cover the story.”
A sarcastic Sunday tweet from Valerie said, “CNN Please! We need the name and home address of #DillonTaylor’s killer immediately. Why hasn’t he been arrested??!!!!!”
The U.S. Department of State reports that only 17 U.S. citizens were killed worldwide as a result of terrorism in 2011.* That figure includes deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and all other theaters of war.
In contrast, the American agency which tracks health-related issues – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – rounds up the most prevalent causes of death in the United States:
Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means:
– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack
– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack
(Keep in mind when reading this entire piece that we are consistently and substantially understating the risk of other causes of death as compared to terrorism, because we are comparing deaths from various causes within the United States against deaths from terrorism worldwide.)
Wikipedia notes that obesity is a a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist.
Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam?
Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk?
I voted Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my German Shepherd.
I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.
I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.
I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.
I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the social security from those who paid into it.
I voted Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions for their oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher or fish. We don’t care about their animals.
I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.
The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.
Do accidents like this really happen the way the Pentagon and Whitehouse are portraying it to be? There’s a 99.999% chance that this was not an accident. Mistakes are not made like this, especially when the covert operatives are typically not even listed in government databases and directories. In fact, they are issued fake identities, and that identity is the only name made public or on record.
We all know that the USA traffick’s over $100 billion in heroin our of Afghnaistan thanks to the good graces of the CIA. The drug war is rampant; the battle field is dirty; and the U.S. is on the verge of a military coup, especially since the Benghazi incident fractured chains of command and linkage between the Pentagon and the C.I.A.
Is there something more nefarious going on here? Did the Obama administration intentionally set up the CIA Chief for assassination? Since the CIA is trafficking heroin, should we cheer with joy when this outted operative gets plinked?
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” we collect stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.
A 3-year-old boy in the Golan Heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. He showed village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man’s skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon was found, and upon digging, they did indeed found an axe there.
In his book, “Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today,”German therapist Trutz Hardo tells this boy’s story, along with other stories of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy. The boy’s story was witnessed by Dr. Eli Lasch, who is best known for developing the medical system in Gaza as part of an Israeli government operation in the 1960s. Dr. Lasch, who died in 2009, had recounted these astounding events to Hardo.
We all love to get our packages in a hurry.. Here’s the dirty secret behind how they do that.
Listen, I really don’t want to be that guy. I, too, love receiving my packages promptly and am no stranger to the giddy sensation of seeing that cardboard box waiting for me at my doorstep.
But everything has its costs, and to make this modern luxury a reality, companies like Amazon, Walmart, and others are creating an entire sector of low-paid, under-protected temporary workers who are routinely boxing and shipping items they couldn’t afford to buy.
Anybody who has played Street Fighter is familiar with the awesome power of the “Surge Fist” attack, otherwise known as the Hadouken Fireball. While some of us might be intimidated by the thought of tapping into this primal energy, a group of students are determined to recreate it — by setting a dodgeball on fire.