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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Detached And Star-Crazy, But Worth It All The Same

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Now you are ready to see some cinema. And, in this regard, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival does not disappoint. With 200 films on tap, the selection here is among the best of all the Southern California film festivals.

I Am Literally Terrified to Go to the Movies Now

Jef Rouner | Posted 08.20.2016 | Parents
Jef Rouner

Media is a mirror of how we see the world, and increasingly venues for experiencing that media seem to be the targets of individuals who would wage the culture war in a more literal fashion. It makes me afraid.

NRA Uses Gun Violence to Maximize Profits

Harlan Green | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

How can we believe the National Rifle Association opposes gun violence when every mass murder committed with guns is answered by the NRA's call to buy more weapons, which increases their profits?

Santa Barbara Shooter's Father: 'We Have to Stop This'

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.27.2014 | Crime

The father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger has penned an open letter calling for an end to mass shootings. Peter Rodger's letter, which was ...

Laura Bassett

Santa Barbara Congresswoman Pushes 3 Gun Bills In Wake Of Shooting | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

After the mass shooting last month that left seven dead in Isla Vista, Calif., the area's congresswoman, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), went back to her ...

How to Build a Better Murderer

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

What are homophobes to do when their anti-gay rhetoric loses its power? They try a new tactic: God may do nothing, but the gays will hurt you directly! Unprovoked, gays will lash out! Gays are walking time bombs! Gays are murderers! Beware the killer gay!

Advocacy and Making Policy Personal

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Public affairs experts would argue that advocacy work is much more effective when there is a personal story attached to an issue. A first person account makes policy personal, and puts a face on issues that may otherwise be debated in the abstract.

Save Our Boys

Shawna Robins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents
Shawna Robins

Protect your son the same way you would protect your daughter. Keep him physically and emotionally safe at school and at home and be on the lookout for the cruelty that exists. Let's make the safety of all boys our top priority.

The Danger Of Blaming National Tragedies On The Gay Community

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family As a dad, when I see news stories of young people and children being killed, my heart breaks wide open. If such an...

Asperger's Is Accused but Still Not Guilty

Areva Martin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Areva Martin

When we declare Asperger's "guilty," with inaccurate media reports linking autism and violence, we perpetuate the stereotypes that individuals with autism are incapable of being mainstreamed and fully integrated into their communities at best, and at worst, we label autistic individuals as social deviants.

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

Dear NRA: My Country Is Proof That Reducing Guns Reduces Deaths

Andrew Leigh | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Andrew Leigh

Australia's gun buyback program reduced the country's firearms stock by about one-fifth, which is equivalent to the U.S. reducing its national stock by 40 million guns. And while some weapons came from households with multiple firearms, survey evidence suggests that the buyback nearly halved the share of Australian households with one or more firearms.

This Is What Male Feminists Look Like

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women

All men can support women and fight to end inequality, and a new hashtag is an inspiring look at the guys out there doing so. Driven by the respon...

Father Of UCSB Shooting Victim: 'That's A Hole In My Life That I Can Never Fill'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents

It has been less than two weeks since Elliot Rodger took the lives of seven people near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The father of one...

12 Reasons We Need #YesAllWomen

Nile Cappello | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Nile Cappello

Because I'm more scared of riding the subway, walking home at night or leaving work after dark alone than I am of cancer, a heart attack or old age.

The War of Terror, Homeland Version

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Among other things, if you're adding up casualties in this unnamed war, 1,500 women are murdered annually by their husbands or boyfriends. That adds up to a 9/11-sized disaster every two years.

Our Words Are Our Weapons

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Rebecca Solnit

In the end, this struggle over the meaning of one man's killing spree may prove to be a watershed moment in the history of feminism, which always has been and still is in a struggle to name and define, to speak and be heard.

Despite Firearms Database, Police Didn't Know College Killer Had Guns

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2014 | Crime

May 31 (Reuters) - Authorities did not know that Elliot Rodger, whose shooting rampage left six dead and more than a dozen injured in a California c...

The Isla Vista Shooting: One Flew Under the Cuckoo's Nest

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I certainly don't want to go back to the days of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but I wonder if our well-intentioned desires have swung the mental health pendulum too far. Would Elliot Rodger or Adam Lanza have revealed their violent intentions during an involuntary mental health hold?

Making Sense of Senseless Violence

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

While I haven't commented on every episode of violence, I do feel compelled to observe incidents that occur near or on school grounds and college campuses -- places that should be safe and fun as they help us develop the promise of our youth and those seeking to better their lives and those of others. Instead they've become all too often a setting of tragedy and a reminder of the fragility of life.

Elliot Rodger and the Effeminization of Asian Men

Julia Meszaros | Posted 07.30.2014 | Crime
Julia Meszaros

It would be hard to imagine that the history of feminization that most Asian men have endured did not influence Rodger's own feelings of undesirability.

Sabrina Siddiqui

The House Finally Voted For Something That Would Improve Background Checks | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less tha...

If It Bleeds, It Leads

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

We must help the media break its cycle of moving from crime to crime without exploring the aftermath.

Army of One

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Memorial Day might just as well be called Social Substitutability Day, unless we deepen and widen its meaning and allow the day's remembrance to include the crimes against humanity every side in war commits -- unless we remember that militarism, like racism and misogyny, are the real enemies.

Simplistic Thoughts, Simple Minds

Jim Goldman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Jim Goldman

Two people who should have known better, flopping around in the gutter of stupidity saying "Look at me! Look at me!" Let's do them all a favor and start looking the other way.