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apocalyptic witches brew October 11, 2007

Posted by xenothrone in News.
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During this morning’s scan of the headlines I was stopped by: “Ohio School Shooter had Troubled History.” Another school shooting? Yes, this one in Cleveland, Ohio. Did it take anyone by surprise? Only those who, like me, were surprised that no one was killed except the gunman who shot himself (a 14 year old boy who had a history of mental problems and was known for cursing at teachers and bickering with students.)

You know, if I wanted to mix up a particularly lethal witches brew here’s what I’d do.

  1. Take an existing situation like this one: the random generation of creatures who represent a spectrum that ranges from the near perfect on one end to the botched and the bungled on the other. Among the population of the latter 20% will be found those whose brains are missing certain structures, structures that enable traits like empathy and compassion, moral sense and judgement.
  2. Introduce these latter individuals into one of the cruelest environments imaginable, that of the American teenage public high school, and expose them to a steady barrage of humiliation until they are boiling over internally with rage.
  3. Give these same individuals access to weapons which are designed for the maximum lethality possible on the mean streets of the city and the battlefields of war.

Presto! Fire burn and cauldron bubble!

Story of the Ohio Shooter

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