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Tucker Carlson Blames Mass Shootings on Marijuana

Tucker Carlson had a guest on his show to support his argument that marijuana is to blame for mass shootings.

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(TMU) — Controversial FOX News host Tucker Carlson recently had a guest on his show to support his argument that marijuana may be to blame for the recent string of shootings seen in the United States. The guest was Alex Berenson, former New York Times journalist and author of the book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.

Berenson’s work has not received much support from the scientific community and has even been rejected by many of the same scientists who were referenced in the book. The researchers have suggested that many of the studies cited in the book were taken out of context. They have also said that Berenson put forward conclusions that their data did not support.

The scientific community was so dismayed by Berenson’s misrepresentation of the current data, that researchers from a variety of prestigious universities penned an open letter taking him to task for the claims made in his book, and urging lawmakers to disregard his writing when considering laws on legalization. The signatories included experts from New York University, Harvard Medical School and Columbia University.

“We urge policymakers and the public to rely on scientific evidence, not flawed pop science and ideological polemics, in formulating their opinions about marijuana legalization,” the letter stated.

The premise of Berenson’s argument is that people who commit violent crimes often happen to have cannabis in their systems. On Carlson’s broadcast, Berenson pointed to the recent case of the shooter in Dayton, Ohio, claiming that marijuana could have been a factor in the violence.

The pair discuss the shooter’s toxicology results, which included Xanax and cocaine as well as marijuana, choosing to skip over the other more powerful drugs to focus on marijuana, which is known to keep people more calm and relaxed than not.

Berenson believes that marijuana has a strong link to psychosis, but this is heavily debated among scientists, and even those who do support this theory believe that marijuana can only trigger the symptoms in people who are already severely mentally ill. However, this much can also be said for any mind-altering substance, especially prescription pharmaceuticals like Xanax.

In the case of Xanax—which was also found in the shooter’s system—violence, fits of rage and psychosis are all fairly common side effects that are well documented and scientifically proven.

In recent years, many online sources have suggested that there is a link between prescription drugs and mass shootings, but mainstream fact-checkers have taken issue with these claims, contending that a large number of people in the United States are on prescription drugs, which means that it is only natural that a shooter, or their victims for that matter, would have a high chance of having those substances in their system. If this is true, the same thing can be said for marijuana, which is now used by a large segment of the population, in both legal and non-legal states.

Furthermore, in the vast majority of the recent shootings, it was apparent that ideology and desperation were contributing factors to the violence.

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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