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Posted by Kruciform Kid on July 24, 2012 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Why is Amelia Earhart so famous?

1. She didn't pilot the airplane alone (she had two other licensed pilots with her).

2. She didn't complete her voyage (she crashed), and she never actually "circled the globe".

So if, for example, Charles Lindburgh had another pilot with him, and then never actually crossed the Atlantic to Paris (but rather, crashed); would he have ever become famous? Several other aviators attemped the same flight and failed, and they are not…



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The Human Brain

On July 20, 2012, police arrested an unresisting James Holmes next to his car behind the Century 16 theater after he opened fire on the theater audience, killing 12 and wounding 58. The responding officers recovered several guns from inside the car and the theater. According to two federal authorities, Holmes had dyed his hair red and called himself "The Joker". James Holmes attorneys have sought an 'insanity' defense.
UPDATE: December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20 years old, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members - including his own mother - at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut. Though further investigations are pending; it has been reported that Lanza had a history of mental illness.

James Holmes: First Video of Alleged Killer Released
ABC News has obtained exclusive video of the suspect speaking at a science camp.

James Holmes's psychiatrist called university before massacre
James Holmes's psychiatrist contacted university police about Holmes's behavior before the mass shooting in Colorado, according to Homes' attorneys.

Opinion: Crime and Psychology
Psychiatrist and AEI fellow Sally Satel on the warning signs of James Holmes's mental breakdown and shooting rampage.

Rhetoric of Gun Control  (article)

QUESTION:  Since an "insane" person is unlikely to view themselves as such; is it reasonable for the general population - as a whole - to receive comprehensive mental / psychological profiles for their own awareness, as well as the public safety?  Why / Why Not?
(* Use facts & logic in your reasoning.__+Bonus points for identifying rhetorical fallacies *)

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