Author: Benjamin Olsen

UAE Oil Tanker Goes Missing in Iranian Waters

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

A UAE tanker has gone missing after entering the Strait of Hormuz. Naturally, due to the Strait’s geographical position, Iran is the preferred suspect for the Trump Administration. The UAE Tanker turned off its transponder Saturday night and suspicions have currently reached their height.

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Gabbard Shows that the American People are Fed Up with War

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

Last night during the Democratic National Debate, dark horse candidate Tulsi Gabbard showed that she is a force to be reckoned with. Her veteran status and anti-war stance resonate with many disenfranchised Americans. After decades of war in the Middle East, the American people are fed up with endless war. Post-debate, Gabbard takes the lead for searches among Democratic candidates:

 

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An Attack on Oil Tankers Is No Cause for War

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

The Trump administration has blamed Iran for the damaging of 4 oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this year, President Trump threatened to block Iranian exports of oil. Iran shot back with a threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. Alireza Tangsiri, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Navy Force, stated, “If we are prevented from using it, we will close it.” The attack on the oil tankers is the most recent development in a situation that is constantly escalating. The American government’s official stance is that the oil tankers were intentionally attacked due to mines placed in the gulf. The Japanese owner of one of the liners stated that it was not a mine but rather a flying object that struck the ship.

This incident is eerily familiar to several events throughout U.S. history, namely the Thornton Affair, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the explosion of the USS Maine. While these events seem unconnected at face value, these three episodes of history plunged the US into bloody wars that would cost thousands of lives only to expand the American empire.

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FDA Approves Ketamine-Derived Antidepressant

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

The FDA just approved a new antidepressant, the first of its kind. Unlike other antidepressants, this one is a nasal spray. Esketamine, under the brand name Spravato, is developed by Johnson & Johnson and has been in testing for the past 2 years. The drug has seen remarkable success. This success is interesting because the drug is closely tied to the club drug “Special K.” Related to MDMA, Special K is known as Ecstasy. This marks the first major breakthrough in the treatment of depression since the 1980s.

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Las Vegas Shooting: Unexplained Motive

Benjamin Olsen | United States

Yesterday the FBI closed its investigation on the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. The FBI stated that no motive could be found. The shooter (who I refuse to name) kept his life private. The FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit could not come up with any particular motive. His gunning down of 58 people appears to have no religious motivations nor political motivations. No manifesto or note was left behind either. Therefore, it seems that the deadliest mass shooting in US history, that inspired a federal ban on bump stocks, was a senseless act of violence with no apparent motive.

Making Sense of the Las Vegas Shooting

The potential for conspiracy theories to spring up is now at its highest. Human beings strive to rationalize and the lack of rationale for such a horrific event leads us to fill in the blanks with answers of our own making. The most common ones that will spring out is that the US government ordered the Las Vegas shooting in order to further its own agenda; pushing for gun control. This is especially appealing due to the recent legislation banning bump-stocks which the shooter did apply to his semi-automatic rifles

However, I beseech each and every one of you to not give in to the wild theories. Sometimes in our society, the things that scare us the most are the things we cannot explain. Therefore, we fill in the gaps ourselves. The lack of a motive is the very thing that we fear the most. And fear leads to irrational decisions. This man had no motive. This man also had no previous mental issues that would prohibit his purchase of the firearms that he used.

The Political Implications

This very shooting, if exploited to be political fodder, leads directly to the pro-gun argument. No law would have stopped the Las Vegas shooting. No ban on bump stocks, no prohibition on those with mental disorders, nothing of the sort. This act whether legislated against or not would still have happened. Humankind is capable of disgusting acts. Moreover, we simply cannot legislate against those that seek to take human life. Take away guns, and they will use knives, take away knives and they will use cars, take away cars and they will use fertilizer. If one is determined to take their fellow humans’ lives, they will do so by whatever means they can. 

This episode in American history is tragic. We have no explanation for why a man would take 58 lives so heinously. Alas, we also have no recourse to prevent someone from doing this again.

Hold Steady

Do not give into the agenda of the fear-mongering politicians. Do not give into the outlandish theories surrounding the shooting in Las Vegas either. Keep your wits about you and focus on the goal. The goal is leading lives of peace, prosperity, as well as liberty. So, follow the advice of my previous article and hold on to your bump stocks. Hold on to your guns. We are witnessing a dangerous time in human history and our natural rights provide us with a means to protect against the dangers of the world.


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