The horror at Beslan should be an eternal reminder of the evil power of corrupted minds

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It was Sept. 1st, the "Day of Knowledge", a national holiday, at School Number One in Beslan, Russia. It was a moderately cloudy day, with the darker parts hanging low over the town.

A town of just over 36,000, and there were nearly 900 students in the school, 1st through 11th grades.

Parents had gathered to accompany their children for the first day of school. The children carried elaborate bouquets of roses as they walked along in a procession. The festivity was charming, uplifting, joyful. The children were dressed in fanciful outfits. The girls wore red scarves and black-and-white dresses. The parents waved tiny flags and sang traditional songs.

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Meanwhile, 30 men and two women hid in the woods outside Beslan, 30 miles from Chechnya. Islamic militants, mostly Chechen. They had murder in them, and something darker, an unbridled malevolence.

At 9:20 AM, as the parents finished the celebratory songs and entered the building, the terrorists guided a large truck, full of guns and grenades and bombs, toward the school.

One group of terrorists herded shrieking children and parents into the front entrance, and killed two school security guards, the first victims of the attack. The first of many victims. A second group of terrorists flanked the backside of the school and rounded up parents and children, shoving them through the wooden plank doors and along a recently-cleaned hallway. The terrorist fired their guns in all directions, a red madness to their eyes, a deathly insanity, like drugged tyrants enamored of their power.

"We came here to die," they told the children, "and you will die with us."

Most of the older children had escaped when the terrorists arrived, so the hostages were mostly parents and young children, unable to run away. Imagine the children who had never been to school in their lives before that day. They must've wondered: Is this what school is? Why would we celebrate something as awful as this? And where are they taking us? And what will happen next? Are we going to die? Are we going to die?

The male terrorists wore green camouflage balaclavas, the women wore black hijabs, holes for their eyes, the searing black emptiness of their eyes, flared with something red, something deep and unhinged. Their faces were covered, but their cowardice was apparent.

Terrorist snipers took position in the school, and, as word spread through the town and armed citizens and police plotted storming the building, they fired at anyone who approached.

The terrorist swung their AK-47s at people to herd the parents and children into the gymnasium, where everyone crowded together, climbing over one another. It was unbearably hot, and within hours many of the children grew dizzy. The terrorists wired a grid of makeshift bombs around the gymnasium. Improvised explosives dangled above the huddled hostages, makeshift bombs slung together from basketball hoops like string lights. The explosives were rigged to a pedal on the floor, which one of the terrorists clamped down with his foot. The message was clear: If he lifted his foot, the bombs would explode, and people would die.

As a crowd formed outside, the terrorists began fortifying the school. They pulled all of the men from the gymnasium, and as one man tried to reassure everyone, the terrorists shot him in the back of the head. They yanked the man down along the hallway, and staged one man in front of every window, like decoys, like mannequins, like targets.

And each man was told to rip the doors from their hinges and shove them against the windows as barricades, shields. The terrorists warned that, if any of the barricades broke, the man who built it would be shot. The terrorists shot a few of the men anyway, after they'd built the barricades, of course.

The terrorists released a demand: "If anyone of us is killed, we'll shoot 50 people. If anyone of us is wounded, we'll kill 20 people. If 5 of us are killed, we'll blow up everything. If the light or communications are cut off for a minute, we'll shoot 10 people."

The two female terrorists were unaware that the target would be a school. They were uncomfortable with holding children as hostages. Both had suicide vests strapped to their waists. One day in, the belts exploded. It's unclear if the women had had enough and killed themselves, or if their male counterparts had grown sick of the women's dissent and murdered them. Parts of the women's bodies liquified throughout the gym. One of their heads rolled around next to a group of screaming children.

Starved and thirsty, cramped into the airless gym, the children ate the flowers they'd brought as part of the holiday, sharing so that everyone had something to eat. The terrorists wouldn't allow them to leave to use the bathroom.

Over the course of three days in September the 1,110 hostages remained cramped in the building.

Over the course of three days in September the 1,110 hostages remained cramped in the building.

At 1:06 PM on the third day, an explosion shook the ground. The townspeople gathered outside recoiled in fear, many broke into tears. An eerie pause hung over them. Some of the hostages had escaped, sobbing and blood-soaked and delirious.

Inside the gymnasium, the explosion had scattered the hostages against the walls, flung them onto bodies. Most of the survivors described the blast as subsuming them with enormous heat which overtook the air, an endlessly gasping heat. A gun battle erupted between the terrorists and the Russian special forces who were moving in on the building. Some of the townspeople had joined the military, firing their machine guns in shorts and flip-flops.

It was difficult for parents or family to tell who was who. In the smoke and ash, dehydrated and gaunt, stripped to their underwear because of the unbearable heat of the gymnasium, all the children looked the same.

The terrorists herded the survivors who hadn't escaped into the cafeteria, and used the women and children as human shields, firing at Russian troops from behind them, as the women and children screamed, "Don't shoot me, don't shoot me."

Another explosion in the gymnasium. A fire ravaged through the building. The firefight lasted 10 hours.

People drove wounded children in their cars because there weren't enough ambulances. Bodies lined the grass outside, only some covered by blankets. Tiny faces disfigured yet peaceful. In total, 330 people died. 18 Russian soldiers. 186 children. 200 had burns, 100 of them were burned alive.

Today, the building is a ghost of a building, derelict and gutted. A reminder that corrupted minds and poisonous ideas can lash into the real world in the worst imaginable ways.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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