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  •  BTW its not so much the European as the ARMY (5+ / 0-)

    that gave me this perspective.  You spend your entire childhood as the USA's 30 minute warning and you learn not to stress so much about if you might blow up going to buy a pair of jeans and eat a waffle.  Or go to school. Or start your car. Particularly if you were stationed where we were - a primary nuke target of the cold war.

    Life is not safe or guaranteed, nor can a nation be terror proofed.  That we lie to ourselves that it can be shows a complete lack of reality going on in the "national discourse" - which is largely "we have no idea what happened, but we are going to guess, randomly talk shit and scare the hell out of you until the commercial break."

    THAT is the problem.  How many people were shot today by friends, family members and neighbours? Certainly more than died or were wounded by two small explosives going off at the marathon - but you're not likely to hear about them when there is TERROR porn to fap over in the 24 hour news cycle.  

    The response was quick and professional, the actual victims were moved to hospitals and give care and the area in under control and being investigated. Very few people were killed, and while it's a tragedy, it's not the end of the world, nor is it time to crank up the war drums - we don't even know what happened yet.  Until they finish - we have no idea who did what to whom, why and for how many cookies.  So talking heads talking to hear themselves talk and keep the ratings up - not helping.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:32:51 PM PDT

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