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Steven Rosenfeld writes America's Focus on Terrorism Blinds Us To Everyday Violence and Suffering:

The Boston Marathon bombing and shootouts with the suspects frightened millions of Americans and turned into one of the biggest media events of the 21st century. But beyond lingering questions of whether the government went too far by shutting down an entire city and whether that might encourage future terrorism, a deeper and darker question remains: why is America’s obsession with evil so selective?

There are all kinds of violent events in America that go unheeded. The British-based Guardian newspaper reported that on the same day as the bombing, 11 people were killed by guns across the U.S. That sad list included a pregnant woman in Dallas allegedly shot by her boyfriend; a 13-year-old who took his own life after being bullied at school; and an off-duty New York City policewoman who killed her husband, her year-old baby, and then committed suicide with her police-issued handgun.

The lists of most violent American trends reveal the mundane shades of evil. There are the most violent cities. There are the murder capitals. There’s domestic violence primarily against women. There are the most dangerous jobs, where injury is common and death far more widespread than from bomb-wielding terrorists—such as at the Texas fertilizer plant that blew up last week and killed at least 14 people and where 270 tons of ammonium nitrate was illegally stored in violation of state and federal law.

What is it about the nature of one form of evil versus another that grips America’s attention, whipping mainstream media into a frenzy and pushing government to pull out the stops in one moment but not in another? Do we respond more to the unexpected rather than to senselessness that continues day by day? […]

Humanity certainly has dark sides that are expressed in violent rage. But there’s also something very wrong and dark about disregarding everyday violence, just because it’s the rule and not the exception.  

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008He's with us on everything but ... everything:

Here's my rule -- and you can take it or leave it -- on referring to "the bloggers." You must keep in mind that blogs are communications tools, and that the people who use them aren't some new species from outer space. People who use blogs to communicate about politics are saying exactly the same things that they used to say, and that other people still say, to each other over the telephone, at the office water cooler, and over long lunches. This is just the first time that politicians and media types have ever had access to those conversations, because the tool we use puts them out there for them to see. (Yes, we are granting the media access to the minds of the voters. Where's the gratitude and groveling that politicians get when they grant access?)

So the bottom line is this: bloggers are just people who leave "paper" trails of their thoughts. If you have something to say about "the bloggers," try this simple exercise first to see if you might be talking out your ass: Substitute the word "telephone" for "blog." If your sentence still makes sense, you're onto something. If not, you're talking shit.

"The telephoners want us to get rid of him."

Well, that sounds a little dumb, really. But in this particular case, Senator Schumer Anonymous is probably onto something. Democrats who own or use telephones really do want to get rid of Lieberman, and in large numbers.

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The world's oldest person lived to be 122-years-old. Her diet was olive oil, port wine, and 1 Kg of chocolate a week.
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, seems the meme is spreading that there were some magical things the President could have done to erase entrenched obstructionism & pass the gun bill. Greg Dworkin joined us on that subject at the top of the show, and Armando comes thundering in on it at the end. In between, we run down the day's headlines from The Hill,: filibuster reform, sequestration & the complicated politics surrounding both. Turns out the catalyst for sequester frustration finally breaking through is ... airport delays. And, Congress reverts to form with the emergence of a new kind of earmark: sequester exemptions.

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  •  782,783 registered users on dKos now. (20+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Emily Brosious

    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #780,900: boleshjnakc4vl
    #781,000: record6bite
    #781,100: weida12fan (spammer)
    #781,200: yarnpain34
    #781,300: BenFranklin99
    #781,400: burnitaly43
    #781,500: fruitchill85
    #781,600: macsleds886
    #781,700: cementwave63
    #781,800: walletchild0
    #781,900: fine69poppy
    #782,000: dish7vest
    #782,100: driveruganda2
    #782,200: gongbeard2
    #782,300: lumber7icon
    #782,400: cattle59muscle
    #782,500: silvercolon79
    #782,600: valimo143
    #782,700: ink82jeff

    We've added a whopping 1,965 more users in the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's The All-American Rejects' "The Last Song".

  •  Pure Chutzpah (24+ / 0-)

    So how do you like the new look for the corner of Seventh Avenue and 48th Street?

    Boatloads of money and a shitload of audacity, that’s all the conservatives have going for themselves. Well that and the Democratic opposition to their heartless and disgusting views.

  •  On LOD, Sen. Blumenthal called the sequester a (5+ / 0-)
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    gravlax, JeffW, palantir, nellgwen, Jeff Y

    "self inflicted wound."
    Wonder what he calls Harry Reid's failure to use the nuclear option? If we're going to get anything accomplished, we're going to have to call everybody out.
    In a large sense, this has become a republic where representatives of both parties, overwhelmingly the Republicans, are dead sure that we elected them to not pay any attention to us. As I said before in Government and Polls: "Is this thing on?" They don't seem to be able to, or want to, hear what the hell we're saying.
    What to do about it? They are already in, and that may have been be our self inflicted wound. We believed in them.
    Shall we continue to send petitions that seem to have no effect? Shall we continue to threaten them with 2014? Perhaps, that. But in a devestating way.
    The only idea I can come up with is the most massive grassroots mobilization in history. This time, however, each candidate should be vetted to within an inch of his/her life. And it should be demonstrably proven during the primaries that we mean exactly what we say.
    "If you're going to have waffles with Harry Reid every morning, candidate, get ready to blow chunks, 'cause we're gonna sink you like a three foot putt. We want unequivocal definition. If you don't understand that, reference Elizabeth Warren."

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:36:34 PM PDT

  •  There's something about the mundane, (9+ / 0-)

    if I can use that word to describe violence, that inures us to it's very existence. This is sad but very true.

    My guess is that there is something in us that must believe that there is something about the world that is good and true in order to continue living. It is something of a survival mechanism that allows us to overlook the everyday evils.

    I don't offer this by way of excuse. I offer it as a reason to keep looking at the world in a very harsh way, to continue asking the hard questions.

    There's also the cynical answer that bombs and blood attract eyeballs which is why the MSM focuses so heavily on them.

    "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

    by gravlax on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:37:00 PM PDT

    •  The Security Industrial Complex arose in past 11 (4+ / 0-)
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      years.  It was mobilized once again in the past 8 days.  I agree w/ your analysis, but this cottage industry mattered, too.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:44:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Banality of Evil (7+ / 0-)

      Banality of evil is a phrase used by Hannah Arendt in the title of her 1963 work Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Her thesis is that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths, but by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:59:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  MSM: the evil of Banality /nt (4+ / 0-)
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        Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

        by annieli on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:34:07 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  She was mostly right, partly wrong (4+ / 0-)
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        The machinery of the Holocaust, the buses, trucks, railroads, the companies that made the gas, the construction companies, even the soldiers and cops who performed the initial round-ups, all of that was operated or controlled or performed by normal, ordinary people.

        But the actual camps themselves were run by a group of individuals selected specifically for their psychopathic and sadistic tendencies.

        It was discovered that when it came to the killing, ordinary men would break down, become hopeless drunks, or kill themselves.  The Soviet secret police also discovered this during Stalin's purges.

        For some of us, no matter how we're pushed to it, we can't go down certain paths.  If we do, we disintegrate.  This actually gives me a little hope for the species.

        Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

        by rbird on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:09:04 PM PDT

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  •  Wow, one of my friends from UCLA... (12+ / 0-)

    who got his Ph.D. here in statistics is now hosting his own TV show on Nat Geo!!!  So everyone watch The Numbers Game.

    It uses statistics and how they can apply to your daily life, and how you can use them to make better decisions to enhance your quality of life.  Yesterday was about longevity, next week's about making money.  :-)

    Oh, and here's an idea from the weekend at our department's annual DataFest that some of us grad students came up with while working there, on how to explain randomness to non-statistics people.  Replace the word "random" with the word "drunk".

    e.g., "Take a simple drunken sample...."
    "Drunkenly select 5 people..."

    It'll work, I tells ya!


  •  guess blogs+cartoons must b/media (4+ / 0-)
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    Monsanto is poison,gotta be stopped. Can't afford rich people anymore;must cut back. People like Dick Cheney are evil, don't belong in government. We need @ 9 different revolutions in this country, and may they all crossoverlap soon..

    by renzo capetti on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:38:09 PM PDT

  •  It's truly a sad thing (9+ / 0-)

    How we can manage to completely ignore the will of the people in regards to background checks as countless people keep getting killed/injured by guns, deploy an army to catch a 19 year old kid and cede our civil rights out of fear, ignore our crumbling society here at home while nation-building elsewhere, and pollute the earth while denying we're causing any changes because of it.

    Will we ever learn?

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:38:45 PM PDT

  •  300ish people a day in USA wounded by bullets (10+ / 0-)

    not killed , wounded , many wounded and not dead because of medical care .
    Day in and Day out .

    Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

    by indycam on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:39:24 PM PDT

    •  I know, (0+ / 0-)

      I was "peppred" once by my great grandfather while bird hunting. Had I followed directions, I would not have been, lol. He was on one side of a hill, I was on the other. He saw a partridge, shot and the BBs rained down on me. Stung like all hell. Does that count? :)

  •  Is it a requirement (6+ / 0-)

    that in writing about crime, the writer not mention the actual trend in crime.  The NYT had a lengthy article about crime in America - and did not mention the dramatic fall in violent crime.

    The quoted article doesn't either.

    It is the rare article that talk about crime and actually mentions the trend.

    For the life of me I don't understand why.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:52:54 PM PDT

  •  That extended quote from Mr. Waldman (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    predates the time when he was recognized as a truth-teller and subsequently appeared almost weekly on Sunday-morning news/talk TV shows. His many face-off appearances with Sens. Liberman, McCain and Graham made him a feared opposition figure for the neoCons.

    It is said by some that he can still be found daily at his appointed rounds. Seek and ye shall find.

    Alpacas spit if you annoy them. So don't do that.

    by alpaca farmer on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:53:24 PM PDT

  •  Marketing fear $erve$ too many (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, high uintas, Eric Nelson

    constituencies to be ignored. & not all of them are about money. Or in the words of Rahm "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:53:33 PM PDT

  •  Today's minum opus: (3+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, high uintas, Eric Nelson

    Third (pretty conventional) promo vid for our music fest.

    Like, share, whatever the hell you do with these things so I can keep my job.

    (Direct link to video here)

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:55:16 PM PDT

  •  C'mon There's No Such Thing as an "America" (0+ / 0-)

    We're not a nation or a society; like Afghanistan, we're a location. In our case we're the location of portions of a slew of global markets.

    "The" focus is by the corporate media which are corporations sponsored by corporations. For a host of reasons they need Some Guys With Pressure Cookers to be the equivalent threat of the Axis powers and the Soviet Union. So they not "America" focus on that.

    11 occupants killed by guns has nothing to do with the forces that own and run this place. Of course it gets ignored; it's meaningless.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:56:57 PM PDT

  •  I've got (2+ / 0-)
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    the chocolate and the wine down.  Planning to start the olive oil now...

    Calment ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance for her age to olive oil, which she said she poured on all her food and rubbed onto her skin, as well as a diet of port wine, and ate nearly one kilogram (2.2 lb) of chocolate every week.

  •  Please read my diary (2+ / 0-)
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    And vote for Sree!

    Shop Liberally this holiday season at Kos Katalog

    by JamieG from Md on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:11:56 PM PDT

  •  Two items for you (0+ / 0-)

    I was gone for a while but now I'm back. Computer trouble.
    Now on to the items.

      Today I was on the bus and sitting next to me was a young lady and on her lap she had a book titled London. It was a traveling book.
        “Are you going to London?” I asked.
        “Yes.” She replied.
        “Have you ever been there before?”
        “Well.” I said. “Blah, blah, blah...Tate Gallery, Blah, blah, blah, Covent Gardens.”
         She said that she was 24 and was going to be there for a month and a half, but didn't seem to know much about it.”
          I said, “And don't miss Windsor Castle.”
          “Oh, I love castles.” She said.
          See what I mean.
          “If you can get out of London take a trip up to Liverpool.” I said.
          “What's that?” She asked, and I'm not kidding.
          “Liverpool, where the Beatles were from. You can take a Beatles tour.”
          “I don't know much about London or England.” She said.
          I let it roll off my back until I said, “And you can't leave London without going to Herrods to go shopping.”
          “What's that, where is it?”
          I smiled and asked, “How did you decide to go to London, close your eyes and stick a pin on a map?” But in a nice way.
          I wished her well and have a great trip as I got off the bus, but honestly, my son at age 10 knew more about England.

     In an unrelated story:

          It All Started on a Snow Day.

          A very special, fateful snow day in upstate New York. At the residence of the Abbey's...

          Spencer Abbey was an air traffic controller, but he was at work, stuck there because of all the snow. This kind of thing happens often so no big deal. Anyway he doesn't really enter into the story much except he named their eldest son.
          They lived in a nice, quiet, bucolic, suburban neighborhood. With nice, quiet, bucolic, suburban people. Spencer promised his wife one day he would show her the world.
          Cherry Blossom was his wife. She was not Japanese, or Chinese nor did she come from Washington D.C. Her parents were hippies, so she was a librarian. She went by the name of Cherry. But isn't that cool, her name was Cherry Blossom Abbey. They had an Irish Setter named Goldie, after Goldilocks because it took her forever to get comfortable anywhere when she was a puppy. She was four then.
            Their oldest son was named Richard after Keith Richards. His friends called him Keef or Abbey Road depending on how loud it was in the room. Keef sort of gets lost in the shuffle of a loud party but not Abbey Road. He was 16 and a good kid, he got good grades but liked to see how much trouble he could get into without getting caught. He was the outdoors guy. He was a surfer stuck in up state New York but he well made up for it by improvising.
           He had a girlfriend named Cindy and they did everything but that. Cindy played the drums and Richard thought that was cool. Cindy called Richard Ricky and so did his mom.
           Next comes Allen age 10, named after Edgar Allen Poe, Cherry Blossom's favorite author.
    He was also a good kid and curious about everything, especially how things work. He shared Cherry Blossom's sense of fun and love of all things Halloween.
           Both kids seemed to possess a higher than average I.Q. Richard preferred Risk over D&D.
    Allen liked Pictionary.
           After breakfast Cherry Blossom decided to take advantage of a day at home and take care of some overdue laundry.
           She went to collect the cloths then stopped in at the kitchen to announce things before she headed down to the basement.
           “Ricky I want you to stop over at Miss Robbie's to see if she's O.K. Ask her if she needs anything, and offer to shovel her walk. Then shovel ours. See if your friend can come over with the thing to do the drive way, I'll pay him. Allen, go outside for a while and get cold, build a snowman, or get your friends together to build a fort. Or have a snowball war, or something. When you come in I'll make cocoa, we're going to have homemade soup tonight.”
            RING, RING, RINGY, RING...
            “That's your father, go, get.”
            Miss Robbie was a 75 year old neighbor of theirs that always brought over cookies and watched the dog when they went away.
            Richard understood a long time ago that if just did certain things without a grievance, or without too much of one he got special privileges, and this was a Friday. So he bundled up and went outside. Anyway he knew his friends would be around with some good smoke.

            A few hours later...

           Allen came home, he was all done in.
           Cherry Blossom looked at him and smiled, “Come here honey, let me help you.”
          Then she proceeded to help him off with his boots, and gloves, and coat.
          “Go get these wet cloths off you and I'll make you some cocoa.”
          “Afterwards you can watch some movies.”
          “Did you see your brother around?”
          “Yes.” Said Allen. “His friends came by and they went towards the woods.”
          “Did he do Miss Robbies walk?”
          “Yes. But I was at Mark's house.
          “Well he better get home soon, it's getting dark outside.”
          “Come on lets get you warmed up.”

           Well sometime after Richard cleared Miss Robbie's walk and before he was done with his, his friends came over with some really good smoke.
           “Hey.” He said as they came up to him.
           “Keef!” They responded.
           “What's up Doc?”
           “Well I got to finish this. Do you have anything green on you?”
            He stopped shoveling and really looked at his buddies then shook his head and said. “Stupid question.”
            “Come on, one of his friends said, I've got some Heinekens in here take a break and lets go somewhere else.”,
            “No I want to finish this, I'm almost done. If I do this maybe my mom will let Cindy stay over.”
            “Well no beer for you until you finish.”
            “It would go a lot faster if you help, there's more shovels in the garage.”
            “No, I'm fine just watching you.” said the other friend.
             Richard finally finished and all three of them trudged through the snow, about a football field away to their favorite wooded spot to drink and get high.
             They stayed long enough to drink a few beers and get toasty.

             “Well it's getting late and I'm beat said Richard, I'm going to go home. Wanna come over later, after dinner? We'll play.”
              “Cool, I'll call you.”
              “Hey, give me a little bud for the walk home.”
              “You're lucky I'm so cool.” Said Richard's friend.
               As Richard trudged back home he decided to save that bud and enjoy it in the garage.
               Inside the house Cherry Blossom put on The Wizard of Oz for Allen as she was making the soup. Every 15 minutes she would stop and look out the windows and doors for Richard.
    Finally she saw him walk up to the house and was relieved.
                Richard grabbed the shovels and work gloves and proceeded to take them into the garage. Great this is the perfect opportunity to hit the pipe one last time for a while, just to top everything off.
                Richard came in the back door and immediately sat down at the dinner table.
                “I Was getting worried a bit.” Said Cherry Blossom.
                “Mom, I was O.K. But now I'm tired.”
                “Well go change cloths, I'll make you some cocoa and a sandwich.”
                “Great.” Said Richard.
                 From the kitchen Richard could hear the TV.
                 “The Wizard of Oz. “Richard said.
                 “Yeah I put it on for your brother.” Cherry Blossom said.
                 Richard peeked in and saw Allen curled up on the couch fast asleep. He smiled and left to go into his room.
                 “He went back into the kitchen and said, “The guys want to come over later after dinner and play.”
                  “Risk?” Asked Cherry Blossom.
                  “Oh, can't you play a peaceful game for once?”
                  “What game is that? I'll be right back, I'm going to go change.”
                  Now it's a curious thing the way the house is situated. If you're in the back of the hallway you can look down and see the TV.
                   Richard went into his room to change and as soon as he did he turned on his music. Maybe because he was so tired from shoveling snow, and the grade of pot, he was in a certain mood so he put on Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon.
                   He put the music on then laid down on his bed for a time to let the pot really hit him.
                   Eventually he got up, changed, and went into the kitchen, but kept his music on.
                   As he was walking down the hall he thought he noticed something.
                   “Hum.” He thought.
                   He went into the kitchen to get a root beer.
                  “I'll be right back I want to listen to the side of the album.”
                   He went over to the TV and turned down the volume Allen was so out of it there was no chance for a protest.
                   He walked backwards down the hall, looking at the TV and listening to the music.
                  “This is freaky.” He said to himself. He went into his bedroom and turned up the music and stood in the hallway just looking.
                   He was so engrossed he forgot he was holding a glass of root beer.
                   He just stood there as The Great Gig in the Sky ended.
                   Then suddenly he sort of woke up, anyway Cherry Blossom was on her way to get him, his cocoa was getting cold.
                   As he walked into the kitchen he thought the guys are going to trip all over this.
    We are so going to do this when they get here.
                   If dad gets home we'll just go down in the basement.
                   And that's how it all started.

                   The Wizard of Oz came on AMC yesterday and I remembered this story.
                   I had Linux Mint installed and took Windows off. Anybody else use it?

    "Too much. There's too much fucking perspective now." David St. Hubbins

    by nellgwen on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:12:12 PM PDT

  •  RIP Sydney (7+ / 0-)

    Allan Arbus

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:16:11 PM PDT

  •  so many small hatreds, so few innocents (2+ / 0-)
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    Humanity certainly has dark sides that are expressed in violent rage. But there’s also something very wrong and dark about disregarding everyday violence, just because it’s the rule and not the exception.  

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

    by annieli on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:31:44 PM PDT

  •  "Humanity certainly has dark sides that are.. (4+ / 0-)
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    ..expressed in violent rage. But there’s also something very wrong and dark about disregarding everyday violence, just because it’s the rule and not the exception." - AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld
    To me the every day violence perpetrated by a system that allows so many, even those who aren't considered at poverty level but see their chances of a better life disappearing, while a small oligarchy takes and takes leaving less for the rest, is the crime that is at the root of most violence in society.

    When people are well paid and can see a better future on the horizon there is much less disagreement between differing groups of people. Groups that probably would have much less to argue over if they weren't in a constant rat race to to make ends meet.

    But we're not supposed to look at that.

    It's no wonder that republicans like Lindsey Graham and others are pushing about the latest bombing.
      Pointing their finger, as they nearly always do at "foreigners" or Muslims or "the others" to blame.
    It's what they do, when the tax code, or hazardous work places, (an endless list of wrongs to people and the environment)  is a way bigger enemy to way more people.

  •  The Joker nailed it. (1+ / 0-)
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    In The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger's Joker explains very elegantly what I think Rosenfeld is getting at:

    You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan." But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well, then everyone loses their minds!
    This line stuck in my mind and ever since, I've seen example after example.  Suffering, loss, and death, on their own and in roughly equivalent measure, do not guide the degree of attention paid; it's all about the context...and whether the events are "part of the plan - even if the plan is horrifying."  So, for some nothing little town on the outskirts of El Paso to get partially leveled by a reckless corporation thanks in part to lax oversight and pretty much nonexistent public safety protection (you'd think Texas would remember a thing or two about ammonium nitrate explosions!!), nobody panics.  But if a couple of wound-up punks blow up a crowded recreational event in a fairly affluent city, well, everyone loses their minds!

    Don't believe me?  Senator Lindsey Graham wants Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be charged as an "enemy combatant" - have his constitutional rights canceled.  I see where people are calling to have him publicly hanged.  But the West, TX explosion is just some random industrial accident - except it's not.

  •  I thought more or less the same thing (0+ / 0-)

    Surrounded by information about this absolutely surreal "manhunt" I thought - "Yes, this is a bad event and yes the cops/FBi should be chasing the guy" but - like this?  Were they really dangerous to the extent of a military lockdown and search canvas pulling some clearly innocent families out of houses at gun point shouting at them?" and I thought - haven't there been other really bad mass murderers and really bad criminals sought, found and apprehended without looking like a really scary dystopian film?   And what about all of the crimes that aren't quite as bad but pretty bad?  What if this was the common reaction of law enforcement.

    Of course my answer was what it is - this is something different.  Something wrong.  Something bad.   Something that redefined the landscape in my eyes - a lot.

    FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

    by bluedogsd on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:50:08 PM PDT

    •  He had bombs and grenades with him when last seen (3+ / 0-)
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      while shooting at cops, locking down a city to find him was not a bad thing to do.

      •  Guns trained on clear innocents forced out of home (0+ / 0-)

        Won't go there and say it's OK.

        Have you seen the first person video of the agents in full body armor with trained assault rifles shouting at a scrawny, blonde young teen who clearly has no possible resemblance to the suspect - the part where the gun is trained on him and the agent screams "Get your hands on your head" as they force him and his family out of their home?

        If you actually watch it I am guessing you will be freaked out.  If you're not freaked out, all I have to say is - Sorry - this is NOT the way to deal with this.   The clear message here is "everyone is a suspect" - and how do you argue against that with this video evidence?

        I will say that I have been OK with being a "suspect" every time I get on a plane.   In that world I have been OK with proving my innocence.  

        If I was this family in that video I wouldn't feel my life was made safer by this violation of my home and I would most likely need therapy - not caused by the bomber or his proximity to my house - but as a result of how I was 'perp walked' (because that is what you see here) for no reason that I would ever be explained.

        Are you OK with this?  Are you OK with your son being the blonde kid in the video?   Do you think that moment won't mess with his life for the rest of it?  Do you think that the value proposition that somehow this act made the country safer so it was OK for the law enforcement to act like this is a valid one?  I don't, won't and never will.

        Watch the video.  Tell me you are OK with that.

        FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

        by bluedogsd on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:15:35 AM PDT

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    •  Quite honestly, (1+ / 0-)
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      the reaction to this offended my senses. All of them. I do not care how bad the incident is (was), the government still has to abide by the Constitution. It scares me to see that so many are willing to give up freedoms for safety.

    •  He had bombs and grenades with him when last seen (2+ / 0-)
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      while shooting at many officers and wounding one critically, a lockdown was necessary, believe me i was 5 miles from it.

    •  This is what you get in the 21st century (0+ / 0-)

      what else did you expect? It was like a Brazilian BOPE operation. You'll get use to it. Such incidents will only become more common.

      A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

      by Salo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:35:00 PM PDT

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  •  Breaking news, not from The Onion (4+ / 0-)
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    Former Romney intern arrested for using nude pics to blackmail 15 women

    and I gotta say, snark and giggles aside, I am really getting tired of this shit. And all the other shit they pull...

  •  I had to mention this... (2+ / 0-)
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    The oldest person who ever lived ate a kilogram of chocolate a week?!  That's 2.2 pounds of chocolate!

    Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:17:12 PM PDT

  •  please help my friend - victim of stabbing (2+ / 0-)
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    by her friend; she's hanging on to life

    not only do i know the victim (she was campaign manager for Jane Dyer's run for congress which i volunteered for) but her alleged attacker, involved w/ the campaign, is a family friend - and my friend.  i am shocked and saddened....  (i wonder if any kind of medication that has adverse reactions would make a person do this to his friends. does anyone know if a med would turn a normally wonderful person into a psychotic person who wants to kill friends??)

    Here's the story which has links to help Jamie w/ medical bills - oh,g_d. i hope she survives..

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24:12 PM PDT

  •  You are guilty of wanting to have it both ways. (0+ / 0-)

    Do you really want people to pay attention to their local crime stories? Seriously?  It's best to suppress those stories for the sake of harmony in the cities.

    But we are also supposed to believe that crime is dropping too.  So what do you want? Wall to wall national coverage of home invasions, gun battles at the hang outs, gang rapes? or the national news covering the occassional man bites dog story and not much else. I don't think your like the results of 24 /7 episodes of Cops. The state and social consensus would collapse.

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:30:59 PM PDT

  •  For someone with a law degree... (6+ / 0-)
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    Ann Coulter has a really fucktarded understanding of the First Amendment.

    Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.”

    “I don’t care if she knew about this,” Coulter said. “She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. They’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?”

    Hannity seemed momentarily puzzled at the sudden citation of female genital mutilation, stammering his reply. “I, uh, I don’t know the answer to that,” he said before confidently adding: “But your point is well taken.”

  •  Guardian has video of a 1962 Beatles appearance (1+ / 0-)
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    here. From the article, by Ed Vulliamy::

    Around this time, in Britain in 1962, a young Russian speaker from Yorkshire called Leslie Woodhead joined Granada TV in Manchester as a junior researcher, whose job included "persuading … local officials or champion knitters" to appear on a programme called People and Places. One week, a show featuring a brass band needed a further item. "There are these kids making a lot of noise in a cellar in Liverpool," advised a fellow researcher. "They haven't made any records yet."

    Woodhead duly met them for a drink, and shot the first film of them playing – a lunchtime gig at the Cavern – but transmission was delayed because of a problem with the brass band's union fees. Instead, Woodhead urged his producers to allow the Beatles into Granada's studio, and play on live TV for the first time. They sang Love Me Do and Some Other Guy. Four months later, they reached No 1 with Please Please Me.

    In particular the article describes the impact of the Beatles in Russia, with one person saying, "Beatlemania washed away the foundations of Soviet society."
  •  And ... a portrait of Saul Steinberg (0+ / 0-)

    "at The Long Man of Wilmington in East Sussex, 1953."
    Photograph: Lee Miller/ © Lee Miller Archives, England. All rights reserved

    As here . . .

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