Aug. 21st, 2014


John Michael Greer's words on Ferguson

Heading Toward The Sidewalk

Meanwhile, closer to home, what has become a routine event in today’s America—the casual killing of an unarmed African-American man by the police—has blown up in a decidedly nonroutine fashion, with imagery reminiscent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square being enacted night after night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. . . .

If the police keep it up, the Arab Spring of a few years back may just be paralleled by an American Autumn. Even if some lingering spark of common sense on the part of state and local authorities heads off that possibility, the next time a white police officer guns down an African-American man for no particular reason—and there will be a next time; such events, as noted above, are routine in the United States these days—the explosion that follows will be even more severe, and the risk that such an explosion may end up driving the emergence of a domestic insurgency is not small.

My thoughts exactly -- more and more, our overly-armed and lightly-IQ'd police forces are risking triggering a serious domestic insurgency with this shit. I personally suspect that a lot of the media focus on drones and governmental preparations for "civil disorder" in recent years have been directed by the governing elite in hopes that it will intimidate the populace and keep it under control.

Unfortunately, that assumes that the populace is a rational actor. It's not the first time they've made that mistake with a "foe". The start of any such rebellion won't be a carefully planned operation by skillfull terrorists -- it's more likely to be a spontaneous outbreak of rage where the establishment had expected fear.

For that matter, I'm not convinced that the powers that be themselves are rational actors in this. The Ferguson police seem utterly unable to conceive of any response to the continued resistance except to apply more violence and spread it farther.

It's like two opposing freight trains on the same track, hurling themselves blindly toward an inevitable collision. I'm torn between wanting to see what happens and wanting to be as far the fuck away as possible.

Aug. 20th, 2014


What if Chinese and Russian media were us -- and we were a Third World country?

You mean we aren't already?

Still in an inspiration drought, sadly. So just another link -- but this article is hilariously on point.

How we'd cover Ferguson if it happened in another country

FERGUSON — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence. . . .

Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America's majority "white people" sect. . . .

Analysts warn the violence could spread toward oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies, some of the largest in the world, and could provide a fertile breeding ground for extremists. . . .

Locals here eat a regional delicacy known as barbecue, made from the rib bones of pigs, and subsist on traditional crafts such as agriculture and aerospace engineering.

March 2008

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