by the virgin terry
it seems the topic of police abuse just won’t go away. how can it when it happens so often? most of it is routine psychological intimidation and humiliation of supposed ‘bad guys’. much of it occurs quite openly and shamelessly, with tacit approval of much of the so-called ‘middle class’. that’s the surreally tragic and scary thing. lots of ‘authoritarian followers’ living in our midst, some rabidly supportive and protective of their precious ‘authorities’, secular or sectarian.
how tragically dumbed down has the amerikan middle class become? one answer is found here.
we live in a police state. ‘our’ corporate owned, cia controlled lamestream media serves as the public relations and propaganda arm of ‘our’ (mis)leaders. ‘public’ schooling is indoctrination, and dogmatic religion is just plain insane. all designed to keep us stupid, crazy, pacified, and more or less obedient to ‘authority’. ‘give me liberty or give me death?!’ in amerika, u better be careful what u ask for. murderous ‘authority’ trumps liberty, living under a dystopian dictatorship.
start watching youtube videos of police abusing, intimidating, and bullying those they’re paid to ‘serve and protect’, and it seems the supply of them is endless. click on one, a dozen more new ones pop up to the side. there must be hundreds, if not thousands of them. of course, the cops know better than to pick on anyone who isn’t relatively powerless. racism is usually blamed, and although it’s certainly relevant, i think it’s more a matter of class and singling out those who appear to be non-conformist, or not sufficiently inclined to cower when confronted.
i don’t know what other ‘middle class’ amerikans see when they watch videos of police brutality and murder. i see what would be heinous crimes if perpetrated by just about anyone who isn’t an ‘authority’ with a badge. i don’t see any excuse for them, other than a sick and evil social establishment that supports and protects aggressive and abusive enforcement of it’s ‘laws and orders’. they’re on a par with war crimes in my mind. both involve murderous abuses of ‘authority’.
like many sheeple no doubt, i’m puzzled sometimes that grand juries always seem to let abusive ‘authorities’ off the hook, even when they’re caught on video. how can that be? well, it’s by design. grand juries are run by prosecutors, not judges. they have complete freedom to choose who is brought before the grand jury, who gets to testify, and what evidence is presented. someone famously once wrote that a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. on the flipside, it’s obvious they can also persuade grand juries to let perps walk, which they obviously are inclined to do when those perps are their partners in oppression. anyone who thinks the (in)’justice’ system is on the up and up doesn’t know anything about it. fact is, the abuse of ‘authority’ and immunity from prosecution starts at the top, with the prosecutors themselves. check it out for yourself if u don’t believe me (here, too).
as the famous comic george carlin lamented regarding our fucked up state of affairs, ‘no one seems to notice, no one seems to care’. no one with the power to do anything about it, that is, assuming that any one individual might have the power to right such powerfully entrenched wrongs. considering what happened to jfk, that shouldn’t be assumed (pdf here).
misinformed and propagandized by the lamestream media, most middle class amerikans fear criminals more than cops. i suppose i’m one of the sad few who sees it the other way around. i’d feel a lot more secure with a lot fewer cops to ‘serve and protect’ me, and a major attitude adjustment for the ones remaining. in fact, what we need is a radical attitude adjustment for all of amerikan society, so that inequality and injustice are minimized, thus minimizing the need for police in the first place. fat chance of that!
listen to slick elite corporate politicians like new york gov. (1%) cuomo and the white house resident, former cannabis enthusiast and current hypocrite in chief obama when they address this issue. they make it sound as if the problem isn’t that ‘authority’ is in fact being routinely and frequently abused. oh, no, that’s not it at all! it’s just a matter of perception that many ‘minorities’ have, that needs to be worked on. of course, being ‘authorities’ themselves, they know what’s going on, and fully approve of it, but they have to say something about it in public, so as usual choose the path of least resistance, expressing mealy mouthed ‘concern’ and promises of ‘reform’. yeah, right! same shit, different day.
i am not looking forward to the future when inevitable economic collapse due to resource depletion, environmental degradation, anthropogenic climate change, yada yada combined, exacerbates all social woes, leading to ever more extreme, pervasive, and systematic authoritarian abuse. definitely not looking forward to it.
Robyn Wagoner is recruiting volunteers to participate in a masters’ thesis research project titled, “Beyond Merchants of Hope or Doubt: The Unmarketable Narrative of Abrupt Climate Change.”
The American Psychological Association identifies anthropogenic (human-made) climate change as the greatest threat to public behavioral health of the 21st Century. This research is an attempt to better understand the pre-traumatic impacts on those of us who have encountered narratives on the potential for abrupt climate change, and are considering its implications.
Ms. Wagoner is a student at The Evergreen State College in beautiful Olympia, Washington, and as a component of her coursework for the university’s Graduate Program on The Environment, she will be collecting qualitative and quantitative data, in fully anonymous multiple choice surveys and personal essays.
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The latest insane accusations about McPherson’s work don’t come from heterosexual, Caucasian, male podcasters or heterosexual, Caucasian, male hydrologists. Instead, they emanate from the Dayton City Paper, and they include this juicy line: “Guy McPherson, professor emeritus from the University of Arizona, recently publicly recommended societal suicide.” Read the entire story, from 9 December 2014, here. Perhaps you can let us know the meaning of “societal suicide.”
Lawrence DiStasi provides a more favorable assessment. It’s here. His piece was penned 4 December 2014.
McPherson’s presentation in Grass Valley, California on 20 November 2014 is embedded below. Big thanks to Ivey Cone at Fuki Cafe.
Vincent Emanuele reviewed the Earth at Risk conference yesterday. Catch it here.
Nature Bats Last has its own YouTube channel, separate from McPherson’s channel. It’s here.
Catch McPherson here for an interview Friday, 19 December 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific (midnight on the east coast). It’ll be archived, too.
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This week’s show, which was broadcast Tuesday, 9 December 2014, includes an extensive interview with journalist Dahr Jamail. It’s here.
McPherson’s latest book is co-authored by Carolyn Baker. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind is available.
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Going Dark is available from the publisher here, from Amazon here, from Amazon on Kindle here, from Barnes & Noble on Nook here, and as a Google e-book here. Going Dark was reviewed by Carolyn Baker at Speaking Truth to Power, Anne Pyterek at Blue Bus Books, and by more than three dozen readers at Amazon.