Jon73

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  • But it’s drifting out of the news already, just as Edward Snowden has. For a couple of months, perhaps as long as six, these stories can seem earth-shattering–but then people get fatigued. They forget. It isn’t that cops won’t go on killing people; obviously, the pursuit of that brutal strategy will continue. It’s that the public will stop being angry about it and just accept it.

  • Predictable, sadly. The horror of Ferguson will be buried, and the public will forget amidst a steady dribble of “Hillary: will she or won’t she?” puff pieces.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Thrawn Janet by Elliott.

    2014-09-21 21:10:15View | Delete

    Wharton was one of the best–right up there with Henry James. “The Pomegranate Seed” is one of those stories that give me a twinge of unease (or, in the words of H.P. Lovecraft, “a delicious shudder”) no matter how many times I read them. Right now I’m prepping for Halloween by re-reading Peter Straub’s Ghost Story [...]

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Thrawn Janet by Elliott.

    2014-09-21 13:44:18View | Delete

    Agreed. They don’t know what they’re missing.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Thrawn Janet by Elliott.

    2014-09-20 21:01:05View | Delete

    Very cool, Elliott! I got turned onto this story when Edith Wharton mentioned it in the introduction to her own book of ghostly tales. There’s a layered quality in these old stories, a deliberation that–in my opinion–puts the present-day concept of “gotcha!”, instant-gratification horror to shame. They hold up very well to repeated readings.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson by dakine01.

    2014-09-20 13:18:26View | Delete

    “Thrawn Janet” is my favorite RLS moment. One of the greatest horror stories ever written, unquestionably.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Killed by Congressional Cowardice by David Swanson.

    2014-09-20 13:13:20View | Delete

    Quite right. Nothing less than a total overhaul is going to get the job done.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post We Are Arming All Sides

    2014-09-18 16:11:10View | Delete

    Liberal democracy at work.

  • People are already talking like it’s too late.

    It is. Every time a majority holds its nose and votes for the “lesser of two evils”, it’s too late. They were going to reactivate and expand the war in the Middle East anyhow; the beheadings are just a convenient pretext.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post What Consumer-Driven Health Care Really Means

    2014-08-29 16:25:42View | Delete

    I hope that whatever you’re getting paid, it’s sufficient to make the stench of weasel emanating from your every pore worth ignoring. All it’s going to get you here is a pile of (well-deserved) harsh responses.

    “(Cass) Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into ‘chat rooms, online social networks or even real-space groups.’ He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called ‘independent’ credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging…”
    http://www.salon.com/2010/01/15/sunstein_2/

    But what you do could hardly be called “stealth infiltration”, could it, mulp? There’s not much stealth involved in groaning the tired party line over and over in a place where 99.9% of us wrote off the party long ago.
    Peddle your dogshit elsewhere.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Prepare to Bomb More Brown People: A New Bogeyman “Worse than Hitler!” by joe shikspack.

    2014-08-28 20:56:15View | Delete

    It doesn’t really matter if we get Hitler fatigue or not, since we’re a captive audience either way. We can only watch the madness unfold; our form of government doesn’t allow us to nip it in the bud.

  • Color me skeptical. Cops consider these cameras a source of protection for themselves, not for the public; the tapes are used to justify their actions when they wind up in court.

  • As ever, I’m happy–or at least willing–to take up the unpopular position. There are many, many people for whom opioid painkillers make life bearable: people who for one reason or another can’t use marijuana or whose pain does not respond to it, people who take three or four Percocets a day and are not wrecking their own lives or marriages or society at large. Not everything manufactured by a pharmaceutical company has the mark of Satan on it (though much of it, unquestionably, does). Also, opioid overdose statistics have been inflated in the past (), so it’s not difficult to imagine that they’re still doing it. The sources of all this data about the “prescription painkiller epidemic”–the DEA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, et al.–are anything but our allies in the fight to end the Drug War.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post When We Look Into Their Eyes . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-08-26 21:53:17View | Delete

    I’m with you, Isaiah. A whole lotta people are going to have to get a whole lot angrier–I hope they do.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-23 16:39:47View | Delete

    Popular support is fine if it actually leads to something–if it translates into concrete change. But by itself anti-police sentiment is useless, and a government that maintains the police state to begin with isn’t especially likely to approve any legislation that eases the death grip. We’ll see a change when cops feel as threatened as we do, and not before.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Takin’ It To The Streets

    2014-08-19 23:02:37View | Delete

    What’s on my mind tonight, unfortunately, is this disingenuous authoritarian asshole:

    http://www.salon.com/2014/08/19/there_is_so_much_wrong_with_this_cops_victim_blaming_screed/

    Sunil Dutta, an LAPD officer and a professor at Colorado Tech University, writes in his 8-19 WaPo editorial (entitled “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”) that “cops are not murderers” and advises victims of the use of excessive force by police to “save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately.”

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post What DOD Military Equipment Has Your County Received Lately? by KateCA.

    2014-08-16 20:51:58View | Delete

    This ends either in a pile of dead cops or a pile of dead us.

  • Fuck your authoritarianism and blind loyalty mulp

    Seconded. mulp is one of these, and mulp knows it:
    “(Cass) Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into ‘chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.’ He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called ‘independent’ credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging…”

  • We as a complacent people, OFG. We didn’t demand consideration of single payer–we didn’t even get riled when the public option was jettisoned.

  • We got what we settled for.

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