Rioters continue to burn down Ferguson while the governor finally let the National Guard in…far too late. Increasingly, we see irrationality take over our political system and there are many causes for this one of the biggest being, our political system is totally corrupt due to bribery. And it is now tone-deaf to voters meanwhile, the underclass unemployed don’t vote hardly at all but instead, are on a rampage which is being exploited for the wrong ends. ‘Racism’ is NOT fixed by black people burning down cities, it makes it much worse. Who on earth wants to live or go to school or work with people who might turn around and loot and burn the city? No one, of course. But the fantasy that this sort of annihilistic behavior will fix our corrupt system continues.
One thing all Democracies need is a public forum. These were greatly expanded when the internet connected all of us with the major news services and the political structure. I did a huge amount of commentary at the New York Times or Washington Post and many other publications. Salon, at one point, even asked me to work for them before being bought out by a different party who has turned the place into a huge joke.
Well, I have noticed over the years many sites have banished people not for being bad people or spam but because the owners didn’t like the information. Both liberal and conservative publications have ruthlessly eliminated anyone who isn’t in lockstep with whatever point of view dominates. So there is no discussion, no dissent. Only agreement bought via elimination. The desire to know what readers really think has been in severe decline and more and more publications are dumping their already denatured, weak, censored comment sections: Comment Sections Fall Out of Fashion | New York Observer
Back in the early aughts, when digital publications (or “blogs” as they were then known without derision) became the main way that readers engaged with news stories, comment sections were still communities where like-minded readers could impress each other with their knowledge and wit. They weren’t always nice or on-topic, and on some sites, the growing presence of trolls made comment moderators more vital.
But recently, many publications have decided to kill comments altogether, since the real conversation is happening on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook.
Last week, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg announced that Re/code, their almost year-old site devoted to covering the tech industry, was eliminating comments…
Reuters did away with comments last month. Earlier this year, publications including The Chicago Sun-Times and Popular Science got rid of the commenting function. Other titles, including The New Yorker and The New York Times selectively allow comments on some stories but not others.
At Facebook and other venues people talk only to each other and very small audiences if anyone. Instead of strong public debate, we have everyone in small cells talking to walls. This elimination of all public debate is severe and ongoing and getting worse. And the inability to bring in real information when public events are misreported has been utterly shut down.
In the NYT, they put comments only on select articles, very few. Very heavily censored, as well as rare. To top this off, they impishly put comments in this tiny box at the top corner of the page which is barely seen and you have to click on this weird icon and a little window opens and to scroll down you have to be very careful or the window snaps shut on your fingers. Ouch.
At the ever-insane Huffington Post which is working as hard as possible to start WWIII with Russia and the Civil Wars in the US, they made their comments extremely tiny script which is nearly impossible to read and if you use the ‘enlarge’ function it makes the Huff press words bigger but the comments words remain stubbornly tiny. Utterly unreadable.
The Guardian simply censors everyone heavily and lately have limited the articles where people can comment but they haven’t done the silly stuff the NYT has done…yet. The Washington Post keeps tinkering with their comments to make them less and less visible. The NY Daily News still has comments but the NY Post (owned by a rich Zionist) doesn’t.
Slowly, relentlessly, the mainstream media is eliminating the rest of us and this is necessary before a return to whatever status quo they want which is…more wars, more race riots and more faux reforms that don’t work.
In the last 24 hours, Two FBI agents have been shot in St. Louis near Ferguson after responding to a siege at a residential home which news I got from England since much of our news is buried, censored or ignored. The Murder suspect wanted for killing mom still barricaded in St. Louis hours after shooting 2 FBI agents: cops.
Meanwhile, in NYC, Council Protests Ferguson By Walking Out of Meeting chanting ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ which is beyond sad. The black pols all seem to believe this storyline even though the evidence seen by the Grand Jury said this never happened, at no time did Brown surrender. The firm belief the black community has about this surrender business is similar to the Trayvon business: they want whites to retreat, to not fight back, to allow blacks to beat or kill them but not react and always, when the very rare (less than 6%) whites killing blacks occur, these demands shoot upwards.
In tandem, our media giants and political bosses tell us, we are bad people for fighting off thugs if they are black! This is not allowed to be debated in public due to comments being either censored or not existing. But we will learn about people’s real feelings about all this at the ballot box in two years and the winners will not be the people making up stuff about Ferguson as an excuse to enable thugs.
FOR THE BIRDS: White House turkey pardoning gets little fanfare this year because Obama is really, really, REALLY unpopular now. He handled Ferguson very badly. He handled the ebola outbreak very badly. He was a disaster with his unilateral legalization of illegal aliens and none of this is popular with the vast bulk of voters.
From the LA riots, a black store owner is furious with the looters:
Last of all, a look at History, the yardstick which we use to measure the present. It is very easy to predict the fate of Ferguson: it will be a wasteland, utterly destroyed for the next half century or more. WashingtonPost.com: Los Angeles Riots Report from the 1992 mass destruction by angry blacks:
But police officials are worried that reduced benefits and increased poverty will push crime rates up again.
This is the old Roman ‘bread and circuses’ at work. Unfortunately, giving the community endless welfare benefits, housing at taxpayer expense and other goodies only makes them behave worse. We now have over 3 generations of this and each generation is more unmanageable than the previous ones.
“We have tried to listen to the community, but that does not address the socioeconomic conditions prevailing there — the poverty and the lack of jobs and rebuilding,” said Bayan Lewis, one of three assistant LAPD chiefs. “What I see are lots of promises made after the riots, an initial burst of effort, and some inflow of money and improvement of skills. Now, five years later, it’s gone.”
All the money flows into the pockets of the politically connected. Lots of fraud, fake programs, halfwitted attempts at fixing things without understanding basic human psychology. This never, ever works. We know that all violent revolutions (the US revolt against the king was not a general revolt, it was an elite revolt) usually end up in dictatorships or emperors or anarchy.
After the riots, then-Mayor Tom Bradley (D) brought in entrepreneur Peter Ueberroth to head a ballyhooed effort called Rebuild Los Angeles. Ueberroth sought $500 million in corporate investment as the down payment on a $6 billion program to make South Central an inner-city showcase and create 75,000 jobs.
While some corporations heeded the call, the performance never came close to matching the promises. Ueberroth left in 1994, and Rebuild Los Angeles, renamed RLA, became a research group that early this year shut its doors.
They will try this with Ferguson. It won’t work. You can’t instill the work ethic in people who have none. We see from school scores in all the major cities that black students rapidly fail faster and faster as they rise in school from first grade to high school where they drop out in bigger numbers than all other ethnic groups.
Korean Americans, many of whom operated convenience markets in poor neighborhoods, suffered nearly as much economic damage in the riots as everyone else combined, an estimated $350 million to $400 million of a total $800 million in losses. By one assessment, 1,867 of 3,100 businesses destroyed or looted were Korean-owned.
TIL during the ’92 Rodney King riots in LA, Korean store owners, afraid the LAPD would not come to their aid, banded together on rooftops with assault weapons and saved Koreatown from looting. : todayilearned
[–]jaeill 302 points 23 hours ago
My dad had a liquor store in Compton. I still remember the day like it was yesterday. My father who usually works 365 days a year was home watching the riots unfolding on the news with my mom and I. We get a phone call and I answered the phone. It was the alarm company and I still remember the voice on the other line saying “I’m very sorry but your alarm just went off.” And then hangs up.
I told my parents and at first my mom said “maybe its a mouse…or maybe just a rock that was thrown” But they both knew what happened..they both broke down crying. It was the scariest moment of my life, because you look to your parents for strength and support and at this moment they were like lost children crying and screaming “What are we going to do now?” It was a surreal moment seeing my parents in such a vulnerable state (I was about 13 at the time).
It turns out our store got looted and burned down. Our insurance company filed for bankruptcy and we lost $480k (my parents life savings). My father drove by the store afterwards to assess the damage and saw the store burned to the ground. He had a safe in the store that he saw looters trying to open. He called the korean radio station to ask for help to get the money out of the safe. People volunteered and brought tools (jackhammers, etc) to open the safe since it was melted shut from the fire. Other volunteers surrounded the people trying to open the safe, with assault rifles.
They were able to get the safe open and I still remember my father bringing home all this cash to our house which was wet from the fire departments water and drying the cash on our floor. It was like a scene from a bank heist movie. People see the riots on the news and don’t really realize how it affected millions of lives. We were forced to sell our house and go on food stamps. My father went into a deep depression for 3 years where he did not talk to anyone and stayed home all day. But to this day I still remember and thank the volunteers that helped my dad get the money out of the safe.
TLDR: The riots sucked
Note that many of the looters are Hispanic. This was a literal free-for-all looting expedition that had NOTHING to do with the police beating that was used as an excuse.
Here is another example: 1968 Washington, D.C. riots – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
By the time the city was considered pacified on Sunday, April 8, twelve had been killed (mostly in burning homes), 1,097 injured, and over 6,100 arrested. Additionally, some 1,200 buildings had been burned, including over 900 stores. Damages reached $27 million. This can be estimated to be equivalent to over $175 million today.
The riots utterly devastated Washington’s inner city economy. With the destruction or closing of businesses, thousands of jobs were lost, and insurance rates soared. Made uneasy by the violence, city residents of all races accelerated their departure for suburban areas, depressing property values. Crime in the burned out neighborhoods rose sharply, further discouraging investment.
On some blocks, only rubble remained for decades. Columbia Heights and the U Street corridor did not begin to recover economically until the opening of the U Street and Columbia Heights Metro stations in 1991 and 1999, respectively, while the H Street NE corridor remained depressed for several years longer.
Then there is Detroit. The entire city is bankrupt, corrupt and burned down or abandoned. It is a terrifying mess.