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  •  Yes, one can suddenly snap after years of abuse (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, radical simplicity

    Snap and get out, and start getting better, even if getting out took some fighting. Even if there's no safe exit path that leaves the attacker alive, getting out is still okay. Snap and do something you regret, mixing revenge and rough justice with self-preservation, and getting better gets harder. But, yes, those snaps, or sudden changes in posture from victim to rescuer, are both in response to real abuse and real threats of future escalation.

    One can also snap after progressively more vivid delusions of imagined abuse. That is the stochastic terrorism that the Republican media foment, seeding their listeners minds with pretend threats like scary foreigners taking over their White House. Those seeds of imagined threats among their less stable allies grow into individually unpredictable but aggregately inevitable violence. This real violence coming from invented threats provides their real threat against reason and compromise. They think they can hold the country hostage by wielding a reserve army of Fox-crazed zombies at it.

    Yes, we know violence helps sell more guns today. But even worse, the NRA/GOP thinks that inciting gun violence can help their policy objectives as well.

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:52:45 AM PST

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    •  Wow, that is brilliant, the part about (0+ / 0-)

      "snapping" after imagining abuse situations long enough. And how media/NRA/ attempt to create that turmoil in people.

      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:39:06 AM PST

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