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  •  We live in a Sanitized news world (24+ / 0-)

    We hear stories of shootings and bombings, we even see pictures of the aftermath, but we really don't see real pictures, or video.  Read a Spanish newspaper, they show pictures, gory pictures, of people shot and maimed.  Too many out there think that its all clean and surgical, war shooting explosions.  Its really not.  When some one gets shot, it is extremely messy and gory, and noisy, and very very unpleasant, the word that comes to mind is Horrific.  Except that Hollywood horror hides the gore and pretends that its just a bit of blood (sometimes not even that).  News casts don't show the damage, won't show the damage, damage to people.  

    Real war, real shootings, real explosions are horrific.  Perhaps if people were shown the reality of their choices they would make better choices.  Don't show me sanitized warfare, I know its not like that.  Perhaps if some of those who are so keen to pack heat could see what a gun shot really looks like they would be less willing to shoot. If the chicken hawks in congress were forced to look at the result of a missile strike on a building there would be fewer votes for war.  I have seen it is not pleasant, want to know why PTSD is so widespread?  

    Ok enough rant, but the point is that unless one witnesses the reality it is too easy to believe the sanitized version.

    there is only one reality, republicans just forget at times

    by Bloke on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:17:44 AM PST

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    •  alternatively - pictures of the classrooms... (8+ / 0-)

      before cleaning...

      still think the pictures of the victims are called for.

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:28:53 AM PST

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      •  We need to see reality (3+ / 0-)

        the whole point is that if we pretend that it is not so bad, if our sensibilities might be offended.....

        Show the truth, it is not pleasant, but it is reality.  the level of gore is not understandable until it is seen.  then people will know.  then people will act. if the late night news refuses to show the pictures they have no one will change.  Attitudes will change if everytime there is an "event" we are shown the reality, things would change.  

        there is only one reality, republicans just forget at times

        by Bloke on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:08:24 PM PST

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