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  •  I'm not sure whether we agree or disagree. I'm (2+ / 0-)
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    bigjacbigjacbigjac, Victor Ward

    thinking of writing an essay for Daily Kos to the effect that all the money expended on Homeland Security over the past 12 years has been um, for want of a better word, wasted. It hasn't made any of us one whit safer and, I'd argue, we're either no more safe or even less safe than we were on 9-10-2001.

    The real lesson of the Boston Marathon bombing, imo, is that Americans should avoid large crowds when the security is provided by the government, whether federal or local. All this Homeland Security Kabuki Theater should fool no one who has eyes with which to see and ears with which to hear.

    •  there is no way to be "safer" (1+ / 0-)
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      bigjacbigjacbigjac

      because some people are assholes who like to blow shit up.  So in that respect I think we agree - HS is a joke.  OTOH, I think media flailing and this concept of "the pain and suffering of individuals who are injured is national" is taken WAY too weird creepy personal here.  

      Yes, people were hurt and I felt bad for them, and sad at the deaths. A certain horror at the random factor and targeting spectators at a long running event.  

      But I don't need support or grief counseling because I'm not the people who were actually there and impacted by it physically, mentally and emotionally.  I wasn't there, I was states away - as were most people bloviating, blogging and freaking out.

      It takes a lot of chutzpah to sit in a living room watching FOX/CNN/NBC/ABC/CBS/MSNBC etc. coverage and take it personally as if I were one of the injured - and that is what I see happening again and again.  Appropriation of victimhood because of the way our media reports these kinds of events - which are rare and localised.

      I get compassion.  I get having feels because people are hurt and it's random and scary.  I do NOT get the need to add oneself to the victim list - to be all "we are all Boston" - because we aren't.  And we don't know who did it, why they did it - and to a certain extent I feel it doesn't matter - only that care is given to the real victims and justice is eventually served - by the perpetrator(s) going to jail.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:52:16 AM PDT

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