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  •  There's something about the mundane, (9+ / 0-)

    if I can use that word to describe violence, that inures us to it's very existence. This is sad but very true.

    My guess is that there is something in us that must believe that there is something about the world that is good and true in order to continue living. It is something of a survival mechanism that allows us to overlook the everyday evils.

    I don't offer this by way of excuse. I offer it as a reason to keep looking at the world in a very harsh way, to continue asking the hard questions.

    There's also the cynical answer that bombs and blood attract eyeballs which is why the MSM focuses so heavily on them.

    "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

    by gravlax on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:37:00 PM PDT

    •  The Security Industrial Complex arose in past 11 (4+ / 0-)
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      years.  It was mobilized once again in the past 8 days.  I agree w/ your analysis, but this cottage industry mattered, too.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:44:11 PM PDT

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    •  Banality of Evil (7+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Banality of evil is a phrase used by Hannah Arendt in the title of her 1963 work Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Her thesis is that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths, but by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:59:11 PM PDT

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      •  MSM: the evil of Banality /nt (4+ / 0-)
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        Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

        by annieli on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:34:07 PM PDT

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      •  She was mostly right, partly wrong (4+ / 0-)
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        The machinery of the Holocaust, the buses, trucks, railroads, the companies that made the gas, the construction companies, even the soldiers and cops who performed the initial round-ups, all of that was operated or controlled or performed by normal, ordinary people.

        But the actual camps themselves were run by a group of individuals selected specifically for their psychopathic and sadistic tendencies.

        It was discovered that when it came to the killing, ordinary men would break down, become hopeless drunks, or kill themselves.  The Soviet secret police also discovered this during Stalin's purges.

        For some of us, no matter how we're pushed to it, we can't go down certain paths.  If we do, we disintegrate.  This actually gives me a little hope for the species.

        Tell me what to write. tellmewhattowrite.com 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

        by rbird on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:09:04 PM PDT

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