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Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM PDT
Another day, another poor soul driven beyond reason.
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by merchantbard on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 02:45:23 PM PDT
Although with life-threatening injuries.
The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.
by lysias on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 02:53:47 PM PDT
-4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."
by sunbro on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:08:41 PM PDT
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by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:20:11 PM PDT
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for what the Tea Party is doing to the country.
So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard
by illinifan17 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:15:40 PM PDT
the psychology/meaning of self-immolation? It seems to be a choice among people making a protest, e.g. zen monks, Tunisia. I am sure it is a most painful thing to do and seems to be the ultimate expression of frustration.
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by Publius2008 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:20:33 PM PDT
was being uprooted.
My god, I was actually thinking earlier today, what would it take to bring Congress to its senses? Someone setting themselves on fire? But this probably doesn't have anything to do with that.
by asym on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:35:49 PM PDT
before Jan Palach.
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by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:07:46 PM PDT
my attitude about the Vietnam War and this country.
You can't make this stuff up.
by David54 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:53:10 PM PDT
The Quaker that self-immolated at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. He brought his 1 year old daughter and handed her off at the last minute. He did it as an ultimate act of protest in support of the Vietnamese Monks... Yesterday, I thought of him when I heard of the mother and child in the car in D.C. I knew it was not equivalent. I was afraid it would be someone mentally ill, who lost it. But today on the Washington Mall... We don't know who or why on this latest tragedy... I'm getting the feeling that this country is getting in some deep trouble, mass shootings are barely making a dent in our conscience, and now a rash of desperate acts in our nation's capital. We need to calm down and listen. We need to find some sanity. We need to start acting as rational human beings. All of us who can...
by josterberg on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:23:12 PM PDT
An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young
by mightymouse on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:54:56 PM PDT
I met some of the monks in Tiananmen Square. I was told that you cannot bring any fire-making implements onto the square, and if they see you with them you will get tackled.
Anyway, the ones who survive self-immolation are a horrifying human wreck, and the only people who pay attention to them are the tourists. I don't think it gets anything else done.
by slippytoad on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:00:41 PM PDT
....they are taking on the sins of those around them and cleansing them through self destruction
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by jds1978 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:06:19 PM PDT
Happened in 2006, but the media has an unwritten rule that they don't cover such episodes, so as not to encourage others.
So, word sort of leaked out over time, even though everybody knew a body was on fire near a busy intersection on that morning.
Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, driving cars or rearing livestock?
by Bush Bites on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:47:39 PM PDT
find out what happened?
by Heavy Mettle on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:24:12 PM PDT
the horse's mouth instead.
I'm not an athiest. How can you not believe in something that doesn't exist? That's way too convoluted for me. - A. Whitney Brown
by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:26:18 PM PDT
That anyone's life can be that desperate, so extremely disturbed, that this looks like the right thing to do, pure horror.
If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!
by CwV on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:33:41 PM PDT
Victim may have spoken before lighting the fire, but "nothing intelligible." Park police did not note any indications of a political message.
so far, then, looks like another isolated incident.
It does seem coincidental that (it may be) three troubled people have chosen to commit extreme, in effect suicidally violent actions in D.C. during the past month. Is this "chaos theory" again in relation to the shutdown, as per related diary up just now?
by Clio2 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:58:28 PM PDT
Could events in Washington cause unstable people to get mentally aggravated and cause their latent conditions to show themselves more prominently? Have any studies been done on tthat kind of thing.. just wondering.
"We need a revolution away from the plutocracy that runs Government."
by hangingchad on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:17:50 PM PDT
Obviously there are tons of historical precedents for that sort of thing fueling individidual actions---but the fact that militia groups are up 800 PERCENT in the last 5 years (per the SPLC) shows that lunacy can certain be exacerbated by this sort of thing.
I wouldn't write off either yesterday or today's actions as being entirely independent of the political climate--and the hate part of the political climate is coming from the right, not the left.
by bevenro on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:25:41 PM PDT
was started by a vegetable merchant who finally got fed up with the bullshit.
"The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".
by Superpole on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:32:33 PM PDT
by fcvaguy on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:33:22 PM PDT
the quaker who died from self-immolation protesting the vietnam war.
i know well this story because the "family friend" that his widow, anne, married was my wonderful philosophy professor, dr. bill beidler.
he and norm were close friends and he took care of anne and the kids.
dr. beidler was the first person to actually make me "think" for the first time by asking a question with no answer. i remember that my head hurt trying to find one... actually hurt.
i learned how to think from this gentle professor who, like his friend, believed in peace.
my heart goes out to the family of the man who, today, felt no other option than to make this statement.
EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?
by edrie on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:59:33 PM PDT
by you on soon
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