Monday, January 30, 2017

This Defilement Of The Flag Is Worse Than Burning It

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Alan: Fascism's attractiveness resides in the "promise" that an autocratic leader will take every repressive measure necessary to eliminate danger, thus making "the people" safe.

But are people really in danger? 

"Getting behind the wheel of a car" is many thousands of times more dangerous than the threat of Homeland terrorism. 

In fact, driving a car is - by far - the single most dangerous thing we do every day. (Corroborating data for these claims is provided below.)

The fundamental delusion of fascists is that danger can be eliminated by ever-tightening security measures imposed by a comprehensively-oppressive political system.

But danger cannot - under any circumstance - be eliminated by command-and-control.

Life - by nature - is risky business. (For those who believe in God, it is edifying to recall that Creation comes with built-in danger. From the beginning you could be eaten by a wild beast or killed by your brother "Cain.")

In a sane society, it is necessary to assess risk and then take reasonable measures that offer real promise of containing it in a statistically meaningful way. To be clear: we cannot "eliminate" risk - an enduringly chimerical quest. But we can "contain" risk within reasonable limits by taking reasonable measures.

Unlike "the reasonable measures" that can be taken, fascists fight The Law of Diminishing Returns from the get-go and will never be happy with "the security situation," not even when Duce-Fuhrer-Hobnailed-Leader continues to tighten the screws while marching thunderously into an eternally-receding horizon. 

Fascists are people who have been consumed by fear and nothing - this side of metanoia - will relieve their self-terrorization. Their fears, misgivings and angst can never be assuaged. Bill Maher epitomized the conundrum with his analysis of "birthers": "There's nothing anyone can do to convince these folks. You could hand them, in person, the original birth certificate and have a video of Obama emerging from the womb with Don Ho singing in the background ... and they still wouldn't believe it... This isn't a case of Democrats versus Republicans. It's sentient beings versus the lizard people."

Bill Maher On Birthers
(The Long Form)

Fascist certainty that calamity will occur if oppression is not universalized will, from time to time, be confirmed by catastrophic occurences.

But fundamentally, fascism is The Calamity just as Donald Trump is The Swamp.

Fascists are like the hypochondriac who died at 104: his tombstone read: "I told you I was sick!"

Consider these contextualizations.

Here in the United States, more Americans are killed by toddlers than terrorists.

Toddlers Kill More Americans Than Terrorists. American Cops Kill Nine Times More Americans

Here in the United States, nine (9) times as many Americans are killed by cops as are killed by terrorists.
Americans Are 9 Times More Likely To Be Killed By A Policeman Than A Terrorist

"More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists Even Though Crime Is Down"

Now ask yourself these questions.

Do you (or any of your friends, relatives, acquaintances) directly know someone who was killed (or injured) by a terrorist?

Do you (or any of your friends, relatives, acquaintances) know someone who was killed (or injured) in an automobile accident.

Finally, consider this.

In western Europe, the number of people killed in car crashes per mile traveled is less than half the number of fatalities in the United States. 
You Drive Like An American!

Why U.S. Roads Are More Dangerous Than European Ones
The Telegraph

List Of Motor Vehicle Deaths In The United States, 
By Year

List Of Countries By Traffic-Related Death Rate

By imitating Western Europe's traffic laws (and other traffic practices) we could cut the number of American road fatalities by 17,500 per year, simultaneously reducing the number of significant injuries by at least 150,000.

Every decade the equivalent slaughter of "nuking" Chattanooga, Tennessee takes places. 


Every decade, the entire population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is maimed or seriously injured. 


A question...

Will you - or anyone know - lift a finger to impede this yuuuge preventable carnage?


We terrorize ourselves in those domains where we are most viscerally triggered; "facts" be damned, "alternative facts" be deified.

Faulty Risk Assessment And The Epidemic Spread Of Self-Terrorization

Self-Terrorization, The National Pastime

"Saudi Support For Wahhabi Radicalism Is The Taproot Of Islamic Terror"

The Weaponization Of Grief: Paris Terror And The Non-Contextualization Of News Coverage

Trump Will Go Full-Throttle Fascist Following The First Major Terror Attack.
Putin Knows This

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Trump's Most Egregious, In-Your-Face Fascist Declaration: "We're Going To Have To Do Things..."

Juan Cole: Paris Terrorists Wanted To Embolden The French Right

Best Pax Posts: Self-Terrorization Is The National Pastime

In America, Big-Time Terrorism Started With Angry, White Prototypal Tea Bag, Timothy Veigh

"Terror And The Other Religions"
How Do Christians Rank As Terrorists
Juan Cole

Properly Understood, The Iraq War Was An Ego-Driven Exercise In State-Sponsored Terrorism

Timothy McVeigh Joins Forces With 20th Century Championship White Christian Terrorists

"Do War's Really Defend America's Freedom?"

(Homage To Marine Commandant, Major General Smedley Butler)

Republican Lawmaker From Nevada Sends Christmas Card Featuring Fully Armed Family

How The Urge To Punish Islamics For Being Islamic Promotes Terrorism

I've Framed This Week's New Yorker Cover: It Epitomizes The Essence Of What We've Become

Intelligent Gun Control Or Uncontrolled Guns?

The Mistaken Concept That Reducing Cultures To Rubble Results In Peace

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

Frog Hospital's Fred Owens Prompts Discussion Of Prohibition And Gun Control

Why No Terror Attacks On New Year's Eve?

Militia Seizes Federal Land: Why Is The White Media Not Calling This Terrorism?

"Readily Available Firearms Aid And Abet Terrorism"

Obama's Brilliant Press Conference On The Paris Terror Attacks And How We Should Respond

"Self-Terrorization Is The National Pastime"

The Timeline Of European Terrorism: Who's Responsible For How Much Over Decades

I Am Not Given To Alarmism But I Cannot Conceive How To Control Drones As Tools Of Terror

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Remember: If you're terrified, the terrorists won.
And you made their victory possible.

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