Is Ferguson Proof the Conspiracy Nuts are Right?
from Peter John
More than a decade past I unequivocally criticized President Bush’s remarks about Saddam Hussein, while momentum for invading Iraq built, as unresponsive (parallel monologue) to statements by UN weapons inspectors regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Now I assert the same thing regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. His fixation on the death of Michael Brown, and on supremacy of submission to authority as dominant issues in current Ferguson discord, disturb in their disregard of events since the 18 year-old was gunned down.
He states, “Those who have been peacefully demonstrating should join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters and others seeking to enflame tensions,” as if peaceful demonstrators have not already done so. It’s almost like he’s following predetermined script, oblivious to what has actually happened. A responsive comment would first acknowledge those private citizens who already guard businesses against looting, and who from peaceable protest lines shout reprimands to those throwing molotov cocktails. The only reason to ignore that “those who have been peacefully demonstrating” have already joined in opposition to selfish looting and senseless destruction is to justify greater authoritarian force.
When Ferguson’s first body armor clad local troopers set their boots on the ground, they tear-gassed people in their own yards. Since, they have arrested people for violating curfew because they stepped outside to smoke a cigarrette. They executed all this with ever-escalating shows of force, including military grade weapons and tactics—camouflage gear instead of normal uniforms, machine guns instead of sidearms, and tanks instead of paddy wagons.
Their own police force mostly does not live in the community, and does not reflect its ethnic and cultural composition. It moves arrayed in phalanxes, more like an occupying army than protectors of the neighborhood. Its officers arrested private citizens for filming them, and journalists for doing their jobs. They arrested public officials standing up for the rights of their constituents. They shot praying pastors with rubber bullets, leaving wounds deeper than the perforating welts on their bodies. They treated peaceful protestors with the same disregard as looters, and scapegoated commercial property rights to justify violation of personal property rights, while assaulting rights of peaceable assembly.
Now the U.S. Attorney General speaks as if none of this ever happened. Though his office carries the charge of investigating Michael Brown’s death, Brown’s death stopped motivating Ferguson’s disruption days ago. Ignoring that since this began peaceful protestors have been discouraging looters and protecting stores from them — when he has to know this — seems only to seek an excuse to draw more force to bear.
Is Ferguson merely a showground for how things will be from now on—a demonstration that local police forces now form de facto fingers of an oppressive federal power’s red right hand? If so,the loudest conspiracy nut cases we’ve been mocking for decades have been right all along. It has only come this far because—despite their warnings—someone convinced us it can’t happen here.
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Report: Military-grade weapons among Ferguson police arsenal
The town of Ferguson, Missouri, continues to see riots in response to the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, and cops showed up with a heavily armed SWAT team. Members of this police force in a town of 21,000 carried…
from Peter John
Plowshare blends loam and clay
Boundaries fall like border fences
Anything soon means nothing
Dawn and dusk dissolve into perpetual twilight
No light distinct from darkness
No earth, no sea
No good, no evil
No male, no female
—-Peter John Stone (c) 2014 Peter John Stone. All rights reserved.
For more information about Media Cultivation theory see Mass Communication Theory: From Theory to Practical Application and Cultivation Theory by Daniel Chandler.
Image by Sandra ChevrierthroughPinterest: Fashionable Art-Trendhunter.com board.
Inspired in part by a Salon.com article entitled “According to the dictionary, ‘literally’ now also means ‘figuratively’”
Why is tumblr not talking about this????? Producer Guillermo del Toro?? Cool animation style??? Directed by a Mexican with Mexican characters??? WHERE’S THE LOVE!?!
First I’ve heard of it. Looks groundbreaking.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JINDO : A man offers prayers before the sea for victims of the ‘Sewol’ ferry at Jindo harbour on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES
I spent some time in South Korea, and received my Basic Rappelling and Mountaineering Training (Army) in Jeju, where this fairy was bound, so this story has carried a bit more personal weight for me. I know what these young people looked forward to, and cannot imagine the vacuum that this incident created, all at once.
UKRAINE, Slavyansk : An Orthodox priest walks past a barricade outside the security service (SBU) regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 23, 2014. Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced today for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
It’s easy to question, from a secular perspective, why anyone becomes a priest — whether Roman or Orthodox. This picture reminds me, and I hope helps even secular oriented readers — that being a priest os not just a job. It is more than an occupation: even on their day off, priests are still priests. His calling is the same whoever is in that tank, and whatever happens because of it — and amid all this conflict, he stands tall.
Photomanipulations by Robert Jahns
Sometimes an awesome alternative vision is all we really need to begin changing the world for the better.
This One Does Not Flee Before Swords
Young Karol Wojtyla, the soon-to-be Saint John Paul the Great, was an accomplished poet and playwright before he was known for anything outside his own flock. He had a favorite poet, Juliusz Słowacki, who wrote in the first half of the 19th Century. Among the work of Juliusz Słowacki was a poem longing for a Slavic Pope:
The Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey offer a translation of it, which they entitle “John Paul the Great”, though it was written about a century before he was even a priest. http://nunsopsummit.org/2005/04/1281/
Amid discord the Lord God strikes
An immense bell,
Behold, for a Slavic pope
He opens a throne.
This one does not flee before swords
Like that Italian.
He is daring, like God, he goes to the sword:
The world to him is powder!
His face is radiant with the Word,
A lamp for the servant,
Because of him the advancing race goes
Into the light, where God is.
At his prayers and commands
Not only men—
If he commands, the sun stops,
For power—this is a wonder!
Now he draws near—the new dispenser
Of vigor to the globe:
The blood of our veins goes back into our veins
Under his word;
In our hearts the movement begins of floods
Of divine light,
What thought thinks through him, this is created,
For power—this is Spirit.
And power is needed, that we may raise
This lordly world:
Thus here comes a Slavic pope,
A brother of the people;–
Behold, he already pours the world’s balm
On our breasts
And the angel-choir sweeps flowers
Toward his throne.
He distributes love, as lords today
He displays sacramental power,
The world held in his palm;
To him a dove wings words in hymns,
Bears a report,
Sweet news, that now the Spirit shines
And has His honor;
Above him the beautiful sky is opened
From either side,
For his is grounded in the world and thus are renewed
Both world and throne.
Across nations he acts as brother,
The voice sent forth,
That spirits come to their final end
Through mounds of sacrifices;
Sacramental power avails him for the care
Of the nations,
Power which will be seen through the Spirit
Before the coffin here.
In Spirit thus you soon perceive
A phantom, then a face:
From the world’s wound he casts out all corruption,
He brings health, enkindles love
And saves the world;
He sweeps out the interior of the Churches,
Clears out the entrance,
He shows forth God in the world of creativity,
Bright as day.
(1809 - 1849)
Translation: Copyright by The Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, 1980