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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:27 PM

The source of the violence.

I covered a story of real violence. None will frame it in this way...nobody died..at least not yet.

You see, today the Unions gave the Christmas fixings and toys to five hundred families. These people are suffering from chronic food insecurity. They are suffering from great stress. They don't know at times where their next meal will come from.

The other day I covered another story of great violence. People making 17,000 a year, and asked to pay 2,000 in health insurance for the year. You might as well ask them to travel to the other side of the moon.

Of course there is the shooting stabbing last night, in what we colloquially call the shooting gallery.

This is violence. This at times leads to suicide, at times from fire arms.

So when you say it's popular culture...popular culture is...a mirror of this violence.

The fact that inner city schools at times come out of lockdown after a shooting outside and the body remains on the other side of the school fence is a form of scarring violence. The fact that a kid is shot in the arm, and the cops have to fight EMS to get that kid taken to the ER 'cause they don't have insurance is violence.

Those kids who know to drop when they hear popping sounds because it happens that often, that is violence.

This is what our popular culture is reflecting.

So tell me, when are we doing something for real to stop that violence? I don't know, perhaps living wage laws are in order. Notice I did not write minimum wage. I said living wage.

Prattling about popular culture is a nice distraction coming from the middle class...

Here is more real violence. A young teen, runaway, taken to the their side of the country, rarely across national borders, where they are used for sex...let's call him Steve, to protect the guilty. He was forced to have sex upwards of fifty times a day. When we finally rescued him, he was a shell. That is violence.

The younger man, asking for money on the corner, while still very much in country with no treatment for the PTSD he got from being sent over there, that is violence. The older woman standing on the corner begging for money, that is real violence.


The fact that you cannot get mental health care and you are treated like a disposable entity, or worst, less than human...that is violence. And at times an adult is next to in possible to commit if need be, that is violence.

So stop telling me the mirror is the problem, because then you are deflecting from the real reasons for it.

If we as a society deal with the almost Dickensian circumstances millions live in, the content you object to will start to change. Then there is this thing about fantasy. Fixing your eyes on fantasy as a problem, hardly deal with real life.

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Reply The source of the violence. (Original post)
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 OP
lindysalsagal Dec 2012 #1
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #2
lindysalsagal Dec 2012 #3
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #4
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #5
freshwest Dec 2012 #6
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #7
freshwest Dec 2012 #9
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #10
freshwest Dec 2012 #11
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #12
freshwest Dec 2012 #16
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #19
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #8
madrchsod Dec 2012 #13
malaise Dec 2012 #14
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #15
samsingh Dec 2012 #17
me b zola Dec 2012 #18
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #20

Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:42 PM

1. Best post I've read since thursday.

Hopelessness causes all forms of terrorism. Until it's your turn, you simply cannot understand.

"Let them eat cake."

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:55 PM

2. Some of us are capable

I have never personally lived in these dire circumstances, but make a point of telling the stories.

Most people who are ok, really don't want to know.

We lack empathy. Another from of violence.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:56 PM

3. So true. n/t.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:00 PM

4. Absolutely. Huge K&R. n/t

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:37 PM

5. Kick, this is the reality out there

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:46 PM

6. I think this is your best OP ever, and it's very near to my heart.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:48 PM

7. I will copy and paste and send it to

A local paper. I Just sent one on what we need to do to the other paper. I know my readers.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:02 PM

9. If you need proofreading, I'll PM you, too.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:05 PM

10. It needs quite a bit

I know this is not publication ready.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:06 PM

11. I'll work on it now and PM it.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:35 PM

12. I just sent you the very much edited

With San Diego specifics.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:02 PM

16. Thanks, just finished reading the final draft and it is a powerful piece.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:19 PM

19. When it runs.

I will post it.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:51 PM

8. People don't want to hear it Nadine

Thanks for posting, recced.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:40 PM

13. thank you.....

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:41 PM

14. Excellent post

Rec

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Response to malaise (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:49 PM

15. I rewrote it slightly for one if the local papers.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:04 PM

17. 'mental health' is a large area

i would say that the people buying many guns (12 or more) have mental health issues, hoarding problems.

the fact remains that guns are used to kill people en mass.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:28 PM

18. I, too, believe that this is your finest post

I have theorized for years that the violence we see in impoverished areas are those citizens replicating the lives/economy of the 1%.

Beautiful post Nadine

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Response to me b zola (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:20 PM

20. There is something to that.

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