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A summer of social and racial unrest?

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  • A summer of social and racial unrest?

    Came across this are some excerpts...

    Are you ready for rioting, looting and mindless violence in major U.S. cities all summer long? According to a brand new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 96 percent of all Americans believe that there will be more civil unrest in America this summer. That leaves only 4 percent of people that believe that everything will be just fine. In this day and age, it is virtually impossible to get 96 percent of Americans to agree on anything. So the fact that just about everyone agrees that we are going to see more civil unrest should really tell you something.
    The anger that has been building under the surface for so many years in this country has finally started to erupt. If you have been following us for a while, you know that this is something that I have been warning about for a very long time. Many people may have thought that I was exaggerating when I talked about the civil unrest that was coming to American cities. But I was not exaggerating at all. In fact, if anything I was downplaying it. In the years to come, we are going to see things happen in our cities that are going to absolutely shock the world

    And I agree with the poll.

    Ever since the violence first erupted in Baltimore, what has surprised me more than anything has been the level of hate that I am seeing all over the Internet. I am seeing white people openly proclaim how much they hate black people. I am seeing black people openly proclaim how much they hate white people. I am seeing things said about the police that are absolutely horrifying. Yes, there has been a tremendous amount of police brutality in this nation. In fact, I have been one of the leaders in writing about it. But most police officers are just trying to serve their communities the very best that they can. So why is there so much hate for anyone that is a police officer these days?
    Since I don't go to these sites, I will have to take his word for it.

    What happened in Ferguson set the precedent, and now what has happened in Baltimore has provided the spark for a national movement. Similar “demonstrations” are popping up all over the nation, and a number of them have already turned violent.
    For example, check out what happened in Seattle on Friday night…

    Demonstrations turned violent in Seattle after night fell, with police reporting that protesters hurled rocks and wrenches at officers and damaged 25 vehicles. Police reported that an “explosive device” was thrown at officers, and a trash bin was pushed down a hill toward police.

    Three officers were injured, two seriously enough that they were taken to a hospital, Seattle police said on Twitter. At least 16 people were arrested Friday night, police said.
    And just down the coast in Portland, we also witnessed some very ugly violence…

    One Portland, Oregon, police officer was injured by a protester, according to police. Portland Police reported on Twitter that protesters were throwing “projectiles” and “incendiary devices” at officers.

    Police used pepper spray on protesters who tried to march on a bridge Friday afternoon and later sheriff’s deputies used stingballs, filled with tiny rubber balls, on protesters who were throwing chairs at police, according to the department


    With much of the nation focused on the police abuse protests happening in Baltimore and New York City, the Denver police and their actions against a group of protesters on Wednesday has largely gone unnoticed.

    But police were dressed for war. Paramilitary style. And they weren’t going home without using a few cans of pepper spray and filling up a paddy wagon.

    Video that surfaced shows a group of about 100 protesters walking the streets of downtown Denver where they were met with line of motorcycle cops who forced the group on to the sidewalk. One overzealous officer can be seen breaking away from the pack chasing down pedestrians, using his motorcycle as a large weapon.
    It’s war on the streets of America, and this is only just the beginning.
    As we enter the next major economic downturn, people are going to become angrier and even more desperate. And desperate people do desperate things. The next few years are not going to be a good time to be living in urban areas. Even if you only have peace and love in your heart, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get caught in the crossfire as the violence escalates.
    For years, most of our politicians have been preaching hate and division. For years, the mainstream media has been preaching hate and division. For years, Hollywood has been preaching hate and division.
    Now we have a nation that is deeply, deeply divided and that is filled with hate.
    Things didn’t have to turn out this way, but they did. I hope that you are getting ready for what comes next


  • #2
    The cities aren't the only places people are angry. Despite all the claims of "recovery" nothing has really gotten better has it? The job market is horrendous for anyone that actually wants to do something crazy like afford housing, food, transportation, and heat in the winter. I see too many companies now offering the same salaries they did 15 to 20 years ago.
    Idle and unrewarded hands...

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    • #3
      The only thing that makes a hot, sunny summer day better is a "free" air conditioner.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JDJarvis View Post
        The cities aren't the only places people are angry. Despite all the claims of "recovery" nothing has really gotten better has it? The job market is horrendous for anyone that actually wants to do something crazy like afford housing, food, transportation, and heat in the winter. I see too many companies now offering the same salaries they did 15 to 20 years ago.
        Idle and unrewarded hands...
        And IMO, given the kind of economy that America now has, which IMO is actually affecting this anger and the racial and social hatred, since the economy really cannot improve the way that people think it can, we have rough seas ahead, and much worse than we might even can imagine. Which probably explains Jade Helm. I don't think that is that far fetched, given the situation.

        I never thought I would ever live to see this nation in the actual shape it is in today. And we are not as kind as we were as a people, or as respectful, as during the great depression. And look at how violent that was. And we have much more than just double barrel shotguns today.

        I am glad to be in a rural area, with garden space. And saved seeds. Non gmo varieties.

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        • #5
          We've been destroying families and communities as a matter of practice for decades now. A lot of promises were made in the 60's and only a fool thinks all but a few were kept.

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          • #6
            Racial discrimination is not running rampant in our society. Prejudice lives in many people against others. You can find any person who says he's being discriminated against, while discriminating against another. Men against Women, Black against White, Gay against straight, Religious against Atheist, Thin against Fat, and vise versa. It's just that certain groups of people want to own the oppression as theirs, above everyone else's. We all have prejudice to overcome. These people who desire to gain pity from the world as if they are the only ones suffering bigotry are most of the time, the very same people that are bigots themselves. This is what is causing social and racial unrest. Stop pitying yourself. Stop blaming others for your problems and step up to the plate. Do the hard work you have to do to make your life and lives of your family better. Overcome what you have to overcome. Enough is enough. Can't believe so called leaders are pandering to the whiners of society. It's all about perception, and officials encourage a false narrative. Grown ups should be treated as and act like grown ups. Children can be pampered up until a certain age. Everyone needs to grow up.

            Everyone is acting like teenagers having a cat fight. Stupid!
            Last edited by msc; 05-08-2015, 04:50 AM.

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            • #7
              If you think things were bad in Baltimore, wait until most of the charges against the officers are dismissed and the prosecutor disbarred.


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                Originally posted by MattInFla View Post
                If you think things were bad in Baltimore, wait until most of the charges against the officers are dismissed and the prosecutor disbarred.

                All depends on how various sectors in the public react to the hundreds of police related killings that will happen betweeen now and any trials.

                Whats got people pissed isn't just the police ingustice issue, itks icin. on the cake.Things are so ridiculous in this country that people are frightened of the government in general...big brother is watching afterall.

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                  Originally posted by JDJarvis View Post

                  All depends on how various sectors in the public react to the hundreds of police related killings that will happen betweeen now and any trials.

                  Whats got people pissed isn't just the police ingustice issue, itks icin. on the cake.Things are so ridiculous in this country that people are frightened of the government in general...big brother is watching afterall.
                  There is also an tremendously important factor here that must be considered. The economic suffering of a wide swath of the American people, with many of our cities having a cup that runneth over. We don't get much world news anymore but the violence across Europe that is tied in with their own suffering is not to be ignored either, although our media does it, unless its an islamist story.

                  You have americans who are also so untrusting of their own gov't that gives rise to a new conspiracy theory with each passing day. These are all indications of deep running vein in our society that gives rise to sudden outbursts, whether its verbal or physical.

                  IMO all of this will not get better, but will ferment and burst out, in the up coming years. As to the range and degree, we will just have to see. But as it happens the militarized police force will only add to the unrest, the violence. Who would have ever thought we would see our police murdered on the streets? More of that will happen, and this thing goes down the tubes.

                  If you think this society is not beginning the path of implosion, I don't think you are paying attention. And it is a contrived thing, brought on by gov't policy itself, in cohoots with some very rich and powerful elites. Not like we have not seen such before in world history. It seems to cycle, for we do not learn from history. Impoverish people, by your policy, and watch society burn.

                  If not for 60 years of getting rid of socialist and communist movements, you would see those groups active again, in the streets. But the environment is getting ripe for some charismatic leader to create a large movement in this area again. I predict it. For we live in a cause effect universe and history always repeats. Who will come riding in to save capitalism this time, since there are no FDRs today? Sanders is just too old to do much. And I don't see anyone younger who is following in his footsteps.

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                    I must admit the cynic in me sees the current upswing in the threat posed by ISIL as a tad convenient for those in power and public order, an outside enemy to fight will unite many of us and allow us to ignore exsisting problems while dealing with an external threat And happily diffusing unrest.

                    Of course our enemies may also just simply be taking advantage of domestic unrest and discord.

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                      Originally posted by JDJarvis View Post
                      I must admit the cynic in me sees the current upswing in the threat posed by ISIL as a tad convenient for those in power and public order, an outside enemy to fight will unite many of us and allow us to ignore exsisting problems while dealing with an external threat And happily diffusing unrest.

                      Of course our enemies may also just simply be taking advantage of domestic unrest and discord.
                      It's the principle used in the book 1984. You have to always be at war with someone.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MattInFla View Post
                        If you think things were bad in Baltimore, wait until most of the charges against the officers are dismissed and the prosecutor disbarred.

                        If our constitution and laws have any meaning left, then surely what you say will happen. And if we don't have officials and leaders like Rudy Giuliani, to nip it in the bud, then yes, the uprising of those with false perception, will be out of control.

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                        • #13
                          As predicted, the first of the Feddie Gray case trials just hit an iceberg:

                          The first defense witness in the trial of Officer William Porter on Wednesday disputed the prosecution's timeline for when Freddie Gray was injured and said the local medical examiner got it wrong when she ruled Gray's death a homicide.

                          Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner in San Antonio, said Gray's injury was "so violent, it's so high-energy," that it would have immediately caused Gray to lose control of his body and his diaphragm, which is critical for breathing and speaking.

                          "This has all the appearances of a single catastrophic injury," he said.

                          The injury had essentially "cut off the head from the body" in a neurological sense, Di Maio testified. He said Gray's spinal cord was 80 percent crushed.

                          "You had a head and a body and they were disconnected," he said. "You aren't feeling anything. You aren't able to move. He was paralyzed. He was quadriplegic."

                          Di Maio said he believed Gray was injured between the fifth and sixth stops, and that his death was not a homicide as state medical examiner Dr. Carol Allan found, but an accident.

                          "It's just an accident," he said, "and accidents happen."

                          Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow, upon cross examining Di Maio, questioned why Di Maio had accepted claims from other witnesses that Gray was found in a different position at the last, sixth stop from the one he was in at the fifth stop. Porter said in his statement that Gray was in the same position.

                          Schatzow also questioned Di Maio's use of a MRI that was taken of Gray's spine several hours after the injury occurred. Di Maio said that the hospital would have put Gray in a brace that would preserve the injury, so that it wouldn't have changed much. He also said he relied on a CT scan from shortly after the injury.

                          Schatzow pointed out that Gray's spinal cord was not 100 percent cut, and questioned whether Di Maio was sure that Gray would not have been able to speak at the fourth stop in which he talked with Porter.

                          "Impossible?" Schatzow asked.

                          "Yes sir," Di Maio said.

                          "Completely impossible," Schatzow asked.

                          "Yes, sir."

                          The murder charge is entirely dependent on Gray asking for help and being refused. Now, one of the top pathologists in the nation has testified that it is medically impossible for Gray to have moved or spoken after his injury.

                          Stand by for riots, looting, and arson......

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