Archive for September 21, 2011

Will The Execution of Troy Davis Turn Into A “Black Swan” Event?

September 21, 2011 11 comments

Unless you have been living in a hole for the last week, you might have heard about the imminent execution of Troy Davis. Whether you believe he is guilty or innocent is immaterial to the course of events that might follow his execution.

In my opinion, his execution might become a “black swan” event for a number of reasons-

1. This is not 1860, 1960, 1980 or even 2000. The demographic profile and power of the white part of the US population is in steep decline.

2. We live in the age of cellphones, smartphones, social media and ubiquitous internet access.

3. The president of the USA is nominally black, even if he is a Wall Street lapdog.

4. The old white rotting CONservatives and tea-partiers have not adapted to their rapidly diminishing power in the world.

5. There is a massive undercurrent of disenchantment with the status quo, institutions, experts and current direction of the nation.

6. The law and order scam has metastasized in the USA and is growing at rates not compatible with civil society.

7. The case against the person in question is rather weak..

8. The public momentum behind the belief in him being treated in an unfair manner is rather large, and is magnified by the factors mentioned above.

I am not saying that this will be ‘that’ event, but the biggest changes in human history were often set in motion by small events which ultimately had little to do with whatever followed. They just provided the spark.


Daily Commuting Hazards in Mexico: 35 Body Roadblock

September 21, 2011 4 comments

As many of you know, I have from time to time, written about and posted about the senseless USA-backed drug war in Mexico. In a few of my previous posts, such as this one and this one, you can see the levels of brutality and dysfunction in the affected areas in that country.

The latest incident makes you wonder, once again, about the ability of the Mexican Government to enforce peace in that country. Though hanging mutilated bodies above overpasses has become common in Mexico, blocking roads with a roadblock of made of tortured dead people is kinda new.

Gunmen slaughter 35 as drug wars spread across Mexico

When two trucks full of bodies were dumped during rush hour on a main road on the edge of the port city of Veracruz it underlined the way Mexico’s drug wars are both qualitatively escalating and expanding to parts of the country that were previously peaceful. Gunmen left the 23 men and 12 women piled up in the vehicles and strewn across the tarmac at around 5.30pm on Tuesday while commuters watched.

and here are some very graphic pictures which I found on the intertubes.

But don’t worry, we are winning the war of drugs.. right???


Categories: Current Affairs, Dystopia