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Thoughts on Official and Media Silence about 2017 Las Vegas Shooting

About two months ago, Stephen Paddock committed the largest solo mass shooting (so far) in the history of USA. While there is no doubt that some other guy will, in the near future, break Paddock’s record of 58 deaths and 546 injuries- it is still worth talking about certain peculiar aspects of this event and its aftermath. As some of you know, I did write a few posts (Link 1, Link 2 and Link 3) about that event in the first few days after it occurred.

To make a long story short, nothing about Stephen Paddock’s known behavior in the previous 60-something years of his life marks him out as someone who would end up as a mass shooter. The guy was very smart, had tons of money, no known terminal illness and no criminal record of any significance. He also had a non-ugly girlfriend and apparently also paid for sex on the side. In other words, he had no conventional reason to do what he did- but he did it, nevertheless.

However this post is not about further speculation on what less-than-conventional reasons drove him to commit that act. Instead, I will focus on the rather odd behavior of “law enforcement” officials and the MSM in the aftermath of that shooting. Specifically, let us talk about why news about further investigations into that incident seems to have largely vanished from the public sphere- at least on the national level. I am certainly not the only person to find the almost total absence of more recent reports on the investigation a bit odd.

As is usually the case, there are a number of explanations for the troubling lack of followup on this story floating around the internet. They range from allegations that it was an elaborate setup by the PTB for swaying public opinion towards gun control or the accidental unraveling of a complex government-sanctioned gun running operation to the result of secret mind-control experiments by the government. It is noteworthy that all these explanations rely on the government and “elite” being highly competent, professional and organised.

Let put forth an alternative explanation- one that is far more plausible and a better fit for available data. The short version of my explanation is as follows: The LVPD and other law enforcement personnel who responded to that incident made a series of bad and amateurish mistakes and decisions, revelations of which would be highly embarrassing and likely result in costly lawsuits from the family of those who were killed or injured. But why is a series of screwups a better explanation for the glacial pace of that investigation than say.. it being a large ‘double-secret’ conspiracy.

Well.. for one, gross incompetence is far more likely to cause bad outcomes than careful malice because the former is simply much more common, especially in larger organisations. Malice requires a lot of planning, effort and luck to succeed while incompetence grows wild and requires little deliberate effort to manifest itself. This is especially true when organisations with large budgets and little accountability respond to situations that are beyond their abilities.

We have seen this time and again, all over the world and in USA. Remember how average Americans believed that they would win the Korean war in 1951, or how they thought they would win the Vietnam war in the late-1960s, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the early-2000s. You get my point. Less well-known is that the american establishment, including the agencies implementing these ideas, also believed that those outcomes were inevitable.

But what does any of this have to do with the oddly slow investigation into the 2017 Lag Vegas shooting?

As it turns out a lot. Agencies with large budgets and zero accountability keep things that way by making outrageous public claims about their utility and necessity. That is why the military-industrial complex USA is always trying to start new ‘wars’ against ridiculously hyped enemies. That is also why the incarceration-policing complex is so eager to hype every small incident of crime and “crime”. People employed in these industries would be perpetually jobless if it became obvious that they are just incompetent parasites.

The main function of the police and “law enforcement” apparatus in USA is to harass, imprison and killing non-whites and poorer white people. They do all of this under the garb of protecting the “public” from “criminals” and other “evil-doers”. They justify public support for their continued funding by trying to provide a facade of competence, professionalism and readiness. While the normal course of events does not tear large holes in that facade, less common events such as the 2017 LV mass shooting expose the rather limited nature of their abilities.

I am sure many of you remember how the official timelines for the police response to that incident kept on changing and changing. Then there is a question about which sequence of events is accurate. Oddly enough, this lack of certainty about the exact sequence of events and response occurred in one of the most surveilled cities and locations in USA. Some of you might see all of this as a dark conspiracy. I just see a lot of the involved and liable parties (hotels, police etc) trying to cover up their incompetence.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Pops
    December 5, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Yup I think mgm and the lvpd want to cover up how their incompetence and in the case of mgm the cheapness in actually staffing the hotels played a huge part in what happened on 1 October. I think mgm has been covering themselves cause they don’t wanna be sued so badly that it causes badpub and stock prices to drop.

  2. P Ray
    December 5, 2017 at 1:33 am

    The stock market is more important than allowing blame to fall on the correct people and organisations.
    Looks like the love of money leads to a lot of dead people with no explanations towards their family.
    Land of the sheep and home of the slave?

  3. MikeCA
    December 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Las Vegas economy is based on tourism. Las Vegas needs everyone to forget about the mass shooting there for the sake of the economy. The City will pressure the police to try to keep the investigation out of the national news.

  4. Broke Boomer
    December 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

    101 California – law firm shot up, in San Fran about 20 years ago.

    S.F. Chronicle published timeline – fire and ambulance rolling in less than a minute, SFPD five minutes, difference in competence and readiness?

  5. A.B. Prosper
    December 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I suspect if its not a political killing either by Leftists or ISIS which is something the PTB’s would cover up at all costs its some combination of what MikeCA and A.D. are suggesting.

  6. December 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    As a U.S. 61-year-old who’s lived long enough to observe the government-and-media smoke-n-mirrors since Vietnam, the 60’s civil rights movement, and Watergate, I long ago realized that before-the-event conspiracies take far more intelligence, cooperation, and resources than the oligarchists have (or believe they have). I do however suspect that many after-the-fact conspiracies — or perhaps, better, “let’s-agree-to-cover-this-up-to-absolve-our-asses-cuz-of-all-our-fuckups-that-allowed/enabled/caused-this-tragedy” — have frequently occurred.

    • hoipolloi
      December 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

      It looks like after the fact cover-ups do occur. After 9/11 not one person resigned or fired from his/her position. It is normally what happens in other democracies like U.K. or France or India when a disaster like that happens.

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