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Human Nature in (Humboldt County, CA) Evansville
Sounds like Humboldt County more than anything. If it isn’t the rank corruption, it’s the doomsayers stopping safety, jobs, business, and investment. You have to look no further than the proposed Caltrans minimal project to widen Highway 101 at Richardson Grove to the latest lawsuit where “Humboldt County” (our Illustrious Supervisors) are forcing the Forster-Gill company to resort to legal action because the “county” refuses to act in a legal manner. Not to leave the City of Eureka out of the mix, include the latest City Council firing of Police Chief Garr Nielsen.
The following is a segment I watched on Democracy Now this morning. As a home and property owner in Eureka, this situation shook me out of some of my complacency regarding our local county and city representatives activities. The people in the city of Birmingham in Jefferson County Alabama were sued by the EPA for a faulty sewer system and were forced to build a new one at a cost of $250 million. In the end, after the looting, the local taxpayers were left owing 5 billion; that BILLION with a “B.”
And we think the government works for us? What most fail to realize is that these exceptional elitist, Democrats, Republicans, Independents – you name them – with their phony wars, unrestrained banking, Wall Street gluttony and successive bailouts to name only some of the corruption along with successive governments betrayals and complicit behavior and deregulating laws, have destroy this country.
“Looting Main Street”–Matt Taibbi on How the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Ripping Off American Cities with Predatory Deals
In a new article in Rolling Stone magazine, journalist Matt Taibbi takes an in-depth look at the experience of one small Alabama town and its disastrous dealings with Wall Street. Taibbi writes, “The destruction of Jefferson County reveals the basic battle plan of these modern barbarians, the way that banks like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have systematically set out to pillage towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Athens.”
This is the head line: Iraq slaughter not an aberration by Glenn Greenwald on the video just released yesterday of the “business as usual” murder of innocent people in Iraq by an American helicopter gun crew.
Compare that to:
“’The officer took his gun, put it at the base of Sequoia’s head, and fired a round into Sequoia’s head,’ he said, adding that the second shot ended the struggle and likely killed Sequoia instantly.” This is a quote from Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen reported in the Times-Standard March 21, 2010.
Business as usual.
What is most disturbing is the commentary of the helicopter gunship crew. And that was what was most disturbing in the account of the police use of deadly force on David Sequoia who just happened to be the innocent victim here too. The police identifying Sequoia in those moments as the aggressor was no “aberration” either. Those officers shot Sequoia like a mongrel dog just like those people in Iraq. The conversation during the encounter compares to the conversation by Chief Garr Nielsen in the calloused manner such deadly force is applied and justified.
The “slaughter,” however, is of more than just subhuman things. It is the complicity of the news media to cover up, to skew and bias the facts. This is a classic example by Thadeus Greenson in his March 21, 2010, newspaper report where he repeats the “official” account of what happened as if it is the god’s-gosple truth: Two officers fired weapons in fatal Eureka shooting; chief says there was no alternative to deadly force.
Two Eureka police officers fired their weapons in the exchange Thursday that left 25-year-old David Sequoia dead Thursday morning, Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen said Saturday.
On the face of what Greenson wrote, i.e., “no alternative to deadly force” and “fired their weapons in the exchange” you’d logically think they had a gunfight with Seqouia, and NOT a summary execution.
This Report has spoken extensively on this issue. Here are the links in sequence:
Notice how, since the initial reporting, there’s been no followup? Based upon the local non-reaction – since the general consensus sentiment is that Sequoia was obviously a “scum-bag” and the police did the community a favor, who cares? Who cares whether or not the police officers are back on the streets? Who cares if the DA is looking into Kris Coon’s conduct in this matter? Who cares?
Well, the The Atlantic’s James Fallows offers the following. Ask yourself why this is not the same situation right here in Eureka, California?
I can’t pretend to know the full truth or circumstances of this. But at face value it is the most damaging documentation of abuse since the Abu Ghraib prison-torture photos. As you watch, imagine the reaction in the US if the people on the ground had been Americans and the people on the machine guns had been Iraqi, Russian, Chinese, or any other nationality. As with Abu Ghraib, and again assuming this is what it seems to be, the temptation will be to blame the operations-level people who were, in this case, chuckling as they mowed people down. That’s not where the real responsibility lies.
Now tell me if this is not the same moral justification for everyone’s reprehensible and morally indefensible conduct:
And, of course, imagining what Fallows asks us to imagine — that this was all being done to us, rather than by us — is exactly the exercise which is most steadfastly avoided. Besides, even if it were to be engaged, it would be dismissed as an exercise in “moral relativism.” When we do X, it is right; when others do X to us, it is wrong. That’s the benefit of being so Exceptional.
When the truth becomes the enemy, it’s time to ask yourself, “what makes you think this couldn’t be you?”