Watching the American news, currently have Fox turned on because it’s good background noise while I work on blogs and catch up on reading.
It’s all about the S&P credit rating, playing the blame game over who’s fault the DOW’s nose dive is, and who should be taken to the chopping block over the debt situation.
No one is talking about the riots in London and that surprises me.
Because I’m looking at pictures of central London and it looks like a war zone.
(Pictures from Boston.com)
These pictures wouldn’t look out of place (except for the European buildings) in photos from Iraq, Afghanistan or Israel after a battle or terrorist attack.
And this is happening in London.
Why is no one talking about it?
I just turned to Piers Morgan on CNN, it’s still debt talks and pointing fingers. Anderson Cooper will be on in half an hour, I give it a 95% chance that it will also be about the debt and DOW situation. More talk about S&P while people are dying in riots in the streets in a country where this sort of thing should not be happening.
There are all sorts of discussions about why these riots started, but I’m honestly not certain anyone actually knows.
The prevailing theory seems to be unrest over the shooting of 29 year old Mark Duggan by the police. The shooting is still being investigated to see if it was justified or not, but I just can’t imagine why that small action (one death is horrible, but it does not justify this kind of horrific action on the part of the citizens of the UK) could lead to all of this.
Oh Piers Morgan took 30 seconds away from the debt downgrade to show videos of the burning building in London and reference this as a horrible act of Civil Disobedience.
I hate to use a tragedy to mock Piers Morgan, but did he really just call this Civil Disobedience?
Uh, there is nothing civil about this.
Civil Disobedience: the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes.
Get your terms right Morgan, especially if you are barely going to address the issue at all.
Taiwan News speculates an entirely different theory.
It began late Saturday in London’s northern Tottenham district when a peaceful protest over the police’s shooting of a suspect turned violent, leaving parts of the high street charred and its shops looted. But some have blamed the unrest on unemployment, insensitive policing and frustration across Britain over the government’s austerity budget, which will bring deep cuts to social services and welfare payments.
If that’s true and this is their reaction to having their payments cut…well they didn’t deserve them in the first place. This whole think is remarkably immature and dangerous and horrific and there is absolutely never a good reason for behavior like this.
I can’t even imagine how people could do these kind of things for no reason whatsoever. The other prevailing theory is that no one actually cares about the politics of the death of Duggan. They just heard someone got shot by the police and that their was speculation that they wrongfully shot him and just decided to start looting and rioting over it and it spread, because apparently large sections of the population is ready to commit theft and violence if given the slightest chance.
It’s enough to make me scream.
I honestly hope there is a real underlying cause to all of this, politics, money, police brutality, SOMETHING! Because if there isn’t…that says a lot of very sad things about humanity of the rioters and looters involved…and that, in turn, says something very depressing about humanity in general.
And I’m just not quite willing to believe something that horrible of humanity just yet.
Anyway, back to discussions of Bible verses soon…I just need to write about this.
And now I need to take a break from all of this for a moment. Going to watch episodes of What Not To Wear and eat ice cream until I get tired enough for bed. I just need to not think for a while.