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As a bit of a history buff, that one really made me smile :)
Consider the German rank “Kaiser”
Derived from the Italian “Caesar”
Both walk into a bar
With the Russian “Tsar”
This etymology needs a designated driver
Right now im literally watching the secret service and DC police fight tooth and nail to enforce a barricade at the white house as a mob slowly removed the metal barriers and riot shields. This is insane.
Like...they literally just stole a riot shield. Lit it on fire, and handed it back to the cops on fire
I dunno. Perhaps the contradictions in American society mean it cannot continue to exist as a union in the long run. I realise that thought played out a while back and ended in a bloodbath. However, the United States badly needs to address a number of issues, racism being only one.
Problem is theres no way to split it. This isnt the america of the 1800s where the political divides were based off climate or industry(plantations and farmers in the south vs cities and mills in the north) To oversimplify, our modern divides are country folk and suburbs vs the cities. The conservatives found some cheat codes in the system like gerrymandering and corporate money to keep themselves in power long after the majorities in many areas are more liberal (for example, New York, a majority liberal state and one of the most liberal states, had a conservative controlled state senate for decades because conservatives rewrote the maps to favor them YEARS ago). This is happening at every level. As shown by the 2016 presidential election where the least popular candidate won. Laws get put on the books that dont reflect the values in many parts of the country. Sprinkle in a little bit of the nations history of racism (for anyone over 60, segregation is something you lived through, white or black. We still arent a full generation removed from it), and a two party system and what you have is a powderkeg.
I fear the only way to keep this from exploding in the long (or not so long) term is to re-civilize the discourse and make basic reforms or at minimum find a non-polarizing figure to lead for a while and calm things down.
As Alphonse Karr said, "The more things change, the more that they remain the same", and was examined in Sheldon Harnick's "The Merry Minuet", are we to have another bloodbath like the last with a now estimated 750,000 fatalities? We have governance by the money that can best buy those positions, but totally unqualified for anything remotely associated with the offices that they hold ny education, experience, or even personal demeanor. Racism, or any other form of discriminition, whether radical or benign, is not the sole property of the US, but exists and persists in ever corner of the world as "The Merry Minute" illustrates.
Surprisingly enough, so far Baltimore has been civil with police and protesters interacting peacefully. I suppose when theres a fresh memory of the worst US riots since the 80s in your head, it gives some perspective. Hoping it stays peaceful into the night
Welp, sorry it had to be that way, Philly...
This is one of those times I am glad to not be able to afford to live near downtown, as that's where the majority of the riots and looting took place.
This was a chilling message to read:
(that's the major commercial district in center city)
And this was a chilling sight:
For the curious, here's a little album I put together with some of the more interesting photos:
Happy to report that aside from a few isolated incidents, Baltimore avoided burning, looting and property destruction outside a few broken windows. They showed how to do it the right way. Almost makes me consider going out to join them tomorrow