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Barcelona Van Murder 17 Aug 2017

British tourists in Barcelona warned to take shelte
‘stay inside’ as terror attack unfolds

What we know — and don't know — about the terrorist
attack in Barcelona

Van rams into crowd outside kosher restaurant in
Barcelona, 13 dead

At least 1 dead after van drives into Barcelona crowd in
terror attack

The Latest: Report: Suspect holed up in Barcelona bar

Barcelona truck crash ‘sees several people injured along
iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot’

British tourists in Barcelona warned to take shelte
‘stay inside’ as terror attack unfolds

What we know — and don't know — about the terrorist
attack in Barcelona

Van rams into crowd outside kosher restaurant in
Barcelona, 13 dead

At least 1 dead after van drives into Barcelona crowd in
terror attack

The Latest: Report: Suspect holed up in Barcelona bar

Barcelona truck crash ‘sees several people injured along
iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot’
The tragic news coming out today in Barcelona leaves us yet again personally hurt by people whose loss pours into our own living rooms and this is the emerging reality of what news folk call a terror attack but which I simply describe as murder. 

Terror attack psychology is aimed directly at how it will affect us in our living room, it's design is to psychologically affect and disturb us.  My daughter and her husband were in Las Ramblas on Monday, currently she is in Rome, so on the one level it is how we identify with any particular attack that marks how we absorb it, the more closer we connect with it, the more the attack hits home at the center of own being, and the uncertainty created.

Whether the murderer represents radical religious groups or is another group, murder is murder and to see this is as a political act or the act of freedom fighters lends an unnecessary level of credibility to what are barbaric people whose only instrument of control is absolute fear.  The general response to terror murders so far has been a consistent defiance and a coming together of people and Barcelona is no different - this will bring us closer as people.

The screenshot header captures the news agencies that Google were reporting on their news feed earlier this afternoon, and what is interesting to me is the reporting stems from news groups all over the world.  If we are short of humanity in situations like this, we are certainly not short of news outlets or ways of news being delivered to us.

What we do control is how we relate to such news and whether we empower murderers by paying attention to killers and giving them what they want, which is for us to cower in fear or have our nerves frayed by the uncertainty created by such psychopathic acts.  It does not take much brainwashing to radicalize a human being to get them to kill people in the name of something which is futile and evil.  If the idea is we pay attention to people being killed in the Middle East, that is immediately negated by the violent murder of muslims by these same groups.  They torture and kill their own people and then justify their actions by creating an enemy and using God's name to justify blatant acts of evil. 

It is not that my daughter was in the same spot 2 days ago or that I have a high regard for the Catalan culture and people, it is that in the 21st Century news is organized in a particular way and murderers try to manipulate the way that news is organized in order to spread fear and dread.  That is what "terrorism" banks on, using the instruments of media to get our attention.  Ironically it is what media also banks on that we will watch this violence unfold because it is natural for us to do want to know more.  If we are capable of becoming a captive audience for such a news then this tells me that we have the power not to let those objectives work.

When these events break, we are saturated with a battle for our attention and media outlets create graphics and add music to pictures, repeat the same footage over and over and then should we call that news?  News should make us brighter and more stronger as a society but that is not what the word "terrorism" implies - for it can only work if we consume and view news in a particular set way, making our actions and behaviours predictable.  

Instead of giving these murderers air time, we need to suffocate their attempts to have our attention spin upon them.  For sure we should focus on the people who have suffered but even here we must have a greater regard for privacy because anything less than that is news voyeurism.   We should not be voyeurs of what should be called news porn, because the news outlets that are the most profitable are masters of maintaining our attention, but in a world where we can get news perspectives from Australia, Israel, Canada, other US outlets etc etc we don't need to accept news coverage that sensationalizes murder or seeks blood ratings on the back of news we will pay immediate attention to.

There should be memorials and there should be community appreciation and the strength that comes from being together in moments like this, but now these moments are guaranteed to be regular events, it is time to reevaluate how we personally consume news and that is a sign of the times.  The loss of people in Barcelona unites us as we think of them.  In our age how we engage and receive this news will be just as defining as the people we want to pay homage to as citizens of the world just like us.

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CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #5

#14
David I look forward to reading that buzz. It seems to fit a line of reasoning espoused by Martin Armstrong. Armstrong was held contempt of court for SEVEN years, and that due to his discovering patterns that could predict market collapse based on indicators that including those that proceed or precipitate war.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #4

#14
David I look forward to reading that buzz. It seems to fit a line of reasoning espoused by Martin Armstrong. Armstrong was held contempt of court for SEVEN years, and that due to his discovering a patterns that could predict market collapse based on indicators that precipitate war.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #3

#11
Where there is economic lord oney behind these things it will be seen in Barcelona's youth being driven to both sides of extremes, which is what Charlottesville is about where right wing forces financed to disrupt the American landscape cajoling the left wing by choosing a liberal town, and that is something which is the beginnings of something very nasty. What does fit here is the right wing clashes after the Barcelona attacks involving Falange http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4803858/Far-right-activists-clash-anti-facists-Barcelona.html and here I would invite people like Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado to note this violence. These people are clashing in Las Ramblas where only a day earlier people were singing in unity "we are not afraid". The extent of that tourism includes my own daughter who was on Las Ramblas just 48 hours earlier, so this targeting does not work against Ada Colau's policies. Moreover an attack like this will galvanize Barcleona's citizens, the same one's that are telling tourists to go home, and it is they who came out in their thousands and sang in unison "We are not afraid". So again they will rally behind the Mayor of Barcelona. Where the connection of big money is the coordination and rise of right wing neo-Nazi groups and that same kind of provoking left wing groups into clashes which I do think is a very worrying development. Money going into the extremes is something citizens cannot stop, the puppet masters who control these groups will have their way, we can only be aware that it is happening.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #2

#4
Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado let us stop counting murderers and beasts and instead count the neighbours we meet, count the children we educate, count the relationships we love, count the community that we build, count the life that remains strong, count the freedom we take for granted, count the blessings - above all count our blessings. Let us respect the lives of people who get caught up in these evil acts but breath in life, we either live in the danger presented by media or we live in the freedom which is real, which is tangible, which is what such evil wants us not to see, for they want our attention which is the whole point of terrorism and I for one am not giving it to them - carrying on with our lives as they are is the best revenge, defiance is the best response and our collective freedom still counts for something. My daughter was on those very streets on Monday and now she is Rome, she and her husband will continue the joy of living their life. I look forward to paying my respects the day I go to Barcelona, for these acts of evil don't stop or should not distract us from our lives but encourage us to live more and connect more. This is what freedom means and it is not under threat, unless we feel that threat and feel that fear and as FDR said so long ago, the "Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #1

#1
Yes, Sadly Pascal.

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