New Hampshire man lights himself on fire to protest America’s decline...

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    New Hampshire man lights himself on fire to protest America’s decline

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    June 20, 2011

    Late last week, Thomas James Ball reached his breaking point. Driven to desperation by a system that bankrupted him and destroyed his family, Ball walked up to the main door of the Keene County, New Hampshire courthouse, doused himself with gasoline, and lit himself ablaze.
    Hardly anyone seems to have noticed.

    Conversely, when a 26-year old Tunisian man lit himself on fire a few months ago after police confiscated the fruits and vegetables he had been selling without a proper permit, it launched a wave of revolution across the Middle East.

    People were shocked into taking action… protests and riots swept the region and one regime after another crumbled.

    Rather than sparking an “American spring” and shocking US citizens into taking their country back, though, Mr. Ball’s act of self-immolation seems to have been largely ignored. There has been scant coverage (and scant is being extremely generous) of Mr. Ball in the mainstream media, and what little coverage there is generally discredits the man as a troublemaker.
    This is how the system’s gatekeepers have been so adroit at maintaining the status quo– by suppressing dissent, marginalizing the detractors, and distracting the populace with meaningless, irrelevant drivel.

    Mr. Ball left behind a lengthy missive prior to his suicide...

    Read the rest of the article @ this link.
     
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    how is that working for him?
     
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    Everyone has a breaking point.

    Stay classy.
     
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    Many peoples breaking point involves their guns.
     
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    I guess he showed them.
     
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    Sounds like quite the hot head.
     
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    Considering our system he might have done more good if he'd doused the Courthouse in gasoline and lit it ablaze than what he did.
     
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    There's definitely an element of what you cite here - especially the bread and circuses part. But there's also just not much respect for the concept of martyrdom here in the US. Most people just figure anyone who would light themselves on fire is crazy, and see no reason to take their grievances seriously. I'm not saying that view is right or wrong, but I can understand it.
     
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    i have always been repulsed by people who set themselves afire....what is the question that this is the answer to?
     

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