New Hampshire man lights himself on fire to protest Americas decline 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. Balls 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 systems 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.