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We can have compassion for people and still not want to be on the receiving end of their behavior.
Precisely. I tend to be rather avoidant by nature anyway, precisely because some of those people can be incredibly aggressive and intrusive.
One of the stunts they do out here is they will use a vehicle and an empty gas can as a prop, and beg for gas money to get home, or to a job interview. The cover story morphs as time goes by, and often they don't realize that I remember seeing them a month ago, while I was in a different car or truck, and saw the exact same situation.
It's one thing when someone is truly in a bad situation. It's another when they are in the *exact* same situation in the *exact* same location. Then you know they're just running a scam that tugs on people's heart strings.
What is doubly sad with these is, when someone genuinely is in trouble and needs help, a lot of people assume that it's just another scam like one they've seen before. The signal to noise ratio is degraded to the point that real 3rd World levels of suffering happen sometimes right under people's noses precisely because they are burned out by the professional panhandlers.
Another example I saw - there was this maybe 30-something woman, looked rather disheveled, who was coming up on foot to people at the gas pump, claiming she had just fled her abusive husband and needed a ride somewhere.
Well, 2 weeks to the day later - same woman - exact same story. She didn't recognize me because I was in a different car, clearly did not remember the call I'd made to an organization 2 weeks before on her behalf in case the situation had been genuine.
Remember the kid that drove drunk and killed 4 (??) kids. His mom dyed his hair and took him to Mexico so he didn't have to go to jail? That had to be the king of the Karen's!
I’ve see that too. Or holding signs saying they will work for food. A pregnant woman was adjusting the pillow under her shirt. Kind of obvious she wasn’t pregnant.
Yep, king of the Karens. Or that would be queen technically?
Yeah - I have seen that too.
Then there was this lady who really had one leg. Was holding a sign about needing money and food - "On my last leg".
I have seen her at several different intersections in Midland and Odessa off and on for the past 5 years or more.
It’s hard to forget someine who makes a strong impression.
What is going on with the rioters burning all their local businesses? Where are they going to shop now?
Not all rioters are from the area in which they're rioting.
Yes, I wondered about that, and no one is doing a survey.
This goes back to my question about out of state armed protestors. There are two groups here in Arizona that travel the country to participate in protests. Especially protests based on race questions. Their intent is to agitate the crowds to create major conflict with law enforcement.
I've been reading that a lot of the rioters are actually agitators that were shipped in from elsewhere. One of my more paranoid conspiracy theorist friends claims that it was white supremacists that are infiltrating as agents provocateur to pout more gasoline on the flames.
However I was listening to one radio program I captured last night, while testing the rebuilt radio and video capture computer after a failed hard drive was replaced, who made a pretty compelling case that the agents provocateur seem to have ties to George Soros. But he also tempered that with other clues that suggest possibly several factions are infiltrating protestors to make more violent confrontations in the hopes of driving a deeper wedge between various political factions, as further polarization and dissent seems to be what those kind of people profit from.
He made the point that more polarization meant move violence, more people facing criminal charges, more people losing their livelihood, and more people who are thus in need of public assistance, so the whole cycle of keeping a permanent underclass remains sustained for the benefit of a few ruling elites. By undermining trust in government institutions and making that distrust widespread, it helps break down long standing structure and rule of law to trick the people into effectively jumping from the frying pan and into the fire.