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The New Yorker on Sayed Farook

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    This is a couple issues back, but I'm posting it, first, for the news value and, second, because this is how you write a #longformTM piece shedding additional light on a figure from the headlines.

    Preparing for Apocalypse in San Bernardino

    The material on Nicholas Thalasinos, one of the victims, is very compelling.

    He was sometimes barred from posting—placed in what’s known as “Facebook jail,” with his account temporarily disabled, for violating the company’s standards concerning hate speech—and during those periods he used the name Michael Thalasinos to continue posting. He berated, often several times a day, liberals, Democrats, terrorists, Iran, ISIS, Planned Parenthood, President Obama, Michelle Obama, gun control, and Muslims.

    Putting 2 and 2 together, it seems like the Farooks had long ago become determined to wage jihad, and that Thalasinos's worldview probably convinced them to make Sayed's workplace the killing ground.
  2. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    PW2 approves.
    Donnie in his element likes this.
  3. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    So they killed a slew of people bc of one asshole? Why not just kill him? The first person shot was supposedly the male shooter's best friend, and he was sitting on a bench outside.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    That's not exactly it.

    They were going to wage jihad, somewhere.

    I guess they probably figured if they were going to do it regardless, they might as well take out this guy in the process.
  5. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    If aliens ever read Facebook, we're all fucked.
    cranberry likes this.
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Or it gave him a convenient excuse. Or it was the straw that broke the camel's back.
  7. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Active Member

    Not defending a bigot, but sounds a lot like victim shaming going on in the story.
  8. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I assume that you've read the story.
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