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From today’s edition of the NSFW Corp:

The early news reports made Jeffrey Johnson out to be a deranged monster: After pumping five bullets into the supervisor who’d fired him from his job at the Empire State Building, Johnson supposedly went on a wild shooting rampage out on 5th Avenue, firing randomly at innocent bystanders, wounding nine before cops took him down using their anti-terrorism training.

In this early, cinematic version of events, the NYPD’s aggressive anti-terrorism training paid off—who knows how many more people Jeffrey Johnson would have shot and killed?

But as the day wore on, the early heroic version of events started to give way to something more complicated and disturbing—as so often happens with these workplace shootings. The gunman, it turned out, didn’t go on a wild shooting spree; all of his bullets were fired into one target, his former boss who downsized him; it was the NYPD who hit the bystanders while trying to get the gunman, who happened to be standing right next to their faces, in what appears to have been a conscious decision to commit suicide-by-cop.

Despite all the Jack Bauer anti-terror training the two cops supposedly received, they couldn’t hit the side of a skyscraper if their lives depended on it—let alone the front of a human being practically pressing his face into the barrels of their guns. In fact the “graphic” CCTV video looks like some desperate middle-aged schlub trying to get himself killed by Mr. Magoo and Magoo’s twin, who empty their handgun clips on every living creature except for the suicidal schlub with the .45 in his hand, doing a tapioca dance right in front of their faces…(to continue reading click here)

To read the rest of this article on the Empire State Building shooting, the Aurora “Joker” massacre, and Joshua Foust, click here (open viewing).

This article was published at Not Safe For Work Corp, where I’m now Senior Editor.

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Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine.

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  • 1. Trevor  |  August 31st, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Dolan already said it best – “Where’s the nice ape? And who ever said there was one?”

  • 2. Ozinator  |  August 31st, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I know GW is a joke but something he said is the greatest barrier to change and it’s shared by the majority.

    Hypocrisy is not illogical but appealing to it is (tu quoque). People are so afraid of being a hypocrite that they often embrace the behavior they cant or are unwilling to change.

    Truth is truth and doesn’t change based on who is delivering it

  • 3. Diablo  |  August 31st, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I agree Margo Alder. It is like an Aspie circle jerk…

  • 4. Dimitri Ratz  |  August 31st, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    @96 lol

  • 5. Dimitri Ratz  |  August 31st, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Ozinator, in individuals, insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. – Nietzsche

  • 6. COCKSON  |  September 1st, 2012 at 10:47 am


  • 7. COCKSON  |  September 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am

    yasha man lets get pizza in vb pls

  • 8. COCKSON  |  September 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am

    also yasha make mark say how he got arrested in high desert

  • 9. beenthere  |  September 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Legally, Johnson’s killing of Ercolino does not and should not constitute justifiable homicide. Morally? Well, yeah, it does. I hope Ercolino’s family appreciates that he died for being a bully.

    Even though Mark Ames’ article was wonderfully written, I disagree with the implication that people who have been on the receiving end of bullying and social isolation during formative years end up internalizing the values of our persecutors.

    Yeah, we are fucked up in all sorts of ways, and revenge fantasies persist even many years later. But most find a way to direct our anger towards deserving targets and our gentleness and quirkiness (qualities that provoked the bullies in the first place) towards the small circle of people whom we manage to trust and like.

  • 10. COCKSON  |  September 1st, 2012 at 10:53 am

    gw is not a joke
    this bloke really sucks the koch

    pls continue aec & others

  • 11. Zog  |  September 1st, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I agree totally. But speaking as someone who has been trying to persuade his peers in the degenerate overclass of a middle income country of the ultimately survival imperative neccesity of redistributive social policies and who has failed miserably and absolutely in every single instance, there comes a point where you just say “fuck it”. Living a humble life of integrity conscious of externalities such as labour exploitation, ecocide, racism etc. simply leaves you vulnerable and without resources when the inevitable collapse finally occurs. In the end you sell drugs for seed capital so you can commence a career of socially worthless precious metal and property speculation, build your lifeboat and get laid again for a change.

  • 12. Bub  |  September 1st, 2012 at 7:54 pm


    Here in Murica you’d get your fucking ass kicked with all that fag talk!

    Jesus, are you all ruled by queers in China? What kind of a fucked-up country ain’t ruled by the jocks?! Jocks rule the roost here and look how great things are for us!

  • 13. Swapped Bond  |  September 2nd, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Oh, look at big bad Mr. Bad @96. I wonder how the AEC will improve his comment…

  • 14. CB  |  September 4th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    @ Margo
    “You are being a total asshole. I just can’t tell whether you’re being deliberately provocative, or if you actually believe what you write.”

    Then something is wrong with your brain. Your first mistake is probably viewing the two choices as mutually exclusive binary factors. Your second mistake is probably assuming Poe’s Law applies, but Poe’s Law is about satire, not trolling. Trolling can be based in part on beliefs that are actually held. That just makes it easier to write the troll.

    But let me rephrase the problem and hopefully make it trivial for you to answer: Are their posts predominantly designed to illicit an angry response, or to elucidate and persuade?

  • 15. Dimitri Ratz  |  September 4th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    @114/CB, I think its people’s perception of what people should be that makes them miss what people truly are… If they took a second to consider that it’s the existance of others that offends them they might reconsider their pre conceived designed views, categories, and other excuses that justify their own actions and explain the difference between their suffering and suffering of others.

  • 16. Margo Adler  |  September 5th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Good point, CB. Thanks for that.

  • 17. Mr. Bad  |  September 7th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    @ 116. Margo Adler @ 114. Margo Adler


    You’re all so brilliant, I just can’t keep up wit dat “Poe’s Law” stuff. I still be on that printed book 1.0, I don’t know how that applies to me.

    Margo, I’m tellin’ you once more sweety, you better stay home and do as you’re told. Get out of the road if you want to grow old.

  • 18. Andrew Roth  |  September 20th, 2012 at 5:39 pm


    Dimitri, you’re spot on about marriage and group living. Many of the poor end up staying in poisonous marriages rather than seeking divorce (or at least separating) for no other reason than destitution. They can’t afford to live on their own. It’s absurd to contort this state of affairs into a sort of virtue, but that’s exactly what the right wing does. That attitude is also a convenient dodge for unhappily married people who are embarrassed to admit that they’re sticking it out solely for financial reasons, or who hope to improve their circumstances through self-help affirmations.

    The amount of weirdness and degradation in the residential rental market is stunning. Established homeowners (i.e., a huge part of the participating electorate) are often completely sheltered from it, but it’s pervasive for those of us who rent or are looking to rent. A huge amount of petty tyranny and sadism, much of it either legally dubious or plainly unlawful, exists in American property management.

    Many tenants grovel to their landlords and building managers as if they’re prisoners desperately currying favor with their guards. Others are infuriated at infringements of their rights but don’t have the wherewithal to take appropriate legal action, so they resort to illegal acts out of desperation. One property management company from which I used to rent twice had its office attacked by arsonists. This company was practically unknown among local homeowners but notorious among renters for its shady and downright criminal activities. I would be extremely surprised if the arsonists hadn’t been subjected at least to civil torts, if not criminal acts, by this company.

    Recently, I’ve been looking to relocate to the LA area, so I’ve spent a fair amount of time on Craigslist rental and roomshare boards. What I’ve seen there is sadder and more disturbing than I can describe. There’s a lot of groveling, desperation and deception on the part of prospective tenants and roommates, and a lot of openly predatory and capricious behavior on the part of landlords. Frankly, a truly free people would not tolerate such a situation.

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