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1.08.2011

Shooter Jared Loughner on Books, Literacy, and Money

As details of the recent Arizona shooting are unfolding, some interesting tidbits on the presumed shooter has emerged (I say presumed, because there has no been official link between the Jared Loughner arrested, and the Jared Loughner online, yet all identifying information say they are the same person).

His Myspace page (now taken down) and his Youtube page list his favorite books:

"I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno."

Loughner was a reader and book lover, as seen in this picture of him taken at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2010:



A conspiracy theorist, Loughner was concerned with two things: the currency and literacy.

His Youtube videos are mostly text slide shows with backing music, as if test his viewers' literacy.

"You're literate, listener?" he writes in one video.

His videos ramble on about creating a new currency system and language as a way of changing the current government, who is brainwashing citizens through the grammar structure. "I can't trust the current government," he writes. He rambles (because this is the right word: ramble0 about his dismay at the literacy rate in District 8 Arizona.

Full text of his videos are below, via MSNBC: (ironically, all misspellings and bad grammar are the fault of Loughner...)

----start if transcript----
Hello 
Hello, my name is Jared Lee Loughner. 
This video is my introduction to you! My favorite activity is conscience dreaming; the greatest inspiration for my political business information. Some of you don't dream - sadly. 
Firstly, the current government officials are in power for their currency, but I'm informing you for your new currency! If you're treasurer of a new money system, then you're responsible for the distributing of a new currency. We now know - the treasurer for a new money system, is the distributor of the new currency. As a result, the people approve a new money system which is promising new information that's accurate, and we truly believe in a new currency. Above all, you have your new currency, listener? 
Secondly, my hope - is for you to be literate! If you're literate in English grammar, then you comprehend English grammar. The majority of people, who reside in District-8, are illiterate - hilarious. I don't control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure. 
Thirdly, I know who's listening: Government Officials, and the People. Nearly all the people, who don't know this accurate information of a new currency, aren't aware of mind control and brainwash methods. If I have my civil rights, then this message wouldn't have happen. 
In conclusion, my ambition - is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know I'm conscience dreaming! Thank you!
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My Final Thoughts: Jared Lee Loughner
Most people, who read this text, forget in the next 2 second!
The population of dreamers in the United States of America is less than 5%!
(next slide = jumble of numbers outlining "the previous year of B.C.E.")
If B.C.E. years are unable to start then A.D.E. years are unable to begin.
B.C.E. years are unable to start.
Thus, A.D.E. years are unable to begin.
If I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronounciation then the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that's replacing an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.
I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronounciation.
Thus, the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that's replacing an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.
Every human who's mentally capable is always able to be treasurer of their new currency.
If you create one new currency then you're able to create a second new currency.
If you're able to create second new currency then you're able to create third new currency.
You create one new currency.
Thus, you're able to create a third currency.
You're a treasurer for a new currency, listener?
You create and distribute your new currency, listener?
You don't allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?
If you create one new language then you're able to create a second new language.
If you're able to create a second new language then you're able to create a third new language.
You create one new hanguage.
Thus, you're able to create a third new language.
All humans are in need of sleep.
Jared Loughner is a human.
Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep.
Sleepwalking
If I define sleepwalking then sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I define sleepwalking.
Thus, sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I'm a sleepwalker - who turns off the alarm clock.
All conscience dreaming at this moment is asleep.
Jared Loughner is conscience dreaming at this moment.
Thus Jared Loughner is asleep.
Terrorist
If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
I define terrorist.
Thus a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
You call me a terrorist.
Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
Every United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests.
Jared Loughner is a United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix.
Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.
I didn't write a belief on my Army application, and the recruiter wrote on the application: None. 
The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America's Constitution.
You don't have to accept the federalist laws.
Nonetheless, read the United States of America's Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.
You're literate, listener? 
If property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution then the revolutionary's from the revolution are in control of the land and the laws.
The property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution.
Thus, the revolutionary's from the revolution are in control of the land and the laws.
In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can't trust the government because of the ratifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.
No! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver!
No! I won't trust in God!
What's government if words don't have meaning?

---end of transcript---

While some are quick to blame Sarah Palin's clumsiness in wording (also see her Facebook page) ("Don't retreat, reload!" she once said), we have to question the sanity of this person in the first place: that is, are these the words of someone mentally capable enough to take Palin's words seriously (this I have no doubt will be his defense in court: a plead of insanity)? Or does the fact that he might have taken her words seriously prove his insanity? Is the Republican/Tea Party and their discourse to blame for this?

As someone intrigued by the way humans punish deviance and deviant behavior (I love a good crime novel; also I like a good sociological study), this should be interesting.

Also, somewhere some writer is probably using this for inspiration. Is using tragedy for your own benefit (in this case, for writing a book and trying to get it published for money for your own pocket) ethical/moral? Or does writers as observers of culture, chroniclers of history, have an obligation to write about tragedies such as this?

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  2. I will say that I highly doubt GOP is responsible for this. Let's not forget in his list of books he mentions Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. He also goes on to mention the Constitution as treasonous laws. Last I check the GOP, Sarah Palin, and all conservatives would not agree with that claim and have never made that claim.

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  3. Loughner is not concerned with literacy. His comments about language reflect the views of a particularly incoherent corner of the Sovereign Citizen movement. This movement was in the national news last May, when one of its leaders murdered two Arkansas police officers. They are a step or two to the right of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, with origins connecting them to the militias and the tea parties, as well as the Klan and Aryan Supremacists.

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