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For the health and safety of—

November 21, 2011

(‘George with a Gas Mask’ from F’NRAD)

An anaphoric Twitter-essay.

For the health and safety of UC-Davis students we deployed chemical weapons at point-blank range three times all over their bodies and faces.

For the health and safety of Egypt’s elections we killed 35 people including a 13-year old child, and blinded several civilians.

For the health and safety of Zucotti Park we conducted an overnight raid gassing and beating civilians and destroying everything in sight.

For the health and safety of Oakland we sent two anti-war veterans to the hospital with a ruptured spleen and a speech-robbing head injury.

For the health and safety of UC-Berkeley students we charged with batons into their ribs, intestines, and heads until hospitalization.

For the health and safety of Egyptian democracy we manufactured Pennsylvania tear gas and Italian 12ga bullets to pierce their bodies.

For the health and safety of American democracy we conducted a nationwide assault on encampments in coordination with Homeland Security.

For the health and safety of Seattle’s people we gassed an octogenarian woman in the face.

For the health and safety of privately-owned shrubbery we sent helmeted riot police to destroy collectively-made tent communities.

For the health and safety of Egypt we blinded its young men.

For the health and safety of our claims to objectivity we rearranged narratives about ‘clashes’ between the armed versus the unarmed.

For the health and safety of Egyptian activists we looked to the American example of health and safety standards for treating activists.

For the health and safety of American academia we placed Harvard Yard under 24-hour lockdown and surveillance.

For the health and safety of public education we became university chancellors, joined corporate bank boards, and drowned students in debt.

For the health and safety of Egypt’s revolution created a generation of political prisoners awaiting military tribunals.

For the health and safety of all New Yorkers we trashed a library.

For the health and safety of all Egyptians we dragged dead bodies into a trash heap.

For the health and safety of our sidewalks we arrested those standing on them during encampment raids.

For the health and safety of American journalism we barred, arrested, or beat any press not approved or embedded with the police.

For the health and safety of the voting elections to come we have created the funerals to come.

For the health and safety of the electorate we will create an atmosphere of so much fear that voting will appear like safety.

For the health and safety of chemically sprayed Davis students we scared them from speaking to press or threatened expulsion if they did.

For the health and safety of the United States we will only decry militarized violence used to crush dissent if it belongs to our enemies.

For the health and safety of our fragile authority.

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