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(Politico)   Headline "Why the Vegas shooter did it". Article: Fark if anybody really knows at this point because the investigation is ongoing, but here's 20,000 words of me using the tragedy to explain to you what *I* think is wrong with society   ( politico.com) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-10-12 01:17:39 PM  
He did it because a time traveler told him who was going to win the 2020 election.
 
2017-10-12 01:21:53 PM  
Why he do it?

The simplest answers are most likely the right one

The asshole hated country music
 
2017-10-12 01:27:38 PM  
Paddock thus becomes the latest embodiment of a pattern that has emerged in recent decades. In a world gushing with information about fresh atrocities on the internet and social media, one where screaming chyrons and shouting talk radio hosts have become ubiquitous, a small number of individuals seek to make their mark through record-setting violence. By doing so, they hope to distinguish lives hitherto marked by insignificance or failure.

Yes.  The new and emerging trend of herostratic fame.
 
2017-10-12 01:41:20 PM  
Huh. The writer seems to have gotten a head start on Festivus and the airing of grievances.

Mike_LowELL: Yes.  The new and emerging trend of herostratic fame.


This dude was a VIP on the Vegas Strip & a millionaire... that theory doesn't really wash. He wasn't left behind by society. He was living the dream according to a huge segment of society. Gambling for a living would be hell for me but not lots of other people.
 
2017-10-12 02:02:19 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: Huh. The writer seems to have gotten a head start on Festivus and the airing of grievances.

Mike_LowELL: Yes.  The new and emerging trend of herostratic fame.

This dude was a VIP on the Vegas Strip & a millionaire... that theory doesn't really wash. He wasn't left behind by society. He was living the dream according to a huge segment of society. Gambling for a living would be hell for me but not lots of other people.


Keep wondering if we are going to find out he was being treated for Parkinson's.  The compulsive gambling had to be relatively recent because you don't amass a million dollar fortune WHILE having that  problem (the House always wins...ALWAYS).  And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control
 
2017-10-12 02:10:33 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: This dude was a VIP on the Vegas Strip & a millionaire... that theory doesn't really wash. He wasn't left behind by society. He was living the dream according to a huge segment of society. Gambling for a living would be hell for me but not lots of other people.


I was going after the idea that burning your way into the record books was this new and edgy thing, regardless of whether it applies to this one dude.
 
2017-10-12 02:28:37 PM  
Magorn:
Keep wondering if we are going to find out he was being treated for Parkinson's.  The compulsive gambling had to be relatively recent because you don't amass a million dollar fortune WHILE having that  problem (the House always wins...ALWAYS).  And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control

Didn't it come to light that Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's shortly before his suicide?  He did have a history of addiction and depression but it might have played a role in it.
 
2017-10-12 02:43:58 PM  
Rumor of a tumor?

I am.  I was.  And now, I will be.
 
2017-10-12 02:45:59 PM  
I can do it in one.

Nuts.
 
2017-10-12 02:46:02 PM  
Because he had guns and he was grumpy.

There we go, saved you 19992 words there, Politico.  Where's MY contract.
 
2017-10-12 02:46:40 PM  
That's why it's difficult to label him a terrorist rather than just a psychopathic gun nut.
 
2017-10-12 02:46:54 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Rumor of a tumor?

I am.  I was.  And now, I will be.


Rumour of Tumour is my Fleetwood Mac cover band.
 
2017-10-12 02:48:36 PM  
Because mixing Skittles and M&Ms just wasn't giving him the thrill it used to.
 
2017-10-12 02:50:39 PM  

cman: Why he do it?

The simplest answers are most likely the right one

The asshole hated country music


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2017-10-12 02:51:46 PM  
If you wanted to know, the cops shouldn't have killed him.
Now you'll never know.
Ever.
It will haunt you for eternity.
Always and forever an unanswered question, crouching in the depths of your mind.
 
2017-10-12 02:52:32 PM  
Maybe he just really wanted to kill people.
 
2017-10-12 02:52:54 PM  
We as a society run around like a chicken with our head cut off trying to lay blame on someone or something. It can't just be some asshole is off his nut.  Was it the hotel staff, SWAT team, gun manufacturer, Goths, Marilyn Manson, too many people with guns, not enough people with guns, Trump, Clinton, brown skins, poors, rich entitled kids...?  On and on.
 
2017-10-12 02:54:22 PM  

ds615: If you wanted to know, the cops shouldn't have killed him.


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2017-10-12 02:55:04 PM  

Magorn: Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: Huh. The writer seems to have gotten a head start on Festivus and the airing of grievances.

Mike_LowELL: Yes.  The new and emerging trend of herostratic fame.

This dude was a VIP on the Vegas Strip & a millionaire... that theory doesn't really wash. He wasn't left behind by society. He was living the dream according to a huge segment of society. Gambling for a living would be hell for me but not lots of other people.

Keep wondering if we are going to find out he was being treated for Parkinson's.  The compulsive gambling had to be relatively recent because you don't amass a million dollar fortune WHILE having that  problem (the House always wins...ALWAYS).  And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control


All things considered, I'd put money on your theory.
 
2017-10-12 02:58:40 PM  
Why did he do it? Asshole. Asked, answered, next question.
 
2017-10-12 02:59:41 PM  
Until someone finds some kind of manifesto with his motives laid out all nice and neat it's nothing but theory crafting.

One thing we can know for sure is that he was an asshole and that's it, everything beyond that is window dressing.
 
2017-10-12 03:01:53 PM  
tautology hitherto chyrons
W.B. Yeats  Marcus Aurelius  Timur

Boy this guy is smart.  I don't know those words or names.
 
2017-10-12 03:02:06 PM  

fsufan: We as a society run around like a chicken with our head cut off trying to lay blame on someone or something. It can't just be some asshole is off his nut.  Was it the hotel staff, SWAT team, gun manufacturer, Goths, Marilyn Manson, too many people with guns, not enough people with guns, Trump, Clinton, brown skins, poors, rich entitled kids...?  On and on.


I understand and can appreciate the need for the surviving families to have some closure by figuring out why he did what he did.  That's a very human response to a horrifying event like this.

The way it's being splayed out, however, isn't that.  Without something to blame, or some tea leaves from the investigation to read, EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE is to blame, right down to the button on my shirt that broke this morning.

FFS, let the investigators do their job.  Report when there's information to report on.  Why the hell was it front page news that they changed the timeline and the hotel security guy was killed prior to the start of shooting and not after?  Does it change the fact that's he's just as dead after the report as he was before?  No?  Then report when there's something to report on, and leave these people to grieve in peace.
 
2017-10-12 03:02:30 PM  
Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.
 
2017-10-12 03:03:59 PM  

Kangaroo_Ralph: That's why it's difficult to label him a terrorist rather than just a psychopathic gun nut.


Yes, without knowing what the shooter's motive was, we can't label his massacre a terrorist attack. OTOH, we never officially labeled the Charleston church massacre a terrorist attack either even though the shooter wrote a detailed manifesto about how he wanted to start a race war AND purposely left a witness alive so they could share that he said he wanted black people out of the country right before opening fire.
 
2017-10-12 03:06:29 PM  
He's probably the first "just because" spree killer in quite a while. Most other mass shootings recently had an overlying reason for why it happened, but his seems to be truly apolitical, with no "angle" attached. No Facebook or Twitter posts, no online manifestos, or anything like that.
 
2017-10-12 03:08:26 PM  

zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.


He's lost.  Just ask if there is any footage of crisis actors and enjoy the show.
 
2017-10-12 03:10:17 PM  
FTFA

".....was determined to make his mark as the most effective mass murderer in American history."

I guess the author forgot about a little incident that took place back in the 90's in Oklahoma City.  Ya know, 168 fatalities and over 600 injured.

Call Paddock the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting in American history, but others have higher body counts.

Sorry.

And I leave out their names because both were little attention whores, and I won't participate.
 
2017-10-12 03:10:19 PM  
Did it get get famous

Some people are complete a holes
 
2017-10-12 03:13:36 PM  

nekom: Didn't it come to light that Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's shortly before his suicide?  He did have a history of addiction and depression but it might have played a role in it.


Not Alzheimer's but Lewy Body Dementia. Here's a video from a little while ago where Bobcat Goldthwait describes what Robin was like before he died with the dementia he had.

Bobcat Goldthwait on the Death of Robin Williams (from Joe Rogan Experience #800)
Youtube JKOjZLPXLhk
 
2017-10-12 03:14:40 PM  

JAGChem82: He's probably the first "just because" spree killer in quite a while. Most other mass shootings recently had an overlying reason for why it happened, but his seems to be truly apolitical, with no "angle" attached. No Facebook or Twitter posts, no online manifestos, or anything like that.


Are you saying
we can see no reasons
because there ARE no reasons
what reasons do you need to be shown?
 
2017-10-12 03:15:48 PM  

zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.


The real question is if it was a false flag planned by black ops OR was the shooter an Antifa nut and this fact is being covered by black ops?

Either way, black ops is involved as directed by the tetraploid giants living in the hollow earth which is accessed via the South Pole.The Greys and the Reptilian Elite are simply a red herring in all this.
 
2017-10-12 03:18:56 PM  
Bad people do bad things.

The end.
 
2017-10-12 03:19:22 PM  

D135: zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.

The real question is if it was a false flag planned by black ops OR was the shooter an Antifa nut and this fact is being covered by black ops?

Either way, black ops is involved as directed by the tetraploid giants living in the hollow earth which is accessed via the South Pole.The Greys and the Reptilian Elite are simply a red herring in all this.


A guy with whom I did a project in grad school regularly posts David Icke stuff.  Which is interesting.  I know he is a functional human being.  He has a job, wife, kid.  He can drive a car and is a freaking whiz with spreadsheets.  But he'll sign off on gorram LIZARD PEOPLE.

/punches straw hat
 
2017-10-12 03:22:03 PM  

cman: Why he do it?

The simplest answers are most likely the right one

The asshole hated country music


If thats wrong I don't want to be right.  I figure he knew he was going to get caught after he shot the hotel security guy and rushed back to his room and went out like a whiny biatch.
 
2017-10-12 03:22:31 PM  

cman: Why he do it?

The simplest answers are most likely the right one

The asshole hated country music


Ahhh, but he apparently has visited many other sites like the one he was at before.

My theory is, he couldn't get tickets.
 
2017-10-12 03:23:14 PM  
Interesting read, and the info re the depressing fame worship in this country is spot on(Hell we elected a man who's main qualification was that he was good a being famous-not good at buisiness, his four bankrupt companies show that)
Then again not a good diagnosis of the problem in this country by this author.
-other nations share the same press/social media and the "worship" of fame, desire for fame
-other nations have mentally ill people, people with Parkinson's, who are prescribed the same medicines by doctors
-other nations have the same violent video games and movies, as well as the secular governments that are also sometimes blamed for this acts

We all know what is different about the US, and why these random target shootings happen so more often here than other nations. This who conversation is taking place because a segment of our society has never played "one of these things is not like the other" as children, and refuse to see the clear difference in our nation than others.
A problem, which could be legally amended, but which won't becaue "I, me, mine" is the mindset of the selfish libertarians. Gun hoarding paranoids who only look at what they want to look at in order to cling to their .223 safety blanket, and act like their choice to have a society awash with these types of weapons, doesn't come with extreme secondary costs.
 
2017-10-12 03:23:15 PM  

zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.


Sorry to break out to you, but your nephew's an idiot.
 
2017-10-12 03:24:06 PM  

nekom: Magorn:
Keep wondering if we are going to find out he was being treated for Parkinson's.  The compulsive gambling had to be relatively recent because you don't amass a million dollar fortune WHILE having that  problem (the House always wins...ALWAYS).  And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control

Didn't it come to light that Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's shortly before his suicide?  He did have a history of addiction and depression but it might have played a role in it.


IIRC his wasn't Parkinson's but something related...*googles* "Lewy Body dementia" apparently, which sounds absolutely horrific: " It occurs when protein deposits called Lewy bodies develop in nerve cells in regions of your brain involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control), according to Mayo Clinic. This build up causes a progressive decline in mental abilities, leading to fluctuations in mental status, hallucinations and impairment of motor function."

I am a big "where there is life there is hope" kinda guy but I might "ask for the check" too if I had that
 
2017-10-12 03:28:07 PM  
He didn't do it, the guns killed them.
 
2017-10-12 03:32:23 PM  

big pig peaches: zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.

Sorry to break out to you, but your nephew's an idiot.


Alternatively, by level-headed he means...

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2017-10-12 03:32:44 PM  

Magorn: And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control


My father has and is being treated for Parkinsons.  I would really like some links to the information you found.  Email is in profile, if you would be so kind.   Thanks in advance
 
2017-10-12 03:34:49 PM  
zerkalo:

1 - reasonably level-headed nephew
2 - false-flag allegations on Facebook.


Choose one.
 
2017-10-12 03:38:12 PM  
Maybe he did it for absolutely no f**king reason at all.
Nobody wants to contemplate that - but it's shaping up to be a distinct possibility.
 
2017-10-12 03:40:44 PM  
I read that article with Brian Griffin's voice...  and kept hearing Stewie groaning, in disgust, in the background.
 
2017-10-12 03:42:39 PM  

jso2897: Maybe he did it for absolutely no f**king reason at all.
Nobody wants to contemplate that - but it's shaping up to be a distinct possibility.


Here here. In these cases the psychological "why", is much less important than the logistical "how". Solve the "how" problem which is solvable, the "why" often dies with the perpetrator and is less important than the means to act with such deadliness anyway
 
2017-10-12 03:45:08 PM  

zerkalo: Gah, my reasonably level-headed nephew is spreading false-flag allegations on Facebook.


Ask him how anyone can call it a false flag operation when there's no declared motive designed to make a particular group look bad. Paddock waved exactly zero flags over his actions, true or false, and you can't parse his "real" reason out of the accepted reason because there isn't any accepted reason yet.
 
2017-10-12 03:46:07 PM  
In my little corner of the world, a couple of friends of mine who'd taken hard turns to the right, are now saying that because the shooter had traveled to the mideast, that he was radicalized, and did this as an act of jihad. The argument being that Cat Stevens is proof that even millionaires can be radicalized, he traveled in the mideast, and ISIS took responsibility. Of course lots of people go to the mideast and aren't radicalized. Cat Stevens is an outlier, and ISIS would take responsibility for a lemonade stand being kicked over if it would bring them some media attention these days.
 
2017-10-12 03:52:32 PM  

Magorn: JAGChem82: He's probably the first "just because" spree killer in quite a while. Most other mass shootings recently had an overlying reason for why it happened, but his seems to be truly apolitical, with no "angle" attached. No Facebook or Twitter posts, no online manifestos, or anything like that.

Are you saying
we can see no reasons
because there ARE no reasons
what reasons do you need to be shown?


I see what you did there...
 
2017-10-12 03:53:18 PM  

I'm no expert but...: Magorn: Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: Huh. The writer seems to have gotten a head start on Festivus and the airing of grievances.

Mike_LowELL: Yes.  The new and emerging trend of herostratic fame.

This dude was a VIP on the Vegas Strip & a millionaire... that theory doesn't really wash. He wasn't left behind by society. He was living the dream according to a huge segment of society. Gambling for a living would be hell for me but not lots of other people.

Keep wondering if we are going to find out he was being treated for Parkinson's.  The compulsive gambling had to be relatively recent because you don't amass a million dollar fortune WHILE having that  problem (the House always wins...ALWAYS).  And there have been some really freaky side effects reported from some of the aparkinson's meds...compulsive gambling, weird personality changes (in on case a man married for 25 years with four kids claimed it turned him gay) and really really poor impulse control

All things considered, I'd put money on your theory.


Turned him gay. I honestly don't believe it works that way.
 
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