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The Atherton Police Department Propaganda Machine

Original post made by Joseph, Atherton: other, on May 10, 2011

Exactly coincident with the "emergency budget meeting" yesterday, which was attended by Mike Guerra, former chief Glen Neilson and Police Manager John Mattes, the police blotter shows no fewer than 19 incidents related to property being taken from "unlocked cars" on the evening of May 10 over a twelve hour period.

I guess my question is if there are 19 separate incidents of cars being vandalized in a town as small as Atherton, over a 12-hour period, couldn't the police catch the culprits?

Or is this just propaganda designed, along with a string of about ten press releases about easter egg rolls and the like from last week, to justify the need for a massively overstaffed and over-budgeted police department during these budget crisis talks?

I hope some police experts such as Menlo Voter can educate us on whether this alleged vandalism wave is realistic given the square acreage the police have to deal with here.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I don't have time to do the research, but a quick look at what I could find showed a gradually increasing crime rate with a spike in 2008 and a small drop in 2009. If APD is doing such an "outstanding job," why is the crime rate going up?

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Posted by Godwin
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on May 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm


How is posting as "Joseph Goebbels" not a violation of the Terms of Use? For your information, here's a brief recap from wikipedia:

Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels ( /ˈɡɜrbəlz/;[2] also spelled Göbbels; German: [ˈɡœbəls]; 29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory and anti-Semitism. He played a hand in the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews, which historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the Holocaust.
Goebbels earned a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1921, writing his doctoral thesis on 18th century romantic drama; he then went on to work as a journalist and later a bank clerk and caller on the stock exchange. He also wrote novels and plays, but they were rejected by publishers. Goebbels came into contact with the Nazi Party in 1923 during the French occupation of the Ruhr and became a member in 1924. He was appointed Gauleiter (regional party leader) of Berlin. In this position, he put his propaganda skills to full use, combating the local socialist and communist parties with the help of Nazi papers and the paramilitary Stormtroopers, aka, Brownshirts, SA. By 1928, he had risen in the party ranks to become one of its most prominent members.
Goebbels rose to power in 1933 along with Hitler and the Nazi Party and he was appointed Propaganda Minister. One of his first acts was the burning of books rejected by the Nazis. He exerted totalitarian control over the media, arts and information in Germany.
From the beginning of his tenure, Goebbels organized attacks on German Jews, commencing with the one-day boycott of Jewish businessmen, doctors, and lawyers[3] on April 1, 1933.[4] His attacks on the Jewish population culminated in the Kristallnacht assault of 1938, an open and unrestrained pogrom unleashed by the Nazis all across Germany, in which scores of synagogues were burned and hundreds of Jews were assaulted and murdered.[5] Further, he produced a series of anti-Semitic films (most notably Jud Suss). Goebbels used modern propaganda techniques to psychologically prepare the German people for aggressive warfare.
During World War II, Goebbels increased his power and influence through shifting alliances with other Nazi leaders. By late 1943, the tide of the war was turning against the Axis powers, but this only spurred Goebbels to intensify the propaganda by urging the Germans to accept the idea of total war and mobilization. Goebbels remained with Hitler in Berlin to the end; just hours after Hitler's suicide, Goebbels and his wife, Magda, killed their six young children. Then, they both committed suicide as well.

[Editor's note: Agreed. The name was changed to Joseph.]

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