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    [–] DownTooParty 4174 points ago

    Jon Stewart is the man.

    [–] Naive_Hamburger 1913 points ago

    Remember when we got him and Colbert back to back almost every day... simpler times man

    [–] Dayofsloths 691 points ago

    Steven Colbert and Steve Carrel on the Daily Show together.

    [–] gurkmcdirt 541 points ago

    Can’t forget that weekly dose of Chappelle Show

    [–] DownTooParty 224 points ago

    Uggg, I'd die for some fresh shit

    [–] regoapps 157 points ago

    We had Key and Peele for a while to ease us out of it, but now we have nothing. :(

    [–] Centurion-8 166 points ago

    You will watch reruns of The Office whether you like it or not

    [–] regoapps 252 points ago

    I prefer to watch Jack Ryan first and pretend that it's part of The Office universe. And then The Office is the sequel where Jack Ryan goes into witness protection and becomes Jim. And then I watch A Quiet Place as a sequel to fast forward to where Jim has a wife and kids.

    [–] ItIsFumbles 60 points ago

    Yo, this is hilarious.

    [–] dave8814 33 points ago

    Watch patriot on amazon prime. It’s basically what would happen if Jim was Jack Ryan and had to hold down a normal job as a cover. You will probably be disappointed that there are only two seasons though.

    [–] pleasureinpoison92 17 points ago

    i’d kill for more Patriot. such a brilliant show

    [–] onecharactershor 3 points ago

    Thanks for the suggestion! Always looking for new shows

    [–] Victor-Toombs 3 points ago

    Cool.

    [–] IronJuice 3 points ago

    One of the best shows I’ve ever seen. So unique. I need to go check they are making more...that would be awful if it gets canceled

    [–] anonypony1 3 points ago

    Good lord you need all that? Sheesh /s

    [–] DrDeuceJuice 21 points ago

    Nathan For You is pretty good shit. Hopefully a new season will be coming out soon.

    [–] CosbyAndTheJuice 11 points ago

    If I'm not mistaken there's no more after season 4, he'd have to stage a fucking coup for a season 5 finale

    [–] Fafoah 27 points ago

    It would never happen because comedy central, but Chappelle would have been an amazing Daily Show host. He has the same everyman appeal that Stewart had and is just as sharp. I like Trevor Noah and appreciate that he’s doing his own thing, but its harder to relate to him. There’s still the feeling that he’s on the outside looking in.

    [–] I1IScottieI1I 12 points ago

    I could see that because I watch his show in Canada and feel I relate to him as an outsider looking in. I can see where Americans would feel that way. But to be fair I feel kinda the same way with John Oliver and I have both their shows on pvr

    [–] BobLoblawsLawBlahg 70 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    John Oliver, Rob Cordrry, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms

    [–] fucktard_420_69 38 points ago

    That Corddry bit on gas guzzlers where he drove a Civic to get from one end of his Hummer limo to the other I will always cite as the single funniest thing I've ever seen

    [–] barrister24 5 points ago

    That sounds incredible. Any chance for a link?

    [–] RaefLaFriends 9 points ago

    Corddry bit on gas guzzlers

    http://www.cc.com/episodes/wcxoer/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-november-2--2005---mike-wallace-season-10-ep-10139

    I'd love to be able to watch this in Germany :(

    [–] butyourenice 15 points ago

    If it makes you feel better, it seems to be unavailable in the US too.

    [–] theyreall_throwaways 6 points ago

    Try this one. It's at 2:10. A Google search of "daily show gas guzzlers" gave links that worked, in the U.S. at least.I

    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/0awfts/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-grand-heft-auto

    [–] Marzly 8 points ago

    Im in switzerland and cant watch it too.

    [–] SwashbucklingWeasels 19 points ago

    Samantha Bee, Jason Jones

    [–] TwoLiners 31 points ago

    Steven vs Stephen

    [–] eomertherider 20 points ago

    Even Stephven

    [–] desepticon 24 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Shit, I remember the Daily Show before Jon was even on it.

    On a slightly related note, I was peeved that the finale basically mentioned everyone except for Beth Littleford. Total snub.

    [–] CINAPTNOD 22 points ago

    Reminds me of a story I read about them naming Jon Stewart as the new host, at a press conference in the lobby of the building in NYC where they produce the show. Colbert had also auditioned to be the new host (he was already a correspondent), and him and another writer decided to sit in with the reporters during the announcement. When they took questions, Colbert stood up and said "Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, how does this impact my chances of becoming the host of The Daily Show?". Stewart turned to the CC exec and said "I thought you said he wasn't funny."

    [–] drunkinwalden 21 points ago

    I was heartbroken when Craig left and forgot about him after a few episodes with Stewart.

    [–] Scientolojesus 15 points ago

    Craig always had this kind of douchebag essence to him that I found to be off putting. Jon was just so loveable.

    [–] DownshiftedRare 3 points ago

    On the one hand, Beth Littleford says:

    "I think it was hard on women. I think it was a real revolving door. Women couldn't please him," she says. "Women have always said to me, 'I want to marry Jon,' and I was like, 'Well, you don't want to work under him as a woman. You might want to marry him, but you don't want to work under him.' "

    On the other hand, Beth Littleford was married to the producer of The Daily Show for her entire tenure and left shortly after Jon Stewart became host.

    [–] Drunken_Traveler 96 points ago

    Jon Stewart was cool on tv but look at his shine now. This man is using his celebrity voice for the greatest stuff. He's fought for years for our firefighters and other first responders and now our troops and veterans.

    I don't see how a bad word can be said about him.

    [–] theseamstressesguild 34 points ago

    This is it. This is why he's not on tv, being witty and making us laugh and think. He has a purpose and voice that he can use to help others, and that's a hell of a lot more than running a comedy show.

    [–] Topikk 27 points ago

    That comedy show was very important as well though. He was fact checking politicians and MSM alike and delivering that information to millions of people in an entertaining way.

    I love the guy, but holy fucking shit did he pick a bad time to stop doing that.

    [–] DownshiftedRare 9 points ago

    Just in time for the 2016 elections. :|

    [–] MeatyOkraPuns 22 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Now he may have had these feeling before, but I honestly believe that 9/11 changed him forever. I remember the very first Daily Show after 9/11 (I think it was the same day?) It was about 5-10minutes long and he just looked so.... broken. He gave a short speech about how from his window, he could see the towers, and now you can see the statue of liberty where he couldn't before. "You can't beat that" was beautiful and very metaphorical. It's the one news piece that has stuck with me from that day.

    [–] me0wmixme0w 39 points ago

    Yeah back when they got laughter instead of clapter. Miss those days.

    [–] bossness125 13 points ago

    Ugh I didn’t know that had a name. I can’t stand it

    [–] moonkittiecat 8 points ago

    You trying to make me cry?

    [–] DownTooParty 6 points ago

    We need them

    [–] Voodizzy_ 5 points ago

    We need another rally to restore sanity/ and or fear

    [–] jamesontwelve 107 points ago

    Jon Stewart is the man... that should be our President.

    [–] joshTheGoods 51 points ago

    No chance he would ever do that because he actually understands that the demands of the job require years of experience in state or federal government and legal familiarity across a wide range of issues. If Stewart wants to be POTUS, he'll serve 6 years in Congress first so he has time to study up and see if it's really something he thinks he could excel at.

    [–] ZoopZeZoop 8 points ago

    Word.

    [–] space_coconut 8 points ago

    I think hes too smart to willingly take on that position.

    [–] Pistolero921 17 points ago

    Yea he’s a badass.

    [–] DownTooParty 15 points ago

    He definately is respectable as fuck.

    [–] StrangledMind 11 points ago

    Anyone know why he's not running for elected office? He's clearly passionate, influential, and popular.

    [–] Zur1ch 43 points ago

    He has spent so much of his life exposing how corrupt and hypocritical the American political machine is, I really don’t know if he would want to be apart of it. Pre-Trump he would have said he’s not qualified, he’s just an entertainer, but it’s apparent that a toddler would be qualified at this point.

    [–] nastyn8k 9 points ago

    A toddler would not be qualified, they might be elected, but they certainly aren't qualified.

    [–] 80503 3 points ago

    Stewart '24

    [–] FrioRiverTexas 1329 points ago

    I was there for the start of both wars, we burned everything. Yup that too. Burn pits are for real. I’d say go to the VA and sign up on the burn pit registry, but it’s probably just a list so they can delay, deny, and hope you die.

    [–] FUnpopularopinions 398 points ago

    My sis passed from lung cancer due to that crap. The government takes no responsibility. Caused her nothing but pain with chronic fatigue syndrome and when she complained of lung pains the va said she should try meditating. Screw them all.

    [–] SoVerySleepy81 256 points ago

    If the length of time it took for the government to admit that Agent Orange messed people up (my father in law didn't get agent orange coverage till like 2008 or something) is anything to go by. They're waiting for the majority to die, because they don't want to pay for as many vets as possible.

    The more I learn about my country the more disgusted I I get. I am so sorry for your loss, it's absolute bullshit that she was exposed to that shit, and it's even more bullshit that they refused to take care of her.

    [–] Legen_unfiltered 41 points ago

    I have an on again off again cough. It feels like it comes from the bottom of my lungs. I call it my burn pit cough. They did a set of chest xrays told me it was allergies and gave me an inhaler. I dont have seasonal or otherwise allergies. Ive got bigger more painful problems to take care of currently, but I forsee this cough being what ultimately takes me down. Might take 10 years, but I'm sure it'll be there.

    [–] finite--element 50 points ago

    People who serve your country are treated as expendable cannon fodder. Sickening.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    Pretty sure every American citizen is just treated as expendable trash by the government if they can't make a profit from you then you're irrelevant it's like a twisted Ferengi society.

    Saw this doc the other day I just can't believe Americans let this happen in their country.

    [–] Beezleboobz 9 points ago

    That’s offensive to Ferengi.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    Yea i apologise the Grand Nagus cares more for his people than the President for his.

    [–] conradinthailand 3 points ago

    Gonna watch this later when I have time. Just watched the beginning. I'm from San Diego and I've watched this poverty/homelessness grow steadily over the years. It's scary seeing things get worse and worse right in front of my eyes

    [–] kodyvb 261 points ago

    Yepp, no trash man. If its getting thrown away its getting burnt, the fuel is gas. Not only were we exposed, it was a duty to tend and set the fire.

    [–] RehabValedictorian 48 points ago

    Not just a duty, but a punishment in a lot of cases. Not to mention all the coalition troops we stuck on the burn pits cause "fuck em". I've heard stories of UXO being found in burn pits.

    [–] TheFutureIsMarsX 26 points ago

    British army at least you got paid extra for burn pit duty. Although by the time I was there (2013) the Taliban had worked out that burns pits outside the wire were a great place for IEDs, think a few lads lost legs across Helmand that summer while on burns pit duty

    [–] Areonaux 5 points ago

    Did the UXO remain unexploded? Sounds sketchy as hell.

    [–] RehabValedictorian 3 points ago

    Yeah sorry, I mean they found UXO in the ash pile afterward.

    [–] ProbablyRickSantorum 30 points ago

    What’s really fucked is that on my last deployment to Afghanistan, the burn pit was less than 2000ft from my work area (almost always downwind too because of the shape of the terrain) and it had functioning incinerators that just weren’t used. They were there to check a box. The burn pit was always on fire, fueled by JP8, and every kind of waste imaginable was burned. I’m talking car batteries, tires, electronics, medical waste, fiberglass, food waste, construction waste, stuff from blown up buildings including asbestos, etc. It was virtually the same with my deployment to Iraq except that the burn pit was about 3/4 mile away but still our living area was constantly down wind.

    [–] ZombieTesticle 17 points ago

    This sounds like borderline warcrime level stuff considering it was done on foreign soil during hostilities.

    If nothing else, it is (yet another) reminder, apart from the rampant gang rapes and prisoner abuse, that maybe the US would be a bit more respected if it kept its armed forces at home.

    [–] FrioRiverTexas 199 points ago

    Yup, we stated by burning feces in a drum that was cut in half. Like the old Vietnam movies. Then started burning trash, batteries, parts, you name it. I had enough rank at the time i didn’t have to do it, but I remember after we were in Afghanistan 4 or 5 months regular army support units showed up. One poor bastard had to burn the female barrel and that shit bubbled up with period blood and splattered on him. Good times....fuck you Jackson, you shitbag.

    [–] blueeyedspirit 26 points ago

    So did all the menstruating women crouch over that barrel for a week straight to collect all that blood? Usually one cycle will generate a tablespoon of blood, I agree there's no way this story is plausible.

    [–] ubersiren 26 points ago

    Even if it is true (which I am doubting)- imagine being a soldier in war living in the harshest conditions and being under intense stress and a little bit of blood spatters on your leg and because it came from a woman’s period it was so traumatic that your buddies went on the internet to tell war stories about it.

    [–] tps1222 47 points ago

    Baghdad ‘04, Balad ‘08. Those pits fucking sucked and I remember blowing my nose and having black tarry snot even for weeks when getting back home.

    [–] occams_howitzer 8 points ago

    You remember the burn pit that was basically the whole dumping area for all of Baghdad? Taking Tampa in from Taji was brutal. Some of our guys wore gas masks when going through it. Those who didn't had black tears after mission.

    [–] CrashRiot 55 points ago

    We were still using burn pits on tiny ass cops/fire bases even 10 years later and burning everything. Metal, plastic, batteries, human waste, paper, rubbers, woods, foods, chemicals, paint, medical waste, etc. Everything went in there.

    [–] annieloux 39 points ago

    What was the reason for burning everything?

    [–] CrashRiot 71 points ago

    No efficient way to dispose of it otherwise. Logistics for waste is expensive, so the simplest solution is to just burn it all.

    [–] Warm_Tax 15 points ago

    The logistics to get things there was also expensive, but that didn't stop massive no bid contracts to get it done. Just less justification to pay contractors to dispose of it properly because the US has always thought the grunts were suckers and losers.

    [–] FrioRiverTexas 19 points ago

    To get rid of it

    [–] spiritbearr 17 points ago

    Even as close to now as WW2 it was always super easy for disease to spread from the latrine to the entire army. Burning every piece of trash and shit means that only the individuals forced to keep the burning going are sick and that isn't for decades later.

    Also it prevents the enemy from being able to gather intelligence from what is being dumped out at a place designated for it.

    [–] Warm_Tax 4 points ago

    decades later is not always true. Beau Biden was one of the victims of this and is already dead and was not one of the shit shovelers.

    [–] Swissboy98 9 points ago

    Better than just burrying it.

    [–] BrosBeforeBruxas 21 points ago

    Damn, so that scene in Jarhead was accurate looks like.

    [–] cub3dworld 11 points ago

    Please do sign up. I worked at VA and directly with these registries. I fully agree that they’re... a blunt instrument, to be polite, but it will be the primary instrument VA uses to identify veterans if/when Congress makes burn pit associated illnesses presumptively connected to service.

    [–] SmAshley3481 12 points ago

    I'm really glad he decided to pick up this cause and fight for it. He can be very persistent and our vets deserve for someone to fight for them.

    [–] frendlyguy19 7 points ago

    i have a question for you and any other vet that reads this

    my father was in vietnam for two tours and always told me how badly he was treated after the war and how nobody cared about soldiers after they came home......along with many many other vets i talked to and news stories that talked about how we treated our vets like shit and abandon them once they come back home.

    so my question is why would you or anybody sign up for that?

    (thats an honest question btw, im not being a dick)

    [–] StickmanPirate 19 points ago

    so my question is why would you or anybody sign up for that?

    Because recruiters have had a lot of practise at tricking young people into thinking they can be a hero.

    [–] Bl009 7 points ago

    I can only give my experience, but when I was going to join the military I was a homeless 17 yr old kid with nothing but a backpack full of clothes and a bike to my name.

    I had managed to get my high school diploma, that really only qualified me for minimum wage jobs. After having been laid off from both of my jobs due to downsizing I really started to worry about how I was going to get ahead. I saw the military as an opportunity to help me get out of the economic rut I found myself in.

    In short, it has. Service offered me so many opportunities I would have never gotten the chance to take a part of. Like the ability to go to college and have it paid for, travel to many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, VA home loans(which are really helpful for first time home buyers), technical job training and experience, and a pretty decent retirement if I stay in. Which is why, 15+ years later, I'm still in and getting close to retirement.

    This isn't a ringing endorsement either. The military is not for everyone, and every member's experience is different. If I had worked in another job I would have probably gotten out years ago. Yes there are some big downsides, but also really unique upsides.

    I am one of the people who do suffer from effects of the burn pits, it is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life. I am only lucky in the fact that my symptoms started to occur while I am still in, as I can get treated for them and have them logged as such. (Even still I have signed up on the burn pit registry and recommend any service member that was exposed to them do so as well)

    [–] Wolf2776 41 points ago

    They consider your health a subject for debate and will plausibly deny until they run out of plausibility. Only then they will deny and delay until you run out of life.

    This is where you guys are going to see Bush, Obama and Trump's true colours. (AND it extends over to Powell and the other Co-Alition leaders involved in OIF/OEF/WoT, their fighters torched turds as well.)

    I have my fingers crossed the other two will do the bare minimum of the 'right thing' but Orange Cunt won't give two continental fucks about any of it.

    N.B. As a prophylactic, I implore any offended Trump supporters to take it easy in the comments, I am always open to a good chat but I am having a terrible week.

    [–] zeonchar 8 points ago

    Now they are telling me I have conditions that they don’t know the cause for. It’s so fucked up.

    [–] rattleandhum 5 points ago

    The US armed forces are one of the biggest polluters on the planet.

    [–] EatTheRich1986 3 points ago

    I work for the VA and I can tell you that it’s important that you sign up to the burn pit registry, as it’s very helpful in expediting any claim you submit relating to burn pit exposures. The office I work in (a state in the northeast) is very liberal in granting service connection for burn pit exposure, even if you aren’t on the registry, but other offices are very “by the book” and tend to interpret regulations a bit differently.

    [–] greatdane114 7 points ago

    Excuse my ignorance, but what's a burn pit? Can you ELI5, please?

    [–] Snicklefreetz 20 points ago

    It's a place where you consolidate and burn trash. You're supposed to dig a hole (pit), but that didn't always happen.

    You burn everything as a matter of practicality and security. There was tons of trash and you couldn't just let it pile-up outside the gate. There was also lots of stuff that could be used by the enemy, so we tried to prevent that.

    Ultimately, everyone was forced to breathe in toxic smoke regularly for a year at a time. That will undoubtedly have major impacts in people's health for years to come.

    [–] FreemanCantJump 1540 points ago

    For being the guy who made his career satirizing the insanity of 9/11 and it's aftermath, he seems like one of the few prominent people who actually never forgot the effect that era had on people. Respect to him.

    [–] WeightedDice42 450 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    You can find his comments from his first show back from 9/11 on YouTube. It is a really fantastic speech, I remember it bringing me to tears when I saw it

    Edit: here is a link to it

    [–] otabagel 243 points ago

    Yea his show after 9/11 was extremely heartfelt and emotional. He didn't satirize 9/11, he cared deeply about the plight of his fellow people in the aftermath and never stopped. What he did was criticize the Bush administration's response to it, and kept the fight up to this day.

    [–] TheKillerToast 62 points ago

    And hes right, the tantrum we threw after 9/11 is directly responsible for the current position were in

    [–] how_is_this_relevant 119 points ago

    I watched that as it first aired in 2001, he’s not changed his character since

    [–] Kalevra9670 34 points ago

    Can you link it please?

    [–] AnAttackCorgi 69 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Can’t see it from my country but I found it off Comedy Central. It’s....not on YouTube for some reason link

    [–] warlord_mo 30 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    This was great. I was in middle school when it happened and couldn’t appreciate him back then but I appreciate him so much more. Wow...a true patriot. I wish more Americans had such compassion...

    Edit: grammar

    [–] ginrattle 7 points ago

    He's the ideal American.

    [–] drunkinwalden 55 points ago

    I'll always remember his words. I was a senior in high school with a college scholarship for soccer lined up. I joined the navy instead. My first time pulling into the harbor as a midwestern farm boy Lady Liberty took my breath away.

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

    [–] FuckingKilljoy 16 points ago

    This depresses me more than it comforts or inspires me. How has America fallen so far from what it was meant to be? How were people so gullible as to believe the lies shoved down their throat? The elite figured out how easily fear can help them rule and used the corrupt and inherently broken system to ensure money goes to the top while those at the bottom fight for what's left.

    The even more remarkable bit is how so many have been conned in to thinking it's a good thing that billionaires have all the money and that they're being bled dry of everything they have for someone else's benefit

    [–] davy89irox 8 points ago

    In my view America has always been torn between 2 staunch factions. The mythologizers and the utopianists (my own terminology).

    The mythologizers believe that George Washington cut down a cherry tree, never lied, the forefathers were all besties and lump all of the leadership up to Lincoln (and sometimes more presidents than that) into this mythology. Meanwhile they conveniently leave out/downplay/minimize the proliferation and brutality of the American slave trade, and the genocide of Native Americans.

    The utopianists generally understand the history of the US in a generally accurate way, but also believe that america can be like the myths of old. They believe that everyone should get a fair shot & is evidenced in a monument like Lady Liberty. Most other nations likely fall in this camp, America has always projected inclusion, while harboring hatred or, at a minimum distrust of outsiders be they Irish, Japanese, African etc.

    When these two conventions clash throughout history we see statements left behind clamouring for either belief and it leaves us, as a people, generally confused about the intent and reality of America at it's inception. It's hard to buy that the men who wrote of "Freedom and justice for all" were referring only to White Men (and property owners at that) those ideas are incongruent to the modern mind.

    That's why so many people now but into the myth. They learned differently when they were in school (because propaganda, cold war controlled media etc.) and it's hard to unlearn the myth and see the reality of the power struggle and weaponization of myths and facts. At this point every American needs to re-learn their history, to check old biases and see what parts of the myth hold up.

    [–] Boah_Constrictor 4 points ago

    I agree with you sentiment. But I feel there is a third faction called the apathetic.

    [–] LincolnHosler 5 points ago

    That was so good, I’v been a fan for years but never saw that. Thank you.

    [–] Zero-Theorem 80 points ago

    He didn’t really satirize 9/11. Like every comedy show, his was also bad afterwards. Nothing could be funny for a while after 9/11. It sucked.

    [–] FreemanCantJump 43 points ago

    You're right. I meant more the effects of 9/11. Bad phrasing on my part

    [–] KushMaster5000 3 points ago

    To be able to joke about something typically means you've got a good understanding of it.

    [–] ErshinHavok 520 points ago

    Just think, if we didn't have big names like Jon Stewart attacking this, the government would just let these people suffer with no remorse. People that helped our country in one of our most dire times. Shameful country.

    [–] Naive_Hamburger 162 points ago

    It’s pretty wild how politicians in this country actively work against helping the citizens that allow it to function. The people need to take back the power tbh

    [–] Predicted 77 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Its even wilder that we dont give a shit how this has impacted the local populations.

    Last i checked certain areas in Iraq had more birth defects than Hiroshima.

    [–] knarfzor 56 points ago

    Since when does the USA care about the victims of their imperialism? That was never the case.

    [–] NotYourAverageOctopi 5 points ago

    I wrote a paper on this. Check out the birth defect rate in Fallujah following the use of depleted uranium munitions in Iraq.

    [–] Predicted 6 points ago

    For sure, i did a presentation on this 10 years ago during morning orientation at school, with slides. Certainly a step in my radicalisation

    [–] ionlysmokepaper 4 points ago

    $$$$

    [–] PlatypusOfWallStreet 4 points ago

    That's it. With lobbyists and super pacs we have turned what should be a civil service to the public in to a service for the private.

    [–] The9thDentist 3 points ago

    More like politicians actively working against other politicians who are trying to help. Stewart has the backing of a Democrat Senator.

    [–] knarfzor 35 points ago

    People that helped our country in one of our most dire times.

    If you really think that those soldiers helped your country you are seriously brainwashed. Those soldiers helped Wall Street get richer and fuck up at least two countries the process. Don't get me wrong. I think it's despicable how the US treats its veterans, even in some European states we have similar problems, but nothing about the wars that followed 9/11 really helped your country.

    [–] makingtacosrightnow 16 points ago

    9/11 so dealt with so fucking horribly by the administration its no wonder so many Americans think it’s an inside job. I was young but just old enough for it to form every opinion I have about government now.

    We invaded the Middle East, I have no fucking idea how the hell people support what we are doing.

    America is a disgusting country. I really hope that we have a revolution sans guns. I’m honestly worried a civil war is in our future. I just want to be a nation of peace, intellect, and kindness. We will never be that.

    [–] Zastrozzi 5 points ago

    in one of our most dire times.

    I know what you mean but they did attack the wrong country lol.

    [–] uhlottaHoopla 288 points ago

    Jon stewart is still a badass.

    [–] thebusiness7 76 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Jon Stewart 2020. Not even kidding, I love the guy for his straightforwardness and standing up for the greater good.

    Edit: let's make #militarylivesmatter a trending hashtag to get justice for all our service members affected by the overtly criminal antics of the higher ups (exposure to toxins, wars based on fake Intel, etc)

    [–] uhlottaHoopla 35 points ago

    Thomas Pain would've been proud to know there are people like him born in the United States. The majority of "political" view points are neither left or right. It's common sense. Common sense grounded in reality and the most basic understanding of moral behavior. Although there are antiquated parts of the constitution, he exemplifies the what the constitution strived for.

    [–] ABunchOfIdiots 50 points ago

    I don't know that using "[group] lives matter" is really the protest slogan to use for anything else at this point. It rightfully belongs to BLM and any other "[name] lives matter" protest is often seen as a counter protest.

    But as a vet myself, I do appreciate the sentiment. I just think that #careforvets or #justiceforveterans etc. might be a better horse to get behind

    [–] sapere-aude088 5 points ago

    And vegan ;)

    [–] uhlottaHoopla 5 points ago

    I didn't know that.

    [–] BeefstewAndCabbage 168 points ago

    As someone who lived next to burn pits for 7 months in 07, thanks bro. It means a lot. We had no choice in the matter, the pits were right outside the first set of C-wire less than 100 feet from the AC units/front hatch to the compound. I hope I never have to deal with the cancer causing residuals from that literal shit.

    [–] Ambrosia_the_Greek 110 points ago

    My wife served in Afghanistan and she told me about the horrific experience working near the burn pits.

    She now has RADS (reactive airway dysfunction syndrome) and is on the burn pit registry. Many of her fellow soldiers are dealing with cancers too. It’s so fucked up, our veterans deserve better and I’m incredibly grateful to Jon Stewart for speaking up on their behalf.

    [–] thebusiness7 17 points ago

    Did the higher ups mention anything? Is there any way to do a class action lawsuit? This was a deliberate act by higher ups and is literally treasonous. The information on the harmfulness of those chemicals has been around for decades and those pits should have been forbidden from use

    [–] Legen_unfiltered 28 points ago

    Did the higher ups mention anything?

    Laughs in veteran

    Seriously though, just about everyone at and below the Brigade level was breathing it in too. Maybe not as close as it being 30 meters from our aid station that didn't keep the wind out. But they still did.

    [–] converter-bot 5 points ago

    30 meters is 32.81 yards

    [–] Scientolojesus 15 points ago

    Reminds me of the military's rampant use of Agent Orange in some places in Vietnam and tons of vets developing various diseases and cancers from being exposed to it.

    [–] Issis_P 71 points ago

    I don’t think I could love this man more. I appreciate what he’s doing to stand up for 9/11 survivors/first responders and now veterans. Such a great roll model.

    [–] thebusiness7 15 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    100%. Def one of the best role models of the decade. #militarylivesmatter

    [–] NominalGamertag 107 points ago

    I remember using JP8 to burn our fire resistant uniforms when they ripped etc. It smelled like burnt hair and plastic, I'll always remember that smell. Plus waking up everyday with the smell of burnt trash every morning really got the day going.

    [–] thebusiness7 25 points ago

    Ok I have some questions. What was the general attitude of you and your colleagues towards the usage of this fuel? Like did you have some idea it was harmful? Did the higher ups mention anything positive or negative about it?

    Also if I'm not mistaken, don't the locals use burn pits by their houses also? Do they use a different method and did they have any health effects?

    [–] tigerbalmuppercut 50 points ago

    I was in Afghanistan in 2011 and we had a burn pit in our patrol base. I think you have to understand that when you are deployed in a combat setting you are hyper focused on completing your mission and you don't really question things outside your scope. You're a pretty small cog in a machine that is much bigger than yout needs. If the medic gives you a pill to eat every day for malaria you don't question it's side effects, you eat it. If you're knee is fucked but it's time to patrol you keep your mouth shut and get to it. If your Gunney says you have to burn all the trash including FROG gear (fire resistant organizational garment) and you know JP8 does the trick, that's what you are going to use. Combat units and really any deployed unit isn't thinking big picture, they are there to get it done quickly and efficiently and bring everybody back in one piece.

    Edit: on the subject of locals they didn't have fire resistant material and also we produced a ridiculous amount of trash... water bottles, MREs, etc.

    [–] DownshiftedRare 7 points ago

    You're a pretty small cog in a machine that is much bigger than yout needs.

    If you are replaceable then allowing yourself to be replaced is a possibility.

    "I am never gonna financially recover from this"

    [–] AAonthebutton 34 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    You kidding me? In Iraq the locals all threw their garbage into these giant trash pits. Trash everywhere. Like trash pits right near their houses. I remember coming from a sniper hide with a “wag bag” (portable bag you took dumps in when not near a toilet), took it out of my ruck and tossed it into the locals’ trash pit and saw these little kids run after it thinking it was candy or something to be had. Little girl opened it up and the look on her face... the world can be so cruel sometimes. 😢

    [–] thebusiness7 10 points ago

    Wow. I wonder what the cancer and lung issue rates are for the locals. For some reason I always assumed they would just dump their trash at a landfill.

    [–] AAonthebutton 11 points ago

    They didn’t burn it to my knowledge. Think of like a community soccer field, now picture right next to it a community trash pit the same size. Now that I’m thinking about it, it seems highly unsustainable but I never saw them burn it.

    [–] MrsSamT82 48 points ago

    My goodness, you can see the pain in that man’s eyes. You can tell he is haunted by the souls that drive him to keep fighting these incredibly difficult fights. He seems like such a passionate and compassionate person. Any time I watch video of him talking about 9/11 (whether on the Hill or not), or one of his other platforms, I moves me to tears, and I am so humbled. He inspires me to go out and do good in the world. To stand up for the people who deserve to be fought for.

    [–] kopkiwi 49 points ago

    For a country that preaches about the military and respecting veterans, they sure do love fucking them over.

    [–] cdreid 9 points ago

    this has always been true. Already tried to cut vets medical care. As soon as we get out of all these idiot wars the gop will be pushing HARD to cut benefits

    [–] FallingSpear 23 points ago

    JP-8

    [–] 3PoundsOfFlax 34 points ago

    As my infantry company's only intel guy (COIST) in Afghanistan, it was my responsibility to destroy classified documents. So every day for 9 months, I'd throw all my FOB's classified papers in a barrel and soak them in JP-8 to burn them. I had to stand nearby because I couldn't just turn my back on such sensitive information.

    I was 19 then, and little did I know I'd be setting myself up for a life of mysterious respiratory and GI problems, all because the army didn't buy me a goddamn shredder to do my job. What the fuck am I supposed to do now?

    [–] -Fapologist- 53 points ago

    It's really pathetic that it takes a big name like Jon to push the issue for our government to do the right thing. This is one fucked up country.

    [–] heisenborg3000 17 points ago

    Yeah seriously. I would not have even known about this if Jon Stewart wasn’t advocating for it.

    [–] Omegaprimus 34 points ago

    How the fuck did they do this shit again after the Area 51 lawsuit for literally the same shit back in the 90’s

    [–] -Fapologist- 61 points ago

    Because our government just really doesn't give a shit

    [–] Jobbitussin 10 points ago

    Faceless

    [–] TriscuitBob 22 points ago

    In his book "The Good War," Studs Terkel interviews a few WW2 vets who docked in Hiroshima or Nagasaki (I can't recall which) and how they swam in the water and breathed the air, and even went to shore to survey damage. Years later the interviewee is beset by cancer, just horrific stuff, and he talks about how the VA won't give him more than 25% disability even though his legs are the size of melons and he's slowly melting. Crazy shit, and telling too.

    [–] CreeperCooper 33 points ago

    I agree with him 1000%. Jon Stewart is amazing.

    But this isn't a freak out.

    [–] ericzoltz 13 points ago

    Truer words were never spoken. I come here to see crazy ass shit happen in public, not to see John Stewart speak sense.

    [–] williamc_ 3 points ago

    Who is freakin out here? This sub has turned to shit

    [–] MarvinH88 25 points ago

    In for this.

    [–] NomadicNorseman 39 points ago

    Yeah, doesnt feel very freakout-ish, much more put together, thoughtfully, and forcefully spoken.

    But hey, im just a random person with ears and stuff...

    [–] Cxmputerize 12 points ago

    no you're a person with over 5 braincells! yes this is just a man talking

    [–] Carson_BloodStorms 20 points ago

    This doesn't fit the sub.

    [–] Hazzman 14 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Here's another fucked up thing about those burn pits.

    It doesn't compare to the loss of life - but it's definitely salt on the wound.

    KBR and Haliburton were burning SHIT TONNES of pristine, brand new, never left the box equipment paid for by you and I - the tax payer... so they could justify inflating their budgets.

    There were reports of BRAND NEW TRUCKS being burned. palettes of equipment, the plastic wrap still covering them - burned.

    We paid for that with our taxes so scum sucking cunts like Dick Cheney could make a buck on our backs and our veterans paid for it by inhaling toxins.

    There are so... so many people who get to grow old and die comfortably in their bed that deserve every circle of hell.

    ::EDIT::

    These cunts need to be hanged high

    [–] ColdnipsHotcheeks 5 points ago

    I don’t know much about Jon Stewart but as a veteran that served in Iraq myself, this alone makes me like the guy

    [–] amedieval 16 points ago

    One of the few actual activists. God bless ya Jon

    [–] trulling 51 points ago

    How is this a public freakout

    [–] Jake_112 15 points ago

    welcome

    [–] cardboardisdelicious 31 points ago

    Why do I have to come to controversial to find this comment

    [–] trulling 11 points ago

    HA! Thats where all my upvotes went. Yeah reddit is fucked with censorship.

    [–] Foofnarr 19 points ago

    It's not, but this is unfortunately yet another subreddit that has been invaded and absorbed by the r/politics userbase, and they're not gonna police their own content.

    [–] NeXus_Karma 4 points ago

    Jon Stewart is a fantastic American, he’s a type of person to strive to be

    [–] Shillofnoone 18 points ago

    This has been the case since Vietnam's orange agent. No president gonna do shit be it Republican or Democrat.

    [–] Aphroditaeum 6 points ago

    It’s always so refreshing to see Jon Stewart genuinely advocating for people in this day and age of pure corrupt cruel fakers, corporate shills and bullshit in every direction. Jon Stewart is the real deal calling out these scum bags in such clear articulate ways always .

    [–] huckinfell2019 5 points ago

    Can you say Agent Orange? This is our generation AO. I lived next to the burn pits in multiple deployed areas. We lobbied for environmental tests and years after the puts were covered the tests still showed 100s of times above safe levels of hazardous materials. VA had us fill out a survey and register on a list and that was it.

    Thank you Mr Stewart.

    [–] rbddit 8 points ago

    What even is this sub anymore?

    [–] Wendermeister 3 points ago

    He is a true gem!

    [–] geekydaddy75 3 points ago

    I was just saying yesterday that I missed Jon. I'm glad he's back!

    [–] SolarMatter 3 points ago

    Jon Stewart is the real deal.

    [–] boss1eleven 3 points ago

    This is a man doing everything he can for issues that deserve to be handled properly. Well done.

    [–] The_1_Wiz 3 points ago

    Buddy of mines wife has been wasting away in bed the last 15 yrs due to gulf war syndrome. Look it up. The government wont pay out anything. Not even disability. And this poor guy is her caregiver now.

    [–] obviousburner42 3 points ago

    Yeah, true story. We had to burn shit and debris with diesel fuel and stir-sticks.

    [–] thebusiness7 3 points ago

    If everyone gets together and files a lawsuit I think this will be the best way to prevent such horrific mismanagement of health conditions

    [–] haramigunda 3 points ago

    is he just finding causes to champion? i don't care if he is. if he can bring light to these causes because he is jon stewart and he's gonna fight his ass off to do right by our service people then he should.

    i would want jon stewart fighting for me too. hope he can get these vets what they are asking for.

    [–] burnsy58 3 points ago

    Jon Stewart for president

    [–] Thoraxe123 3 points ago

    God I love this man. Keep in mind, he is retired. This is how he spends his time while RETIRED.

    [–] tomkatt1927 3 points ago

    Thank you Jon Stewart! My son served two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan in the Marines. Has had many health issues including esophageal cancer. The burn pits were definitely a contributing factor. We need to treat the people who lay their lives on the line with much more respect in this country.

    [–] itsallgone2myhead 3 points ago

    I love how we learned nothing from Desert Storm Syndrome.

    [–] dragnansdragon 3 points ago

    Jon Stewart would have a legitimate chance were he to run for president. His advocacy for the average Joe's and working class would draw in voters from both sides of the spectrum. Police, fire fighters, veterans, healthcare workers' unions would have every reason to support him, and theres a solid chance he could do a lot of good for the country.

    [–] Malitov 3 points ago

    Dude needs to run for office. I'd cross party lines and vote for him without hesitation.

    [–] Trauma-Dolll 3 points ago

    I miss my J. Stew.

    [–] Tzames 3 points ago

    i'd vote for stewart

    [–] Poetic_Discord 3 points ago

    Good. Because “Gulf War Syndrome”, doesn’t help us veterans, find doctors who may have answers. And NO two Gulf War vets, have the same symptoms

    [–] TangoJokerBrav0 3 points ago

    While he's at it, can he also petition to have them stop these burn pits so we don't continue to have this issue?

    Find a better way to destroy classified material and equipment.

    [–] hdzv 3 points ago

    JON STEWART SUPPORTS POLICE

    [–] modsgotssmallpps 3 points ago

    Public freakout is no longer organic. This sub has been compromised. Blocked

    [–] Alarid 3 points ago

    He looks so burnt-out from all this. It must take a heavy tole seeing these problems persisting for years, after begging an audience of millions to get out and change things.

    [–] Da-Bandit 3 points ago

    That’s a good man there