The word is absurd.
Oh, it’s the same word, used as a noun or adjective and applied to totally ridiculous situations, people, acts, etc. What made me think of this word? News stories from the United States, of course.
There have been several articles in various media about the arming of police forces with military equipment. I do not understand why the police need rocket launchers, grenade launchers, armored vehicles, etc. I do not understand the spread of SWAT teams. I do not understand or agree with the need for such brutality. A key factor must be the gun culture that has reached the stage of being the national religion.
I live in a town of about twenty thousand. There is no police station. The closest police station is in a small city, about ten miles away. Police tend to react and do not go looking for trouble. The only uniformed officers one spots in the city are those writing parking tickets. The only time one sees police at a school is when they are instructing children of bicycle safety.
Which country do you think has a better quality of life? In which country is there less fear? In which country do people feel safer? In which country does the word absurd apply, when discussing law enforcement?
Just asking…(a phrase I learned from Fox News jerks)...
I made a mistake.
I watched (part) of a program called “The School To Prison Pipeline”. If I had inklings that the the United States has become such a sick society, I am now sure. The things the government does/has done to other countries are bad enough, but imposing systematic injustice on their own children is despicable.
Society glorifies firearms, with children indoctrinate, at worst, and influence, at best. Is there any wonder that kids play with toy guns and bring them to school. The problem is that overreaction to a few terror incidents has made guns in school a crime, even toy guns and even with children. The report mentioned a child being taken out of school in handcuffs for bringing a toy to class. I hope that this is an exaggeration, but I fear that it happened.
One theory is that this is one more means of feeding the monster of profit prisons. Greed and fear out-trump humanity and common sense. Children in Texas, which the program covered, are smothered with tickets, summons, and court appearances, where they are tried as adults and without parent protection. Of course, this costs money. People that cannot pay end up in debt or in prison or both. Feeding the machine and putting people in a hole for life.
I learned that all schools have armed uniformed officials, who are called “resource officers”. What the hell does that mean? They are cops. They are there to produce profits. Governments cut back on teachers, but ramp up on armed intruders. What kind of feeling to children have: fear, loathing, respect, who knows?
In my opinion, and the opinion of others I have read is that gun culture is responsible for school violence. in some Texas schools, teachers are required to carry loaded guns in class. Normal teenage behaviour often leads to arrest and conviction. Common sense has been destroyed by the demands of the fear mongers, gun lovers, and profiteers.
There comes a time when stupidity simply must be punished. Anyone that gives an automatic weapon to a child should not be surprised to find himself dead. Although the child will suffer, she has no fault. Adults forced or lured her into being fascinated with guns. Just like they do with religion.
This incident provides one more lesson in the need for stricter gun laws…which will never happen. The daily death toll has not moved urge to change, so nothing will. I am sure that the NRA and its enablers will find a “plausible” excuse for this senseless (even if deserved) death in Arizona.
A major story—even if not reported on the front page of the New York Times—is another shooting of an unarmed black youth. Not a black man, but a black youth.
What is the problem here?
The problem is that racial discrimination has not ended in the United States. I recall as a child seeing signs in Virginia, where I visited relatives, saying “Whites Only”.
The problem is a gun culture.
The problem is militarism of the police.
The problem is income disparity.
The problem is….etc.
I do not expect anything to change. On the contrary, everything will become worse: more discrimination, more guns, more militarisation, more income disparity, more etc.
I noticed the following headline in an English “newspaper”:
Welcome to Georgia, where the guns are everywhere
Southern state's sweeping new gun laws allows for weapons
in bars, schools, churches and parts of airports
I spent some time at military bases in Georgia, where weapons are an expected part of the program. No one was shot. In later years, I was forced to travel frequently on business to Atlanta. News of shootings was common. I was lucky, having to survive a bomb only a few meters from where I was staying. Occasionally, over the years, I have passed through Hatfield Airport to connect to another destination.
Guess who will never set foot again in the Pitch Tree State? Who needs a gun in a church (I thought these people had “god on their side”) or a restaurant (I do not recall service being sub-standard) or a shop (to help haggling, perhaps)? Supposedly, some are trying to make it legal to have guns at universities, perhaps because there have not been enough shootings already. This is beyond insanity. If guns make people safe, then Georgia should be the safest place on earth!
Imagine what Jerusalem would be like with laws like Georgia...
I see that others have noticed something I wrote about months ago. None other than the ACLU, with the Guardian reporting, have a firm grasp of the obvious.
And, of course, there is impunity for bad decisions: having SWAT teams and the things the do…
For some reason, I am reminded of scenes from the movie Judge Dredd.
I recall seeing a headline somewhere about Florida expanding the Stand-Your-Ground Law (translation: Shoot-anyone-you-want law). This got me thinking about Florida. This is a state in which one is arrested for drinking a can of beer in public, but where one can shoot someone with impunity. The gun lobby is more powerful than the alcoholic beverage lobby. After all, both “weapons of human destruction” are regulated by the same federal agency: ATF.
Given the choice, I would rather be confronted by a man, even an angry one, with a beer can than one with a firearm. In either case, there is little chance of a reasonable discussion, but one can run from beer or, even, dry off, if one is thrown in one’s face. In the other instance, one’s only hope is facing a bad shot.
What’s it like to live in a world where restaurants must beg customers not to carry firearms to a meal? More importantly, what’s wrong with the people that run that world? Why do so many accept such idiocy?
I recall being in a super market, after arriving in Florida for vacation and needing to stock a rental apartment. A man pushed a shopping cart wore a hostler and pistol. I could not understand the need to wear a gun in a grocery store, but wondered if I needed to worry about the neighborhood. I quickened my step and finished shopping. We were staying in a gated and guarded beachfront property, but we did have to venture out for shopping, restaurants, and exploring.
Who wants to live in a place where one must worry about confrontation with a looney that might or might not have a firearm? Peace of mind does not result from more guns, despite NRA propaganda. Quality of life is more important than misinterpreted words on an out-dated document used for profit and power.
Note to self: stop scanning headlines of US media...
Having nothing to do and little choice, I watched Fargo. I reached the following conclusions:
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.