Posts Tagged Violence
| Read, watch & cry: I recently attended a meeting discussing violence and gun control in the US. There were speakers representing several of the recent shootings across the US. A father who lost his daughter at the UC Santa Barbara tragedy, speakers touched by the Arora incident in Colorado, representatives from the Brady organization, etc.. Unbelievable stories and the statistics on gun violence in the US were staggering. I have consistently supported increased regulations on the use of guns and this meeting made me realize we all need to do more. For some reason, I left with the overall thought that we are making progress, although very slowly. The article below in The Daily KOS by Leslie Salzillo is just dumbfounding. It shows I / we have no idea how massive and bizarre the push to spread guns everywhere in the US really is. Satirically and yet sadly and truthfully, Michael Moore shows a bank in Michigan that gives you a free gun (many to choose from) if you open up a new CD account. NO, you might be thinking. Sure enough, Michael opens an account and walks out with a gun. What could go wrong, it’s America? Further emphasizing the mentality of the gun enthusiast is Michael’s previous video “Bowling for Columbine” that opens with Charelton Heston’s famous 5 word quote “From My Cold Dead Hands”. I guess all of the other dead hands don’t seem to matter much. If this moves you, stop thinking about it. Find a anti-gun violence organization and get active.
|Read this and moan: This article in The Daily KOS by Dartagnan explores what we all know is happening in Air Travel – an overt collusion is going on and we are the rats being experimented (tortured) with. To me this really amounts to a subtle almost overt form of violence tied to our will and ability to purchase our way out as well as a visible display of inequality as some are pampered while others must succumb. Tim Wu, writing for The New Yorker, “acutely points out, the “fee” system itself leads to a downward spiral in quality”. He goes on to point out that “in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as ‘calculated misery’.” And misery needs to be spread everywhere, not confined to just seating. No, the boarding process must become a commodity (via misery and discomfort) that can be monetized and we already have accepted paying (way too much) for our baggage and there are other things that can manipulated. My sarcastic nature looks to the day they will charge for oxygen, toilets, the privilege of talking to an agent when you have a problem. Will it ever end and when will “We The People” say enough is enough? It is really past time for the airlines to become regulated like a utility and be governed by a sense of reason, returning humanity to the whole process.|