I’d heard about but not seen the video of the police officer arresting a Utah nurse for following police and hospital policy. In the video, you have the nurse, fellow officers and hospital security telling the officer why he should drop it and the officer finally says “We’re done” and arrests the nurse and forces her out into the squad car. I heard today that the officer was fired and the hospital has banned all officers from care areas… After the video where the security guard rips the doctor from the plane, and with all the violence, I am not sure how some officers continue to lose control like this. Is it stress? PTSD? An “us against them” mentality? Or has it always been there and is coming to light? I personally would be treading lighter if I were an officer as more and more video surfaces of rough arrests, etc. but then again I am not an officer. On the one hand, I’m glad the officer was fired, but on the other hand I’d like to know why he lost it like that – does he need therapy? Do more police officers need therapy? In a way, it underscores the lack of mental health care in the US.
The Silk Road mentions the violence of Rome, so I spent a little time reading/learning about gladiators. The first recorded event was a private affair organized by two sons at their father’s funeral in 264 BCE. 150 years later — in 105 BCE — Rome began holding official gladiator battles, which were immensely popular. They ran for over 500 years, until 404 AD. In the final contest, a monk who intervened to stop the battle was killed by the crowd. It has been estimated that 8.000 people died every year in the gladiator ring through various means.
Confession: I love Grand Theft Auto. It is the only video game I’ve played as an adult, and liked it so much I went out and purchased a used console and a new game. I play the open world, meaning I race Franklin around the city, making up little games for myself as I go. Tonight I made a game of chasing taxi cabs. It was wild — racing through the streets, ramming cars, cars exploding, pedestrians leaping out of the way, things on fire… It was hilarious… But here is the thing: in real life, I am almost always a gentle and non-violent person (I am even against the death penalty and refuse to watch porn since I believe it is exploiting youjng women that we should empowering rather than objectifying), but love racing my car through the streets of GTA, causing wonton destruction, laughing hysterically the entire time. I asked my therapist about it – should I be concerned that I enjoy the game so much? He pointed out what a kind and caring person I am, and if my outlet is a couple of hours of GTA, that is okay. So, tonight was a fun night of blowing things up, and tomorrow I return back to my normal kind/polite self. (Note: I am exceptionally polite, except when I am truly angry, and is something my therapist tried to tone down (i.e. to be less openly friendly and polite), but he finally gave up – it is how I am wired, and I have a hard time not being friendly and polite 🙂 ).
Watching (and loving) Dexter this weekend, and it is such an interesting premise – a serial killer who “does good” by killing other killers. Funny though, how real life terrorists make their choice of targets – they plan and act out horrible acts to get the world’s attention, but pick such random targets it makes no long-term difference whatsoever, in essence a terrrible wate of lives.. I am in now way supporting violence here, but why in the heck are the crazies who want to make a statement shooting up commoners? Why do they blow up immigrant camps and Bastille Day celebrations and shopping malls? It is not the common man that is hurting the crazy, it is the is the policy makers and elitists. How does a terrorist drive a truck through happy people at Bastille Day or fly a jet of 100s of innocent people into a mountain, yet leaves the National Republican Convention, Monsanto HQ and private yachts and private jets untouched? Is it cowardice (i.e. easier to pick a random target), lack of wisdom (shooting up innocent people won’t change anything since most elitists see themselves as above all that) or just sheer craziness. Don’t know. But it’s strange. And such a tragic waste of lives and, in a strange way, a lost opportunity, not to kill people but to take that complete commitment to something and channel it in the right way to make a difference…
I honestly did not think there could be a worse candidate for President than Mitt Romney in 2012. Romney was the worst kind of elitist – an elitist (and a literal schoolyard bully) who saw himself as self-made despite having a rich/powerful father and who made his own personal fortune by exploiting the system at the expense of average Americans. Now, we have Trump, who is essentially a clone of Romney except worse, and a blatant racist to boot, which is empowering other blatant racists in America. Essentially, Trump is yet another reminder in the world to appreciate the what we have at the moment, because it can always get worse.
The trouble this year is Clinton. Unlike Obama, Clinton leaves us no way out. The world has been a slow destructive spiral since 9/11, when we fell into a recession and when we started to emerge from it the money pooled at the top instead of making any effort to redisribute it to the masses, and when we went in and basically kicked a bee’s hive in the Middle East while enriching a frenemy in China for the benefit of rich American Corporations. The result of this are growing seeds of hate in the world, that are continuing to percolate and simmer and are manifesting as shootings and bombings that are increasingly more frequent and disturbing, and in new extremist organizations like ISIS — and Donald Trump. Clinton has been part of the 1% elitists who have not only enriched themselves at the world’s expense, but as Secretary of State showed herself to be untruthful and a war monger. So by voting for Clinton, I’m basically ensuring the world continues on its slow and increasingly destructive spiral down.
So, in 2016, we are left with a very strange and can’t win choice where for the first time in my lifetime I do not believe there is a “safe” or “less destructive” choice. In a way, I feel like it is a combination of 1860 and 1930, but instead of Abraham Lincoln or Roosevelt as a candidate, we have a choice of Hitler’s little brother or a Robber Baron for President. To vote for Trump is to support a blatant, elitist, ignorant, lying buffoon who will probably be harmless in many ways (who will listen to a buffoon?) but will plant divisive seeds of hate in the domestic US while allowing powerful enemies to run unchecked in the world, probably resulting in a horrific world blow up and race divisions in America. And on the other hand, if I vote for Clinton we are sure to continue growing the seeds of hate and discrepancy in the world while the 1% continue to enrich themselves, essentially ensure things will be worse and more violent in 4 more years but with less likelihood of an immediate world wide catastrophe.
So, it is like the world is giving me The Lady or the Tiger choice. It is a true dilemma. Do I vote for cointuined pain to ensure the world does not blow itself up (Clinton), or do I burn the house down in the hopes of re-building a better house (Trump)?
Honestly, I am going to write in Bernie Sanders. I am not wise enough to vote see the smart decision for Trump or Clinton, if it is better to vote for revolution or a continued unhealthy world order. So I am going to go with my ethics, and write in Bernie Sanders. It is the only time in my life I’ve written in a candidate.