There have been a lot of bad things happening in world news lately. Explosions, murders, and bombings in the U.S. Ethnic cleansing in Burma. Violent protests in Egypt. An earthquake in China. You get my point.
For as long as I can remember our society has been obsessed with the idea of some sort of APOCALYPSE. Some way for the world to end and everything to be destroyed. Only the strong survive and carve out a piece for themselves. That sort of thing.
I totally buy into to. I love planning out the zombie apocalypse and what I would do. As well as nuclear fallout, economic collapse, invasion from a foreign enemy. You got an apocalypse, I’ve got a plan for it. But why do we do this?
I have a theory about this phenomenon. My theory pertains mainly to the United States, but it can also be seen within other countries as well.
Ok here it goes.
WE WANT AN APOCALYPSE TO HAPPEN. That sounds crazy, but hear me out.
At the moment we are born there are certain social guidelines that are placed upon us. Every year those guidelines get a little harder to keep up with. The advent of technology has given us great opportunity to succeed, but not everyone can make it. It is becoming an ever increasingly cut-throat world, and it only gets worse as the economy falls farther and farther.
We can no longer get solace from working our regular job and making ends meet. We have to be doing better all the time, we have to get that new iPhone, the 3D TV, the car with butt warmers (We are getting swanky up in here).
Keeping up with the Jones’s has a WHOLE new meaning in today’s world. And that isn’t even talking about the prestige factor.
We want to have the nice job, the “Look how awesome I am Mom, aren’t you proud of me?” and going to the high school reunion saying, “Ya I am THE creative director for this-and-this company. What do YOU do?” It is insane.
Many of us deep down are having a hard time coping with that pressure. That is why we love consuming these grandiose shows, books, and movies about how the world is going to end. We are seeking a simpler world where by the strength of our arms and the grit in our heart we will make it by. We are looking for a way to connect with our roots and go back to the days where simply just surviving meant you were doing a good job. A world where you can be a hero.
I think we all want to be a hero in some form or fashion. We love seeing the underdog survive, and watch them become a leader.
This world is crazy, and sometimes you just have to let go. I think it is an interesting idea that we are all giving in to this idea of getting away.
When it comes down to it, that’s why I like to go hiking with all of my survival gear. I will most likely never encounter a time where I will be forced to spend a night in the wild. But sometimes when I am on that hike, I find myself almost wishing I could get the chance to test my mettle and rough it outdoors.
It is silly, but it is my escape.
So is my zombie killing hatchet laying next to my bed.
I have been reading some interesting reports that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not being read his Miranda Rights and that he possibly will not be eligible for Miranda Rights at all. I want to talk a little bit about how scary this notion is.
Now don’t get me wrong, if he and his brother were truly the bombers, these scumbags need to pay. But he is technically an American Citizen, and deserves the same rights that each of us would get if we were arrested. The FBI released the reason why he wasn’t being read his rights with the following:
The public safety exception is triggered when police officers have an objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger. Because the standard is objective, the availability of the exception does not depend on subjective motivation of the officers. Legitimate concerns for officer safety or public safety prompting unwarned custodial questioning arise in a variety of contexts. A common factor that can be gleaned from the courts addressing this issue is the prior knowledge or awareness of specific facts or circumstances that give rise to the imminent safety concern that prompted the questioning.
The public safety exception is usually used in terrorist situations where public safety must be made a priority. They need to find out if there are more bombs or if anyone else was involved. I understand that, and it is necessary. But it is scary to think that this can be implemented at any time.
Tsarnaev is technically an American citizen, and holds equals rights to all of us normal people. He is being denied his Miranda Rights and being held as a military prisoner. Also, if he is tried as a military combatant he will not be required to be appointed counsel in court. That means that an AMERICAN CITIZEN is denied legal representation according to our system of law.
That is some seriously bad juju. I am not a conspiracy theorist or some kind of Big Brother junky waiting for the government to take over. I just firmly believe in due process. What if we come to find out that, while these brothers may have been crazy, they did not commit the terrorist act accused of them.
We will have lawfully FALSELY TRIED A CITIZEN WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL.
That is some scary stuff. So while I agree that we need to know what information he has, and the interrogation team should work to find out as much as they can, I certainly think the proposition that you have no rights when you are accused of a terrorist act is a bit overwhelming.
If he is the killer, then all of this is justified. If he is not, then this will be a massive injustice that will forever scar the face of our nation. One of the reasons we founded this country was to stop this kind of behavior.
This also creates a precedent that anyone labeled a terrorist can have their rights revoked, regardless of nationality. Terrorism is a very subjective term, and can be used to do injustice to innocent people if mishandled.
I don’t like any instance of people getting rights taken away, crazy or not. It sets a bad standard for how we handle crises in the future.
I fear for the consequences these actions may have in the future, and how we will handle this type of situation should it arise again.
Ok a lot of stuff has happened in the last couple of days and I would like to talk about some of it.
First and foremost the Boston Marathon Explosions. The news media is doing a TERRIBLE job covering it. I am seeing contradictory reports on every other news channel.
It’s terrorists, it’s not terrorists, police made an arrest, no arrests have been made. It is all bogus. Can we not just report on the things we know for certain? When did journalism become about who could tell the biggest lie? Are we descending back into Yellow journalism?
There have been countless heroes that helped save people’s lives in the aftermath, and they are hardly reported on. If there is no information, there is no shame in saying that. Skip the speculations and get to the info. In the words of my professor Dr. Cain, “People remember who got it wrong, not who got it first.”
Moving on, Facebook has been helping lobby for the new immigration reform bill recently. They have been getting great PR and Zuckerberg has been playing the hero. What they don’t want to tell you is that the Facebook company has also lobbied to make it easier for them to hire foreign labor and pay them considerably less than they would pay an American. They also have gotten around the “good-faith” stipulation that would require the company to hire an American applicant before seeking a foreign worker for the position. So while they may seem like they are taking a moral stand for equality, they certainly have their own agenda.
For more info: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/facebook-flexes-political-muscle-with-carve-out-in-immigration-bill/2013/04/16/138f718e-a5e7-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html?hpid=z2&buffer_share=c6ba4&utm_source=buffer
In more local news (at least local for me), a massive explosion devastated the small town of West, Texas. The town is located south of Dallas and only an hour from my hometown. This was an all around terrible accident that possibly could not have happened in a worse place. Fertilizer is pretty flammable, and some aspects of it can be explosive, as we have seen with this story. There have been 120 reported injured, some critically. Let me lay this out.
There was a fire at a fertilizer plant, already a bad sign. Then when firefighters saw the smoke they ran out to help fight it. As they got there, it exploded into a huge mushroom-like cloud.
It leveled houses and businesses near it, of which included a middle school and a nursing home. Like I said, couldn’t have been much worse. But now check this out. THERE IS ANOTHER TANKER FULL OF THE STUFF THAT MIGHT EXPLODE NEXT. They are evacuating everyone in case it does.
I haven’t been able to get a consistent view on a casualty list. Some sites say none, some say 60, some say 5. I know there are some firefighters unaccounted for, but that’s it. So we are seeing a difference in factual evidence within the journalism community like we saw with the Boston Explosions, but now in a totally different area.
This is concerning. People are consuming this media voraciously, and they are getting differing pieces of information. We need to focus on reporting the facts and less on trying to get the biggest story. This isn’t some game, nor is it a race. This information changes people’s lives, and affects how the American people handle crises.
Try Acting Like You Care.
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The Memory Mile is a way for March of Dimes and volunteers to remember why we raise all of this money and do all of this work. These banners are dedicated to children that have been lost in the fight to eradicate prematurity and birth defects.
Today we sorted through the Memory Mile banners and got them ready for the March for Babies. As we were going through them, I saw one that stood out.
The reason this banner stood out to me is simple.
This little girl had the same birthday as me.
On the day she was born I was celebrating my own 18th birthday. I was celebrating the day I became an adult, the day I really started my life. I thought I was on top of the world.
While I was reveling in the fact that I was 18, some family was mourning the loss of a brave little girl who was never even given a chance to grow up.
I bet that little girl would have been three times the person I am. That is why I am so glad to be a part of this great organization. I don’t want to think about how great these kids could have been, or how talented they would have been as adults. I want them to grow up and become the successful individuals they deserve to be.
Every year more research comes out that will eradicate this horrible loss of life. It is the March of Dimes that helps make that research possible. I have to hope someday when I have a daughter that I won’t have to worry about loosing her. The work we do now will pay off in the future, and eventually there will be no new banners made. I have to believe in that.