“Today the psychotic framework of hyper-stimulation and constant mobilization of nervous energy is pushing people, especially suggestible young people, socially marginalized and precarious, to a different kind of acting out: an explosive demonstration of energy, a violent mobilization of the body, which culminates in the aggressive, murderous explosion of the self.” Franco ‘Bifo’ Barardi — Heroes
Sunday News Wrap Up
First, The Unfunny
Well hardly a week goes by anymore without another mass shooting. And without fail no one in a news department or pundits on panels has a clue as to the root cause of these violent demonstrations that end in many innocent victims and destroyed communities and families of the survivors. Today’s shows were no different. There were comments to enact stricter gun laws. Remember Columbine happened during Clinton when we did have an ‘assault’ rifle ban and magazine(clips) capacity laws. These laws at the time were the most repressive ever. Mass shootings have increased in frequency ever since. There were shootings before that one also but the news didn’t go 24/7 ‘till Columbine. Laws don’t stop shootings. And they never will. I think the quote above says much on these current issues of society’s ills. A total detachment from emotional foundations leads many people astray from civilized norms.
As the neo-liberal economic system has taken over all of our lives we are seeing many systemic breakdowns in normal social fabric as the acquisition of money becomes the prime focus of today’s living. We have become lost amongst ourselves. Financial pursuit takes precedence over everything else. Many young people are on their own, plugged into social interactions on screens instead of face to face communication skills required for living as people are supposed to do. Besides, most families, where there are two parents, are working ever more to support their children. Loneliness creeps in and infects the soul, one’s ‘being’, as I like to say, and poisons outlooks for the future. Splintering of the self from inadequate social skills may lead to the violent outbursts ending often in suicide or suicide by cops shooting to stop the shooter. As seemed to be the case in Texas yesterday. Cops killed the shooter.
The news shows pundits or the politicians never talk about these issues. They are so ensconced within their bubble of privilege and economic security as to never turn their gaze toward the lesser classes, the poor or poverty stricken portion of the public. They can’t even consider that almost all Americans are of lesser economic and educational levels than themselves.
Extra background checks, which are unenforceable by the way, magazine capacity limitations, there are well over a hundred million high cap mags in existence[I have 10 myself], or other various legislation won’t change the system that these people live in causing such severe stress that acting out explosively in such a grievous way seems to be the only answer, as nihilism. You can’t legislate morality, well being, a sense of being,(self, soul) and a feeling of belonging which we all need. Something does have to be done. But without looking at what sets up these desperate situations in the first place they will continue to accelerate as we move toward a dystopian future without any promises of decent lives or living situations. It, as it stands, can only get worse.
Funnies — Fox
Ol’ Joe Biden buddy is always giving us chuckles as he gaffs his way towards having to drop out of the race. The more he says the worse he sounds and gets. I personally think he’s going senile. Trump is going senile also but that’s another story. Biden still leads the polls that the news shows’ cite. The pundits were talking the difference between outright lies, like Trump’s, and Biden’s continuing confusion of all sorts of past and present events. I find all this mildly amusing until I remember they control the nukes, yikes.
Both networks had stern warnings about this storm that is now a cat 5, the highest — until global warming in the near future causes a 6th to be added — category we have. It has shifted somewhat and may threaten the entire Southeast US coastline for up to a week or so. Because of storm surge coupled with rising sea levels this storm has the potential to cause massive damage. Uncertainty and stalling were the going terms from acting FEMA director on Fox and NBC.
Top level government officials are still immune from criminal prosecution. Former FBI head James Comey, was talked about and whether his handling of certain affairs warranted criminal scrutiny. Apparently not. I don’t know enough specifics to chime in with an opinion, and besides not everything deserves an opinion. There are still plenty of sour grapes continuing to rot from the ’16 election to last a lifetime. My “two minutes of hate” spewed forth after some of the inane commentary about Comey and the election and the emails. Shit, enough already. Next time run someone who can win against a buffoon. A milquetoast centrist isn’t an answer to anything the real people of America want.
Finally a labor leader of the AFL-CIO was on talking about unionized labor. He also pointed out the centrist democrats that have forgotten about labor. He wants some substantial actions to ensure the union labor remains intact. The neo-liberal economic measures of the last 30+ years have destroyed the unions in America. He was against Medicare for all but he needs some reassurance from candidates running that the unions hard fought medical insurance concessions won’t vanish with a new sweeping medical plan for Americans. A reallocation of funds needs to be in new contracts. I say that the union leadership has been bought off with bribes from owners to keep the biggest profit margins possible.
Meet the Press
Senator Rick Scott of Florida was on, Fox too by the way, with nary a mention of global warming which is causing sea level rise and intensifying the storms that do form over warming ocean surfaces. A literal third of his state of Florida will be underwater in a century or two. All the coastal property will be submerged. Including Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
Talk of age on democratic candidates was bandied about. I’ve already mentioned Biden’s shaky state of mental acuity. I think Bernie Sanders is still sharp. He doesn’t appear to be making any mistakes and his position hasn’t changed in decades. Obama was young. He still had growing daughters during his stay in The White House. So did Clinton, Carter and Nixon. Trump beat Reagan’s record for being the oldest man to be President. Sanders would beat Trump’s.
Julian Castro, former HUD secretary from Texas, was on campaigning. He offered the same tired corporate, centrist, tropes from any of the other vanilla nothings that will do nothing for average Americans. I’ve already chimed in on my position on guns and violence. I do seem to see Texas as having its fair share of mass shootings. Could be the heat or humidity or that they are very populous. Or that things suck so much for certain youths that they lash out in extreme violence from being marginalized and alienated from the inner being of their humanity. Perhaps a realignment of societal priorities is called for. Maybe less war for a start. Use some of those wasted $billions on social spending. Enough.
The hurricane is continuing to churn threatening the southern US coast. We are still at war in Afghanistan. No one in a leadership position will grow some balls and do something to address industrial capitalism’s climate disruption and US imperialism’s march to oblivion. The corporate(MSM) is always pro war. Always. They were for the ‘Nam and they are for wars now. Nothing’s changed except that war videos are sanitized for friendly, family viewing, even children can enjoy. We can’t have them growing up becoming like the hippies of the 60’s and 70’s can we? I watched the gore of war(the ‘Nam) nightly on the news along with dinner or dessert. Huntley & Brinkley would be cheering the US troops on with erudite commentary on the “winning” of a winless war. The news is a sycophantic outlet for the MIC. The Cold War of ‘47-’91, was still a war. So is Afghanistan. It was mentioned in passing today. I want them all to end. For Good. Forever. Peace, The Ol’ Hippy