Tanks are covering the eastern side of the Boston Common this morning. Why? To make us feel better.... So why don't I feel better?
Apparently, the third explosion was a controlled detonation. Apparently. The video footage of the fire at the JFK Library seen yesterday is no longer being aired. Or even mentioned. There is still a lot of confusion but police are now labeling a wounded Saudi national in a Boston hospital as a suspect.
If this was foreign terrorists then it was a blow aimed at the heart of America on Patriots Day in Boston. I find it hard to understand and make any sense of it.
The process of numbing to the violence is unfolding in front of me. It is a natural human reaction to stay sane in an insane world. The question seems to be how much more violence can we take before "freedom" is not different than anarchy. The answer seems to be quite a bit.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims this morning.
Kudos to the first responders and and medical folks who saved scores of lives.
Going into a crowded event anywhere with complacency has been shattered. This is part of the price terrorism has made us pay.
The Roots of Violence:
Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.
---Mohandas K. Gandhi
You see the hut, still you ask "Where shall I go for shelter?"
The horrific news coming out of nearby (to me) Boston this evening has totaled 2 dead and 23 injured so far with this total to go up.
The bigger news is that the TV networks seem to be involved in a cover-up of a third explosion at the JFK Library. There was video footage of this explosion on ALL local networks. The front of the JFK Library was completely blackened. The discounting of this was total bullshit. TOTAL! This was the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. And tax day.
My bet is squarely on right-wing gun nuts. Yup, this was a case of domestic terrorism that is now being spun.
Believe what you want...
In the ever-vigilant watch for the next global pandemic, the CDC is in China following the outbreak of anew strain of bird flu. If this new strain mutates and is able to travel human-to-human its all over unless the US mass produces a CORRECT vaccine...
The 'A' team broadcasters of Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Baker-Finch are seeing red over Tiger Woods refusal to disqualify himself from Master's competition as tournament officials sanctioned him with a two stroke penalty. It's a new era in golf. Woods was within his rights to continue competing even though he signed an errant score card.
Woods played well enough to be back in contention though this would certainly not seem to be his year to win the Masters after hitting the stick yesterday with the ball landing in the water.
Me thinks the Golf Gods are angry!
Funny, funny guy.
the scene in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" where his "little girl's bike" has just been mangled and he tries to get on it and chase Phil Silvers, gives up and throws it in complete frustration will be burned into my memory until my death. For me, that's quite possibly the funniest film scene ever and it will forever make me laugh just thinking about it! A truly beautiful, one-of-a-kind sad clown.
The kind of kind being it would've been fun to smoke a j with :))))))))))
His forte is news that has been glossed over by traditional media. He follows the stories through to their conclusion, not abandoning them which is so often the case in coverage. He helps me to stay on top of that. I did see the reports of surrogacy in India in a 2 part series by Holly Williams on CBS news (which isn't quite 'outside the bubble' if you asked me)...
P.S. Is it 'jury rigged' or 'jerry rigged', I've always used jury rigged, but I see (via Yahoo search) there is the expression 'jerry built' which sounds like a good one to pull out of the hat now and then...
With the huge clutter of news out there I try to zero in on stories that may have been missed or thrown under the bus on a weekend.
Who knows? Maybe there is a childless deadhead couple who can't afford a surrogate mother but could go to India. Maybe some people need to understand just how dangerous nuclear power is.
As many people have told me, the Grateful Dead was about escape from reality for them, for a longer or shorter period of time. I maintain the polar opposite is also true. We are more attuned and attentive to the world around us. But even I tune out the news for two or three weeks every year and walk the sandy beach to it's end...