I have a portable mini/camping TV that I often have on a local news station on my desk/coffee table. It’s partly how I break news to Twitter/Facebook – often faster than many major internet services, if I do say so myself.

Today, another mass killing at a school – nursing school this time, 6 dead at last count.  Suspects perhaps at large.  Last Friday, news broke about  a mass murder – 5 dead in a home, apparently related. Don’t get me wrong – this is important, terrible. terrifying, even. Teen died in a hospital after being stabbed.  Iraqi woman beaten to death in so-Cal.  Treyvon Martin’s killing has young black men and some young white men afraid for their lives others may be forming gangs or hit squads. Thanks to Big Media and the instant-net, truth – and ugliness – travel fast.  But, fact is, murder rates are at the lowest in about three decades (that’s back when crack cocaine hit the streets and the War on Drugs got really ugly) Wiki stats. But you never hear that mentioned during one of these stories. Wouldn’t be good to confuse people, make them less afraid.

And right after this special report – a breaking bit on Lindsay Lohan and some famous chick feeding her baby like a bird. (while I find this repulsive, it is not an unknown practice in other places. Get over it).  Fear to fluff in one quick fade.

So, if I am the average viewer, I should be afraid for my life to walk the streets and to embrace vicariously living through a troubled  starlet (hmm not working. I’m a dude…) and feeling superior because I don’t do something vaguely gross in public. So, protect me, please, get the bad guys lurking in the bushes, go ahead and use drones to watch my street. Monitor all internet traffic because pedophiles and hackers exist. I don’t need to go outside…. look, see? Lindsay’s off probation, what whackiness will she do next?

It’s OK, it’s fine. I just need to be able to get to my car, my nice safe car.  What’s that? Gas prices rising?  Oh no. PLEASE PLEASE  protect “our” oil supplies!  War? No problem.  I’ll just watch it on the news. Right after this commercial about a new drug for some disease I never knew about before I just learned it could kill me.  Or, maybe it will just make my eyes itchy, or make my wife VERY happy.

Ranting done, for now. I reserve the right to continue this rant later.

MJ

PS

3 PM – Body count up to 7 in today’s killing. Suspect in custody.  Interrupted some fluff I had on with the sound off.

PPS I just occurred  to me – the legal definition of “murder” could be affecting these stats.

PPPS next day – breaking news is a huge tornado on the ground in Dallas county Texas

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