Through Thick and Thin: Survival of the Fittest
One of the things I thought was interesting about last week’s shooting near my home is that as far as I know, I am the only one to take cover, at least of people in my building. Most people didn’t even realize it was gunfire. My next door neighbour was out on the deck looking around while I was still laying on my floor waiting to make sure it was over. I wasn’t being overly careful, I knew it was wild shooting close by, and a single stray bullet can be a life changing experience. More than one person has died in some random shooting because they didn’t take cover when they could have. Better to take cover when one hears what might be gunfire and look a fool rather than stand there and look, well, shot.
In the shooting above, this woman got behind a metal statue and stayed there for over an hour. In the hot sun. Yes, she looks damn uncomfortable. She walked away though, I don’t know about the fellow laying in the background. I hope he’s taking cover too. This was the 1966 Texas Tower shooting, 16 killed outright, 32 others shot. One of the victims died 30 years after being shot. The last person shot was a guy who was in a hurry to get home. His truck was parked on the other side of the street. He was over 400 yards from the tower, what the hell, he would be running, what were the chances the shooter would get him? We don’t know what his last thought was as he bled out onto the road, but it was likely something along the lines of “That was the stupidest thing I ever did in my life.”
Moving right along, no news about the shooting in Bekeley last week. A $17,000 reward has been offered. The rumour is definitely that a women is involved, it’s some stupid personal thing. Stupid is the word for it. “It’s a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.” In future stupidity, there is a report out that Israel is going to attack Iran this spring. I’ve blogged about this before, the whole thing would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so deadly serious. I can’t believe the Israeli government really thinks Iran is a threat, but I dunno, they seem to have painted themselves into a corner where they can’t relate to anything except as a threat. A road the USA has gone down too far itself.
Problems continue in Egypt and Syria. That kind of says it all. I have a friend in Egypt so I’ve sort of kept up on it. What a mess, and now this soccer deaths thing. Basically the religious parties did well in the recent election because they were organized and focused and had established organizations. The secular groups weren’t as well organized and didn’t do so well. And the USA continues to meddle, to the benefit of no one, the USA included. Of course the US media coverage of all this including the Iranian mess is laughable, even the liberal take on it is pretty ugly. The mainstream left is now just another war apologist party, and many (most?) mainstream progressives buy right into it and approve of the USA’s bombings and wars, it’s weird and creepy.
A space exploration post coming up soon. More on cult beliefs. Alien abductions, one of the more bizarre aspects of human behaviour. A tank battle where one tank blew up dozens of tanks, fun to be had there. I might finish the Athenian thing some day, but there hasn’t been a ground swell of interest. I’m going to try and keep up the five days a week thing, four dedicated posts and one catch all post like this. Lastly, I’m running a contest on the blog. Winner gets a free blog post on a topic of their choice, within reason. Or a free beer or two if they are ever in town. It’s pretty simple, maybe too simple. The first person to figure out the winning word and post it in a comment below wins. A clue: This is not a word play riddle, you won’t find the winning word in this paragraph nor be able to parse this paragraph in some clever way to divine the word.
Have a great weekend everyone!
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and is arguably an historically important image. Credit and copyright: Bettmann/Corbis. I believe the woman in the photo is still unidentified. That happens in old photos. Yet anther potential blog post. It seems like every time I write a post these days, I think of at least two other posts I want to make. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.)