Chicago Violence – It Was Once a Great City

This stuff happens all the time. Chicago is particularly violent these days, but it is hardly alone. While one of the deaths – Demario Bailey – may generate some protests, nothing like what we saw in St Louis or New York will occur. Sharpton, Jackson, et al won’t descend on the city. And next week will be just the same. And next month and next year as well. 3 dead, 32 wounded in weekend shootings – Chicago Tribune.

I don’t know why anyone would want to live, work or visit Chicago. (Though I do miss the Art Institute.) Between the high cost of parking, and the low value on human life, it just doesn’t seem worth it to me.

[Demario Bailey] was shot in his chest about 12:40 p.m. along the first block of West 63rd Street during an attempted robbery, police and family members said.

Demario was walking with his twin brother under a viaduct when a group approached and tried to rob the two. Demario tried to step in to protect his brother and was shot, family members said.

I don’t know how you stop this, but I do know that better policing will be needed. Not sure that is possible today. (Why would anyone want to become a police officer today?)

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Musical Interlude: The Sound of Science

Cymatics: Science Vs Music

Sound influencing matter. Very cool.

For a behind the scenes look at all this stuff…. CYMATICS – Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford.

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Greenpeace Destroys Historic Site in Peru

Because the laws don’t apply to them. They entered the Nazca Lines area, and unfurled a banner. And damaged one of the ancient drawings. Greenpeace sorry for stunt Peru says damaged sacred site.

Greenpeace U.S. Executive Director Annie Leonard said in a statement on the group’s website Friday. “There is no apology sufficient enough to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”

Peru is hoping that 6 years in prison for those responsible would be a good start on that apology.

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I Sure Am Glad Hillary “Reset” Our Relations with Russia… I Missed the Cold War

NOT. But the truth is Russia is acting more like the Soviet Union 2.0 every day. Russian military activity intensifies in Baltic Sea –

Baltic nations reported an increase in Russian military air and naval activity in and around the Baltic Sea this week.

I know Americans are geographically challenged, so here is a link to a map. The Baltic sea borders seven NATO countries.

Is there any way to describe Obama’s (and Hillary’s) foreign policy as anything except a complete failure?

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Can You Imagine Anyone Saying this about France in World War II?

What has happened to America? Iraqi PM Asks US for More Airstrikes, Weapons.

So outgoing Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is in Iraq discussing the Islamic State with Iraqis and giving speeches to US (and other) troops.

“Just as in Afghanistan, it is their country, they have to lead, they are the ones [who] are going to have to be responsible for end results,” Hagel said.

By the logic of today, our goals in WWII would have been only to push Germany back across the boarder with France. No, it would have been to support the French in their efforts to push the Germans back into Germany.

But of course a lot of the French were happy to sign up for the 1000 year reich. They started rounding up Jews and shipping them east to the concentration camps before the Germans even asked them to. The Brits had to destroy some French naval power to keep it out of the hands of the bad guys.

In short, if we waited for the French to lead, or whatever, in World War II, we might have waited a very long time to see the end of the Nazi regime in Germany.

So why exactly do we believe that it must be different this time?

40 years of not teaching history in high school seems to have made us ignorant of history.

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Musical Interlude – Cellos can Rock

Cellos and other classical instruments aren’t usually associated with rock and roll, but that is beginning to change.

“Vintage” by Break of Reality from the album Spectrum of the Sky

Apocalyptica performing “Until It Sleeps” by Metallica

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Home Invader Meets Armed Resident – Results are Predictable

If you break into enough houses, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Topeka home's occupant shoots would-be intruder | Mobile.

He heard a noise in the middle of the night/early morning. He went to investigate and someone threw a brick into his house injuring him. He responded by shooting the would-be home-invader several times.

The wounded man’s injuries were described as life-threatening. He was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to a local hospital, where he was in surgery at 7:40 a.m. Monday. As of 2 p.m., the man was out of surgery and was expected to survive, per a Topeka Police Department news release.

The interesting twist is that the guy who got shot is apparently a neighbor of the guy who did the shooting…. living in the same block.

The guy who got was expected to survive after surgery. The homeowner had a broken nose from the brick.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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Americans Ready to Hand Over ID at Drop of Hat

What a bunch of sheep the population has become.

So I spent the weekend at a boat show. (I don’t currently own a boat and would like to correct that…) Entering the grounds they asked for 2 things your ticket, and “please have a photo ID out.” Most folks complied like they were lining up for TSA. No questions asked.

But it wasn’t TSA, it was just a marketing effort. Some people asked after the fact, but most assumed they had to present ID.

Sheep. A nation of sheep. Ready to “show their papers” at the drop of a marketing-guy’s hat.

(It wasn’t a “demand.” They said “please.”)

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45 Minutes to Respond to an “Intruder in my house” call to 911

Calling 911 is a strategy for dealing with problems. It doesn’t always work out as advertised. Chief apologizes for delayed response to 911 calls | KHON2.

Call #1: May 24, 2014 5:58 a.m.

  • Dispatcher: Hi, police.
  • Donald Crummer: Yes, there’s a man sleeping in my daughter’s bedroom and we do not know him.
  • Dispatcher: Oh my goodness! Go outside and wait for the officers, okay? We’ll be there any second.

That was Donald Crummer’s first call to police. Twelve minutes later, there was no sign of officers.

He made a total of 4 calls and after 45 minutes still no response.

After 6 months no one can say exactly what was going on, why no one came, and what they will do in the future.

A lot of really bad things can happen in 45 minutes.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, and in this case it seems to have worked out – in the long run. But it can take a very long time for the cops to get there even when everything goes according to plan, and you can call 911 before real trouble starts. But if calling 911 is your only action, you may wait a very long time for help to arrive. In a really bad situation you may wait the rest of your life.

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“He likely thought thought no one was home”

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Police: Homeowner shoots burglary suspect in Brookhaven |

He rang the the bell several times, and assumed that no answer meant no one was home. He was wrong.

“He made forced entry into the home (and) encountered the resident inside the home who fired one shot,” Officer Carlos Nino with the Brookhaven Police Department said.

At least one of the neighbors was shocked. Because you know, they didn’t think they lived in the Real World™.

“I’m very surprised and shocked,” neighbor Debbie Hunter said.

The would-be bad guy got shot in the head, and was undergoing surgery.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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