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Here’s another link…for gun violence in Chicago

A couple of new PBS shows on gun violence in Chicago…

This is unacceptable.  It has always been unacceptable.  I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life and I’ve never had to live the way the people in these stories live, because I’m white and live in a different neighborhood.  I live on the “other” side of the city.

We grow up where we grow up.  When you’re a kid you don’t even know there IS another side to the city.

There is NO EXCUSE for the way people are forced to live because of injustice, poverty and racism.   Because of the ugly men in power who vote THEMSELVES raises but won’t raise the minimum wage.

Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot is, as I’ve said before, fantastic.  She may be able to do something in spite of the virus.  I think there were plans in the making, but the virus is taking everyone’s time and funding.

Anyone who sees the way people are forced to live, because they are PURPOSELY denied what others have, should be horrified and support those who can do something about it.  Mayors, our governor, and anyone who can vote funds to be spent to the right places.

Poverty is wrong.  It’s ALWAYS wrong.  We, as people, need to band together and fight the isms.

NO ONE DESERVES LESS!  NO ONE.  No one should be born into a place where they barely have a chance to grow.

If you want to look at it another way…look at all the talent and beauty we, as a people, are letting slip through out fingers.  Artists, intelligent people with no where to actualize.

We have become complacent.  About EVERYTHING.

People are suffering and dying needlessly, while the fat power mongers work to get more for themselves.



Horrifying…how much women are hated. No men were sterilized.

PBS: The Violence Paradox…this is a rant, just so you know. If there are mistakes in the text, just ignore them, I’m not a happy camper.

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I wanted a picture to represent VIOLENCE, so I could talk about the horrible and useless PBS program I tried to watch.  What I found was, there are so MANY different KINDS of violence, I couldn’t find ONE picture that represented even a few of them. I finally found this one.  This is the look of fear.  Kind of universal, in a way.  Violence and fear, usually go together, so it’s the header to this rant.

The program, and I didn’t watch all of it, just parts of it, because I thought it was horrible and useless, but hey, that’s just my opinion.  They had spreadsheets and I guess that’s more real than people who are actual living in places where there’s never ending violence.  You know how important GRAPHS are, right?  Stats are truth, violence, horror, terror, torture, just fit on a line over little boxes.  Doesn’t even hurt the guys who are drawing them.  They did mention that men are more violent.  Wow!  New, for sure.  Who knew?  Shows how brilliant the researchers were.  I wonder how much they got paid to figure that one out.

Okay, the first piece of idiotic garbage was that this was a program on how to cut down on violence, but THEY CUT INTO THE HEADS OF RATS AND PUT THINGS IN THEM TO MAKE THEM AGGRESSIVE AND ISN’T THAT VIOLENCE ON AN EPIC SCALE?  They didn’t seem to realize the horror and violence behind their OWN miserable and hateful torturous acts, so what kind of JUDGES COULD THEY POSSIBLE BE WHEN IT CAME TO VIOLENCE, IF THEY COULDN’T EVEN SEE IT WHEN IT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM AND THEY WERE DOING IT THEMSELVES?  

Once I saw the poor helpless, INNOCENT, rats being brutalized, I turned it off.  Then I turned it back on later and it had not improved in the least.  There were no rats, but they did refer to their sadistic findings.  I can’t tell you how I long to put the things they put in the rats heads into the heads of the people on the show. I would watch them and trigger their behavior and then I would write up my findings on cruel and hateful people who are idiots.

They took babies, 3 months old, and showed them skits with three teddy bears, wearing different colored shirts.  One bear was nice,  one was mean and one was average.  Every single kid, when asked which bear they wanted, picked the nice bear.  Every single one, made a sad face when the bad bear took the ball and disappeared.  They all knew who was good and who was bad and they couldn’t even walk or talk.

Anyway, they found 24 bodies, well the bones of bodies, in a desert, from the beginning of time, or something like that because I was so enraged, I really didn’t pay attention to names because I wanted to save the rats and never see the ugly faces of the people talking about them as if they DIDN’T HAVE FEELINGS OR FEEL PAIN.  Evil and violence and they couldn’t even see it.  Sick.

Anyway, they said this is a calm time, even though kids are being murdered in schools and people are gunned down in the street and wars never end.  So, the 24 people are equivalent to what’s happening today, in their minds.  Yes, we know the first people on earth killed each other.  We didn’t need to waste time watching them sit there, heartless and superior, telling us what we already knew.

Here’s the bottom line:  governments and laws/rules, eventually civilized people, through terror and punishment.  They started stopping them from having sex/raping in the streets and going to the bathroom in the street as well.  They were told not to relieve themselves on stairway.  Are you with me so far?  The moderators believe our rules are keeping people from being even more violent than they already are. Oh, they mentioned manners as well.  You remember manners, don’t you?  I still see them now and then and it makes me happy, but I digress.

Here’s the important part:  They scanned the brains of  murderers and people who were not murderers.  The non murderers pre frontal lobes showed up red, with bits of other colors, but the killers didn’t have any red at all, only a really pretty color blue, which the non’s had small bits of.  So, because the murderers didn’t have any red, they didn’t have much control over their own actions.  I do not know how many brains they looked at but there were only a few pictures of murderers shown which would make that the smallest sample ever in the world, or not.  Maybe they did a million scans.  If they said how many, I was plotting how rats could take over the world, so I wasn’t paying attention to the icky people whose mouths were moving.

We all have violence in us.  I can agree with that because of what I want to do to the people who hurt the rats.  But, I must have a red pre frontal lobe because I can control my impulses.  They were figuring out how to change the brains of the murderers but I don’t remember what they said because I didn’t care about anything except the violence I just saw with regard to the rodents.  I don’t think there’s a way and it would probably violate their rights.  The murdered people don’t have any rights, but the murderers do.  Always.

What I got from this program is that people, even if they have degrees and think they are all that, are heartless, cruel, mean, disgusting and evil, since they don’t even realize that living things have a right not to be tortured.  I’m assuming that all of people involved in the show have pre frontal lobes that are  entirely BLUE.  Also, unless we can scan everyone’s brain, we don’t have a chance to change what’s going on, so they tortured the rats for nothing, unless you count the fact that it satisfied their own violent urges.

I’d like to see the nice white guy, live on the south side of Chicago and then tell us how peaceful the world is.  Two people were just shot to death in their condo’s underground garage over the weekend.  Like two blocks from where I live and I live in a very nice place.  See, violence doesn’t CARE where you live.

The bank teller told me.  She also said that the police said the the people knew the shooter so there was no danger to the public.  I guess the danger was only to the two dead people, so no christmas for them.  Whatever.

Good thing the scientists hurt the rats and found out that violence is really going down, on their graphs.  Their research about people who beat the other guy with a club, in the beginning of time, rather than and AKA, must mean we’re much better now.    Way to do research.  I guess twenty-four people killed with clubs, when there were only 40 people alive at the time, is a big deal but get real, VIOLENCE is all around us.  People don’t let their kids outside ALONE.

Maybe it’s all in our heads and all the dead and wounded are simply figments of our imagination.  The soldiers killing THEMSELVES, the causalities of war, women brutalized over and over, beaten, raped, murdered, guess those things don’t count.  At least where the guys on the program live.  Not on their neat little graphs.

Up until now I thought PBS did a pretty good job.  Up until now.  Admittedly, I may not be able to give a balanced and non judgmental opinion of the show.   Once I saw what the bastards did to the rats, I just wanted to call John Wick and ask for a favor.   If one of my college students turned in research like the stuff on the program, no matter how thorough, he would have been in trouble.  It’s easy to make up the stats and extrapolate your findings, from the way you see things.  That doesn’t mean that’s the way things actually ARE.   If they CAN’T see the violence inherent in the system, then anything they say is incomplete and meaningless.  If they can’t even see the violence they are DOING themselves, then they can’t see violence period.

They never once mentioned kids raped by their relatives, the rapist priests, what happens in the slums, what happens to street people and the violence that some through live everyday.  DEFINE YOUR TERMS.   What a waste of funding.

If I had my way, the rats would escape and gnaw to death, everyone who ever touched them, in a negative way. Rats are actually immaculate and intelligent.  They are loving and playful.  WE HAVE HAD THEM AS PETS FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND WE’VE LOVED EACH ONE OF THEM.  I’ve kissed rats and petted them and cooed to them, and carried them in my pocket, so they could peek out, and they are adorable and have feelings that MATTER.  I can’t say that about people, especially people like those on the show.  Rats are much better and kinder than they are.  I’d pick a rat over any of them.  If I was asked to save the live of a rat or one of them.  The rat would be coming home with me.

How casual the speakers were about explaining the actions of the tortured rats, with huge things sticking out of their tiny heads.  You know, I don’t believe in hell but I’m kind of hoping there is one, just for people who torture others.  I don’t really care if the scientists have BLUE pre frontal loves.  Cruel is cruel.  They should scan themselves.  Heartless, cold and mean people..


This is the program I was telling you about. It’s on PBS. Watch it if you can, it’s so important.


In the Age of AI

Trace a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.

I watched THE WORLD’S FASTEST ANIMAL, on PBS…and wow! Peregrine Falcons are the fastest and most amazing thing EVER.

The program is mostly in Chicago, since the peregrines live here, and in most cities.  Peregrine’s who live in cities have a higher chance of survival, since there’s plenty of food and tall buildings to nest on.

They make fighter pilots look like wimps.  They can dive over 200 mph, have special lenses that slip over their eyes to protect them and can withstand 18g’s which is 2xs more than fighter pilots.  They are 3x faster than cheetahs and watching them is incredible.  It was a fantastic program.  They literally soar, tuck in their wings and drop out of the sky…unreal.  They have the most specialized bodies.

They are absolutely stupendous.  It was a great program, in spite of the fact that a few pigeons are no longer residing in Chicago.  They are beautiful and intelligent…specialized animals who have everything they need to survive.  We almost wiped them out with DDT but they made a comeback, thank the Goddess.

If you can watch it…I suggest that you do.

Heads up…Tonight

FYI  On PBS, tonight, at least in Chicago, (channel 11), at 7:00 p.m., Agatha Christi’s, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE will be on.  Trailer looked good but who knows.

PBS and British Mysteries

In a town with few people, at least one person is murdered each week.  I don’t get that.  Wouldn’t the town eventually be empty of people, even if you count the occasional dead visitor?  Even Miss Marple went out of her village to find dead people.  Father Brown’s flock must be down to five, or six people.

The police in some of the Mystery shows, just talk to the bad guys, saying, “You’re under arrest for the murder of the vicar’s wife,” and the bad guy replies, “Well, alright then,” and just walks out to the patrol car.  No arguing, no violence, nothing at all except for, “Can I finish my tea before we leave?”

I’ve never once, seen an automatic weapon on any of the shows.  People are killed with old pistols, handed down through generations, stabbed to death, or hit on the head with something heavy.  The police give the killers a stern look and everything falls into place immediately.  It’s so weird.

If the inspector came to one of our cities, he would be dead in fifteen minutes, if he went to arrest someone, unarmed, and just spoke politely to the person.  No riot gear, nothing but a nice suit and a concerned attitude.

On the programs, some old duke might pull a gun, from a war no one here has ever heard of, but the inspector just tells the man, “You don’t want to do that,” and the man hands over the gun and looks defeated.  Amazing.

Endeavor starts next Sunday.  There’s a lot more shooting and reality in that Mystery.  More unfair politics, and far less drinking of tea.  But, I’m captivated by the shows where they just talk nicely to each other and the bad guy/woman just gives up.  The inspectors expect cooperation, so they don’t need weapons.  It’s a whole different set of expectations and beliefs.  The inspectors, and their sidekicks, are never afraid because the rules are such that the bad guys don’t fight back.  One may run (if young enough), but only to the garden gate.  Guilt, a firm, “tut tut,” and the murderers deflate and are willing to take their punishment.

Their way is far better than ours, although we don’t have a lot of country mansions and quail around here.  No butlers, at least not in my circles, and no family trees that have their roots in the big bang. Still, it happens in their villages and towns, as well.

I find it amazing, that the police just walk through life arresting killers, with a simple word, or two, and everything is back to normal.  Oh, and the rich people just tell the inspectors and police to leave…and they do.  They DO.  The power is on the side of old wealth and titles.  Voices are never raised.  The inspectors speak softly and smile now and then, always reasonable and understanding.  A different world for sure.  Better, it would seem.  Far better.  But that wouldn’t work here.  We have all the guns and none of the respect for civility.  Well, that and most people like coffee better than tea, which may actually be a determining factor.


PLEASE…take a few minutes to watch this PBS important program on men and women in America


I just turned the TV on, to see what PBS was showing, and I saw a blurb for the above program. They were interviewing people (Americans).  One man actually said, OUT LOUD, “I don’t even know what liberals eat.  I mean what do you serve them?” He made a smiling face and he was dead serious. Insane. Really.  Absolutely insane.

He should have asked.  I would have told him that we cook conservatives and have them for snacks.


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