A “Year Of Carnage”?

Closing Thought–25May21

So far this year there have been a wealth of fatal shootings all over the country…..far too many and yet nothing is being done to curb the trajectory of events.

Over this past weekend I read some disturbing news on gun violence…..12 mass shootings.

At least a dozen mass shootings took place over the weekend across the country, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 69. CNN combined its own stats with those from the Gun Violence Archive, as well as police and other media reports, and found the latest slew of mass shootings—defined by CNN as shootings that result in at least four people killed or wounded, not counting the shooter—took place in eight states between Friday night and Sunday: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The weekend fatalities included three dead at a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, where three were also injured; one dead and three injured at an apartment complex in Fort Wayne, Ind.; a 16-year-old girl killed and five other people injured in a park shooting in Columbus, Ohio; two dead and 12 injured at a house party in Cumberland County, NJ; a 14-year-old girl killed and 13 other people injured at an unauthorized concert in North Charleston, SC; one dead and eight wounded in downtown Minneapolis; and two dead and four injured in Jersey City, NJ.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls this weekend’s shootings part of a “year of carnage,” continuing a “staggering trend of mass shootings [that] have quickly rebounded to the forefront of American life” as the country starts to get COVID-19 under control. In fact, the pandemic’s lockdowns and other restrictions may be partly what’s behind the resurgence of mass shootings, says Hart Brown, senior VP of crisis management firm R3 Continuum. “The environment that was created by the pandemic … and the compounding stressors is really what’s driving much of the violence that we’re seeing right now,” he told Reuters earlier this month. Despite the reemergence of this type of gun violence, a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April finds that gun policy remains a “deeply divisive” topic along partisan lines, with the majority of Democrats leaning toward stricter gun-safety laws, while Republicans are mostly balking at such measures.

Does anyone else find this news disturbing and should be unacceptable to the American people?

And yet we just shrug it off and go about yelling about mask wearing.

Does any else see just how pathetic this all is?

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The American Racial Divide

The racial divide in this country is wider than it has been in 60+ years….here are so may reasons but the rise of all this populist and nationalistic BS has made it a driving force in American society.

But why are we still fighting this battle?

There’s been a recent flurry of studies and analyses that take a deeper look at the results of the 2020 election. These examinations don’t contradict our early interpretation of the results from the days and weeks immediately following Election Day: The overwhelming majority of voters backed the candidate from the party that they normally lean toward, though then-President Trump did slightly better with voters of color and slightly worse with white voters than he did in 2016. But the new examinations and other data tell a nuanced story about the role of race in the 2020 contest.

American voters …  

  1. Remain deeply polarized based on ethnicity and racial identity; 
  2. Were less polarized by racial identity in 2020 compared to 2016; and 
  3. Are very polarized by attitudes about racial and cultural issues. 

American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides

Look at the Civil Rights Act….it became law because business people wanted it because they were suffering from boycotts and protests…..so they got LBJ to enact a law….old white guys decided to do something to protect their holdings not because it was right but because it threatened their profits.

This divide will remain with us until there is such a time that color means nothing to us….and that is not in the cards in the rest of my life.

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Do You Spread Misinformation?

Boy is there a wealth of this sort of BS these days thanx to social media that gives every little plot legs to grow into a narrative.

I know it is difficult to separate truth from the manure….and how do you keep from help spread the fertilizer of discontent?

Well there is a way to know the difference….

Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging, even for the experts.

Just talking about this ever-shifting landscape is confusing, with terms like “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “hoax” getting mixed up with buzzwords like “fake news.”

https://theconversation.com/misinformation-disinformation-and-hoaxes-whats-the-difference-158491

I have written about this stuff before….for misinformation is just one tool of propaganda……these are good posts that can help you as well….

What Is Propaganda?

Propaganda 2.0

There is a technique to help you from being a spreader of misinformation…..

The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.

Misleading or outright false information – broadly called “misinformation” – can come from websites pretending to be news outlets, political propaganda or “pseudo-profound” reports that seem meaningful but are not. Disinformation is a type of misinformation that is deliberately generated to maliciously mislead people. Disinformation is intentionally shared, knowing it is false, but misinformation can be shared by people who don’t know it’s not true, especially because people often share links online without thinking.

Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our society from misinformation. Here are seven strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies

https://theconversation.com/7-ways-to-avoid-becoming-a-misinformation-superspreader-157099

These are simple steps that if taken can keep you from being a super spreader of manure.

But then you may ask just how was all this manure made possible?

Bad information isn’t new. Propagandists and scam artists have been selling their brand of proverbial snake oil for ages, all to bend people’s thinking to their goals. What’s different today is that the digital world flings information faster and farther than ever before.

Our brains can’t always keep up.

That’s because we often rely on quick estimates to figure out whether something is true. These shortcuts, called heuristics, are often based on very simple patterns (SN: 9/20/14, p. 24). For instance, most information we come across in our daily lives is true. So when forced to guess, we often err on the side of believing.

A few simple tricks make fake news stories stick in the brain

There is more than enough misinformation on social media…..do not become one of the liars that keep this country divided.

Don’t spread manure

Question everything!

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

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