It’s getting dark

Sometimes I think it’s mental. A figment of my wild imagination.

Almost two months have passed since June 21 and each evening is a steadily swelling pocket of dusk, each night grows darker and earlier than the previous. Two months of compounding darkness and one night, I come home on a Monday, and the world suddenly seems darker. Dusk seems murky and the sun flees the sky quicker and the deeply shadowed sky seems to portend doom and apocalypse. On evenings like this even sound seems to be muffled by the cottony folds of onrushing night. An oppressive mood dribbles down the gloomy walls of doom. Or is it that it’s Monday?

I log on to the wonderful worldwide web and I’m splashed with a dose of scalding worldwide despair instead.

Sometimes the news seems too much to contemplate.

Is it a congruent intersection of stories that provoke such alarmist tendencies?
Stories, news events, litter our cultural psyche, they clash on the world stage and create an grandiose sense of chaotic unease.

The collapse surrounds, people talk about it in cautious tones, I read about doomsday’s, I read about survival in such a lost world. And I find myself looking for signs and clues that the world is finally imploding. Imploding, for real. Not just that pseudo-Armageddon hysterical apprehension garbage, I’m talking the real deal. The crap that will touch our lives when it finally hits the fan. I don’t want to be alarmist, I hate alarmists because eventually, the wolf never appears. But there is a wolf. Tonight had the taste of alarm because Autumn is a little over a month away and the Earth is beginning its seasonal tilt away from the Sun’s warm light force and the cycle of life ebbs again. And always the darkness loiters near the pitch end of the road, waiting with a knowing smirk.

It all comes together.

Our national credit rating takes a sucker punch on a Friday news dump and not to be deterred, resurfaces today with the stern reminder that it is still there, lurking under our economic complacency. It points a finger at us and manifests its calamitous effect on Wall Street. And such was the descent’s nature that you can’t help but anticipate that tomorrow will simply pronounce a continuation of the story, not a recovery or rebound. The air is tinged with a sense of irrevocable collision. How far will the tendrils crawl in order to suck the life from our plastic prosperity? Our modern bliss has been exposed for the house of cards it really is and the past 3 or 4 years have slowly denuded our fanciful notions of materialism and conspicuous consumption. And I wonder…do we have it in our soul to clash with suffering as our forefathers did?

Then I read of riots in England and I marvel at the European capacity to foment mass street unrest over matters unrelated to sports. The last instance in this country of such unrest were the Rodney King riots which were largely fueled by ghetto angst and criminal opportunism, but which nevertheless issued a declaration regarding a perceived social injustice. That was almost 20 years ago and this country seems softer and more malleable now and I wonder if our youth has it in their heart to express any stringent sense of idealism now. Apathy and disinterest are etched in the character of our present society. This is a byproduct of the material excesses and paper prosperity of the last decade. We spoiled ourselves right into gluttonous oblivion. Just how far do we need to be knocked down to wake up again? Even the beaten dog is capable of baring its fangs. Do we have fangs or were they stolen (purchased) by the oligarchy who masterminded our 2008 collapse?

And the wild card story I keep hearing about concerns the homeless man in Fullerton, California, who was killed by a death squad of over-reactive cops defending their lives against the solitary underweight lunatic homeless man. What amuses me is that everyone involved in this incident of obscene police abuse was Orange County White! How fitting is that. The father of the homeless kid was a former police officer himself and his opinions of the police behavior that caused his son’s death sounded nothing short of a left-wing diatribe even though he is probably a card-carrying NRA/right-wing nut himself. The day our conservative white citizens begin to feel the pinch of police brutality and abuse of power is the day we must reconsider whose side the police are on now. The day your archetypal White OC Republican is as wary of the police as Black or Hispanic youths from South Central is the day you have seen the first stirrings of a government militia that has slowly lost its grasp of civil rights.

It is getting dark.

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18 Responses to It’s getting dark

  1. It’s not just you–the phrase “hell in a handbasket” comes to mind more and more often when I watch the news. Haven’t watched or read much news in the last week, which is very unusual for a news junkie like me, but ai-ya; I need a break.

    For me summer starts to end after the solstice and vice-versa in winter. I don’t mind the cold as long as I’m dressed for it (good thing as we have sub-zero temps now and then) but I do miss the sunshine.

  2. Everything will be OK!
    The light of the morning sun chases the demons away.
    http://www.thestreet.com/story/11214987/1/stock-market-story-aug-9.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN

    “The market is clearly broken,” said RealMoney Contributor Timothy Collins in a recent blog post. “The biggest issue continues to be psychology, and these types of moves will keep the retail investor far, far away from this market.”

    “We are probably seeing some optimism that the Fed is going to come in and save the day again,” he added.

  3. Hmm, I sort agree with your outrage about the beating of the homeless dude in Fullofit. Er, Fullerton. Anyhow, did the cops overreact? Probably. But the real issue is why the dude was out on the streets in the first place. He should have been in a facility that could have taken care of him. Made sure he was on his meds. Yeah, the old places were bad, but I believe that there would be better oversight than there used to be. BTW, one of the outrages of Clan Kennedy is how the old man, the Rumrunner Joe, locked one of his daughters in a nut house and she ended up getting a lobotomy. Nice. But anyhow, I don’t care if homeless dude is White, Black, whatever. He or she should not be let on the street for their own safety and our safety. Sad part is that the real problem will NOT be addressed in this. It will be handled in a shameful political correct manner. In other words, won’t be handled.

  4. How else was I supposed to keep them warm?

  5. …as he was screaming for his Dad (and then after he had become silent and stopped moving) and onlookers were shouting at the cops to stop–as he was beaten so severely that his face became unrecognizable. Hm.

    It’s not clear to me why he was repeatedly released from treatment centers. But as some of the protestors’ signs have stated, being mentally ill shouldn’t be punishable by death.

    My son is autistic and cases like this scare the shit out of me. I’m not going to be around forever.

  6. I think you overreact in the sack.

  7. Amy, I think this might even transcend autism. At what point do police become arbiters of conformity and normalcy. At what point do they become enforcers of the status quo? Being “different” has always been difficult. Believe me, I’ve based this entire damned blog on that…however, being different was always harmless because it only meant you didn’t get laid or invited to cool parties. Since when do you get your head pounded to a pulp for it?

  8. The victim, Kelly Thomas, was a paranoid schizophrenic (and was off his meds).

    There have, however, been several cases of autistics killed in police custody in recent years.

  9. I had an autistic friend who didn’t lose his temper often and was rather absently peaceful in his demeanor. However, I knew him long enough to know that is temper was notorious. Actually, one of the alternative scenarios I’ve thought police act in nowadays is that many of them have been groomed in the modern video-game-driven era of helplessness and trigger-happy solutions. I believe our police are a symptom of a weak society. A weak man will embark on ruthlessness much quicker than his strong counterpart.

  10. And my point is made! Because he was out of being institutionalized, he was off his meds. For crying out loud, that nut bag in Tucson that shot Congressman Giffords is IN JAIL and does not want to take his meds and went to court. Went to court becuase he is in jail and WON’T take his meds?! Yeah, the inmates are running the asylum. And to go down a little about the kind of police we have, hey ever heard of affirmative action? Just sayin.

  11. I’ve seen dashcam videos of people being tased by cops simply because they didn’t answer or move quickly enough–sometimes because they were terrified.

    I have a hunch that many of these sorts of cops were the kids who bullied social outcasts in school. Just a hunch.

    The kiddo has an explosive temper, assumes that anyone who doesn’t agree with him is an idiot, and isn’t shy about saying so.

    But he does respect the police and the law (he watches the speedometer like a hawk from the back seat).

  12. Police are groomed to detect the slightest hint of dissension.
    In the past, they just dealt with it.

    Now they resort to bureaucratic and formalized “steps” and no longer rely on intelligent judgment.

    I’ve noticed this at work in my decidedly unimportant bean-counting environment. The younger generations are afraid of just doing the shit they need to. This applies to coppers with equally disastrous results.

  13. Kelly Thomas was breaking into cars, not being violent. He was unarmed and weighed all of about 135 pounds. Six cops tased him repeatedly, hog-tied him, hit him with flashlights, choked him, kicked him, and bashed his head into the pavement, even after he had stopped struggling.

    Schizophrenics are notorious for going off their meds. Under current laws the mentally ill can’t be forced to take their meds unless it’s court-ordered. His family had sought an order to get him into forced treatment.

    I’m thinking of the reports that you don’t get accepted onto the police force if your IQ is ABOVE a certain number–my understanding is that this is actually true–but I really haven’t the heart to joke about this case.

  14. “If he was violent, or destructive it does not change the responsibility of the police. Beating and tasing a man to death is not a legitimate restraining procedure.”

    Thank you–this needs to be said.

  15. This was institutionalized peace time murder and no national sovereignty was at stake.

  16. Interesting factoid and I don’t doubt it for a moment.
    I would suspect unusually high intelligence connotes some measure of social non-conformity which is assuredly a threat to police hierarchical structure.

  17. OK–this is from 1999–I don’t know whether this is still the case. Just based on hearsay, it still is, but I can’t say for sure. The article doesn’t mention it, but Robert Jordan’s IQ was 125, well above average but not a genius.

    I’ve read elsewhere that they don’t want high IQs because 1) an intelligent applicant might get bored and leave, thereby wasting the $$ spent on training, and 2) the more intelligent are likely to exercise their own judgement instead of following orders.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/09/nyregion/metro-news-briefs-connecticut-judge-rules-that-police-can-bar-high-iq-scores.html

    “A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test.

    In a ruling made public on Tuesday, Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New Haven agreed that the plaintiff, Robert Jordan, was denied an opportunity to interview for a police job because of his high test scores. But he said that that did not mean Mr. Jordan was a victim of discrimination.

    Judge Dorsey ruled that Mr. Jordan was not denied equal protection because the city of New London applied the same standard to everyone: anyone who scored too high was rejected.”

    see also here:
    http://www.adversity.net/policefire.htm

  18. Ha! I want to know how they “water down” cognitive tests for minorities.

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