April 19, a day of frivolity and blood.

April 19th, 2017 by Socially Extinct

 

 

 

April 19 is a bleak day. It sets me on edge, even in good years.

 

There is nothing supernatural or otherworldly about it; just stark human nature which is prone to temporal symbolism.

 

April 19 is a fine day in the neighborhood. It’s a great day for frivolity and blood!

 

2017 is assuredly not a “normal” year.

 

 

 

Unmasking that Susan Rice would be proud of.

April 18th, 2017 by Socially Extinct

 

Courtesy of Auburn’s finest.

 

Berkeley it ain’t!

 

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Berkeley PD whoring out photo ops?

April 17th, 2017 by Socially Extinct

Found this on the interwebz.

 

WTF?

 

Is this common practice?

 

 

 

 

I realize many police officers moonlight in various non-police roles (bouncers, private security, acting gigs), but this is on their own time and not officially recognized by their PD employers.

 

But this is on the City of Berkeley’s official website;  this is their police department’s public interface with the public. This dubious photo-op practice is sanctioned by the taxpayer-supported civic entity.

 

Given the less than apolitical practices of the Berkeley PD, I wonder if they would extend such an offer to Trump supporters?

 

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President Trump’s slant shaming…

April 17th, 2017 by Socially Extinct

 

It’s been a while (it feels) since we’ve seen one of Donald Trump’s anti-MSM tweets from his personal account.

 

What precipitated this one? Is this code for coverage of  **North Korea** ?

 

 

 

 

 

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Berkeley protests and the next stage of our digital revolution leading to complete self-governance.

April 16th, 2017 by Socially Extinct

 

 

 

While watching these videos from the Berkeley protests, I considered how this modern round of civil upheaval compared to the 60’s anti-war/civil rights protests, and it occurred to me that the turmoil America experienced in the 1960’s tended to be anti-government and anti-Establishment with most street violence erupting between the young “revolutionaries” and the figureheads of the state, the police officers representing local and national jurisdictions.

 

Today’s protests, on the other hand, pit citizens against each other and I don’t fathom the situation will improve, nor take a turn for the peaceful any time soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of “authorities” physically repelling the rebellious youth, it’s the voices of “authoritarianism” fighting in lieu of police and the governmental Establishment, two groups who have fallen out of favor with both camps of protesters. In fact, the police have appeared to be somewhat negligent and displaced from the frontline battles and the government is fragmented and in parallel turmoil as well.

 

I believe this has a great deal to do with the nuances and phenomenon of the internet age in which “localization” of cultural motifs has displaced previous collectively delineated vehicles by which these same sociocultural motifs are delivered.

 

Books and music, once sold en mass through immutably fashioned publishers and record labels, now can be delivered individually and fashioned to the specific consumer. Individual blogging has usurped the newspaper column and the news show commentary.

 

Likewise, protest has “microcosmized” from the archetypal citizen versus Establishment model of the old economy into a battle of citizen versus citizen with one side assuming the mantel of “authority.” We have taken it upon ourselves to fight the battle of reason and strength by proxy while the emotionalism and immature rebellion of inexperienced youth seeks to overthrow its peers, not its rulers.

 

And the government? It sits on the sidelines, refereeing and fading into oblivion for it shall soon become irrelevant once we assume the role of self-governance, the next stage of our digital revolution.