The darkest of family traditions; succumbing to the odds.

What are the odds?

That is a question we whisper to ourselves. Depending on the statistics-minded nature of our personality, this might be a narrowly precise rumination, or a fleeting consideration; psychic small talk.

What are the odds, we wonder. Will that lottery ticket in our pocket have that cosmic series of numerals? Will tonight’s shortcut end in an abrupt mess of twisted metal and charred flesh?

What are the odds?

Life is odds. It is twists of fate or rehearsed routes of fulfillment. It’s outcome is dependent on the culmination of odds.

Do the odds comply or do they buck our sense of reality’s equilibrium?

 

When Leonard was 27-years-old, he received some horrible, life-shattering news on a Thursday afternoon: the Los Angeles-bound airplane which his parents were aboard had crashed in New York.

Undoubtedly, Leonard was glued to the radio and television throughout the day as rescue crews worked desperately to find survivors in the cold Atlantic waters. Sadly, none were found;  only remnants of the plane’s destruction were to be see on the water’s surface. It was determined that all passengers had perished. Leonard might have felt morbidly dismayed to learn that the plane crash which claimed his parents’ lives was the worst in United States history. Surely it was a rough time for the young man, but within a decade he had moved to California where he created a small music label which was mildly successful. He soon embarked on a career as a successful music promoter and producer of some enormously successful music festivals.

Throughout the 1970’s some of his acts did quite well, but the sad cloud of his parents’ untimely death always weighed heavily.

About a year after the second musical festival he produced – it was attended by several hundred thousand people – Leonard prepared to head back to Los Angeles from Chicago. It was the Friday before a long Memorial Day weekend.

What are the odds?

Did the consideration ever run through Leonard’s mind? I’m haunted by this.

Did he ever flirt with “invincibility” when it came to flying because of the fact he lost his parents in a plane crash just 17 years ago?  Perhaps notions of fateful immunity toyed with his nerves.

The odds of dying in a commercial airline crash are roughly astronomical. Statistically, the odds of dying on any single flight carries the same odds as any other flight, but if you fly multiple instances throughout your life, this compounded statistical chance, taking into account the number of flights you board, dictates that your odds of dying in plane crash during the span of your life are thus elevated.

Theoretically, these compounded odds should affect only a person’s individual history. But if this person knows someone who was killed in plane crash, does it not also lessen the odds that they will be killed in the same way at another time simply because their sphere of existence includes an incidence where the odds were surmounted? Does meeting great odds reduce them for those acquainted with the unfortunate “winner?”

I don’t suggest it works this way, but in our mind, perhaps there is sanity preservation coding which comforts our doubts when a rare fate touches our life indirectly, and one which presents as a risk we must submit to as well.

Did Leonard, touched by the fate of his parents, ever suspect he was “safe” from the marauding horrors of statistics which had exerted their doomed infinite rareness in taking the lives of those people he loved most?

Leonard’s airplane, also operated by American Airlines, also bound for Los Angeles, might have seemed a secure haven.

And as Leonard’s flight departed from Chicago that afternoon, and as its #1 engine calamitously separated from the wing, severing hydraulic lines and causing the plane to lose lift and stall; as the plane sliced back to the ground uncontrollably, was he struck by the distorted irony that 3 people in the same family unit not only beat astronomical odds once, but twice?

Did he feel statistically blessed?

Sadly, he died in the horrendous plane accident, along with hundreds of other passengers, and he would never learn that this accident was now the worst in the United States.

A family tradition.

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Honduran migrant who snubbed donated food turns out to be a Rubenesque hooch.

I refer back to my post from last Sunday.

Remember this poor migrant woman who was despondent over the dearth of food choices donated to her by Mexican authorities? In a stellar display of thanklessness, she held up her food carton and ridiculed the food she was given and said it was not fit for swine.

 

 

 

 

And let’s witness the life she left behind.  Poor migrant.


Annnnd that is exactly what we need flooding our borders by the score…

 

Thanksgiving is over, it always was. Today is when we shed the illusion and celebrate Thanksgetting.

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving.

It’s time to dump the lofty bullshit and revert to our primitive natures. Blood-curdling voraciousness and greed in good measure.

They (corporate-enhanced commercialized culture which perpetuates consumerist diversion) call it “Black.”

That justifies it lightly while lending a romanticized tinge.  A trivial human folly of desperate, comical scrounging.  It almost looks fun.

You know that it really is? It’s a new holiday.  Should very well be.

Thanksgetting.

 

 

O Comey, methinks thou dost act too eager!

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When Shlomo is Nazi, no one wins.

In an incident fit for the most twisted sort of comedic cringe, a Jewish fellow by the name of David Shlomo Toaff went on a crazed anti-Semitic tirade during a Delta flight from Washington D.C. to Atlanta.

 

The entire incident was captured on camera by one of the passengers on the flight, Jordan Dale.

‘Today a man on my plane went on an anti-Semitic tirade and demanded “all Jews raise their hands” so he could “indentify [sic] them.” Later, during the arrest he protested and resisted arrest,’ wrote Dale on Twitter.

 

Needless to say, when the airplane landed, police were waiting for the unruly human cargo at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

That’s when things got ugly(-er).

 

 

The video shows the man, who has been identified as David Toaff, trying to avoid police while they attempt to take him into custody.

Toaff, 37, who is seen wearing a backpack and tallit, starts to question the officers at one point, asking: ‘What did I do wrong?’

That is when someone off-camera yells: ‘You’re a Nazi.’

 

Ha! The Nazi, unbeknown to the accuser, was also an Institutional Victim, a default Western game which allows people to wantonly accuse anyone they don’t like of being a Nazi.  The irony is juicy.

 

Toaff was eventually booked into the Clayton County Jail, but has not been charged with making any sort of hate speech.

He has instead been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing or hindering law enforcement.

Toaff (above) was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing or hindering law enforcement

Toaff’s inmate details reveal that he lives in Washington DC and that his middle name is Shlomo.

The video seems to show that the charges Toaff is facing are the result of his behavior after the flight landed, and not any remarks he made while the flight was in the air.

Atlanta Airport Police can be seen doing their best to try and reason with Toaff, but he refuses to cooperate.

‘You’re making it worse for yourself,’ one of the officers says at one point in the video.

A defiant Toaff responds: ‘I’m not doing anything wrong.’

 

Between alternatively playing a harmless game of Concentration Camp on the plane and damning people for having blue eyes on the ground, sure, Shlomo is in the right.

Really busts the narrative when the Nazi is the Institutional Victim, doesn’t it?

 

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