'The world's a mess right now'

It’s a 10 minute drive to the bank and back, but that was long enough for NPR news to depress the hell out of me.

It was a piece-by-piece unpacking of former Sec. of State Albright’s recent comment that “the world is a mess right now,” and Dear Reader, Sister Madeline has correctly stated the state we’re in.

Ebola is killing thousands in West Africa, and hospitals full of those patients make it such a bad time to come down with old-fashioned, rainy season malaria that nearly as many people are just staying home and dying of that.

Airliners aren’t falling out of the sky fast enough on their own, apparently, so somebody’s helped one blow its passengers into the upper stratosphere over Ukraine in a colossal PR disaster that so far hasn’t raised so much as an “oops” from anybody.

The best Putin could do was a smirking, blood-chilling promise that Russia “will do everything within its power to move the conflict in eastern Ukraine from the military phase we see today to the negotiating phase” that basically translates from the original Creepy Kafka-Esque Soviet Doublespeek yet again as “Prepare for Struggle, comrade.” 

In Syria, they’re using their roundabouts’ inner landscaping for crucifixions. Yes, crucifixions. It’s been a while since crucifixions made the nightly news, and I doubt more than a handful of people in Conway have ever thought about the middle of a roundabout as a good place for one.

If roundabout crucifixion wasn’t enough, the same gang of unthinkable lunatics has taken a large hydroelectric dam in their largely unimpeded march to sunny, exotic Bagdad. 

I hope everybody downstream knows where to send the check for the light bill now, because nobody ever commandeered a hydroelectric dam on a dare and I don’t know what you’d do with one — other than blow it up, of course — if you weren’t making local utility service part of the big jihad.

It’s barking idiocy, mewling acquiescence and grinning, murderous zealotry from all compass points. For lack of a better idea, I’m giving up thinking about why the world’s a mess and just blaming that tough and shameless bird that is reality TV. Always a safe place for blame there when you don’t know where else to put it.

A piece of advice for depression is to quit the news. Not having a day’s worth of psychological training, my two bits’ worth is to advise anybody who’s remotely suicidal to unplug the cable box and internet router NOW and hunker down for a few months, because too much of the Summer 2014 world news roundup is making even happy people think about stuffing themselves down the incinerator chute. 

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Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 08/11/14 - 11:33 pm
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Note: I wrote this a good

Note: I wrote this a good four hours before our excellent circulation manager told me about Robin Williams.

alipage72
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alipage72 08/12/14 - 08:51 am
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The world

wasn't as scary when we only had 4 channels and got the news twice a day. There were only so many wars, kidnappings, murders and political coups they could fit into their hour news slot before Happy Days came on and we forgot all about what we just saw. I tend to believe the reason people think the world is worse now than before is simply the ability to see the bad as it's happening and not have to rely on Walter Cronkite and his team to determine which of the 20 stories they managed to hear about would make it to our ears.

Is it any coincidence that the more we were able to see out into the world with our own eyes, the less we have let our children into it?

MessiahAndrw
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MessiahAndrw 08/13/14 - 01:04 pm
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I agree. Compared to all the

I agree. Compared to all the wars, plagues, child labor, poverty, slavery - it's actually a really peaceful time in human history. Newspapers are reporting casualties today in the tens of thousands, not tens of millions as in the 1940s.

Sure, there's already stuff going on - but it's nothing compared to history. With modern media that allows photos from every side of the world shown on your TV mere seconds after it occurs - we're just more exposed to it.

You'd have a completely different perception if 'World News' was merely a monthly column in the newspaper.

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InsGuru 08/12/14 - 09:06 am
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Ummm

"If roundabout crucifixion wasn’t enough, the same gang of unthinkable lunatics has taken a large hydroelectric dam in their largely unimpeded march to sunny, exotic Bagdad.

I hope everybody downstream knows where to send the check for the light bill now, because nobody ever commandeered a hydroelectric dam on a dare and I don’t know what you’d do with one — other than blow it up, of course — if you weren’t making local utility service part of the big jihad."

Probably the same thing they did with it last time, which was not blow it up, but control the Triad of Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwana, and make it the sniper training headquarters for insurgents, again, like it was last time...

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 08/14/14 - 03:53 pm
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Why not...

Why not...

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