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Jan
22

Are we really that afraid?

"A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a "terrorist threat."

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Kindergartner Suspended For “Bubble-Gun Terrorism”
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4 comments

  1. Rick Willis
    Rick Willis says:

    I read the article. Nowhere within the article did I pick up on anything to do with fear. I did pick up on the idea that in this instance (& many similar incidents) it is all about propaganda, brainwashing & manipulation. No one with an ounce of common sense could have taken a kindergartner seriously or literally as a threat (perceived or otherwise) over "shooting bubbles".

    But we only are hearing one side of the story, presumably from the student's parents. Where was the reasoning for the action taken by the teacher and/or school administrators? IMHO, shoddy, half-assed, sensationalist "reporting" at best.

  2. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    Ahhh, but a society that would institutionalize a world view that finds threats under every rock and in every Hello Kitty backpack, it seems that fear must be one of the over-riding concerns of the polities that make up the society.

    It has also always puzzled me why when considering awkward and uncomfortable topics of conversation we constantly seek solace in the belittling of the messenger. I am far less concerned with the source that triggers my thoughts than the thoughts themselves.

    Maybe I am just weird..

  3. Rick Willis
    Rick Willis says:

    +Chris George , not belittling the messenger at all! At some point, however, the "news" becomes saturated with stories like this. Nothing surprises me anymore no matter how absurd or ambiguous…I have become desensitized.

    I think what you do is commendable, even though I often see things through different lenses. Everyone has their own thing, own opinion, own viewpoint & so on.

    In no way have I formed an opinion as to whether you're weird or not. LOL Just different. Where you choose to prepare for times that may (or may not) come, I do not. I do live in a geographical area that I am intimately familiar with, that is rich in natural resources & I possess knowledge on how to acquire & use those resources. Many, many people in the area do, too. I've watched, over the years, different "end of life as we know it" scenarios come & pass. I'm not saying what you perceive to be a near & imminent threat isn't real, I'm just saying no one knows how things will play out. If it makes you feel better & sleep more peacefully at night then that's all that really matters.

    As for me, I spend my days working, trying to keep my bills paid, & enjoying my spare time as best I can. Not burying my head in the sand, but I simply couldn't function on a daily basis worrying about so many things that are out of my hands & out of my control. Perhaps I'm the weird one? :/

  4. Joe DiMinico
    Joe DiMinico says:

    I remember back in 1st grade the first time I learned the name of an actual gun, and that was in context of a parody of the "Meatballs all Covered in Cheese" song vividly describing the slaughter of whatever teacher happened to be standing there with an M16.

    But then, I also went to elementary school in an area where you could find more rifles and shotguns proudly displayed in the back of unlocked pickup trucks on mounted racks at the local grocery store than you can inside the average Walmart today.

    And this I can tell you: every single one of those people with multiple guns in their pickup trucks in public are more likely to punch you in the head than shoot you.  In fact, if you angered any one of them enough while they were holding a gun, they are more likely to throw it to the ground to kick you in the groin than they are are to point it at you, let alone fire the thing.

    And this is a VERY difficult concept to relate to "dem thar City Folk".  There was a T.A. at my High School who grew up in New Jersey, and he got actively freaked out when he saw one of his future students walking down the sidewalk with a loaded shotgun over his shoulder, since in New Jersey this meant someone was going to die and where I lived it just meant hunting seasontarget practicegotta sell this gun.

    But have no illusions about publicly-funded schools – their actual goal is to keep people good at regurgitating information and bad at processing it.

    The average automobile, for example, can be much more dangerous.  I know someone that was hit by a "suicide driver" barreling down the wrong side of the road at 2x the speed limit.  If, instead of school shootings, the trend was for people to drive suped-up Escalades through malls at top speed, akin to that scene in the "Blues Brothers", would we be having this same discussion about "car control"?

    We are quickly approaching a world where what the sickest, stupidest, or wildest of the species does is being used to dictate what the rest of us do.

    So the real question is: do you really want to live in that kind of world?

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