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Random Murders? A New and Different Way of Life? by The Elephant's Child
November 19, 2022, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Politics

I don’t remember a time ever so full of murders! Senseless murders. At the University of Idaho several students were just murdered in their residence. Apparently just random. No particular reason, no enemies, no cause. Haven’t found out who did it nor why. That seems to be going on all over the country. Like a new fad. School shootings, Random killings. Does hearing about a seemingly random killing inspire other killers? I’m not sure that this particular time is especially unusual, but it surely seems so. Does seeing or hearing a report of a random killing inspire potential killers? I haven’t seen anyone addressing this question.

Certainly we have seen reports of those who invade stores and make off with the merchandise, which seems to inspire others to try the same thing. Can reports of random murders actually inspire more murders? I have no idea. Can anybody see a report of a murder and think “Oh I’ll go try that”? There certainly seems to be an uptick in the numbers of random killings.Perhaps we’re just not as civilized a society as we thought. I do not get it! I was under the apparently faulty impression that murders were rate and vicious and unacceptable.

Have yous seen reports of similar upticks in other countries? Some sort of worldwide aberration? Or is it just us? Somehow the school shootings seem to be less weird than these random murders. I can vaguely sort of understand how someone could be enraged at their school, but turning it into a school shooting seems way beyond comprehension. That it could happen once is strange beyond belief, that it could be duplicated in other cities or other schools seems impossible!



Coping With the Weather! by The Elephant's Child
November 19, 2022, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Politics

It’s 4:45 in the afternoon here in the Seattle area, and getting dark. I always forget every year about the days getting shorter this time of year. One would think I would remember and expect it, but apparently a long year including summer daylight makes me forget short winter days.

New York City is apparently having a major snowstorm, and they have my sympathy. City snow is not pleasant! A better arrangement would be for it never to snow in cities, and only in the beautiful countryside, but it doesn’t work that way. I’m still seeing the vine maple outside my window dropping it’s leaves. Time to stock up a little more on food so we’re not strapped if it does snow. When it does snow, the city is prompt with sand and gravel, and it never lasts long anyway. My biggest problem is that as a person brought up in very rural country, I’m used to having snow plows and shovels and all the necessities to deal with 3 or 4 feet of snow, and here I am in hilly Seattle (the city famously built on seven hills) worrying about possible snow. Seldom does, and if so, it’s usually very short lived. I assume that New York’s subways prevent anyone there from being stranded anyway.

The thing about being a “country” person is that you are pretty much prepared for anything, so it’s mostly not a big deal in any case. I have no understanding of whether a big snow storm is worse in a huge city like New York, than in a small city that has less territory to cover and less worry about getting people to their grocery stores. Do New Yorkers suffer more from a snowstorm? Dunno. I lived in California, Oregon, and Arizona, and coped with very different kinds of city snowstorms. Can’t imagine what it would be like for a lifetime Southerner to move North to snowy country.

Here the only signs of changing seasons are the leaves drifting down steadily from the trees outside my window,. a little seasonal color, but so far no snow, and many winters we don’t have any anyway. I’d happily trade it in to go home to Idaho.




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