On The Matter Of Violence

Big news these days are reports of school shootings — someone gets a gun, gets into a school (frequently a high school) and starts shooting, at least injuring if not actually killing those that happen to be there.  Sometimes it’s random, but sometimes there are chosen victims.  The really bad part of it all is that most of the victims are young.

The notion of serious violence in a school situation is not a new idea.  It’s happened before in (shall we say) troubled situations.  And, of course, violence can happen almost anywhere at any time.  While efforts to eliminate (or at least curb) it are certainly worthwhile, just as important (if not more so) is emergency or rescue services.

Just a few weeks ago in broad daylight in a peaceful school-type parking lot an apparently very nice teenager got caught in a folding seat in his van, that’s all, and died.  Two phone calls to the emergency number didn’t get him help.  It made national news, but that’s beside the point.  It was poorly handled by emergency rescue service people.

And, just getting adequate service from the likes of calls to 911 isn’t all there is to it.  Anyone in a situation where there is even minimal injury is in need of hospital emergency care, which should be relatively close by and competently staffed as they say 24-7, not just when services are likely needed such as around the time of big holidays.

Editorializing can have a place in this world.  🙂

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A Couple Of Notes

A lot of special or important stuff is going on these days such as the March For Our Lives, Earth Hour and various religious holidays, as well as somewhat more ordinary stuff like unexpected weather, ancient but important bridges that need repair, rather shocking criminal activity and political stuff at the highest of world levels.  It seems like the things that should get special attention are the likes of Earth Hour and outer space.

This is no place to be discussing what things are the most important things in life as to a great extent that’s an individual matter.  If a specific generalized topic were to be picked, it would likely be Earth Hour as if there’s no Earth there’s not really anything else known that’s related to human life.  “Saving” the Earth is a top priority at least until some (far) distant time if/when there’s human colonization of other planets or the like.

It’s been noted that a number of new followers have picked up these little messages and the other bunch as well.  It’s of course hoped that anyone even passing by gets something out of what is said at any time, but the thought came that perhaps some of the stuff buried in long past commentary, especially on these pages, might be worth some repeating for the benefit of newcomers who don’t have time to read very far back.

What all might be included in a hunt for what might be useful information hasn’t been thought out.  The moving hints of early last year is what came to mind, but there is also Aviation Trail stuff that might be worthwhile even though ATI does have a category.  It may not happen at all, depending on current life and times, but it seemed polite to mention things seemingly of special value might be re-hashed a little for newcomers.

Some things never get old.  🙂

Winter Goes, Spring Begins

The “season” of Spring officially starts tomorrow in the northern hemisphere, which is often called “the northlands” in these pages.  In a sense “northlands” is a good word for certain things, for example, snow.  One can certainly be in the northern hemisphere and be somewhere there’s no snow.  The word “northlands” tends to convey a notion of areas closer to the north pole.

So, it’s officially Spring in the northlands tomorrow.  In the area underfoot there have already been warm days followed later by freezing temperatures and some snow.  There are little bitsy sprouty types of things all over the tree limbs and so forth.  The insect world is surely disturbed already.  And, presently many people have adjusted somewhat to the “spring time change.”

One fact of life in this time of “greeting spring” is that some people actually like winter.  They do not necessarily want it forever or deadly for that matter.  And, of course, there needs to be a warm place to be much of the time, especially after enjoying some play in the snow or on ice.  There’s no way to deny a layer of snow on dirty anything at least for a time makes it look better.

Spring is comfortable, hopeful, enlivening and so forth, but after it there comes summer.  Indeed, three-fourths of the year isn’t hopeful, enlivening and so forth or even necessarily comfortable.  If people are to be realistic, it’s not good to be too carried away with the arrival of Spring, even if it means no further need of lugging firewood into the house for at least the next six months or so.

Perspective can change things.  🙂

Just Some Musing

It’s Daylight Saving Time again!  It’s still Lent, but getting closer to that very serious time called Holy Week.  It’s the week for the Ides of March and St. Patrick.  It may rain or snow a bit farther north.  There may also be a few early flowers around.  People may be disorganized, maybe for the entire week.  Baseball is on the minds of fans.  And, it’s birthday week at the spot underfoot.

It may be nearly three more weeks of Lent, but the Happy Easter bunny, artistic eggs, etc., are already displayed around the old folks’ home underfoot.  So much for the mood of Holy Week.  It may be birthday upcoming at the desk at hand, but the community party for all in March was more than a week ago instead of mid-March — all of three or four people and no cake was delivered.

Daylight Saving Time is now in play, which is a different inconvenience for anyone who didn’t do the switch to Standard Time personally.  With Standard Time in the outside world, if one doesn’t switch, people who are ordinarily late for everything are at least on time if not early.  Being late is not good for one’s reputation.  It’s also a way to miss a lot of goodies grabbed by the early folks.

The Ides of March is Thursday, and there’s no way to know at this time what the bad thing that might happen might be.  St. Patrick’s day, however, is Saturday, and since it’s all right to have a big party on Sundays, the only thing people need to do is piddle around until midnight.  As for a few early flowers, well, they’re pretty new life and very enlivening but they also encourage bugs.

Soon enough days and years pass.  🙂

Upcoming: St. Patrick’s Day

The commercial event of the month is St. Patrick’s day. There has to be at least one commercial event every month (two is better).  How the commercial event of March was established as St. Patrick’s day has got to be a minor mystery of the times.  There are a lot of Irish in the United States, but it’s hardly near a majority.  Not even the total Roman Catholic population is enough to make a saint’s day important.

While it’s true the Irish carry considerable reputation in general, can be at least partly identified by things like surnames and make much of being Irish, it’s a little inappropriate to put said day nearly in the same class as Thanksgiving (which is a shade ethnic).  It’s also true the Spanish, Italians and Germans have a handicap in the fact that at some time in American history their “mother” nations were enemies.

Some may debate the truths about St. Patrick.  To perhaps the same extent some might argue the validity of the March warning of the “Ides of March,” which is sometimes noted by people on an individual basis.  However, there’s hardly the same amount of to-do about the Ides of March as there is about St. Patrick.  One might think a time to be wary of things should be of greater concern than a “party time.”

With all due respect to a noble patron saint (every nation probably has one, including the United States, where it isn’t St. Patrick), that piece of Irish business should really be left to Ireland and family and/or appropriate organizations.  It’s reasonable to wonder why those of Irish descent (as in the U.S.) do not actively protest the crass commercialism.  It may be Lent with need for relief, but use something else.

Thoughts can be thought-provoking.  🙂

‘Tis Lent In The Christian World

The Christian world still exists, but not quite with the impact of not that long ago.  Today the food industry inland can be expected to have more fish and maybe less candy.  Some people may not be around as much if they plan to go to religious services designed for the religious period.  That may or may not be said as a way to explain an absence from something.  And, at least some time the weather will suitably provide for the gloomy spirit of the time.

Apparently there is “outside of religion” evidence (for lack of better wording) that there was “a man in time” (as has been said) called, at least in English in modern times, Jesus of Nazareth.  Calendar years are somewhat confused, a few years off, but it seems there was some kind of unrest noted in historic records at the time and place of the origin of the belief system.  If there was “unrest,” it had to be a group of people, not just one man carrying on.

Setting aside the debates about whether or not there was a Jesus, is a God and was Jesus God or the Son of God, the moral system of Christianity isn’t too bad despite the variations.  While the societies created as a result of it are far from perfect, they did generate and allow space and opportunity for ideas and inventions that have greatly enhanced human and other life, which is not saying non-Christians haven’t also come up with things.

Much of the basis of modern Christianity is the analysis done by a (St.) Thomas Aquinas, who explored other systems for understanding.  It’s not out of the question to look at other belief systems for ideas.  Much of the world this past week was into activities for the “Chinese New Year.”  So, it is now “The Year of the Dog.”  Dogs are wolves, so perhaps by extension it’s also the year of the wolf.  How it pans out, of course, is yet to be seen by all people.

Belated Happy Chinese New Year!  🙂

Government Shut Down

Contrary to a lot of evidence, the “big news” recently was the partial government shut down.  It’s hard to believe some sources don’t think that’s particularly important.  While admittedly not all of the government was included, common sense says that since the government is funded by citizens’ tax money, whatever there is of it should be a real need.  If it’s possible to just shut it down, it isn’t too needed.

That point mentioned, at least one place in the area immediately underfoot was part of the shut down, reportedly.  It should not have the economic impact on the surrounding community that some other places might have, as (reportedly) that office will be closed permanently next year.  Nonetheless, for the moment businesses that provide services for government employees should expect much less business.

The fact that places like the Statue of Liberty have been affected is, of course, notable in general; but, the main interest here is how will the shut down (regarding the national parks) affect the places and things of concern to Aviation Trail?  The air force museum, which is an allied site, did close; but, what of the ATI related Landmark sites is, was and will be closed isn’t clear from what information could be found.

Someone can, say, go look at the outside of the bicycle shop and the surrounding area any time, but going inside and hearing a presentation from a park ranger is more truly exploring the matter.  Something like Woodland cemetery should be operating on their regular hours, so paying one’s respects at the Wrights’ grave sites should be possible; but, that’s not getting much of an idea about inventing airplanes.

How long something lasts can be important.  🙂