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This is the archive for May 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

The story about the innocent couple being arrested for asking directions is all the (out)rage today. The only really interesting aspect of the story itself that I can find is to muse on the implications of "Trespassing on public property" becoming a generally recognized criminal offense.

As to the outrage, well, you know what they say. "One death is a tragedy, a thousand deaths is a statistic." So, outrage noted. Next.

Outrage always carries with it an element of surprise, and a sense that something goes against the accepted order of things. But there is no surprise here, and this is the accepted order of things, these days. "Accepted" being the key phrase, and fertile ground for introspection for anyone who really gives a damn.

Billy, as usual, gets to the deeper meaning of all this:
the entire nature of the job today means that all the wrong people are attracted to becoming cops.
That's what's really important to take away from this. That there are causes of such things, and those causes can be identified, explained, analyzed, and thus potentially remedied.

It's a necessary start, but it it's just a start. These causes are in themselves caused. And those causes caused in turn. Is it turtles all the way down? No, but there's a mighty tall stack that needs to be turned over one by one so their dark underbellies can be examined. Stop anywhere short of the base turtle, and they will just restack themselves faster than anyone can counter, or even count, let alone keep up with the demands on one's capacity for outrage.

Billy, I, and many others have put a lot of thought into traversing that stack, and there's some valid identifications of some very low level turtles that have come out of it. But there's still work to be done.

At some point it'll be found. I just hope to be around long enough to join some friends in a steaming bowl of turtle soup.