‘Bleeding’ Chill

January 8, 2015

f264be62c56fb5f5bbc3bea2ac7b5e18A chill in the air this early Thursday on California’s north coast, way-cooler than yesterday, though we’re forecast to maybe reach the high 60s.

Seemingly, the whole world has become enveloped in a deep, weird, and vicious chill. Beyond a big chunk of the US bitch-slapped today with bitter, “dangerously cold air” the real unpleasant feeling of frigidity comes via insanity.
Humanity appears in a bubbling cauldron painted surreal-style by cartoonists.
And spinning abstract-realism into reality.

The sense in Paris, France, and also characteristic of horrifying, senseless-crazy in St. Petersburg, Fla.: ‘A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say she was thrown off of a bridge by her father earlier this morning.’
Immoral, inhumane, insane.

Acts analogous in creating unimaginable dismay/distress.

(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Tragedy,’ found here).

This morning, not much warmth found in France, despite a lot of nasty blowback:

Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris. A bullet hole was also found in a window of the mosque.
In the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers.
The hall was empty, the local prosecutor said.
An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties.
Local prosecutors have described it as a “criminal act”.

Although one of the suspected gunman in the magazine massacre has surrendered to police, there’s a country-wide, if not worldwide, manhunt for two others, brothers according to reports. And this morning, a Paris policewoman was shot and killed in what authorities call a terrorist act:

French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the officer had stopped to investigate a traffic accident in the suburb of Montrouge when gunfire rang out.
Cazeneuve said that a street sweeper was also wounded, and  added that the gunman was still at large and cautioned against jumping to any conclusions about the attack.
Sky News reported that the gunman had been wearing a bulletproof vest.

Supposedly, the assholes were professionals, or trained by professionals.
And in a professional plunge, gutted the City of Lights — from a blog post this morning by Del Fennell at the Irish magazine, Joe.ie. concerning the Paris perspective:

Everybody knew this was coming, and even though the capital is pulsing with tangible waves of disgust and horror, and the airwaves and television screens are overtaken with the recoil of every Gallic journalist, I can see in the frowns of the commuters scurrying home a weary apprehension for the heavy debates and recriminations, rebukes and counter-arguments that are already flowing.
Paris is bleeding.
She is doubled over, stumbling for cover, roiling in pain yet again from the vicious pangs in her belly brought on by the ever-swelling cyst of mutual community mistrust.

The general sense here is that good humoured fun-poking in the face of atrocity has indeed been killed.
Even the irreverent ‘Les Guignols de l’info’, a nightly Spitting Image style satirical puppet show, struggled to find anything particularly funny to say.

Insane grips the chill…

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