‘More Peaceful’ — Not!

June 13, 2016

EPUB001270Deep-miserable overcast gray this early Monday morning on California’s north coast, with a possible break in the dry with a surprise 60-percent-chance of rain maybe Thursday, so there’s that…

In lieu of yesterday’s surreal-horror in Florida (via USAToday): ‘Morocco, Botswana, Zambia and Uganda are “more peaceful” than America, according to a new study.’

But Uganda…?

(Illustration: Artwork by Arthur Boyd, found here).

America has become a really dangerous, weird place.
The shooting Orlando apparently the ‘new normal’ (Vox): ‘It was a terrible, tragic event — and the 133rd mass shooting in 2016 alone. It was the 15th mass shooting in Florida this year, and the fourth in Orlando.’

In that new study, America’s murder rate and military spending are higher than average among nations surveyed, including Canada, but our high incarceration rate the biggest single drawback — we either shoot them and/or jail them.
Details at US News & World Report:

Aubrey Fox, executive director for the U.S. office of the Institute for Economics and Peace, says that despite diplomatic progress made with Iran and Cuba, the U.S. ranking declined to 103 from 94.
“The issues that bring down the peace score of the United States include having more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners but only 5 percent of the world’s population, our access to small arms and the number external conflicts we are involved in,” Fox says.
“We define peace as not the absence of war, but the absence of violence and fear of violence. It’s not a moral judgment about incarceration, but to have lots of people in prison and jail is an indication of violence in a society.”

A society fucked…

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