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|Chicago Downtown From the Field Museum|
Cities and Civilization
I am a Chicago native and am proud of my native city. I enjoy cities - I like the vitality and life.
But our decisions to permit the aggressive mentally ill to live freely in our cities compromises our civic life. We were in downtown Chicago over Christmas in 2016. I went from O'Hare Airport to downtown on the CTA rail line. A mentally ill woman was cursing and abusing people. After she began to light her cigarette lighter in a woman's face and throw things at her I intervened and shifted her anger from the woman to me.
She cursed and swore at me for the next 35 minutes. I tried talking to her but she was too crazy. She made little sense. She shifted from me to two young tourists, frightening them. I drew her attention back to me to protect them.
When I got off the CTA down to the street I was immediately accosted by another crazy guy. This time it was a man - always need to be prepared for an armed assault. I ignored him other than to be prepared.
Two days later a large guy began verbally abusing a doorman outside of the Palmer House Hilton. He was also crazy and very threatening. I stayed behind him ready to knock him down if he pulled a weapon.
I am a large powerful but old guy, who grew up on dasoutsideaChicaga and served 32 years in the Marines. I know how to fight and can handle myself. Still, it is very off putting for visitors to the city and pushes people out to the suburbs and into their cars.
When I was young we kept abusive mentally ill people in mental institutions. We closed these institutions for the following reasons:
- Drugs permitted people to function freely in society
- We prefer to not incarcerate people
- We funded group homes for people to live
- We saved money by closing mental institutions
These are still valid reasons but we do so at a cost. Their lack of civility and threatening behavior hurt cities and drive people away from cities and to suburbs and into cars.
|Nice Christmas Lights at O'Hare Airport in Chicago|
"In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions, leading to statistical errors.
Confirmation bias is a phenomenon wherein decision makers have been shown to actively seek out and assign more weight to evidence that confirms their hypothesis, and ignore or underweigh evidence that could disconfirm their hypothesis."
Disinformation is a Russian word. The Wikapedia graphic above illustrates how it works.
Russia sees the US as a competitor and adversary. They give their version of events through the very slick government owned agencies rt.com/news and sputniknews.com.
These two organizations publish a lot of legitimate news. But they also publish disinformation - Vladimir Putin's view of the world. They publish a lot of criticism of the United States - some of it fabricated.
They amplify their views through the use of social media and on numerous comments made on chat pages.
Bloggers echo their views. Most of the bloggers are simply republishing their comments to gain viewers for their blogs. And readers forward their often outlandish views in emails and social media.
Wikileaks is closely allied with their views.
People who want to be well informed should not form their views simply from reading blogs and forwarded emails. Double check what the blogs are saying with main street media. Don't believe everything you read. Because you read it on the computer does not mean it is correct.
Disinformation is most effective when it agrees with your own bias. All the more reason to be careful and take everything with a grain of salt.
Disinformation (Russian: dezinformatsiya and dezinformatsia) is intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences. The English word, which did not appear in dictionaries until the late-1980s, is a translation of the Russian дезинформация, transliterated as dezinformatsiya. Disinformation is different from misinformation, which is information that is unintentionally false. Misinformation can be used to define disinformation — where disinformation is misinformation that is purposefully and intentionally disseminated in order to defraud.
Dec 16, 2016
|In front of our Home, heading to the Military Gala|
|The Blarney Castle|
|TheTatoo in Edinborough, Scotland|
|Reception with the Leadership of our Sister City, Dunfermline, Scotland|
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Dec 7, 2016
7 hours ago - The U.S. is marking the 75th anniversary of the violence that thrust the country into World War II. Marking the day in 1941 that thrust the U.S. into World War II, Americans are honoring veterans and remembering those who lost their lives in Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
6 hours ago - Veteran Makes First Return to Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later. It was the day that changed his life: December 7, 1941. Beverly Clyde Wilborn, better known as B.C., was just a 20-year-old sailor aboard the USS Maryland when the surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor started.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/...pearl-harbor...years-later.../79fdeee8-aaa0-11e6-977...3 days ago - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — When John D. Anderson reached his battle ... On Wednesday, 75 years later, John Anderson's ashes are to be ...