Monday, 23 April 2018

Nuts

I sat reading family descriptions of this Nashville shooter.  They all kinda indicate that he was a regular guy....up until the summer of 2014, and then became a delusional guy on a fairly regular basis.  Drugs?  Probably so.  No one seems to really know his personal drug habit, which I find strange.  The nude act in Nashville?  It'd be bath salts typically.  But if he'd been taking bath salts regularly since 2014.....he ought to be dead by now.

In recent months, I've sat and pondered upon the safety level that exists in the US today, with nutcases and extreme drug-users.  Up until the 1960s....most states operated mental facilities, and a judge could detain an individual for temporary or permanent placement.   Then we got all upset about the way that the facilities were run....shutting them down.  What really replaced was a three-step effort.....either drugging folks enough....putting them into friendly-stype mental institutes.....or prisons.  I watched a prison show back in 2013 where guards talked about the type of inmates, and as one guard commented....one out of every four folks in his prison were mentally-unfit (either by their actions, or by drug-induced behavior). 

Whether we like to admit it or not.....prisons became the natural substitute after we shut down the mental facilities in each state.   That's where this Nashville shooter will end up.....when found and put through the legal system. 

If you sat and added up the extreme-bipolar folks, the plain nutcases, the extreme paranoid schizophrenics, the drugged-up nuts.....you'd likely come to a minimum of 1.5-million (my humble guess) of people who can't be allowed in public.  The question is.....are you willing to put them away permanently, and if so....where? 

The Late Crowd

I viewed the news this afternoon....seeing this 3:30 AM attack at the Waffle House in Nashville.  Drugged up guy....four dead....couple wounded.  The thing here is that it's 3:30 AM and it's one of those things my dad noted years ago to me.....some kinda quote of 'nothing good happens after 10 PM at night'.  It was his words of wisdom that you might ought to finish up your business and be safely home by that point.

There's a list of things that you just might ought to go and avoid after 10 PM:

1.  Concluding any deal or car-sale.

2.  Stopping off at an ATM machine.

3.  Buying gas.

4.  Hanging out at a country fair.

5.  Hunting or fishing in a snakey-area.

6.  Stopping anywhere within the city limits of Birmingham.

7.  Waiting at some bus station for your next connection.

8. Drinking with strangers.

9.  Attending any revival.

10.  Attending some extra-inning baseball game.

It's odd that you look back.  Historically.....all the way through the 1960s, other than a few bars....most folks and business operations all shut down by 10 PM.  You go to some cop who pulls night duty, and ask about today's environment.....then the cop starts laughing.  Between midnight and 4 AM in Nashville on a Saturday night?  There's probably over 20,000 people roaming around.  At a quarter of them are lit up on some type of drug....the rest have some alcohol in their system.  A cop could pull over a hundred cars in a four-hour period, and find the vast majority would fail a drug or alcohol test.

So why go out?

The '83' People

Years ago, the Pentagon made this decision after many studies, that they would not accept anyone into the military with an IQ less than 83.  It's not a page one type story, and it's been generally known in the public for at least two decades.

The rationale behind the 83-number?  What is generally said is that if you have an IQ less than 83....it means you are untrainable.  You won't retain educational material....be able to grasp basic concepts.....or perform a repeatable and successful procedure. 

Numbers are thrown around, but in general....the studies conducted will suggest that approximately 15-percent of the general population fall into this category. 

I've sat and pondered over this 83-number, and the numbers of the population suggested to be in the low IQ range.  There's a problem that I see with these studies.....they don't really go and conduct these studies in groups of heavy drug-use or alcohol-use individuals.  When you have some guy whacking up his brain cells, and you present a simple 60-second mathematical problem that people would all accomplish when they were sixteen years old....you find the 40-year-old junkie dude....no longer has the capacity to comprehend the basic problem in sixty seconds.  Maybe with full concentration and fifteen minutes of time.....he'll come to some conclusion. 

So with the US population (300 million)....taking the low IQ average group....you have 45-million untrainable people.  Throw in the alcohol affected folks and the druggies.....you might have near 120-million Americans who are of very little value to the business world, or to society itself. They might have a high school education but in today's environment....that means very little.  In simple terms....roughly one out of every three Americans are virtually worthless.

In an average day....you probably will bump into at least a dozen of these folks, and remind yourself that they are 'burger-flipper' mentality....can't be trusted with decision-making....can barely comprehend 6th-grade topics....and they have to make some kind of income to pay for their lifestyle, rent, and retirement one day.

As you wander out each day....learn to appreciate the fact that the nation was able to find some jobs for these poor people, and keep them happily occupied.