Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Privilege is not getting shot by the police #micropoetry

I don't fear getting shot by the police
for doing nothing.
Not everyone is so lucky
to be free of such thoughts.
Never living under the burden
of such realities.
Bliss is unknowing.

#RighttoBearArms if arms defined differently #Merica

Let's say arms really means arms. Then what will these gun nuts say?
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

How is this truck safe? #roadhazard

Its tires are too big. Its cab is too high. It tears up the road making our taxes higher. It shouldn't be street legal, but it is.

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

#MichelleCarter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for telling her boyfriend via phone to, "Get back in," his carbon monoxide filled truck

Carter, who was 17 at the time, told her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy to, "Get back in," his carbon monoxide filled truck. Prior to the call, Roy sealed the windows with duct tape; he connected a hose to the tail pipe; and he fed it into the window where he filled it with carbon monoxide. Then he called Carter after he stepped out of the car. He told her he was trying to kill himself with carbon monoxide. When he asked for her advice,  she told him to, "Get back in." He got back in the truck, and police found him dead the next day. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carter was tried in front of a Massachusetts judge. The judge justified the ruling by saying:

 “She admits in subsequent texts that she did nothing, she did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family,” Judge Moniz said. “And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: ‘Get out of the truck.’” From New York Times article.

This judge relied on voluminous online correspondence between the two in making his ruling. It certainly sends a message to people, and it should cause many to rethink what they say online, on the phone, and in person. Whether or not this message will continue to resonate remains to be seen.

Live tree among the stumps #inksketch

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little troll #micropoetry

A little man with big ears
tells lies
by not saying anything at all.
"I don't recall"
or he doesn't want to.