I'm generally dismissive of over-wrought lamentations that our world is doomed; that the kids these days are terrible; and that we're all just victims of some nefarious and mysterious conspiracy. That said, I think there is compelling evidence to suggest its time for us, as American citizens, to start asking ourselves just what sort of a civil society we're building for ourselves. For your consideration: Eleven mysterious shootings on Phoenix freeways in the past two weeks. In any other country in the civilized world, this would be front page news. Investigators would be closing in on the madman responsible. But at ground zero of Gunsville, USA - the poor cops have no idea where to begin. They have no clue if this is just a pure chance outcome of having ten million firearms jammed into a sprawling metro wasteland. If its just kids playing silly games. Or if its a dangerous maniac bent on nihilistic terrorism. None. That heartwarming military reunion at a professional sporting event? Not quite what it seems. When a hundred thousand people get hoodwinked into giving a red-white-and blue Sieg Heil to the offspring of billionaires, we've crossed a line that shouldn't have been crossed. Black Lives Matter is a "hate group" - at least according to the nuttier fringes of the neofascist cabal that is the Republican base. But when you see what happened to a totally innocent retired tennis star in the lobby of a Manhattan hotel, its time for America's police officers to face up to the fact that they - collectively - have a problem with institutionalized violence. Too many guns. Too many violent cops. And too much corporate ******** masquerading as patriotism.