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thunder of portent

thunder of portent

I stopped reading the book “Aberration in the Heartland of the Real” when I got to the point (roughly at page 400) when the author started going into the details of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and mind control.  I’d probably felt like I’d hit a wall again of having been “battered and shattered” (the phrase I woke up with in my mind while the rest of the world was beginning to read about Wikileaks Vault #7)(see Fat In The Fire).

It was probably that sense of being personally and psychologically overwhelmed with the depravities to which the human can succumb, which our government can inflict, about which much of our populace can be ignorant or at least apathetic. 

I’d been at that same place of feeling battered and shattered before; it’s starting to get annoyingly repetitive. 

It started perhaps with the act of getting hauled off by a woman much larger than me who grabbed me by the ear and yanked me to the location and position she wanted me in, whether to see the error of my acts and my failures or to position me for finishing the job of more completely weeding her flowerbed or cleaning her floor, or bringing to the site of whatever next chore she’d picked out for me. 

It continued with the act of watching grown-ups discuss amongst themselves, out of earshot of any of their adolescent charges, on that fateful extended weekend in Dallas.

It happened again when Bobby was shot, although at least then there was open weeping. I was in college at the time, and people were less reserved, less uptight, more hopeful of finding a way out of a war that was largely destructive, even of those who never got close to it. How many of us grew up wondering which family would next have to be told of the death of their son? Almost to a person, none of us knew the horrors of what was being done to another people, at least until we were told by citizen leaders who then had to pay a very severe price for speaking of it. In the end, you learn of those in the distance and those in the family who are left to rot to death because of the use of a sprayed poison.

Decades later, I was again shattered and battered with the knowledge that 3,000 souls can be killed in an single act on a morning, televised for the entire world to see, without anyone giving much thought to investigation or prosecution (except those few who signed their name to a petition or exercised the temerity of speaking up on an Internet discussion board). 

It showed up again when I revisited that narrative about the bulldozer assault during the Gulf War, no longer cleansed and polished for heroic salutation but later opened for examination in all its brutality.  

My feelings of being battered and shattered are, I suppose, a mild civilian form of PTSD.  I’ve never been in combat.  I’d probably have been the fellow who the general would have had to slap, or perhaps the one who ran AWOL, shrieking. Or perhaps the one who turned to embrace the violence and continue it. I had my moments in ROTC training when I was confronted with milder forms of violent reality, but that was mere pretense; I never saw any blood shed on purpose or by accident. But I had felt enough inside to know I couldn’t go down that path, and I didn’t. 

Some would say I was a pussy, a coward. 

I have a different perspective. 

When one thinks for a bit about the divisions and crises that face the nation today, that pregnant moment of the unknown that hangs inside the clouds of a dark storm building up slowly off in the distance, the sense of impending trouble, a vague echo of my own personal run-up to the election of 2000, the high RPM 3rd gear “blinking red” prodrome before 9/11 which eventually got tamped down and packed down by my own personal medical events wrapped around interpersonal stressors, it raises the possible specter of haunting and repetitive visititations. 

I’m no fan of Trump but the Clinton/Obama machinations are enough to make one sick. The Wikileaks revelations are the rumbles of thunder of portent.

excessive testosterone

excessive testosterone

NASHUA, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A Massachusetts State Police trooper and New Hampshire State Police trooper have been relieved from duty after the violent arrest and beating of a driver who led police on a two-state chase.

Police say Richard Simone, 50, of Worcester, led them on a one-hour pursuit that was captured on video Wednesday as it went from Holden, Massachusetts all the way to a dead end street in Nashua, New Hampshire. When Simone got out of the pickup truck, he appeared to kneel and put his hands on the ground when at least two officers began punching him.

Thursday afternoon, Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Police officials both announced their troopers had been relieved from duty. The troopers have not yet been identified.

https://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/simone1.jpg?w=420&h=236

“The Massachusetts State Police expect and demand all department members to act at all times with integrity, honor, and adherence to the law,” the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “If it is determined that a department member has not lived up to those expectations, we will take appropriate action.”

Mass. State Police said their trooper was relieved pending an internal hearing scheduled for Friday.

New Hampshire State Police Director Col. Robert L Quinn said during a press conference Thursday that the trooper was relieved “immediately” after the events of the arrest. He said New Hampshire State Police would conduct their own investigation, and would cooperate fully with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s criminal investigation.

The New Hampshire trooper is on leave without pay.

“The events of Wednesday evening are disturbing,” said Quinn. “However, we will not know the complete facts and circumstances surrounding this event until the investigation by an independent agency is concluded.”

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The pursuit began when Simone refused to stop for local police in Holden. He was wanted on multiple warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and failure to stop for police.

Holden police chased him, and a Massachusetts State Police cruiser followed.

The chase went through several towns at speeds exceeding 100 mph, with the pickup truck “making abrupt lane changes as the (suspect) continued to try to evade capture” and crashing at least once, said Dave Procopio, a state police spokesman.

But spike strips laid out by police eventually took their toll as the pickup truck rolled to a stop on Hughey Street in Nashua, New Hampshire.

WBZ-TV’s helicopter video showed the truck stopped next to a utility pole on a dead-end street before police officers surrounded it with their weapons drawn….”

More:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/05/12/police-chase-arrest-beating-video-new-hampshire-massachusetts-state-police-richard-simone/ 

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Ed.: I once met a young woman at a seminar for sports counseling who was doing some deep research into the conjunction of post-game violence in athletes, particulary in terms of domestic violence. 

That was two decades ago, and that kind of research has surely progressed, but the tentative focus or finding involved hormones (testosterone, in this case) and the stressors of competition and the physiological changes inherent in large-muscle exertion. 

(Clearly there have been multiple other examples, cases, lawsuits, etc. involving alleged excessive use of force, police violence, etc.  The questions involved also extend to military examples and situations.) 

Related questions may involve the degree to which law enforcement professionals are routinely involved in high-intensity weight training or other forms of physical large-muscle exercise, and whether or not individuals were involved with steroids, performance enhancing drugs, HGH et al (i.e., was this roid rage?). You can easily find heavy metal music for gym workouts using the search term “songs about roid rage”.  Equally, interested body-builders can easily find over-the-counter testosterone supplements right next to the generic erectile dysfunction caps. 

Certainly a prolonged high-speed chase of a suspected culprit is extremely stress-inducing and can be likened to an athletic competition. 

Equally, it involves issues of social dominance.

Is road rage related to roid rage?

While extended and deep research is necessary, my own cursory online search done with the text “violence in athletes testosterone competition large-muscle exertion” turned up the following: 

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of

War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System 

      and Vice Versa 

Joshua S. Goldstein 

(Cambridge University Press, September 2001)

http://www.warandgender.com/wgmaleag.htm 

 

Testosterone, and winning and losing in human competition, Hormones and Behavior, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 1989, Pages 556–571

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0018506X89900421 

 

Abstract of Reproductive hormone increases in response to acute exercise in men,

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise  35 18(4):369-73 August 1986

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/20212227_Reproductive_hormone_increases_in_response_to_acute_exercise_in_men 

 

Abstract of Psychological and Behavioural Effects of Endogenous Testosterone and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: An Update, Sports Medicine, December 1996, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 367-390

http://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-199622060-00005 

 

TESTOSTERONE AND DOMINANCE IN MEN

the unedited penultimate draft of a BBS target article that has been accepted for publication (Copyright 1997: Cambridge University Press) and is being circulated for Open Peer Commentary.

http://cogprints.org/663/1/bbs_mazur.html