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Unclassified Info: There may be more turbulence ahead

August 15, 2011|By Gary Huerta

It’s easy to look around and think things are headed in the wrong direction. Or am I the only eternal pessimist on this flight? Admittedly, I can get myself into a serious funk by paying too close attention to the reliable disappointments of mankind.

The newest trend in cultural stupidity, flash mobs, makes me wonder if we’ve hit our evolutionary peak and should now prepare to put all tray tables up, fasten seat belts and prepare for our final descent into oblivion.

Where do people get off thinking it is somehow acceptable to band together to rob, pillage and plunder because they received a message via Twitter? While we here in Glendale may be temporarily free from such large scale lunacy, we’ve got individuals in our community who are just as socially challenged.


I think there is a much deeper societal problem evident linking the individual criminal act to the more frightening and out-of-control mob. Through my eyes, it looks a lot like the “have-nots” of society are making their move to take what they can and ignore the consequences.

Perhaps I’m guilty of trying to place reason on random criminal behavior, but as long as the rich get richer and, the poor get poorer, I have a feeling we may be seeing more singular and collective acts like these in the future. In other words, unless we all do something, the remainder of our flight seems to be flying into some serious turbulence.

And this brings me to the reason for my pessimism — our collective inability to solve problems such as the growing disparity between that top 1% holding the lion’s share of wealth and just about everyone else in the world.

We are driving ourselves into the ground with baseless rhetoric of who should and shouldn’t be taxed. For the life of me, I’ll never figure out why so many people oppose being taxed to pay for our debt. It’s as if we all collectively decided to order everything on the menu for the last 10 years and then not pay the bill.

I know we have a tendency to be gluttons, but this is getting silly. And from the looks of the escalating mayhem, it’s also getting dangerous.

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