Perhaps you’re one of those people who doesn’t follow pop culture, or perhaps you haven’t seen the entertainment news lately. Maybe you’re just living in a hole somewhere. You know, like a storm drain…
In the wake of the protests and violence in Charlottesville, I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how racism (and other ‘isms’) in America are “worse than they ever have been.” This sentiment has been echoed in the Washington Post, Slate, Reuters, CNN, and Gallup.
Depression has been prominent in the news lately with the deaths of lead singer of Soundgarden and the lead singer of Linkin Park to suicide within weeks of each other. People are screaming that it’s an epidemic and it’s not uncommon to see comments on social media saying, “What’s going on?!?”
This week in Massachusettes, a verdict of “Guilty” to Involuntary Manslaughter was reached in the criminal trial of Michelle Carter. The beautiful 20-year-old girl who appeared so elegant and stoic in court up until the Judge’s rendering, had been doing her best to save face against the ugly accusations: that she had knowingly helped murder her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
Wikipedia describes Voyeurism as the “sexual interest in, or practice of, spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature.” Psychology’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) explains it much the same way, indicating that the syndrome must cause marked “impairment or distress” to the patient due to their own internal struggle with the morality of the situation, or due to external sanctions like being sentenced to prison time.
From 1978 to 1995 the bodies piled up. Sometimes there was one victim, and other times there was a group. The casualties spanned America, from Connecticut to California. And everyone knew that there was one source: a man the public had named “the Unabomber.” In all, sixteen bombs, (injuring 23 people and killing 3), were crafted and delivered. Most of them contained primitive homemade parts, and an inscription of “FC” on the inside.