A third of US millennials feel lonely, per a recent YouGov survey, and a fifth say they have no friends, notes The Week’s Matthew Walther.
And while “we can make facile jokes about avocado toast and baristas with degrees in cultural studies” he is “not sure we should find them amusing.”
The crisis of modern loneliness is but one facet of an atomized, soulless society: “We cannot concentrate on anything. We don’t go anywhere, not even to buy food or diapers. . . . The richer we happen to be, the less likely we are to take time off to enjoy ourselves, despite generous vacation allowances.
The poorer we are, the more likely we are to kill ourselves with drugs, alcohol and guns. Even fornication is boring — we have porn for that.”
For political types the recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas are about ideology, sadly they are blinded by their own dogma.
Let’s look at the facts:
Dayton, Ohio – Shooter Connor Betts
- He wore a mask, Ballistic vest and ear protection.
ASSESSMENT He was not a suicide shooter, he planned on escaping and concealing his identity. This is unusual for this type of crime.
- He came to the event with his sister in the same vehicle but ended up killing her.
ASSESSMENT This means that there was a personal element.
- He was a Sexual Sadist.
A classmate told the Daily News that Betts had “fantasized about tying her up and slitting her throat” and he told her he was scared he had those thoughts. She said she was included on a hit list, but her concerns weren’t taken seriously when she reported them.
“found a notebook where he reportedly wrote a list of people who he wanted to rape, kill and skin their bodies.”
- He classified himself on social media as:
“i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.”
he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren
praised Satan, “#selfie4satan #HailSatan @SatanTweeting.”
was upset about the 2016 presidential election results
“I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
- He was a psychology major.
- Suspended during his high school years for compiling a “hit list” of those he wanted to kill and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault.
ASSESSMENT while the police investigated, and the school system suspected him. He was not charged allegedly with a crime and after a short time, school officials allowed him back to the school.
- Graduated From Bellbrook High School, Where Students Considered Him a Bully
El Paso, Texas – Shooter Patrick Crusius
- He was a loner.
ASSESSMENT This type of behavior is not healthy or biologically normal. Humans seek connection with others.
- Manifesto on 8chan was unusual.
Stated his Ideology predated Trump.
MESSIAH COMPLEX “I can no longer bear the shame of inaction knowing that our founding fathers have endowed me with the rights needed to save our country from the brink destruction.
USES MARXIST TERMS “Our European comrades don’t have the gun rights needed to repel the millions of invaders that plaque (sic) their country. People who are hypocrites because they support imperialistic wars that have caused the loss of tens of thousands of American lives and untold numbers of civilian lives.
“My death is likely inevitable. If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I’ll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me. This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. If I’m captured, it will be because I was subdued somehow. Remember: it is not cowardly to pick low hanging fruit. AKA Don’t attack heavily guarded areas to fulfill your super soldier COD fantasy. Attack low security targets. Even though you might out gun a security guard or police man, they likely beat you in armor, training and numbers. Do not throw away your life on an unnecessarily dangerous target,” he wrote. “If a target seems too hot, live to fight another day.”
ASSESSMENT He moves from fatalism about his life to regard for life.
- LinkedIn Page, Cruscius Says He’s ‘Not Really Motivated to do Anything More Than What’s Necessary to Get By’
ASSESSMENT This type of personality trait is common in children who come from overprotective parents who create a codependency in their children or parents who have an emotional disconnect and no accountability for their children’s behaviors. Parenting from the extremes.
In my experience mass shooters have three things in common:
- Dysfunctional families. Codependency, lack of accountability and / or abuse.
- Mental health issues that are not dealt with by family and school officials.
These shooters are created not born that way. Adults who should act in a mature or professional manner failed these people when they were children.
The use of child welfare laws to hold parents and caregivers accountable will go a long way towards reducing these crimes.
When you’re late for a flight—or trying to make a tight connection—getting through airport security as quickly as possible is key. Beyond enrolling in TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry or Clear, you can get through an airport security line faster by booking your flight at the right time and organizing your carry-on.
Research waiting times in advance
Before you head to the airport, try researching security waiting times to avoid long lines. Apps like MyTSAhave crowd-sourced reports of waiting times at most airports; because they’re crowd-sourced, however, they may not always be reliable. Still, it might help you better assess when to arrive at an airport—it also uses historical data to make estimated waiting times and includes information on airport delays, as reported by the FAA.
Some airports, like JFK and LaGuardia, also have real-time estimates on their websites, too, though you’re less likely to find these stats from smaller airports. You can also do an online search for your airport’s estimated wait times using iFly.com, which uses flight volume data and “predictive modeling” to make make best guesses (though it doesn’t account for real-time reports); just search for your airport and “security lines iFly” and the relevant times should appear in the first page of results.
As USA Today writes, you might want to schedule an early morning flight when airports are likely to be less busy and long security lines might be easier to avoid. As we’ve written before, early-morning flights are alsoless likely to be delayed. Or you can opt to fly out of quieter airports than major ones; in California, you might choose smaller airports like John Wayne Airport or Long Beach to avoid long wait times (and traffic) at LAX.
It also doesn’t hurt to look up your airport’s map if you’re unfamiliar with it to find the security line itself, which is particularly useful for tight layovers.
“I’m LAX based, and the entire airport is divided into separate terminals,” u/PlaneShenanigans, a pilot, wrote on a recent Reddit thread. “… It’s amazing how many passengers flying through LAX leave 30 minutes to make a connection when they’ll have to change terminals, which essentially guarantees you’ll miss your flight. Just a little planning ahead will prevent things like this from happening.”
While on a recent trip through Tokyo’s Narita airport, I also found a number of different security lines spread out throughout the terminal and was able to locate one with a particularly short line.
Compartmentalize electronics and liquids and dress appropriately
Perhaps the easiest way to expedite the security process is to properly compartmentalize any electronics and liquids you’ll have to remove from your carry-on. I always keep my laptop in a removable sleeve and all liquids (under 3.5 ounces, of course) packed in a clear plastic, quart-sized bag toward the top of my carry-on so I don’t have to sift through my belongings at security. As SmarterTravel writes, keeping any liquids or gels deep in in your carry-on might only delay the security process.
Also be sure to remove any liquids larger than 3.4 ounces as well as rechargeable lithium batteries you might find in carry-on bags like Away suitcases; you can place them in a bin, too, so you aren’t held up at security.
The Points Guy has another good recommendation: Dress appropriately. Wear a jacket with pockets for your phone, Passport, ID or wallet, so you can quickly remove them and place them together in a single bin. Also, wear shoes that can easily be slipped off and remove any belts while you’re in line; in other words, do everything you can before you reach the end of the security line.
If you want, you could check your bag to avoid the extra hassle at security, but that’ll only mean another wait at baggage claim at the other end of your trip.
Personally, I’ve also found that lines for full body scanners generally seem to take a much longer time than those with walk-through metal detectors; if you have the option of choosing one, I’d go with the line with the metal detector.
Book a trip with someone who has TSA Pre-Check and download Mobile Passport
While not an official rule, for the most part, you might able able to use someone else’s TSA Pre-Check status (and the privileges that come along with it); for this to work, the passenger with Pre-Check will have to book both flights under the same itinerary. When you check in, both tickets should show up with the Pre-Check status. We should re-iterate: It’s not fail-proof, but it’s worked a handful of times for me in the past. Some credit cards like Chase Sapphire Reserve may also offer TSA Pre-Check registration for free as a perk, so be sure to look up your own card’s benefits.
Lastly, if you’re traveling overseas and want to avoid long customs lines, don’t forget to download Mobile Passport; you can submit your information via the app in advance and easily breeze through customs at a number of U.S. airports.