Cities, Civilization and the Mentally Ill

Chicago Downtown From the Field Museum

Cities and Civilization

I am a Chicago native and am proud of my native city.  I enjoy cities - I like the vitality and life.

But our decisions to permit the aggressive mentally ill to live freely in our cities compromises our civic life.  We were in downtown Chicago over Christmas in 2016.  I went from O'Hare Airport to downtown on the CTA rail line.  A mentally ill woman was cursing and abusing people.  After she began to light her cigarette lighter in a woman's face and throw things at her I intervened and shifted her anger from the woman to me.

She cursed and swore at me for the next 35 minutes.  I tried talking to her but she was too crazy. She made little sense.  She shifted from me to two young tourists, frightening them.  I drew her attention back to me to protect them.

When I got off the CTA down to the street I was immediately accosted by another crazy guy. This time it was a man - always need to be prepared for an armed assault.  I ignored him other than to be prepared.

Two days later a large guy began verbally abusing a doorman outside of the Palmer House Hilton.  He was also crazy and very threatening.  I stayed behind him ready to knock him down if he pulled a weapon.

I am a large powerful but old guy, who grew up on dasoutsideaChicaga and served 32 years in the Marines.  I know how to fight and can handle myself. Still, it is very off putting for visitors to the city and pushes people out to the suburbs and into their cars.

When I was young we kept abusive mentally ill people in mental institutions.  We closed these institutions for the following reasons:

    • Drugs permitted people to function freely in society
    • We prefer to not incarcerate people
    • We funded group homes for people to live 
    • We saved money by closing mental institutions

      These are still valid reasons but we do so at a cost.  Their lack of civility and threatening behavior hurt cities and drive people away from cities and to suburbs and into cars.

      Nice Christmas Lights at O'Hare Airport in Chicago

      Confirmation bias

      Confirmation bias

      "In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions, leading to statistical errors.

      Confirmation bias is a type of cognitive bias and represents an error of inductive inference toward confirmation of the hypothesis under study.

      Confirmation bias is a phenomenon wherein decision makers have been shown to actively seek out and assign more weight to evidence that confirms their hypothesis, and ignore or underweigh evidence that could disconfirm their hypothesis."




      Disinformation is a Russian word. The Wikapedia graphic above illustrates how it works.

      Russia sees the US as a competitor and adversary.  They give their version of events through the very slick government owned agencies rt.com/news  and sputniknews.com.

      These two organizations publish a lot of legitimate news. But they also publish disinformation - Vladimir Putin's view of the world. They publish a lot of criticism of the United States - some of it fabricated. 

      They amplify their views through the use of social media and on numerous comments made on chat pages.
      Bloggers echo their views. Most of the bloggers are simply republishing their comments to gain viewers for their blogs. And readers forward their often outlandish views in emails and social media.

      Wikileaks is closely allied with their views.

      People who want to be well informed should not form their views simply from reading blogs and forwarded emails.  Double check what the blogs are saying with main street media.  Don't believe everything you read. Because you read it on the computer does not mean it is correct.

      Disinformation is most effective when it agrees with your own bias. All the more reason to be careful and take everything with a grain of salt.

      Disinformation (Russian: dezinformatsiya[1][2][3] and dezinformatsia[4]) is intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences.[1][2][3] The English word, which did not appear in dictionaries until the late-1980s, is a translation of the Russian дезинформация, transliterated as dezinformatsiya.[1][2][3] Disinformation is different from misinformation, which is information that is unintentionally false.[5] Misinformation can be used to define disinformation — where disinformation is misinformation that is purposefully and intentionally disseminated in order to defraud.[6]



      2016 Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah

      In front of our Home, heading to the Military Gala
      We had a great year and we hope that you are doing well. We traveled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ireland, and Scotland. We also drove across the United States, visiting our northern National Parks and our daughter Leigh Ann in Seattle. Our son Bret is living nearby in St. Petersburg and our father in Chicago. Everyone is doing well.

      South Africa and Zimbabwe

      Grand Tetons

      Mountain Goats in Banff, Canada

      Grizzly Bear in Banff, Canada

      The Blarney Castle

      TheTatoo in Edinborough, Scotland
      Reception with the Leadership of our Sister City, Dunfermline, Scotland

      Clif 96 and Craig 69

      Cell Phone Photo Through Our Friends Telescope

      Beth and I have stayed active with the 
      Sarasota Sister Cities Organization and the Military Officers Association

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      Happy Holidays

      Merry Christmas

      Happy Hanukkah

      Beth and Craig Hullinger


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