Sunday, May 24, 2015

We Don't Use Memorial Day to Glorify Reckless Idiots

I don't know why writers continue to get published or magazines like Outside continue publishing articles about reckless idiots like stunt jumper Dean Potter who die doing selfish, illegal, and reckless stunts.

Lionizing these idiots, including the likes of Steve Irwin, who also engaged in recklessness for a living, is just beyond the pale.

It's worse when writers lionize these losers on a holiday weekend when we are supposed to remember those who died defending their country regardless of whether a war was justified.

Sunday Reads

Obituary: Famed Princeton mathematician John Forbes Nash, 86, the subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind, which documented his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, was killed in a car crash.

His wife of nearly 60 years, Alicia, 82 was also killed in the accident:

The Nashes were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.

The Nashes were ejected from the car, Williams said.

"It doesn't appear that they were wearing seatbets," he said.

He and his wife split in 1962, but they remarried in 2001. She had had him involuntarily committed before the divorce when the schizophrenia was taking over his life.

Technically they weren't married nearly 60 years, but they were a couple for nearly that long.

I fully expect the video of Dean Potter's fatal jump will make it to YouTube.

What a moron.

What the goddamned hell?

Not every piece of crap out there is "art."