Friday, August 7, 2009

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, described the five stages of grief in her ground breaking book "On death and dying".

Interesting to see that differences of opinion are so fiercely debated in the US. After all, the differences between the Democrats and Republicans are superficial. Different programs, same execution. Bush, Obama, what difference does it make for the financial and economic situation? Nada! Nevertheless, it keeps the folks in the US pretty busy as fists are flying through the air. Frustration is at an all time high.
The phases people go through when confronted by grief or loss have been described by Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross in her book "On death and dying" (1969). But what about the experience of loss of 20 years of over consumption and loose credit? Same thing of course.
First we had (have) the denial phase, then the anger, after this the bargaining (Can we save ourselves if we take China out of the US$ trap? Or perhaps we should devalue the US$? Or perhaps we should audit the Fed?). Then the depression (we already have some proof of this) and lastly the acceptance.
Yes, We Can!

Town Hall Meetings turn violent

St Louis website

UPDATE: St. Louis County police say six people were arrested. Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don't tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

“It just seems there's no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.

MEHLVILLE -- St. Louis County police on Thursday arrested at least four people, including a Post-Dispatch reporter, outside a town hall forum held by Rep. Russ Carnahan, said Dawn Majors, a Post-Dispatch photojournalist who witnessed everything unfold.

It happened about 8:30 p.m at Bernard Middle School on Forder Road in Mehlville. Carnahan, D-St. Louis, had drawn a rowdy crowd that overflowed the school gym and left dozens of people outside. Many of those who showed up at what had been billed as a forum on aging carried signs about the national health-care debate.

Dozens of people were kept out because there was no room for them inside. Members of the local Tea Party Coalition, a movement that has emerged to counter President Barack Obama’s policies, had urged their members to attend, which in turn spurred Democrats to establish a strong presence.

The event was winding down when Majors said she saw a police squad car turn its lights on and went to see what was happening. As she approached it, her eyes started to burn.

“And that's when I realized I'd walked through remnants of pepper spray,” Majors said. She turned her attention to taking pictures.

She said she saw a woman in handcuffs who was complaining about the pain of the spray and asking to wash her face and eyes. The response of the officer who was arresting her was, “I warned you,” Majors said.

Majors said the woman had been speaking very loudly and passionately in support of health-care reform earlier in the evening.

“She made herself very visible,” Majors said.

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