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Two Lovely Gestures

Barney

John Byrne (39), has spent 22 years living on the streets of Dublin. When he was recently sitting on O’Connell Bridge in the centre of the city a thug grabbed his pet rabbit, Barney, and threw it into the water. Hundreds of people watched as John ran into the river to save Barney. Both he and his rabbit were subsequently rescued by the Dublin Fire Brigade. The incident was captured on video and went viral on the internet, with clips on YouTube getting tens of thousands of hits.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=samemmNMPlM

policeman and beggarA NY policeman, Larry DePrimo, recently came up to a barefooted homeless man on a cold frosty night on a city street with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks .
A  tourist recorded his generosity on her mobile phone. The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. The homeless man has not been identified. De Primo is quoted as saying: "I have these 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you". The policeman squatted down and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on the man.

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a thug grabbed his pet rabbit, Barney, and threw it into the water.

I sometimes wonder if there's any limit as to how vile a human being can be.
Too true
I really can't get my head round why someone would do that.
That's the world we live in now, isn't it?
There have always been people committing mindless acts. I do think though that it is becoming more common, or I might just becoming more attuned to such occurrences.

Yesterday I had to clean egg off the front window. :/

A difficulty with all this is that judges don't know how to handle such cases - no point in fines, they have nothing, no point in jailing them, they're only an added burden on the State.
I find that there is a lot of fear right now, and thus, a lot of suppressed rage. The "thug" that did this probably feels so angry and hopeless that the only "relief" he could find was to lash out at someone who he perceived to be more helpless even than himself. Sad.
That is true.
Incidents like that do seem to go up when people have more hope. But part of the perceived proliferation, I think, is that now, they're heard of 'round the world. And in this era of budget and staff cuts, more media outlets are relying on the cheap/easy police-blotter stories.
That should be "no hope", in the first sentence.
my husband wrote this for the Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/01/ny-cop-s-act-of-kindness-resonates-with-thousands.html

he also wrote a very fine book about his friend, that Mychal Judge a few years ago