Monday, January 31, 2011

Möbius?







You know what really grinds my gears? People who complain about taxes. And don't vote.


Or people who complain about cops. Because they get caught...breaking the law.


These types obviously are disconnected from what the problems really are and perceive the immediate signs as "obviously" being the problem.


Hate not haven't enough money? To hell with taxes.


Hate that you can speed or smoke pot freely? To hell with cops.


Blah.


If you have a problem with it - then vote. These are mostly legislative matters. That is - matters for your congressmen and women to answer to. That's the beauty of a democracy.


The problem is that our peers that do vote are greedily chugging down information from news outlets that gather large audience members from shock media. However, much of the information they deliver isn't just skewed or taken out of context - much of it is often patently false.


Mind you - I'm not the best voter either. But I'll typically keep my heated arguments away from fires I know nothing about because I know better. It's a large undertaking to digest all the data that's flying left and right (harhar). And that's precisely why we DO rely on our journalists to get it right. But good journalism is hard to find these days?


Why?


People like us.


Factual news is boring. Sensational news isn't.


It's the same reason Jersey Shore is thriving and other equally jacked up avenues of entertainment. The same reason both Bill O'Reily and Michael Moore gather such large audiences.


You want to complain about the constraints of the world around you - don't blame the results. Blame yourselves.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Today's People

Current events are getting interesting.

Take a look at the current revolts in Egypt.

And the "green revolution" in Iran a year or two ago - similar deal.

Sudan may be dividing peacefully after the nightmare that was simply know as "Darfur" which amounted to attempted genocide (from what I understand).

Tunisia - similar deal to Egypt though it's not getting nearly the same coverage. It appeared to have been what sparked Egypt's people to get out of their houses and get moving.

I don't know what to really make of it all. I see opportunity for positive change but only time will tell the result of that.

Same goes for the western occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.



What interests me though - my ignorance of the world shows strongly when I start to really think about it: how many of these places did I *really* know anything about until everything went crazy with each? How do I even personally know all of this is really happening? Have we really always been at war with Eurasia? Or was it Eastasia?

With that said - I suspect the majority of the entirely population of the world simply wants to lived and be left the hell alone. It's probably 1000 men and women who control most of the violence in our world. Is that really fair?


Saturday, January 29, 2011

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