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Shutdowns, Hostages, Tantrums, and Abuse

Let me get the words about the shutdown that have been stuck in my mind, out:

The GOP has decidedly held countless government jobs hostage in this shutdown until the Democrats drop the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans are making a point to tell the Democrats, “Drop the ACA, or these people aren’t going to get back to work because you’re not compromising.”

Capitol Hill, not shutdown

Capitol Hill, not shutdown

I’ve watched a lot of movies in my time, and I have seen many where bad guys go into a building, take the money, and hold people hostage demanding that they receive a getaway vehicle and additional money. They sometimes will even say that it will be the cop’s fault if a hostage dies, because they didn’t fulfill their end of the bargain. This does sound a bit familiar in the shutdown, doesn’t it?

A common domestic abuse case might revolve around the victim always being blamed for the hole in the wall that the abuser caused. To recompense, the victim may be told they’re not getting certain things. It certainly fits the criteria for a domestic abuse situation. It also sounds a lot like what is happening with the shutdown on Capitol Hill.

Now, I am not saying that Republicans are the anti-christ or that Democrats are without their share of stains. The NSA revelations rest on everyone’s shoulders over the last few decades. But there is a certain point that is reached, a time of absolute “what-the-fuck” that comes around when people in our government are willing to essentially abandon the people and use them as a bargaining chip because the other guys made something that just might work. They are so threatened by it– their pride and self-righteousness is so immense– that they punish the common people (read: plebs) by depriving them of jobs and access to places such as parks in a total shutdown. How the hell do you close a forest, or a monument for World War II veterans? It costs as much to board those up and make them inaccessible as it does to maintain them for a few weeks.

Come to think of it, these actions remind me of a rather extreme case, but one that seems to fit. Terrorists are always upset at the people in power, and so they kill the commoners that are associated with (read: under) those people in power. One extreme organization always wants to assault another, but the common people are the points of absorption. But in this case, we’re not dealing with Al Qaeda using citizens to drive their point home.

It’s the GOP.

I suppose if I wasn’t on a list, I am now.

I think this shutdown is the GOP’s last ditch effort to keep its Republic from crumbling. More and more people are becoming disenchanted with them, and I am all right with it. It’s not that I want to see Republicans leave completely. I want to see something other than a two-party system. I want to see people in the House and Senate that are from Green parties, Socialist parties, Libertarian parties and Pirate parties. We need a balance right now, because all we have is a see-saw of the same bad rhetoric on either side. If you bring other kids to the playground, it’s going to level it out and have many pulling influences to get what we need in this country.

So let the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot with this shutdown. The ACA is popular, and there is nothing unconstitutional about it. You lost Repubs, so deal with it.

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Bitter departure, sweet arrival

Leaving Bavaria was a rather hard thing to do this morning. We had the chance to meet Axel, but it was for only one night. Despite the short stay, we seemed to make a tradition out of tinkering with something. This time it was with practicing making a VLAN. It didn’t go well, but we recovered gracefully. But leaving Bavaria on the whole is a very bitter thing. Read more

The Shed of Happiness

I am listening to Opeth’s “Watershed” album, hence the odd title. But I feel like over the last few days with good friends and food, we found something in the back yard of the world that is a shed of happiness. Lilith has recovered from a head cold, we find ourselves at the peak of happiness (I’ve used that word a lot already), and in bliss when we walk outside.

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Getting our feet wet

Germany, I could never tire of you. And I feel as if you’ve garnered another fan in the process– Lilith. She thought I might have been hyping Germany a bit all these months, but she now sees what I was talking about. Read more

First Leg

And so, it has begun. Read more

My brother’s rules for dating his daughter

RULES FOR DATING MY DAUGHTER

Rule One:
If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.
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Epiphany regarding H.R. Giger

Giger’s art deals a lot in cylinders, I’ve noticed. But he applies it with such tone and texture that it feels alien. I think the reason it works so well is because much of our architecture and design is boxed or rectangular in fashion. We have created very few things that are spherical in nature, and they often result looking very alien, or at least foreign.

I wonder what it is about the human mind that causes this, or if it is just simply because we are used to that type of geometry in our every day lives. Perhaps, if we had been more cylindrical in design as a race earlier on, cubes would feel foreign or alien to us.

So bear this in mind: if you want to get a unique look to your stuff, use a lot of circles and spheres (in my opinion). I think a cylindrical computer case would be fantastic, and probably be more heat efficient.

Three-Part Political Rant about Socialism

Section I:

The political parties (aside socialism) here have degraded into a struggle for who’s popular instead of who’s right, and the concern for the citizen is overwhelmingly petite. In almost every incentive that any nominee between local district representatives to the Presidential nominees seem almost like rehearsed rhetoric and have ulterior motives.

When a party dedicates their actions to ensuring the president doesn’t have another term in office because he doesn’t have an elephant on his pin, instead of being bad for the country… it signals to me a time for a political makeover. But that will not be possible, as people who wish to reform the government are marked as terrorists or anarchists, instead of being heard in an open forum.

Section II:

I am really, really starting to dislike how North America is throwing around the word “socialist/ism” as a curse word. I am of the opinion that having a social party mixed in with the dems and reps on Capitol Hill would be beneficial for many. I think the reason a lot of people are not keen on a socialist being in any seat of power is because:

1) Socialism, when a total power, is compared to China and other countries that run as a socialist nation, and,

2) Many people inaccurately believe socialism and communism are the same. This is not the case.

Socialism, when run in a partial party, can effect many good changes. There are many, many nations which have a socialist party in their lawmaking process, but are not a socialist country. Examples include Sweden, Norway, Germany, and many other nations who belong to the Party of European Socialists.

These countries have a higher tax rate (especially Norway, whose tax rate is near or over 30%) but these nations also provide for near-free college, healthcare and other amenities. It’s because people want to ensure their nation thrives as a whole, not as a collection of individuals (there is a difference).

What’s the most prosperous country in the world? Norway. What’s it got that the rest of the world doesn’t? The biggest bump comes from having the world’s highest per capita GDP of $53,000 a year. Norwegians have the second-highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living: 95% say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74% say other people can be trusted.

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The results of socialist influence are varied, but often times result in many good items that are often not centric to the American way of thinking, which is often, “I don’t care for my neighbor, only for my family and myself.” This way of non-global thinking often leads to, “If it doesn’t affect my pocketbook, I don’t care” and has led to an alarming low of non-voters in the United States– only 58%.

So what is my point? In the 2009 parliamentary elections, 76% of Norwegians voted. Germans have had a turnout of at least 70% since 1949. The trend continues the same way in many other countries whom have a partial Socialist party.

I strongly link the two together. Socialism is not a bad thing when executed properly. Stop marking it as such.

Section III:

It is possible to effect political reform legally. What disappoints me about the Occupy protests is that people are on the streets and angry, but nothing else is happening. People are not using the numbers they have en masse to effect change quickly. If you gather thousands of people in single locations and you’re upset about how something is being run, you have power as a citizen to get petitions going. And what better way to do it than to run around and have people who are registered to vote sign it for you en masse?

Not enough people realize that they have the power to pull people out of office, and put people in there that will listen. People need to stop pointing at what the officials are doing wrong, and redact their powers as the citizens have been empowered to.

Point of section: Don’t get mad, get even.

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