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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
12:24 pm
Monday, September 19th, 2005
10:35 pm
Boy, there sure are a lot of ways to call someone a whore!

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
12:55 am
I wrote a children's book today.

Update: for some stupid reason, it wasn't MSIE compatable. But now it's fixed!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
10:08 pm
Friday, September 9th, 2005
12:38 am
I found this while slugging through a message board... it is the best introduction to political ideologies I've seen. Plus five points for succinctness.

Feudalism
You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

Pure Socialism
You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you all the milk you need.

Bureaucratic Socialism
Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs the regulations say you should need.

Fascism
You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Pure Communism
You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

Real World Communism
You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most "ability" and who has the most "need". Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation.

Russian Communism
You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the black market.

Perestroika
You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the "free" market.

Cambodian Communism
You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

Militarianism
You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

Totalitarianism
You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

Pure Democracy
You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

Representative Democracy
You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

British Democracy
You have two cows. You feed them sheeps' brains and they go mad. The government doesn't do anything.

Bureaucracy
You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

Pure Anarchy
You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

Pure Capitalism
You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

Capitalism
You don't have any cows. The bank will not lend you money to buy cows, because you don't have any cows to put up as collateral.

Enviromentalism
You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
3:56 pm
1:35 pm
Pastafarian game
Click here to play Flying Spaghetti Monster the game. The goal is to touch as many students with your noodly appendage as possible, converting them to Pastafarianism.


Him.


A Happy Pastafarian.
1:58 am
Every generation dies, and then the next generation comes in and does the best they can.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
1:18 am
"If you don't have something good to say, don't say anything at all."

House of the Damned, the movie adaptation of the video game series.

Pros: ...
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
5:38 pm
I'm looking forward to watching "Ring of Darkness."

Apparently, its a horror movie about a boy band comprised of zombies.
And no, it's not redundant, the flesh eating kind.
1:35 pm
Connect!
You say this isn't about politics? Fuck you, this IS politics, real time, real life politics...

Out of the linked rant, those words stood out the most.

It is all too easy to disconnect from the world, perceive things through the talking points of the mass media, as though the whole world was just another show. People dying as gladiators for our entertainment. Disasters, wars, and serial killer murder trials are discussed most casually around water coolers. Not in terms of anything of substance, only mechanics.

What is thought of as radical is relative to what the majority of citizens in a nation believe. Reality is far more solid. Democratic politics converts that pool of beliefs into real action. Good things happen and bad things happen. Some people benefit and others get hurt. This paragraph is a no-brainer, something to "yeah yeah yeah". But it is crucial to recall the nature of politics. Reducing it to a game or a cultural identity without serious moral introspection is appalling and wrong.

"This is not about politics." "This shouldn't be about politics" "Keep the politics out of this."

The same cries prevail in the media and among politicians at times when the politics becomes the most crucial, when nerves are the most raw, when people are in need of politics the most. Disconnecting ones empathy from politics and mass media is precisely what leads to tragedy in a democracy. Reducing it to a game, as fun as being a part of a political campaign is, strips it of its humanism.

If you have IFC, you may want to check out Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers." Ask yourself why a father sexually abusing a daughter becomes funny in sitcom format. Ask yourself why the violence is enjoyable even when it is repulsive.

What The World Needs Now Is LoveCollapse )

That may have been true when the song was written.
Hell, we could still use a little more love.
But what the world needs now,
is a wake up call,
first and foremost,
understand one's nationalism,
individualism,
and humanism,
in terms of empathy,
no matter how harsh it feels,
and let the fucking chips fall where they may.

I confess, Burt Bacharach is a better songwriter. But I still think mine is poignant. Even though it kinda doesn't rhyme.

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
12:17 pm
Neat!
"Ehlers said the 'rapex' hooks onto the rapist's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators."



Link
1:24 am
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
11:01 am
Hurricane Katrina
It appears www.redcross.org is down.

If you want to donate money to the American Red Cross you can go to Amazon.com's website and donate from there.

There is also a blog that I heard about on Fark that is accepting donations, but I believe Amazon to be more reliable.

Update: Their website is running, just very slowly.

And for all you who prefer old-fangled things,
1-800-HELP-NOW
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
7:46 pm
6:20 pm
Just opened a jar of pickles.
Serving size: "1/2 of one half pickle"
I'm curious how they determined that.

There's hardly any caloric content.

There is far more sodium in a serving of olives.

Pickles are great.
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
12:39 pm
Hannity and Colmes, August 25, 2005
COLMES:...And I want to ask you about something, Ann, that you wrote in your most recent column. You had a very funny line, actually, that it is hard to find a parking spot in New York City. There's no question about it. You've had a pretty good day if you can do that.

But then you said, "It's far preferable to fight them on the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York, where the residents would immediately surrender." Now, some New Yorkers...

HENICAN: Ooh...

COLMES: ... felt that you were calling them cowards by making that statement.

COULTER: No, I think I was calling them supporters of Cindy Sheehan.

COLMES: Is that what that is? You certainly don't feel that New Yorkers are cowards?

COULTER: I think they would immediately surrender.

COLMES: So you do?

COULTER: I don't -- I don't think -- I think I'd rather have them trying to invade Mississippi or Georgia, Alabama, you know, the states where I want Cindy Sheehan's bus tour to go.

(Transcript stolen from Huffington Post.)

1:21 am
Sometimes, I wish I was able to take the classes that I have taken with the knowledge I have now. I guess this is one of the few ways that I know I got something out of my college education.
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
10:24 pm
I am happy to say that I am finally done mourning the end of Six Feet Under.
12:05 pm

Pseudo-scientific psychiatry aint got nothin' on lard!

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