Friday, June 19, 2015

MUST WATCH. Jon Stewart is the truth.

Remove the Confederate Flag From All Government Places

To be delivered to The South Carolina State House, The South Carolina State Senate, and Governor Nikki Haley
Symbols of hate and division have no place in our government. It's time to stand up for what's right and take down the Confederate Flag!
There are currently 194,777 signatures. NEW goal - We need 200,000 signatures!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The idea of "race" adapted as a political tool throughout history til now. It seems like this German scientist was able to invent the world's most divisive human pyramid chart without actually making a pyramid. (Not that caste systems and human slavery didn't predate this: maybe taglining science helped reinforce it) It's actually interesting how malleable such a rigid word has been throughout time, where crossing state lines in this country could be the difference between being "black" and "white" according to state law (by blood). Let's also not forget that for a long time there were confused "racial statuses" of "ethnic whites" in this country that would change to accommodate the political agenda over a series of eras (immigration/wartime/labor/etc). The most surprising thing I learned was that in one single year between 1929 and 1930 if you were Mexican American you went from being "white" to " non white" to limit immigration and then in 1942, they were switched back to "white" to increase the U.S.'s wartime labor force.

But even if you were to deconstruct race to a simple "myth" that guides tangible discussions among people with different experiences and histories, there are a prism of human extremists that will always go out of their way to destroy others that challenge any of their beliefs. And I think that's just a shitty human problem people are going to need to work on. Maybe moving into the future, there will be more discussion about "culture" than that of "race" because culture is something that as Americans we all share- but it seems that "race" is a better headline and it's easier to sell newspapers over a photo of yet another "white" gunmen mowing down innocent people of color. This does not discount the fact that what happened is a tragedy, it always is a tragedy, and in the future there will be so many more.

For now I guess the overall acceptable idea of American culture if you were to look at news outlets is definitely "sex and violence" with a side of unexpected "free love". Let's also not forget what's currently going on in the Dominican Republic right now, where naturalized citizens are being denied their country because they have lineage that simply traces to Haiti. Maybe if this was 50 years ago, the government would have just killed them all but in 2015 they're just sending them back to Haiti, where a catastrophic public health crisis could easily happen. The world has always been kind of fucked, but now I guess it's a more "politically correct" kind of fucked. You know, substitute mass killing fields for sanctioned public health crises or a long, enduring history of disenfranchisement of marginalized groups that might justify violations of human rights and freedoms based on the interest of one system.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let's go Warriors!!! 1975, 2015.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


The other day on facebook, I made a post about Technology: "

As much as I appreciate technology, it sure does suck out the romance and mythology out of life." Today I came across an article posted on facebook embodying similar sentiments. When you can find the better written articles about this particular topic, it's easy for curiosity to turn into a morbid fascination of our current state of dating affairs. I don't think there is an actual term yet for the quiet majority of people in my generation who abstain from using apps as a crutch for dating. Because it basically is a crutch and I've had plenty of time to think about it and feel like a party pooper. I've always felt myself a proponent of technology from a young age, creating my first web page through Javascript at 9 years old, but at 30 maybe the curmudgeonly side effects of age within a hyper app driven backdrop are starting to rise. It's do or die, ain't nobody got time for this algorithmic driven bullshit.

"We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good morning” text. We say romance is dead, because maybe it is, but maybe we just need to reinvent it. Maybe romance in our modern age is putting the phone down long enough to look in each other’s eyes at dinner. Maybe romance is deleting Tinder off your phone after an incredible first date with someone. Maybe romance is still there, we just don’t know what it looks like now."