Tag: politics

  1. Okay, fine. I'm generation X.

    08 March 2022

    This blog post best read while listening to this playlist.

    I keep trying to figure out how to start this blog post. I've started, stopped, pondered, and taken a shower while thinking about it off and on ever since my last post went live back in February. Unfortunately, life in the twenty-first century is.. well, being life in the twenty-first century. The laundry list of things that have taken up most of my time is unfortunately way too long: Java and log4j have cost me more nights of sleep and almost-but-not-quite migraines in the last month or so than I …


  2. I guess this is a milestone, isn't it?

    15 February 2018

    As I write this, it's roughly a week before my 40th birthday.  I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room tapping away on Windbringer while Lyssa undergoes surgery to remove a cataract from her left (and only working) eye.*  When this post goes live on the day of my actual 40th birthday, more things will undoubtedly have happened.  I don't know how much time I'm going to have in the next few days, so I guess I'd best take advantage of the spare time I have due to how busy I've been lately.

    A lot's happened in this past year that …


  3. Net Neutrality and you.

    06 March 2017

    You may or may not have noticed amongst the blizzard of other stuff that's happened in the last two weeks that Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai to the chairmanship of the Federal Communications Commission.  Pai has a history of being something of a contrarian; during his time as one of the five commissioners of the FCC, he repeatedly spoke against regulations that protected the consumer and was against diverse media ownership (since the 1980's, we went from 50 media companies to just six).  Time and again Pai's said that he was going to tear down regulation after regulation that the …


  4. Year 1 under an authoritarian regime.

    29 January 2017

    UPDATE: 20170612

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I don't think I can keep updating this entry.  For the sake of my mental, emotional, and physical health I'm going to let it go.  Lifeline, Edison, and other parts of me are going to continue monitoring and archiving the USian political situation but I, the organic core of everything, need to step back and do other things.

    UPDATED: 20170604

    In response to reading this tweet, I thought I'd type up the following list, and add links to some stuff I've observed.  I'll update it as necessary.  List beneath the cut.

    1. They will …


  5. Prediction: The United States of America will be at war again by 26 July 2017.

    28 January 2017

    Hash: SHA512

    I very much want to be wrong.

    Within 180 days of 0000 hours UTC, Friday, 27 January 2017, the United States of
    America will declare war once again.  That puts it at Wednesday, 26 July 2017
    at 0000 hours UTC.  I do not know for sure, but countries in the Middle East
    seem the most likely targets.

    This seems due, in part, that the USA seems to be trying to start the Crusades
    again (George W. Bush tried once).  The Trump administrations' public and
    flagrant distrust, disapproval, and seeming pants-shitting-fear of Muslims
    around the …


  6. James O'Keefe caught trying to pull another fast one.

    16 January 2017

    So, there's this guy named James O'Keefe.

    He's got this problem: He likes trying to play Mission: Impossible and wreck the careers and lives of people he doesn't like by pulling scams, editing videos in interesting ways to set people up, and generally being the sort of person you'd eject from the party for being such a huge asshole that the Alpha Betas would throw him out on his ear.  He spent all of Election Day in 2016 tailing buses taking people to the polls in an attempt to intimidate them into not voting.  He's cost a couple of people …


  7. Shaun King: Recording from a Corporate Meeting about the Dakota Access Pipeline

    14 December 2016

    Supposedly, the man speaking is Matthew Ramsey, COO of Energy Transfer Partners.

    The interesting bit is around the 6:30 mark.

    Just in case, I've put up a local mirror of the recording.

    The thread talking about it starts here.

    Remember to pick this the hell apart and run every last detail to ground.


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