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Check this shit out
September 11, 2008

Apple Juice, Max ZT

wow

Jon Stewart: The Most Reliable Name in News
September 4, 2008

http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=184086

It boggles my mind that half of the American people actually vote Republican.

Google Chrome
September 2, 2008

For those of you that are software adept, Google just today released their super lightweight, feature heavy browser, Google Chrome.

It’s really great; I’m not sure about add-on development for it, but as far as light-weight goes, it runs faster than light, and is professional looking as well.

Check it out, it’s worth a shot.

Complete Hypocrisy.
September 1, 2008

Let me be the first to say that I found the Bristol/Sarah/Trig Palin stories to be quite intriguing and I gobbled them up shamelessly. However, when you beat a dead horse like DailyKos is doing right now, you’re forfeiting the high ground. DailyKos needs to get on a new track, and find the topic that really matters. Kossians have become hypocrites, in that they support a woman’s right to choose, personal liberty, but they go on the attack when a 17 year old girl chooses to have sex, and faces the consequence of pregnancy. Hypocrisy.

It was announced today that Bristol Palin is currently 5 months pregnant, meaning that if the 5 months part is true, there’s no way she could have given birth in April. It’s Sarah Palin’s baby as far as anyone can possibly know right now. Effectively, all this announcement did was lift the accusation of lying to the general public from Sarah Palin’s shoulders.

That being said, there are still two very real and very feasible arguments to be made from the situation. She still exhibited poor judgement in handling the birth of the first child. She should never have boarded an 8 hour flight after the water breaking. Okay. Point made.

Secondly, the proof is right here in the pudding. Sarah Palin is STAUNCHLY supportive of Abstinence-Only sex education, but her own daughter didn’t pick up on the principles her mother heralds so dearly. The right wing fundamentalists give the argument that when you equip people with the ability to have protected sex, they’re going to have pre-marital sex. Well, they aren’t getting pregnant, since we’ve already equipped them with the necessary tools. So what does it boil down to? Pre-marital sex being a sin in the eyes of evangelists,  the right-wing Christian nation.

Where’s the separation of church and state there? Why do we allow this biblical notion to run our government’s policy? Abstinence-only sex education is a travesty that has statistically driven teen pregnancy numbers through the roof. Why do we constantly ignore the religious influence on local and federal government policy? Better question, which I’d like you to address in the comments, “How do we remove religious influence from Government policy, including but not limited to, abstinence only sex education, gay marriage, and abortion?”

You think the right-wing would be pretty critical of Bristol Palin for engaging in pre-marital sex, right? No no no! Instead, they champion her as virtuous and making good judgement since you know, at least she didn’t have an abortion? HYPOCRISY. The government, the world, this country, these people are rife with hypocrisy, corrupted with it to the very core of their ideals, and we can’t do a damned thing about it but sit back and tear our hair out as they run our lives with their influence on the government.

Sheer Disbelief, losing faith.
August 31, 2008

It’s been a while, EE readers. I’ve had little to offer in an onslaught of life changes for me. Moving, new school, new car, new stuff. You know the drill. New roommate too, who’s also a chef and pretty epic guy.

More importantly, I’ve been reading. A lot of mainstream news unfortunately, but doing my best to catch up on the blogosphere as it whirls into a frenzy. So much tasty news, so little time.

Sarah Palin is the best news the DNC ever received. The Republicans are spinning it hard, just like they spun McCain winning the primaries. They put on their best face and say, “It was a brilliant choice, that Palin’s hard-hitting and experienced. I mean, after all, Russia is right next to Alaska. Foreign policy creds straight from da streetz, yo!”

Forgive me. I was actually in a Music History class when I got the text about the VP tap to this woman, and I started giggling like a little school girl. There goes McCain’s best stance. Inexperience? Hard to tack that on your opponent when you are tapping a first-term Governor with no domestic or foreign policy experience. Already lithe with scandal from her own government, after emotionally-charged firings happen in her office. And now, possibly a pregnant-teen, covered up by mom, lying to the world scandal. It’s like someone dropping a T-Bone steak on your plate. I drew some concerned looks when I giggled in class, though. I musta-looked crazy looking at my phone with the biggest grin on my face. There’s the Sheer Disbelief part of this article.

But this posturing of the GOP has me worried. They’re using everything for political gain, including Hurricane Gustav. Hats off to Ray Nugin or whatever that douchebag governor’s name is for getting his shit straight this time. But now the RNC’s being turned into a benefit telethon or something. At least that’s one of several possibilities. Talk about posturing. Does the weather have some lobbyists in the McCain camp or something? Perfect timing, it comes AFTER the DNC and BEFORE the RNC. Hurricane Gustav has got to be the best news the GOP has received since Florida had hanging chads.

And I think the American Sheeple are going to eat it up. I think McCain is going to try to capitalize on it. I wonder why Bush and Cheney aren’t going to attend this convention-turned-telethon. My faith in the American Sheeple and their ability to make sound judgements is gone. How do we keep the Pro-lifers, the dangerously despotic right-wing out of power?

The blogosphere needs to stay away from the machine. Publish everything, publish anything. Once we start restraining ourselves from posting something because we think there’s more political advantage in not saying it, we become no better than the politically-inclined Main-Stream Media of the United States of America.

I swear I’m gonna move to Switzerland.

summary of postmodernism
August 28, 2008

by pegleghippie

Ok to pick up on my previous post, I found a quote that summarized postmodernism in such a way that it actually makes sense.  My professor would hate this, since he says pomo defies summary explanation, but he can suck it; this explains it pretty well:

Although diverse and eclectic, postmodernism can be recognized by two key assumptions.
First, the assumption that there is no common denominator – in ‘nature’ or ‘truth’ or ‘God’
or ‘the future’ – that guarantees either the One-ness of the world or the possibility of
neutral or objective thought. Second, the assumption that all human systems operate like
language, being self-reflexive rather than referential systems – systems of differential
function which are powerful but finite, and which construct and maintain meaning and
value.

From the Routledge Encyclopedia entry on postmodernism.

Burning Quick and Loving it
August 28, 2008

by pegleghippie

Classes are hard.  And I mean harder than they’ve been in the past.  All of my time has been devoted to class related activities for the last few days, and when I take a break to do something else, I fall behind.  That’s right, its the first week and I’m already behind.

At the same time, this may be the most enjoyable combination of classes that I’ve ever had.  Four of my five classes pertain to either my major or one of my minors, and I think all four of those are going to be memorable and exciting.  The fifth (economics) isn’t too bad either–I like the professor, I’m interested in the subject matter, and comparatively, it’s my easy class.

I transfered out of a useless public speaking class and into a government class taught by one of my Switzerland professors.  It’s about peace and conflict.  A friend of mine at another school is majoring in conflict resolution, but my school doesn’t offer that, and I figured this class would be the closest I could get. So far it’s involved examinations of how peacekeeping efforts can minimize unpleasant cultural side effects.  That means it’s 30 people discussing how to be peaceful.  It’s classes like this that make me feel like I’m at home in a classroom.

Leadership inspires a lot of what I blog about, and I have two leadership classes this semester.  One has been transformed from it’s regular approach of teaching how change works socially to examining the presidential race (you know, cause change is Obama’s slogan).  The other is on the history of leadership.  So both are about examining politicians and what they did.  Hopefully we still work in lots of leadership theory and methods.

Then I’ve got a class on postmodernist philosophy.  I like it so far, I’m beginning to understand what postmodernism really is (hint:  it’s antifoundationalism).  The class isn’t run like any other class I’ve ever seen.  For the first time ever, I am absolutely sure that psychadelic drugs will improve my work greatly in a class.  They’ll also make it fun as hell, but it’s not the first time that has happened.

So yeah, if I can control all that, all i’ve gotta do is balance in two (maybe three) clubs, a part time job, and being an SGA senator.  Free time and sleep is for underachievers anyway.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I got up this early so I could study (2 chapters of leadership and 3 journal articles in pomo catches me up to today’s assignments.)

JJ’s Pizza
August 23, 2008

Possibly the neatest hole-in-the-wall pizza place I’ve ever seen. Food’s great, but this is awesome; yes, that’s the predecessor of Microsoft Surface!

In which I fully embrace humanism
August 6, 2008

by pegleghippie
Today I realized, while looking at my uncontrolled, messy hair, that I really am an uncontrolled, messy person, in a good way. I’ve been viewing myself the same way since high school, that is, as simple, serious, reserved, and seeking respect. But that’s not me. I love my life now, and I love enjoying things for their own sake.
No longer do i desire to be respected, for people to meet me and say, “he seemed so serious about such-and-such.” I want people to meet me and go, “he exudes happiness and warmth.” I’m leaving that serious stuff behind, the reason being that I’ve found the serious to be incompatible with any positive emotions.
My serious nature from high school led me to study critical thinking. I still think critical thinking is incredibly important, but it’s a tool-all the logic in the world serves to make us happier. That’s the axiom:happiness. Or pleasure, or love, or whatever you want to call it; a word does not exist to encompass the scale of positive emotions as opposed to negative ones.

Why the focus on happiness? At a basic level, I’ve completely accepted that existence is absurd, and dammit, I find absurdity very funny. Even the statement, “life is absurd” is absurd as well.         

That leaves us free to do whatever we want with that absurdity; as for me, I have chosen to enjoy it. All morality, all social norms and laws, every taboo, even my beloved logic, these all only exist to help us deal with how meaningless existence is. I think we’ve over-regulated existence: our current norms often keep us from getting a good laugh at life. Instead, these norms should function as tools that empower us to do more with existence than we could on our own, and to explore new and different types of pleasure. 
fuck religion
Morality, for instance, is great as a guideline for how to get along with people without making them into enemies. That “getting along atmosphere” that morality provides has allowed for macro improvements like civilizations, as well as micro improvements like friendship. But when Morality is more than pleasure’s tool, you get things like christians hating gay people, or Orthodox Jews refusing to flip a light switch on the sabbath, or basically any negative aspect of organized religion.

So In conclusion, life is meaningless, your existence is absurd, and as far as I can tell, that’s the best news any of us could hope for.

“The Great Desecration.”
July 25, 2008

If only everyone read this.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/07/the_great_desecration.php

Please take the time to read this article. It’s astonishing what people are doing in the name of religion. I mean, I’m almost used to it, but somehow I’m always surprised.

Thank you to PZ for such an entertaining and enlightening experience.