Sunday, February 28, 2010

We Are Responsible For Life

Man created god. Life created man. The universe created life. We are endowed by these rights because they foster the best life, and we are responsible for self policing the universe in terms of these rights. As creations of life, we are responsible for the fostering of our, other, and new life. Our rights come then from an understanding, which we have evolved the intelligence to obtain, of how best to maintain, continue, and improve all live among this and all worlds.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I am not a Party Goer

I have never been a party person. I can't say anything original about why the party system ruins our politics. No, the two-party system does not ruin it: the party system ruins it. They may be a natural growth of the connections and deals politicians will make to push their agendas. I can't associate with any party. I want to point out that I hate writing this, because while this may be a "rant" blog, I do intend to mean something with what I say and this is very hard to write without sounding like regurgitated echos.

I'm scrambling to describe my thoughts about this. I don't like not being able to pour the words into the <textarea> and just keep rambling on with at least some feeling that I'm keeping coherent thoughts.

I associate mostly with democrats, but its a deal made good by volume more than quality. I see benefits in ideals of democrats, republicans, libertarians, socialists, communists, etc. I suppose conservatives are the only group I can't find a shred of understanding with. Is The Right fighting the bailouts and government expansion in a weak attempt to push themselves back in power? I don't know. I do know that I see some merit. I want to socialize a lot of services, but I don't want to support the failing banks. The problem is not just the usual situation of no one party doing everything I like, but not even doing the few things I like for the reasons that I would. I don't want to let the banks and insurance companies fail because it is capitalism at its finest. I don't believe in loans and insurance and want to see them abolished, and if the free market has done that, so be it. If it won't, I support making them illegal and that is content for another post.

Obama has really disappointed me, sort of. I expected it, so i guess its not a disappointed to get the same frustrations you already expected. I did think that the support of Lessig would mean he gives a fairer chance to free software and the end of copyright chaos, but his RIAA friends are just going to run wild now. More later.

Bachmann is a crazy lunatic, but she's right about one thing: Orderly Revolution is good every now and then. Is it a revolution if you do it legally, within the powers of democracy?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Return of the Rant

There is too much going on in the world not to rant anymore, and this is the place for me to do it. Will more come of this or do I simply need to vent? I neither nor or care, because at this exact moment there is simply the need to rant.

I don't know if the bailout was the savior or damnation of our society and I'm just going to come out and say that I don't care either way. The issues at hand are too complicated for any one or few people to really understand, and beyond the few people it is too complicated to coordinate them to do anything about it. The companies are not too big to fail, but any sufficiently large group of people is. What is being "too big to fail"? If you're one person and you loose your job or small business, you look for another job. Simple. A small company might look for acquisition and a non-profit for donations. International corporations and giant governments aren't too big to fail, we just have no idea how to go about it. They are giant complex beasts.

If our government "crumbled", what would happen?

The military would not go home, and without the budget and resource pipelines they would follow existing or spontaneous plans to secure the means to keep the armed forces active, because that is their job. Even if the people controlling them lost power, they can't just disband.

The post office operates under its own revenue, some years being more profitable than others. Without a federal government telling it what to do, there is no reason they would stop doing what they already do.

Regulatory bodies like the FCC and FDA would continue to exist, striking deals with the corporations they regulate to pay fees that keep their doors open, in exchange for an authority to rule in cases against their competitors. This is no different than industry groups that corporations form and use to make deals with one another for even playing fields. Well, even for the competitors you let in...

The same is largely true for corporations. People are going to try to keep doing what they do every day and the people "in charge" are going to be proven largely irrelevant, until there are disputes and we put new people "in charge" and forget all about everything and pretend like they have real authority again. In the end, the greatest authority is habit.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Why To Read "Help Is On The Way" Volume One

Oh, the time it has been since I've posted here! This is not my lately more-used blog, Raving Techno Rant. This is for non-software, non-technical postings. This may even become a more usual thing! Imagine, the scandal.

Scott Meyer is endorsed by Scott Adams. Scott Adams is both smart and funny. Scott Meyer is both funny and probably smart. Therefor, you should read Help is on the Way. It is an excellent collection of strips from his Basic Instructions web comic. I found myself chortling often.

Read it. Laugh. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


So I'm blogging again. See me blog? Here I am blogging. Blog blog blog.

I've been really neglecting my code blog and ignored this one for much longer. How to change that has been something that hits my mind often, and then I forget about it completely. This weekend I decided to take part in this year, and it seemed like a fitting event to renew my blogging efforts on. This is an annual event of thousands of writers, potential writers, and wannabe writers trying to write a novel in one month. The goal is 50,000 words. You don't need to submit your month-end work as a final revision to a publisher or even have to hit the 50,000 words at all. The point is the effort and the experience, and I need both.

If anyone else is paricipating, I'd like to have some writing buddies. Check out my author profile if you're interested.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Why Flip-Flopping Politicians Are Great

The term "flip-flop" is a political black mark, but one that is probably said (truthfully) about every single politician, at some point in their career. Still, we act surprised and hurt when one of our representatives changes their mind. Do you know what we get when our politicians don't flip-flop? We get people in power like George Walker Bush, our current Commander in Stubborness.

As a nation (or as a world) we need to learn to embrace the flip-flop. This is the great ability human beings, including politicians, need to have. This is the ability to change your mind. Be it because the facts changed, the information you had at hand changed, or because political pressure demands it. Now, I emphasized that last part. Why? Because flip-flopping for political reasons is the best reason to do it! As our representative, these politicians are supposed to stand for what their constituents want them to support. Swaying for political pressure is a sign that the politician knows their place in the machine: our voice. They aren't supposed to have hard-wired positions they won't back down on.

Embrace the candidate who changes their mind for the most votes, because that is the voter-pleaser. Bush doesn't care about pleasing the voters, and that fact is his biggest mistake. The lack of being able to change his mind when the people do is what continues to distance him from even those who put him where he is today.