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Some good news about the world...
The control of information is critical to embedding questionable thoughts in a person's brain. Make somebody feel like the world is screwed up and going in the wrong direction is a great way to scare them and therefore shove your fascist beliefs down their throat. I tend to be cynical on the short term but optimistic over the long scale, which I largely feel is because, while there's a very long trigger time before the urge to ferment violent rebellion hits, eventually you reach the triggering point if the problem hasn't been otherwise fixed. But I thought I'd mention a few positive happy facts that a lot of people really don't want to admit to because these are the ways that they can control you. And, with an eye towards a bit more irony than strictly required, I'm posting it on Sunday...
A few words on Prop 8
I understand that the people who say these things are well within the throes of cognitive dissonance... a cognitive dissonance that they have been manipulated to by people who do not consider a ''pious lie'' something other than a fancy excuse for what is still a lie. But you have a whole lot of people who try to use the bible to justify changes in the very much secular American government.. but who scream and yell about the separation of church and state when anything doesn''t go their way...
Being uncomfortable about things people assume I believe.. or... a resolution to piss more people off
One of my... well, you might call them resolutions I guess... for the new year is to piss more people off.
Take the pill that makes you want to die
I'm really annoyed and upset about something that is completely not my story to tell and, if anything, not about me. So I'm going to talk about something vaguely tangential to what I'm upset about that happened a good number of years ago instead. Which is one of my more intense brushes with mental illness that I made it through without most people I know actually realizing what was going on. And nobody knew for good reason. Somehow it's a subject that people don't want to talk about that much, as if you somehow catch mental illness like you catch other illnesses... but sometimes something needs to be said.
On white women or bicyclists being where they shouldn't
Even though I'm not part of the 1% that's being bandied about of late.... I come from a decent amount of privilege. I'm a white male. I'm interested in women. I come from a middle-class lifestyle. I happen to be pretty good at a subject that allows me to work in a job where I can make a decent amount of money. And I try to understand this is largely about privilege that I have been born into, not entirely something I've earned...
Going forward from here ...or... flickr uncertainty and ennui
The latest round of flickr layoffs, some chats, and some obsessive hacking a few weekends ago has caused a few thoughts to come to the forefront.