Sunday, June 26, 2011
Normally, a strike can be a pretty profound way of telling someone to fuck off.
But it doesn't always work that way.
Take Canada's recent postal strike. It completely froze ALL Canadian mail (including a present I was expecting from a friend, damnit) for weeks. And while it's expected to start again tomorrow, it revealed an unexpected truth - society went on without mail. People were able to, for the most part, go to work, send their kids to school, buy things and even pay bills without the post at ALL. So some people seemed to think that they could live perfectly well without a post office at all.
Friday, June 24, 2011
It took this article about how U.S. guns are flooding into Mexico and arming the drug cartels to make me finally understand what the NRA is all about.
It actually has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment. Or with state's rights. Or the Constitution or any of that. It just has to do with money.
One of the few manufacturing sectors left in the U.S. is guns. We make some of the finest guns in the world, and we expert our weapons to anyone with cash. We also know that guns are very attractive to criminal organizations with lots of money, so loose laws enables them to sell more guns. Using the 2nd amendment as a rallying point for right-wing revolutionaries enables them to sell more guns. The gun companies give money to the NRA, which lobbies congress for weaker gun laws, which enables them to sell more guns, make more money.... and the cycle continues.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Switching routines is tough. Switching blogs is tough too. Familiarity, even with mediocrity - well, there's something to be said for that.
I tried to switch to Tumblr, and then to Wordpress, and I lost my mojo / rhythms. I have returned reluctantly home with my tail between my legs.
Writing blogs in 2011 is tough, because there's basically so much content out there. Compare nowadays to the 1980's and before, when seeing your name next to something you wrote was a huge accomplishment that 99% of the population never saw. Now, everyone is a publisher. The bar has been set so very low, that quality is no longer synonymous with publishing, is no longer assumed to exist on the net at all. There's a wading that's requiring - a sifting through the bad and, rarely, the good.
This post can be counted as among the more pedestrian blog posts out there. By using the word pedestrian, however, I can convince myself that it's of higher quality than it actually is.