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Climate change caused this post

If you think about it, climate change really did cause this post…

I don’t have any skin in the climate change debate. Being someone who cares about reason and holding informed opinions, I have no problem admitting that I possess neither adequate information nor the scientific knowledge to form an opinion on climate change that’s even slightly intelligent. I wish more people took this approach on a broad range of topics, but I wish for a lot of things that’ll never happen.

My lack of opinion doesn’t preclude me from stating observations about the climate change debate, rather than climate change itself. In fact, it might even make me one of the better people to do it because I’m essentially an objective third-party. So here is what I’ve observed.

Over the past year and with greatly increased frequency this summer, natural disasters are being blamed on climate change. I’m not talking about obvious stuff like flooding related to rising sea level (if that’s even happening). I’m talking any natural disaster: forest fires, hurricanes, hurricane triggered floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts, Zika, plane crashes, Trump’s dumb comments, Hillary’s health problems, how bad Suicide Squad was, every time it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy, too sunny, or people just otherwise aren’t happy with something, some pro-climate change thumper like Bill Nye, Elizabeth Warren, Huffington Post, Salon, etc. never misses a beat to get all over social media screaming “climate change did it!”

Like I said, I have no skin in this game, so I’m saying this as an impartial observer (so don’t leave comments calling me a climate change denier)… get real. We’ve had natural disasters since the dawn of time. The American West has a wild-fire season EVERY year and has had one for as long as trees have existed on the continent. The Gulf area and East Coast have a hurricane season EVERY YEAR, and they’ve had far worse ones in the past. Tornado Ally is called Tornado Ally for a reason. These disasters are routine and predictable. I understand the desire to bring attention to climate change, but you do your movement no service by blindly blaming “climate change!!!” for every scary event from mass shootings to Hillary rallies. No one is buying it. You claim to be all about scientific process and facts, but keep throwing out this accusation with absolutely no corroborating evidence. Get your shit together or you’ll continue to sound as dumb and ill-informed as the deniers you hate so much.

Also, just to head off the inevitable retorts to this post which will go something like, “yea but they’re blaming it on climate change because XYZ event/season/happening is the ‘worst on record,'” I’m not any more impressed by that “evidence”. “Worst on record” in 100-200 years of records out of tens of billions of years of history is a sample size smaller than Trump’s hands and hardly powerful enough to matter statistically.

Correct the narrative

This year’s election cycle has brought us some of the most blatant media propaganda to date, email leaks that have detailed how in-bed the American MSM is with the DNC, tens of millions of dollars in spending for pro-Clinton online trolls, and what has to be the most coordinated MSM effort yet to shove a candidate down the public’s throat – all of which is based in fabricating a false narrative and selling it to the public as reality. That is literally the sole purpose of our modern Western media. So, in the light of all that and because it’ll be an easy way to throw new material and talking points out regularly, I present my new post segment… “correct the narrative”. Of course, named after Clinton’s “correct the record” Internet troll team.

For our first and current addition we have the photo of this injured child from Syria with quite an upsetting look on his face.

Here are some top headlines off Google news from the few US media outlets even bothering to cover this kid:

Wounded Syrian child sparks social media outrage

A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World

Video of Dazed Aleppo Boy Reverberates Amid Horrors of Syria

People are SHOCKED! OUTRAGED! What’s going on in Syria to get this kid so dirty?!?!

Seriously? This imperial war (never mind all the others the US is and has been involved in) has been going on for years and people are just now shocked and outraged by it because of a picture of a dirty kid with a slightly red face? Just this week we had our second, NATO bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital and literally not one single fuck was given by anyone I’m connected to on any social media. Is it testament to the tunnel vision created by social media (if it’s not trending on Twatter then social justice warriors don’t care about it)? Is it the success of the propaganda machine that’s succeeded in making Westerners subconsciously think that the only things happening in the world are what’s covered by the MSM? Are people really just this clueless or is it a herd/bandwagon mentality that says, “other people are upset about this so I am too…what’s Syria?” It certainly isn’t a lack of available information about the war in Syria. A simple Google image search for “Syria” gives results that are almost entirely pictures of destruction – a map of Syria even comes second to a picture of a bombed out city. A search for “Syria child” returned limitless results just like these…

And those are just the happy ending pictures because their bodies are all in one piece. If you’re going to be SHOCKED and OUTRAGED, then be shocked and outraged. As a tax payer directly funding this conflict and the Clinton/Obama “regime change” imperialism in Syria, it not only behooves you, but it is your responsibility to see the results of your democratically elected government at work and what they’re doing in YOUR name (then sit and try to wonder why the “terrorists” hate us). Go do that same image search and turn off Google’s “don’t show me stuff that might trigger my sensitive self” filter. It’s your responsibility, because children and innocent adults in not just Syria, but every US sponsored war torn country aren’t just getting dirty and red so they can go sit in an ambulance and look sad. That’s the censored, MSM approved face of the war because it let’s you feel sad so you can pretend like you care, but not so angry that you can’t just forget about it five minutes later. It’s like tossing the homeless guy on the corner a dollar (you generous, big-hearted person you), but then not actually taking any steps to end homelessness. You can get satisfaction feeling your feelly feels for the dirty kid, “I care. It made me sad. I’m a good, empathetic person.” Then go back to sipping your Starbucks while watching the Kardashians, confident in your vote for Hilary because, hey, she’s going to bring more of this… but at least she’s not Trump! 

How about instead you go see the real results of imperialist war funded by your tax dollars? Go look at the headless, limbless bodies of the kids that didn’t make it into the ambulance. See the parents carrying their dead kids through the bombed out streets. See the kids flattened by tanks or mangled into unrecognizable piles of meat. You want shock and outrage? Dirty kid is one snowflake on the tip of this war-for-profit iceberg.

So with all that said, let me correct the narrative and give this news story a proper title

“Very, very mild result of American imperialist policy and endless war FINALLY makes it onto the news… clueless Americans in shock.”

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Not just a river in Egypt

“Trump is a danger to democracy!”

“Trump will destroy America!”

“We must ignore all the issues with Hilary and the DNC and band together to defeat this evil menace!!”

Can ​someone tell me what’s so dangerous about Trump? Is it because he’s itching to start a war with Russia… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s trying to reignite Cold War fears to distract from his scandals… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s anti-single payer… oh wait that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s anti $15 minimum… oh wait that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s been exposed as taking bribes to get donors administration positions… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s super pro Israeli genocide… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he’s pro-TPP and any trade deal that’ll crush our jobs and rights… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he rigged an election in his own favor and subverted the most important freedom we have in this country… oh wait, that was Hilary. Is it that he’s beholden to legions of corporate donors that oppose the progressive movement… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it all the people he’s killed in interventionist wars all over the globe… oh wait, that’s Hilary. Is it because he runs a money laundering agency for pay-to-play politics with foreign governments… damn it, that’s Hilary too. Is it because he’s directly controlled media in an attempt to lie to people and subvert democracy… nope, still Hilary. Is it because he hired on a disgraced party chair caught cheating in the primary… shit, was that Hilary too? Must be the private prison lobby money… nope, Hilary. ’94 crime bill… Hilary. Big drug war advocate… Hilary. Anti-transparency, whistle blower prosecutor… Hilary. Anti-regulation of large banks… Hilary. Secret speeches to Wall St. firms… Hilary. Getting caught in a new lie every week… Hilary. Deemed “extremely careless” by the head of the FBI for improper handling of government information… Hilary. 
So, for real, what the fuck is so dangerous about Trump that makes him MORE dangerous than Hilary? I couldn’t even dream up someone more dangerous than Hilary. The cognitive dissonance and mental gymnastics going on with democrats right now is just sofaking mind blowing to those of us without blue blinders on.

And you can ridicule me and throw all kinds of ad hominem shade my way for now supporting Trump (so many already have). You can call me racist and nazi and everything in the book, but one thing you sure as shit won’t do is confront me with facts – because there aren’t any. Any objective reading of reality and facts pegs Trump as the lesser of evils by A LANDSLIDE. That’s why the shillbots and blue blinded folks have nothing to offer in retort but insults and hyperbolic rhetoric making repeated references to Hitler.

Broken Clocks

I heard two pretty great points made today by someone I don’t normally have much respect for.

#1. Rank and file democrats have developed an almost Stockholm Syndrome relationship with their party. In spite of decades of doing absolutely nothing for or actively undermining the middle class, the rank and file still love the party and seem to draw tighter with it with each passing scandal and revelation. The DNC has effectively sold the idea “at least we care, unlike those terrible Republicans,” and that’s now sufficient for their voting base – even in spite of the DNC’s decades of failure to do anything for them.

#2. Trump has been a public attention whore for over 30 years. It was his marketing strategy for his businesses. We’ve watched his shows, read his books, and seen him interviewed by every news outlet on the planet. We knew everything there was to know about him prior to this election. Not once in the prior 30 years was he ever labeled a racist, bigot, or “dangerous.” In fact, he was well known as left of center. Now, suddenly, everyone wants to act like he’s the spawn of Hitler because… they don’t even know. He’s racist. Is he? Quote it. They can’t. Bigot? Quote it. They can’t. What makes him more dangerous than the proven war monger that has some kind of vendetta with Russia? They don’t know.

Back from the dead: a year in review

Much has changed in a year, including my desire to write, ease of flow of my writing, and the amount of free time I have to write. The amount of time that’s passed since a substantial post should be evidence enough of all that. I suppose a desire to write is actually always there, somewhere, but the difference between “I should probably write something” and meaningful content flowing freely to the e-paper is, well, the difference between a post actually getting written or me finding something else to do. Plus, there’s that whole issue of most of my writing previously taking place at work and now no longer having my own office. In fact, I still have a saved draft for what was supposed to be a play by play and analysis of how “#shutitdown” was quickly and effectively changed to “#blacklivematter” in order to stifle an uprising and flip it on its head into a way to further divide the populace.

That draft never made it past the title. This would seem to be a more fitting time than any to actually finish it, but then that would distract me from less important things, like this directionless rambling and lengthy reminiscing on what’s occurred while I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere for the past year. Anyway, I think most people have figured out the “black lives matter” farce on their own at this point. Except the liberals. They’re just getting worse. I like to follow people and pages on social media to keep a pulse on different groups, even though I’m not actually friends with most of these people. I follow the young, Christian couples married at 19 years old, people my age that failed to start and think they’re still in high school, doomsday prepping gun nuts, grads of good schools and bad slaving their lives away (some in real careers, some at Starbucks or equivalent) to pay back their student loans, social justice warriors, kids fresh out of college that think they know everything, military dependapotomouses, police apologists, and, my new favorite, 2016 liberals. I need to come up with a more catchy name for them. I’m open to suggestions. In spite of the lack of a catchy or meme-able name, you’ll still know them when you see them. They’re the people who talk about “safe spaces” (in a totally serious, non-mocking way). They voted for Bernie, but don’t think he’s anti-gun enough. They think whites are racist and ruining the world just by existing (yet, ironically, they’re almost all white themselves). They’re new-age feminists that think everything is rape – including guys saying “hello” to women they pass on the street and the simple existence of a male sex, that’s rape too. They’re the ones that can turn anything into a race issue and scream “RACIST!” at anyone that disagrees with them. Those people. You know the type I’m talking about. Mostly college age. Mostly jobless. Mostly clueless. Saving the planet by putting Caucasians down at every opportunity. Sorry if any of that triggers someone. I should have put a trigger warning. Those a big thing these days too. Anyway, so yeah, I follow some of those people too – just to keep tabs on how crazy they’re getting.

How crazy are they getting? Pretty fucking crazy. The latest litter, fresh out of college (or still in), seems to be trying to one-up the fools before them. Grammar is now racist. Grammar. This was one of many items I’ve been able to check off my bucket list in the past year. I was hoping I’d live to see the day that something as objective, non-political, mundane, and harmless as grammar could successfully be labeled as racist. Life didn’t disappoint and we got there with freightening rapidity. This has resulted in the need for some adjustment though. I used to self-identify as “liberal”. This is no longer accurate or advisable (lest people think I get my entire worldview from Vice and/or Huffington Post). In the past year, the term “liberal” died. “Liberal” has ceased to mean “progressive” and now has become synonymous with being what is, for all practical purposes, a neo-con that loves gays and abortion and hates guns and white people. That’s not me. My IQ isn’t low enough for that kind of lack of independent thinking. So henceforth, my use of the term “liberal” will be in the same pejorative sense that conservatives use it.

Speaking of worldviews and delusional people, we’ve had some tragic, but amazingly landmark events in just the past few months. I’ve written in the past about the need Americans have for even the most complex of issues to be boiled down into black and white simplicity with easily remembered and repeated rhetoric. Of course, when you over-simplify complexity and substitute catchy rhetoric for critical thinking, what you end up with is usually a completely inaccurate representation of reality. But Americans have never been known to let facts and logic get in the way of their opinions. Subsequently, Americans of all political leanings have an obsession with fabricated narratives: “Islam is the religion of peace”, “mass shooters are crazy white people”, “gays aren’t criminals”, “only guns allow for mass killings”, “mass shootings only happen in America because we don’t have enough gun control”, “blacks are always victims”, etc. These narratives are then paraded around as facts and used to justify worldviews, political actions, etc. Within the past year, these narratives and more have been completely shattered. A gay, Muslim guy shot up a night club. Liberals were beside themselves and when the gay and Muslim came out, the story was swept under the rug as quickly as possible. Then a “black lives matter” activist decided he’d had enough and started gunning down police officers. Conservatives didn’t know how to react – call him a criminal thug because he’s black or cheer for him using the Second Amendment in exactly the way they always interpret it. I could see their heads exploding as I watched them try to make sense of it. In both cases, liberals didn’t waste one second before blaming the crimes on guns and demanding more gun control. Dems in Washington even staged an election season pandering fest “sit in” in congress to demand more gun control (then immediately voted down the proposed measures… but I digress). “This wouldn’t happen without ‘assault weapons’!!!” the liberals cried. “Yes it would,” conservatives retorted, “someone could just drive a truck into a crowd and kill just as many people.” “Impossible! That would never happen. You’re an ammosexual living in a fantasy world!” the liberals fired back. Then, whether by cosmic comedy, fate acting as some sick movie director acting perfectly on cue, or an unbelievably timed coincidence, someone drove a truck into a crowd and killed 80+ people. Conservatives seemed to almost celebrate. Liberals were completely silent. Life went on, no beats missed, for the rest of us. I wasn’t surprised. The small number of other people with brains weren’t surprised. It was as unsurprising as a population finally deciding to start shooting cops as retribution for cops shooting them… but alas that’s another issue and this post is already getting long-winded.

I don’t want this to be all politics and world events though. Yet, in spite of my efforts to make a non-political post here and there, this blog always seem to sway back towards politics and economics (they are both in the main header, after all). Maybe because those things interest me and get me heated enough to take the time to write on them. Maybe because I feel there are so few voices of logic and reason out there talking about either. Maybe because that’s all I’m capable of writing about on a consistent basis. Hopefully it’s not that last reason. I originally wanted this blog to be about cycling adventures and industry events (like my venting about shit road disc brakes and how much Specialized sucks). That never really materialized because I figured no one but me cares about what I do on my bike, plus BikeSnobNYC already has that market cornered (though he’s losing his funny these days). I very recently (like, really really recently, while typing the previous sentence) thought about expanding this blog to discuss operations management and poor management induced workplace issues – maybe I still will. For awhile I’ve thought about making a blog written from my dog’s perspective – maybe I still will.  But first, back to what I originally wanted: a blog about outdoor adventures. Hopefully my move to Colorado provides for and facilitates the writing of stories and ramblings interesting enough to write about, maybe they’ll even be interesting enough to read too. Since I can’t keep this blog on topic, I made another one: here. Don’t be too disappointed that there’s currently nothing but a header and the default sample post from WordPress. That blog will hopefully, someday when I’m feeling it, chronicle the adventures and misadventures of my fiancé and I, plus be a place for me to vent and/or share words of wisdom about outdoor life. Of course, I don’t have any time or desire to do that right now though. I wasted it all writing this post.