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So last week there was a political forum with tons of Millennial media exposure. Two journalists have already proffered their own pieces on it, while I'm building one for a different outlet.

When I sold it I was expecting a single piece. But the two that have already come out are impression-focused: one positive, one negative. That leaves a gaping hole for an unbiased examination of each candidate. But that requires more words. This project went, fast, from one post to a weeklong series. Fortunately for me, the guy who runs the place has plenty of open space for me to fill. I'll just have to remind him that the standard rate is payment-by-post. I'm sinking ~4000 words into this and I expect to be paid as such! :laughing:
 

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Just read this, rather biased, article on socialism.
National Review

If you read that article then you can see dicatorship is the problem. Not socialism. And then at the end he points to Greece, France and Scotland as prime examples.

Seriously?! As someone from Europe and some knowledge of foreign political movements I can safely say:
Greece: The problem isn't socialism, the problem is the people have made a national sport of tax dodging and the government never making an issue of it. Until they were almost bankrupt and now rely on EU for support. The EU, of course, demands some securities as they want to see their money back.
These security's come in the form of political reforms. Ie. Pay taxes. Of course the Greece don't like this at all.

France: Their economy relies solely on EU subsidy but they think themselves god and king of Europe.

Scotland: I really don't know. I don't read much about it on the internet or the newspapers.

But can you blame this on socialism? No! This is bad management. This is what you get when the balance tips over to one side.

Of course a lot of replies from the USA people are like: "EVIL SOCIALISM! KILL COMMUNISM!" (socialism & communism are two different things but never mind)
Heck even the article messes that up by referencing Animal Farm by George Orwell. (Which was about communism)

I always wondered why most Americans are so dead set against socialism.

If implemented properly it can be a boon. Of course no system is perfect and every system has their set of loopholes. But right now capitalism is only fun if you're part of the 1%.
 

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Having a creative day, managed to write something new which in recent years is a rarity. I used to write poetry all the time as a teenager when I was more of a feeler, now that I'm an adult and use thinking more than feeling I don't write as much. My creative side has been wavering, it's nice when I get a random burst!
 

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Just a thought -

If knowledge is power as the saying goes, then what would knowledge of the inside of an INFJs mind be classed as? Knowledge of our carefully guarded secret worlds. The world would suddenly be full of unbelievable vivid images, dark and light secrets, and all the minute details that no one else notices all sprawled in front of your eyes at once in one blur of color.
 

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Just a thought -

If knowledge is power as the saying goes, then what would knowledge of the inside of an INFJs mind be classed as? Knowledge of our carefully guarded secret worlds. The world would suddenly be full of unbelievable vivid images, dark and light secrets, and all the minute details that no one else notices all sprawled in front of your eyes at once in one blur of color.
Reality is not for everyone :)
 
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Of course a lot of replies from the USA people are like: "EVIL SOCIALISM! KILL COMMUNISM!" (socialism & communism are two different things but never mind)
Heck even the article messes that up by referencing Animal Farm by George Orwell. (Which was about communism)

I always wondered why most Americans are so dead set against socialism.

America always seemed weird to me in that sense. Rather than saying "come here to work" it was "come and experience the American Dream". Then there's the with or without us mentality. And the belief that you have to love your country unconditionally. I like where I live, but I wouldn't say I love it. :tongue: It's a strange place. Why even come up with the concept of an "American Dream"? It just makes it seem like it's a country built on advertising. You're a country not a product. Calm down lads!:laughing:
 

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Lollapaloosa weekend and I am fucking ill. I went to the first day and it was so hot at first that I only wear summer clothes but suddenly it was cloudy and cold as shit. So I got sick as shit too. I had to use my asthma medicine that I don't use in a long time, so, yes, I was really fucked up. The worst thing is that I got sick in a day where I liked two of the 20 bands that played yesterday. Molotov and Jack White were really good.
Smashing Pumpkings, Kasabian, Alt-J and Skrillex...yes, fucking Skrillex is playing and I can't go. I could go but I know me and I will wish being home if I get there.

Fuck.
 

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my house is turning into an ikea workshop.
anything to take my mind off things.
 
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This weekend I have had a friend over from another town. She and I met when we were both exchange students in the States, and hit it off right away. This was years ago now, and we didn't even stay in the same town back then. We have been seeing each other maybe once a year ever since, but it feels like we're the closest even though. This weekend I might have discovered why this is. I think she might be an INFJ. I introduced her to mbti, and she took a few tests. None of them were INFJ but the tests aren't really a good measure anyway. She is highly intuitive like me. Feels the mood of people around her. Wears her emotions on the outside. Curious about how things work. Lots of other things also, but those are on the account of my Ni so I cannot really express them. Anyway, quite stoked about this possibility. Explains a lot.
 

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Not bothered. :laughing:


Although a few of my friends were on this show. One of them apparently had a good role. He got cast as a king's guard or something so anytime the King was on screen my friend was standing close by him. Haven't watched the show so I don't know. Think one of my other friends works on the show too. I know she did some work for Game of Thrones. Not entirely sure about this one. She designs small little useless things that they put in the background. Stuff people take for granted. Not enough to get a credit on the show. She still gets bragging rights though. :wink:
But... you have the beard, lad! You're letting it go to waste! :laughing: Interesting you have some friends that have been on the show, though. I think movie making would be quite boring business myself... but I think it'd be interesting to watch. For a little while. (Me thinks boredom would set it rather quickly.) I've not seen Vikings, either.

Maybe I should watch it. I have Viking heritage, you know. :wink:

America always seemed weird to me in that sense. Rather than saying "come here to work" it was "come and experience the American Dream". Then there's the with or without us mentality. And the belief that you have to love your country unconditionally. I like where I live, but I wouldn't say I love it. :tongue: It's a strange place. Why even come up with the concept of an "American Dream"? It just makes it seem like it's a country built on advertising. You're a country not a product. Calm down lads!:laughing:
It is odd, innit? It must seem even more odd when on the outside looking in. Here... we really don't see the oddness of it. Don't even realize the oddness of it exists. I wasn't aware of how it looks from the outside until I had friends from England. I shared photos during the days leading up to the July 4th celebrations. US flags hanging from nearly every house, up and down my street. As far as the eye could see.

One of my English friends commented that it was quite lovely that we did that... that never in her life had she seen their flag flying on house after house after house... for any occasion. It was just not something that was done. I literally had no idea. I thought that's what everyone in every country did. There was a national celebration and you flew your flag... why wouldn't you?!

I'm not a huge fan of (blind) nationalism. That's just silly. And I think a lot of the "nationalism" in the US comes from us being a new nation, in the grand scheme of things. We're still the kids. This is a young country... our ancestors came from other places... lost their languages, their heritage, customs, names... we don't have all of that to cling to, really. It went away and there was nothing to replace it with...

I think that's where the nationalism comes from... the flag and demanding the love of country. It's the one thing we share that can be American... since we don't have the history and the legacy to grab a hold of.

It's actually quite hard to explain, lol. Or maybe there's no explanation... I dunno. Never mind me. :laughing:

Lollapaloosa weekend and I am fucking ill. I went to the first day and it was so hot at first that I only wear summer clothes but suddenly it was cloudy and cold as shit. So I got sick as shit too. I had to use my asthma medicine that I don't use in a long time, so, yes, I was really fucked up. The worst thing is that I got sick in a day where I liked two of the 20 bands that played yesterday. Molotov and Jack White were really good.
Smashing Pumpkings, Kasabian, Alt-J and Skrillex...yes, fucking Skrillex is playing and I can't go. I could go but I know me and I will wish being home if I get there.

Fuck.
Ugh. That sucks. :unsure: Sorry, mate. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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Pizza for chow. That was yummy. :happy:

Not too much else. Stayed up way late... slept all day, as is a good idea on Sundays.

Watched the doco Life According to Sam, the story of a teenage boy with progeria and his parents (who are both doctors) quest to find a cure, not only for Sam, but for other children with progeria.


Progeria, if you don't know, is a genetic defect that causes the body... especially the vascular system... to age approximately 8x faster than normal. Leading these children to become "elderly" in just a few years time and die at an average age of 13.

Nice doco, really. Quite interesting. Also sad. Give it a look, if you're so inclined. It's an HBO documentary so it's available on HBOGo... it's also available on YouTube if you search Life According to Sam 2013.

Speaking of HBOGo... thanks HBO for finally getting the HBOGo app on PS4. Only took you forfuckingever. :dry:

But at least you finally managed to do so before GoT S5 starts next month. So... yay for that.

I slept all day, so... I don't have much. :tongue:

Doing laundry now. Also just had the dog yack up all his chow on my floor. :frustrating: Fucking nasty, yo. Probably should keep on the laundry... didn't realize it had gotten so late already. Where does the time go?!

I played Sims2 for a while last night. Haven't played in a bit. Kinda missed it, decided to play. I'm running outta lots to build new homes for my Simlings, though. I think I'm about six generations into a ten+ family community. Something's going to have to give soon. My neighborhood is going to enforce some Chinese one child rule soon or something... the days of a family having 5 or 6 kids is gone...

Thought about playing other stuff, but ended up watching docos after... I've been trying to watch America, The Story of Us on Netflix...


But I keep falling asleep. Not because it's boring, really, but because I'm turning it on at the end of my day and I keep falling asleep. That's ok, though... it'll take me forever to watch it this way and I'm kinda ok with that. I'm a history buff... especially (primarily) where it concerns the history of the United States... so stuff like this is interesting to me. Even if it does keep putting me to sleep. :tongue:

Watching my union brothers/sisters fight via emails is getting a little old. No fucking wonder we can't ever get anything done. There are a couple going 'round now. What's interesting to me that is the one that just a few days ago said we needed to be more positive and what not just made a wholly unnecessary reply to the rant of another member.

Delete. That was the let's be more positive member's reply. How is that positive? It's provocative, not positive. If you want to delete... delete... you don't need to reply with the word delete. I mean... c'mon man... how old are you? 10? Jesus Henry Christ. :rolleyes:

May be taking a conceal carry course this Friday. Just now was informed there was an available class on Friday. Not sure if I'm going to do it or not as a week is a little bit of short notice and I had planned on getting the passport shit done this Friday and since these things would happen at roughly the same time in towns two hours apart? May not work into my schedule as such... which would be quite unfortunate.

Texting with the boy to see if we can squeeze this ccw course into our schedule Friday, which also includes getting passport shit done. It's going to be close time wise... and I don't know if he's got the money for both things in the same day, either. So... we'll see. The ccw course is something I want to get done, though. But, honestly... at this point, the passport is more important.

Ah, well.

Just remembered to finish my laundry. In the knick of time, really... it's going to be cutting it close as it is, for wearing wet clothes to work. I should pay more attention sometimes, honeslty. :tongue: I don't mind wet clothes in the summer (it's happened...) but it's not that warm in the overnight hours just yet. Wet would be bad right about now.

I guess maybe I'll go watch TWD now. Or something. :wink:
 

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I can't be a viking. I'm technically still "disabled" due to my brain thingy. :tongue:

For a while I wanted to go into movie making. Well, camera operator. Just filming shit. :laughing:


Yeah flags aren't really a big thing here. Although we did have a flag flying from our shed for years. It's pretty much 2/3 of a flag now because of the wear and tear.


I actually like a lot of American culture. When we visited there we were amazed that you could walk in to the back of a sports store into a fucking gun section. :laughing: Seriously, one of the days we spent 90 minutes talking to the guy at the gun counter. It was really interesting and he really enjoyed explaining the rules and the laws to us. The only reason we left is because our American hosts got sick of waiting around.


Our host when we were there was ex-Navy. Old enough dude. Think he served in Korea? Or Vietnam? Perhaps both? But he had a strange military friend who lived around the corner and had a lot of weapons so one day we took a trip around to his house. Our host had to call ahead to warn him. He was a shy guy and was one of those wacky inventor types. Really smart dude. When we get there he has all his weapons laid out for us. A Desert Eagle, a revolver, a rifle, a sword and a chainsaw. :laughing: He let us hold all the guns and take pictures and stuff. Then when he got comfortable with us he revealed why our host had to call ahead... He makes bombs when he's bored. :laughing: Well, explosives. Small little things. He opened a drawer and showed us his latest project. It was a pill bottle full of gunpowder with a fuse in it. He really liked messing about with gunpowder. Back in the 90's he built a canon from an old car axle. Really interesting dude. His father was a cop and he still lived in the family home so his basement wall still had pieces missing from the wall because his dad used the basement for target practice. I really liked that trip. Saw America, hung out with veterans and discovered Latinas all in the space of two weeks. :tongue:


HBOGo you say? Hear they're expanding all over the world? I hope to fuck that Ireland doesn't get left out of that expansion. I've been saying it for months, if I had a way to watch HBO legally I would have no problem paying for it. Please let me throw you some money HBO! :laughing:
 

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STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS: To be or not to be...Speak of me as I am is the last line Othello says...can I speak of myself as I am...probably not, I hate everything I do before I do it...that isn't right...why do people think only of themselves..the African authors I'm studying and particularly the Arabic authors find complete fault with the West's Faustian individualism. Colonization and history...I learned today that white people descend from Black Albinos...is everything a lie...am I lie....even if you hate yourself death is too easy..it's wrong..fight for something...but everything is in a box. BOUND...TIED...CONTROLLED..Did you know that when prisons were first created they realized that they actually increased crime...criminalizing certain groups makes people scared enough of some unknown threat that they allow the government to apply surveillance to probably this...oh the conondrum...to be poor and educated is unfair...the poor are supposed to die off...that's why the rich get the best of everything...HEALTHCARE...Why do I think like this? This is horrible...think happy thoughts..I love sunflowers...they are a joyous flower...tall wild...running through a field of sunflowers would be a dream...hot springs in the middle of the cold mountains...nature's little unknown miracle...did you know that James Joyce and Virginia Woolf were INFJ's...I think a lot of writers are INJF's...because we cannot express our thoughts on the spot..it comes..as if from magic..as if from nothing...all feeling, emotion, and passion..ready to save the world and blocked at every turn...ohhh to make this mind stop racing..would be...for me....HEAVEN
 

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*vent thread*
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After that vent, I'm starting to think now about what really just happened..
Within less than an hour, I got to experience 3 different types of people and their different responses to a similar situation.

One was a horrible, rude, hateful man. Who would purposely stop me from my tracks.

Another was a helpful, sweet one. Who told me that I'm still young and I will be experiencing bad people and good people throughout my life. That, that is just how it is... He helped me find my way.

And the last one was a quiet one, he didn't speak like the rest. He simply took me to my destination.


simple, yet such a profound experience that evoked varied emotions within such a short time..
 

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I can't be a viking. I'm technically still "disabled" due to my brain thingy.
Sure you can... if you get all twitchy or whatever happens, you can just claim to be a beserker or something. :tongue:

For a while I wanted to go into movie making. Well, camera operator. Just filming shit. :laughing:
I've considered as much for myself as well. I do have all the equipment already, minus a mic & dead kitten type set up. I just don't think I'd be very good at it, which is the reason I've not ever tried. *shrugs*

Yeah flags aren't really a big thing here. Although we did have a flag flying from our shed for years. It's pretty much 2/3 of a flag now because of the wear and tear.
We fly one year 'round. It's not a proper flag sized flag... it's a small one. We need a bigger/stronger pole or something for a full size flag. Our regular flag kept getting all sorts of fuckered, so... yeah. Just the wee one now.

I actually like a lot of American culture. When we visited there we were amazed that you could walk in to the back of a sports store into a fucking gun section. :laughing: Seriously, one of the days we spent 90 minutes talking to the guy at the gun counter. It was really interesting and he really enjoyed explaining the rules and the laws to us. The only reason we left is because our American hosts got sick of waiting around.


Our host when we were there was ex-Navy. Old enough dude. Think he served in Korea? Or Vietnam? Perhaps both? But he had a strange military friend who lived around the corner and had a lot of weapons so one day we took a trip around to his house. Our host had to call ahead to warn him. He was a shy guy and was one of those wacky inventor types. Really smart dude. When we get there he has all his weapons laid out for us. A Desert Eagle, a revolver, a rifle, a sword and a chainsaw. :laughing: He let us hold all the guns and take pictures and stuff. Then when he got comfortable with us he revealed why our host had to call ahead... He makes bombs when he's bored. :laughing: Well, explosives. Small little things. He opened a drawer and showed us his latest project. It was a pill bottle full of gunpowder with a fuse in it. He really liked messing about with gunpowder. Back in the 90's he built a canon from an old car axle. Really interesting dude. His father was a cop and he still lived in the family home so his basement wall still had pieces missing from the wall because his dad used the basement for target practice. I really liked that trip. Saw America, hung out with veterans and discovered Latinas all in the space of two weeks. :tongue:
That sounds very cool. I have a friend/neighbor like that. Vietnam vet... has a shitload of guns, of all variety. Old ass shit, recent shit... all very cool. Rifles and handguns both. And he keeps a loaded weapon in every room of the house. (And in the garage) His is not a house one would be keen to break into, cuz he would shoot the fuck outta you if you did.

He doesn't do explosives, though. Not that I'm aware of, at least.

We mess around with homemade explosives during the days prior to the 4th of July. Fireworks can be altered to make some pretty hellish explosions if you know what the fuck you're doing.

HBOGo you say? Hear they're expanding all over the world? I hope to fuck that Ireland doesn't get left out of that expansion. I've been saying it for months, if I had a way to watch HBO legally I would have no problem paying for it. Please let me throw you some money HBO! :laughing:
They have or are going to have an ala carte system, apparently. Thing is, I think it's too expensive. $15 a month or something. I think I could get it cheaper as a package deal with my satelite provider and I think that's too expensive. If it were less than $10 a month like Netflix, I'd probably be all over it, but as it is? Fuck off... I'll keep using my friend's account. For free.

I mean... all I really watch on there (for the most part) is GoT... I'm not paying $15 a month for 1 program & 3 months of programming. And getting it and canceling it every year would be too much of a pain in the ass. So... there ya go.

I am happy they got the PS4 app, finally. Now I can watch GoT on the big plasma tv! Yay! :tongue:

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Email... the word of the day.

The infighting in the union, via email, continues... I thought it'd run it's course by the time I'd left for work last night. I was wrong. I want to take all their fucking heads and bang them together real hard.

The main problem, best as I can tell, is that I work with a lot of selfish, stupid people. The people that are causing the ruckus were leaders of the old union, ineffective union... the one administration broke for us... and these people are unhappy because when the new union came into place they were not re elected into positions of power within the union.

They got their widdle feelings hurt. :rolleyes:

We've held elections. (Twice!) And you lost. Both times. Get the fuck over it already. Jesus Christ.

So... that's fun. Personally, if these asshats can't get with the program, maybe they should just be removed from the union all together.

And then... there was the accusatory email I received from our director. You know... The head honcho? Yeah, that person. They sent me an email in reply to an email I had sent to them (as a copy) and to maintanence. The director's reply was... more than just a little amusing because they were totally wrong and somewhat infuriating because I was being accused... not outright, but implied.

I don't take kindly to such things so... you know, I had to send a scathing reply. Cuz that's how I roll. :laughing: It will be interesting to see how it plays out now. This could be lots of fun. :tongue:

I wish I could say that I was surprised that she has no idea what's going on in her building... but she doesn't. This email she sent me was a perfect example of that. Saying that something did not happen and would not happen... even though it clearly had, was written down as having happened and was confirmed as having happened when I talked to maintanence directly.

So, yeah. We'll see. Maybe I can get an email war started with the director! :laughing:

Gonna see abouty getting passport photos done tomorrow. Mine, at least. Dunno what the boy's going to do. Maybe he'll get his on Thursday since it's day off and we're not going to do anything with it until Friday, anyway. I don't have the luxury. I'll go to IHOP (with or without the boy) and kill some time having breakfast, then go get that photo business done after.

One down and four to go. That's how we get through the week, right?

Off to watch TWD... see what I missed. (I suspect not that much, from what I saw at the end...)
 

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So my parents have two houses in Wisconsin. One they live in, the other (which is on the other side of the state) they rent out. It's that time of year for them to look for new tenants, and they may have already settled on a particular couple. My dad said the guy is the current facilities manager at the only remaining maximum-security juvenile facility in the state, the facility that I spent a year of my life at. Anyway, he told the guy that I was there and what I'm doing now, and the guy said they are in desperate need of full-time counselors, and that I should get in touch with him. He think my experience having been there as a young offender myself could be quite useful in being able to connect more empathetically with the kids who are there now. I, for one, would like to go and see the changes that have been made since I left there.
 
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