Category Archives: Things To Think About
It’s been awhile and I’d like to start off by apologizing for my lack of blogging lately. I’d also like to thank the steady stream of readers I get on a daily basis, you’re awesome for liking my craziness. Within the next few days I plan on updating all of you with what’s been going on and what’s to come. Hopefully I haven’t lost my toilet reading humor. I love you all.
I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under surveillance, always divided, for liberty and justice for all.
It’s five o’clock in the morning. My alarm fades in slowly with the song “Waking Up” by Explosions In The Sky. I usually wake up this early to take my wife to work so it’s nothing out of the ordinary. She’s a hard worker. I admire that.
The morning is quiet. I like it.
It’s always quiet this early. It’s quiet because our little world hasn’t started up yet. The rest of the world has, but not ours. I like to absorb the quiet after dropping my wife off. The cats usually sleep in and the dogs tend to hop right back on the bed and pass out. I start my morning by making myself a spam omelette and a coffee with three sugars. I don’t add much creamer now days, I guess I’ve out grown it.
After my meal, I take my coffee and sit down at my desk. I call it the command center. It’s the central processor of my stronghold. My “Jarvis”.
“Good morning sir”
I say to myself out loud in a British “Jarvis” voice as my desktop comes to life. By now the faint blue daylight begins to filter over the mountain view that greets me every morning. I open my web browser and log into my usual social medias. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, & WordPress.
I am plugged in.
A Storm Is Coming
The news feed. A constantly evolving digital wave of opinions, ideas, beliefs, products, pictures, and sometimes pointless nonsense. The list goes on. It’s where our lives are written out and recorded in real time. It’s brilliant and truly wonderful.
It’s also a war zone.
A battlefield with multiple factions shelling the living shit out of each other day and night.
The quiet is over.
#Trump2016, #feelthebern, #blacklivesmatter, #hillary2016, #GOPdebate. Hashtags thrown around like hand grenades. Alliances are formed and relationships destroyed as easy as “unfriend”. You’re in the trenches and you’re as powerful as ever because you’re behind a keyboard. You no longer have to share an opinion face to face. You’re safe and secure because you’re in the matrix. Memes are like propaganda bombs filled with false or exaggerated facts about opposing parties but good job bro, really stuck it to em with that one!
We’re all guilty of it really. It’s all part of it. But I find it hard to take a side in all this. I mean I have my beliefs and I have my reasons for who I will vote for but I can’t seem to label it. You can’t claim to be a Republican anymore without being labeled a racist or bigot. You can’t claim to be a Democrat without being labeled a lazy liberal. You can’t fly a Tea Party flag without being called a tea bagger.
When did we lose ourselves? When did we go from a melting pot to a pot of water with individual groups of oil floating around? There’s so many groups and labels that we’ve started to suffocate in it all. We’ve lost sight of who the true enemy is and we are too busy climbing on top of one another as we grasp for air and try to soak up the lime light even if it’s for a quick second. It’s exhausting and like I said before….we’ve looked away from the true enemy and they are reaping all the benefits from it.
He was born on June 21st, 1983 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He is a former CIA employee as well as a former employee for Booz Allen Hamilton which is a company contracted by the NSA. He’s widely known for the **“theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person”.
** source via wikipedia
Recently I read Glenn Greenwalds book “No Place Left To Hide” which covers what happened when Snowden contacted Greenwald about the documents he had obtained.
“…Opposition to government invasion of privacy was a major factor in the establishment of the United States itself, as American colonists protested laws that let British officials ransack at will any home they wished…”
The Fourth Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person’s or things to be seized.”
As Greenwald said,
“It was intended, above all, to abolish forever in America the power of the government to subject its citizens to generalized, suspicionless surveillance.”
I also read that in the mid-nineteenth century, British government began opening its citizens mail, due to the development of rail ways and rapid delivery, which caused a major scandal in the UK. By the mid 1970s, Frank Church investigated the FBI and found that they had labeled a half a million US citizens as potential “subversives” and had spied on people based on their political affiliations.
Snowden handed documents over to Greenwald providing information about the US government partnering with providers, allowing them to sift through emails, messages, video chats, phone calls, voicemails and other means of communication. The data collected is then stored for access whenever they wanted. These major providers include; Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Paltalk, Youtube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. This was a project called PRISM, which allows NSA to collect data directly from servers.
Do you feel comfortable with that? If you are, you’ve already lost.
Some other things Snowden discovered was the governments ability to activate your phone’s microphone and camera capabilities even if it was connected to the internet or not. Greenwald met Snowden in Hong Kong along with two other reporters. They composed articles and stories for their publisher to release to the world. The story caught like a wild fire. The government has never denied the accusations.
A Song of Our Fathers
To say this story is mere conspiracy theory is only, to me, words used by those in denial. Civil liberties groups, Wikipedia, and many more have filed lawsuits against the NSA. That list can be found here. Edward Snowden found something terribly wrong with our government and felt that it was time the people finally had proof that they are watched, spied on, recorded and documented. Our government states that it’s for the greater good of the country. To help catch those who plot and plan to destroy our way of life. So once again I ask you, are you comfortable with this? If you have nothing to hide, them you have nothing to fear right? You have already lost.
“Governments around the world have made vigorous attempts to train citizens to disdain their own privacy. A litany of now-familiar platitudes has convinced people to tolerate sever encroachments into their private realm; so successful are these justifications that many people applaud as the authorities collect vast amounts of data about what they say, read, buy and do-and with whom”
If you are okay with it, then accept and admit that you are submissive. Submission, to me, is an act of something as low, if not lower than that of something on a microbial level. Yes it is true that there is nothing we can do about it, verbally anyway. This very article will be flagged and possibly looked at given the very contents contained in it, even though it is not even scratching the surface. I did that so you could research yourself and learn a bit.
While we squabble about, lobbing verbal abuses towards opposing parties on the constant stream of our news feeds that’s ever flowing. I hope one day the rest of us come to light that we divide ourselves because we let them. We are doing exactly what they want us to do and that is to remain as separate little twigs. A single twig is weak, but a bundle of twigs is strong. We are not a bundle. I fear we are broken and will be for some time. We vote for celebrities, not politicians. We form opinions off of trending topics without actually doing research and when some do research, they read one side of the story. We read media headlines that dice up, alter, and change what’s said to what they want you to read because they know you’ll only read the headline anyway. We watch as candidates dig up dirt on one another and bash each other in their debates. It’s a shame we’ve lost our ability to recognize when something isn’t right. That we now think rebellion on a violent level is an act of terrorism. That we are growing comfortable of the thought of being unarmed. That it’s okay for them to search our lives without reason. We scare too easily. We have weakened. I won’t give up on the country, but to be honest I feel that electing someone,no matter who it is, wont change anything on the grand scale that needs to happen.
Sources I used for this mini article were:
Wikipedia, Google, and the book “No Place Left To Hide” by Glenn Greenwald
Also check out the preview for Oliver Stones ‘Snowden’
She’s our home. Our roots. Our foundation.
You’ll have to excuse me for my writing skills, for they are quite unsuitable for nothing more than the blog of a C student.
To most, Alaska is unknown and hardly looked at as a place one would want to live. Most people I’ve run into that have never been to Alaska think it’s located in the Gulf of Mexico (I’m kidding). But what makes those who have lived here for some time so unique? What are the first few words that come to mind when you think of yourself as ‘Alaskan’?
The first few words that come to my mind is “tough as nails”. Because in all reality, we truly are. We are a special kind of breed that separates us from the norm. Anyone who has an Alaskan friend would easily say they were “different”. We are different. We are taught to adapt, evolve, and overcome most situations in our every day Alaskan life. You have to, or you wont make it. I’ve traveled to many places and have experienced complete polar opposites of Alaska. 98% of everyone I have met outside of Alaska usually is fascinated with where I am from. This fascination usually comes after a shocked, slightly nauseated, yet curious look on their face. Yes I am from Alaska, the 49th (out of 50…Hey some folks don’t know that!) and largest state in the United States of America. With a population of 736,732, Alaska is 663,300 square miles of complete awesomeness.
Every Alaska can agree that we are bombarded with the same kind of questions every time we meet a new person in the lower 48. Some of the usual questions are; “is it always cold there?”, “have you seen a penguin?”, “is it night time all the time?”, “do you live in an igloo?”, “do you have power?”, “do you have internet?”, “do you use cars?”. The list can go on and some of those aren’t even the bad ones. Most of us have gotten use to the onslaught of bad questions and we normally are happy to answer each one with smiles and laughter.
Now most people would think that due to our smaller towns and cities, we are quite a small world. But from all my travels and cities I’ve been to, it really seems the opposite. Being Alaskan, we have to travel what city folk would call “a long way” to get to places. I live in Wasilla. Which means If I wanted to go to the mall, it would be a good 45 minute to an hour drive. We do it so often and so many things are 1-3 hours away that it becomes normal for us. A simple three or four hour drive is nothing. Hell you can drive for seven to fourteen hours straight and still be in Alaska. A small world I think not.
A city, to me, is a small world. Uncomfortably small. Everything you need is within five to ten minutes away, which to me, makes your bubble even smaller. Granted this has its perks and by no means am I bashing these perks. But I do believe things like that diminish our natural human need to explore and expand. Your whole world is packed for you in twenty blocks of concrete buildings, quarter acre lawns, billboards and traffic. It’s definitely a different kind of world. Exciting, but different.
So how would an Alaskan handle being away from the mother land? How do you transition from fresh air to just….air? Or mild traffic to…fast pace chaos. How do you go from mamma moose and her twin calves or mamma bear and her twin cubs to alley cats and and the occasional suburban dog? If any of my friends who have managed to stay out of Alaska for over a year, please comment with answers. I’m not oppose to moving out of Alaska, for I love exploring and risk taking. But I was born here and I’ll die here.
What would you miss the most?
I’d miss everything. I’d miss those winters of going snowboarding in untouched snow. That soreness you get from a full blue bird day of shredding down the side of an Alaskan mountain. I’d miss spending a good afternoon mowing the grass and weed whacking, then having a beer shortly after and admiring your fresh groomed lawn. I’d miss local mom and pop restaurants and businesses. I’d miss the community that we have which is full of kindness (for the most part) as well as that unique Alaskan, independent mentality that we all have. I’d miss the natural season change indicators. The termination dust on the mountain, which means winter is coming. The rotting leaves dog shit smell in the April, which means spring is here. The fireweed as it begins its journey from green, to purple bloom, to the funky cotton stage, and then finally orange and red. That crisp smell in the air just before and after a fresh snow fall. I’d miss the “do it yourself” attitude because in Alaska, sometimes there isn’t a business you can just call to fix a certain thing. You have to just do it. I love that.
Could I live anywhere else?
Why not? Adapt, evolve, and overcome…right? Seems like everywhere could use a little dash of Alaskan. In a few years who knows what the world will offer me and my soon to be bride. I just hope, where ever we live for a bit, they have good salmon….and real crab. They gotta have real crab…
Adapt. Evolve. Overcome.
I was born in Alaska. I will die in Alaska.
I don’t care what kind of dangerous man is at large. Fuck our government and fuck all this shit. End rant. Waiting for the rest of you to grow balls and start really fighting back.
Now this will unravel for the next few days but it will be quick considering i think almost everything is preplanned. This will induce fear into the public, government controls the public with fear. Every so often the fear has to be re-established. Governments gain their power with fear, public fears “terrorists” and “guns” and turns to someone to control the problem rather than doing it themselves. This explosion will be linked to house hold items bought at your local Sportsmans Warehouse/Home Depot. They will then be looked at in media as “things people don’t need to buy”. All the while the point of “its not the items, its the people using them wrongly” will be totally over looked. Thank you and good night. I’ll be in the dark shadowy corner enjoying my Bourbon while the rest of you think this theory over.
Side Note: Don’t forget to follow up on North Korea, you know the crazy folks with nukes. Don’t be a sheep and eat the grass, pay attention the the background action. Fuck the media.
I’m sharing something my lovely girlfriend Nicole typed up back in December. Print it out, fold it up and put it in your fallout backpack for when the time comes.
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
With the anticipated “end of the world” approaching, which theory will take effect? Will it be the global war, natural cataclysm, or the infamous zombie apocalypse? The latest craze of zombies has been widely seen on television shows and movies, so this must be a sign. Let’s pretend the zombie outbreak is what the world will face, we must prepare for the worst. It is best to learn and plan for the future because there is no escaping the takeover of the undead. At the end of this essay, you will be fully knowledgeable with the tactics and skills of fighting off the infected.
Identifying a Zombie
First things first, knowing the appearance of a zombie. All zombies take the form of a human, so do not get confused with the similarities of an uninfected. A newly infected will have a bite mark located anywhere on their body and piercing blood shot red eyes. The undead only have a never-ending appetite for humans. Moaning and lack of speech are signs of the undead. The freshly bitten have vicious and animal like growls. Since they are newly bitten, they still have the stamina to run as fast as a regular human.
The other kind of zombies we all come to know is the decaying ones, who have been dead for some time now. They let out a horrible decomposing stench from their bodies that will sting your nose. Some may have missing limbs and others may have internal organs dangling out of their bodies. Their clothes are musty and torn up, exposing their decaying tissue and scratches. Since the only thing that functions in these zombies is their brains, that’s the only way to kill them. A simple blow to the head with your weapon or getting rid of their head in general, will guarantee you a win.
Form a Plan
When the apocalypse has started, do not panic. Your main goal is to stay alive until rescue has come. Your first step is to find the right place to protect yourself. I would recommend camping out at a department/sporting goods store where all ideal supplies are in reach. Zombies are attracted to bright lights and loud noises, so don’t pick an area like a carnival. Whatever you do, do not wear anything that is brightly colored or neon. You do not want any zombies to spot you, so wear dark clothes or camouflage would be desirable. It is also a smart idea to layer your clothing because it is harder for zombies to bite into. If you are going to weather out this attack with family and friends, make sure they are trustworthy and fit for the fight. Always travel together, do not be like “Scooby and the Gang” and split up. Also, it would not be a bad idea to have a couple of friends you do not care about and use them as zombie bait. Have them stand in front or behind you just in case of a zombie ambush. Follow these tactics and you will extend your survivability.
Now that you know the techniques to survive an attack, you must know the essential supplies to have with you. Food and water is at the top of the list because you can’t live without them. When deciding on what kind of foods you want to stock up on, always go with perishable foods or canned foods. These kinds of foods will last you a long time and will not rot. Food and water can be found in any store, so go ahead and steal them because who is alive to arrest you? Another important item is a weapon. Any type of gun will be okay but one thing when it comes to guns is you need ammunition. You do not want to run out of ammo, so with this item you will have to stock up on a lot. If you are not a fan of firearms, you can always pick a melee weapon. Make sure the melee weapon is long enough to give you some distances from a zombie. You do not want to get any zombie blood splattered on you. Some effective melee weapons are an axe, baseball bat, or crowbar. One thing you need to remember is, aim for the head. If you are traveling in a vehicle, then you will need gasoline. Gas can also be used when you are outnumbered by a group of zombies headed your way. Spill some gas onto the ground and onto zombies; light the gas with any kind of ignition. All the zombies will slowly burn and you will defeat the horde. Some other items that are also useful to you are flashlights, hand crank radio, first aid kit and maps.
Defeating the zombie apocalypse is difficult but with the right supplies and knowledge, you will come out successful. If you are bitten by a zombie, have someone kill you or kill yourself. You can also stay alive and become a part of the undead. Some ways to get infected are primarily being bitten or zombie blood entering the blood stream by any orifices on your body. The year 2012 is coming to an end, and remembering these tips when the zombie invasion comes will help you stay alive. Good luck and happy zombie hunting.
A popular subject now days, is it not? 60,000 dead in Syria, North Korea still being ass bags, fiscal cliff nonsense, lunatics being allowed to spew hatred at military funerals as well as the Sandy Hook funerals, and from what it sounds like, “gun control” is still the main thing to talk about among the social networks and the media still. Let me add in this little rant right now that I am pro hand gun, pro assault rifle, and pro freedom. The 2nd amendment is the right to bare arms. To prevent the government from too much control. Am I wrong? Lets lay this out the way I’m seeing it now…. I have to warn you though, it may get unorganized, crazy, loud, and if you’re easily offended, stop reading now and return to your government controlled life.
First things first, guns don’t kill people, people do. It seems recently that all gun owners have now been stereotyped as “a lunatic waiting to go mad and kill people”. When people get into a debate with me, the most common question is “why would you need an assault rifle?” Well, it’s not a matter of “need”, it’s a matter of “want”. Why would you “need” a sports car that can go 145+ mph? Why would anyone want to own something such as a car that kills thousands of people a year? It just doesn’t make sense to me and their argument becomes invalid to me. Sure a car is a much more needed thing on a daily basis than a gun, I’ll give you that. Here is a little scenario for you. You and your loved one are walking in the park. It’s late and the only light you have to guide you is the distant street lamp. A dark figure emerges from the shadows. This figure assaults you first by…lets say…a nice blow to the head rendering you dazed and confused. This figure then turns to your loved one and begins beating them. It’s a robbery sure, but the dark figure doesn’t want any of you to remember much detail. Constant attack causes confusion. You stagger to your feet as quick as possible. You notice the dark figure has a knife. This is where it gets tricky for some. Are you ready? The dark figure stabs your loved one once. It’s a bloody wound but not a life threatening one, as far as you know. Let’s pretend you have a Springfield .45 hand gun. You pull out your weapon and with out hesitation you squeeze a polished shiny hollow point round into the back of the figures skull. That’s a win. You’re alive and your loved one now has a better chance of getting to a hospital alive and not the morgue. Now what if you didn’t have a gun? Lets say the dark figure kills your loved one and gets away with all your possessions. Sure those are just things, but your loved one is now dead. I’m willing to bet everything I own that you’re going to wish you had a gun at that very moment. No matter what your stance on guns may be. Now I’m not saying everyone needs a gun just to go out and about, but the way our society has been and will get, you may just need some kind of protection in the near future. Who knows? It’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. You never hear the stories of law abiding citizens using their concealed weapon to gun down an maniac shooting up a mall or a movie theater. Believe it or not it happens often, look it up. So why doesn’t the media tell a story of a heroic act such as one of these? Are they afraid of looking like they are pro gun? Why are they maintaining this “fear” of gun owners? We won’t ever know because the majority never ask questions anymore. They never look things up for themselves and they never stop watching the news and think outside the box.
Here’s a few things to think about. Lets compare guns to pit bulls. Everyone knows someone who loves pit bulls and probably owns one. Great dog, awesome dog actually. But sadly the dog has been stained as a terror in society. They are looked at as vicious, uncontrolled animals who attack people for no reason. It’s just in their blood (so they say). However most pit bull lovers will say “it’s not the dog, it’s the people who train them to be that way.” Sound familiar? Of course it’s not the dog! It’s not the gun either, it’s the user. I’m pretty sure some states have made pit bulls illegal. Yet some people still got a hold of one. So next time a pit bull attacks a small child, can we ban pit bulls and have them all turned in and destroyed? Doesn’t make much sense does it? The government would love for all citizens to be unarmed. The same government that shot into crowds of Vietnam protestors in the 1960’s/1970’s, killing innocent people. When the government started shooting unarmed people, did we threaten to have guns taken away? No we didn’t.
So let’s look cities that have strict gun laws. Any one of those cities will probably have a higher crime rate, I promise you. Now take those cities and look up the statistics of those crimes. Was guns and knives used in most of them? I bet they were. So what does that tell you? Come on I know you can get it! That’s it….that’s it! YES! A criminal still used a gun?! But you thought they banned them right? Yes you are right, congrats! They have successfully taken away the means for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and criminals are still getting guns. Why? Because they are criminals, it’s what they do. So good job, you are all victims now. I own a gun because I choose not to be a victim when shit hits the fan. At least I stand some kind of chance when and if the day comes when a maniac unloads in a mall and I happen to be in the line of fire. So what else can the government do to control guns? A few things actually. They can put a tax on all people with a registered weapon. Either give up your gun or pay an outrages tax on each registered weapon you own. They could also make it required for gun owners to register every weapon they own that is unregistered to begin with. If you don’t, and you get caught, you become a felon. Another option is Obama deciding to give the order to the national guard to go door to door and force you to give up your weapons or you may be arrested. That one is a little out there but I like referencing all possibilities because it has happened before through out history 🙂
Now lets pretend any of those ideas actually happened. What do you think would happen? A rebellion I hope! I would hope the country would wake up and see what the hell is actually happening. The government, stripping all weapons from the people. Creating a defenseless society and hindering it’s ability and its right to prevent the government from any more control over the people. I for one will have no problem defending and dying for a right I believe in. Sadly, those who preach rebellion or any form of uprising are quickly cut down by media and labeled “terrorists”. I’m pretty sure it’s already been made illegal to form any kind of militia now days. Another example of government control. So what does this all mean? Is the government slowly trying to created an unarmed society for a quick and easy take over in the near future? Was the documentary “Zeitgeist” right? A world divided up into four unions, all controlled by a one world government? Three of four unions already near full government control and the North American section still slowly being converted and controlled into the hands of the government. Who knows? All I know is I believe that our freedoms are slowly being destroyed not only by our own government but ourselves as well. Our society has become weak and soft. Sorry to say but you are all a bunch of softies. We have grown to fear the world outside our own homes. We have glued ourselves within the safety of our homes and the walls that protect us. We have allowed a society to be controlled by “someone who’s paid to do so” rather than ourselves because we have given up our voice. People who shoot up movie theaters, schools, malls, or any other public place clearly have some mental issue and are just sick twisted freaks with an agenda to harm others. A gun just so happened to be their weapon of choice. If they didn’t have a gun, lord knows they would’ve used a knife, a bomb, maybe a car, anything. We need to teach our children and others the value of human life. Maybe bring back gun safety in public schools because believe it or not, it use to exist. Maybe the media should stop being so damn slanted and report some positive out comes on guns. I will always own a gun and I will teach my loved ones how to properly use it. I will teach my girlfriend how to use them with confidence and accuracy. My house was robbed not to long ago. What if my girlfriend was in it at the time? What might of happened to her if some asshole broke in and saw that she was unarmed? I don’t even want to think about it. I’ll tell you what will happen IF someone breaks in and she happens to be there. She would blow them to hell with a 12 gauge shot gun and paint the wall red. I’ve always had a thing for red. So my opinion is this. Own your gun, love your gun, know your gun. Love your rights and know the laws. Hope and pray you will never have to use it on anyone for any reason but know it’s there for your protection. No one will take my weapons away and if they do, it will be over my dead body.
Coming soon: My thoughts & opinions on our crumbling society.