also fuck that guy

it’s incredible to me that America doesn’t allow felons to vote. even more absurd are the people who defend that idea, that for whatever reason someone who has been to prison doesn’t deserve the most basic form of a voice in their country. these people, who have actually seen some of the worst parts of our social structure then are excluded from the actual process that could change it.

these arbitrary laws are such bullshit. if we’re running things that way, i say we return the right to vote to the incarcerated and convicted and take it away from anyone who fucking cried at an apple store when steve jobs died. like, talk about people so divorced from reality that their voice needn’t be heard when it comes to building the future…

posted at 17:30 on 27 November 2019 to Personal

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It’s Tradition, After All

Thanksgiving might be the quintessential American holiday. Christmas dates back to before the United States, or else the capitalist coup that takes a holiday supposedly about love and centers it around consumerism would take the cake.

But no, Thanksgiving has all of the makings for a perfect American holiday. Let’s take the obvious one: excess. There’s no shortage of, well, anything in the tradition of the holiday. More food than a person can eat, more football than they can watch, more stress than can be endured. And while leftovers tend to be a holiday staple—unlike the pound of waste every person in the country generates every day—they’re usually being eaten on Black Friday, which would be the absolute worst branding for a holiday if the country still didn’t celebrate Columbus Day.

Which brings us to the next American holiday trait: lying. The entire notion that the colonists and natives had some sort of gathering worthy of creating a national tradition of is horseshit.

There is a certain swath of people who would disregard the various atrocities from the first 200 years of this land (post-‘discovery’). They either never learned, or simply do not care, about the genocide that occurred here. I have an uncle like this. As far as I can tell, his general thesis is any violence that resulted in better business and a stronger United States is par for the course, and any critique of capitalism results in him saying, You don’t actually believe that, do you?

And that is, perhaps, the most American thing of all. It’s the bow that ties this all together. The underlying lies, the celebrated excesses, it’s all made possible with the buy-in. The social contract of predominantly white, center-to-far-right citizens to attach themselves to that one word as a grand institution and defend it against any criticism (and, in doing so, distance themselves from any construct of critical thought that would ever challenge such beliefs).

Society has created its own safety net of language in times like this. Most of the season, criticism can be dealt with by people dusting off their shoulder or saying Haters gonna hate; during the Holidays they can label others as a Grinch. It’s no wonder Americans have created an entire section of language that insulates them from having any social responsibility surrounding behavioral discourse.

So I’ll just stew and loathe all this, eavesdrop on the soft-spine debates defending Elizabeth Warren and wait for next Thanksgiving which will surely be far more interesting no matter what the election results are.

posted at 10:00 on 27 November 2019 to Commentary

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death

the sumatran rhino is now extinct and the koala bear is next but let’s have a national discourse about whether marvel movies qualify as art

posted at 18:00 on 23 November 2019 to Commentary

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Corporations and Compromises

American liberalism shouldn’t be considered a political stance. Like basically anyone who considers themselves a democrat but someone like Elizabeth Warren is ‘too progressive’ for them, that shouldn’t be considered a viable political ideology. These people are going to be the ones who in 30 years will look like Reagan supporters do now, so detached in their own moral superiority that they refuse to believe their position does any harm to the world and that United States imperialism is just ‘the way things are.’

(This is not to say Warren supporters get off the hook, either. She’s especially untrustworthy. It’s Bernie or bust and that’s that. Liberal America does more to help the right wing and capitalist enterprise than it does represent the people as a whole. By simply existing, the DNC does more to hurt America and the people living here than help it.)

posted at 12:00 on 23 November 2019 to Commentary

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cliffdiving

i’m making easy art and i hate it, but i also hate basically all the art that is being made these days so at least i’m not alone

it’s also unfortunate we just live in an age where no art that matters now will in 100 years (other than to examine the opulence and hypocrisy of the neoliberal cultural cliff), and that everything that does matter now really only does so at the behest of the influence of its supporters and not so much for any relevance against the powers that be in this world

what comes next is key

posted at 15:00 on 22 November 2019 to Personal

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tick tock

in just under a year we’re all going to be waking up with election hangovers and there’s a very specific set of events that needs to take place between now and then for the future not to just be an episode of American Ninja Warrior but the obstacles are natural disasters and riot police instead of giant foam pads and slippery ladders and we’re all out of time.

posted at 19:00 on 13 November 2019 to Commentary

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