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Armed Chinese Troops In Texas


Although I support Ron Paul in the coming up American elections, I decided to post this message primarily due to the point it gets across; Americans would not accept the treatment their state has been providing towards other nations.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Politics

 

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Ron Paul’s New TV Ad – Conviction


With the Republican field appearing weak and Paul recently being in second place in fundraising it has become clear he no longer is a fringe candidate. With this comes an important responsibility; marketing oneself to the electorate.

This ad delivers. A strong message as well as effective political marketing are present. Was very surprised at the quality of this piece!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Politics

 

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The youth’s lack of political thought


A negative trend has stuck its face at me; the younger generation [Canada, other nations if relatable] lacks opportunity to learn political thought, and thus many remain ignorant.

Yes, we had the measly course of social studies when we were young, and yes we took a half credit course in civics, but we did not discuss our framework’s key issues, other ideologies and political philosophies, and the changes that should be worked for, such as the ever increasing inability for individualism to live comfortably off a job. In the 70s many individuals working common sectors were able to live comfortably unlike in this day and age.

Studies in school is so based upon that of business and the sciences. They are seen as either good money makers or prestigious areas to go into. Thus, few study politics. The problem? We are social beings, and our societies are so advanced; not understanding how they work results in little dissent, a lack of change, and a population often blinded by its partisan values. People seem to not view these issues as structural, and rather latch their political crushes on parties that have continuously failed us.

This brings me to the question; how much does the older generation know, and will our future generation remain ignorant? For example, the American society is riddled with so many issues, but they are often blamed, by both Americans and Canadians, on individuals or groups as opposed to our system:
-the war on terror (military-industrial complex and imperialism not Obama vs. Bush)
-deficit (careless spending and a slip to fascism, not Democrats vs. republicans)
-economic inequality (you get it by now)

Boy, a few courses in political and economic ideology could have worked wonders.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Politics

 

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Voting Changes Perpection : Flawed Canadian Electoral System


A month ago on this day the 2011 Canadian Federal Election took place. It was the first election where I was eligible to vote. With me being enthralled by politics I couldn’t sit by and not vote my first potential time, so I headed off to the ballot box with a new feeling; a sense of involvement in Canada’s electoral process.

Not being a supporter of Harper left me with two choices I considered; voting NDP or liberal. I cast my vote for liberal, perceiving they would be the major opposition to Harper in my riding, and went back home to watch the results unravel.

The results started flashing on the board; conservatives were leading, as expected, with the NDP sitting close behind. I became hopeful; a Harper minority and NDP opposition? Hell yeah. However, this hope quickly lost its passion; while the NDP became the official opposition Harper gained a majority government.

As a child I watched the seats go up and down on the tracker as the results were being returned and waited to hear the final news. However, by voting for the first time I was more focused on the process, and scrutinized much more.

What I discovered was a broken electoral system; Harper attained 40% of the common vote, but was provided with a majority government. This is due to our representative democracy; we elect individuals in our own riding whom we have never met, will most likely never meet, and who we cannot ever fully trust. The general votes do not count; it is the particular riding’s attained by parties that matters . The party that gains the most ridings wins the election. In this case, Harper attained more than half of the ridings which resulted in a Conservative Majority Government.

An issue with democracy is that it is vulnerable to control by the majority, whom may be incorrect and flawed in their thinking. This election not only lived up to this ideal, but went passed it; a minority became the leaders of a nation.

The day of the election I wrote this on my facebook wall, and I still stand by it:

Sucks too that despite being so against the outcome you are forced to accept it, and the changes that come. It was nice going into vote, feeling like I have some say in Canadian politics, but this was so far from the truth. An effective minority should have been what we all wanted; individuals not stepping out of their power and forced to cooperate. That minority obviously never materialized.  we can do no more than blame our system which breeds rivalry and competition over working in the interest of Canada. Really sad knowing S-10 will pass in 100 days, and that a lifestyle I have chosen will now be subject to even harsher penalties, which could result in me seeing jail time. Feels like my vocal cords have been chopped in half.
 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Politics

 

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Busted Knuckle, Unsatisfaction, and Universal Health Care


Well, I did something not too rational in either December or January; I was enraged with the stupidity I was surrounded by at University and decided it would be a good idea to take a walk and let lose some testosterone by punching various hard surfaces throughout the university residence. The adrenaline coursing through my body was so high that I didn’t notice the pain. However, when I stopped I knew my pinky knuckle on my left hand was not going to be okay come morning.

Little did I know that six months later the pain and discomfort experienced would remain the same as earlier months, and that a doctor’s appointment I had been putting off for months would leave me enraged.

I arrived at the doctors at 4:10 for my 4:20 appointment, but had to wait until 5:30 to be checked up; only double the normal wait times I’ve experienced my entire life. I got checked out, had my scan, and discovered the news; nothing was broken, the joint was injured, and I could expect to heal within perhaps three weeks. What he forgot was that it had already been “healing” for six months and that the incident had occurred in the winter months.

I quickly realized this mistake, and pointed it out. What did I get? A look of confusion. Then, an explanation; my tendon was most likely injured. Silence.

“How long will it take to heal doc? A year?”

He smiled, and gave an inconclusive answer I do not remember that essentially put my healing time in a bracket of three weeks to over a year. I walked out, but questions quickly came pouring into my head; how will I know the progress? Isn’t leaving it unprotected not helping, considering three out of seven nights I wake up and experience a throbbing pain in my left hand knuckle due to sleeping on it? If my knuckle has healed so little in six months (almost feels like it is worse some days) why will it heal at such an exponentially higher rate in the next six months?

I should have asked these questions, but hearing the holy words of the man with the PhD clearly turned my brain into ignorant fodder for a minute or two.

This is not new. Long wait times, terrible diagnoses; I have experienced it all in Canadians highly “esteemed” Universal Health Care system. Perhaps I am being too rash, but I have heard so much of the same, and my experience ever since I was a child has not changed; instead of playing with toys and waiting for far too long, I now sit in the chair and curse the service I am always being provided.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in General

 

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Change


Hip-Hop began as a respectable movement, but has succumbed into being one of the most sold out and badly misrepresented genres of music. Hip-Hop began as a movement not only to produce heartfelt music, but was meant to be a stand against the corrupt system of society its early MCs grew up in.

New York, the home of hip-hop, was home to terrible slums, gang violence, and a strong feel of hopelessness; this was projected through the music. Many early MCs rapped from their hearts, which incidentally was filled with a brutal depiction of life living in the ghetto. Spitting real/skilled lyrics was a key property for MC survival. Beefs in this era were not meant solely to gain publicity, but had the purpose of “killing” an MCs career through proving their lack of skill, as seen in the beef between KRS-One and Boogey Down Productions.

It is quite obvious this past of hip-hop no longer remains in existence. Unfortunately, hip-hop gained great amounts of exposure, and it was inevitable its market would fall into the hands of capitalists caring about surplus and capital rather than keeping real hip-hop and the movement alive. Being a strong lyricist, having a good flow; these things were no longer required to “go big.” Now, one needed a stronger delivery and a beat able to mesmerize the ignorant masses.

Thus, it becomes quite clear that while hip-hop began as a positive movement fighting what was not right its heavyweights in terms of exposure would soon become a part of this very corrupt system. The label issue with Lupe Fiasco’s most recent album illuminates this; he was not able to put out the album he wanted, and it become the record label rather than the artist deciding the final product.

The future of hip-hop has many questions for me. While there are certain newer MCs I quite like – J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs – I think little will change, and whatever is best at the time for profit will prevail. MCs have always discussed smoking marijuana, but now it has become a strong selling suit for and is a market (Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller). It is things like this that make me fear for the future of my beloved hip-hop, and wish for a return to its past golden age.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in General

 

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Great Modern Political Speeches


Some of my favourite modern political speeches.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Politics

 

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