Hey, remember how we squashed SOPA....?
…meet it’s ugly little brother: CISPA Don’t Let Congress Use “Cybersecurity” Fears to Trample on Civil Liberties Congress is considering legislation that would create backdoor wiretaps into our daily communications. These “cybersecurity” bills would give companies a free pass to monitor and collect communications, including huge amounts of personal data like your text...
On Selling Shit...
V: Ugh. So I hate asking people for money, but I need to do it for my internship this semester. I've been working on emailing the chaplain at my school to ask if she'd like to donate to my cause.
Started the email an hour ago.
So far I have "hello"
L: I hate asking for money too :/
V: I could never sell Girl Scout Cookies back in the day, haha
L: Yeah I never did that shit....well successfully anyway....when I was younger.
It was always mandatory though
and so I just asked my parents lol
and they asked all my other relatives and so that's how that worked hahahaa
V: Haha. My grandmother always sold my cookies for me
She LOVES doing stuff like that. She's a beast at it. She's always fundraising for things
Clearly, I did not get that gene
I'm no good at selling shit
I'm waaaaay too frank for that lol
Cookies and shit
They taste like cardboard
except these ones which are FUCKING BOMB!!!!
*door slams in my face*
Sounds about right
I am more like "hey! I'm trying to sell cookies. I mean, it's okay if you don't want any. I won't be offended. I know they cost a lot. But I'd really like it if you bought some, but you don't have to!"
L: yeah I always end up giving them a mode of escape :/
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G: Blah Blah Blah SOPA blah blah blah...thanks for telling me about it, can't believe I didn't know.
L: A friend told me. Here are a few personal rules of thumb for finding out about shit like SOPA in the future.
1. "THE NEWS IS NOT ENOUGH"- Don't count on the news to tell you jack shit about current/world events, well, not ones that matter anyway. Mainstream media, no matter how conservative or liberal, are businesses. They will only promote/report issues that cater to their own agendas and bottom lines. That's basic economic fact. Try listening/watching publicly supported news/radio stations.
2. "LISTEN TO THE RADICALS"- Counterintuitive, I know. Keep in mind I'm not telling you to buy into their positions, though. Just remember that the crazies on the left and right usually shout first and shout their causes the loudest cuz they have the most to lose. So, it's a fair assumption that they will have the money and contacts to ensure congress will listen to THEM and not the competition. It's a good way to gain insight on the political movements about to take hold. Plus once you see both extremes of an issue, it allows you to make a level headed and educated decision on the topic.
3. "NERDS ARE IN THE KNOW"- A great way to find out about off the wall yet important shit is through a nerd network. Laugh all you want but it's true. Find an intelligent blog/website/club etc. frequented by nerds. They come from all walks of life and are able to give broad perspectives on a topic not usually heard in the mass media. One site I recommend is BoingBoing.net. They always keep me up to date and their site is just cool as all hell. ;) It also pays to read international blogs especially in places/times of strife. It gives the usually absent humanist perspective on topics a nice spotlight. Reading an assortment of these sites/blogs will allow you to gain a more intimate and informed connection to whatever you are reading about.
4. "KNOW THY ENEMY"- Be always on the alert ;) Whether you're reading up on the Taliban's latest strategies or just fact checking an article put out by a news network, always try to be aware of where the party's interests lie. It will help you keep focused and possibly catch any flaws/lies/misleading or hyperbolic "facts" in a news story, propaganda tract, magazine, etc. For example, if a new study is published stating that smoking is actually good for you, check who funded it. If it was the tobacco industry, chances are it's bunk science. It's a very simple rule, but one usually overlooked in today's ADHD riddled media circus. Good news is objective news.
G: I get my intel through passionate sex and blackmail. "The Honeypot" sweetheart. Guy, girl...it's all the same in the dark. As long as I stick it in the bum.
G: “It makes no difference what men think of war. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be.”
L: Ok, Plato. Don't buy it though. We impart our own meaning and perceptions to the phenomenons and events around us. Without the human mind to give something meaning, an event is just a blip in time with nothing sentient enough to appreciate the impact. Strife has always existed, but we created war.
G: Cormac McCarthy. Cold sort of man. And I do buy it. I'm not saying it's the most transcendent fact or eternal truth.......I just buy it ;).
L: It doesn't make any sense to me. War is an ideological conflict. Without the logic behind it, however flawed, it's simply hunting. Wolves kill cuz they need to eat or protect territory. It's instinctual. We kill for an infinite amount of reasons. We took hunting and turned it into killing and then called it war.
G: Mm, this is interesting. And it makes perfect sense. I'm not of the mind to refute it.
L: Yeah bitch. Suck it. ;)
Democracy destroys itself because it abuses its right to freedom and equality....– -Isocrates (Greek Orator) *Check it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isocrates