Stray Thoughts

May 14, 2017

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I don’t have anyone to talk to. Pathetic, I know. So, instead, I am sharing some random things on my mind with the 5 or so people who will accidentally stumble across this post! That’s not pathetic at all!

  1. Julian Assange’s personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton dovetailed with Vladimir Putin’s, and Wikileaks became a partisan political tool used by actors in one powerful corrupt state against actors in a rival state. This is a blow to all of us out of power who had once seen Wikileaks as a great leveler, who’s enemy was state secrecy and abuse of state power.
  2.  I’m Jewish, but I can’t stand this BS reasoning from some of my Jewish friends and relatives that Israel belongs to the Jews because it was their biblical home. I mean, to hear this from someone living in North America where the indigenous people lived for tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of years before Europeans colonized the continent is just a bit inconsistent to say the least. Plus, come on – this whole tribalism is belied by the genetic reality that we are all mixes of many different peoples from many different lands. At the very least, Jews in Israel who think they were the first inhabitants should do some research to find out if any of the descendants of the people they conquered 2,500 years ago to occupy what is now Israel are still around – I would think those people should get first dibs on that piece of real estate.
  3. You know what would be really funny? Spend more money on your military than the next 8 nations combined, drop a couple of nuclear bombs on civilian populations, become the biggest arms exported the world has ever known, invade more countries than any other nation in history, conduct joint military exercises with the arch rival of a tiny dictatorship, right off the shores of that dictatorship, demonstrating your ability to invade and occupy that dictatorship, base your soldiers in the territory of that same arch rival, bordering the little dictatorship, enforce world wide sanctions against the dictatorship to strangle its economy, install a missile defense system in that border ally that would make a first strike more feasible, and then threaten to bomb the poor, tiny dictatorship for having the gall to test their own missile! That would be funny.
  4. I think the time is right to start the “Mike Pence, please don’t pardon Donald Trump” petitions. Events move quickly.

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10 Things the Media Should Stop Saying

May 8, 2017
  1. Stop saying “Small d democratic.” We’re not morons. We know the difference between the Democratic Party and democratic institutions. I even heard Rachel Maddow go so far as to say, “Small d democracy,” which makes no sense whatsoever.
  2. Stop confusing anarchy with chaos. Anarchy is an social system without leaders; it is not necessarily synonymous with chaos.
  3. Stop confusing fascism & xenophobia with populism. Marine Le Pen is not a populist. Pandering to and stoking of people’s bassist fears is not populism.
  4. Stop saying,”Both sides do it,” when you’re talking about something terrible one side has done. You don’t have to protect yourself from accusations of partisanship by flimsy attempts at false equivalency.
  5. Stop calling the country the Homeland when reporting on national security. It sounds quasi-fascist and it sprang from the Bush Administration’s attempt to delegitimize domestic dissent after September 11, 2001. Call it, “the nation,” or “the country,” like we did for the first 230 years.
  6. Stop calling ISIS, “the so-called Islamic State.” It’s not your job to editorialize about enemies of our state. Just call them whatever they call themselves.
  7. Stop calling famous entertainers “legends.” They are not.
  8. Stop stating national statistics as if they were world statistics. If 8,500 Americans died of something in 2016, don’t just say, “8,500 people died.” There are people outside our country.
  9. Stop using adjectives that refer to women in the news by their social roles. If a 70 year old woman is arrested for possession, don’t say, “70 year old grandmother arrested.”
  10. Stop assuming that you and every poll in the country were wrong about the election. Sometimes there’s just fraud.

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I am the Creator of Worlds

May 6, 2017

PHL @ UPR Arecibo, ESA/Hubble, NASAI love creating worlds. I spend hours mapping out the details of the world my friends will explore after school. I am the Dungeon Master. I have control over everything that happens. My friends roll the dice, but I have already planned for all the possible outcomes.

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I Feel Threatened

May 4, 2017

Editor’s note: This is probably a work of fiction. In any case, none of us here at Daisybrain condone violence or look down upon people for their beliefs. We thought it import to publish this story because we found it in a capsule and it appears to be a work of historical fiction written in the future.

Ever since the Government mandated that all citizens carry guns, Eric enthusiastically complied. For as long as he could remember, at least the last 70 years, he had been a disciple of nonviolence. He had marched in countless peace demonstrations, protesting each generation’s pointless war, and was an active member of the Resistance. But, when the Lower House of Trump passed the mandatory carry law, something finally snapped.

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Famous First Words

March 27, 2017

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You want to start a story with an enticing first line. Here are some first lines for your essays, short stories and novels guaranteed to peek reader interest. Or at least to peek their fear. Feel free to use them as writing prompts. If you get published, please pay me money. Any amount. Enough for a bar of chocolate.

Fifteen Future Famous First Phrases:

  • I probably know more about humans than I know about my own species.
  • I promise not to kill you if you read this entire story.
  • This book explains the six easy steps you can take to achieve physical immortality.

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Why Conflict Resolution Works

December 24, 2016

A lot of systems have been devised to help people take control of interpersonal conflict with the aim of facilitating positive, win-win outcomes. But, is there an underlying essence common to successful conflict resolution techniques? Let’s compare six systematized approaches to conflict resolution, looking for commonalities.

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Stand Up and Be Discounted (is the name of this blog post)

October 24, 2016

Just like the @ sign for “at,” there should be signs for “before” and “after,” something like this: and

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Here is some Trump Haiku:

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This Haiku is rigged

It is against Donald Trump

It is so unfair

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