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Alright. For whatever reason, many people have been expecting me to post about the newly signed bill about Health Care Reform (I’ve already written one, here: A Response. This past Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed a revolutionary health care bill into law. This bill would increase coverage to several million people and would force health care providers to adhere to various regulations as set by the 50 different markets that will be developed by this health care reform. Why we are walking backwards into a country that is no longer united, I do not know. Perhaps it is because the federal government is too terrified to make a solid decision on abortion (the Democratic party is united… united so long as no controversial topics come up). Perhaps it is because America is incapable of learning from past mistakes.

Other noteworthy comments about the bill:

  • No Republican voted for the bill (in either House or Congress)
  • The bill passed by 7 votes.
  • People who refuse Health Care or take health care that is not accepted will be fined.
  • Of all the bills that have been introduced to reform health care, this is the hardest one for me to find online. It took me 2 hours to simply find it. What the hell. The name (the actual name of the bill) has changed enough times that keeping track of it is nearly pointless.
  • Hopefully people who have been following the bill(s) now understands how a bill is passed. Perhaps the one good thing about this bill is that it encouraged people to understand how bills are passed into law (although I’m more convinced that people just gave up).

But what I really wanted to talk about was not the health care bill. Today, I want to talk about this ridiculous obsession about the health care reform bill. There are other bills out there that the Houses have to vote on and there is other news out there. Instead, we spent all our time concentrating on this one bill, which well all knew was going to pass whether we liked it or not because the Democrats have an obscene majority in the House and the Senate. Democrats who are touting it off as a new revolutionary bill that is the equivalent to the Social Security Act clearly have not seen how Social Security has been driving our financial standing into the ground and also clearly haven’t taken a serious look at the cost of the bill. (Either that, or they just simply believe every word that the Democratic Party says.) It’s also pretty ridiculous to claim that there have been immediate economic consequences (negative or positive) since it was signed into law on TUESDAY. Any change is simply a result of people’s reactions to the bill, not the bill itself.
Republicans who are too pigheaded to see that we need health care reform are equally ignorant. At least the Democratic party is making efforts to improve our health care situation. The Democratic Party at least made several attempts to include things that the Republican party wanted, while the Republican party has done nothing to try and create reform. The non-bipartisanship of this law is not the whole fault of the Democrats, who have made continual attempts to appease the Republicans.

And it’s this drama that keeps the Health Care Reform bill/law in the news. Rather than concentrating on things we can change and things that are equally important, we default back into Health Care Reform.

Below is a list of bills and laws that are equally important and are greatly ignored by mainstream America.

  • S.773 – Cybersecurity Act of 2009 – Creates a Cybersecurity Advisory Panel and allows the Department of Commerce to act as a Clearinghouse. There also a mention of a scholarship in there for students who are interested in going into cyber security, and ideas for competitions that students can enter.
  • H.R.2847 – Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE) – Signed into law on March 18, 2010. Reallocates money into House of Commerce and Transportation agencies. Also creates new incentives for hiring unemployed workers.
  • H.R.4213 – American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 – Passed both the House and amended by the Senate (must be re-passed with the new changes by the House). It extends the current deadline to file for certain unemployment benefits. In total, the bill will cost $140 billion dollars, with NO plan to make up the money in any other way (at least the Health Care Bill[s] had various plans, although weak, to make up the lost revenue over a long period of time). [Credits to jmflora for catching my mistake]
  • H.R.3221 – Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 – Reallocates money from the Stafford loans and from programs that allow for government subsidies to support private company loans to put into the Pell Grant program. Increases money to advertising science, math and technology fields to Hispanics and Blacks (aka: more scholarship money for them).
  • S.1733 – Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (what is it with candidates for President who lost putting out bills on energy reform?) – Introduced by Senator John Kerry. Creates a nation-wide cap-and-trade program that would promote decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
  • H.R.1207 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 – Introduced by Ron Paul (the only Republican who supports this bill, mind you). Overhauls the current relationship between the Federal Reserve and the US Congress/US Treasury. Gives control to the Comptroller General, who will audit the Federal Reserve
  • H.R.226 – Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009 – Stops the FCC from reintroducing the Fairness Doctrine, which required news broadcasters to present opposing views on controversial issues (the Fairness Doctrine was abolished in 1987).
  • H.R.231 – The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 – Creates new labels warning parents about the dangers of certain video games. The warning would read such (for games with a rating of above T): “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior”
  • H.R.414 – Camera Phone Predator Alert Act – Requires that all phones with a camera make a sound (like a click-click camera sound) when taking a picture
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I’m not asking for society to follow all the bills being passed in the US Government. Just please be aware that Health Care Reform is not the only be all end all of topics. It is certainly not the only one that is up for debate in the Houses.

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I know! I haven’t posted in a very long time. Things have been very busy for me. I ended up in the hospital about two weeks ago due to severe dehydration, mostly because I forgot that water is an essential part of the body! But, I do have a lot of things I want to talk about, and one of my meetings (Hall Council) was canceled, so I’ve suddenly found the time to rant a bit. I do have a lot of things I want to talk about, so hopefully I’ll be posting more, so I don’t keep forgetting to.

A week ago, my friend Bill and I decided to go to Wendy’s to pick up some baconators (yes, I can finish a baconator, but only if its a single). While we were there, we got into talking about American privileges, most of which are defined within our Bill of Rights (but we talked about other things, like American passports and such). I stated that most Americans generally undervalue their rights, while immigrants tend to cling onto them more because they may not have had them in their country of origin.

In any case, the conversation moved into several other topics (such as Final Fantasy). But, as we were talking about something totally different, the woman who sat across from us decided to stand up and face me. After overhearing our conversation, this is what she had to say (I wrote it down right after she left):

“I’m proud to be an American. I know my rights. You foreigners think they can just come in here and get all the privileges we Americans have.”

She then proceeded to say something about foreigners not understanding America and then proceeded to leave. Her husband (who didn’t say anything) hung around a little, went to the bathroom and left.

The statement itself was rather shocking, but highlights how ignorant people can be (and I’m not talking about her use of “you” and “them” in the same sentence) about their culture, privileges and political structure.

For one, she automatically assumed I was a foreigner. She did not make any contact with my friend, who was a white male, but proceeded to complain to me directly, because I was a foreigner who clearly did not understand America. For all she knows, I could have been a fifth generation Asian-American with a father who worked in county politics (which I’m not). But all of this would have been inconsequential, because I looked like a foreigner. This was more of a racial-generalization problem that I found personally aggravating because I happen not consider myself a foreigner.

My two major gripes with her statement were that:

1) She argues that foreigners take away American rights, because foreigners inherently need to be separated from the true Americans (perhaps she should look into being part of the Aryan brotherhood). Therefore, foreigners are inherently separated from the American culture and adding more foreigners takes away from the “true” American, as if there were people who were “truly American.” It makes me curious to see what she thinks about African-Americans. Are they “foreigners” or are they Americans? What about Hispanics? Or is she picking on Asians because we have small eyes?

Going further than that, it makes me wonder what she feels foreigners do deserve. Does she want to ship us all back and make America a 100% white, protestant country? What do “Americans” deserve? What does it mean to be “American” and does it have to do with race? If she wants to be really technical and go back to outdated times, many of our founding fathers wouldn’t have considered her an American, because she was a woman.

2) She clearly didn’t understand what American privileges I was talking about, because you can’t quite split up “Freedom of Speech” and other things. If another person enters a country, American does not take away another person’s freedom of speech and hand it to the new immigrant. In a monetary sense, then I suppose adding more people takes government money away from others, but she doesn’t have much of a right to talk, since I’m pretty sure she takes social security checks (and, judging from her age, Medicare) and probably gets more money from the government than a Fresh Off the Boat (FOB) 30 year old Asian man.

I wanted to ask her how much she really knew about American privileges. Does she know that 5 adults pay for every person on Social Security? Is she aware of how Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were developed? Does she know how our welfare state is organized?

Her comment really drove home the idea that Americans undervalue and disregard our privileges as, well, privileges. Because it is so ingrained that these “privileges” are human necessities, she and others like her forget that there are countries such as China, where free speech is just about non-existent, and France, where the burka may be banned because it poses a threat to their secular state. We often take for granted our freedom to speak out against the government and practice our religion. Often, we even take for granted our freedom to work hard so we can rise in economic status (because, yes, that is a freedom that some other states do not give to their citizens). Even I know that, in many situations, I undervalue the privileges I would not have in many other countries.

While I decided not to verbally fight against her, what she said to me was both hilarious and depressing in its sheer ignorance. Although I would like to think that there are not many others like her, it’s this lack of intelligence and humility that drove me to make my comment in the first place.

I wonder if she would have thought differently had she known I was a political science major.

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all are having a splendid and wonderful winter season. There hasn’t been a lot of snow up here, but it has been rather windy (and chilly as all fuck), so we get all the crummy cold weather without the actual fun snow stuff.

I’ve been working hard in actually doing well for my classes. Finals are coming up (which also means winter break is coming up, hurray), so I’ve been stressing about upcoming exams, presentations and papers. Next week will be my “finals week,” so apologies in advanced if I do not come up with some magical post. As much as I love writing here (and I assure you, I do), I’d really like to pass my classes. That’d really be awesome.

Other than that, things have been kinda slow. It’s sort of “the calm before the storm” so I’ve been taking advantage of the time by… cramming for exams. So much for calm before the storm.

Currently Reading: An assortment of books on Kabuki Theatre
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew
Currently Watching: Mononoke (subbed)
Current Mood: Tired. I can’t wait for winter break. I really can’t wait for winter break.

A couple days ago, I started (and finished) watching an anime called Toshokan Sensō (English Translation: Library Wars). The anime is situation in an alternate-universe Japan where a law called “The Media Betterment Act” allows censorship of various books to protect the Japanese public from “harmful media.” Through the Media Betterment Act (MBA), the government is allowed to use force (sometimes excessive) to censor media that is deemed harmful and to suppress the freedom of media/speech/expression. During the same year, however, the government developed the “Freedom of Libraries Law” (a far less known law) that protects libraries from prosecution from the MBA and allows for limited freedom of expression (through media). Out of this law, The Library Defense Force is created to protect the freedom of media by backing up copies of limited books, opening public libraries (that are free from MBA control) and aiding in the protection of books by preventing book burnings and helping transfer books from one library to another. Their jurisdiction, however, is limited only to libraries, and they are not government funded like Media Betterment Troops.

But this post is not supposed to be a review of the anime (which, by the way is very good; I highly suggest it to anyone who has a couple hours to kill). A lot of the anime has to do with allowing us the freedom to express ourselves and making sure the audience realizes that we shouldn’t take things like that for granted. Because we live in a society that expects the freedom of speech and press, we tend to take it for granted. Having the freedom to say, do, write and act as you want (so long as it isn’t detrimental to yourself or others), is a powerful resource. By taking it for granted, the American public has allowed the integrity of expression to fall to the wayside. Instead of using it as a tool to propel progressive thinking and new ideas, the freedom to express one’s beliefs has become a defense mechanism to protect disorganized thoughts and biased opinions, as if they were fact.

And it is because we take the freedom of expression for granted that we are unable to see the importance in our words and actions, especially with regards to expressing our beliefs. We don’t see the importance in our words, because we are free to say what we want. But we should realize that, by being able to say what we want, we are opening ourselves to a community that has as much right as we do to respond and counter-argue. It also means that we should own up and take responsibility for our words and expressions, and we should put more thought into what we’re actually expressing, saying or writing.

But the opposite has happened. Instead, we use the freedom to express as an excuse to say and do as we want. The freedom to express doesn’t mean that any moron can blabber their head off to the rest of society, and it certainly does not mean he (or she) is right, and it has never (and should never) be used as a tool for poorly written ideas and work. It ruins the integrity of innovative fields, fills the world with poorly written ideas and works and destroys the meaning of “Freedom of Expression.”

Is it so much to ask for people to think before they project their opinions, thoughts and comments to the rest of society? It is so much for people to consider their actions, or put a little effort into properly expressing themselves? Apparently so, because I’m sure there would be a barrage of people who will complain that they have every right to say that people can say what they want because they have the freedom of expression on their side.

Yes, the freedom of expression allows you to say what you want, but realizing that you CAN say what you want should encourage you to put some work into thinking about what you’re saying. Consider doing some research on your topic, take other opinions into account, WORK to really make use of the freedom of expression.

The poor and biased writing and expression of today’s society makes me wonder if the American public even deserves the Freedom of Expression. For every gem that comes out of free expression, tons of shit comes out. And no, this does not make the gem look any brighter. In fact, it simply just covers the gem up in shit, so that no one can find it. Not many people are willing to wad through a sea of disease-infested crap to find the one diamond, no matter how wonderful it (the diamond) may be.

Not only do we need to take advantage of the gift of free speech, but we must understand as US citizens and residents that the freedom of expression comes with the responsibility of self-education and a little common sense. Perhaps it just proves that we, as a society, are incapable of using this freedom in a responsible and mature way,

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I just really wanted to apologize for not posting in a timely manner. Things have been rather hectic on my side (my play just opened [and closed], finals are slowly dawning upon us, and various personal matters have sprung up… I am a student, I don’t get paid to write… yet) and I promise you’ll get to hear more of my needless banter eventually!

I’ve also been working on a new costume. For my final project in Asian Theater, I’ve chosen to make a Kabuki costume. It’s been taking a lot of my energy and will continue to take much of my energy for the following few days.

But, never fear! I will post tomorrow (promise). If I don’t feel free to curse my name to the heavens.

Besides that, I just wanted to mention that I’m not a bitter old spinster, and I’m not some depressed jaded soul. But what would this blog be for if not for bitching and complaining?

And with that in mind, I’d just like to post some things that have been on my mind and are rather tiny, but warrant comments (too short for twitter, too long for wordpress).

  1. Twilight and its accompanying books act as a reflection of our poor reading and writing skills because it proves that we are incapable of liking complex character and must resort to consistently liking empty characters that we can fill with our own personalities.
  2. It’s funny to think that Democrats (and liberals) consider themselves the oppressed ones when they’re currently they hold the larger of two political parties, and the majority of both the Senate and the House (and if you’ve forgotten, our president is a Democrat).
  3. That being said, it’s equally funny to claim that Democrats will “drive this country to the ground with their liberal ideals.” Few people actually understand the platform differences between Democrats and Republicans. You’d be surprised to find out which party believed (or is supposed to believe) in what.
  4. People should read classics, not because they’re classics, but because they’re damn good stories. Romance, lying, cheating, backstabbing, toilet humor and deep human insight can all be found in a good Charles Dickens (maybe) or Jane Austen (definitely) book, and they do a much better job at it than JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyers.
  5. It is not cool for people who do not understand geek culture to suddenly call themselves geeks. It’s not something you can magically become just because your friend handed you a Linux Ubuntu disc or because (OMG) you bought your first hard drive (or because you like LOLcats).
  6. I don’t care how much of a rebel against “the man” you’re supposed to be. Everyone needs a nice set of clothing. No more pit stained dress shirts or mismatched slacks. This goes double for ladies.
  7. People should really do their research before they make a speech on it. This goes double if you’re taking about free speech, net neutrality, separation of church and state (and no, that is not clearly defined in The Constitution) and the Creative Commons License.
  8. It’s much easier to let knowledge go in one ear and out the other, unless you were taught to stick a sponge up your brain. We should all encourage sponge stuffing into American babies everywhere.
  9. The freedom to speak, write and think as you please comes with the responsibility of being able to logically think and analyze. Without that ability, the freedom of choice becomes a dangerous tool used by the ignorant masses who are simply too lazy to think, and too stupid to understand the importance of it.

Special thanks to Phil, Heather, Christian, Bill, Vince and Brian for coming to watch my play at some point in time, even if it was sad and even if I got raped and died in the end.

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Hello out there! Again, apologies for not posting often. I have been in a crazy rush to get everything done before I go back up to my college. I’m really excited for this upcoming year, since I’ll be taking a US Government course, and my first real communications course (journalism woohoo). It’s going to be a good year (I hope), so I’m pumped!

I also discovered I’ll be living in a single, which always makes things a little nice. I don’t have to worry about waking my roommate up, or making a mess, or forgetting to buy the milk. It’s all on me, and I kinda like it that way.

Plus, more space to do cosplay stuff.

In any case, the topic of this post is something close to my heart and a little longer (I think) than what I normally write. Enjoy.

Currently Listening For: my train to stop at my station.
Currently Reading: The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Currently Drinking: Pepsi
Currently Playing: Nothing
Currently Watching : Pandora Hearts, 30 Rock, Boston Legal

It is common knowedge that I am madly addicted to my blackberry. So it should not come as a surprise that my mp3 player is on my blackberry (as are my blog posts, stories, phone books and other works). Recently, however, my blackberry curve decided to commit suicide (I do not feed it often, but abuse the poor thing daily). Because of this, I’ve resorted to using my as-reliable,-but can’t-hold-a-micro-sd blackberry (an 8700), which cannot play music because it is incapable of holding memory. This has left me to options on how to entertain myself while en route to work.

The first is my nintendo ds, which is not charged. My other option, therefore, is to read. Today, I decided to read several short stories from one of my favorite short story authors (surprise, he’s American!), Edgar Allen Poe. And here is where we jump to the topic of today.

Journalism.

Or, in a broader scope, “the media.”

Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story entitled “How to write a Blackwood article” about a person who learns how to write a Blackwood article. In the short story, the narrator essentially says that everyone dreams of writing a Blackwood article because they are highly regarded. However, she learns that these articles are full of fluff and roundabout messages that mean nothing. In fact, her teacher encourages her to use big, meaningless words to sound important and to relate everything to existentalism or something philosophical.

This got me thinking (doi) about my media. And, thus, my result:

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I am always extremly bothered when someone complains about how the media is some secret government way of spreading filtered news to the sheeple of America (the man, they’re after us… man). For one, the government is not secretly oppressing us or putting us down. And for two, not every damn piece of America is a conspiracy theory. Odd things happen. That’s why they’re odd.

The more common complaint, however, is that the media will often put a spin on their information (politics), or that the media will sensationalize and drag out worthless news (tabloids, ect). And I agree, they do. But it’s not because they’re hell-bent on brainwashing us.

It’s because we want it.

Let me elaborate. Gathering news is expensive. There is travel cost, communication costs, sending it out, putting it together, and making it known to the public. This cost money, which comes from the public who watches. Therefore, it’s in the news best interest to publish or show what the majority of the public wants.

A clear example is the Michael Jackson stuff (honestly, I bank a lot of the tabloid stuff in a similar category, but this example is recent). I’ve heard plenty of people complain about how it’s drawn out, and milked to death. But, many of those people still research about him, and read articles about him and TALK about him. Even if it’s a disgruntled “I can’t believe he’s still famous,” it’s still TALKING about him. When you talk to other people, then you have to link to it anyway to explain yourself, thus giving attention to it.

This goes for a lot of celebrity news or reality TV shows. A lot of it attribute it to the media milking out news and trying the pull the most, but a lot of it comes from people who still want it (and, thus, demand it).

News broadcastings are also sensationalized in political talk. Look at Rachel Maddon, Glen Beck and other “pundits’ of politics. All of them use tactics to engage the viewer to watch more, like having crazy visual examples, and inviting guests for the purpose of harassing him/her, rather than asking meaningful questions.

But, of course, this is highly more entertaining than actually getting the news. A ton of people bitched and talked and complained about the senate meetings, address of the president and other things, but no one really takes the time to sit down and watch it. And, damn, these hearings and such ARE readily accessible to the public. The government does not hide this (unless broadcasting it live still means they’re hidden).

In any case, the bigger complaints about news in politics (that have recently delved into other news topics) is about how news reports are politically charged and, therefore, provide inadequate news reporting.

And, again, I say it is because this is what we want. There is a reason why MSNBC and Fox News are two of the biggest news broadcasting shows in America. Sensation and exaggeration will bring ratings, which is how these companies do so well. You laugh, because *insert ridiculous news cast here* is just too plum stupid to be seen as credible, but it’s quite an insight to what kinds of people watch what. And there are so many options, there’s bound to be one that fits your political viewpoints and interests.

And if you ARE that against a particular newscast, I’d file it under “political intolerance” moreso than a newscast being biased.

But really, what it boils down to is “if you don’t like it, don’t read/watch it.” And if you want an unbiased opinion, check out BBC. Do your own research. Nothing good in life is free. What makes the news any different?

Another complaint-on-a-complaint about how news reports are politically charged is that a newscast should not “mix opinion and fact to influence the reader.” What this says to me is that the complainer cannot distinguish between a fact and an opinion because he/she has not been taught (and/or did not pay attention in elementary school), or the viewer is simply too LAZY to know what an opinion is. It is NOT that difficult.

The one problem I have with newscasting is when the news outright lies. For example, saying this is the highest unemployment rate in the last 50 years (which it’s not). And even then, I do the research to know that they’re wrong. The public should be activly engaging in watching the news, rather than simply viewing it, and then blaming it for silly things that can be easily avoided with a little thinking.

On a semi-related note, the Republican news reports arn’t the only side that are responsible for adding opinion to news. The Democrats, for example, were over-sensationalizing the phrase “death panel” and talk about what the almighty President Obama is eating for breakfast (this is an obvious exaggeration, for all you nitpickers). And there are tons of resources that are Democrat-inclined. Reddit, for example, is very democratic, even though they claim to be unbiased because it “comes from the net” (Freedom From the Press my ass).

The news is news. When something NEW comes out, everyone’s going to have an opinion on something. What makes these newscasters and journalist any different? In the end, they’re still human. And as much as they (we?) don’t want to add our opinions to our work, it will happen. Everyone does it in every day life. Journalism just happens to be in the business of topics everyone has an opinion on.

Tl, dr: don’t bitch on the messanger cause he has his own opinion.

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Hey everyone out there in the blogosphere. I hope ya’ll are doing okay. I’ve been pretty busy, despite the summer laziness that is slowly setting into me. There’s cons to attend, cosplay to be done, and work to just complete. Besides that, I’ve just have had a lot of personal crap jump on top of me.

But besides that, good news! I attended the MOCCA (Museum Of Comic and Cartoon Art) Art Festival, where I got to meet the artists/creators of various comics and webcomics, such as Dinosaur Comics, A Softer World, Questionable Content, and Wondermark. My favorite meet, by far, was with xkcd creator, Randall Munroe (whom I got to take a picture with *squeals*). I’ve been a big fan of xkcd for a while now (I think some of you guys know that I transcribe for the comic), so it was an honor to meet him.

Besides that, nothing juicy has been really going on in my life. I’ve been trying to find inspiration for my blog, so I’ve been trying to write when something immedietely catches my attention. Recently, that has been while I’m on public transportation. I have a couple entries saved on my blackberry, so I’ll slowly post them here. I feel that a lot can be seen about a person while they’re “on the go.” It also seems just like one of those “missed encounters” incidents, where you’ll never really see the people around you again.

In any case, tons of interesting things happen on public transportation. You just have to look for them. Plus, it’s also a great way to find out things that piss you off. And with my handy dandy (notebook) blackberry, I can easily blog about it as it’s going on in front of me.

Also, my brother is a growing comic artist who draws “Sharpie the Awesome Dawg.” The Sharpie staff consists of him, Kawarazu and I, so I think you should go take a look.

Currently Listening To: Happily Never After (Pussycat Dolls)
Currently Drinking: Sprite
Currently Watching: Nadda
Currently Reading: Pandora Hearts
Current Mood: *yawn*
Picture of the Now

I was on the train recently (playing no other game except FF Tactics Advanced 2… typical), when a couple students hopped on the train and sat behind me. Between my moves, I was able to gather bits and pieces of their conversation, which was about their mutual dislike about the book “Twilight.”

I am very used to people bashing the book, but I still get rather aggravated about it. It’s not because I don’t like the book (Many of you may recall that I, too, did not enjoy reading the book), but because they are bitching and moaning about a book because OTHER people are bitching and moaning about a book.

Twilight, for example, is notorious for being “a badly written book that’s aimed at a prepubescent female group that squeal over shiny, sexy, immortal vampires.” Even Twilight-readers are aware of how the book is seen by others. However, if that’s the only reason you’ve been complaining about Twilight is because you’ve heard it’s a “badly written book about vampires,” you should NOT be complaining about them.

At least complain about something you know JUST A BIT ABOUT so you can hold some credibility. You don’t see me criticizing juggling stuff, because I have no clue how to juggle properly, and I know none of my arguments in that subject would have any credibility.

Back to Twilight. A book about vampires is not always a bad book. “Oh no, vampires are popular. They must be bad.” Twilight is not “a stain on modern literature” because it’s about fucking vampires. It’s because it’s full of contradictions with a plot that has more holes than Swiss cheese. If one simply did a little research, said person could EASILY find information. I’m not demanding that people finish reading/playing/using/watching any *insert-object-here* they are about to complain about. But at least do a little research on it before you bitch and moan.

I think it’s unfair that any writer/book, including Stephanie Meyers and Twilight, is bashed for their work by people who don’t know anything about said book other than maybe the name of the main character. This applies to movies, music, plays, technology… just about anything you can use to waste time. Like people who bitch about FFXI without having done any research on it. Or people who bash on Naruto without having even seen a good 5 minutes of it. You never know, it may end up being your guilty pleasure.

Yes, you do always have a “right” to open your mouth. But don’t expect to be right when you know abso-fucking-lutely nothing about the subject in question. It makes you look like a fool. And chances are, I’ll be in the seat behind you, inches away from choking you.

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And now that I have your attention.

A couple of things have happened this week/week-end, so I’ll try to fill it all here. Because a couple things have happened, I’m using this blog more as a blog than as a rant center today (I’m sure there will be much rantage, but it’s more about my “experiences in my personal life” rather than a broad topic like “economics” or “boobies”), so please excuse my jumping around between different topics. I am a normal person, I am not worldly (or, well, I don’t consider myself to be), and I do have real life shit to vent about every once in a while.

Currently Listening: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
Currently Watching: Dollhouse, Mushishi
Currently Playing: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
Current Mood: Excited (for Spring Break!)

This weekend, I went to an Anime Convention held in RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). It was one of the smaller conventions I’ve ever gone to and very much reminded me (in both a good and bad way) why I went to anime conventions as a whole (and why I probably shouldn’t).

One of the biggest reasons why I go to Anime Conventions is to envelope myself in anime. Anime love, fandom (in all its gutsy glory), Anime merchandise… you get my drift. Anyway, I didn’t feel Tora-con really shoved me into Anime, but all is not lost! I did discover mushi-shi, which is/was one of the screenings they had, and I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friends (watching fat pool divers, making the human transfiguration circle, making fun of masquerade skits), but it wasn’t a convention that “stood” out for me, and there were a lot of problems that I found with the convention (which were reminders of why I went to time-tested conventions like Otakon).

First thing first, the planning left much to be desired, especially with the registration situation. Renting out a few banisters or posting tape along the gym path could have definitely helped with the mess they liked to call “the registration line” (aka, a bunch of people humping each other to get to the front). I suppose I have never appreciated lines as much as I did then. Even New York Anime Fest 2007 (it’s first con ever) was better planned with regards to registration.

Secondly, and this is partially their fault but partially not, was the torrent of young con-goers between the ages of 9 to 13. I will say, my first Anime convention was when I was 13, but my parents kept me IN LINE at all times, and the parents that brought these kids around did NOT do that. Most of the time, I barely saw the parents. And there was scantily clad jailbait from the floor to the roof.

These two “issues” alleviated themselves near the end of the convention (children leaving cause it got late, registration closing, and all that good stuff), and I did have a lot of good times during the con. I feel that Tora-Con is an interesting “introduction” to the world of Anime Conventions and definitely has a lot of potential and room to grow. I also think the staff needs to accommodate for the growing audience.

One of the best things that Tora-con did for me was pump me up for the following Anime conventions I’m going to, mainly Otakon. For one, I will truly appreciate the organization of Thursday’s Line-Con and the pre-planned blue duct tape that lines the floor to organize panel lines. Thank you Otakon volunteers for all you do, even if you’re just doing it for the free room.

Oh, and I’m super excited to see what Otakon has in store with regards to concerts, screenings and sellings (DEALER’S ROOM, HERE I COME). OTAKON 2009 HERE I COME!

So, post-con, I’ve been catching up on watching anime (mainly Mushi-shi) and watching TV shows (mainly South Park). Then, some drama goes down (I’m sure you all already have your own bullshit drama to deal with so I’ll be quick).

Remember that blog post I had? I’ll link it here. I’m sure that a few folks knew enough to know that I was talking about someone specifically (and if you didn’t, never fear! Now you do! Sides, my ramblings have to come from SOME life experience). In any case, my blog is open to anyone and everyone, so I knew that there could be a day when said person would pass along by and possibly read this. In fact, I hope said person would. So today, I quote from a girl who demands to be treated like a woman but acts like a toddler (excuse the poor language, I am using the magic of copy pasta and her writing is about as on-par as her thought process):

“fuck all of you who write shit & LIES behind my back AND DONT EVEN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ME and those who take thier side go to hell don’t ever talk to me again you should have talked to me in person not someone who doesn’t know shit about me or my past FUCK YOU FOR JUDGEING ME”

“Humans are selfish they will do anything to prove themselves innocent and even involve others to take sides they will do anything to be right and wether they lie or twist the truth they won’t care even if it means to shatter everything that had a meaning, so desperate to win that it leads to a war and become enemies […] You only have yourself to blame for this. If this is what you wanted congratz you won.”

Like I said, let’s try to ignore the English language problems that already drop her down to teenage-brat standards. The attitude is of the same caliber as her writing: poorly thought out, childish and immature. If you don’t think people know about you, open up. If you think people judge you unfairly, show them something that is irrefutably good. If it is CLEAR that many people dislike your attitude, it isn’t human nature is selfish, it is you YOURSELF, as a person, who chooses to have this close-minded attitude about other people. And if you STILL want to argue about this, have a little common sense and bring in some evidence. Even with my ranting, I try to bring in examples, anecdotes and ideas.

Plus just shouting to the world about how other people are selfish and “involving others against me” makes the whole argument seem bratty and stupid.

Debaters and fans of arguments, this is NOT the way you go about proving your side or cause. And please, PLEASE, just use a grammar check or a spell check. It’s okay to capitalize a word or two (hell, I use it all the time to place emphasis on a word). It is not okay to have run on sentences slaughter-fuck your point. It only furthers the proof of your sheer stupidity. My 13 year old students wrote better than that.

And enough with the generalizations. Not all white people are racist haters, not all anime fans are super core nerds. Not all comp sci majors live on computers (subject may vary) and not all hicks ride tractors to school. And saying something like “humankind” or “humans” or even “the world in which we live in today” is so broad and generalize and… altogether a bad way of starting anything. You don’t do them in history papers, you don’t do them in English papers, you don’t do them in debates. I think the message is clear enough.

Now the real meat of her statement. I feel that when she writes, it’s like a puzzle you have to get through to find the pointless and over-dramatic meaning underneath (no wonder nobody reads her status on facebook). I think the point is that humans are selfish creatures who are willing to sacrifice humans to make enemies with other humans to win a war? Excuse me?

Well, for one, a war can’t be fought by one person alone. Even if a general wants to sacrifice troops, he still has to check that he has enough back-up troops or other troops. If each general on one side sacrificed one soldier against the other, the one with more people would win. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to be making enemies in a war since, well, you’d have less humans to sacrifice. And what’s at the end of this war? If humans are selfish, at least point out what they’re fighting for. Humans arn’t stupid (well, usually arn’t stupid). Most humans arn’t going to sacrifice other people for no reason. It isn’t even practical. You’re sacrificing humans for no reason when they could be used elsewhere.

The topic has strayed. My point is, if there’s no “war” to be had, there’s no point in throwing things into the fray. Humans don’t live to make enemies. What benefit do I have in making an enemy or winning a purposeless war?

I’m sorry for the obscene rantage about… well… nothing and something in particular? Just the sheer stupidity of this argument is mind boggling. I never knew someone could complain so much about nothing and make so much nonsense up. It’s like shit was pulled out and then shat on some more.

Not to mention it’s a slaughter fuck of the English language. No language should be so mangled up like that.

And so, to the child I quoted above, I can only say these final words:

I’m sorry that you could not have been brought up in a more difficult situation. It is your spoiled upbringing that has led you to believe that enough pig squeals will get you what you want. But in the real world, you play with people who have such things as intelligence and social awareness, which you may not know of. The is a world outside of yourself, and all you have to do is open your mind to realize that.

Instead, you fill your heart with hate, blaming the rest of society for your own faults. You refuse to acknowledge any wrong in your own beliefs because you’ve been doted on far too long. Like a toddler who’s sucked on a pacifier too long and now has to have it taken away, you’re screaming for it. And you won’t learn that you have to fucking go up and get it yourself until people stop handing it back to you.

I don’t blame myself for any poor and foolish decisions you’ve made, because you’ve clearly blocked out any opinions others may have of you. You’re only a god in your own world, and I am perfectly fine with that. Go be your god.

But don’t you ever fucking dare bring your immaturity and arrogance to mine again. I’ve dealt with your bullshit whining long enough. The last thing I need to be is a god damned baby sitter.

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