Do shit

We have an interesting/crazy/sad/historic/weird/frustrating/upsetting political climate right now. Two candidates remain, neither great, one will be our next president. The fact is that our next leader, whoever that may be, will be pretty tied up. There is very little he/she can do to make any sort of drastic change. However, what they do, what our president really does on a daily basis, is represent America as a whole. So when you vote, ask yourself “who would I rather have speak for me?”. Do you really want Donald Trump stammering through incomplete thoughts and self inflating confabulations as a representation of your country? You may not like Hillary, but if Donald is “America”, we open the gates not only to hatred and disgust from other countries, but to more of what we have already seen. American’s thinking it’s OK to shit on other people based on broad incorrect stereotypes and misinformation. Racism becomes acceptable because we have a racist hate filled megalomaniac leader. So don’t vote for Trump. Just don’t. You all know it’s a terrible idea….possibly entertaining…but terrible. Hillary is pretty despicable, I get that, but Donald is the last person in the world you should want in this position, which even if Hillary is second to last, makes her more appealing.
Do some other shit. What shit?
Create and be the America you want to be. Our leaders don’t create the country, nor are they supposed to. This election will end, some people will be pissed, others happy, and a lot will feel “meh”, but there will be a conclusion. After that, whoever is in office means very little to our individual daily lives. You are worried about safety in your community? Education? Corporate takeover? Find a way to get involved. Do. Some. Shit. It is the little microcosms around the US that create the country, and no macro leader can control all of these unless you really let them. Unless you feel that because of our leadership the country is going to shit and no matter what you do, that is the inevitable outcome….which is not real, it’s paranoia. The irony is that if you do indeed believe this, then you are not executing the right that is hammered into every American as a defining factor of who we are, freedom. Freedom to gather and say, “X” politician is a shithead, freedom to express the voice of your particular community, freedom to be involved…or not if you choose. Freedom to live your life.
We all have thoughts on how to make things better, on how to create a “greater good” amongst the population as a whole, which I truly believe is a want of 99.9% of all Americans. In no scenario, ever, is The Donald a part of this equation.

Ugh, white people. Am I right?

All lives matter? Ugh, gross. So, so gross.
It is embarrassing to be a blue eyed white as white can be male when a seemingly large populous of people that look like me are blatantly racist and have elected a racist talking carrot dildo to run for president.
I truly can’t comprehend how an argument can be made against Black Lives Matter. How anyone can, in any context, rebuttal BLM with a version of *blank* lives matter. Racism is a grotesque rash on our nation that has been occasionally dabbed with cortisone, but is still far from gone.
So, in an attempt to belittle the BLM movement…all lives matter? Not helpful, not the point at all, and just flat out childish.
What happened in Dallas is an absolute tragedy, and although it was an act of retaliation, it was not what BLM wanted/wants or intended. Instead of shedding light into a dark crevice of our society and trying to chip away at that “blue wall of silence”, some asshole decided to open fire on the Dallas Police, thus creating a fictitious matchup of BLM vs. Cops. The thing is that there is no “fight”, there is only injustice that reaches far past the unfortunate events of the last few weeks.
Black Americans are 2.5 times as likely to be shot by police as whites. Now the argument can be made, statistically, that black people commit more crimes, and thus, the first statistic is somewhat justified. 1 in 15 black men are in prison compared to 1 in 106 white men. But to make that argument you have to honestly believe that racial profiling doesn’t exist, and that racism itself does not exist in our collective police force (You would also have to ignore history, previous and current laws aimed at the black population, and social science in general).
Philando Castile had 50 driving citations, 50, in 12 years. By comparison, I have been pulled over 3 times in the last 12 years, and all of those times I was driving a motorcycle like a complete moron. I received 3 warnings, and 0 tickets.
Most of Castile’s citations were thrown out, because they were garbage, because he was indeed pulled over for “driving while black”.
Police are a cross section of the American population. There are good and there are bad. In theory it would be the same as a sample of people from any group or field. So, the unfortunate reveal here is how racist our society still is. White Americans are up in arms about the possibility of losing their gun rights, but black Americans are “thugs” for protesting the fact that they are literally getting murdered without repercussion? Murdered by “good guys with guns”. How does that work? How would that affect your self worth, or your 12 year old sons psyche? Police are supposed to be the “peacekeepers”, individuals to look up to, and without accountability for the bad ones, it is fucking tough to show these people the unconditional respect they 100% deserve. It is analogous to Catholic priests, the first thing that comes to mind is not good. Not good at all.
White people, do fucking better. You are mad at people asking for the same rights you generally take for granted on a daily basis, or never even realized you had? Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Racism isn’t going to disappear, but acknowledgment and accountability can help stop the spread.
We are all people, not just under the constitution, God, or anything else, but because that is what we are. A bunch of people floating around on a spinning ball slowly dying like dipshit idiots. Be cool to each other, and speak out when others aren’t.

Dirty Word

Fuck Fuck Shit Ass Fuck Bitch Socialist Dickfart Crapass…
Wait, did you say “Socialist”?
The word brings images of starving nations, the notion that hard work is not rewarded, unhappiness, a controlling few…..pretty much what we have right now.
We are not at an extreme, there are no “bread lines”, but our capitalistic society has become such an extreme version of capitalism that a giant chasm now sits where the middle class should be. High end growth has skyrocketed to a point that historically would have already forced those in the lower 90% to revolt. But, because the information sent to the masses comes from the top, we have a complacent lower class voting against their best interests.
So now we have a “man for the people”, a self- proclaimed democratic socialist. Bernie. The attention of his self description seems to sit on the word “socialist”, and that he (incorrectly) wants to “give away” America’s wealth. Now, whether you like Bernie or not is beside the point, the reasons you like or dislike him should be the focus.
There are different levels of socialism, and a democratic socialist still believes in capitalism, albeit on a different level. A democratic socialist is looking for a solid baseline. Healthcare, education, necessities that will allow all of society to be better off now, and in the future. If the worry truly lies in the next generation, and the next generation, then the only way to secure a safe and prosperous country is with education, and fulfilling basic provisions.
If you are worried about giving away money, it’s too late. America is already giving away it’s wealth. We give trillions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and overspend on private and public military ventures/technology that are never used. The real hideous thing about this is that we spend very little on military personnel, attending to their health needs, but we give Lockheed-Martin and Northrup Gruman billions to further our global military might. When you give private companies the ability to buy public policy, the health and wealth of the country is pocketed and controlled not by the people, but by primarily self-serving corporations seeking a better bottom line.
Lastly, and most importantly, any rich person in America, any successful person in this country owes a portion of their success to the infrastructure and potential provided by what you may call “hand outs”. Tim Cook would not be where he is had he been born in Lima, Peru.
Taxes are a great and necessary way to help a modern civilization progress, but not if they are used to stack 12 billion dollars, in cash, on a pallet, ship it to Iraq and watch it disappear (yes, that really happened).
We have a 2 party system, which is an unfortunate reality, and we have a system that has traditionally taken big bucks to succeed in. Money that can only be raised by candidates making promises that compromise themselves, and the people that support them. Right now something different is going on, and it’s great. The people are speaking with their own money to support a candidate that they feel really will do the “greatest good” for America, as a whole, not just the top.
Our collective voices are so much more meaningful than the singular voice of the Koch brothers, who are promising $700 million to the GOP candidate, indebtting him (I would say “or her”, but let’s be real about the GOP) to big oil for life.
Socialism is not a dirty word, it (or they) is not the enemy. It’s a multi-faceted ideology that offers another viewpoint. And no matter what party you stand with, I think we can all agree that another viewpoint is something we need.

Life’s equation

What are you doing right now? Really? right now? Is it enjoyable? Will the end result of these actions bring an overall net positive to your life? No. Then stop. Just stop.
There is a mathematical equation to everything. I know it’s stale and almost cutthroat to say that numbers are involved with things like love and emotions, or relationships in general, but it is true.
You work a job to obtain money, to afford life, possibly life + “X”. “X” can be any variable you choose to spend time or money on. Maybe you work less to allow more free time, maybe you work more to gain more wealth. This is a simple time/value relationship that everyone should consider when taking a new job or moving. Essentially going down a new life path with concrete, unemotional factors.
However, your time is always worth something, and the people in your life should always add value.
Surround yourself with net positives.
This of course means different things to different individuals. Your net positive might simply be a “good conversation” while someone else’s may be getting enjoyment out of helping a friend that is consistently “a wreck”, a time and energy suck.
While we vary in life “wants” there is a finite amount of energy in each person.
We are all magnets, don’t force yourself to the wrong connection.

Here is the basic equation to life, you are welcome.

R(X)/time = V

R= Relationship This could be a person, place or thing. Your relationship with anything you spend time with. This number is always 1 as this equation only works for an individual item.

X= Self determined numerical value. Find a non-emotional baseline for “X”. Further explanation below.

Time=Time Amount of time you spend with “R” per year in hours.

V= value If value is above 1, then “R” is worth your time.

X” baseline should be a plug in that allows the equation to equal exactly 1. For instance, I like pancakes at a 2, I spend about 2 hours a year eating pancakes, 1(2)/2=1….1=1. That’s my baseline. It’s not a great experience, not a bad experience. At even value I could take it or leave it.

I like my friend David more than I like pancakes. 100x’s more? Yes. Much more. This equation isn’t necessary for my decision here, but let’s say David is 50,000.
1(50,000)/500 (hours spent with David over a year)= 500. 500>1, therefore David is a huge net positive on my life. Keep him.

A more complex issue may be something like work, or any “X” with a multitude of factors inside of that thing. So you must include all fringe elements before applying value. So work itself may be awful (-10,000), but all the necessities (+100,000. House, food, bills) and luxuries (+30,000. Travel, car, dope ass shoes) added to your life due to this awful “X” may wind up creating a net positive.

Always do the hours last. If I like pancakes at a 2, and am honest with myself, I probably like snowboarding at a 20. After factoring costs, travel, exercise, potential to hurt myself….I still like snowboarding 10x more than pancakes. OK, I snowboard maybe 5 hours per year. 1(20)/5= 4. Worth it.

Does this make any sense! YES! Kind of?….Hopefully for you. Maybe not…..sigh……Time is everything! It is the only commodity that we all have. It varies in most of us, and it is finite in all of us. Use it wisely……If that last sentence makes you wish you didn’t read any of this….This article is a net negative. If you read this and it DOES make sense, net positive. Either way my point has been proven! BLAMMO!!

Math!