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24
Jul
13

What Does The Internet Do To Our Brains?

A week ago I wrote about removing myself from Facebook. It is part of a personal project to regain my humanity.

But what does the internet really do to us?

If you look around like me you would think we are coming to a world of hovering sloths akin to the people in Wall-E crossed with a world of Idiocracy and Atlas Shrugged politics.

I kind of agree with the genius autistic kid Jacob Barnett who’s parents were once told he would never talk yet has gone on to challenge Einstein on his theory of relativity and is on track for a Nobel Prize – you need to quit soaking up all the books and listening to what everyone tells you and start exploring and realizing the world around you on your own terms. Humans are amazing in what we can do but if we use things like the internet to use as an intellectual crutch then we will never be able to fully rationalize the world around us.

21
Jul
13

Trayvon: The Court Did Serve Justice

To represent our legal system we have Lady Justice. She is blind so that she can only weigh the facts of the prosecution and the defense.

If she is not 100% sure that you are guilty of the crime you are accused of then you are innocent.

In the Trayvon Martin case the prosecution could not prove beyond a doubt that George Zimmerman went in to specifically murder Martin.

The acquittal of Zimmerman has nothing to do with race but everything to do with the facts presented.

It is the same in every case so why are certain people out there so upset over the verdict?

Charles Barkley put it very eloquently.

[Maria Bartiromo]
Any thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict?

[Charles Wade Barkley]
Well, I – I agree with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong. And I feel bad for anyone who loses a kid. But if you looked at the case and you don’t make it – there was some racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night. And I know — that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people. But just looking at the evidence I agree with the verdict. I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media. Because I don’t think media has a pure heart, as I call it. Very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form. There are a lot of black people are racist too.

I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.

[Maria Bartiromo] Source: LYBIO.net
I think you’re right, I’m glad you made that point.

[Charles Barkley]
Yeah, yeah, I don’t think the media has clean hands. Like I said, I feel sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should have went to jail for the rest of his life. Cause something happened bad that night obviously.

[Maria Bartiromo] Source: LYBIO.net
Yeah. I liked what on of the jurors said, they said: they both should have walked away.

[Charles Barkley]
Yes

[Maria Bartiromo]
Um, and if there is a shadow of a doubt, there is a shadow of a doubt.

[Charles Barkley]
And let me say, Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to — he was racial profiling.

[Maria Bartiromo]
Absolutely.

[Charles Barkley]
But I think Trayvon Martin, god rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. Like I said the main thing, I feel bad for, it gives every black and white person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance.

[Maria Bartiromo]
Right

[Charles Barkley] Source: LYBIO.net
You know. That’s the thing that bothered me the most. Because I watched this trial closely. And I watch all these people on television talking about it.

A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want to have their racist views, whether they are white or black –

[Maria Bartiromo]
The bias comes out.

[Charles Barkley]
The bias definitely comes out.

[Maria Bartiromo]
Yeah

[Charles Barkley] Source: LYBIO.net
It was a bad situation. We all lost. And I feel bad for his parents. Cause you don’t ever want to see anybody lose a kid.

20
Jul
13

Paul Oakenfold – Como Tu

It is songs like this that make it hard for me to not want to vote for Paul Oakenfold in the DJ Mag Top 100.

17
Jul
13

Goodbye Facebook: Cutting The Addiction

Throughout my life I’ve heard people say that they feel like technology is ruining humanity. That while we are more accessible to one another we are less intimate with one another. We no longer call one another to talk and write one another letters even less than that. Today is the age of texting and of emails – both highly anonymous.

We have social media that is probably anything but social. Posting pictures that 47,000 other people have posted isn’t socializing… it is posting mindless crap that 46,999 other people have posted. Posting a few sentences about how we had a bad day isn’t helping us reconnect… it is complaining without having to show our emotions in person. Accepting a friend request from an old friend isn’t helping us rekindle a friendship… it is allowing us to spy on what they’ve done in the time we’ve missed and act like we suddenly care. Even a Jack-In-The-Box commercial recognizes how people get together just to text people not with them as well as a Windows 7 Phone commercial. If they use our insecurities and our addiction to anonymous technology to sell us more… what does that say about us?

They call it Technology Addiction and instead of emboldening our personal relationships we are enslaved to technology. We are the microwave society. We look for quick fixes and quick highs in our life to help us forget the stressful times and the idle times. It bothers us to be idle. I was no different. I am no different.

I still fumble over myself at the jingle of my phone to see if I have messages or emails. I wake up and immediately look at my phone to see what I missed. I have an unlimited phone plan but use maybe 120 minutes a month (95% of them to my mother), but send 1500+ texts and receive just as many. I get 40+ emails a day from random sources. And then there is Facebook.

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When I first got on Facebook I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I could reconnect with people and find long lost friends. Little did I know that if I wasn’t their friend all this time then I wasn’t going to magically waltz into someones life who had survived without me for 8 years. So I stayed on there. I would justify me staying because I would periodically go through my friends list and delete people who I never talked to. I found groups I could be a part of… some of which I was a leader in. But those did nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I met some awesome people on Facebook – some I have over the years met in person and others who still remain just names on the computer screen.

A week ago I deleted my Facebook page. I didn’t just deactivate it – I deleted it. I’m not coming back. I feel pretty salty in saying this, but like any addict… I miss it. I helped me pass my idle time, especially since I work night shift and there is many times little to do on nights.

But on the bright side, I have realized how much time I spend on that social networking site not socializing at all. I have started listening to more of my somewhat forgotten electronic dance music and really enjoying it. I’ve really fallen out of the EDM scene and I miss that too. Oddly enough, it is EDM that helped me become much more social. The music… and large-in-part the people… were open, friendly, and approachable. I met some amazing people in clubs playing EDM, many of who I am still friends with today. This is how it socializing should be done – in person. Imagine!

Hopefully I will continue chipping away at the things in my life who have leeched my humanity over the years. But as I many times say to people trying to lose weight – you didn’t become overweight overnight so don’t expect to become skinny overnight.

SIDE NOTE: One of the things that kept me from leaving Facebook was my excuse that “all my pictures” were on there and that if I left, I’d lose them. This is not true, you can easily download all of your uploaded pictures with absolute ease. If this is part of your concern please check HERE to see how to download all your pictures/videos/likes/links/etc. in one easy download.

16
Jul
13

EDM: DJMAG Top 100 for 2013

For those of us who enjoy Electronic Dance Music (“techno” for you people who aren’t in the loop) it is time to weigh in for our favorite DJs. In general, the sub-genre trance takes the top spots probably due to it’s popularity around the world.

Voting just started today and as of right now as I try to log in to vote I am notified that the site is down. I guess everyone and their mother is trying to vote and has crashed the site. No worry, Armin Van Buuren probably has a million votes. :)

So who should I vote on this year? I generally take the road less traveled and try to vote for people I want to see move up in the chart that are less known.

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I am thinking about voting for the following five (in no particular order) but I won’t be final for a while.

[KEY] 2012 DJ Mag Position : My 2013 Prediction Positive/Negative/Neutral.

  1. 40:25 Porter Robinson – Love his music and he was phenominal when I saw him live, plus he is super young! I believe he was one of the big movers for 2012 and I think he will be a big mover for 2013!
  2. 18:18 Sander Van Doorn – I think hes super creative and alwasy enjoy his music. Also good live.
  3. 24:15 Dada Life – Man, these guys are nuts. They put on an absolutely phenominal show. They came out to a [legal] rave in a warehouse and just acted like they were playing for a full stadium.
  4. 25:14 W&W – These guys just have too many tracks in the clubs and are playing with the big dogs (i.e. Armin). you can’t miss them.
  5. 2:3 Tiesto – I’ve always liked Tiesto. He always churns out something catchy every few months and he has even switched sub-genres and is still doing well. Even so, I think he will fall one place this year.

These are guys who I think should be moved down – some of them are personal vendettas.

  1. 4:12 David Guetta – He comes up with some catchy tunes but I saw him live and I hated his set with a passion. I also view him as a sellout.
  2. 5:8 Deadmau5 – I loved Deadmau5… before everyone knew who he was. I first saw him in a half filled club. He put on a great show but I’m tired of his antics and I also see him partially as a sellout.
  3. 10:9 Skrillex – He is much the same as Deadmau5. I liked him before when nobody knew what dubstep is. Now everyone thinks that if Dubstep doesn’t sound like Skrillex… then it isn’t dubstep. I quite like him and his music, but I’d like to calm the fire a bit and see some different dubstep folks step up.
  4. 14:15 Gareth Emery – I haven’t personally heard much new stuff from Emery. I think his popularity is based more on his rave scene. I personally did not like his live set.
  5. 15:18 Steve Aoki – Very trendy and I didn’t care for that. The kiddos seemed like they liked the live set. I guess he does blow up a boat and ride it into the crowd.
09
Sep
09

Obama Trial on 26 January 2010

UPDATE: It appears that the court case was actually dismissed shortly thereafter. I report on it HERE.

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This is an update to the post that was published on 06 September 2009, entitled Sept 8, Obama Eligibility Hearing.

Shocker! Judge orders trial on eligibility issue

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A California judge today tentatively scheduled a trial for Jan. 26, 2010, for a case that challenges Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president based on questions over his qualifications under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

If the case actually goes to arguments before U.S. District Judge David Carter, it will be the first time the merits of the dispute have been argued in open court, according to one of the attorneys working on the issue.

In a highly anticipated hearing today before Carter, several motions were heard, including a resolution to long-standing questions about whether attorney Orly Taitz properly served notice on the defendants, which she had.

In a second ruling, Carter ordered that attorney Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation can be added to the case to represent plaintiffs Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson, who had been removed by an earlier court order. Drake, the vice presidential candidate for the American Independent Party, and Robinson, the party’s chairman, also were restored to the case.

But the judge did not immediately rule on Taitz’ motion to be granted discovery – that is the right to see the president’s still-concealed records. Nor did Carter rule immediately on a motion to dismiss the case, submitted by the U.S. government, following discussion over Taitz’ challenge to the work of a magistrate in the case.

The judge did comment that if there are legitimate constitutional questions regarding Obama’s eligibility, they need to be addressed and resolved.

Carter ordered a hearing Oct. 5 on the motion to dismiss and ordered arguments submitted on the issue of discovery.

If the case survives that challenge, a pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 11 and the trial for two weeks later.

The case would be the first time, according to Kreep, that the actual merits of the dispute will have been heard in open court. A multitude of such disputes have been rejected out of hand by various state and federal courts. Even the U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly has rejected urgent appeals to hear the evidence.

The suit alleges Obama is actually a citizen of Indonesia and “possibly still citizen of Kenya, usurping the position of the president of the United States of America and the commander-in-chief.”

24
Jul
09

Obama on TV too much?

I like science-fiction movies. I didn’t always, but it’s grown on me. Today, I don’t watch a lot of TV. In fact, while I have a TV, I don’t watch TV, I watch movies. But, there are plenty of TVs all over the place – work, stores, gym, etc. I can’t help but notice how much I see Obama on TV. Always getting on there and saying how he doesn’t want to increase the size of the government and then saying what the government is going to do for us. Ya know, whatever with that.

With the science fiction… a lot of the times there are screens all over the place with commercials or the head-hancho getting on there and reminding people of how happy they are and how good things are. Think, Blade Runner. Think, Aeon Flux. Think, Equilibrium. (Maybe even The Fifth Element). And I am sure more… The amount that I see Obama on TV kind of makes me wonder when he is going to get on and start telling us to be happy and to take the blue pill that arrived from the Department of…. Agriculture…. that will make us calmer during these hard times. Enter the Matrix!

Maybe it is just me, but I don’t need some President to come on TV to tell me that I am going to survive. Maybe I am biased in saying this, but I don’t remember seeing Bush on tv this much. Even during the times surrounding 9/11 I don’t remember seeing him on TV a lot. He said his piece. He said we were going to get those responsible and then he was gone to make plans to do just that. Forget that he may have been misguided… or lied… (we don’t know what he did or didn’t do/know)… the point is that he didnt feel the need to get on TV every other day and tell us how much he was going to do for us. And you know what? America seemingly recovered pretty quickly from 9/11, and without a massive government intervention.

So why is it that we need to hear from Obama every other day? I think for a couple of reasons. When he appears, he gives the impression to a lot of people that he is “one of us.” When he comes on TV, indirectly he is saying “I am here for you.” Which of course is a bunch of crap, but that is the impression that people get. Secondly, him appearig all the time gives the impression that he is working on the problem. Forget that he may say nothing or have no plan, but the act of getting on TV makes him appear like the problems are being examined and fixed. And lastly, I think that Obama knows that he is a good speaker and a lot of people drool over his oratory skills. Forget what he is actually saying, the guy is charismatic. I hate to compare, but it makes me think of Hitler when he could move crowds to cheer at the idea of erradicating a people due to their religion. I don’t think Obama’s ideas are totally accepted, but if he can keep his public support high then he can probably stay in for a second term and likewise push more of his agenda through. He does this by swooning reporters and crowds that love to hear him speak.

Anyways, just my observations. I could be totally wrong and like I said, I don’t watch TV so much so I might be just catching it at coinscidential times.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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