So, a couple of nights ago my sister linked me to the newest Adventure Time episode, ”James Baxter the Horse”. And basically, all she said was “Just…just watch.”
I’m a huge Adventure Time fan, and unfortunately I haven’t been tuning in recently, so I finally decided to kick that bad habit…
Joshua Glenn writes about one of the first zines he ever read, published by his friends at school in 1985:
what impressed me most about The Mark of Cain is how it inspired a thuggish football player to punch John in the mouth… because the guy (correctly) assumed that the message “Diana, will you please shut the kindly fuck up” inscribed onto one of the zine’s pages was a reference to his girlfriend. John and I were co-editors of the school’s literary magazine, which inspired no such visceral reactions! Not that I wanted to be punched in the mouth, but in some inchoate way I realized then and there that literary publishing would never provide me with the kind of immediate, personal feedback loop I craved.
I missed this and in truth, I was late to the web as well.
An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t
I could watch this for hours.
You need to know
Salvador Dali & Walt Disney - Destino
In the Course of Human events, it became necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which had tied them together, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of this Universe…
Ah yes, good ‘ol Ronnie of the KKK! Gold Standard, dismantle the FDA, get rich via Ponzi schemes!@!
dude… obama’s saying we should trust no one but him… and then says everyone else is a lying crazy.
Not really, it’s intended to mean ‘don’t be a paranoid nutbag who buys into everything a foilhatter rants at you’.
Except he’s wrongly equating everyone that speaks out against him as a foilhatter…
Psssst! *whispers* It’s not him doing it; it’s all the buying into conspiracy bullshit that outs you as a foilhatter! Hope this helps!*/whisper*
So Obama isn’t in charge of the CIA bombing Pakistan and Yemen. Obama didn’t sign the NDAA including the part that allows the military to detain Americans indefinitely, he’s not in charge of the DOJ that locks up people for committing non violent crimes like using Marijuana even though he himself used it. He didn’t sign into law the Monsanto protection act? Theres no tinfoil hat wearing here, I’m calling him on the shit he does overtly.
Holy shit I hope this kid isn’t old enough to vote.
Nice of them to share context…
The Obama quote comes from a speech he gave to Ohio State grads on May 5, 2013. Putting it in context, you get a VERY different impression of what Obama’s saying.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.
There’s nothing “unfortunate” about that. In fact, one of aspects of our society for which we should feel fortunate is the liberty to openly criticize and suspect that the government might be a culprit in these “problems.
Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works.
[Broad generalization + trite pro-traditionalism adage]
They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner.
Is it not? Have the last 12 years not been filled with increasingly invasive executive power?
You should reject these voices.
This sounds pretty clear to me, and the impression in context I get is that you should reject the voices who warn about unaccountable government oversight, spending, and police power.
Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
This is an emotional appeal to the patriotic notion of American exceptionalism, which is based entirely on a false misunderstanding of Alex de Tocqueville’s classic words regarding the same. There is nothing inherently “brave” about constitutional republicanism, nor is it “creative;” even at it’s time it borrowed heavily from elements of other societies.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn’t want to.
Oh, finally. Something we agree on. But this isn’t the crux of Obama’s message. Hey why does he keep saying “we?”
But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours.
“We,” “ours,” this is a lot of collectivist language. Who is he to assume that “we” don’t think that? I happen to know that the government is the source of a lot of substantial issues which affect all of us (especially in the government’s capacity to affect the economy). What democracy is he talking about anyway?
And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.As for the Ron Paul quote, I didn’t look it up, mostly because I don’t think it’s going to change much after being put back into context.The last segment of his quote is, in text, woefully out of context. In fact you have no idea the context of this sentence if you aren’t listening to it. When speaking, Barack Obama paused considerably after “about what American can do for us,” because he was about to quote John F. Kennedy and continue on with “but what you can do for America.” He stopped himself, you can see in his eyes where he loses focus for a brief moment and collects himself to adjust his sentence, “its about what can be done by us, together through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.”Wow, bravo! That’s such beautiful words, 10/10 I cried! But these words have nothing to do with his point about rejecting those who would warn against tyranny. They’re feel-good words with no substance. There isn’t a single police party, for example, with an ideology that goes against this basic principle at its core - in the end its always about working together with the responsibility of self-governance; American liberalism just wants everyone to chip in with taxes, American conservatism wants everyone to boot-strap up, and American libertarianism says everyone should do whatever they want, be kind.However despite all of this, and despite the context of the quote, nothing about the caution against tyranny-criers is changed.