Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why Didn't I Hear About This?

People don't read the news, then share memes about some news story they like but have never heard of and act like there was some sort of media conspiracy to ignore it or keep the information from you. A quick google search then reveals that all kinds of stories existed on the topic at the time it happened. The media by and large isn't keeping things from you (at least on the aggregate, as I always preach: read multiple sources), it's that you don't like to read anything that isn't in small, easily digestible meme form (and probably inaccurate or over-simplified). "Why didn't I hear about this?" probably because you had your head up your ass. Yes, the media puts a focus on some dumb, unimportant things many times... but if you stop clicking that dumb shit, and click the on the important topics, the ad-revenue dollars are going to speak for themselves.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Bernie and Hillary

Taken from a Facebook thread that I figured would be better suited for a blog post.

In response to this political cartoon:

In spite of Hillary's issues (many of which are overblown), I'm going to go with the best candidate and not throw a baby-fit if my ideal one isn't nominated. Yes, she's got way too many ties with the very people who have anything but the American people's best interests at heart, and she's a johnny-come-lately on alot of social issues, and she (and this is the one that REALLY gets me) voted in favor of the Iraq war....

HOWEVER, she IS on the right side of most issues, even if she doesn't take them as far as I think they need to go (we need to work toward single-payer, there's just no avoiding that). And she does know how to get stuff done. Plus, she's aware that a thing called "science" exists, unlike the entire republican party.

That being said, a lot of the articles I've read defending Hillary against Bernie supporters tend to completely miss the point and defend a ton of straw-man positions. (the speaking fee thing... for the last time, it's not HOW MUCH she took that's important, it's who's signing those checks that is). They, much like the criticism of Hillary herself, are out of touch on why people are in favor in Bernie to begin with. It's not because he's got a ton of crazy grandiose ideas and wants to give people unrealistic hopes of "free shit", it's because when he says "I believe we should do X, Y, Z", based on his history and who his backers are (or more to the point, who they aren't), we can calmly say that his ideas aren't all that radical or grandiose after all. It should also be noted that exactly 0 of the issues I may have with Hillary have anything to do with the BS scandals that republicans have invented over the years.

 Anyway. Rant over. Go Bernie...and if his ideas prove to be too far out there for masses right now, go Hillary. I'll even wear a Hillary T-shirt. A bit begrudgingly maybe. You can stamp your feet and throw your juice on the floor all you want. You can shout "Stop telling me I have to vote for Hillary!" all you want. Vote for the best candidate. There's 300 million people in this country, not everyone's gonna get exactly the person they want. Vote for the best one and move things a little bit closer to being good. That's why it's called "progress" and not "give me everything I want right now or I'm gonna shit my pants".