sephira: (NAVY GIRL)
"What amazes me is how much more bureaucratic the US has become, as compared to what can only be described as socialist “home turf” here in Norway. Why? Well, Americans seem to have a knack for over-doing everything. Whether it is music, or sports, war or tree-hugging, the Americans simply over do it. So too with bureaucracy (and unions)… It’s a kind of “go big or go home” mentality which permeates American life at so many levels and in so many directions. Which, I suppose, is both good and bad. It has given us the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, jazz, and umpteen other icons. But it has also given us mind bogglingly stupid, bureaucratic decay."

Ok whether or not you agree with anything else in that article, I link it now because it was the first time I've seen anyone else articulating what I was discussing with [livejournal.com profile] violettavalery here (and have bored several people with elsewhere). And from another foreigner too!

I think a failure to recognize this, uh, feature of America is behind a lot of the partisanship and cultural chauvinism this place gets. Take, for example, the issue of gun control: Americans of the typical liberal bent will say "Why are you worried about us taking your guns? People in New Zealand have gun control, and no one is bursting into their house at night and shootin' their dogs!"

Meanwhile those of the libertarian/conservative bent will say "How can New Zealanders stand having gun control? Aren't they worried about people coming into their house at night and shootin' their dogs?"

In other words, one side sees the extra craziness inherent in American government as being universal; the other simply refuses to recognize that it's there at all, and figures that we're just some minor policy tweaks and tax breaks away from emerging Athena-like as a fully-formed Norway.

... and speaking of politikul miscommunication and partisanship, it is funny how the word 'socialist' is now so flexible and subjective that it's essentially meaningless, and yet no one anywhere seems to acknowledge this. (It's a bit like 'feminist' and 'fascist' in that way, although at least most people recognize that 'fascist' no longer means anything).

So you'll see otherwise highly intelligent people arguing/getting offended over/angsting about people's use of the word 'socialist', as if it's a plain-as-day, categorical, black-and-white description like 'Linux user' or 'blond'. OH WAIT WE CAN'T EVEN AGREE ABOUT THAT. Dear God, it's like watching people get into a FOR SERIOUS debate over 4chan insults.

"I can't believe those stupid Republicans actually believe that Obama is a cockmongler. I just had to defriend eight people on Facebook over it."

"Hello? Are you blind? If you look past the lies of the liberal media, you'll see his union and healthcare policies match up identically to the literature produced by the Cockmongler Party of America. Did you even listen to his last speech when he repeatedly refered to ''LOL COCK SOUP DESU'?"

"Look, you idiot, this chart shows that even after all his reforms, America would still register incredibly low on the International Faggotry Index, and that the median household Internets Winrar rate would actually rise. You are such an ignorant extremist."
 
 
Anyway to make up for all this negativity here is a patriotic velociraptor: 
 

 
sephira: (Justified: hat)
★ YES. YES. YES.

★ Now Available: the only review of I Am Number Four on the Internet that is longer than mine was! Worth it just for the phrase ''Timothy Olyphant’s wide-eyed weirdo acting-face".

★ Some people might have heard about the Cracked/AOL/Mydaily plagiarism kerfuffle a few days back. The plagiarized article by Amy Keyisian has been pulled, but without apology or acknowledgement. If you have a spare minute or two, please help to discourage this in future by:

 
1. Typing 'Amy Keyishian' into Google
2. Skim through the results until you see this link: http://travisharder.ca/tag/amy-keyishian/ (I'm showing it on page four)
3. Click on it.
4. THERE IS NO FOURTH STEP. Heh, does anyone remember that Apple ad with Jeff Goldblum? No? Okay. 

Also, Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist

sephira: (Justified: hat)
★ YES. YES. YES.

★ Now Available: the only review of I Am Number Four on the Internet that is longer than mine was! Worth it just for the phrase ''Timothy Olyphant’s wide-eyed weirdo acting-face".

★ Some people might have heard about the Cracked/AOL/Mydaily plagiarism kerfuffle a few days back. The plagiarized article by Amy Keyisian has been pulled, but without apology or acknowledgement. If you have a spare minute or two, please help to discourage this in future by:

 
1. Typing 'Amy Keyishian' into Google
2. Skim through the results until you see this link: http://travisharder.ca/tag/amy-keyishian/ (I'm showing it on page four)
3. Click on it.
4. THERE IS NO FOURTH STEP. Heh, does anyone remember that Apple ad with Jeff Goldblum? No? Okay. 

Also, Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist

sephira: (Sarah is awesome.)
Why are there no conservative gay dating sites? I KNOW THE MARKET IS THERE. I KNOW THESE THINGS.

Are there any good lesbian dating sites that give you the option of listing your political affiliation? Or a good general dating site that lists political affiliation and has a 'female seeking female' option? Or a conservative dating site that has that option and actually has lesbians on it (there seems to be only one such lady on all of Hannidate, boo)? Anyone?

(not for me, obv. OR IS IT)
sephira: (Sarah is awesome.)
Why are there no conservative gay dating sites? I KNOW THE MARKET IS THERE. I KNOW THESE THINGS.

Are there any good lesbian dating sites that give you the option of listing your political affiliation? Or a good general dating site that lists political affiliation and has a 'female seeking female' option? Or a conservative dating site that has that option and actually has lesbians on it (there seems to be only one such lady on all of Hannidate, boo)? Anyone?

(not for me, obv. OR IS IT)

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