Who’s Really Winning…?

“You are poor because you made bad choices” is a fairy story sold by people who don’t want you to look at their books.

It is massively to their advantage to convince people that being rich and being poor are a result of personal choice.

“…or get out of the way”

I think it’s totally legit that if a leader threatens you if you investigate him, that you absolutely must investigate him.

If you want to follow someone worth a damn, find the person who is not only open, but encourages people to check their work.


I would not say that I believe in reading entrails to ascertain whether or not the future is bright. That said, however, I think the future could be made brighter depending on whose entrails are selected.

These statements do not contradict each other.

But what if it does?!

Our culture seemingly worships the heroic/crazy notion of “Well, it might NOT work, but if it does, wouldn’t that be great? Sure, the odds are long, but let’s roll the dice! Don’t tell me the odds, let’s just do it because it should be done, because it’s right and just and heroic — even if we fail, the work is good. We are a team and that means we help each other, we don’t leave a teammate behind, we act together, we play together, we drill together, we are a team. As long as we are a team, as long as we all look out for each other, then we will win. We might not win the cup, but we’ll win friendship. We might not win the prize, but we’ll win our own self-respect. So, damn the odds, damn the faceless authority, damn all those who mock and crap on us. We might be underdogs, but we know that what matters is that we found each other, that we are a team, that we are moving forward!

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I am both a diver and a zombie movie fan, so when I try to remember “Nitrox,” and I instead keep remembering “Trioxin,” then that is a hilarious thing.

“Send more divers!”

Beautiful Horror

Sometimes there is extraordinary beauty in even the meanest of things.

It does not make the beauty less for its birth, nor the horrors better for their act of genesis.

It reminds us the Universe is more complex than we expected.

Tic-Tac-Toe is not a Challenging Game

Talking with some folks is like playing tic-tac-toe against a chicken at the county fair. The chicken only knows a couple simple rules, but keeps beating you because you don’t understand that the point of the game isn’t to beat the chicken…

…but to keep you playing at a quarter a pop.

(Also, the chicken craves attention.)

I Think the Needle Needs to Point in the Opposite Direction.

Adults tell children “No, you can’t do that. Stop that. Put that down. Don’t put that in your mouth. Only one cookie. No ice cream after eight. No watching five episodes of Battlestar Galactica in a row” and when kids object, adults tell them “When you live in your own house and pay your own bills, you can make your own rules.”

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The Secret Enemy

In a society where claiming one is an atheist results in one not being considered “trustworthy,” one cannot depend on claims of religious affiliation to indicate “trustworthiness.”

The most successful viruses out there succeed by pretending to be valuable to the cells they invade.