I hate Baby BoomersThis is gonna come across as whiny, but fuck you, I'm tired of this shit and need to vent.
My mom won't stop posting on my facebook page every time I post anything that could be misconstrued by the most oversensitive retard as even mildly offensive or "weird." Apparently to get a job in this sick world you need to be the most bland boring emotionless fuck you can be; to that I say, "Ok, no one over the age of 40 or directly related to me gets to see any of my posts ever again."
So fuck you family, if you're so PC that there is literally nothing interesting I can post anymore, then so be it; you don't want to hear what I have to say anyway, so why not just make it permanent and get it over with.
A New Conservative PartyA New Conservative Party3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Given the remaining candidates out of the initial crop of crazy; and the nature of the Republican Party in the last three years alone (not counting their actions under the Bush administration); isn't it time we wrote them off and called for a new Conservative Party? Lets face it; short of a Constitutional Amendment establishing Instant Runoff voting; this is the best option we have right now.
Its important to note that this is how politics has worked in America since the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans; every time one party fell out of touch with the interests of the public, they found themselves being replaced by someone more appropriate. The Federalists were replaced by the Whigs, Democrat-Republicans were replaced by the Democrats, the Whigs were replaced by the Republicans. With the current GOP swap of Congressional and Presidential candidates all championing platforms that are either antiquated, xenophobic, or ineffective at actually addressing this country's problems;
Rise of the TranshumansThe last battle for equal rights won't be for racial equality;Rise of the Transhumans4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It won't be for gender equality;
Not for sexual or gender orientation;
It will be a battle between two species:
Humans and Transhumans.
Unlike the other battles for equality, this one will be more than figurative;
It will take a great expense of blood
And in all likelihood result in the eventual extinction of the human race.
That's how dominant species function,
As one rises the other must logically fall
Transhumans will be smarter, stronger, and more capable than humans
Humans will eventually stop being the masters of their own planet
Transhumans will take the jobs of the elites, and outperform their human counterparts
Humans will respond, violently as usual
But they will loose.
What may start as a quest for equality for by both
Will end with the extinction of one.
Spore 2: As it Should Be*Origin Stage: You come upon a swirling gas cloud at some unknown point in the galaxy at some unknown time. Using your mouse you position a gravity well at the center of cloud and use your scroll wheel to increase or decrease the density of the well, and pulling the gasses in forming your star. You settle on an M Class Star, 15% larger than Sol.Spore 2: As it Should Be4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Once you've created your star the game highlights two bands orbiting the newly formed star and indicates them to be the Goldilocks zones, one for a terrestrial planet, and another for a potential moon of a Gas Giant. You choose the terrestrial body and position its gravity well at 1 AU, using the scroll wheel to make it 95% the size of Earth, with equal mass. The debris begins to form a molten body where you positioned the well, and the game indicates that it is time to form the planet's satellites. You position three gravity wells, forming three small moons from the debris orbiting your world, but the game indicates that there is still left ov
Defunct FuturesSo, what's it like in the year 2012 in the...Defunct Futures3 years ago in Settings More Like This
2012 in 50's-world, everyone in the US wears hats. Men wear suits, women wear dresses or cute pantsuits. T-shirts and jeans or sweats are something nobody older than a teenager would be caught wearing. There are a lot of uniforms. Everything is very clean and often metallic or gleaming.
The Cold War is of course going on, and China, the Soviet Union, indeed everything from East Germany to Vietnam is the Red World, a unified entity which includes some parts of Africa, including the Red Congo. (Cuba, on the other side, is Capitalist and more-or-less democratic, if corrupt). Everyone in the Red World dresses the same, drives the same standard car, and reports for interrogation four times a year. (Except for the Inner Committee. But to get to that position on must have taken the interrogation drugs dozens of times). Although a "standardized" Socialist culture is promoted, the Chinese are still Chinese, and the increasing tendency of
Last GaspHalfway through 2011 we find ourselves in a much more complicated world than anytime since the Age of Enlightenment.Last Gasp4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In America 52% of the country has stated that they don't have a problem with Gay Marriage and the US Military has begun the process to let gays and in many cases Women serve openly. Texas, California, and New Mexico have all become Majority Minority States and the others will soon join that status. A larger percentage of Americans are in favor of Legalizing Marijuana today (46% as of 2010) than ever before.
In the Middle East a new generation of activists have in many cases peacefully overthrown old authoritarian governments and installed new democratic regimes. Even in the cases where revolution had gone violent or failed, the new tools of political movement, the Internet and a camera, have enabled a new wave of political change and liberalization.
As of 2011 the United Nations declared access to a Free and Open Internet a fundamental right of humanity...
...and yet, th
Uber timeline2021:Uber timeline5 years ago in Sketches More Like This
-The People's Republic of China officially dissapears, being replaced by the democratic, capitalist Chinese Republic.
-Ryan Seward, NASA astronaut, makes man's first steps on Mars. China and the European Union conduct independent moon landings.
-First permanent base is established in Mars after ESA arrivals, where evidence of prehistorical plant life is discovered. Construction of large space stations sees its golden age, and the building of huge terraforming platforms begins.
-North Korean leader Lee Kun-Hee peacefully unites the Korean peninsula under a social-democratic rule, and is subsequently awarded the Nobel peace prize.
-Despite tremendous costs, the first phase of the Martian colonization is completed, with the successful launch of the five largest space stations yet, designed to begin terraforming on mars, out of a fear of extreme overpopulation in the near future. The ESA launches its vessels first alongside a manned expedition.
-Oil extraction and r
Infinity plus One: Mistletoe (Elsanna)The servants of the Royal Palace of Arendelle were worried.Infinity plus One: Mistletoe (Elsanna)1 year ago in Humor More Like This
It had all started early on Christmas morning when Charles, the senior butler, began his task of opening all windows and doors on the first floor of the castle. The sun was bright and the wind chilly and he was eager to allow it to spread throughout the mansion. He achieved his commitment on most of the building; the only place missing was the grand hall where the Christmas ball was to be held that evening. He quickened his pace, as it was necessary to commence with the preparations at once. Yet, when he reached the entrance to the dance hall he noticed that the huge oak doors had already been opened, the window’s curtains pulled back and the Christmas tree lit. He had been delighted at the find, even more so at not having to wonder who had been his eager helping hand. He moved to hurriedly thank his aide, but as he neared the figure sitting on the framework of the door he realized that she was everything but jovial on t
Snowflakes of Love and War: Ch 3 (Elsanna)Chapter 3: The Frightening Ice WitchSnowflakes of Love and War: Ch 3 (Elsanna)1 year ago in Romance More Like This
The queen and princess of Arendelle were out on a mission. Well, technically they weren’t out yet, since the kitchen obviously counted as part of the interior of the castle. They were going to leave soon though, right after they packed a few things for their expedition. A few being a rather important part of that sentence, one that Anna doubted her sister had understood.
The young redhead watched as her sister opened a bag that was clearly too big for her small shoulders and began to stuff it with an amount of things that were utterly unnecessary in Anna’s opinion. In went three changes of clothes, a hat, rope and blankets and four water bottles, a top which sandwiches and marmalade were placed. But that wasn’t enough, so the blond opened the side pockets to put in money, a rope, a hammer with nails, bandages, a hair tie and even a spork; Anna could not fathom any kind of circumstance in which they would be in need of a spork out i
Conservatives and ReactionariesThe meaning of words is too important to ignore in politics, and there is one word that has been mutilated into something grotesque by the worst elements of our political discourse. Conservative. Its an idea that advocates trying to preserve things as they are by emphasizing stability and continuity. It is an ideology that does not fear change, but simply wishes for it to be managed well. Too many politicians identifying as conservative today are in fact reactionaries. Reactionaries oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were," a goal historically being both futile and self destructive; something the current Republican party is demonstrating with startling persistance. True conservatives are not concerned with trivial changes in our culture, but rather the long term continuity of the national spirit. The Reactionaries have been given their moment, and it is time to send them back to irrelevance where they belong.Conservatives and Reactionaries2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I Am the 99 PercentI was a near 4.0 student in high school.I Am the 99 Percent3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.
Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.
So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.
I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.
My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.
I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.
My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.
When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of
Snowflakes of Love and War: Ch 1 (Elsanna)Disclaimer: I don’t own “Frozen” or any of its characters…it’s probably for the best.Snowflakes of Love and War: Ch 1 (Elsanna)1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Warnings: This is an Elsanna fiction, as in, a romantic relationship between the two protagonist (Elsa and Anna) will occur. If this hurts your sensibilities, please do not read.
Genre: Mostly romance and adventure.
Chapter One: More time
The snow had been relentless in its assault over Arendelle. Yet, in this occasion, the nation was overjoyed. Christmas had arrived. Hence, the cold and snowflakes were not the consequences of a frightened and out of control Queen, but the customary results of the season. Moreover, high spirits were about because of the annual ball which had been determined would take place during winter from now on, in honor of the Queen. It had been her little sisters’ idea, something the Queen had initially objected to; her efforts were clearly in vain.
That evening, Princess Anna of Arendelle had done not
Snowflakes of Love and War: Ch 2 (Elsanna)Chapter two: Away from the Queen’s eyesSnowflakes of Love and War: Ch 2 (Elsanna)1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Being Queen was hard work. Elsa had been sitting at her mahogany desk for most of the day, working on one paper or another. They were mostly trivial matters, finances that needed to be verified, food transport licenses that had to be authorized, contracts that she could not postpone the signing off. But Elsa was used to all of this: an aching back, a strained neck, the burning eyes, all due to her never ending workload. Because Elsa had been the rightful regent since the sudden death of her parents, it just so happened that no one knew.
“And that is how Arendelle obtained the territory it controls today.” A gruff voice finished, closing the book with a satisfied sigh. Yet the owner’s demeanor instantly changed at the sight of the sleeping girl before him.
Raising a hairy eyebrow, he stood from the floor on his short, fat legs. He walked over to the floor table and wasted no time in dropping the hea
The Great Gibraltar DamImani stood at the edge of the Great Gibraltar Dam, looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Behind her was a section of the massive Atlantopia Highway, ten lanes of traffic that stretched from Cape Town in New South Africa to Oslo in Norway, running through United West Africa and Europe, across the dam. It had been almost 200 years since the dams completion, and a century since the Mediterranean had been pumped down to its desired level, almost 200 metres below what it had been at the start of the 21st century.The Great Gibraltar Dam7 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Imani smiled as the wind blew through her hair, a fresh, cool Atlantic breeze quite unlike anything down in the Mediterranean basin. Tobias walked up behind her, happy to see her smiling again. You okay now? he asked her gently.
Quite. She smiled at him. She felt good in the cool breeze, and it reminded her of home. Well, of her first home she had lived most of her life in London, before moving to New Naples on the Mediterranean coast, looking to
Arguing With IdiotsWe all have our addictions. For some, it's smoking. For others, it's drinking. And for many others, it's porn. For me, it's arguing on the internetthe most fruitless endeavor since Sisyphus rolling a boulder up a hill.Arguing With Idiots3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I don't know what compels me to argue. I guess it's this naive notion that, if you encounter someone with an incorrect belief and you provide them logic, reason, and evidence to the contrary, that they will abandon their belief. If that were the case, the world wouldn't be plagued with birthers, truthers, anti-vaccers, Keynesians, and other idiots with blatantly incorrect beliefs. You can lead an idiot to knowledge but you can't make them think.
So I know that arguing with people rarely changes their minds. So why do I persist with arguing? Do I derive pleasure from it? Hardly! If anything, it gives me grief. There's nothing more frustrating than knowing someone is demonstrably wrong, and even when you prove to them that they are, not only do they not admit it, but
Death of a NationEngland was dying. No one said it, he just knew. Truth be told, he'd been dying for a good while now, over two decades in fact. Maybe that was why it didn't scare him; he'd had time to come to terms with it. Or maybe it was simply that he was so very tired. He'd been sick since that day in 1983, vast burns seared into his flesh, his heart aflame. That had passed the burns (London, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, York, Leeds, and over a dozen others) scaring over. The sickness and hunger that followed had passed as well, although that had taken longer. But in the end, when it was all over and his people had clawed their way back from the brink, he'd found that they weren't really his people anymore. Where there had once been a single nation, him, there were now several and slowly but surely their inhabitants, even those who were old enough to remember how things were before, stopped thinking of themselves as English and started thinking of themselves as citizens of these new nations, anDeath of a Nation3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
WarTrapped in this war,War3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
No one is winning.
Bullet after bullet,
I have fallen before you.
You hide in the foliage,
You push everyone out to battle,
While you hide,
While you pull me down,
With your twisted words,
Your rolling eyes,
Your raging tone.
I live everyday believing:
"Today is the day I will fall,"
And I will keep falling,
Scars will open up once more.
I will keep waving my little white flag,
Even after it's been torn, shot, and ripped...
Is this war never ending?
Culture Profile: The United Galactic FederationAstrographyCulture Profile: The United Galactic Federation7 months ago in Settings More Like This
The United Galactic Federation (Federation for short) spans most of the Milky Way Galaxy, with a few settlements in the Magellanic Clouds. Every arm in the Milky Way is home to Federation systems and settlements, though the Orion Arm is where Federation control is the weakest, as that is the center of Imperial control.
Natural Physical Appearance
Being a galactic empire, the Federation's population is extremely diverse. Even humans, the overwhelming majority, are diverse, with many subspecies and ethnicities making up the human population. However, the Federation is predominantly composed of humans of the "Galactic" ethnicity, which has been the dominant ethnicity of mankind since time immemorial. Humans of this ethnicity have medium tan skin, black hair, and are on average six feet tall.
You'd think that such a massive empire would have no uniform appearance tradition, but the Federation would prove you wrong. In its efforts to ho
peacemaker of a war torn mindI am the peacemaker of a war torn mind,peacemaker of a war torn mind5 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Clearing the thoughts of the bitter kind,
Unable to see, but by no means blind,
Piecing together the happy memories left behind.
An empty shell of a once emotional sensation,
A bitter, angry, saddening creation,
All of these led to its own desolation.
Though, ironically creating its own solution.
The Last Minutes to Midnight: Doomsday 1983The Last Minutes to Midnight: Or, A 1983 Doomsday Tale through many Nation's Eyes.The Last Minutes to Midnight: Doomsday 19833 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Somewhere in Washington D.C.
Someone told me long ago
There's a calm before the storm,
I know; It's been comin' for some time.
The stereo kept blaring in the background as Alfred tried to relax. There was nothing much on TV that he didn't already know about, even with those new cable channels propping up. Just another September day of going about the usual business, though it seemed longer than usual. Must be the paperwork again, he convinced himself while grabbing a can of soda. The Nation could have blamed it on Russia again, like he usually did lately. But this time, the thought seemed far too close to something nagging in his head.
From his window however, everything seemed to go on as normal, the White House just down the corner. While some were no doubt tourists, the embodiment knew many of the pedestrians just as he can sense every single one of his people. Contra