Patton Oswalt Speaks for me, yet again.

He has a gift with words, so accurate! 

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The Banks Aren’t the Only Bullys on the Playground

While I am very pleased that the issue of income inequality has finally taken a stronghold in the American political dialogue, I have noticed that the rhetoric has fallen short, even from my beloved Bernie.

Sanders has brought to the media something that the rest of us have already known for years, the growing wealth in our country is not going to the people doing the work and the Wallstreet banks are too large and need to be broken up.

Several candidates and even the current president have recently started to comment adamently on this issue but there is something that they are all forgetting, or at least not talking about enough, the banks are not the only things that need to be broken up.

Recent statistics show that the media is the most consistantly untrusted institution in America across demographics, even lower than religion or government.  Well, the list of reasons is most likely endless, I think many people don’t like the fact that a majority of media companies today are owned by a very select few.  Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, and Ted Turner are just a few whose corporations come to mind who are practically responsible for distributing all the movies, all the televison shows, and worst of all, all of the books.  The uneven distribution of wealth is caused in part by the excessive size of underregulated banks, AND the current cultural crisis is a result of underregulated corporate trade as a whole.  

The less diversity of ownership of distribution there is in any artistic or media market, be it literature, film, teleivision, or news & information, the more jaded we will become to the arts and the more people like Trump and his followers will feel legitimized to willfuly ignore facts and therefore will continue to embarass our nation, because there aren’t enough news sources saying, “ENOUGH! We will not exploit hatred for ratings!”

People are only as good as the information that they have, and just like who to few people control the wealth, too few people control the information as well.  Break up the banks, and don’t forget to break up the channels and publishers as well.

A Mental Cleanse, or Things That Still Piss Me Off

  As a student of martial arts and yoga I always do my best to focus on the positive in any situation, and I am trying to bring that attitude into the New Year. 

But needless to say I am very passionate about my beliefs and their are a few opinions I have that are reigniting some of my good old anger management issues.  

So, in  an effort to purge myself of negativity, here is a quick rant about the things pissing me off since 2015 that will probably carry in to 2016;

1. The Breastfeeding Controversy 

Breastfeeding is 100% natural, and yet there are people in this world how have the nerve to shame a woman for her biology.  We really treat our women like shit in this society and that fact is epitomized by anyone who gets uncomfortable when a woman breastfeeds.  We apparently have no problem using breasts to sell burgers & beer, but when it comes to the benefit of the woman and her child people actually squirm? If you see anyone shaming a person for breastfeeding, shame that bully for being a hypocritical willfuly ignorant piece of shit, just don’t make the baby cry.  This is also proof we have lost our sense of heart and poetry as a culture.  A woman feeding her child is a beautiful thing, period, end of story.

2.  Vaccines

No they aren’t causing autism. End of story.  I am not even going to indulge your willful ignorance in a rant on this one.  That being said…
3. The Reactionary Attacks on Women’s Health

Like I said, not even going to indulge.  Some women need access to birth control for hormone treatment, conception is not the start of life (literaly according to that pesky thing we call science) and abortion is only a good thing as long as it is safe and legal.  Once again, really don’t
4. The International Embarassment that is our Gun Fetish.

I work with children, nothing fills me with rage when people call these shootings “false flags.”  To me there is nothing more cowardly than guns. As much as I love Dr Thompson its time for me to admit his anti government gun fetish is not the product of a healthy mind. If you want to own your red flags of cowardice go ahead but stop perpetuating false dialoques and acknowledge the real issues.  Also, open carry doesn’t keep people safe, it increases violent crime and you aren’t John Wayne, life is not a movie. You will never save someone with your guns, in fact at this rate you’ll be lucky if you don’t hurt anyone with it.

5. Trump

Don’t , just, don’t I can’t even.  Castration at this point would be too good for Trump.

Obligatory cliche New Year’s Post

Happy 2016, let’s all learn from our past and look forward to our future,

and something about how epic this year was and how much I’m shocked that things actually change,

and blah, fucking, blah…

I also resolve to be less of a cynical jerk. 😛

In all seriousness, Happy New Year All, start off the year right because it sets the tone for the rest of the year.  I joke about it being cliche but we celebrate the changing of the years for a reason. It is a chance in our culture to start fresh in so many ways, so why not take advantage for the better?

Again, Happy New Year. 😉