Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Oregon Standoff, Elite White Media, and Why we are to blame for this

This is my editorial and views, no one else's. Feel free to disagree or agree.

We're moving into the fourth day of an armed occupation of a federal facility by a small group, with reports of 12 to 100 participants, in Oregon. Without any warning this group violently took charge of a Fish & Wildlife stone cottage building with a strong anti-government sentiment. I say sentiment because their cause remains undefined. There has been no list of demands, no clear-cut specific outcome to seek. Instead we've been fed rhetoric and talk about returning Federal Land back to state and local authorities.

To repeat, it's almost 4 days that this group has taken possession of a Federal Building with weapons, and we have yet to see any ending to this standoff between authorities and the perpetrators. We'll get back to that in a bit though.

The National News Media has been slow to take this seriously, to the point that on the night of the occupation, ABC News issued this comment on their Twitter feed (I'm sure many of you know of this):

This happened despite the fact that it was easily known that the protesters were armed with automatic weapons when the forcibly took over a building that wasn't theirs.

Yet as I said, armed occupation of a federal building, by a white, anti-government militia group, but why isn't this the top item in the country on all outlets? This is important and it couples with why we aren't seeing a quicker end to this by the authorities. Why doesn't the media give this the importance it deserves? Why aren't the authorities ending this in a more aggressive manner? Why is there more public and social effort put into mocking the occupiers than denouncing their actions and appealing to the authorities to end this?

Because they are white.

These aren't people with brown or black skin. They speak our language. They were all likely born US Citizens. Yet they are all participating in an act of terror and blackmail. They are all armed. Yet not one shot has been fired.

The media doesn't cover that angle like it should, the authorities ignore this double standard, and the rest of the country watches and does nothing but share meme's and come up with witty and derogatory names for their movement.

Mockery is a great tool in attacking a group or institution or belief, or even an institutions beliefs, so I don't have too much of an issue about the American public calling these guys out.

The problem is that as a society, we aren't going any farther. We aren't calling our leaders and asking them to end this, telling them this isn't something we support or accept. We're not doing the same to every media outlet that skims this issue, treats it unequally, or lazily reports it incorrectly. We're not even calling advertisers of these agencies and websites and voicing our disappointment in them for supporting such disgusting behavior that just reinforces the racist complaints that have become more valid with each high profile incident.

Ultimately this is OUR fault for not standing up and saying, "Give us real information, give us fair and equal action for all citizens, and know that we are not going to accept anything less than that."

Saturday, January 02, 2016

I still miss my friend James that passed away last NYE. He was one of the most giving people in my life, maybe the most giving of anyone I've ever known. Having a heart attack at 45 was eye opening to me and obviously made me more aware of my own mortality. We really do have just a small amount of time here to experience everything and enjoy those who excite us.

That probably explains why I have such an altruistic nature, wanting to scream and cry out against the wrongs and injustice I see in the world. Yet at the same time it also makes me want to immerse myself in nature, away from everything and into a quite, contemplative, and simple life.

My wife teases me that I wouldn't last a week without being connected to the internet whenever I bring this up. She's least while living in a technological society. When the power or internet goes down, it does drive me crazy. Yet I know I would handle it and be fine without it, despite there being some early growing pains. But in all fairness, I love to read and in a situation like that, having a kindle or access to audio books would be nice.

All of this means that I spend more time lately thinking about the dreams I have and which one means the most to me. What about you?

Friday, January 01, 2016

It's been close to 5 years since I put anything forth. That's 4 yrs, 10 months, and 30 days I think. I definitely do not want to reach the 5 year mark of silence, so here we are on the first day of 2016.

I think it's fair to say that during this time away, my life has gone through the normal turmoil that most of us battle. There were two that stuck out of me. The first was the substantial marital struggles between my wife and I. The second was the death of my oldest friend on New Years Eve 2014.

The marital stress, followed by the death of my friend have really shook me. I won't get into everything, but there are a few things that have become a part off who I am and I don't see them changing or going away any time soon.

1. Instead of beating around the bush and pretending I were something else that were more palatable to people and trying to fool even myself, it's freeing to admit that I am an Atheist. Not spiritual, not agnostic. Atheist.

2. Making myself happy is paramount. I notice that when I am happy, those around me are better because I am better. It allows me to support and hopefully inspire others to be happy as well.

3. Good or bad, I know who I am and I not only accept that, I am proud of it.

As 2016 has started upon us, I have 2 goals I want to achieve:

1. Improved health. my goals to help me achieve this successfully is to loss over 100 pounds and run a 5k with my children at the end of April.

2. Get outdoors much more often.

That's it for now. There is lots going on, so it's time to get busy.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

App Snow Removal

That's me trying my best to be witty as I describe my day. I think that when this storm will have passed, everyone is going to be yammering on and on about all the obstacles they've had to overcome and perceiver. For the most part they'll all sound the same. I'm sure mine will too, so I'll try not to be too cliche' in anything I tell.

What was probably the most shocking part of my day wasn't canceled field trips, busted wiper blades, or fighting the blizzard. It was the 375+ games and applications I blocked and removed from Facebook. Slowly I am making my way to freeing myself of that and putting that time and energy into much more productive endeavors.

I'm still playing games, but I took 94% of that whole mess away. It's a small start, but it's a positive one and I'm enjoying it so far.

Sometime tomorrow I'll have some nice Blizzard photos to post. I have a few now, but I'm going to get some sleep and get ready for tomorrow.