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Life: The Case Against Voting

Posted in 104, bad ideas, blame society, freedom, history, masochism, politics, snark, society, wackness on November 30th, 2010 by Hannibal Tabu
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A few weeks ago, I had a blog about politics that posited my reasons for never voting. I do it privately, and I don’t really evangelize it as a perspective because I don’t really care. I do, however, often get lots of people haranguing me about my decision and extolling the importance of voting, how people died for me to have the chance to vote, et cetera, yadda yadda. None of these people, of course, are nihilists.

Here are the reasons of some other people who you may know, which I often throw out to bat down the people bothering me when I make an informed and conscious adult decision, hell bent on changing my mind …

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” — Winston Churchill

“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill … we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.” — Plato

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” — Isaac Asimov

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” — Charles Bukowski

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman

“I have never voted in my life …I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it’s certain they will win.” — Louis-Ferdinand Celine

“It is useless for sheep to pass a resolution in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.” — William Inge

“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.” — Joseph Stalin

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” — Wendell Berry

As I so often say, see you in hell.

Playing (Music): “Fall in Love” by Estelle

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Comics: Commentary Track for the November 24th Buy Pile

Posted in 104, bad ideas, blame society, buy pile, comics, dc, marvel, review, wackness on November 29th, 2010 by Hannibal Tabu
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Every week I do a column full of comic book reviews as I’ve done since March 2003 and currently published at Comic Book Resources. Then, after the reviews post, I try to come over to my blog and expand on the thoughts and ideas listed there. Sometimes it’s profound, sometimes it’s gibberish, but it’s always about comics … let’s see what we get this week!

What? This week’s reviews

FIVE BARS: Okay, so the Hammers figured out how to get multiple attack drones via cell phone apps … all right. It doesn’t really seem … what’s the word … smart? That’s it. Given how easy it is for cell signals to be jammed, and how crappy the gamers en masse would be (even Rhodey mentions that), wouldn’t it have been easier to upload the killer AI from any first person shooter instead? Also, wouldn’t it have, oh, not revealed their crazy plan sooner?

While I’m here, Detroit Steel essentially decided to commit attempted murder on national television. Really? What was the exit plan from that one.

Luckily, Fraction’s still a good enough writer to make an issue that entertains enough to overcome those problems, but Tony Stark didn’t seem very smart this month.

I’LL SIT ON YOUR LAP: Presented without comment courtesy of the fun people at Scans Daily.

HERE COMES JUSTICE: The idea that the Justice Society is going to try and found an almost Top 10/Astro City style of municipality is interesting, but getting there is taking forever. Guggenheim’s writing his brains off, doing work that’s like dramatizing the want ads or Craigslist entries, but it’s just not enough to overcome the core problem here.

Why does that matter? Well, WildCATs 3.0 proffered the concept of the “superhero corporation,” a company acting as a hero itself, which was brilliant and challenging and far too complex for the market to bear. A superhero city has similar interesting undertones, but has a lot of meaningless intrigues along the way.

I like thinking big. I hate baby steps to get there. FYI.

IN OTHER NEWS: Sorry for [SPOILERS] …

… but to see Annihilus come back is a bit much, especially so soon.

The gay Nazi kiss in Captain America kind of made me jump. Not in a bad way, but it’s a surprising tactic.

Manazons … spirit …

Seriously, what’s the difference between Kull and Conan? Not historically, I mean like now?

Also, why are so many Marvel books about vampires now? Ultimate Avengers, X-Men … I get the Twilight craze has people going, but it’s tedious.

THAT’S THE NEWS, I AM OUTTA HERE: Due to holiday craziness, I was crazy late getting the Early Forecast on the mobile site … so much so that I actually missed my family’s dinner and a lot more. I’m glad #musicmonday is keeping it up, especially if I can make an announcement about my plans before the end of the year.

For those keeping track, it’s now just over a month and a half until my return to social networking. Brace yourselves.

Tabu out.

Watching (Hulu): Chuck, Chuck vs. Phase Three

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Blog Fu: This Much Is True 3.0

Posted in 104, awesomeness, bad ideas, blog fu, celebrities, culture, entertainment, hip hop, music, nokia, phones, randomness, smartphones, whimsy on November 24th, 2010 by Hannibal Tabu
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This one’s been stewing a while. Here goes …

- Never buy the sugar free muffins. Even for a dollar and a half less, they’re not worth it. Go for the sugar, it’s worth it. Gak!

- Without looking at the screen, I’ve mixed up Rihanna and Justin Bieber no fewer than three times when playing music from my “Download everything and just let it fly” playlist. Included there was the first time I heard “What’s My Name?”

- The very few times I’ve gone on vacation (extraordinarily rare, because there truly is no rest for the wicked), I took the most valuable things in the house with me. Computers, family, hard drives. I never know what I might need on the road, and I can’t guard things when I’m away. I just stopped carrying everything valuable with me everywhere I went about eight or nine years ago. I followed the advice of one of my elders, “leave home as if you expect to never return.” I’ve got more reasons to return now. Still, the goodies always go with me if I’m gone any longer than a day or so, often go with me in pieces every day (my game consoles are ancient, so no worries there), and I’m considerably better prepared to defend what matters in person than I would be fortifying a position I’m leaving.

- It took me a while to come to it, since I thought they were a wash at first, but Nicki Minaj > Drake. That girl is freaking talented, no matter how much surgery she’s had or what words she uses that I wish she wouldn’t. It kind of helps if you only hear her songs and never actually see her. Kind of like Lady Gaga.

- If you’ve forgotten, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is really, really terrible in the funniest possible way. The repeated stock footage, the simplistic plots, the goofy looks on everybody’s face, even the relentlessly racist episode where He-Man’s a gladiator. We really were much more innocent back then — you couldn’t mix weaponry and goofiness this way these days, let alone have a little female “starchild” riding on Battlecat’s saddle in front of a muscleman’s hairy panties. One night while my wife was having a “sister circle” (i.e. “lots of women in my living room talking loudly while I turn up the sound on my headphones”) I sat and watched in as a kind of counter-programming. Hilarious stuff, unintentionally.

- Speaking of, did you notice that King Randor from MOTU looks a lot like Burger King? I’m just saying.

- Theophilus London > Kid Cudi.

- Most people I know who’ve bought a smartphone say, “I hate this thing” within a year (including my wife, my barber and my home boy in Oakland). I’m a little more than half way to the one year mark on my N900 and I love it more than I did when I got it. I couldn’t FTP back then. I don’t know if I’d installed Abiword for dealing with the .doc crowd. I hadn’t replaced my iPod with this as an MP3 player (better with MussOrgSky), nor started watching any video files on it. I was still doing most of my blogs on a computer, didn’t count my steps with the pedometer, didn’t use it as an Apple Remote, didn’t track my wife’s menstrual cycles with Maegirls, didn’t live by TouchSearch (set to Google/Wikipedia/Google Maps) or enjoyed the free GPS for life mapping on the phone’s native software. I can’t believe how amazing this is. The only thing that could change my mind is if Nokia made an even fresher smartphone running their Intel/AMD collaboration MeeGo and upped the storage space (yes, I’m running into storage problems even at 48GB … blame the MP3s and videos).

Right.

Watching (Hulu) Burn Notice, “Hot Property

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