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Things are moving fast.. Turns out it's a lot of work to move halfway across the world. Who would've thought?
I had my stem cells pulled by forever labs yesterday. None other then thenewgreen himself appeared before the procedure! Unsurprisingly he's an astoundingly awesome guy. I don't think I've ever seen anyone so enthusiastic at 645 in the morning(especially after I mentioned finding FL through hubski). We very briefly talked about FL, hubski, and ethereum. I don't think the conversation could have been any more hubski.
In other news I finished up my skydiving A license. Are there any skydivers around this site? I may start trying to convince people. Seriously, it's amazing.
- Mr Putin cannot arrange his succession using his bloodline or the Communist Party apparatus. Perhaps he will anoint a successor. But he would need someone weak enough for him to control and strong enough to see off rivals—an unlikely combination. Perhaps he will try to cling to power, as Deng Xiaoping did behind the scenes as head of the China Bridge Association, and Mr Xi may intend to overtly, having conspicuously avoided naming a successor after this week’s party congress. Yet, even if Mr Putin became the éminence grise of the Russian Judo Federation, it would only delay the fatal moment. Without the mechanism of a real democracy to legitimise someone new, the next ruler is likely to emerge from a power struggle that could start to tear Russia apart. In a state with nuclear weapons, that is alarming.
What? Are we going to forget about Medvedev? Putin has full power to find and emplace a suitable successor. This author grossly underestimates the extent of Russia's kleptocracy and national pride in Putin. The next president of Russia will be whoever he endorses. It'll probably be a solid choice to maintain the current government. That or he stages some whazoo shit that implodes so he has an excuse to change the constitution and run for another term to "save the country"
Like how the Washington post created a goddamn scoreboard?
Hey man, give Navajo land some damn credit. The land can be absolutely beautiful.. In the right areas. Yeah sure if you even look at the Shiprock area you'll probably be stuck with depression for the rest of your life, but head west over the mountains and it's a completely different world. I mean the people still live miserably, but it sure is gorgeous.
As for the Navajo people? Well yeah a large majority don't have the ..best lives. But they're goddamn interesting. You'll never find a more patriotic, proud, and friendly people. Providing sobriety of course. They gave me a number of percentage served in the military-it was close to 50% of people. Now I haven't been able to verify that but if it's anywhere close that's absolutely astounding. Couldn't spit without hitting someone wearing veteran apparel.
And Gallup? That's fancy land over there-they have alcohol! and bars! They have "actual" restaurants there. Hell, I even ate sushi in Gallup(of all the brave things I've done, this is probably high up on that list). It could be so much worse-they could be living in Chinle. Or god forbid, Chinle
It's circles. We're all trapped up in the circles we participate in. The two sides of America are almost invisible to each other. In my opinion Facebook is the worst offender here. My liberal friends write long rants about how they no longer understand America-and all comments are in agreement. They like and share left leaning posts-so Facebook shows more of them. And they see more people who agree with them. Their glimpse into the other side resides mostly on the nuts who actually comment on those posts.
As for my friends on the right-it's a motherfucking meme fest. It's vindictive, it's cruel, and it's self-congratulatory. It's the easiest out to just call someone a "snowflake" or a "liberal pussy" and move on without any real discussion. What aboutism is rampant. Right wing talking points are top notch-self righteousness is fun and easy. Tommi Lahren videos feel good to share. Look-an attractive women who's "calling it for what it is". To be fair I have a large number of conservative friends who are much better about this-unfortunately nowadays they're mostly silent.
Ramblings aside-my point is that these two groups barely interact with each other. Targeted ads and content leads you into similar minded threads.
I'm lucky in the fact that I grew up in an extremely liberal area, and work in an extremely conservative one. I've been able to toe the line between the two decently well. Not that I particularly enjoy it anymore-I think it's time to quit Facebook.
No better place to stargaze.
This post and today in general has just reminded me I need to stay away from social media. How in the world have so many young, smart, and generally turned on people turned to fervent nationalism? Protesting is a damn American past time. There's no differentiation within my peers between patriotic protest and straight disrespect towards the flag/country. I've seen nothing but vilifying those who protest-and no mentions of what and/or why they're protesting. It's absolutely terrifying.
I don't really have anything to add-I just needed to say something here so I didn't go off on some long rant no one wants to read on Facebook.
So I graduate from a school next week. A school that took me three years to finish. I can't fully comprehend that it's almost over. A friend recently compared the course to "walking straight at a revolutionary war era firing line, without a weapon". It's the most apt description I've heard so far. You keep on walking straight while guys to the left and right go down. Before you know it you're stumbling around the British lines with no one from the beginning left, wondering when they're going to realize you don't belong. So yeah; blood, sweat, and maybe some tears.
In other news I went backpacking in the Greyson Highlands last weekend. I've lived in NC for four years and hadn't yet stepped any sections of the Appalachian trail. Well I don't know if the section I was on is exceptionally beautiful or if thats the norm, but either way I now completely understand why through hiking is so popular.