Monthly Archives: August 2008

Another gun article…

So, here’s another article related to gun control… To cut murder rates in Brazil, the government is offering monetary compensation (~$60-185) and no questions asked for anyone that turns in a firearm. Other measures are being taken to reduce murders like increased sentencing for unlicensed guns. Annd four years previous, murder rates were cut by 12% due to similar measures.

Of course, I think this is a great idea, especially for a country with no second amendment.

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Remember that stuff I said awhile ago about El-P’s last album not being very good? JK

I wiped my mind clean of hip-hop preconceptions and listened to it in headphones (while playing lame football video game) and I realized it’s really good. Sorry, El-P.

New grade: A

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Trains Are…Mint

Today, after rolling around until the mail came, I went to Chicago Comics (where the employees were pretty rude and the customers seemed to be stuck-up assholes… EG: I overheard one customer tell his less-enlightened friends very loudly in a condescending manner how Persepolis is something he discovered and it’s the greatest thing they’ve never heard of. Ughh). Anyway…Chicago Comics has a pretty great Small Press section along with a very substantial Self-Published section. I ended up buying Trains Are…Mint by Briton Oliver East. His writing is just okay, but his watercolors in a comic are fun to look at.

Can someone make Johnny B a writer in da blawg?

Anytime I say something about the possibility of the US being involved in a war Mr. Brower mentions that we would have air supriority within hours, minutes, seconds, or milli-seconds. But hey, I’m guessing we probably control 98% of air traffic over Iraq and Afghanistan and that alone doesn’t seem to solve the problem.

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Gas pricez

Well, as you may or may not know, every luxury that you and I enjoy comes at the expense of someone else. The reason we have so many luxuries and goodies in the US is not because God loves us the most or because we work hard and others are lazy. We have these things because we used our might early on to carve out a controlling interest in the world’s resources and because, admittedly, we’re not ass-backwards like, say, SAUDI ARABIA.

A lot of people, myself included, have been crying about rising gas prices lately but our prices have been RIDICULOUSLY far beneath fair market value for years and years. People that blame the big American oil companies are confused. Yes, big boys like Exxon are making record profits but that’s just because the percentage of their take naturally rises with price being charged by their supplier: OPEC. And no, OPEC is not raising prices just for fun. They’re doing it because demand is higher than ever, thanks to people who once did without while we did with. Chinese and Indians are buying cars now and BAM, demand skyrockets.

The funniest part about all of this has to be the recent demands by W. that OPEC drill more oil. LOLOLOLOLOLOL Why the fuck would they do that? They’re selling it now at a very high FAIR MARKET VALUE. They know the oil won’t last forever so why the fuck should they deplete it more quickly than necessary just so we don’t have to pay as much here? Their response was basically: Drill your own fucking oil, USA.

If I were King of the US, or the Illuminati, or whoever runs things, I would prepare Alaska and Florida for drilling but not really make use of the facilities. I would make the US weather the pricing storm and reserve our oil supplies for 2 things: 1) that future day when OPEC runs out of oil and we can become rich on Texas tea! and 2) the future super war with China, may they rest in peace.

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Some things that almost certainly don’t exist

ghosts
bigfoot
telepathy
God as understood by any of our religions
aliens that have visited earth

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Soccer at the Olympix

It was 1994 when I really started paying attention to national team soccer, thanks to the ’94 World Cup, so the first Olympic soccer tournament I paid attention to was the 1996 Atlanta Gamez. The US won the women’s gold but I wasn’t really paying attention to ladiez soccer yet. The big highlight for me was Nigeria winning the men’s gold. Wow! An African nation won the tournament! Take that, Europe and South America! And then I checked the FIFA World Rankings to see how high Nigeria was now ranked and it was something like: #50. WTF?

That’s when I learned that the Olympix soccer tournament is not, and never has been, a truly premier soccer tournament because of IOC and FIFA rules that have ALWAYS prevented the world from sending it’s true men’s national teams. There were 3 phases in these rules:

Phase 1- Amateurism (inception to 1970s) For the first 80 years or so of the Olympics, only amateur footballers could participate in the competition, a rule that that was fully exploited by the Soviet Union, whose athletes, even though they were really pros, could qualify as amateurs under communism.

Phase 2 – Leveling the playing field (1980s) Finally, professionals were allowed to compete but FIFA was afraid the Olympics soccer tournament would compete with the World Cup for prestige so they came up with a solution: nations from North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania could send their full-strength national teams but nations from soccer-powerful Europe and South America could only send teams made up of players that had never played for the national teams before. This ensured that the big stars didn’t appear.

Phase 3 – Under-23 (1990s-present) The current policy is somewhat goofy – nations send their best players that are 23 or under, plus 3 “overage” players. This means that a few big stars can compete but the real national teams are nowhere to be seen. This explains why Nigeria didn’t move up in the rankings after the 96 Olympics, the Olympix tournament has no bearing whatsoever on the actual national team.

The future: A few weeks ago, the Court for Arbritation in Sport ruled that, due to the strange, half-assed nature of the Olympic soccer teams, professional clubs have no obligation to release their players for the tournament. This means that in the future, teams will be made up strictly of players whose clubs voluntarily release their players, which will result in a diluted playing level, OR perhaps FIFA will finally upgrade the tournament to a full national team tournament.

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