Category Archives: Random Diversions

Pondering the American System of Government in February 2016

One problem is that intelligent people, who could lead fairly and justly, don’t often go into politics.

Another problem is that very few people know what the job of “governing” actually entails. It is not the same as running a business, even a very big business.

Furthermore, the premise that all the thinking in the world can be divided into two diametrically opposed streams is fundamentally, and tragically, flawed.

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It’s 1:00am and the American system of government is keeping me up past my bedtime writing thesis statements for political science papers I wish someone would write and everyone would read and agree on so we could get tucked into the business of fixing things rather than watching members of the 1% spend millions of dollars over the course of more than a year preening for the camera and trying to convince everyone that they are intelligent enough to run the country, that they know how best to do so, and that one of those diametrically opposed streams of thought is fundamentally more righteous than the other.

Only a Parent Can Understand

Article about parenting.

Comment that completely agrees with the premise of the article.

Comment that sarcastically points out that non-parents are still human and can also sympathize with the situation.

Snarky comment that non-parents always make the conversation about themselves.

Comment that you can’t guess what people have been through because there are many reasons why someone might not be a parent.

Comment refering to parents as breeders.

Comment saying non-parents are selfish.

Repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

(Note: “Article about parenting” can also be substituted with “Article about being childless”.)

Recommended Reading: Your Friends' Blogs

I don’t have any books to recommend right now, but I do have a recommendation about an easy way to keep up with your friends’ blogs and websites.

If you use an online “site aggregator” like Google Reader, you can subscribe to your friends’ websites and blogs and be notified whenever new content is published. This saves you the time of having to go to each of your friends’ sites one-by-one and check if they have added anything new.

Google Reader uses RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to keep track of your favourite blogs. If you are unfamiliar with RSS, here is an excellent video to help you understand why RSS is your new best friend.

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Once you have signed up for a Google account, you can set yourself up with Google Reader and then every time you see an RSS logo (which looks like this) on a site that you like, you can click on it and add it to your Reader.