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Boo! [Sep. 25th, 2006|02:49 am]
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[mood |boredbored]

Ok. Now back to Euler Approximations. :D

So Rep Tom Davis (R) of the 11th district looks pretty moderate on his webpage and for the most part that seems to be the image he's cultivated with the Washington Post, mostly that of a loyal bureaucrat. Does anyone know anything in particular about him as he is the incumbant in the upcoming election?

Andrew Hurst is his opponent running against him as the Democrat and he seems to be a pretty legitimate candidate too. So what do people think of the two? LoL. The primary decision was easier. I knew I liked Hurst better then his opponent as he sounded more reasonable, but they both look pretty moderate. Sigh.

LoL. OK.... um never mind, Davis' page looked more professional but Hurst is in campaign mode so I guess that can be forgiven. I don't know which of his claims are substantiated. Blah, need to do more research. LoL. I remember why I liked Andrew Hurst (D): he wrote out all the issues he is interested in like a good lawyer.
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Demographic Debates! [Aug. 29th, 2006|05:04 pm]
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Researchers have expressed alarm about cultures that favor male babies, saying sex-ratio imbalances could destabilize society because more men will remain unmarried, raising the risks of anti-social and violent behavior.

In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they said parts of China and India would have 12 percent to 15 percent more men over the next 20 years -- many of them rural peasants with limited education.

"The growing number of young men with a lack of family prospects will have little outlet for sexual energy," wrote Zhu Weixing of China's Zhejian Normal University and Therese Hesketh of the Institute of Child Health at University College London. [article].


So isn't it great? China is also the country that believes censorship can solve AIDS, so having lots of sexually frusterated men will help this problem? ... But they do have a middle class now which is a considerable wild card; particularly the younger members of this social class who are starting to assert their own identity. The latest big upsets seem to have come from the destruction of rural dogs, largely out of the city, and land seizures.

I also heard some of the excess men from previous generations just moved to Russia. Apparently it has become more popular to kidnap wives too, in some of the poorer communities where women aren't as interested in staying and marrying the men.
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Cannibals! [Aug. 7th, 2006|02:28 am]
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THE cannibal killer who cut off his victim’s penis and ate it has requested a giant sausage for his Christmas meal. And Armin Meiwes has sickened prison authorities in Germany by asking for the eight-inch Bockwurst banger to be cooked in garlic and white wine.

It is the same recipe he used to braise the manhood of computer expert Bernd Juergen Brandes.

A prison official in Kassel said: “It’s obviously his idea of a sick joke.

“He can have the sausage but it won’t be done his way.”

Meiwes is standing trial for murdering Brandes after he replied to his internet advertisement seeking someone who wanted to be killed and eaten. [Thread].



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The Life and Times of Book Idiot Zhou [Aug. 4th, 2006|12:27 pm]
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[mood |artisticartistic]

It's interesting. After skimming through a magazine article on mao's cultural revolution, that they really did get a lot of the children to do their biddings before they were able to ram it down the throats of their elders. The author of the story was an 11 year old terror helping the red guard with its cultural revolution. He seems smart though, honestly smart and not just book smart, and when he put things together more he became concerned. An argument that one of the ex-communist leaders gave him was pretty cynical and clear. Here was his initial statement and the responce (circa 1970's).

Zhou at University: "I used to worship party members, but during the Cultural Revolution, I noticed that the people entering the party were all relatives of important people. I stopped worshiping them. I stopped wanting to enter the party."

The Responces: "Look at what the communist party has done to china: killed 30 millon people during the Great Leap forward, ruined the lives of millions more during the Cultural Revolution. Despite these diastrous failures, it remains in power. That's proof, he said of the party's superiority."

Ha! Now that's fun logic... (Source: Washington Post Magazine, July 16, 2006; The Life and Times of Book Idiot Zhou, p31.)
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On an entirely different note. Boys are nice, I think Alan might be taking care of my tent problem as he seems to have a spare one he's bringing up to Pennsic! Now I just have to figure out where he is camping. Although I still don't have a car. I might very well be taking the bus up there... anyone feel like picking me up?
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So [Aug. 1st, 2006|10:54 pm]
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Mel Gibson is off the deep end lately. What a whacktart and I'm not even into hollywood gossip.
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What a Third World Country is (stream of conscious answer as to why we aren't a banana republic) :D [Aug. 1st, 2006|12:16 am]
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[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

The Parasitical Despots:
Africa is very different. The biggest problem in Africa is that they have no legislative structure, and no one follows laws as they are not enforced. The governments do not concern themselves with doing much besides trying to get money out of their people and foreign governments, they are largely parasitical on a much larger scale then we typically experiance. To get anything done requires a tiered set of bribes. Most businesses operate in the informal economy, on inefficient scales, where they would not be able to use the business as colateral to expand. Agricultural busineses where they have the economic advantage are difficult for Third World countries to compete in, as all of the First World countries give their farmers subsidies which drive more and more farmers out of business pushing them towards the cities. There is a very high dependancy ratio in Africa: a lot more adults die in the prime of their lives now then infants, and there are a lot of AIDS orphans around. Different warlords have different ideas about who should control the western development funds and so the continent is in a state of constant warfare. There is a pretty good reason why most middle class Africans do not live in Africa.

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Musings on 2004 and Independent Voters. :D [Jul. 31st, 2006|01:56 am]
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[mood |artisticartistic]

It's weird. The Republicans take the growing wealth of younger voters as a sign that they have an expanding base and make assumptions about their values and attitudes. The Democrats also assume these same people are their base as they grew up in the post 1960's world but make too many assumptions about their policy preferences and willingness to put up with politics of ego. Both groups are getting on people's nerves as almost everyone I know deeply resents soundbyte politics and younger generations seem to be more likely to be Independant then either Democrat or Republican, even if they do typically lean more towards one or the other. Otherwise they are more likely to be blindly partison, there is less of a middle ground between those two extremes.

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American - Globalization. [Jul. 28th, 2006|02:56 pm]
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The problem with using political tactics these days is that they have diminishing returns. Too many people know how politics work, can't get ahead anyway, and are annoyed by the whole system. I mean it's the knowledge economy, most of the middle classes are in college and most of them still have debt and crappy jobs but it is still an asset economy more then a "knowledge economy." This is pretty much true unless you are way over the point of being college educated, which is analogous to what we consider middle class and not only that but real wages for average americans are falling, so there is angst.

So having a bunch of "college elites" running around bragging that they are middle class, when just about most people are anyway, is kind of more irritating then informative. If you actually do know something that other people don't it's more appreciated if you share it in a non-partisan way. That said... the internet is for cheap shots, it's too easy and amatures generally aren't smooth political actors.
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Thoughts [Jul. 27th, 2006|09:56 am]
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It was more interesting to see the GOP unravel because it was newer, the Democrats have had troubles for years but I think they are going to recover faster and the Libertarians are a wild card. It's hard to tell and anyone who thinks they know the answer is lying, or a consultant.

The Major Players:
In the GOP, you have a new criminal political class, an old moderate economic class, lots of mercenaries and an idiotic base.

In the Democrats, you have a parasitical upper management but more legitimate grass roots; some legitimate politicians and some class warriers.

As for the Libertarians, you have a legitimate grass roots and a reactionary political class and half the people can't decide which one they are, the political or popular wing of the party!

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LoL. I don't really care about it as much as I seem to. I'm just a chronic puzzle solver and Suduku doesn't hold my interest much longer then a few hours, it's kind of boring and I stopped taking new math courses every semester, so am slightly hungry for something pretty analysis intensive, and well *this* presented itself. :D

Wow. If I was a gambler I'd be a betting wo-man. I am way into snark culture- just urm, a bit geekier about it, maybe I need to take that applied math-economics class I am looking at.
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Arrr! [Jul. 26th, 2006|01:49 am]
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[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

That is all. :D
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